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Regatta Malawi 2 Pop-up Tent


Average Score 8.7
Value for Money
Ease of Pitching
Ease of Putting Away

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Brand: Regatta

The Regatta Malawi 2 tent is a quick-pitching pop-up tent. Ideal as an additional tent for summertime camping.

Regatta sent us over their Regatta Malawi 2 pop-up tent to have a quick look at.

Regatta Malawi 2 details

Now, these sort of tents are very popular with young adults going to summer festivals as they are very simple to pitch, and no need to mess around with tent poles.

But what about for family use?

Well, these pop-up tents are ideal if

  • your kids want some garden camping in the summer,
  • if you are going summer camping and you have older kids who want to bring some friends,
  • or you have a large family tent with a large living space and you want to create a temporary extra bedroom.


This is where pop-up tents like the Malawi 2 really shine: pitching is extremely straightforward.

Regatta says it pitches in 2 seconds. I would agree that it unfolds into a tent within 2 seconds, but you should then peg out the tent, which takes a bit longer. Even if you don’t peg out the guylines, we found that the bottom of the tent was still curved, and so a few tent pegs at the front and rear of the tent should help keep it flat.

Of course, with nothing in the tent, if it isn’t pegged down, it will blow away if the wind picks up. 😉

The Regatta Malawi 2 tent

The Regatta Malawi 2 pop-up tent

Inside the Tent

Compared to a similar tent we had reviewed in the past, the Regatta Malawi 2 was slightly larger inside. Two young adults could easily share, so there is plenty of room for a couple of kids to share.

Looking inside the tent

A nice touch is that there are little storage pockets on both sides of the tent so that if you are sharing, there’s a place for both people to have things off the ground like phones, etc.

Both sides of the tent have a small storage pocket

At the rear of the tent is a vent, which has bug mesh, as well as two other bug-mesh protected vents at the front. There’s also bug mesh over the front door, and with the groundsheet sewn in, you could keep this tent bug free.

Of course, being a simple pop-up tent, there is no separate inner tent lining. Depending on the weather, condensation could build up on the inside of the tent, so it’s best to keep sleeping bags from touching the sides, as they could get damp from condensation. But if you keep this tent for good weather summer camping, that shouldn’t be much of a problem.

Putting the tent away

This is where most people struggle, and unfortunately, why many of these tents are thrown away after one weekend’s use at a festival.

Instructions are provided inside the tent bag for how to twist the tent to get it to go away. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS.  If you twist it the wrong way, it won’t go down to the original size, or you could snap the poles.

Tent pegs, repair patch, and instructions are in the smaller bag.

It took me a couple of tents to get it neatly down.

Of course, when it is packed, the pack is quite flat, but isn’t small.

Regatta Malawi 2 in its bag


Well, if we did our usual family tent assessment on this, it wouldn’t do well – but then it isn’t a family tent 😉

Our recommendation is to use it as an additional summertime good weather tent, or something to get the kids camping in the back garden.

It has an RRP of £100, however, shop around and you can pick this up at a bargain price and then your kids can spend the summer school holidays camped out in the garden 🙂

8.7Expert Score
An ideal tent for the kids to camp in the back garden with this summer school holidays.
Value for Money
Ease of Pitching
Ease of Putting Away
  • Very easy to pitch.
  • Good price (shop around).
  • Summertime good weather camping only.
  • Not so easy to put away.

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Specification: Regatta Malawi 2 Pop-up Tent

Height (cm)


Length (cm)


Width (cm)


Weight (kg)


Pack Size (cm)

77 x 6

Tent Bedrooms
Bedroom Divider

Not Applicable

Cable entry to Bedrooms

Not Applicable

Darkened Bedrooms


Larger Bedrooms


Removable Bedroom


Storage Pockets in Bedroom


Auto-seal bedroom doors


Tent Details


Recommended Tent Use

Frame Type

Wind Rating

Not Specified

Tent Fabric

Hydrostatic Head

3000 mm

Fire Retardant Fabric


Taped Seams


Sun Protection

Not Specified

Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head (mm)

Not Specified

Sewn-in Groundsheet (main tent)


Year Introduced


Tent Doors
Additional Tent Doors


No-Trip Entrance


Rain-safe Entry


Bug-Free Mesh

Main door only

Door converts to sunshade


Tent Living Space
Inner Living Space Size

Not Applicable

Living Area Storage Pockets


Cable Entry


Wet-Dry Zone


Built-in Porch


Porch Storage Pockets


Internal Hanging Line


Tent Pitching and Storage
Colour Coded Tent Pegs


Colour Coded Tent Poles

Not Required

Guy Line Storage


People to Pitch

1 Person

Pump included

Not Applicable

Wheeled Tent Bag

No, not required

Tent Windows
Window Blinds


Tinted Windows


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Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.

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