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Tent Showcase: Outwell Carolina M

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3  (more 3 berth tents)
19.90 KG
Fully Sewn-in
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Average User Rating:
9.38/10 from 24 reviews

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24 Reviews of the Carolina M        Showing 11 to 20          Page:   1   2   3  
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By: JimCall  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 21/02/2011

Having read some of the reviews about the Carolina M (mostly on here), I decided that it was about time to add one to my ever increasing lineup of tents! My requirements and justification for buying it are as follows:- It must be gale force wind and heavy rain proof. Easy to pitch solo. Have standing room. Room to cook in and have space for a cooking table, kitchen table, 2 chairs & a couple of boxes with various bits and bobs. I am pleased to say that after a few days of heavy rain and strong gusting winds in Glencoe this tent meets my requirements and more!

It has to be noted that on the first morning there were 3 or 4 tiny puddles near the main door. The reason for this, I believe, is because I didn't use the mozzie net (it has a rain valance at the bottom and the gusting wind blew some rain up through the door). Some folks have commented on the fact that the doors do not zip down at the bottom, using 3 velcro patches instead. My thoughts are that this is deliberate in order to facilitate a through flow of air, allowing the top vents to function properly. It certainly isn't a problem when the netting is zipped in.

I initially struggled to find an easy way to erect it solo. My method was to peg the 4 corners first(loosely) then insert the top steel poles and hoist up one side at a time. I had difficulty inserting the bottom pins into the upright poles and my solution was to crack open one of the pole joints, insert the pin then carefully replace the pole(taking care to keep my fingers out the way!) I think this will get easier with use as the tent still felt 'tight'. I didn't have any problem getting the pins out when striking camp. It was then a simple case of inserting the fibreglass poles, clipping everything in and pegging out.

The wind was quite strong with severe gusting which actually kept me awake during the night wondering whether I would be left with a tent or a crumpled heap of material and steel in the morning! I needn't have worried as the tent barely moved. I had all the guys pegged, I wasn't too keen on the guying system for the large rear vent - I may change that to separate guys. I used my own steel rock pegs, not the plastic ones that came with the tent(not too keen on plastic pegs) and I even pegged the main poles to the ground via the tabs at the pins. The fibreglass poles allow for a little bit of flexing in the wind and my only concern would be the lack of support around the main door. As it happened, I need not have worried as the wind changed direction during the night and the full force of the wind was on the front quarter. I could see the door flexing but nothing too drastic!

The sleeping pod would be better with a square floor design. My fishermans bed only just fits widthwise. It is too short lenghtwise. It just means my options are restricted for picking the sleeping direction. Its a palace for 1, comfy for 2 but I think 3 adults would struggle.

All in all a fantastic piece of kit and I would have no hesitation in recommending this tent. Buy the footprint though as it helps keep the sig clean and dry for packing away. It also allows you to pick your pitch using the footprint to work out how much space you need!
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By: Campingrocks  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 28/01/2011

I brought this tent for the intention of using it when I went to fort William to climb Ben Nevis and also the fact it was on sale at gooutdoors with carpet and footprint. Was totally amazed at how easy it was to erect I even had two other campers come over to see it and ask questions. It is a spacious tent, very light with lots of windows etc. The only down side I could find is the door, when opening if it had rained let water in but once you know this you can work around it. But that is it, this tent is a very easy pitch, semi lightweight, very well made tent that I'm sure anyone would be happy with, I know I am with mine
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By: Safeway56  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 10/10/2010

Delighted with this tent. Out of our main tents which include a Cabanon Pacific and Sunncamp Sprint we now think the Carolina is now our favourite. It ticks all of our boxes. It has a tardis like quality to it in the way it has more room than the footprint says it should really. The ventilation is first rate due to two largish vents on the opening side of the tent and on the non-opening side it has vents which run around half the length of the tent plus a large vent at the sleeping pod end. It has windows aplenty with roll up curtains. The doors seal with velcro which some posters are disappointed with. The gaps at the bottom of the doors are sealed adequately though and caused us no problems even though it was quite windy last night. This is the first time we have bought a tent from new which is supplied with better quality pegs rather than the straight wire type which are useless so that's saved us a few quid. I had my doubts about the eyebrow poles but I needn't have worried for the tent remained very solid in the wind. It's a doddle to pitch and although I could easily pitch it solo, the she-devil and myself had it pitched in around 15 minutes. It hasn't seen rain yet but being Outwell I'm not expecting it to leak. If it does leak I'll be back on here and blackguarding Outwell to the heavens.
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By: Keanonwuk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 07/10/2010

We own a Kampa Lulworth 6 which we use for week long stays or more but we wanted something smaller for weekend trips. Whilst shopping at Go Outdoors (for a small table) we spotted the Carolina M, which was pitched outside alongside a Carolina S (the S was actually very much more expensive than the M). The M was on offer for £150 plus carpet and footprint at half price one week only. Our first consideration was would our Intex bed fit? Yes it did but what really did it for us was the amount of living space, plus the large windows at the front which make it very light and airy.

We used the Carolina for the first time at Masham in North Yorks, we were amazed at just how fast we were able to pitch the tent only a matter of minutes, (unfortunately the side porch took considerably longer). The bedroom pod has storage pockets for bits and bats (both sides), with a storage area for light items at the front of the pod. There is only one entry point for the EHU by the side door but we had no problem reaching the socket. The first night was very windy with quite a lot of rain but the Carolina hardly moved and didn't let any water in. Another plus for this tent is the amount of ventilation available, there is the usual rear guyed out vent at the back (that is also zipped and was hard to open as the material became trapped), and several vents on each side.

The ground at Masham (the Old Station) is very hard so the blue plastic pegs supplied struggled, luckily we had some rock pegs in our kit which worked well. The only downsides we can think of besides the rear vent zip was it would have been nice to have a set of poles included to peg open one of the doors, no real problem we were able to by a kit from Go Outdoors which does the job (just being picky). On the whole we are very impressed with the Carolina M and hope to use it many more times for those weekend breaks.
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By: Fostermum  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 03/10/2010

What a fantastic tent - I absolutely love it! Bought it as a special end of season offer with carpet and footprint and have just spent 3 nights camping in torrential rain and strong, gusty winds. Tent stood firm and was solid as a rock - the steel poles make it very rigid. I can pitch it solo although it is quicker and easier with 2. There are panoramic windows all around the living area - giving a fantastic amount of light, feeling of space and ideal when the weather is bad - you certainly do not feel shut in at all. Amazing amount of living space for a 3 berth tent and the large sloping door is wonderful when poled and guyed out as a sun canopy (canopy poles not provided). There is an additional side door which is useful in wet weather. The bedroom will take 3 sleeping mats or a double airbed with small amount of space. I used it with a single camp bed which gave me plenty of room for a storage unit, bags etc.

I am very impressed with this tent, especially the amount of living area and standing heigh right through.
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By: Kazzy232  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 26/09/2010

I absolutely love this tent. Although specifies for three people the bedroom only fits a double inflatable bed; however, there is some space round the edge. The living area is spacious, which is not always the case on many tents. I would recommend this tent to any couple and people on a recent campsite seemed quite envious. Especially as here in England you can't guarantee the weather you don't feel closed in in this tent with the large main area and many windows.
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By: CampingFairy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 23/08/2010

Bought this tent as my fiance and I wanted to start camping all the time.

Had a fantastic deal on this tent and bought the footprint and carpet to match. Wise investment on both counts. Carpet makes such a difference!

Easy to set up, instructions were easy to follow. Took us approx 25 mins to set up the first time, I am sure it will be quicker next time. Steel poles are very sturdy, and the fibreglass ones flexible but strong. Came with the grey Outwell mat, which we thought was a nice touch.

I agree that the bedroom is not big enough for 3 people, we managed to get an inflatable double bed in there and that was it. Lots of pocket storage around the bedroom, which was great.

Built in groundsheet is also great, no fiddling with edges and the rainwater getting in. Also great for stopping our 2 Jack Russells getting out into the rain!

Living area is large and we managed to get quite a lot of stuff in and still had plenty of room to move around. Like all the windows, although the curtains are a bit fiddly to put up, especially alone. Loved the net curtain that zips all the way around to stop the bugs getting in, whilst still being able to leave the door open.

The main door falls inwards when opened, which let the rain water in constantly. We have now decided to use the side door instead, and we no longer have this problem. Would like to have seen the outer door zip go all the way around the door, as the velcro at the bottom let the cold in at night.

Overall, really like this tent and shall continue to have many happy holidays :D
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By: Scala  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 17/08/2010

A superb tent - as a single mum who hasn't been camping in over 7 years, I was nervous about being able to put the tent up with just my 6 year old's help, but it was dead easy!

We were so impressed with the Carolina M's ability to handle not only very hot weather, but also so heavy downpours and a fair bit of wind. It's such a relief to wake up each day knowing that not one drop of rain will have passed through!

I agree that the sleeping area would be a bit of a squeeze for 3 people, but it's perfect for 2, and the amount of living space is a luxury - no bending down due to sloping sides. We also appreciated having 2 alternative doorways, and being able to open as many 'curtains' as we wanted. The little details were great, with lots of pockets and a feature for keeping electric cables safely tucked up.

My one bugbear is that, despite being fairly tall, it was difficult to reach the top of the zips for the doorway. However, this was far outweighed by the reliability, comfort & quality of the tent - I'd highly recommend it to anyone. As my little one said, 'I'm proud to have this tent!'
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By: Chis5  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 15/08/2010

The outwell Carolina m is the new tent we bought down sizing as the 2 children don't want to come camping any more. It took me and my hubby about 20mins without reading instructions to put it up, it's so easy. This tent is so spacious in the living area, their are so many windows it's like sitting out side!

We bought this tent not only for it's size but it is also chihuahua proof as it's mesh doors zip totally closed. It is a different colour from the last tent which was green and this is mocha which is easy to find when your on site. The bedroom just fits our queen size air bed in but nothing else, it does have storage pockets around the bottom, but the living area is so big all the bags fit in and you don't notice them.

This tent stood up to wind and really bad rain and rain and rain! and was bone dry, we put a tarpaulin underneath but left a bit wider than the tent which caught all the water and there was big pools underneath so bad idea but the tent was dry! all round great tent, would recommend. Have bought the extension and carpet can't wait to try them out!
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By: Angelsis68  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 21/07/2010

I currently own Carolina M and absolutely love it. I have downsized (previously had Montana 6) am still am astounded by the living space in the Carolina m. So far, have only used it for short stays (2 nights) but have booked 7 nights in August and am confident that there will be plenty of space for everything. I especially love the panoramic windows ! I am also slightly (only slightly mind) hoping for rain as I love the thought of sitting inside, all cosy, carpet down, windows open.Just looking out with a glass of wine :-) absolute bliss ! A wonderful tent !
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Manufacturer's Description

Carolina sleeps up to 3 persons in the security and comfort provided by a sealed-in groundsheet. Carolina comes with large panorama windows, excellent ventilation, and exceptional amount of standing height made possible by the Outwell Extended Frame system on both the front and rear of the tent. Moderate in size, but big on features customers value, the Carolina M has both a front and side door, and comes with bottom-up curtains that give occupants both the view and the privacy they want, a pre-attached and adjustable inner tent, and convenient organiser pockets. The Carolina M is sure to find favour with campers who are looking for outstanding comfort and quality.

Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Flysheet: Outtex 4000 with taped seams
Hydrostatic head: 4.000 mm
Inner tent: Breathable polyester
Groundsheet: Sealed Ground System
Pack size: 27 x 77 cm

•Large panorama windows
•Pre-attached inner tent
•Fully seam-sealed flysheet for maximum protection
•Lamp holder and light cable tidies
•Reinforcement patch on all stress points
•Adjustable pegging points
•Pre-attached guy ropes
•Luminous guy ropes
•Mesh pockets in the inner tents
•Heavy duty Outwell zips

Optional Extras:
Side Extension

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