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    Wanna buy a tent, camping in the maharees was a resounding success 2 years ago and we'd like to give it another go. Got a loan of a tent that time but have since discovered it attained a sizeable rip in it at a festival.


    So can anyone give me a few pointers or show me models they've bought themselves and would recommend? I think 3-4 man is where I'll aim. We had a Vango 3 man the last time and all told it was damn small. I know fellas who climb mountains are all whippets but no way 3 normal sized people would fit in there.

    Many many thanks in advance.

    (is this any good?: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vango-Ventur...d_sim_sbs_sg_4 )
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    #2
    One thing to take into consideration. Will you always be camping alongside your car or will be trekking into the 'wilderness'? If you're trekking an extra bit of space is always welcome.
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      #3
      Originally posted by The Word Is Born View Post
      One thing to take into consideration. Will you always be camping alongside your car or will be trekking into the 'wilderness'? If you're trekking an extra bit of space is always welcome.

      Ya I think it'll be trekking from time to time, there's a spot in the burren off the road I'd like to camp at, and up hill walks and all that shyyt. Gonna start with the car & camp sites as training wheels, once we find our feet then we might try the bear grylls stuff.

      Plus its a bollox trying to even keep your clothes and yerselves in a tiny tent.
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        #4
        A decent size 4man Dome tent would do the job, gives you a bit of room for when its pissing, get something with 2 skins, it'll keep the rain out better.
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          #5
          I started out with a 3-man tent for festivals but eventually upgraded to a 5-man tent (Gelert Tornado 5 DLX) for the added space of bags/gear and standing room. It's a bugger to lug over a distance though. We were in Eagle Point last year when two of the three fibreglass poles decided to give up the ghost despite nearly a full roll of duct tape.
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            #6
            The standing up would be a real bonus, only problem is additional wind load putting strain on the poles.

            Especially down the maharees or out da burren.
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              #7
              There's always a trade-off. For me, the comfort inside if the weather is crap would be a consideration.
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                #8
                Originally posted by The Word Is Born View Post
                There's always a trade-off. For me, the comfort inside if the weather is crap would be a consideration.
                Very true and if its delving or howling we'll just fock off home anyway. Something you could sit on a camping chair inside and read or prep food would be ideal
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                  #9
                  One thing to bear in mind about bigger tents. They are colder if not nearly full.

                  Always found the 3-4 man dome a good general size. Does depend on weight (if hoofing a distance to your campsite) and how long you are going to spend in it though.

                  A good compromise is a tent that holds 2-3 in the sleeping area but has a fully sealed porch for gear.

                  This thread seems the perfect place to get some local knowledge. Having done all my camping in wicklow or cork can ye recommend some good spots within reasonable distance of limerick? Kids are getting old enough now but still want to ease them into it.

                  Ideally looking for easy access but reasonably safe at first before we go hiking for a few miles to a spot.
                  Examples of where I started were glencree across from the youth hostel and above powerscourt waterfall.
                  Don't really want to go to a campsite.
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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Upfront_1979 View Post
                    One thing to bear in mind about bigger tents. They are colder if not nearly full.

                    Always found the 3-4 man dome a good general size. Does depend on weight (if hoofing a distance to your campsite) and how long you are going to spend in it though.

                    A good compromise is a tent that holds 2-3 in the sleeping area but has a fully sealed porch for gear.

                    This thread seems the perfect place to get some local knowledge. Having done all my camping in wicklow or cork can ye recommend some good spots within reasonable distance of limerick? Kids are getting old enough now but still want to ease them into it.

                    Ideally looking for easy access but reasonably safe at first before we go hiking for a few miles to a spot.
                    Examples of where I started were glencree across from the youth hostel and above powerscourt waterfall.
                    Don't really want to go to a campsite.
                    Have you tried Curraghchase as a starting point? Enough to do to keep them occupied and close enough to Limerick to pack up if you are cold / wet / they are kicking the piss out of each other.
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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Cowboy View Post
                      Wanna buy a tent, camping in the maharees was a resounding success 2 years ago and we'd like to give it another go. Got a loan of a tent that time but have since discovered it attained a sizeable rip in it at a festival.


                      So can anyone give me a few pointers or show me models they've bought themselves and would recommend? I think 3-4 man is where I'll aim. We had a Vango 3 man the last time and all told it was damn small. I know fellas who climb mountains are all whippets but no way 3 normal sized people would fit in there.

                      Many many thanks in advance.

                      (is this any good?: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Vango-Ventur...d_sim_sbs_sg_4 )
                      I'd rather have acupuncture on my genitals than ever go camping again, but when I was young, free and gay I used to have a Coleman tent that was the mutts nuts. It survived multiple festivals and numerous trips abroad in all sorts of weather. I bade farewell to it when I swapped it for a Tuxedo at Glastonbury in the early 2000s.

                      Check with your local outdoor specialists if they are still making quality stuff - a few manufacturers have invariably outsourced production to China and the quality has dropped.
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                        #12
                        Really good value in Argos at the moment . I think they have a 3 man reduced from €65 to €26 , same as one I bought there a few years back and its still in good condition. Argos is good value for most camping gear.

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                          #13
                          Hey Cowboy, don't go smaller than 3 man, its a 2 man in disguise. And get a porch type yoke as you can cook your bacon and eggs there in the morning if its raining I'd stay away from those porches with the poles in the ground, cant see the point, pitch a seperate tarp from the car if you want extra room. Also, good poles makes a tent last way longer.
                          For Ireland I'd pick something with plenty guy points for tying down in coastal shpots and 2 skin is mandatory unless you get an old-school canvas type yoke (which are heavy).
                          If you want to camp in the wild then a big tent can be a hassle as you need to find a plot for its fat arse. But ya headroom is the winner of big tents, and it really is a comfort if you are spending a weekend. Kicking mrs Cowboy in the mouth when trying to worm your way out of your jocks is a passion killer.
                          The other downside of massive tents is wind loading.
                          So....

                          You could probably fix that tent you had two years ago, a tear is a tear, get yourself the right tools from Radar or somewhere and it'll be grand and dry as a bone. I've fixed my tent loads of times and the patches are solid.

                          A tipi type tent would be good for room and the wind but the good ones are very very very expensive. Note cheapo ones are no good.

                          The vango one you threw up is grand, but it'll be all in the pitching, direction etc. I'tll be the same or better than the one myself an herself were staying in before.

                          Have a look on the door of Radar Stores, they have usually great deals on family style tents like that vango on amazon. Halfords is the other place to look. Never looked for tents in that US Surplus place but worth a look.

                          I've loads more info on tents, but this is getting long and cluttered. Maybe a chat over beer.
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                            #14
                            Thanks all. I was waiting for this thread. I'm competent with an axe and how to hang a deer. BUT no knowledge of the newest camping gear. I look forward to your advices and camping with the wee clan soon.

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                              #15
                              O'Meara's have a good reputation for advice/sales re type of camping/tent.
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