Coleman Tent

The Coleman Company was started by a young man called William Coffin in Kansas, U.S.A. early in the last century. William a typewrite salesman, had very poor eyesight and when out one evening saw a lamp powered by gasoline rather than kerosene which gave off a bright light.

He obtained the franchise to sell these lamps and, as they became more popular, he expanded his range of outdoor products to cookers.

After WWII, and with people becoming more affluent and having more leisure time, the business prospered. Eventually Coleman introduced tents into their range of camping and outdoor products.

Coleman have always had a reputation for innovation and quality, and today their tents range from backpacking tents, weekend tents, family tents and shelters for events, all packed with the latest innovation in tent technology.

Coleman tents know that performance is everything, and they are tested exhaustively for wind, rain, and long term weather testing. The Coleman Weather Tec + System ensures that Coleman tents are waterproof, leak free, that the seams are protected, the zippers have increased guards and inverted zippers, and the frames are engineered to withstand stormy conditions. The poles whether of fibre glass, steel or aluminium, on the more technical tents, are designed to the highest standards.

The Coleman Easy set up system ensures that Coleman tents are easy and quick to pitch at every stage. There are features to make it easy to pitch the Coleman tents such as pre-attached bedrooms colour coded poles. And, of course, the tents are fire retardant, so that if a naked flame is applied to the fabric it won’t flare up, and will self extinguish, giving you peace of mind for you and your family.

Many Coleman tents and sun shelters have UV guard affording extra protection against damaging ultra violet rays, preventing sunburn and UV overexposure.

Coleman tents are all tested for the hydrostatic head which is a measure of the amount of water in millimeters that the tent fabric can tolerate before letting any water through the fabric. All Coleman tents are tested to a high standard for their HH.

All Coleman tents have taped seams, which can be a source of water penetration by way of the needle holes if not done. All Coleman tents have been carefully engineered for maximum stability in windy conditions, by means of sturdy poles and multiple guy lines. The mesh pole sleeves allow wind to pass through making for increased aerodynamic efficiency and reducing wind noise.

Coleman tents come in various sizes, from small one and two man tents, more technical backpacking tents, up to 8 man family tents. Also they now produce a range of beach shelters and event shelters. All are produced from quality materials, tested to the highest standards and come with the Coleman warranty., backed by the high reputation that Coleman Camping have built up over many years.

Duke Of Edinburgh Scheme and Scouts Equipment

The Duke of Edinburgh scheme was founded so that all children and young adults from every home, regardless of their financial background would be able to take part in outdoor activities of a testing nature thereby strengthening their self confidence and sense of worth. Being able to navigate in the hills, set a tent up and cook for you in the outdoors, as part of a group, teach these qualities and also working as part of a group. The sense of achievement after an expedition at whatever level helps to motivate young people to achieve more in all aspects of their lives as well as engendering a love of adventure. The Scouts as well have always emphasised the benefits of getting away from the conveniences and pressures of modern life.

When young people go out on the hills, it is essential that they are equipped with the right equipment and clothing. This does not mean that they have to have the latest and most expensive clothing. Some well known brands are now regarded as fashion and street wear, and whilst they are very good technically, they are very expensive, to a degree that is not needed for the conditions in the UK.

There is plenty of good quality clothing and footwear that will be quite adequate for most DofE expeditions and the Scouts at very reasonable prices. For example, Regatta makes excellent coats that are waterproof and breathable. HI-Tec make hiking boots that are strong, with good gripping soles at prices that won’t break the earth. A tent does not have to be the latest and most expensive model, the weight can be distributed among the group, one member carrying the poles and the other the flysheet. There are plenty of good quality stoves that are lightweight on the market, by Gelert, Vango, Coleman and Highlander.

When buying boots and clothing the important point to bear in mind is that they should be waterproof and breathable. That does not mean having to buy the latest Goretex jacket for £200.00! There are plenty of good boots starting at around £40.00 and waterproof shell jackets for around the same money. A good fleece can be as little as £10.00. The way to dress is to wear layers, that are made from manmade materials that will wick, that is transport moisture away from the body and can be evaporated away through the waterproof and breathable outer shell, and in this way the hiker is kept dry and warm. Also a good outer shell prevents heat loss due to the wind chill factor.

Singers Outdoors have lots of bargains and good technical clothing , footwear, tents and other gear suitable for the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and Scouts on the website at and also if you ring us on 01772-44001 we will always be happy to give our advice based on many years experience.

How to get the most out of you Coleman and Campingaz Coolbox

How to get the most out of you Coleman and Campingaz Coolboxes and How to look after them.

Coleman and Campingaz make some of the best static Coolboxes on the market and used properly the Xtreme range of coolboxes can keep food and drink cold for up to five days. The first point to consider is purchasing two coolboxes, one food and one for drink. Match the cooler size to the size of the group, a 54 quart cooler should be adequate for two or three people for two days.

When packing your coolbox, use a bit of common sense.

  1. Prechill drinks and food – the ice will last longer if the contents are already chilled. Prechill the coolers by placing ice cubes inside an hour or so before packing in the cold food and drink.
  2. Put ice in last – cold air descends so put cans and bottles first then cover with ice.
  3. Used crushed or block ice – Crushed ice cools food and drink fast, blocks of ice last longer. As an alternative to block ice, prefreeze drinking water or juices in clean milk jugs, this wil help to keep food cold and provide a source of cold drinks as they melt.
  4. Put foods in chronolgical order. Pack foods that will be consumed last on the bottom and work upward, storing food that you will need first on the top. Store perishable foods such as meat and dairy products directly on the ice. Keep foods dry by using sealed plastic containers or zip-closure plastic bags.
  5. Obviously keep out of the sun! Ice lasts twice as long in the shade. Only open the lids as and when strictly necessary, and close right away to keep the cold air in. Insulate the coolbox with blankets, coats, sleeping bags when travelling to help keep cold.
  6. Don’t drain the cold melted water. This just melted ice will help to keep the contents cold almost as well ans the ice and helps to keep the ice that is left from melting. Drain only wehn necessary and try to top up with more ice.
  7. Use dry ice to keep food cold by placing on the top of the food. Be careful to wrap dry ice in heavy layers of newspaper. Do not let dry ice come into contact with the interior liner or you hands.

Cleaning your Cooler or coolbox.
When you have returned from your trip clean the inside of the coolbox with a mild solution of soap and water. To remove stains, use baking soda and water to clean the inside.

Remove odours with a diluted solution fo chlorine bleach and water. If the odour persists, wipe the interior with a cloth saturated with vanilla extract then leave the cloth in the coolbox overnight. Always air-dry the coolbox with the lid open before storing.

Follow these guidlines and you will get the most out of your coolbox and enjoy cold drinks and fresh food on your camping trips and picnics.

Vango Folding Camping Chairs – Samson and Kraken

For all you bigger campers, Vango have introduced a range of folding camping chairs that can take up to 180 Kilogrammes, ( that is over 28 stone). They are designed with extra room, they are called oversized chairs, and they are extra wide.


The Samson has cup holders that are insulated so they keep drinks or cans hot or cold, is made from durable 600 denier polyester, and has an extra wide seat.


The Kraken has proper arm rests. They are both made from a strong steel frame. So now you larger campers can relax in an extra wide seat with plenty of room in a chair that can take the weight. They both fold up for easy storage and come with a handy carry bag. Great for the garden, camping, or a picnic.