OUR VERDICT The Spearhead provides a truly stylish camping experience, but with a technical spec that makes it just as suitable for the campsite as the festival.
Festival-going families or groups of friends looking for a touch of glamour coupled with a good-quality tent
Snow Peak is an outdoor brand that comes with five decades of Japanese heritage. It hasn’t been in this country for long and we didn’t actually discover it until last year… but we’re certainly glad we did.
From its flagship store in London, Snow Peak supplies a large range of camping gear and outdoor clothing that embodies stylish Japanese design combined with functionality.
The Snow Peak tent range covers all the bases, from family camping and adventure travel to luxury glamping. And the latter is where the Spearhead Pro.L fits in.
Make no mistake, this is at the higher end of the price range but what we like about it is the combination of style and high-end spec.
The Spearhead is a stunning single-pole tent, designed for families and groups. From the outside it has the appearance of a tipi, with the central pole forming that traditional, tall shape that we all recognise. That single pole makes it really easy to pitch. However, at ground level the curved ‘eyebrow’ poles above the vents and door create more of a bell tent-style profile and increase the usable space inside.
The light-coloured fabric sparkles in the sunshine and provides a light, airy interior, while still offering UV protection. And if the weather turns foul, the Spearhead shouldn’t be found wanting, with its Teflon, water-repellent finish providing protection from rain.
Inside the tent, the circular inner floor plan allows for a spacious camping experience, providing space for up to eight adults. There's no groundsheet in the living area which is certainly a disappointment at this price.
The panels in the central peak provides great ventilation.
For a communal camping experience you can dock the tent with other Spearheads and although there are no defined bedrooms, you can buy an optional inner tent that allows you to keep the sleeping and living area separate.
The company says its mission is to produce beautiful, functional designs and there’s no question that they’ve achieved that with the Spearhead Pro.L.
Stylish appearance; quality manufacturing and materials; relatively lightweight
Berths 8 max
Packed weight 16kg
Packed size 87 x 33 x 38cm
Pitching time 15 mins
Materials Outer Polyester Poles Alloy
Waterproof (hydrostatic head) 1,800mm