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Heimplanet Fistral Classic Tent | Review

A fun, surprisingly sturdy tent for microadventure-type outdoor excursions or camping holidays

Why We Chose It: Innovative, surprisingly sturdy and reliable, fun

It’s often assumed that inflatable tents are supposed to have sparked a revolution in the field of lightweight camping and, because of this assumption, the options that have become available since their conception have therefore been criticised for not being any lighter than a normal tent.

The thing is, their big advantage doesn’t really lie in their weight but in their dependability, because, unlike standard tents, they don’t have a breaking point in strong winds – they bounce back. And that’s why air beam tents have proven so popular in the family camping market.

Photo: Chris Johnson

Who Is the Fistral Classic Tent For

At 2.5kg, the Fistral Classic, is by no means a lightweight tent but it is still light enough and packable enough to carry in a backpack. Granted, you’re not going to want to go and hike the entire 600-mile South West Coast Path with it, but it’d be great for any weekend wild camps from spring through to autumn – especially if it’s split between two backpacks. 

Materials and Construction

To inflate the Fistral, the supplied adaptor will allow you to use a normal camping mat pump or, or you can purchase one of Heimplanet’s own pumps. The Mini Double Lift would be our recommendation as it’s only 150g and won’t take up much pack space. It’s a rather steep €29 though. 

It takes no time at all to inflate this and have a freestanding structure. We’d still recommend staking it in however, just as it makes sure the flysheet is nice and taut and the porch space is maximised. Once you’ve done that it’s remarkably sturdy. 

As far as space goes, this thing is super, super roomy for a single person, with two vestibules on either side (each big enough for a large backpack and pair of boots), a spacious area to sleep in and plenty of head height so you can sit up comfortably. Our tallest tester, Jordan, who’s 191cm tall, found his head was just about touching the top mesh and said there was plenty of extra lengthways space when he was lying down. For two people, it’s a cosy fit but it’s certainly doable. You’ll just need to be happy to get quite close to the other person! 

Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson

We’d say you don’t need to worry too much about the Fistral Classic puncturing as the air beam material does have a hardy and reliable feel to it – that said, there’s always a risk that it could. It’s also designed with little clips that allow you to break the air beams into separate chambers and that means that if a puncture does occur, you’ll be able to jump out and try to fix the leak (with the supplied puncture repair kit) before the whole tent has fully collapsed on you. 

“It’d be great for any weekend wild camps from spring through to autumn.”

Packing it up, you can either deconstruct the fly and the mesh separately (a good idea if they’re wet) or you can pack them both up together. The stuff sack is a fairly narrow rolltop and we therefore found stuffing the tent away was easier to do than rolling and folding.

Photo: Chris Johnson


All in all, this is a fun tent that’s perfect for those weekend camping trips with friends. It’s certainly a surprisingly sturdy and reliable structure, though admittedly we haven’t had the chance to put it through anything really wild to see how high the resistance actually is.

As a backpacking tent? Having to carry a pump with you will be an inconvenience on any hiking trips – that’s why we think this is much more appropriate as a bikepacking tent, where, if you’re wise, you’ll have a pump with you anyway.

Photo: Chris Johnson

Heimplanet Fistral Classic

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