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Tent Showcase: Outwell Birdland 3

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15 Reviews of the Birdland 3        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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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

Disappointed!

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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By: Lindabryn  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 28/02/2013

Great tent for 2, I have added some picture to try to demonstrate the space. Straightforward to erect, but look at the video on youtube first its a big help. We had very wet weather in September and no problems, however I would have given it 9 if there had been a porch or at least a peak over the door. I will be getting the extension if only as a boot and sandwich making space to keep inside cleaner. The carpet is well worth it, especially if it is cold or wet. It really helps to feel cosier. This is defiantly not a tent for those who travel light but if you want a tent for 2 without compromising on comfort this would be hard to beat.
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By: Nollwark  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 15/09/2012

Having now erected this tent 4 times (1 overnight, 2 weekends & 1 week), I'm beginning to get the knack of getting it up quickly single-handed. (Lay footprint out & peg down. Peg groundsheet rear corners, get all poles in place, keeping at least 1 peg in your hand while pulling both front guys together to raise the tent, & peg down to hold tent up while fixing remaining corners. Secure all poles, groundsheet pegs & guys . . . Job done :-) in about 30 minutes.)

This is great comfortable 1 or 2-man tent, especially with a dog who likes raiding the food supplies!. Bedroom holds double mattress, loo, & all food boxes secure from dog's attentions, & front area keeps dog secure from wandering, whether I'm there or not.

Lovely, light airy & very strong. Bit heavy, but not a real problem when travelling by car. The only downside is the previously mentioned lack of adequate ventilation, which means it can get a bit sweaty. But for my needs - a strong tent, easy to erect, with full standing height to avoid back problems, & good security for the dog, it's the best I've found so far.
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By: Robby Bobby  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 27/08/2012

I recently bought this tent for weekend getaways ( I also have an Outwell Monterey 5 ) . Its built to usual Outwell standards and didn't let in any rain on a long wet weekend in the lakes . The two of us found the bedroom 'cosy' using two single airbeds to fit 3 people would be a squeeze unless using basic mats to sleep on. You have to sleep sideways in the tent if you could have slept longways it would give you far more space but the tent would only have to be around 8 inches longer to accommodate this this is the only bad point stopping me rating it 10/10.I really like the full length windows including one in the door these give a light airy impression making the tent living area feel bigger than it actually is If you are looking for a weekend tent with full standing height and bombproof you could do far worse .
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By: Jeanetteand patrick  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 01/07/2012

Used our new Birdland 3 this weekend and we are very pleased with the easy erection and packing of the tent. I did not have any problems in strong blustery winds putting it up or taking it down seems very well made and airy. I will get the extension now I have read the comments about the door. We have a pair of wychwood fishing beds and found these just squeezed in with the the bedroom bulging a bit, but what a comfortable night we had!
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By: Helen Maleary  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 17/03/2012

This is a great tent for 2 people - plenty of headroom and if it's pouring with rain (Or you're being attached by a hoard of midges!)it's good to be able to 'open' all of the windows and be able to see outside, it makes the tent feel light and airy. There are lots of useful pockets inside and the triple door option is very good - there is fully closed, clear window or midge net so good for all occasions. We bought this tent after our previous one was completely destroyed by the Scottish weather so wanted a nice strong one to cope with the wind - the main large metal pole support is excellent, the tent feels really secure and rigid. Our tent came with an external additional groundsheet/footprint which I highly recommended - it means the bottom of the tent isn't muddy when taking down so the tent stays a lot cleaner. The only problems we do have with the tent are getting in and out when it's raining. As some other people have said, the rain can get in when the door is open. We had a porch in our previous tent so do miss that element as you need to keep wet boots and things inside the tent. Also, the tent can be quite heavy when wet and we bent one of the fiberglass poles when pitching in not so nice weather. Lastly, because it's edges are sewn in and the bedroom is internal, it can act like a big balloon when taking down, you have to try it a few times to get the knack of getting all the air out. On the whole though I love it - Outwell tents seem to be very well made, we chose this one and the Camping show and it was the best quality one we show.
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Manufacturer's Description

The smallest of the Birdland tents sleeps up to three in a single bedroom that leads on to a spacious living area. The tent is made from our own Outtex® 4000 outer tent fabric and benefits from our fresh new Foliage Green colour with contrasting roof and trademark Outwell stripes. The outer first or all-in-one pitching is easy thanks to the steel and Duratec pole Outwell Extended Frame System and the addition of the Outwell Easy Pegging System that ensures the right peg for the job is quickly located. Risk of tripping is reduced through our pre-attached luminous guylines and our Outwell Wind Stabiliser System provides market-leading stability in up to Force 9 gales. Other features include: heavy duty Outwell zips, organiser pockets, lamp holder and cable tidies, adjustable pegging points, and reinforcement patches on all stress points.

Recommendation: Generous headroom and general space makes this compact, easy-to-pitch tent the popular choice for families of up to three who take a simpler approach to camping. An ideal touring tent.

Type of tent: Two room tunnel tent
Sleeps: 3 people
Rooms: 1 bedroom, 1 living room
Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Flysheet: Outtex® 4000 (75D 100% polyester taffeta)
with taped seams
Floor: Double-coated 100% polyethylene, 10,000 mm hydrostatic head
Inner tent: Breathable 100% polyester
Pack size: 28 x 70 cm
Weight: 15.1 kg
Poles: Steel poles 19/22 mm, Duratec fibreglass 12.7 mm

Features:
Large windows with toggle-up curtains
Pre-attached and adjustable inner tents
Organiser pockets
Lamp holder and light cable tidies
Fully seam-sealed flysheet for maximum protection
Mesh pockets in the inner tents
Reinforcements patch on all stress points
Adjustable pegging points
Pre-attached guylines
Luminous guylines
Heavy duty Outwell zips

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