If you want something that pops up quickly, you can’t go wrong with a pop-up. Regatta’s Malawi 2 is great quality and comes with some cool features. This makes it an ideal choice for festivals and solo camping trips. Read on for our full review.
What is it?
Regatta Malawi 2 Pop Up Print Festival tent
Expect to Pay: MSRP: £ 71.95
Overall rating: (4.5 / 5)
- The popup technology enables quick and easy pitching
- Waterproof Hydrofort 70D flysheet with hydrostatic head of 3000 mm
- Durable, waterproof pad made of polyester
- Fully fire retardant fabrics
- Strong and flexible fiberglass poles
- Practically positioned inside pockets and lantern suspension points
- Multiple vents and a mesh door allow air to flow and keep insects out
- Bright guy lines for additional visibility
What we thought
I will be honest My perception of pop-up tents wasn’t great, I viewed them as the cheap and cheerful domain of teenagers attending their first music festival, rather than something a “serious” camper would use. Well, I don’t feel like the idiot who maintained that attitude for so long, which turned out to be completely wrong.
As a dedicated maximalist camper who tends to take everything with you, including the kitchen sink, or at least a pop-up kitchen sink that doubles as a sink, I discovered the joy of taking off on short, solitary camping trips between locks last year and found that it actually was it was possible to go camping without the car (and roof box) being full to the point of bursting.
I now love to camp quickly in tents because it makes camping so much easier. Don’t get me wrong for a family camping trip, a bell tent or AiBeam is necessary for space constraints and fairly quick to set up, but when it comes to speed nothing can compete with a pop-up.
Put up the tent
Take the tent out of your pocket and um, it pops up right away! It will then take a maximum of 2 minutes to attach it securely. It really doesn’t get any faster or easier.
Practicality and Features
Although I’ve discovered a preference for smaller tents, I don’t like the tent berth rating, which relies on people lying together like sardines and assuming that no one is using SIMs or air mattresses and that no one takes luggage camping is, of course, ridiculous.
Yes, you could fit two people in the Malawi 2 tent, but why would you want that ?! If you have bags, camping gear for cooking, etc., you stand no chance. For me, this is the ideal size that a person can comfortably use.
That said, it will physically fit in two adult bodies and maybe a small backpack, but it would be much better suited for smaller bodies, meaning that sharing two children would be far more practical.
One of the things that set this tent apart from other similar, perhaps cheaper, pop-ups is that it has more premium features, including a secondary mesh zip door to keep bugs out, good ventilation, and a 3000mm hydrostatic head, what means it can withstand a decent downpour, as opposed to a cheap single-skin pop-up.
Appearance & styling
Bright colors and funky patterns always agree, but I wasn’t brought to this earth to fit in. Beige and boring are not my thing, so I love the pattern and the color. If this isn’t quite for you, there are a few other colors to choose from, but all of them make the tent special.
value 4.5 / 5
Overall rating (4/5)
This is definitely a better quality and more capable tent than most similar pop-ups. I actually managed to fold it up without having to call my daughter – a first for me as the folding of pop-up tents has always defeated me, but this one is foolproof so even I managed to get it in clear away for a few minutes.
This is a fabulous little tent and makes an impromptu camping trip an absolute breeze.
The Regatta Malawai 2’s funky color and pattern make it eye-catching and attractive, and has qualities that mean it can really hold its own whether it’s solo night camping or a festival.
For those with older children who want a little privacy and independence, it is ideal to stand next to the family tent in the campsite, and it is also ideal for garden camping and overnight stays. This is a fabulous little tent and makes an impromptu camping trip an absolute breeze.
DISCLOSURE | Many thanks to Regatta, who delivered the presented product for testing. We weren’t paid to write this review.
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Shell loves everything to do with travel and the outdoors, and is a nature-loving, comfortable camping girl. Shell started the Camping with Style blog after a serious snowboarding accident that left her with a broken back. Even so, she used the outdoors and nature’s healing powers to recover, and she continues to spend time outdoors whenever she can.
From swimming in open water, snowboarding and kayaking to mountain hiking and meditation, Shell shares their travels and micro-adventures here on the blog. In various publications she has written for, Shell has a particular interest in promoting the well-being and the many benefits of natural therapy.
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