An excellent family tent from a brand that is well-known for its adventure tents – packed with features and with loads of space for larger groups to spread out
WHO’S IT FOR?
Large groups or families who want a reliable, quality tent
WHAT’S IT LIKE?
Derbyshire-based Wild Country has been designing technical, adventure tents for decades but the Zonda range is the brand’s first attempt at inflatable tents for family campers. And not surprisingly, given the heritage, we have been really impressed by the quality.
We have already reviewed the six-berth version, and as you’d imagine the 8EP is the next size up, providing accommodation for up to eight campers. The extended porch has a detachable bathtub-style groundsheet, allowing you to fold it back partially or remove altogether to create a wet room, or keep it attached to use as a further living area.
The large, main living space has tinted windows and insect-proof mesh panels on the doors to keep bugs out but allow ventilation. Twin electric cable access points offer versatility and there are lantern hanging points.
The bedrooms use black fabric to keep out early morning light – toggled-in dividers split the sleeping area into three compartments. The Zonda 8EP also comes with a separate two-person inner to create a fourth bedroom.
For such a large tent it is straightforward to pitch and also easy to pack thanks to the oversize tarp style bag. Once folded simply roll the tent into the bag, tighten the compression straps, pull the draw strings and you are done.
Quality materials and workmanship; good amount of living and sleeping space; oversized carry bag; wide-diameter air poles for stability; 10-year guarantee on poles
Packed weight 46.5kg
Packed size 100 x 80 x 60c
Pitching time 30 mins
Materials Outer Polyester Poles Air
Waterproof (hydrostatic head) 6,000mm