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What good are cheap tents from the discounter?

 What good are cheap tents from the discounter?

An overnight stay in nature doesn't have to cost a lot! It is possible for well under 100 euros. In the test: Three particularly cheap camping tents from discount stores - the results are available here (also as a podcast to listen to) ...

Not everyone can or wants to spend 500 euros and more on a tent. Those who have just discovered camping for themselves and are still in the testing phase would prefer to start two sizes smaller. And even if the children like Petterson and Findus only want to camp once in their own garden, it doesn't have to be the high-end equipment. A visit to the discounter around the corner is a good idea. There are tents for at least three people for far less than 100 euros.

High Peak Nevada 3

Note: This is a discontinued model that is currently available for 70 euros.

Large anteroom, somewhat short inner tent

In terms of space, the most expensive tent of the trio lies between the spacious Lidl Crivit tent and the somewhat tight Decathlon Quechua MH 100. Lots of luggage fits into the rainproof vestibule, the inner tent is wide enough (usable width: 1.70 m) for three People - who shouldn't be too big because the lying length of 1.72 m is just under. However, thanks to the square base with an edge length of over two meters, you can also lie down slightly diagonally and thus gain some space. Another plus: the interior is pleasantly bright and the weight of 3.8 kilos is relatively low.

Solid floor material, but processing weaknesses

High Peak indicates the lowest water column of the three manufacturers (2000 mm, measurement when new: 2500 mm), but it is actually the most durable soil material. Even after the test period, the values ​​are almost 1900 mm. Even on soaking wet ground, water will not penetrate these areas if you kneel on the floor and move back and forth. After the heavy rain simulation (corresponds to a downpour during a thunderstorm, in which the thick droplets splash away from the dry surface), there is water in the corners of the floor pan. It comes in via the vertical, non-taped corner seams of the floor pan. High Peak recommends not to tighten the corners of the inner tent too much - which then leads to a limp position of the inner tent and further reduces the short lying length. Another lack of workmanship: the eyelets for the rod fixation are beginning to detach from the straps. The manufacturer promises "a free replacement" if the tent should be faulty.

Structure and wind stability

At High Peak Nevada you first set up the inner tent, which is hung in the frame with clips. Then the outer tent is put over it. To do this, the outer skin must first be tensioned with pegs, while with the Quechua MH 100 it is simply hooked onto the inner tent with hooks. The fiberglass frame of the apse arch does not slide particularly smoothly through the canal (same problem as with the Lidl Crivic). In addition, there are no storm bracing connected to the rods, even with a fresh breeze the hut sways like a ship in a storm.

The essentials in brief:

Internal dimensions: 205 cm x 205 cm

Weight: 3.8 kg

Water column: 2000 mm

Price: € 67.99

Crivit igloo tent for 4 people

Spacious darkroom

It's amazing how big a tent can be for just under 40 euros: The Lidl Crivit igloo tent even offers space for three taller people, and the lush, rain-proof vestibule (apse) swallows a lot of luggage. However, since you are lying across the entrance, the people sleeping in the back always have to climb over those in front. Those who have to go out most often at night should be right at the "door". The Crivic looks less spacious than it actually is due to the dark, rather limp interior hanging around the outer tent. The weight of around 4.5 kilos (including an extra floor for the apse) is therefore completely okay.

Patience build-up

The outer and inner skin are built up together, but the connecting sleeves of the fiberglass rods get caught when threading. "That puts a strain on your patience and would hardly be feasible if it were set up in wind and rain," says OUTDOOR equipment editor Frank Wacker. The aluminum poles of high-quality tents, on the other hand, slide through the channels as if by themselves. In addition, the fiberglass poles are undersized for a tent of this size: they move visibly even in a light wind - the four guy ropes hardly help.