Air tents with porch or canopy are becoming increasingly popular: a porch provides a much needed extra living space, while protects from the elements. Some air tents actually have bigger porch than the size of the enclosed living room.
In this post I have looked at the different size and type of porches, to give you an idea of what’s out there and make it easier for you to find an air tent with a porch.
What you will find in this post:
- Things to consider
- Air tents with porch (built-in)
- Small air tent, large porch (4-berth)
- Medium air tent, large porch (5-7-berth)
- Large air tent, large porch (8-berth +)
- Air tents with additional canopy
- Comparison table
Things to consider when looking for an air tent with a porch
How I grouped the air tents according to the size of the porch
I have categorised them by the size of the tent itself and the size of the porch. One thing to add as a footnote: a small porch on a large air tent is completely different to a small porch on a small air tent. So when I say small porch, it’s rather compared to the size of the living area and the size of the porch of other tents of similar size, then the objective size of the porch itself.
You can find a comparison table with search function at the bottom of this page (viewing on a desktop computer is recommended). Obviously, it is not a comprehensive list, it’s just to give you some idea if you are completely stuck and/or confused and can’t choose your next air tent with a porch.
Canopy vs. Built-in canopy
I tried to focus on the ones that actually have a large, built-in porch, and exclude those that only have a canopy. I detailed tents such as the Genus 400 and Genus 800 (you can buy an additional canopy that fits the Genus tents), or the Zempire TM Lite Air – Zempire have a unique canopy system whereby the front door of the porch can be used as a canopy, in this post as well, just to get the full picture.
These additional canopies can be great if you are looking for something that protects you from the sun for example (and from light to moderate rain), but they don’t have side walls at all. On the other hand, you can enjoy a summer breeze while sinking into your camping chair – built in porches are usually better protected from the elements in a good and a lesser good sense as well.
I excluded those that only have a small built-in canopy. These are good if you want to avoid rain spattering on the front door, so you can at least leave the mesh open. Therefore, tents like the Berghaus Air 6XL, or the Vango Lomond 500 are not the ones that you look for, if you need an air tent with a larger porch.
Porch – airbeam v. fibreglass pole
The canopy over the porch, most often, is held by an extra air beam; but sometimes there’s a fibreglass pole included with the inflatable tent just for the canopy. There’s not a big difference in functionality.
Function and Size of the porch
In terms of size, the canopies vary from being relatively small (1 metre) to very large. It really depends on the philosophy of the manufacturer: for some, the enclosed living space is more important and the canopy is there for merely protecting the front entrance from rain.
Others prefer to have a large porch which strengthens the connection with the great outdoors, and the living rooms has a function of a ‘last resort’ in case the weather turns miserable.
Groundsheet under the porch
Types of groundsheet
There three types of groundsheet under the porch:
- No groundsheet at all
- Loose (toggle) groundsheet (can be rolled up when not needed). Normally, they are attached by velcro or toggles and covered by flaps to ensure they a smooth attachment to the flysheet. Very often, the bottom of the front entrance is not attached to the loose groundsheet at all, leaving a gap there. Water can come in on that gap, which then remains on the groundsheet (as it cannot escape into the ground).
- Sewn-in or Built-in groundsheet (cannot be removed). It gives better insulation and protection from water / bugs / cold, however I slightly confused by the concept that there is minimal difference between the porch and the living room.
As for the materials used, groundsheet is made of a heavy duty polyester material (‘tarp’) with additional water resistant layer(s), which is reflected in a HH(mm) rating. Because of the different type of usage, you can really compare this HH rating to the one given for the flysheet; for a groundsheet, at least 5000mm HH is considered ideal.
The thickness of the material varies, on cheaper tents it starts from 120 gsm, while premium tents tend to have 180 gsm and above. Obviously, it’s reflected in the weight of the tent, but as premium tents usually are above 35 kgs, it does not really matter if they weigh 37 or 38.5 kg.
Protecting the groundsheet
The thickness also has an effect on the durability – imagine you pitch the tent on a rockier surface with some small stones, and you step on the groundsheet with you 70-80 kilos or so. Even a small rock can easily pierce the groundsheet under such weight. So it’s important to protect the groundsheet with a footprint or a carpet, if you intend to keep it free of water.
Air tents with porch
Small air tents, large porch (up to 4 berths)
1. Coleman FastPitch Air Valdes 4
The Coleman FastPitch Air Valdes range has always been the one with large porch area, in exchange for having a relatively small living area. The porch takes up almost half of the tent: while the tent sits on a 18.9 sqm footprint, the porch takes up 7.9 square metres (39%). And, contrary to some of the other tents detailed in this post, this is the actual area covered by the canopy and the area measured on the footprint.
The bedrooms are good sized, providing 70cm per person which is above average, certainly in this category. The bedrooms are full black out (Coleman was the one who introduced the term ‘Black Out Bedrooms’; more on this in Air Tents with Blackout Bedrooms).
As I said, the only downside is the small bedroom which is only 4.5 square metres large – 150 cms by 300 cms. It’s is easily accessible through the large side doors or through the porch.
The Coleman FastPitch Air Valdes is, needless to say, 100% waterproof: 4500mm HH flysheet combined with taped seams and fully sewn-in groundsheet will keep you dry, whatever the weather. The UV guard providing is SPF 50 (which sounds good but in fact it does not block both UVA and UVB rays so be careful).
The Coleman FastPitch Air Valdes 4 is available on Amazon.
If you can’t find the Air Valdes 4 (which often happens), or you find the living room too small, you can give the WeatherMaster 4XL a chance. It has large blackout bedrooms, full stand-up height across the entire lenght of the tent, 5 airbeams, large windows and light colour ceiling, sewn-in groundsheet and a large living area.
The porch area, relative to the size of the entire tent is not outstanding; but because the tent itself is large, the porch is quite roomy in terms of square meterage. There’s no groundsheet under the porch area, unless you buy a footprint separately.
The good news is, that the cheaper 2020 Coleman Weathermaster 4XL model is still available while the new stock is due in shortly.
2. Zempire EVO TM Air
This small 4-person air tent is very different to the Coleman Weathermaster 4XL: roughly 75% of the size, yet, the porch is almost as big as of the Coleman’s. The large porch of the Zempire EVO TM Air is 4.5 square metres and takes up little more than the quarter of the the tent (28% exactly).
Unlike the Weathermaster, the Zempire EVO TM Air’s built-in porch has an upright front profile rather than a sloping one, meaning that 150 cm length of the canopy can be measured on the roof, not just on the ground.
There are large windows on both sides of the porch, so it won’t feel enclosed and isolated.
The tent itself has two large bedrooms and a decent living room, however the living room is only marginally larger than the porch area.
There is no groundsheet under the porch, unless you buy the additional footprint. The footprint is available as a bundle deal.
Apart from that, the groundsheet is fully sewn-in, the flysheet is 150D, 135T Poly Oxford fabric with HH 5000mm PU Coating . All Zempire models are torrential rain tested to ensure maximum weather protection. As I said, the bedrooms are large (70 cm per head) but they are not black-out bedrooms.
Big thumbs up for weighing only 22.5 kgs.
The Zempire EVO TM is available at Winfields Outdoors, or you can pick up last year’s model from eBay as long as stock lasts
3. Outdoor Revolution Edale 4TC
The winner of this category – it seems – is the Outdoor Revolution Edale 4 TC air tent. It is only slightly bigger than the Zempire Evo TM Air, yet, the porch area is 5.89 square metres. It means, that exactly 33% , one third of the footprint of the tent is the porch.
There is one BUT, which is the sloping front profile – the length of the canopy (measured on the roof) is only 1 metre, compared to the 150 cm measured on the Zempire.
If you can forgive that, you can be as big a fan of the Edale 4 TC as I am: it is a POLYCOTTON tent, which is absolutely amazing given that it’s only a £100 more expensive than the Zempire EVO TM for example (and same price as the 2021 Coleman WeatherMaster 4XL).
The tent occupies little over 17 square metres. As I said, one third of it is the porch area, the other big chunk is taken up by the bedrooms that sleep 4 and provide 65 cm per head. Understandably, the living room has been sacrificed: it’s only 4.5 square metres large (small).
The groundsheet is fully sewn-in under the main tent, and loose under the porch: it can be rolled up when not needed.
The Outdoor Revolution Edale 4TC is exclusive to Winfields Outdoors, click here for more details.
4. Outwell Parkdale 4PA
Another air tent with a sloping front, but the porch area is still considerable. The canopy, measured on the roof, is ‘only’ 120 cms or so, while the enclosed porch area is 6.82 square metres, which is 35% of the size of the whole tent.
The Outwell Parkdale 4PA is a large tent, the 19.6 square metres of footprint allows for a relatively large living room and decent bedrooms as well (70 cm per head, sleeps 4 in two bedrooms).
It also has all the good things that normally come with an Outwell air tent: Outtex 4000 polyester flysheet, dark bedrooms, magnetic doors, HookTrack system and plenty of storage pockets.
The Outwell Parkdale 4PA is available at CampingWorld
Medium air tents, large porch (5-7 berths)
5. Outdoor Revolution Mojave PC 5.0
Almost everything the I said above for the Edale 4TC, applies for the Mojave 5 PC too, but everything is bigger. The canopy (roof) is 140 cms, but thanks to the sloping front the toggle groundsheet extends 270 cm over the living room. It means that the porch area is more than 9 square metres, which is an amazing 39% of the size of the whole tent.
The porch is not just longer but wider, as the Mojave PC 5.0 is a 5-berth air tent. The bedrooms can sleep 3+2 providing 60 cm per head – so in reality it sleeps 4 with one master and a smaller second bedroom. The living room is more than 6 square metres large (mostly because the whole tent is wider than the Edale 4TC).
The Outdoor Revolution Mojave 5.0 PC is available at Winfields Outdoors.
6. Kampa Bergen 6 Air Pro
Spreading across almost 35 square metres, the Kampa Bergen 6 is definitely not short of space. A large proportion of it has been allocated to the living room, but there’s still enough left to include a 10.5 square metre porch area.
The Kampa Bergen 6 has a sloping front, the canopy itself is around 140 cms measured on the roof, while the footprint (if you buy that separately, otherwise there’s no groundsheet under the porch) under the porch area is 460 cms by 230 cms. Just as a reality check, it is bigger than an average single bedroom.
The Bergen 6 is really wide, 6 people can easily sleep in the back of the tent in enormous bedrooms. There are 3 of them, one master (80, yes, eighty cms per head) and two smaller bedrooms (70 cms per head). The smaller ones are still bigger than a master bedroom on some other 6-berth tents.
There is also a little side annexe for storage and other needs.
Having said all that, you’ll be surprised to hear that the living room still takes up the majority of the space, as it is more than 14 square metres.
The Bergen 6 is equipped with Kampa’s WeatherShield 150D polyester flysheet and it’s compatible with Kampa’s flexilight system, as well as other accessories.
The Kampa Bergen 6 Air Pro is exclusive to Winfields Outdoors
7. Vango Keswick II 600 DLX Air
While the Keswick II 600 DLX Air is not exceptional in terms of porch area – just under 8 square metres which is still very generous – but, one of the new features of the 2021 model are worth mentioning: the zipped front canopy that can be bought separately.
The Keswick II 600 DLX Air in itself is very similar to the Kampa Bergen 6, only that the Vango is smaller in every direction.
You have a Sentinel Exclusive flysheet (that’s the best polyester flysheet they have), a little side annex, large living room, 6 people sleeping in the back. The Keswick II 600DLX however, only has 2 bedrooms in the back, they each sleep 3 on paper, allocating 60cms per head. It’s is doable, but the Keswick II 600DLX is more of a luxury 4-person tent.
What’s really interesting is the front canopy that adds another 7 sqm on top of the already decent porch. It just zips onto the front of the Keswick. It has an upright front profile, but there is not another front door, it is simple open.
Plus, there is a side canopy / annex (sold separately), so you can add another 5 square metres to the side!
So you can upgrade the Keswick II 600 DLX to have up to cca. 20 square metres of porch area!
The Vango Keswick II 600DLX is exclusive to Winfields Outdoors
Large air tents, large porch (8+ berths)
8. Outdoor Revolution Ozone 6.0XTR Vario
I needed to cheat a bit with the Outdoor Revolution Ozone 6.0XTR Vario…there are four bedrooms available with this tent, which makes it an 8-berth large air tent, but the 4th bedroom is not built in. When used, the 4th bedroom is situated in the porch area.
So as for variations, you can either have a large porch, or a 4th bedroom. Or both, getting in an out the extra bedroom is not a difficult exercise.
When there is no 4th bedroom, the porch area is almost 11 square metres, which is exactly one third of the tent that’s slightly above 33 square metres in size. The 4th bedroom can take out the third of it though.
On the other hand, thanks to the Vario’s innovative front door that you can take almost completely out, you can create one large living space by opening the living room and the porch together. If you purchase the additional mesh front door or the solid front door, you can have a 23.5 sqm living room, or a 23.5 sqm porch depending on how you look at it…
The Outdoor Revolution Ozone 6.0XTR Vario air tent is exclusive to Winfields Outdoors.
9. Zempire Aero TXL Pro TC
The largest air tent in the Zempire range, with plenty of options. Just like the Ozone 6.0XTR Vario, the Zempire Aero TXL Pro TC is a 6+2 berth tent, 6 sleeps in the back (73.5 cms allocated per head), but there’s an extra 4th bedroom included in the package.
The extra bedroom hangs in the living room, so it does not take up any porch space. The porch itself is quite big, more than 13 square metres, taking up 37% of the footprint.
The front doors can be used to further extend the porch area: they can be poled out and used as an awning, adding another 5-6 square metres to the area where you can enjoy being out but protected from rain and sun. The poles are included in the package too.
Similarly to the Ozone 6.0XTR Vario, the door into the main living area of the Zempire Aero TXL Pro TC features a 360 zip which can be unzipped entirely and folded away neatly into a storage pocket, thus creating a large open plan space.
The TXL Pro TC is a polycotton tent, but there is a polyester version of it (called Zempire Aero TXL Pro). There’s a footprint as an optional extra, carpet, and roof cover.
The Zempire Aero TXL Pro TC is available at Winfields Outdoors, or you can have a look at the polyester flysheet version at CampingWorld
Air Tents With Additional Canopy
Well, I’ve sort of touched on the Zempire air tents, most of the have a front door that can be poled out. On that note, it would be a shame to miss out on all the Outwell Air tents.
The Outwell Airville 6SA for example is a decent 6-berth tent with a side pod/annex, and a relatively large porch (9.5 sqm metres). In addition to this, you can purchase an additional Outwell canopy that fits on all Outwell tents, extending the porch by another 5-6 square metres.
Berghaus has an Air Canopy that is compatible with any Berghaus Air tent from the small Air 4 to the Berghaus Air 6 XL PC
Kampa has something very similar, however, their ‘zip-on’ canopy is only compatible with the Kampa Hayling 4 Classic air tent.
I already mentioned the Eurohike Genus Canopy. Again, this is only compatible with the Eurohike Genus 400 and 800 air tents, or the previous generation Airgo Air Genus 400 and 800 air tents.
Please see the comparison table below. The list is not comprehensive, I tried to focus on air tents that seem to have a large porch anyways. I’ll keep adding to the list, and I welcome any suggestions.
Air tents with porch
|Make||Model||Berth||Size of the tent||Size of the porch (sqm)||Percentage||Notes|
|Lichfield||Falcon Air 4||4||16.96||4.16||24.5%|
|Zempire||EVO TM Air||4||16.2||4.5||27%|
|Coleman||Weathermaster 4XL (2021)||4||20.615||4.96||24%|
|Coleman||FastPitch Air Valdes 4||4||18.3||7.2||39%|
|Kampa Dometic||Hayling 4 Classic||4||17.28||4.16||24%||Hayling 4 pro canopy|
|Outdoor Revolution||Edale 4 TC||4||17.67||5.89||33%|
|Outdoor Revolution||Ozone 6.0 XTR Vario||6+2||33.6||10.92||33%|
|Vango||Keswick II 600 DLX||6||26.79||7.98||30%||Extra Zipped front canopy approx 300*380cm|
|Vango||Keswick II 600 DLX + canopy||6||38.19||19.38||51%|
|Kampa||Bergen 6||6||34.73||10.58||30.5%||groundsheet as part of the footprint package|
|Zempire||EVO TXL Air||6+3||29.67||7.36||25%|
|Vango||Tahiti 600XL Air||6+2||35.42||9.68||27%|
|Outdoor Revolution||Mojave 5.0 PC||5||23.8||9.18||38.5%|
|Zempire||Aero TXL Pro TC||8||35.65||13.11||36.7%||plus integrated canopy that can be poled out|
|Vango||Casa Air Lux||6||32.625||9.675||29.6%|