It’s beginning to be the time of year when Christmas is firmly in the rear-view mirror, ski season is slowly heading towards its’ end, and spring – and camping seasons with it - is almost visible in the distance up ahead. For us here at Nordic Outdoor it is also a time of preparation for the new arrivals for the Spring/Summer season. One of the newcomers we are most excited about this year is the Tentipi Zirkonflex CP.

A lot of people tend to view outdoor equipment as just a way of protecting yourself against the environment you will be in. We think that a better way to look at your equipment is as a way to embrace these conditions, and make the most out of your time spent in them.

Obviously, by its’ very definition any good tent needs to offer you shelter - that’s the minimum requirement and anything else would be dangerous. However, there are a lot of other considerations to be taken into account as well – tear strength, ventilation, weight, living space - and there are as many different types of tents as there are ways to enjoy the outdoors. No single tent is always best regardless what you intend to use it for.

However, the reason we are so fond of Tentipi here at Nordic Outdoor is that it offers something that few other tents on the market can – a shelter in which you can socialise rather than just hide away from the elements.

The new Zirkonflex builds even further on that concept – when all sides are raised it can host up to 40 people sitting down together around a fire at one time. Essentially this new tent is an improved version of the Tentipi Zirkon 15CP, with some very key differences. However, it still offers all that makes Tentipi so special; all-weather performance, insect protection, warmth, generous headroom and excellent ventilation. You can even have an open fire in it if you want one.

At a first glance, it might look like the tried and tested Zirkon 15CP – but the sides can be lifted by opening zips which releases eight expansion wedges. What this means is that the bottom edge of the tent can be lifted and staged up by poles, leaving a covered area with a diameter of 8 metres, with the original pole still in the middle.

This large covered area provides protection from sun and rain, and offers a great panorama of the surrounding area - as well as a great space for larger groups to get together away from precipitation or blazing sunlight.

At this point, some of you will surely have thought to yourself – “what if it’s really windy?” The quite nifty solution is that it is possible to raise one side of the lower skirt – leaving the other in place. The result is an area that still provides ample space and great views – but is covered from the wind direction. Of course, it goes without saying that for the tent to have the same wind resistance as the normal Tentipi models the sides should be lowered to achieve the low, wide base that is integral to the way Tentipi tents handle strong winds. As with anything in the outdoors – the when and where always comes down to common sense.

All these qualities make the Zirkonflex an excellent option as a basecamp or assembly tent for larger groups that require ease of use, low weight and flexibility, as an alternative to the larger, heavier tents available from Tentipi which are harder to put up.

These tents are due to arrive with us towards the end of the month – if you are interested and would like more information just give us a call on 0131 552 3000 as we are excited as well, and happy to talk you through the process.

After all, camping season will be here before we know it and it’s never too early to start preparing.