Our favourite tent of the year, the Coleman Cortes Octagon 8 man tent is a refreshing design of tent. Perfect for many types of camping events, the Octagon 8 is versatile and can be used as a day tent, a festival tent or as a couples tent. The Octagon 8 pitches inner tent first, and can be left as a free standing inner tent, if camping in warmer, dry conditions. However, if camping in the unpredictable UK climate, we would recommend attaching the waterproof flysheet over the top of the inner tent. The Cortes Octagon also features a sewn-in groundsheet, which protects you from the creepy crawlies, and any draughts.
|Year of Manufacture||2019|
Berth – This shows the number of people that the tent can sleep within the inner tents of a model of tent, in line with the industry standard. Normal procedure is to look for a slightly larger tent, for example, a family of four usually purchase a five or six berth tent, to give added room and comfort.
|Hydrostatic Head (mm)||
Hydrostatic Head (Tents) – a waterproof rating for technical fabrics measured in mm. The higher the rating the more waterproof the fabric is. A rating of 1500mm is deemed waterproof, but on a tent, look for a rating of 3000 or higher. Measured by the height of water column a fabric weave can take before it begins to “sweat”. “Polycotton” tents will not have a Hydrostatic Head level, as they are not treated for waterproofing.
|Doors||2 Doorways at opposing ends of the tent|
Polyester, PU coated Flysheet
Polyester – a synthetic fibre, made from polymer units to create a textile fabric. Polyester is the most popular fabric for tent manufacturing, as it is durable, reliable and lighter in weight. Polyester does not breathe though, which creates more condensation.
Polycotton - a blend of polyester and cotton, primarily cotton (usually around 65% cotton / 35% polyester split). Polycotton is a more natural fabric for camping, as it is breathable, far more durable material, reducing the effects of condensation. Offers greater versatility in hot and cold climates.
Ripstop Nylon – a durable material used in tents which is strong and repairable due to its Ripstop properties.
|Groundsheet Fabric||Polyethylene Integrated Groundsheet|
|Inner Fabric||Breathable Mesh Inner Tent with lots of venting|
|Window Fabric||PVC clear windows for added light into the tent|
Fire Retardant – all modern tent fabrics are fire-retardant under EN5912 European Safety Laws. Caution with fire must always be used, as flame retardant fabrics, will still catch fire given the right circumstances.
|Pack Size (cm)||85 * 30 * 30|
|Pole Bag Weight (kg)||No|
Double Skin Tent – A tent with an inner bedroom and a flysheet, most family tents are designed as a “Double Skin tent”, as it makes the tent more comfortable, and lessens the effects of condensation.
|No. Bedrooms||1 Bedroom|
|Bedroom Dimensions (cm)||396 * 396|
|Bedroom 2 Dimensions (cm)||No|
|Bedroom 3 Dimensions (cm)||No|
|Bedroom 4 Dimensions||No|
|Floor Dimensions||400 * 400|
|Pitching Order||Inner First - can be pitched as an inner alone|
|Poles or Air||
Most tent structure are either Airbeam or Poled in design, both have advantages and disadvantages. Air tents are quicker to pitch, but more expensive when compated to traditional pole style tents. Some tents are hybrids, and combine poles and air technologies.
|Number of Poles / Beams||4 Steel Poles|
|Pitching Time||20 Minutes|
|Pitching Area (cm)||400 * 400|
|Recommended Use||Spring to Summer camping - amazing for couples or groups of friends - or for festivals or even in the back garden|