In search of the best camping accessories in the UK, Practical Motorhome's expert James Stanbury tests the Kampa Break and gives his verdict
With its blue base, clear window section and summer cloud top section, the Kampa Break Standard Windbreak we tested conjures up sunny days and seaside holidays all in one go. And as we all know, it can get pretty windy in Britain and abroad, whether on a campsite or picnicking on a lovely sandy beach. So is this the best windbreak to pack for your motorhome holidays at home and away?
To find out which is the best of a large bunch of windbreaks, we tested the Coleman Windshield XL, Kampa Deluxe Windbreak, Outwell Round Windscreen, Easy Camp Surf, SunnCamp Windjammer, Trespass Windbreak, Quest 7 Pole Family Windbreak, Vango Adventure Windbreak, Halfords Urban Escape Camping, Vango 5 Pole Windbreak, Olpro Picket Fence Windbreak, Gelert Breeze Blocker and Quest Windshield Pro windbreak.
When we test camping accessories on the Practical Motorhome test bench in large batches like this we quickly discover that hitherto similar looking products can actually vary a lot in terms of performance and suitability for motorhome holidays. With these windbreaks we decided that we were looking for strength and stability, as well as the overall height and width.
Materials used also mattered, because windbreaks will be out in all weathers, providing shelter in wind, rain and sunshine. We discovered that windbreaks that came with a couple of guy ropes on each of the poles were less likely to blow away than those without.
Of great importance, too, was the pack-down size and of course the weight of each of the windbreaks tested.
We were horribly disappointed with any windbreaks that left a howling gap at the base, because not only would that allow sand to blow onto our sandwiches on the beach, but it would let the dogs out if we decided to use our awning as a dog compound on the campsite pitch.
Price is also a factor whenever we're shopping for camping accessories, but we're looking more for good value for money than the cheapest price bit of tat.
In short, products have to earn their keep to make it on board and take up some of that precious locker space and payload.
So, how did the cheerful blue, white and clear three-section Kampa Break Standard Windbreak compare to all the other windbreaks we tested?
Blue is the dominant colour of the version we tested, but the Kampa Break also comes with grey, brown or green as that main colour. It's in three sections, with horizontal blocks of colour, one of which is a clear window running across all three panels, to give you a good view.
At £39.99 when tested, the Kampa Break Standard Windreak (Product number CT720226, recommended retail price £52) costs almost twice as much as Gelert’s Breeze Blocker, but is too similar to justify the price difference.
Both are 5m long, with four poles apiece, but, at just 1.4m tall, this one’s shorter than many here. Out of the compact bag, the guy ropes are pre-attached to secure webbing that the poles’ top pegs pass through. The centre poles have only one line each, but extras are included. Our biggest moan is the gap between the material and ground.
|Size||5m long and 1.4m tall|
|Window||PVC across all panels|
|Guy ropes||Two per outer pole; one per inner pole|
|Extras||2 more loose guy ropes|
Buy the Kampa Break Standard Windbreak, £39.99, if you like its stylish and cheerful holiday colours. However, we prefer the cheaper but similar-looking Gelert Breeze Blocker at £24.99.
Better still, for just a tenner more you can buy the Practical Motorhome windbreaks test winner, the Coleman Windshield XL, £49.99. In our view the Coleman windbreak is the best buy, being 10cm taller, huge (five sections instead of three), lightweight, well made and secured by two guy ropes per glass fibre pole.
- Has three windows
- Guy ropes are pre-attached
- Spare guy ropes are provided
- Also available with grey, brown or green sections
- There's a gap between the base and the ground
- Rival 5m windbreaks are better value
- It's only 1.4m tall
- Only the outer poles have two fixed guy ropes each