Using the Tentipi Zirkonflex with Groups – Tried and Tested Product Review

Perhaps not the intended use, but the Zirkonflex makes a fine car port.
Perhaps not the intended use, but the Zirkonflex makes a fine car port.

The Tentipi Zirkonflex (and from 2019 the Tentipi Safirflex) is a hybrid of the Larger Tentipi adventure tents and the enormous Tentipi event tents that seat up to 144. The Zirkonflex can be used closed like the Safir 15 and Zirkon 15 tents, but has 8 gussets and extra straps and attachment points to enable any number of sides from 3 to all 16 to be opened up to the elements.

inside the Tentipi Zirkonflex with a few sides up is very welcoming with a warm fire.
inside the Tentipi Zirkonflex with a few sides up is very welcoming with a warm fire.

This makes the Zirkonflex a great group shelter and meeting space for large groups of campers. We have used this as a cooking space, storytelling place, camping tent and plan to use it as a shop and display space at festivals. Here we have gathered round a firepit, sheltered from storms, cooked pizza for 30 on our Uuni 3 Pizza oven, welcomed guests and met friends old and new.

Open up the sides of the Tentipi Zirkonflex to make your inside camping space part of the great outdoors.
Open up the sides of the Tentipi Zirkonflex to make your inside camping space part of the great outdoors.
Looking out from the Tentipi Zirkonflex at night with a roaring fire to keep us warm
Looking out from the Tentipi Zirkonflex at night with a roaring fire to keep us warm

One particularly event we started a couple of feet above the waters of Bala lake, but the rain came down, when we pitched it was ten feet from the tent, when we moved the tent the water was lapping at the skirts and the guylines were in the water. Later that night the original pitch was a good ten feet into the lake! Moving and repitching the tent was a quick job for such a large tent.

Pitching the Tentipi Zirkonflex or Safirflex Event Tent

The tent pitches just like one of the larger Tentipi Adventure Tents, then you use flex straps to support the sides you wish to lift while you put out the extra poles which are guyed out with more straps. If you want to lift all the sides you can use a few flex straps to diagonally brace the tent to stop twisting.

The Tentipi Zirkonflex with the sides raised makes a great event or sales space for a festival or show, the covered space is 8 metres across and 50 metres squared in area.
The Tentipi Zirkonflex with the sides raised makes a great event or sales space for a festival or show, the covered space is 8 metres across and 50 metres squared in area.

Our top tip is to use more poles than Tentipi suggest for stability in wind, and when it is raining alternate poles set shorter and longer so that the Zirkonflex can shed rain easily.

We have had a lot of positive feedback on the Zirkonflex, including this comment from Gary Thompson of Wild Earth Creative Education in the Tentipi UK User Group,

“Great review Peter and I wholeheartedly agree with your comments. I use one for my education business and it can take quite a large group undertaking craft work very easily with the bonus of me being able to put it up quite quickly.  It makes a great focal point for events and the children I teach have loved working in it!” Gary Thompson

Conclusion

We have really enjoyed the Zirkonflex this last year, it has been the missing element in our previous Tentipi Camps, giving us the community space and meeting point to focus the camp and bring everyone together. It is flexible in the ways you can pitch it and very stable with about half the tent sides up, using extra poles helps stiffen the tent up, we had it up in a stiff breeze for the 2017 Carrog tipi camp and the tent was stable and quiet.

I wholeheartedly recommend the tent for group use, we have not yet used it for retail display but we are expecting good things from it.

To buy your Tentipi Zirkonflex please click here

Peter Carol
Unofficial Tentipi Ambassador
February 2017

 
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2 thoughts on “Using the Tentipi Zirkonflex with Groups – Tried and Tested Product Review”

    1. Sorry to hear that!
      It is a brilliant tent. with a lot of use, it would well outstrip other competitors in terms of value for money, I promise!
      I hope you manage to save up for one soon 🙂
      B

       

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