By: Maximou12 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2010 Rating: Date: 22/04/2010
I bought the Oakland XL as a week-end alternative to our Vermont XL (which is a cumbersome beast for a few nights) It was a toss up between the Nevada M and this. The Oakland won due to more stability (2 steel poles) and slightly more usable living area for those wet wet days!
We used it for the first time for a long weekend in mid April, it was a doddle to put up, 20 mins with two of us (we could probably get this down to 10 with time). It has a lovely spacious feel and ample room for table chairs etc. The weather was good enough to do all the cooking outside so even more space. We went for the carpet and groundsheet as well. The carpet is fantastic and I cannot recommend it enough. Nightime temp. Dropped to 3 degrees, so we had an oil filled radiator in the tent with us and moved it into the (zipped into 1) sleeping area at night. It was nice and toasty!. Surprisingly little condensation in the morning too, even with the vents shut to conserve heat.
I agree with the previous reviewer that the tent flaps are a pain, and to get them fully closed and sealed requires the main flap as well as the mozzi screen to be fastened, so you need to get through two sets of zips when you have to nip out in the night! Come on Outwell sort this out!
We too had creases in the ground sheet but put this down to our poor pitching. The side of the tent (with the side door) also didn't set well with about a 2 - 3 inches gap at the ground, which wasn't a problem this weekend but may be if the wind gets up next time, this could be due to the tent being slightly off centre on the poles, or being new, and it may give a little with use.
I would have preferred a few more pegging points, again for when the wind gets up, and two included awning poles for the front flap would have been nice (as came with our Vermont!). But overall despite all the niggles (hence only 8 stars) we are very happy with it, and will update when we use it in the wind and rain.
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By: Ezee1 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2010 Rating: Date: 17/04/2010
We just bought this tent last month and used it last week. The tent has ample space for 2 adults and a child but would be tight for more people as we found when my dad visited! The tent is quite easy to put up but I would watch a video as the instructions are less than a paragraph. There is ample space for the air beds in the pods and we also had a dogs cage in the living area and still had space to move around. The nice thing about this tent is the fact that it erects all as one with the pods already in. The fibreglass poles were colour coded as was the tent so this was really easy to put up. Packing it down was just as easy!
There are adjustable straps all round for pegging down, although there were creases in the groundsheet so I don't think we did this properly. There are numerous windows inside with roll up blinds which was great for the light. Also three vents, one zip up one at the rear of the pods and one over the main door and the final one over a large window, these really do help to keep the condensation down. We only used the side door and everyone got stuck trying to open the door as you have to open both the flyscreen and the outer which is awkward! There are velcro bits at the bottom of the outer door and I felt it would have been better to zip this all the way round but no wind came through as I made sure I reached out at night and velcro's it down.
The main niggle with this side door is the zips run parallel to the steel poles and can be annoying as it is quite close. Also, every single person constantly tripped over the door due to the sig. This I feel could be solved with the ability to zip the floor bit flat to the ground when needed. We only used a tarp for under the tent but I am thinking of buying the footprint as we did get condensation on the windows but it was very hot this week. I think to overcome the zips on the side door it may be worthwhile getting the side extension so you only need to use the flyscreen. I'm only giving this tent an 8 as the zip was annoying and we found the flyscreens were laddered a little.
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The latest Oakland XL is a five-person three room tunnel tent. Key is the superior interior light thanks to the large windows with toggle-up curtains to all three sides of the living area. The eye is instantly drawn to the smart new Foliage Green colour with contrasting roof and trademark Outwell stripes of the Outtex® 4000 outer tent. Pitching is particularly easy with the help of the Outwell Easy Pegging System and pre-attached luminous guylines. Steel poles and the gale-beating Outwell Wind Stabilizer System enhance stability in bad weather while the Rain-safe side door supplies a sheltered entrance. A Duratec fibreglass pole is used to create extra headroom via the weight-reducing Outwell Extended Frame System. Other features include: organiser pockets, adjustable pegging points, reinforced stress points and heavy duty Outwell zips.
Recommendation: Generous family living for up to five in a compact tent that has an unmistakable Outwell heritage.
Type of tent: Three room tunnel tent Sleeps: 5 people Rooms: 2 bedrooms, 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: 33 x 78 cm Weight: 26.3 kg Poles: Steel poles 19/22 mm, Duratec fibreglass 8.5/12.7 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