The Hartland 4, from Trail Outdoor Leisure, is a budget weekender tent that sleeps 4 in two separate bedroom pods.
We’ve reviewed many fantastic family tents. Some are packed full of features. And some have a packed price tag to match.
But what if you can’t afford a big family tent yet, and you want something cheap to try camping for one night at the weekend?
There are numerous budget-friendly tents available, but are they any good?
We look at the Hartland 4 Man 2 Room Tent from the camping shop Trail Outdoor Leisure and put the tent’s specs into our tent assessment algorithm. Let’s see what you get.
If you want to try camping with minimum cash outlay, then the price is a big factor.
This tent has an RRP of £149.99. However, at the time of writing, this tent is reduced to £119.99.
Our algorithm takes price vs features into account, and at that price, the tent wins top marks on value for money.
the tent wins top marks on value for money
But what do you get for that money? Well, quite a bit of tent, actually.
The Trail Outdoor Leisure Hartland 4 comes with two bedrooms that face each other. Each bedroom is a double.
For the parents, you could squeeze a double mattress in there, but you’ll need to keep your bags in the living space. Fortunately, there are handy storage pockets for small items in each bedroom.
The living space is small, and really just for bag storage, and so we recommend that this tent is only suitable for families spending perhaps one-night camping.
To increase living space, the front door does convert to a sunshade, which could provide some extra space protected from the elements, especially if you combine it with a windbreak.
You also get bug mesh on the front door and bedrooms to help vent the tent but keep the flies out.
While this tent doesn’t have the size or features of the more expensive family tents, quality is an area that you would expect to be lower at the budget end.
You still get a 3000 mm Hydrostatic Head on the material with taped seams. This should be good enough for most summer rain (storms and downpours excluded).
However, the groundsheet is not fixed in place. This is not much of a problem in dry, sunny weather. It’s an extra part of the tent setup. But what it does mean is that without it fixed in place, if it rains a lot, you could end up with running water in the living part of the tent. It also means that ground insects can easily crawl in. Fortunately, the bedrooms do have a sewn-in groundsheet, plus a door to keep the bugs out.
The groundsheet is PE, so it should be fully waterproof.
We also couldn’t get any details on fire retardant on the fabric, wind test results, and it doesn’t come with any sun protection other than the shade the material naturally provides.
But at this budget end of the price range, that’s to be expected. And what you do get should be adequate for a weekend camp with good summer weather.
Pitching, Transport, and Storage
This tent packs down to a good manageable size and comes with a bag.
The tent poles are colour coded to help make pitching easier. Trail Outdoor Leisure recommend two people are needed to pitch the tent.
It’s also nice to see that the tent comes with poles to convert the door into the sunshade. Something some of the more expensive tents sometimes leave out.
If you want to try family camping for a night in the summer with minimum outlay, this tent looks like a great option.
You may use it for a few seasons, and if the camping bug takes to your family, you might then consider investing in something a little larger.
- Great value for money.
- Some good features such as sunshade and bug mesh on doors.
- This is a smaller tent without a lot of storage space. Ideal for weekend camping, but you'll want a larger tent for family camping holidays.
Price Guide: Trail Outdoor Leisure Hartland Tent
Specification: Trail Outdoor Leisure Hartland Tent
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