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If you’re new to camping, you may well assume that all tent pegs do pretty much the same thing – we wouldn’t blame you for thinking as much, to be honest!  However, as seasoned trekkers and campers will know, different pegs and fixtures will work with different types of ground and fittings.  While many modern tents will come packaged with appropriate pegging for you to use in a wide range of grounding, it’s a good idea to get acquainted with other types of peg and nail used for tent pitching just in case you decide to go adventuring on particularly hard or muddy ground!  Here’s our quick guide to some of the pegs you may wish to use – and where you’re best off using them!

Skewers and Round Wire Pegs

Round wire pegs and skewers are extremely common and are widely provided in tent packages as the catch-all solution to end them all.  They’re very easy to insert by hand, but you’ll need to remember that they may not be so good for soft or muddy ground.  If you’re off to a festival, for example, you may wish to invest in alternative pegs for your tents before you leave – these pegs are great in harder ground or even in rocky patches, but they can bend and warp, too – meaning they’re always prime for replacement.  They do the job in milder weather, however – and you can find them in a variety of thicknesses and styles, too, meaning that they may be worth looking into if you’re hoping to keep costs low.

Skewers and Round Wire Pegs
Tent Nails

Tent Nails

No – not the sort you use to hang pictures up with – these are specifically designed to hold tenting down on harder ground, with flat heads and short, skewered bodies to allow you to easily hammer in and secure your base on a patch of land that isn’t necessarily going to give you much in the way of leeway.  These types of peg aren’t particularly useful in softer ground or sand, as they simply won’t hold.  You can even get your hands on longer nails which are thicker and reportedly more durable – offering a better hold in hard ground.  These are quite heavy, however, and won’t be of much use if you’re anywhere near rocky ground.

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V Pegs or Vee Pegs

V Pegs or Vee Pegs

V pegs, or vee section pegs, are the ideal choice for softer, sandier and muddier grounds.  They’re splayed out, giving more of an opportunity for greater hold and flexibility.  These types of pegs can come in a variety of types and shapes, too – meaning that if you’re in need of a bigger surface area or a stronger hold, you may wish to do a bit more shopping around – but for the money, we think V pegs offer more than enough lightweight support that should be sought ahead of anything seemingly simpler, such as skewers or nails.  V pegs are an ideal purchase for festival campers and for those heading to uneven ground.

Rock Pegs

The name gives it away, doesn’t it?  These sharp, piercing pegs are rock-busters – meaning that they are ideally used on rocky ground or in areas where you are having trouble pegging into thicker soil or earth.  The main issue some campers face with these pegs is the fact that they may not be too durable, depending upon the make or model you opt for – but–there are durable versions of the rock peg out there which could be well worth a look if you’re one for your mountaineering, for example.

Rock Pegs

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Biodegradable Pegs

Biodegradable Pegs

For the environmentally-conscious camper, biodegradable pegs offer an eco-friendly twist which maintains the hold and security of some of the best pegs and nails on this list.  These pegs will quickly degrade over time should you accidentally leave them in the wild – meaning that you won’t have to worry too much if you forget about them – but do also remember that while they can supply something of a nice grip, they have a habit of being fragile on the odd occasion.

Harpoon Pegs

Lastly, let’s take a look at a relatively new peg design.  The Harpoon peg is a catch-all winner – extensive surface area and adaptability make for a hold that can be transferred across soft and medium grounds, meaning that you can even pitch into gravel if you need to.  The perfect beach pegs, the Harpoon model is one to look for if you’re hoping to monopolise on base grip above all.

Harpoon Pegs

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So you know have the knowledge about which pegs you need for which ground, you have no excuse for not going camping. Why not find your perfect campsite.

 

 

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Best Festival Tents in 2018

The festival season for 2018 is fast approaching, and that means it’s time to start looking at the best festival tents to buy online and on the high street.  Whether you’re looking for the best affordable festival tents for three, four or five people, here’s a quick look at what we feel are emerging as the best quality picks for your money this summer.

There are quite a few festivals in Yorkshire, from the Grassington Festival (17 June – 2 July) in the lovely Yorkshire Dales, to the Hull Folk and Maritime Festival (15 – 17 July), to the more well, know festivals including Leeds Festival (26 – 28 August) to the Freedom Festival (2 – 4 September) there are quite a wide range of festivals all over our wonderful county.

While we are a Yorkshire based site, the recommendations on which are the best tents to use apply no matter where the festival is lcoated (assuming its the UK) or where you live, as they are all online and can be shipped to your door.

Getting a tent is key:

Best 3 Man tents for Festivals:

If you’re going away with a couple of friends to a festival or two, you may not necessarily want to go all-out on size – unless, of course, bigger is better!

OutdoorGear Explorer 3 Person Tent Review

If you’re keeping an eye on your budget for the season ahead, the OutdoorGear Explorer 3 is a perfect, comfortable choice for anyone looking for a lightweight, waterproof option for three people.

Alpha 300 Tent Review

Brilliant name, brilliant tent – this dome-shaped model comes in classic colours and is noted for its stability – meaning it’s perfect for revellers and adventurers alike.

Best 4 Man tents for Festivals:

If your group’s a little larger, whether it’s you and three friends or its’ two couples, you’re going to want to look for a tent that offers a bit more stability and maybe a bit more privacy – and there are some brilliant choices out there if you’re wanting to make the most of one pitch (and who can blame you?).

Eurohike Cairns 4 Man Deluxe Tent Review

This is a great little tent that boasts plenty of room for you to store all your gear and to sleep comfortably with three other people.  It’s nice and easy to set up, and on the whole, fuss-free – which is what you’re looking for, isn’t it?

North Gear Camping Mars Waterproof 4 Man Dome Tent Review

While the name is a bit of a mouthful, it doesn’t tell a lie – this is a widely-tested and highly-rated tent that will suit anyone looking to camp out in bad weather.  As we all know, British festivals can get more than a bit damp and muddy – so this could be what you’re looking for.

Best 5 Man tents for Festivals:

Three’s a crowd, five’s a party – and if you’re all pitching up in the same spot, you’re going to need a spacious and sturdy tent to really keep things comfortable and simple for you across a festival.

Vango Waterproof Apollo 500 Unisex Outdoor Dome Tent Review

Another mouthful to say, this model is great value for five people, all things considered – plus it’s very easy to get up and running.

Outwell Earth 5 Tent Review

This snazzy-looking tent is incredibly roomy, well-ventilated and even comes with tinted windows – great for families or for groups who have no problems with sharing!

Best Pop up tents for festivals:

The biggest pain when it comes to tents is setting up and taking down – which, thankfully, is why pop up tents for festivals are becoming more and more easy to find and cheaper to buy!

While they can be a bit difficult to put down – the prices are that cheap and are often left at festivals, the larger festivals usually have the option to leave your tent at the end of a festival and they will send it to a charity.

Yellowstone Fast Pitch Outdoor Pop-Up Tent Review

This 2-person model is cheap and cheerful – it’s waterproof, dead easy to set up and well-ventilated.  It does the job!

Eurohike Pop 200 SD Tent Review

Available in green, blue, red and pink, this is a surprisingly versatile pop up tent that’s lightweight and probably roomier than you think.

That’s the best

So that’s our summary of the best tent’s we have found on the market for taking to festivals this year. Let us know in the comments below which one you will be taking, but more importantly where you are heading too.