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Tent Showcase: Outwell Yukon River 6

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13 Reviews of the Yukon River 6        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: Darrenwh  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 09/08/2010

We bought the tent, a footprint a carpet and a extension(not yet used), this review is based on a first time assembly and two night of usage in the summer.

First thoughts:

This is a very high tent, and also in the 6 person size very heavy but sturdy, consequently it defiantly requires two adults to erect it.

Assembly: I have been looking at the erection video on the Outwell website, so I had a very clear idea of the process of putting it up, I had a few problems initially pegging the first side out as it is not all that clear what tie downs are what, this soon becoming clear once I had put the poles in and pulled up the tent. From here I extended the tent out and pegged out the opposite side, I then put all the other perimeter pegs in; I then went onto the guy ropes the side ones were ok, but the end ones over each end apex were just at arms reach I'm 5ft10in.

Next I zipped in the groundsheet, The zipper is in two halves going from door to door, the joint meeting point between the zips serving as electrical access points, I tried to zip it all the way to the end and found that there were no end stoppers on them, consequently the zip came off the end (I was able to slide it on again), this could be better designed.

Then I went onto the inner bedrooms, these were easily attached, although again the highest connection were out of reach of my wife who would have needed a step to connect them, hooking the bottom and side connections were easy enough, but unfortunately the central hook between the bedrooms in the middle was missing, this on closer inspection looks like it could have fell off, but it was not in the bag. (We found that the tent was quite baggy at the back, but this was rectified by pegging the corners of the groundsheet down) there are no detailed instructions on erecting this part) the left side of the bedrooms can be collapsed and folded onto the left one if it is not in use.

The tent in use:

The bedrooms were very spacious and very high and can comfortably accommodate 3 kids on roll mats or two adults on an airbed. The tent was nice and warm and free of draughts, and very light in the daytime with all the curtains open. The doors can be a little tricky to open at night as the zip when the outer door is closed can be awkward to get at especially at those moments in the middle of the night!

In the rain the tent is very quiet with the canvas muffling out most of the noise, the canvas dried out in about 3 hours when in the sun.

The living area was very spacious too we got a carpet with the tent and this made it even more comfortable.

Dismantling and packing away:

The tent packs away very easily, though the bag once full with the canvas is very heavy (27kg), so you will need to ensure that a car is close when loading.
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By: Mike Cy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 29/03/2011

We bought this tent as the Cabanon Aruba we have was a little too much to erect & dismantle for the two of us who are no longer spring chickens. Am I glad we did. I cannot fault it. So much so that I shipped it overseas (£125 to Cyprus via TNT) jumped on a plane and spent a wonderful week in it with rain & very bright Sun (mid March). I have left it there & booked a month in May & 2 weeks in October.

Plenty of storage space; plenty of living space (not sure for 6 however, there were just two of us); plenty of sleeping space and best of all lots of openings with mozzie netting.

We chose to leave the groundsheet attached to save erection time and the whole thing still rolls into it's bag. It does take two to erect but we did it quite easily between us in no time & she is 5 foot nothing in high heels & I have a broken wrist & ribs so it cannot be difficult for two fit adults or an adult & teenager. The poles are easy to put together (even with broken wrist) and very easy to thread through their pockets. We kept the inner sleeping compartment in but may consider its removal as it is only us.

We had torrential, vertical down, rain over the whole of one night from around 2100 to 0630 next day, and I mean torrential, but no leaks or penetration. The porch on the right side was a godsend for looking out of the open door at the sheet lightning and kept us and the wine dry. At 0720 when the sun peeked over the mountain the tent dried in no time under its blazing hot rays.

All in all an excellent buy, I did not pay the RRP, I would refuse to do that. Why oh why do they all insist on advertising such ridiculous recommended prices which any fool can see are just not realistic. £475 would be more than enough although I paid nowhere near that. I would be happy at an upper limit of £475 though if pushed & I was desperate.

Would I recommend it? Yes I would in spite of being a Cabanon fan.
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By: Issym  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 20/04/2011

We bought this as a weekend tent and were not disappointed. It was very easy to erect and lightweight. We even put it all back in the bag with the groundsheet and the bedrooms still attached. We slept 4 adults in the 2 bedrooms, and had 6 adults inside the living area with comfort. I can't comment on it's durability as we only had two nights and the weather was perfect for camping.

I agree with others that it is very high, but as we have problems reaching the top of our Norfolk Lake which isn't as high, we were prepared for this. I take a plastic step with me to stand the water on and I use this to clip in the bedrooms, attach the inner light. The groundsheet isn't as thick as the Norfolk Lake but with the carpet down we couldn't tell the difference.
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By: Dobso  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 19/08/2011

Bought this tent with front extension and carpet as we wanted a larger unit. The Yukon 6 is a great tent. Plenty of room inside for the two of us and well ventilated. It withstood heavy winds and rain on a recent holiday to North Devon with no problems. The small porch roof on the side of the tent is very handy when its wet to keep the water out when you're entering or leaving the tent.

I was concerned about the pitching of the front extension and if it would handle the weather but no problems at all. However do make sure guy ropes are correctly set. The large front canvas area on the main unit can billow in the wind if not tensioned properly.

It is a high unit. I'm 6'2' and have to stand on tip toes to reach the final hook for the inner tent so the advice about a plastic step in a previous review is a sensible one.

Inside the tent has a handy feature to be able to just use one half of the inner tent and roll up the half not being used giving you a larger living area. The Outwell pocket's on the outside of the inner tent are fabulous - no more searching for keys, torch, phone etc.

It is a heavy unit, no doubt about that, but we've been impressed with the quality of the unit and very happy to have a smart polycotton tent. We're looking forward to many more holidays in the Yukon.
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By: Kar.en  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 02/08/2012

What can I say? I absolutely love this tent.

Being polycotton makes it heavy to handle but if you keep the ZIG and inner tents separate it's not too bad. I can pitch it with my 11 & 12 year old kids in about 30 minutes, including pegging. It's tall though - I'm 5'6' and can't reach to attach the inners without a step so be warned.

The bedrooms comfortably fit two single airbeds with a reasonable amount of space between or two camp beds with just about enough room for your legs between. As with all tents, it will only sleep what it's meant to if you don't mind it being cosy. Fantastic for up to 4 though.

There's tons of room in the living area, the storage pockets help to keep things tidy (unless your kids are like mine.)and the overall quality is excellent. There's plenty of light from the massive windows, there are air vents all way round and the rain safe door means you don't end up with a soggy floor. The only niggle is that the lantern hook is immediately above the door and I'd worry about having a light up against the canvas. This is easily solved by stringing a length of guy rope across from the door to the inner tent hooks so you can hang the light in the middle.
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By: Shrek  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 29/08/2012

We used our Yukon River 6 for a full week for the first time this month. We have just got back from Norfolk, I would say this is the best tent I have ever camped in.

The mesh doors were so useful we were able to leave the tent doors open while we were out all day keeping the tent cool for when we got back, and they help keep the flying beasties out! It is a really steady tent too. We experienced a couple of storms while we were away and we slept right through them!

There is plenty of room for four people (2 in each bedroom) to sleep on double airbeds and have a bag each in the bedrooms, we even had room for the dog and his bed! The living area is a good size too.

I really have no complaints about the Yukon River 6.
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By: Yakky  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 14/01/2013

Great tent, the polycotton really makes a difference, in all weathers, it stood up extremely well last year considering the awful summer.

Lovely and warm at night yet cool when the sunshines. Cant wait to go again this year.Really easy to erect, I have managed it on my own in about 40 minutes.

I would recommend the front awning as this helps when opening the front doors which slope and let the rain in, having said this the side door as a canopy which keeps the rain out, great windows with panoramic views.
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By: Mike Cy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 14/06/2011

Part 2 - Just returned from a further three and a half weeks in the tent in Cyprus and as good as ever. No problems except that the groundsheet is a little thin but any stronger & it would increase the weight. A couple of tiny areas at the end of stitching runs left openings where insects can climb in but these were dealt with using tape. A little more attention to detail would resolve that and no big deal. Have left the tent erected this time in order not to have to erect in blazing heat next time. We will see how the fabric stands up to blazing sun during June to the end of September. I go back 2nd October for another 2 weeks so hopefully all will be well. Again cannot fault this roomy, airy unit.
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By: Kiteclark  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 23/06/2015

We bought this as a bundle with extension, footprint & carpet at the end of the season in 2010. We added a brown nylon Montana awning a couple of years later which is a 99% fit due to similar poles. It's now June 2015 and we've come back from a weekend of intense thundery downpours bone dry and once again so happy we bought this tent despite huge size and weight in the car boot. It's all worth it. There were times it was getting humid in the awning but walking in to the main tent, the poly cotton feels much more comfortable and you really appreciate the difference. We use the awning without a floor and mainly for the table, chairs, boots, coats etc. My only gripes are that there's nowhere designed for a washing line in the awning whereas you can fasten string to the outer pole in the extension, and the rain porch could have been complete for a portaloo like on the Montana- especially on very rainy nights. After 5 years the footprint edge binding is beginning to go at one of the pegging points and we've had to repair one edge of the rear pole sleeve seam where about 2 inches of stitching gave way. We did notice a very fine misty dampness ( not a drip as such) when the rain started but it went after about 10 mins as the cotton did it's thing and that was it for the rest of the weekend. Packing down we found a lake between the floor and footprint but nothing came through. If something awful happened I'd rather try and find another of these second hand than buy most other tents currently on the market. The poly cotton Montana would be closest but is just a bit too big for us when we want a rain safe area outside the main tent ( hence the awning).
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By: Callu  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 05/05/2010

With a new baby arriving last year we chose this as our first family-sized tent. Its a good size - not too big, not too small. We didn't want anything too huge as we don't have a big car and like to get away camping for short weekend breaks. Still, its big enough to sit 6 adults comfortably in the living space.

We found the basic job of getting the tent erected fairly quick - perhaps 15-20 mins to roll it out, put in poles and hoist it up. It takes a little while then to go round putting in all the pegs and zip in the ground sheet if you've not left it ready attached.

Seems very well made, sturdy in the wind, waterproof. Light living space with many windows - all of which have a cover for night/privacy. Tons of storage pockets. Sleeping compartments have a zip divider.

Very little bad to say. Its very high - shorter people may have trouble putting in the inner tent or rolling up the window covers! Front awning is an additional extra.
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Manufacturer's Description

A genuine eye-catcher with its sleek design and shade of Mocca, this model of the Yukon River sleeps 6 people in the roomy comfort of a 3 + 3 universal inner tent of breathable polycotton. With the standing height to the outer walls of the tent, the two doors – one rain-safe – provide excellent ventilation and interior space. Optimum indoor climate and protection against the elements are secured in the Yukon River 6 by the Outtex Airtech flysheet and the zip-out groundsheet. Other strong selling points include the large and practical windows that let in generous amounts of daylight, convenient full-length mesh pockets in the inner tents, luminous guys and adjustable pegging points.

Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Flysheet: Outtex Airtech
Inner tent: Polycotton
Groundsheet: Zip-out groundsheet
Pack size: Tent: 35 x 106 cm / Poles: 16 x 106 cm
Weight: Tent: 26.7 kg / Poles: 15.7 kg
Floor: Double-coated polyethylene
Poles: Steel poles 22 mm, Duratec fibreglass 9.5/8.5 mm, 2 upright steel poles

•4 side doors
•Full zip-out groundsheet
•Large panorama windows
•Organiser pockets
•Full length mesh pockets in the inner tents
•Lamp holder and light cable tidies
•Reinforcement patch on all stress points
•Adjustable pegging points
•Luminous guy ropes
•Heavy duty Outwell zips
•Rain safe door
•Outwell doormat included

Optional Extras:
Front Extension

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