James StanburySee other accessory reviews written by James Stanbury
The Quest Windshield Pro is the most expensive windbreak tested at Practical Caravan, so does that mean it's the best camping gear for caravan holidays?
Quest Windshield Pro costs more than twice the price of many other modern windbreaks on test, at £104.99. So does that mean that it is twice as good?
To find out, we took a tow car full of windbreaks from our test bench to the camping field and put them up. We tested the subtle green £49.99 Coleman Windshield XL with its full-length window, we set up the sky blue and white striped £29.99 Olpro Picket Fence Windbreak, then we tried the sleek grey £24.99 Gelert Breeze Blocker, with its strange set of windows, which are at eye-level when you're seated round the dining table. We also checked out the blue, clear and white £39.99 Kampa Break, the black-framed £69.99 Outwell Round Windscreen windbreak and the yellow and orange striped banana-shaped £19.99 Easy Camp Surf.
Quest Leisure is a brand associated with a range of outdoor equipment, such as caravan and motorhome awnings, the type of hard-top fabric camping larders you can hang from a tent or awning, similar canvas wardrobes, folding camping chairs, gazebos and instant shelters. You can watch many YouTube videos to see how to put up Quest Leisure's camping gear in the fastest possible time. The firm sells more traditional windbreaks as well, such as the four- five- or six-pole Multicoloured Polythene Windbreak with wooden poles. This tried-and-tested colourful striped design is probably the type of screen that most people imagine when they hear the word 'windbreak'.
Slightly more upmarket is the Quest Family Windbreak, available with either five or seven wooden poles with metal spikes and end caps.
Most upmarket of all, however, is the Quest Windshield Pro that we have tested and can now review here. It is the most expensive windbreak in our test selection but it is also the most stable and innovative. Tubular buttresses connect to the top of each pole and are held down by ground plates, which replace guy ropes.
The benefits of the frame construction are: no lines on your side of the windbreak and, coupled with crossbars, unparalleled stability. Each end of the 4.8m model will slide into a figure-of-eight awning strip, allowing easy connection to your caravan and awning.
You can also join it up to a second matching windbreak, or the extra panels that Quest Leisure sells separately, so that you can get the exact length you need to enclose your caravan entrance, or create a pet enclosure or surround your outdoor dining table to stop your dinner blowing away.
This is a stylish windbreak that would enhance any caravan or motorhome, and you could also take it to the beach to stop the wind blowing sand into your sandwiches and ice-creams for unwanted extra crunch! It's versatile and easy to put up. Before you decide whether this is one of your must-have camping accessories, take a look at some of our other windbreak reviews to see how the rivals performed on test.
|Materials||210D PU Coated Oxford Polyester|
|Windows||Superclear Transparent Foil|
|Frame||Aluminium with oxidised frosting coating|
|Size||480cm x 130cm|
|Folded size||110cm x 25cm x 15cm|
|Panels||Three – and extras are available|
There's no doubt about it, the Quest Windshield Pro is a high quality windbreak that will provide good shelter and should last longer than some other brands. We like the fact that there are no guy ropes to trip over and that it's so simple to put up. Being able to buy extra panels is excellent because it means that you can configure it exactly to suit your needs. The Quest Windshield Pro will certainly keep the wind out of your face, and the only downside is that eye-watering price!
- Strong and stable
- It's easy to attach to a caravan
- More panels are available to buy
- Two will connect together
- No guy ropes to trip you up
- Two or three times the price of other windbreaks