Open Air Vestmarka tent review

I bought this OpenAir Vestmarka tent in Jysk as a storage/baggage tent just to keep food and rucksacks etc in when we go camping. It was cheap at 15 Euros and has a rating of 450mm waterproofing.

When I got back to the house I put it up just to see what it was like. It was a scorching hot day and I thought the kids could play in it and maybe I’d sleep out in it that night. It only has 4 tent pegs which was worrying and there is no way of fully sealing the front flap, only the mosquito net, meaning it is useless for storing bags as anyone can see inside it.

Within an hour a huge storm appeared – we often get these in the Carpathians. Hurricane winds and lashing rain, lightning and thunder. As usual, the storm passed within another hour or so and I went out to check the tent. The inside was like a swimming pool but at least it hadn’t blown away. Utterly useless. The waterproof rating is a joke.

As a play tent it’s fine but I can understand why it was only 15 Euros. It definitely won’t be coming on any expeditions with me.

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My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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