1. Gear
  2. Tents
  3. Retreat 280 5 Person Module Tent

Retreat 280 5 Person Module Tent

Regular $999.98
or 4 easy payments with

or 4 easy payments with
Retreat 280 5 Person Module Tent is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 49.
  • y_2021, m_8, d_1, h_19
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_3.0.18
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_4, tr_45
  • loc_en_AU, sid_87154_bv47_, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_kathmandu
  • bvseo_sdk, p_sdk, 3.2.1
  • CLOUD, getAggregateRating, 450.8ms

Quick Overview

The Retreat 280 5 Person Module Tent is a home-away-from-home that can travel the countryside with you. It’s ideal for growing families, with two fully enclosed rooms and a spacious living space with roll-away divider to create additional gear storage space or a third room. This tent provides spacious comfort on camping holidays, with plenty of clever features, like a star-gazing window and solar-charging pocket. Need a tent and gear spray to keep your tent water repellent?

Sleeps 5
Doors 3
Vestibules 2
Overall Dimensions L 590cm x W 275cm

Fly Fabric: 75D/185T Polyester Taffeta, flame retardant, UPF 50+ Water Repellent Treatment, PU coated
Fly Rating 3000mm

Inner Fabric: 68D 185T Polyester with Water Repellent Finish

Groundsheet: 180gsm PE Tarpaulin, 100% Polyethylene
Groundsheet Rating 4000mm

Poles: 11mm-12.7mm Fibreglass

Weight 24.3kg

Tent Pitiching Instructions
Watch Video
Download PDF
– Includes Tent contents.

  • Waterproof seam-sealed flysheet
  • Durable fibreglass poles
  • Breathable inner with water-repellent treatment
  • Ventus cooling system: controllable internal vents
  • Star-gazing window
  • Solar charging ceiling pocket
  • Zoned lighting areas: darkened inner rooms and lightened living spaces
  • Unique structure maximises the amount of interior space and head-room
  • Front and side awning doors can be poled out to create a porch area
  • Quick-zip U windows
  • Insect proof mesh vents, doors and windows
  • Magnetic lighting compatible (magnetic lights sold separately)
  • Lantern hooks with cord keepers
  • Integrated storage pockets
  • Reflective detail and guy ropes help guide you home at night
  • Compass Hub shelter compatible (sold separately)
  • Configure Wing shelter compatible (sold separately)
  • Includes repair kit
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to put up and down Great size tent with plenty of room. Easy to get up and back into bag.
Date published: 2021-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great space Worked so well out camping with grandkids, good having that separate sleeping space
Date published: 2021-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this tent. I bought Retreat 280 tent for my family of 3(2+1). After one time practice, I was very comfortable to pitch it(videos are very helpful). It has very spacious room and living area, most importantly the entire tent is enclosed. So if you zip up all the doors no insect can get in even in your living area(unlike Retreat 150 which has just the bedroom enclosed, and living area can be accessible through the ground). Packing up is also easy and I was able to put it back in the provided bag. I would recommend first time campers to watch the pitching and packing-up video and give a dry run before the real camping.
Date published: 2020-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Size & Material is good I bought this weeks ago and my family did like the space we need and really good air flow for 4-5 people. Good buy
Date published: 2020-11-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very poor quality, not made like they used to Purchased this model approximately four years ago. Has perished to the point there are rips appearing, two poles have broken and guy ropes ripped off the tent. Very disappointing as the previous Kathmandu tent we owned for 15 years before requiring an upgrade due to larger space required.
Date published: 2020-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just the right size for our downsizing Brought this tent last week and used it straight on a family camp for scouts. We currently have the 360 and its just too big for us now that our son has gotten bigger and doesn't sleep in it. We have had the 360 for 6 years and have had no problems with it, just too big and has been through storms and winds etc. I was able to put the 280 up and down by myself with only a person to help with the holding of the black poles on raising the tent. Overall the tent has lots of room for everything and i mean everything. Will be using it again for 5 days at Easter and should be all good. Great Tent. Took us 12 months to buy after reviewing and looking at lots of alternatives.
Date published: 2020-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good family space Purchased the 280 tent when previous tent was destroyed in a wind gust while we were out. This tent has good stability and peg down points all around. Good space for sleeping in and eating and playing in on a wet day. Thinking of adding a module for more space when cap ground area is big enough or when we just want a wind break for a picnic
Date published: 2020-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far so good! We looked around at various designs and wanted something decent that was comfortable for the family - 3 of us. Even though this sleeps up to 5 people it meant that we have more than enough space between us. We even purchased the Kathmandu children’s bunks and put that in one end where our daughter sleeps on top, and we store our bags on the bottom bunk. The tent itself was easy to put up, and fairly straight fwd to pack away, although I would say that nothing is ever as easy to get back in the bag as it comes out. The tent has plenty of little pockets and vents to keep it fresh, so it doesn’t get stuffy. Overall, after our first camping trip, it did the job and we are thankful that we spent a bit more to get a quality tent.
Date published: 2020-01-29
  • y_2021, m_8, d_1, h_19
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvrr, vn_bulk_3.0.18
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasreviews, tv_4, tr_45
  • loc_en_AU, sid_87154_bv47_, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_kathmandu
  • bvseo_sdk, p_sdk, 3.2.1
  • CLOUD, getReviews, 7.83ms

We have just bought the 5 person tent. Is there anyway to add locks to the doors to make the tent a bit more secure. I realise that someone could easily cut into the tent. I just want to feel I have done something to make it more secure.

Asked by: AnniePat
There aren't any specific locking ports on this tent - you may be able to thread a lock through the zip pulls, however we would advise against locking the tent as this can cause risk in the event of an emergency and may damage the tent if the zips are locked together and one is pulled without unlocking.
Answered by: KathmanduTeam 2
Date published: 2021-03-28

Hi, we have just purchased the retreat 280 & compass hub, have watched the pitching videos & been in store to check the set up. But can’t see the clips you talk about in previous comments. Are they on door pole casing? can you post a photo please.

Asked by: Vicki66
The clips should be on the tent to clip into the hub. I am sorry i do not have a photo of this, If you can find a set up that has the module tent attached to the hub then you will see the clips.
Answered by: Kathmandu Team 6
Date published: 2021-01-08

what are the dimensions of the 3 rooms

Asked by: GT007
Room one : W 190 cm x L 175 cm Room two : W 275 cm x L 165 cm Room three : W 190 cm x L 225 cm
Answered by: Kathmandu Team 6
Date published: 2021-07-17

What are the dimensions of the solar panel ceiling pocket? So I know which size solar panel to buy.

Asked by: JohnJohnJohn
There is plenty of room in these pockets for your solar panel, it will easily fit both the Goal Zero Nomad 7 Plus and 14 Plus.
Answered by: Kathmandu Team 6
Date published: 2021-01-05

We brought the 280 tent and also the compass retreat and were told we can join them as the photos show but for the life of me I can not find anywhere that’s shows how to do it can you please advise ? I look forward to hearing from you. 

Asked by: Chisel
I thought the same rang the shop as there are no clips on the tent. They confirmed the tent only slips into some & pegs into floor. Definitely no clips on tent like we were told by tech team.
Answered by: Vicki66
Date published: 2021-01-01

How does the Solar charging ceiling pocket work? What accessories do I need?

Asked by: Jackie Weng
You will need to purchase a solar panel of some sort. This pocket is designed so that you can put your solar panel in the sun while still being inside the tent. It does not come with a solar panel, sorry about this!
Answered by: Kathmandu Team 6
Date published: 2020-12-21

Are there instructions somewhere on how to connect this to the hub?

Asked by: Sophie2
No there are not sorry. There are clips on the tent that clip onto the poles of the Compass hub
Answered by: Kathmandu Team 6
Date published: 2020-12-07

Hi there , Could you please advise the dimension of the package before expanding ? Thanks .

Asked by: Hoys
The packed dimensions for this are 68cm L x 35cm W x 35cm H
Answered by: Kathmandu Team 6
Date published: 2021-06-12
  • y_2021, m_8, d_2, h_19CST
  • bvseo_bulk, prod_bvqa, vn_bulk_3.0.18
  • cp_1, bvpage1
  • co_hasquestionsanswers, tq_12
  • loc_en_AU, sid_87154_bv47_, prod, sort_[SortEntry(order=LAST_APPROVED_ANSWER_SUBMISSION_TIME, direction=DESCENDING)]
  • clientName_kathmandu
  • bvseo_sdk, p_sdk, 3.2.1
  • CLOUD, getContent, 239.79ms