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Outdoor Tent Shop

Outdoor tent is a broad term. With this we include all types of tents, ranging from a minimalist dome tent to a spacious group or family tent. Even the practical, self-assembling pop up tent belongs to the "Outdoor Tent" category. For each outdoor tent, ordered online, we deliver within 2 to 3 days.

Outdoor Tent Selection

In the Berzeit outdoor tent shop, are huge selection of favourite tent brandsare to be found; from MSR tents, Exped tents, Hilleberg tents, Salewa tents and more!

Outdoor Tent Test

Many of our Bergzeit team members are found traveling to remore places and are constantly testing out the tents that we sell eg trying out an expedition tent on a trip to Norway or a trekking tent while in Iceland. Tent reviews, camping and tent info in general, can be found in the Bergzeit Journal.

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For those that purchase a tent online, there is the reassurance that Bergzeit will give you their 100 day money-back guarantee.

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Outdoor Tents

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Drive Van XT Vaude

Drive Van XT

Tent groundsheet for the Drive Van XT Tent

£134.95 Reg. £134.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
anthracite
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Firstlight Vestibule Black Diamond

Firstlight Vestibule

Lightweight and compact awning for the Black Diamond First Light Tent

£125.95 Reg. £125.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
Wasabi
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Enan Tent Hilleberg

Enan Tent

One man tent - versatile, lightweight, durable and with outstanding ventilation

£602.95 Reg. £602.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
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Hilight Vestibule Tent Black Diamond

Hilight Vestibule Tent

Lightweight, waterproof and versatile awning for the Black Diamond Hilight Tent

£75.95 Reg. £125.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
Wasabi
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Freelite 3 Footprint MSR

Freelite 3 Footprint

Tent pad for the MSR Free Lite 3 Tent

£57.95 Reg. £57.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
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Carbon-Core Tent Stakes MSR

Carbon-Core Tent Stakes

Extremely lightweight tent peg with shatterproof head

£31.95 Reg. £31.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
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Blizzard Stake-bulk Tent Stakes MSR

Blizzard Stake-bulk Tent Stakes

Very robust and flexible tent stakes for use on soft ground

£4.95 Reg. £4.95
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Mountain 25 Tent The North Face

Mountain 25 Tent

Extremely stable and robust 2-person tent for high alpine use in adverse conditions

£656.95 Reg. £656.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
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Hubba NX Footprint MSR

Hubba NX Footprint

Matching cut tent pad for the NX Hubba

£39.95 Reg. £39.95
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Freelite 1 Footprint MSR

Freelite 1 Footprint

Matching cut tent pad for the Freelite 1 Tent

£48.95 Reg. £48.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
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Latitude II Tent Salewa

Latitude II Tent

Breathable and lightweight trekking tent for two people

£197.95 Reg. £197.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
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Fjellheimen Superlight 3 Camp Tent Helsport

Fjellheimen Superlight 3 Camp Tent

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Extremely lightweight double-walled tunnel tent

£853.95 Reg. £853.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
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Ringstind Superlight 1-2 tent Helsport

Ringstind Superlight 1-2 tent

One of the lightest 1 - 2 persons tents on the market

£583.95 Reg. £583.95
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Vista Tent Black Diamond

Vista Tent

Lightweight, 3 man double-wall tent for hiking, camping or for base camp

£280.95 Reg. £467.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
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Wiglo Mosquito net Bergans

Wiglo Mosquito net

Mosquito net for all Bergans Wiglo tents

£53.95 Reg. £53.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
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Groundhog Stakes MSR

Groundhog Stakes

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Sturdy and durable tent pegs for a wide range of soil underground

£17.95 Reg. £17.95
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Hook Stake Tent Peg MSR

Hook Stake Tent Peg

Hooked shaped classic tent stakes - corrosion-resistant

£10.95 Reg. £10.95
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Sand & Snow Tent Anchor MSR

Sand & Snow Tent Anchor

High-quality fibre anchor for snow and sand

£24.95 Reg. £24.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
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Ultralight Cord Tent Rope MSR

Ultralight Cord Tent Rope

Tension resistant tent rope made of durable material

£19.95 Reg. £19.95
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delivery time 3-5 days
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Adjustable Pole Tent Pole MSR

Adjustable Pole Tent Pole

Adjustable tent pole for securing tarpaulins and awnings

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Buyer's Guides;Outdoor Tents

Tents for outdoor use – a Buyer's Guide

Tunnel tent, Geodesic dome tent,Tipi tent? When buying a tent, there are several things to consider. We explain which tents are right for hiking, trekking or nights spent while mountaineering.

Hardly any other piece of equipment deserves looking into extensively before buying it, as the tent. That's because there are so many important elements to consider; size, comfort, weight and price to name a few. However, it's well worth investing your time in selecting the right one - it could well mean the difference between comfort and disaster!

Most important, is to factor in the advantages and disadvantages of tent structures and fabrics used. This will chiefly determine if the tent is suitable to where you want to pitch the tent (what type of area) and if it's in keeping with the season to which you wish to use it - e.g what time of year you'll be using the tent or spending time outdoors? What role does bulk and weight play? How spacious does it need to be?

Step 1: How will your new tent be used? - for mountain touring, for an expedition, in tropical, humid regions, arid regions, (winter) trekking etc.

This is, of course, one of the first questions that should be asked as all this will depend on what type of tent construction you require.

For backpacking in wilderness areas, a dome tent is recommended | Photo: Hilleberg For backpacking in wilderness areas, a dome tent is recommended | Photo: Hilleberg

Due to their compact nature, dome tents have become increasingly popular as a sleeping quarter while backpacking. With a free-standing structure, they are suitable for stony and uneven terrain.

High-alpine use (e.g on expeditions)

Heavy snowfall and windy, turbulent weather are the perfect conditions for pitching a stable geodesic tent. Should weight and minimum space play a vital role, a single walled tent is worth considering.


Tents in warm climates (e.g Southern Europe)

Lightweight fabrics made with mesh (airy and breathable) and a gap between the outer tent wall and floor base ensure proper ventilation. Practical is a free-standing screen tent, which simply serves its purpose as insect protection. Ideal for combating hot summer nights.

Cool, rainy regions (e.g Northern Europe)

When ultralight trekking, every gram counts - even the tent! | Photo: Seatosummit When ultralight trekking, every gram counts - even the tent! | Photo: Seatosummit

Einen schnellen, unkomplizierten Aufbau garantieren gekoppelte Innen- und Außenzelte. Robuste Materialien, genügend Abspannpunkte, ein winddichtes Innenzelt, ein bis zum Boden gezogenes Außenzelt lassen auch einen Sturm und Platzregen gut aussitzen. Praktisch sind große Apsiden, wie man sie bei Tunnelzelten findet.

Winter trekking e.g. in Scandinavia …

… Is a typical domain for tunnel tents. Extremely sturdy materials, fabrics and pegs are indispensable. Lockable vents, and a tightly pegged outer wall, possibly even snow flaps (covering tab toward the bottom) to block out drifting snow. Also important is a tent that can be completely pitched and taken down while wearing gloves (construction, zippers, vents). Large vestibules for cooking are absolutely necessary in stormy weather.

Ultralight trekking - single wall, teepees, tarp tents

If you want to reduce weight you have to resort to unusual structures. Tent poles are often replaced by trekking poles, single walls replace double. The aim being, that experienced backpackers carry bare minimum weight on challenging hikes without loss of comfort.

Step 2: Different shaped tents - tunnel tents, geodesic tents, tipi tents

By now, you have a basic guide as to which tent construction may come into question for you. Below you'll find these constructions in more detail.

Tunnel tents

Tunnel tents offer the best space-to-weight ratio. | Photo: Exped/Peter Eichenberger Tunnel tents offer the best space-to-weight ratio. | Photo: Exped/Peter Eichenberger

Tunnel tents consist of tent fabric attached to flexible poles which are arranged in a series of parallel hoops that forms the framework. Higher sides provide a great space / weight ratio. Often, these are the only trekking tent type suitable for tall people (approx. 2 metres).

They can be set up in a flash and both the Inner and outer tents are, in most cases coupled together. Unlike other constructions, they rely entirely on guy lines for support and generally have higher space-to weight ratio than self-supporting tents. One advantage of these structures are, they are very stable in windy conditions. A disadvantage however, is the 4-6 guy line points that are needed for setting up. Having a relatively large material surface, these type of tents may be quite noisy in the wind.

Dome tents and geodesics

The poles cross over at least once in the construction of Dome tents, whereby with Geodesic tents it's repeated. This achieves a largely free-standing structure, meaning even after the tent has been set-up it can be moved. One advantage to this is the problem of rocky underground. In windy conditions however, these type of structures must be well braced. It's generally not sufficient to only have the corners secured. These tent structures are particularly suitable for regions with changing winds. Via the crossed pole design, they tolerate significantly higher snow loads as for example a tunnel tent. A disadvantage of both types is the higher weight due to the higher proportion of poles and poorer utilization of space.

Group tents and Teepee tents

Although they've been around for ages, these tents have experienced a rebirth on the market for hikers and campers in the search for lighter equipment. The reason is simple: No rods are needed for tipis - only a center bar, with small ridge tents even trekking poles will do..

Often, a double wall is omitted with these types of tent structures, reducing the weight even further. Tipi tents can be considered extremely stable, if there are enough pegs to provide a sufficient base.

Step 3: Spoilt for choice - tent fabrics and their benefits

Nylon tent walls vs. polyester tent walls

In the making of outdoor tents, nylon and polyester fabrics are chiefly used.

  • Nylon has a high tear and abrasion resistance and high elasticity. To reduce the risk of tears, mostly Ripstop-Nylon, that has a stronger thread is used. The disadvantage is the moisture absorption and a tendency to expand when wet
  • Polyester has a lower tensile strength than nylon. The fabrics used are heavier and let in less light. Due to a lower water absorption, polyester won't stretch or give as much as nylon.

The tent wall: coatings for weather protection

Nylon and Polyester must be coated to be watertight. With high quality tents either polyurethane or silicone coatings are used.

An outdoor tent is a reliable companion - come rain or shine. | Photo: Vaude/Moritz Attenberger An outdoor tent is a reliable companion - come rain or shine. | Photo: Vaude/Moritz Attenberger
  • Polyurethane coatings (PU) reach a very high water resistance. ??3000-5000 millimeters water values in outdoor fabrics and 5000-10000 millimeters at the lower end of the scale are the rule of thumb. The coating remains flexible at low temperatures and offers sealing by way of tape.
  • PU coatings are applied in one layer and weaken the support fabric slightly. The coating is usually found in cheaper tents and as floor covering. It generally ages faster than quality silicone coatings.
  • Silicone coatings are very durable, increase the UV-resistance and tensile strength significantly. Tear values ??of up to 18 kg are possible. Disadvantages are the low abrasion resistance and the restrictions that factory seam-sealed taping can have. Water columns are approx. 1500-3000 mm.
  • Cotton tents are not coated. The fabric allows water vapor to pass through and provides a pleasant climate. In the case of rain, the cotton swells, the open pores close and it seals itself. Once again nature proves how to help.

Rods - the tent's backbone

Tent rods in trekking tents have come a long way - heavy, susceptible to breaking fiberglass rods, have been replaced with bendable elastic and quick-to-repair aluminum rods. To choose from are a variety of alloy and elastic rods. The numbering 7006 or 7075 indicate the type of alloy, which is responsible for the strength. The abbreviation T6 or T9 indicates the type of heat treatment that has been used - this has enormous influence on the elasticity. Steel rods are found in large family tents that are heavy in weight. Only these tents, will guarantee sufficient stability under duress conditions.

Water column; the higher it is, the more rain proof the tent?

Stay dry? With the correct fabric no problem at all. | Photo: Bergans/Fredrik Schenholm Stay dry? With the correct fabric no problem at all. | Photo: Bergans/Fredrik Schenholm

To determine its water resistance, the material in question is tensioned over a cylindrical measuring device as long as the water pressure increases until eventually water drops push through the fabric.

A fabric's water column, is a frequently asked question by customers looking for advice on tents. The importance of the tent's outer wall water column, is actually less relevant than one would expect. Very high quality silicone coated fabrics have significantly lower values than polyurethane coated fabric. What is important is the quality of the coating, how it lends to the tent's longevity and sufficient waterproofing of the outer material is important..Sealing of seams or taping of seams is important at the floors base as here the stress is greater.

Seam sealing - how do the seams of a tent become water-tight?

As seam material, a cotton coated polyester yarn is used which swells when wet, sealing the seams tight.

In PU coated tents a tape is also applied from the inside of the seam which is water-tight guaranteed. It's not possible to tape silicone-coated tents meaning under certain circumstances a few drops of water may get through the seams. Those wishing to prevent this from happening, may do so by using a seam sealer as a preventive, for example by McNett.

Don't underestimate condensation

When drops of water start building up on the inside of the tent from the outer wall, condensation could well be the cause. Was the tent pitched in a meadow, was it a damp, cold night, was there a lot of cooking going on in the tent and the vents were closed? There are many factors as to the cause and are not always easy to define. An important feature to avoid this from happening is venting. Cotton tents, in which water vapor is naturally transported out via the fabric, have significantly less issues with condensation.

Stake your ground

Each tent is supplied with a sufficient number of tent pegs. These are often simple round pegs. Depending on your destination and expected terrain these pegs may need to be substituted for more suitable pegs.

Universal Y or V-shaped tent pegs: for soft to hard ground, offer sufficient surface and grip in soft meadow or forest soils and are sturdy enough to withstand stones.

Tent nails Rockpins: steel, aluminum or titanium are ideal for particularly boulder-strewn, alpine terrain where sometimes only hearty hammering of rocks gives stability

A sand anchor and snow pegs offer the best grip on large areas in loose subsoil. Ideally, they are buried as a T-anchor.

4. Repairing a tent, being prepared in an emergency

Depending on the type of coating that has been used on the outer fabric, a corresponding adhesive for sealing and patching of holes should be used. As the boy scouts say “be prepared”, otherwise there could be an uncomfortable night awaiting you.

  • In the case of PU coated fabrics Sil-Net can be used to ensure that leaky seams are easily sealed again. For small holes caused by thorns or stones, it's enough to seal by applying a small drop where's needed. Small tears can be repaired with round, flat bonded patches.
  • For silicone-coated fabrics, Sil-Net, a silicone-based adhesive is used.
  • In the case of pole breakage, it is recommended that a repair sleeve is always taken along on trips: These are simply pushed over the bent segment, fixed with tape - this splints the segment in place.
Sebastian Krejci

...Is a product manager for hardware at Bergzeit and responsible for the purchase of trekking and camping equipment. Ideal for the job, considering he spends most of his holidays usually spent in a tent near the Arctic Circle, whether summer or winter. He's up for anything when it comes to mountain activities - hiking, climbing, skiing and mountaineering and recently even paragliding.