If you like your own space when camping, the individual pods in the nine-berth Kepler tent from Berghaus will definitely appeal
WHO’S IT FOR?
Larger groups of family or friends who prefer to have their own personal space in the tent
WHAT’S IT LIKE?
Despite being more tricky to pitch than a traditional tunnel style, pod tents like this have the advantage of offering everyone their own personal space. Rather than lying side-by-side along the rear of the tent, the Kepler’s bedrooms allow you to sleep in individual ‘pods’, arranged around a communal living area. The nine berth version has three bedrooms – each is designed to accommodate up three campers, although two per pod is probably more realistic.
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The bedrooms are all fitted with darkened Nightfall fabric, specially designed to block out early morning sunshine without losing any of the breathability needed to prevent condensation building up.
Although the living room is surrounded on three sides, thanks to the window panels and the skylights, it feels bright and spacious.
The Kepler 9 also has an excellent front porch area for cooking and storage and the hydrostatic head rating of 6,000mm means it should be capable of keeping you dry no matter the weather.
A decade ago, when pod tents first came to prominence their popularity was offset by the size of their footprint and the difficulty in putting them up. However, times have changed – inflatable technology takes a lot of that difficulty away from pitching. And these days tents are bigger than ever and most campsites are able to accommodate even the biggest. Some sites will charge extra for pod tents, though, so make sure you check in advance.
Pod layout provides more personal space; bright communal living area; darkened bedrooms; useful front porch; quality materials
Packed weight 42kg
Packed size 90 x 66 x 60cm
Pitching time 20 mins
Materials Outer Polyester Poles Air
Waterproof (hydrostatic head) 6,000mm