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Tent Showcase: Outwell Birdland 3

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3  (more 3 berth tents)
16.30 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
8.3/10 from 20 reviews

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20 Reviews of the Birdland 3        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: RadleyM  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating:   Date: 18/07/2016

I have just bought this tent and though it was a great tent however, there is one big problem. The welds on the steel poles are not up to the job. On first day use one of the poles split requiring us to get a replacement tent. The next tent on day 2 with new tent and new poles the steel pole split again. The tension across the front of the tent is too great. As there is no contact for the company I can not find out if this issue is being addressed. I like the tent but how many times should I replace the tent under warranty to find one which is not faulty?
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By: Jewsack  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating:   Date: 14/06/2016

After getting wet last year in Brecon with 2 small hike tents, I decided to buy a bigger tent with porch, that I could still pitch on my own if necessary. After much debating between the Birdland 3 and a Coleman Vespucci, I decided on this as I got 15% off at Millets and got it for £238, the best deal I could get by far. Just back from 3 nights up at North Wales. Pitching is exceptionally easy and once used to it, can be managed by 1 person (it wasn't windy mind,that could need 2). Although not windy, the tent felt very sturdy and it certainly kept us dry, as it rained for 2 of the 3 days. 3 nice windows and plenty of room for what I need, I'm pleased with it as it's proved it's worth on my first use. My only concerns were that the poles sounded a bit creaky, that may have just been first used though and that the guy ropes were a little bit of a fiddle.
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By: JOHNANDRACH  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 13/09/2014

This tent is great. We bought an Outwell tent because whilst camping in our previous very cheap tent, we noticed how sturdy(and dry)the Outwell tents looked. We chose this model because you can stand up in it (even if you are 6 foot tall)it is spacious for 2 people, extremely sturdy and doesn't let in water. It is easy to put up and take down and seems to be wearing well. We have just returned from 5 weeks camping in our tent and did the same last Summer. Last year we forgot the inner fly bedroom area but actually got used to not having it. We now often choose to not use it to give even more space.

Our only criticism would be the door - sometimes awkward to get into and because of the angle - rain can get in when it is open.
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By: Such Fun  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 10/08/2014

I needed a tent that I could easily pitch on my own or with the help of an 8 yr old. This can be pitched by 1 person but it is much easier to shout 'hold that pole still' to a child. Have camped twice now in poor weather, high winds and it feels stable. Because of the shape and angle of the door it is much better with the Birdland 3 awning as this prevents the rain coming in and makes the tent much bigger. The sleeping area is a good size for 2 persons but we have slept 2 adults and 1 child as a double air bed and a roll mat will fit. The optional fitted carpet adds comfort and looks good. The tent is warm because of the fitted groundsheet and it can stop the bugs from getting in too. I have used this tent for 3 holidays and it is still in new condition (except the pegs that I have hit to death). I would buy a tent of this spec again.
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By: The Dinner Lady  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 07/08/2014

Great wee tent to start with. Had it a year, used about six times and one of the poles has snapped already. Outwell are saying it's not their fault and we have to contact the seller. How is it their fault?? Customer service zero. Tent is great apart from that. I can stand up in it what more do I need
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By: Hamsamfa  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 15/07/2014

This is perhaps the smuggest tent in the world. And rightfully so!

Having grown up camping, it's been a few years since I've been and it's a relatively new hobby for my boyfriend!

Aside from the step by step guide online the instructions are fool proof and we pitched in no time at all straight from the box!

Every time we thought 'wouldn't it be useful if?' There was a hook or zip where we needed it!

As with all tents the three birth was perfect for the two of us, an airbed and bags.

Buy it now. Perfect for a quick getaway when it's going to be a sunny weekend!

We'll post another review closer to Autumn to see how it stands up in cooler weather!
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By: Ah1501  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 24/06/2014

I have one of these tents and cant fault it. It has a large bedroom at the rear. This may be a struggle for 3 people as with most '3 man' tents. There's also ample room in the living area for a kitchen storage table and an aluminium roll up table with enough space left for a couple of chairs for lounging around in. The only floor I could find with this tent is the sloping door. On a wet camping trip, this could cause a problem when you unzip the door as it would let water run into the bottom/front of the living area. This is I guess why the 2014 version comes with a small canopy over the front. To overcome this slight issue I have been looking for the official birdland front extension but to no avail. This seems almost impossible to get hold of and I have since brought an easycamp Boston 400 extension with fits just perfect.

A note on the pitching and packing away of the Birdland 3, this is faily simple and took 2 of us 15 mins to erect and 20 mins on my own to dismantle and pack away.

I'd strongly recommend this tent if you are looking for a reliable, quality 2/3 person tent. At £180 for the tent and carpet combind (brand new), it was a steal!
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By: Tony K  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 21/06/2014

I cannot say this is the perfect tent, but it is perfect for me. I wanted a tent I could put up all by myself, big enough to invite a friend to join me on a camping trip, and also high enough to stand up in.

I have read some comments about this tent not being easy to put up, but let me assure you that this is not true. Once you get the hang of it, it's a piece of cake, even for an old age pensioner like myself. When alone it takes me approximately 30 minutes to put up, and that includes the front extension. But that's with me taking my time. I am sure it can be put up in half that time.

Just lay the tent out flat on the ground, peg all four corners down, then fit the main central pole with the pole laying flat on the ground. Now bring the central pole into the upright position. My photo shows the tent at this stage, and it will stay upright for as long as you like while you fit the other two poles. Simple.

My only gripe concerning this tent is as someone has already mentioned, the fact that the door does not zip up along the bottom which could lead to water entering the tent. It has only happened to me once but is not a problem when you have a front extension fitted, and believe you me, that extension makes all difference to your camping experience.
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By: Sajp69  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 19/09/2013


What a fantastic tent, or so I thought when first purchased.

However, have had this tent for little over a year (used for approximately 20 days in total) and already there are small holes appearing in the plastic windows. Further, last week in strong but not gale force winds the rear tent pole joiners or feral bent and snapped, causing the bedroom area to collapse at 4am (so much for Outwells wind stabilising system!)

Is this normal for this to happen. Or am I being over critical?
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By: Bernie47  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 16/06/2013

I bought the Birdland 3 to replace my excellently designed but now aging Gelert Alaska 4.

Whilst the Birdland is not the easiest of tents to erect single handed, it has stood up to high gales and torrential rain. The only problem is the door, as stated in an earlier review. It is a wide door with zips down both sides but not along the bottom. The bottom of the door is held in place by a single small Velcro patch in the centre, and in high winds this detaches and allows rain to enter the tent. This problem can be overcome by zipping up the inner mosquito screen, but it makes it awkward having to zip/unzip both the door and mosquito screen every time you enter or leave the tent.

I intend adding another couple of Velcro patches to alleviate the problem, but it should not be necessary to carry out remedial work on a tent in this price range, and I have therefore only given it 9 out of 10.
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Manufacturer's Description

An outstanding success, the Birdland 3 tunnel tent sleeps three and is ideal for couples or small families. Rain Safe entry through the wide front door leads into a living area with large windows to keep campers in touch with the outdoors. A great touring tent, the large, pre-attached Ambassador Master Bedroom makes pitching easy.

Technical specifications
Type of tent: Two room tunnel tent
Sleeps people: 3
Hydrostatic Head: 5000 mm
Flysheet: Outtex® 5000 (100% polyester oxford / taffeta) with taped seams
Inner tent: Breathable 100% polyester
Rooms: 1 bedroom, 1 living room
Poles: Steel pole 19 mm, Duratec fibreglass 11/11-12.7 mm
Floor: Double-coated 100% polyethylene, 10,000 mm hydrostatic head
Pitching way:
Flysheet first or as one
Pack size: 32 x 75 cm
Weight: 16.3 kg

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