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A great value tent for campers who prefer pole tents over inflatable, especially for families with older children

PRICE £562



  • Vis a vis layout
  • Traditional pole construction
  • Rain canopy over entrance
  • 5,000mm hydrostatic head
  • Cable entry points

Families with older children will appreciate the vis a vis layout

The Watergate 8 is a good, basic family tent providing comfortable accommodation for between six and eight people that is very easy to pitch and comes with a quality build. It’s a vis a vis design – meaning the bedrooms face each other across a central living area. This is a good option for families with older children looking for some privacy. The good-sized living room sits in between the two bedrooms and provides plenty of space for dining furniture and some storage. It also has large doors and windows on both sides, providing plenty of light and ventilation and there’s good headroom in the central space.

One of the large side doors has a protective rain canopy to keep you dry getting in and out during bad weather and both doors have a mesh backing to keep bugs out. The living area has storage pockets for small items at each end and there are cable entry ports on both sides. Unlike some vis a vis tents which taper away at both ends, the Watergate retains most of its head height, providing more usable space in the bedrooms. Ventilation panels on the rear combined with mesh on the bedroom doors provide good airflow on hot summer nights. The flysheet is good quality polyester with a 5,000mm hydrostatic head rating for keeping rain out and it is treated to protect against UV damage.

Easy to pitch; good layout for families with older kids; bright and spacious living area; good quality materials

Berths 8
Packed weight 25kg
Packed size 71 x 37 x 37 cm
Pitching time 20 minutes
Style Vis a vis
Materials Outer Polyester Poles Fibreglass
Waterproof (hydrostatic head) 5,000mm
Height 205cm
Width 310cm
Length 740cm
Year 2019