Never has a tent caused as much confusion… it even resulted in 3 men walking over to us in the pitch black to clarify whether the Tentipi Safir 9 was a Tipi or a Wigwam… they were soon sent away with all the charm that two Mancunican ladies could muster. We were as ever, as subtle as a brick! It was certainly the talking point of the campsite… even with a guy dressed as Jack Sparrow there for the weekend!
Still, even now I am uncertain about the differences between a Tipi and a Wigwam, all I know is that the Tentipi range are definitely Tipi’s… something in the name gives it away… oh… and they are AWESOME!
After reviewing several YouTube videos and recalling Tony from Tentipi’s drawings, I had mixed emotions on putting the Tentipi up. It is not a small tent by any stretch of the imagination. The Tentipi Safir 9 is aptly named, because it can comfortably hold 9 sleeping adults… plus extra space for clothes, food or even beer! My first foray into erecting a tent was not going to be easy and with the sun belting down and cracking the flags, my butterflies certainly surfaced on the way to the Middle Hills Farm camp site in The Peak District.
Tentipi tents are sold as primarily that, a tent! Mainly due to the fact that the people who normally buy and use them are hardcore adventurers. Think Ray Mears and families who are more used to the great outdoors… not a hair product loving, nail varnish addict from the outskirts of Manchester, who loves her home comforts! Luckily Tony had also lent us a ground sheet to accompany the tent. Sharing my bed with bugs is something I did not have in mind so was eternally grateful!
After watching a well trained gentleman put the Tentipi Safir 7 up in 8 minutes on a YouTube video, I was determined to beat his time. Ever competitive Sim! Realising the disc and measuring tape that comes with the tent would make it much easier for me to peg out in the correct placings and the perfect distance apart, I thought it would be an easy task.
Except, on arrival and finally taking out the brand new, pristine, stunning Safir 9, with shiny silver pegs and tent pole, I realised there was no disc or measuring tape. HELP!!
Fear not, I had revised the videos several times… I could do this right?
The answer is…
That is how easy the Tentipi’s are to put up, I was amazed. I expected to be swearing quite a lot and crying… alas no, in fact I was laughing at how easy it all was that even I could do it, whilst watching every other camper struggle with their tents!
So… this was how easy it was to put up… I still need to inform you of how awesome the tent actually is… in another post 😉
If you are interested in the Tentipi tents, definitely check out the Tentipi Safir range. Perfect for families and easy to put up!