Dutch Pyramid

An icon tent of sorts. Called a Storm Tent (Sturmtenten) in Holland due to its incredibly resilient design. The simplicity of the design and ease of erection is a great advantage of this design. One main pole holds up the centre of the tent and two smaller poles (almost always with a little horizontal pole) form the door at the front. Very similar to a Bell Tent to erect the advantage these have is the square/rectangular footprint (usually) giving straight interior walls and an easier to organise interior

Good points

Very easy to put up, with only a single main pole and door frame. Peg the four corners, up with the poles, add some guylines and put the kettle on

Practical use of space inside, little walls and square corners make it easy to use the availabe space

Shed weather well, the wind hitting side or back just deflects away so they are pretty robust in all but the worse conditions (but wind at the door can be an issue)

The design offers good usable interior space (due to the straight sides and little sidewalls) though the sleeping area has sloping side roof (rather like a Ridge tent) and a sloping rear roof. Toward the door is a tall usable space for sitting or cooking

Divided living and sleeping spaces (usually) can help it feel more organised, though many people camp without the inner tent for maximum room - especially in warmer weather

Possible concerns

The retro feel might not really be your thing, and in the UK they do get noticed as they are relatively uncommon

Relatively small sizes unless you have a lot of money to spend

The design also offers little resistance to the wind (unless it comes at the front door) and this style of tent is remarkably resiliant

Which makes / models?

A lot of manufacturers have had a Pyramid design in their catalogue, though today the choices are more limited. Obvious used classics are the Relum Izmir and Cabanon Pyramide 4 / Cabanon Pyramide 6

If you were looking at buying a new tent, Hypercamp offer a range of affordable modern examples (probably made in an Eastern Eurpoean factory). This is the mid sized Eldorado:


Esvo in Holland and Cabanon in France still make a good solid range of Pyramid tents too

Another Dutch firm, De Waard (and the related Atomatent), make the most fantastic example of this style, the Albatros. An absolute classic even bought in basic form without an inner tent (like in the picture) will set you back almost Eu2000. Add an inner tent and Varioluffel and that nearly doubles