We got our hands on a Kampa Brighton 3 pole tent to play with for a few nights. A small tent from a big brand with a very good price point. We took the Brighton 3 to the Bushcraft Show to see if it delivered what we needed from a weekend / festival tent.
Kampa are better known for their larger high quality family size tents as well as their motorhome and Caravan awnings and camping equipment. Well Kampa do make smaller tents, and the Brighton is part of their Adventure Range said to be perfect for weekend breaks and festivals. We have been quite impressed with the overall quality of this tent, especially for the price.
The Brighton 3 was pitched in next to no time and although we haven’t tried it in any bad or windy weather, it seems very well constructed with its design making for a very stable feeling tent.
The Brighton 3 was pitched in only few mintes, here’s a brief outline.
Lay the tent flat out on the ground and pull the corners out taught, you can put pegs in the corners at this point if you wish.
Take the two longer poles, fit them together then take the end of one pole and attach it via the peg pin at one of the tent corners. Bend the pole and attach it to the opposite corner of the tent. Do the same with the other pole so they crossover each other. Then the tent inner is ready to be clipped onto the poles via the attached black clips.
Almost done, all that’s left is to throw the outer sheet over the top, fit the remaining vestibule pole in place, peg it down and you are all done.
The Kampa Brighton is a dome shaped semi geodesic design with a vestibule/porch at the front. The two poles crossover each other and hold the inner sleeping area aloft. Pitched inner first, it was very quick to put together, then throwing the outer sheet over the crossed to poles. All that’s left to do is put in place the front pole by the vestibule and then to peg it down. All of this only took a few minutes.
Typical of Kampa‘s overall product quality, this tent seems very well made with plenty of attention to detail. It appears to be made from very durable materials, and the tent body has a very waterproof 3000HH rating. It looks to be the ideal tent for maybe keeping in your car or van for those quick weekend escapes. You could probably also fit it into your backpack or maybe get it onto your pushbike or into her motorcycle panniers so you can go off and lose yourself in the countryside, and it only weighs 3.78kg too.
This is a very versatile tent, being able to have the various configurations with regards to the doors being opened and closed. I will try to explain, also check out the photos.
The front door rolls up out of the way and is held in place with a couple of toggles. This leads you into the vestibule (porch) area which you can have with or without groundsheet in place. The vestibule area at the front is a nice size for storing your gear, ideal if it’s wet. It is also very bright and airy inside thanks to super clear windows.
There is an inner door and fly screen that are easily rolled down and tied out of the way at the bottom. In warmer weather, having the inner fly screen allows you to have the front vestibule and the inner door open without the fear of getting bitten to death in your sleep.
With the front vestibule door closed, it was nice to sit inside the tent with the inner door and flyscreen open, it made for a very airy and spacious feeling. The headroom is at a good height too, contributing to the feeling of space.
Inside the main tent area are storage pockets on each side so you can safely stash your belongings, moving them to safety off the floor. There’s also a plastic ring hanging from the ceiling for attaching a lantern for light during the night.
There is a large covered vent at the rear in the outer flysheet and on the inner, there is also a large mesh panel to help with air circulation. On this camping occasion, the weather was hot and humid but there were no problems with condensation inside the tent.
Almost forgot to mention - The front vestibule area has a groundsheet that can be rolled out of the way if not required. It can be stowed under the front of the tent for quick deployment. This is perfect if you do need it in a hurry for example in wet weather when the ground is wet from the rain and you want to stay dry.
Being able to remove the groundsheet in this area also allows for you to be able to cook at the front of the tent. Logic dictates that you MUST do this in a safe manner, with the front door wide open for ventilation and no stoves must NEVER be left unattended. However, I did think it important to mention this so as to highlight the versatility of Kampa Brighton tent.
We were Testing the 2019 version of this tent, and at the time of writing it was available to purchase from eBay for less than £50. Slightly older versions were still available to purchase and these were even lower priced.
We tested the Kampa Brighton 3, but it is also available in a 2, 4, and 5 too. The Kampa Brighton five is the largest one and it also has a larger vestibule area with front opening as well as two side doors to open the front of the tent really wide and airy.
The Kampa Brighton 3 and other tents in the Brighton range are definitely worth considering as they have a very keen price point, what seems to be a very durable construction and some great built in versatility.
As well as being a great weekend / festival tent in its own right, it could also make for a great pup tent. Those tents that you stick your kids into when you don’t want them in the same space as the grown ups.
A very capable, versatile and very competitively priced tent, thanks Kampa.