A new air pole technology or inflatable pole technology has drastically improved the efficiency of the rapid pitch tent, with the development of the inflatable tent. Here is our summary of everything you need to know about inflatable tents, with a collection of the best ones on the market at the moment. We also explore why airtents and inflatable tents for camping are proving to be so popular, and especially are considered to be the best tents for families.
Yes we love camping, but we also love to put our feet up, relax and enjoy our holiday outdoors. Unfortunately the very nature of camping means this doesn’t always happen as soon as we arrive at the campsite. We have to set up our shelter at the first, and anything that makes this easier and reduces the number of family arguments gets a big thumbs up from us.
I was intrigued by the pop-hiss-pop-hiss-pop-hiss noises coming from a camping neighbour on a recent trip to the campsite and I moved in to investigate. The owner claimed it was the best family tent he had ever owned. While I was getting the low down on the inflatable tent designs I realised I was surrounded by them. It seems turbo tents are proving to be very popular indeed.
The inflatable tent uses air rise technology to pitch the tent. Basically this means you hook the tent inlet valve to a pump, switch it on, and within minutes the inflatable poles have done all the work for you and pitched the tent, without a metal pole in sight. It is very rapid and straight forward leaving you to get on with your well deserved holiday, which is why it is one of the best tents for family camping available today.
Most inflatable camping tent models in 2017 use an interlinked frame, which means the tent can be fully pitched in seconds. Sometimes called air beam tents or air pitch tents, these models come in a number of designs to suit hikers, couples, families and those looking for something a little bit more glamorous. If you are looking for an inflatable tent for sale we have been doing our research and here is our summary of the best inflatable camping tents available at the moment.
The Best Family Camping Tents 2017: The Inflatable Tent
Considered by some to be one of the best inflatable tent designs on the market, the Outwell is proving to be very popular at the campsite. These tents use the Outwell Airtech Stability System which delivers a simplified method of pitching with air tubes and inflation valves that are located outside the tent for easy access.
Vango have a huge selection of tents and awnings using air technology in their AirBeam tent designs, with a range of prices to suit every budget. It is claimed that these tents are so easy to pitch they can easily be assembled by one person within minutes, depending on the size you choose.
The video below gives you a real sense of the ease of pitching the Kelty tent. The Mach 6 tent in their range is a 3 season tent for 6 people, which is one of the cheapest on the market, with great customer reviews.
Available from Millets these tents use inflatable beam design to provides a special camping experience and a super-quick pitching time. Roomy and practical with large windows and great ventilation for a relaxing family break, they come in a variety of sizes, which can be extended by a clever porch addition.
The Air Venus Airtube tunnel tent is a 4 man tent for the smaller family or couples wanting a bit of extra space. It comes with the same rapid pitch air technology and a sewn in ground sheet.
This inflatable tent uses the Qwik frame design and claims you can inflate your tent within 120 seconds. Made from 100% polyester, making it lightweight and easy to move, it has been designed to withstand the most vigorous storms.
This inflatable tent sleeps 5 people and features great standing room height. It has a front canopy that creates a cover on the front door when it is raining, allowing it to be used as a porch, socialising or storage area.
Using AirRise technology, this tent is made from a tear-resistant fabric, taped seams, eyelets and reinforced loops. It is one of the largest inflatable tents on the market with a standing height of 210 cm.
Very quick and easy to pitch and fold down. The all-in-one structure uses inflatable arches, which can be inflated once the ground sheet has been fixed by pegs to the ground. The overhand over the top of the side door is set up by fitting a fibreglass pole into the sheath.
A Demonstration How Inflatable Tents Cope With Windy Weather
The Best Small Inflatable Camping Tents
This tent design maker claims to have produced the first inflatable geodesic tent. You simply lay it out on the ground and inflate one inlet to achieve a rapid pitch. With a hand held pump this could be ideal to create a quick shelter for hiking, even in bad weather (see the video above testing it between 40-60 mph gusts).
A Demonstration Of The Rapid Pitch Speed Of The Inflatable Tent
The Best Inflatable Tents For Glamping
To be true to the spirit of going glamping, you have to do something a bit different and unique. This is where an inflatable bubble tent, dome tent or garden igloo tent can help you stand out from the rest of the crowd at a campsite near you in 2017.
Do you own an inflatable tent, or want to try one out? Let us know what you think of them and if you agree they are the best family tents available at the moment, by giving us your comments below.