Camping is one of those wholesome activities that all families need to try at least once in their lives! Kids and adults alike can find pleasure in the great outdoors. It's a great way to switch off, reconnect with nature, and leave all the distractions of the digital world behind.
There's nothing like waking up in the morning to the sound of birds chirping and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee seeping into the tent. During the day you can embark on forest hikes, or fill the hours with card games and birdwatching. Then, when the skies start to darken, the campsite comes alive with the sound of crackling fires, songs, and scary stories.
A quality tent is one of the most essential pieces of gear you'll need as a seasoned camper. You might be a camping expert, but you can't control the weather, and many a camping trip has been ruined due to an inadequate tent! If your tent isn't fully waterproof or doesn't provide enough ventilation, a bad quality tent can seriously impact your experience.
Luckily, the Berghaus Air inflatable tent range includes some of the top inflatable tents on the market that are guaranteed to keep you warm, dry, and comfortable throughout your trip. Today we're going to review the Berghaus Air 8 tent. We'll highlight some of its key features, what makes it stand out from other tents, and why it's a fantastic choice for advanced campers. In our review we'll cover general specs; how to set it up and put it down; whether it's weatherproof or not; and answer some commonly asked questions to give you a comprehensive overview.
Berghaus Air 8 Specifications
Before we delve into our review and the key features of this inflatable tent and answer all your questions about the Air 8, here's a general overview of the tent specifications:
- Berths: 8
- Weight: 30KG
- Size: 215 x 750 x 300cm
- Pack size: 88 x 56 x 47cm
- Bedroom inners: 2
- Living area groundsheet: Fully sewn in
- Pitching Style: Inflatable
- Recommended PSI: between 4 and 7
Key Features of the Air 8 Tent from Berghaus
Easy to Put Up
You'd think a tent this big would take forever to set up, right? With the Berghaus Air 8 tent, you'll be happy to know that this isn't the case.
One of the best features of this tent is that it's super easy to set up! This feature makes it a great option for first-time campers who want to avoid a difficult tent set up.
The fact that Berghaus tents are inflatable means that pitching them is a breeze. The Air 8 inflates with a pump in minutes, and within a quarter of an hour at the most, you'll be ready to lay down your sleeping bags.
With this blow-up tent, all you need to do is use a pump to inflate the beams via the air valves. Remember, only inflate them to between 4 and 7 PSI, as any more could cause damage. After you've used the pump to inflate the beams, simply secure the tent to the ground with the guy lines and tent pegs, and attach any poles for the outer awnings. Stake the tent down securely, and there you have it. Talk about easy set-up!
Easy to Take Down
Like an inflatable tent is easy to put up, it's just as easy to take down. It's spring-loaded, so all you need to do is press the quick-release air valves for each beam, let the air out, and roll it up. Once you've rolled it up just place it back into the carry bag and pack it away for next year's camping holiday.
Inner Tent Layout
Let's take a look at some of the great features inside the tent.
Fixing an inner tent can be time-consuming and tedious. With the Berghaus Air 8 tent, you can avoid all of that since it's completely unified. This means that the living room and bedroom spaces are built into the frame. Once it's blown up there's nothing left to do!
The tent space can sleep up to 8 people. For this reason, it's the ideal tent for large or average-sized families who want more space. The tent features 2 4-berth bedrooms at each end, and the living room space is between the two.
The bedrooms are able to fit a double bed and include removable dividers for added privacy. The living room provides plenty of space for storing camping gear, cooking equipment, and anything else. There's also plenty of headroom, so tall people can rest assured their heads won't be scraping the top.
Throughout the tent, there are lots of storage pockets for storing camping essentials like torches and midnight snacks. There's a large organizer beneath the window, and in the main living area, you'll find 5 pockets which are ideal for storing water, camping accessories, and toiletries. This tent makes it easy to remain organized at all times. What's more, it has a hook for lights or lanterns in the middle of the tent and in each bedroom. You can also strap any loose wires to the ceiling so that they can safely reach your electrical point outside the tent.
What's more, the tent features large windows for extra light and visibility, as well as polycotton curtains for increased privacy. One of the best things about the Air 8 tent is that you won't wake up feeling like you've spent the night sleeping in a sauna. Instead, the tent material is really breathable making it ideal for summer camping.
It's comfortable, airy, and provides ample space for kids and camping gear (we're not sure which ones take up more space, are you?). If you need even more space, take a look at our Berghaus Air Porch review too.
No camping trip is complete without a last-minute downpour to soak all your belongings just as you're about to leave. With the Berghaus Air 8, you can rest assured that your tent and camping gear will stay dry (regardless of the weather).
This Air tent features a 70 denier flysheet that has been seam-sealed to protect it from top to bottom. The fully taped rain hood above the door will keep out even the slightest shower. You don't have to worry about finding puddles, as the heavy-duty, sewn-in groundsheet will keep your feet warm and dry and protects against wind, rain, and mud. The Berghaus Air Range tents also feature integrated rain shelter entrances which kept the weather out of the tent.
If you're camping during the summer months, the large windows and generous ventilation will allow plenty of air to circulate, keeping you cool and comfortable throughout your trip.
The Air 8 is fire retardant and has been tested to the BS EN 5912 standard. So you can rest assured that your family and loved ones will be safe in the event of a fire.
If the space provided by the Air 8 still doesn't cut it, you can always invest in a Berghaus Air Porch extension to extend the living space. If you're bringing a lot of equipment like tables and chairs, or are more inclined towards glamping then this will be one of the best investments to ensure your outdoor adventure is all that you expect it to be.
Berghaus Air Porch extensions feature the same rapid-inflation system as the tents themselves. They also use air beams to create a stable space adding 9 extra square meters to your tent. They can join seamlessly with any Berghaus Air tent.
Tips for Deflating the Air 8
Deflating the tent is a cinch. All you need to do is press the quick-release air valves for each beam, and that's it! However, here are some simple steps if you want to get it right on the first go:
- Unpeg the tent and tie the guy lines
- Take off the door canopy and unpeg the rest of the tent leaving only the four corners pegged down
- Press the quick-release air valves to deflate the beams
- When that's all done and your tent's nice, fold it in half, and in half again
- Finally, just roll it up and get rid of any unwanted air by sitting (or getting to kids to roll on it) as you go
- Pop it in the bag and you're good to go!
Who is the Air 8 Best For?
Berghaus Air tents are extremely reliable and versatile. This tent is an excellent choice for large families or family groups that enjoy camping together. It's also ideal for small hiking groups as it provides plenty of space for people to sleep comfortably without being too invasive. The option to separate rooms is also a plus. What's more, if you're embarking on a long-term holiday then this tent provides the perfect home set-up as it's spacious, durable, and offers plenty of extra-comfort features.
One thing to note is that the tent is quite heavy when packed down, and weighs 30kg! For this reason, it's definitely not a tent you can take with you on a hiking adventure (without a car), and you should plan for it to take up quite a bit of space in your transport vehicle. It's worth comparing this article with our review of the Berghaus Air 6, if you think the Air 8 might be too bulky.
Are Berghaus air tents any good?
Yes, Berghaus tents are high quality and offer plenty of features that will take the hassle out of your camping trip. Berghaus is a reliable brand in the outdoor gear business and is consistently praised for providing high-quality, durable camping gear.
Most Berghaus tents are easy to set up and take down, which makes them ideal for first-time campers or families who don't have time to spend hours organizing their campsite. One of the best things about Berghaus tents is that they always deliver on quality. They're fully weather resistant which makes them ideal for camping in any season. They provide ample living room and bedroom space to sleep and move comfortably. What's more, they offer plenty of extra features like the Air Porch which can be added to any Berghaus Air tent to provide an extra living area.
How do you hang a Berghaus air porch?
Another one of the many benefits of buying a Berghaus tent is that you can also attach the Air Porch. It offers the same design features as the main tent and is just as simple to put up and take down. It features inflatable air beams which can be blown up with the pump, and is pegged to the ground on either side. You don't have to worry about annoying poles or taking lots of extra time to attach it, as the process is quite simple.
The attachable porch features a separate groundsheet which you'll need to peg as well. At the front, there's a big door that can be tied up to allow hassle-free entrance and exit. There are also plenty of window panels on the porch, which you can open up during the day and pull down once it gets dark. The attachable porch is a great addition to your already large Berghaus tent and acts as another living room space for you to use as you please.
Can the bedrooms be divided?
The tent space can be divided into separate rooms using the optional divider curtain. The divider curtains separate the space into up to 3 rooms, to give campers more space and privacy while they sleep. This is great if you need to prevent noisy children from talking into the wee hours of the morning! It's also ideal if you want to sleep longer while the other people in the tent begin waking up and moving around.
Does the Berghaus air 8 come with a pump?
Yes, the Berghaus 8 Air tent includes a pump, just like the other tents in the Berghaus Air range. Using the pump you can inflate Berghaus Air 8 tents in no time at all by blowing up the air beams through the quick-release air valves. Blow up tents make for hassle-free camping trips, and are ideal for first-time campers who don't know the ins and outs of setting up tents.
How do you fold a Berghaus Air 8?
Folding a tent can be difficult. They're big and often you have to try to squeeze them into small bags; a task that sometimes seems impossible. With the Berghaus Air 8 inflatable family tent, however, folding it isn't an issue. Once the tent is deflated, all you need to do is fold it in half, and in half again. Once it's folded you can simply roll it up (or get the kids to do it), and squeeze the air out as you go. It'll easily fit into the large bag to be stored for your next holiday.