OUR VERDICT Karsten tents are among the most luxurious you’ll ever find and the recycled materials used in this stunning model make the Blueline one of the most environmentally friendly.
Couples looking for a ‘forever tent’ with strong eco-friendly credentials
When it comes to luxury camping, you’d be hard-pushed to top premium Dutch brand Karsten’s opulent range. We’ve described Karsten as the Rolls Royce of tents in the past… but with the company’s latest offering, perhaps Tesla would be a better comparison.
The Opera Blueline is exactly the sort of top-of-the-tree luxury that you’d expect; a stunning poled tent that screams quality. As you would expect from a Karsten, the material, fittings and overall style of the tent are exquisite and if looked after, it should last a lifetime.
But where it differs from previous Karsten tents is in the manufacturing process. This is luxury with a green credentials – or more accurately, blue.
The unique blue colour of these tents is due to the brand-new TenCate BlueCAMP cotton. This is a mix of high-quality cotton and recycled jeans. The old denim is collected, unravelled, spun into new yarn and processed into canvas for the Blueline series.
By replacing part of the cotton with denim, Karsten is able to save 50,000 litres of water per tent. Not only is the canvas recycled, even the groundsheet is manufactured from batches of off-cut residual bisonyl, while the zippers are made from recycled plastic bottles. The tent is even sewn using solar powered machines.
The design of the Blueline tent is based on the Karsten Opera. It’s a spacious tunnel tent, absolutely rock solid and easily pitched in 15 minutes, with plenty of room for two, or even three. It boasts big windows on either side, a spacious awning, a fold-out ground sheet and an extensive range of storage options.
Ventilation is excellent and the front door has a dual zip that allows the canvas door to be zipped completely shut or rolled-up to reveal an integral mesh net.
The sleeping area is defined by divider that can be tied back during the day and there are plenty of other nice touches throughout.
At more than £2,300 you might think this is too expensive for a tent, but consider it as a lifetime investment.
High-quality, environmentally friendly materials; easy pitching; lots of features; comes with a five-year guarantee
Packed weight 30.8kg
Packed size N/A
Pitching time 15 mins
Materials Outer Cotton/recycled denim Poles Aluminium
Waterproof (hydrostatic head) N/A