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12 Reviews of the Montana Lake Showing 11 to 12 Page:
By: Lincolncampingcrew Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2011 Rating: Date: 01/06/2011
My wife and I had to trade in our beloved Wynmaster, it has had 6 good years but alas we had more children! What an awesome tent! The polycotton makes a huge difference and although expensive it will last for years if well cared for, the porch is a god send for muddy children or removing wet clothes in the rain and maintaining a mud and water free tent, we had some seam leakage during a bout of heavy rain but once it dried out is was fine as the seams have now expanded as expected, apparently this is common place for all polycotton tents under their first rainfall. We have two adults and two kids under 3 - perfect for playing in the living area whilst under rain, the communal area is huge!
In terms of build and size this is a great buy, with the carpet and groundsheet also a must, it takes up a lot more room than the nylon tent but it is worth the sacrifice, it is very light and airy and the three doors are great in the hot weather, looking forward to more holidays away this year.
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By: Badboys Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2011 Rating: Date: 26/04/2011
OK so we previously had a Khyam Cleveland 6 which was great space wise but with an addition of an Old English Sheepdog to the family the upgrade had to be dog proof!
I had set my heart on a Bear Lake 6 about a year or so ago as it had such great reviews and I wanted to move over to a polycotton tent, mainly because of warmth/coolness in the winter & summer and also alleviate the problem of the extra condensation you seem to get in a polyester/nylon tents.
So off we went to buy said Bear Lake and this new Outwell tent caught my eye, it looked familiar so I looked for the name, it was so new that they had only just pitched it, it was the Polycotton version of the popular Montana 6, The Montana Lake. We were immediately taken on this as the sense of space you get when you step inside. It’s probably due to the head height and the fact its not like a traditional tunnel tent it has almost straight inside walls and roof.
The sleeping config is also good as it has 2, 3 person pods of which one can be completely zipped out giving you even more floor space if needed. It also comes with handy pocket store on the front of each sleeping pod, handy for all those keys, loose change for the showers!, phones etc. It also has a storm porch which you can actually stand up in and take off any wet clothes, handy for those trips when you’re up in the Lake District.
There is plenty of natural light as there are full size windows at the front and large windows to the side. There are plenty of ventilation points throughout and all opening windows/doors have insect screens. All windows have fabric curtains and they can be adjusted to various states of opening
OK so to pitch you need 2 people as its much heavier than a poly/nylon tent, I would recommend a footprint if at all possible as this makes things much easier in keeping the bottom of your tent nice and clean and also when packing away, tent can be folded on footprint rather than damp grass, a wise investment (considering you could be paying up to £1000 for the tent)
The tent is almost self supporting when pitching as you have handy sew-in pin straps that become taught when you insert the pins into the tent poles. So you peg out the back corners and the centre back main guy rope and your away.
Inserting the ground sheet was a bit tricky at first maybe because it was the first time I had done this, I had to give the zip a really good tug in some places as it seemed to stick was a bit worried that I would pull too hard and break the zip but it all went ok. I may have to trim a few bits of excess ground sheet around the zip so ill take my scissors with me next time. I'm sure I read somewhere on the Outwell instructions that you could fold away tent with ground sheet but that would make the tent so heavy when coming to re-pitch again or having to dry out after being pack away after wet weather.
The bedroom pods went in very easily and not too fiddly and the adjustable straps helps you get the right tension
The first proper pitch took us about 45 mins pegging it all out but that will improve over the coming months.
The only one thing I was really disappointed with was the carpet. It seems that the carpet sold to me to go with this tent is the Montana 6 carpet. Honestly it’s about 8-10 inches too short (im going to check this out with Outwell direct). My other niggle was there were quite a few loose/untidy threads which could have been trimmed off during production/final QC check. (I'm in the trade where this type of detail can make or break a product) remember you are paying top dollar for this tent.
All in all a great tent so far. It's going to Snowdonia at the end of May 2011 & The Lakes in July so I'll keep you updated!
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Based on the award-winning Montana 6 from the Premium Collection, the Montana Lake has also been well received since it was introduced in 2011. A three-room tunnel tent capable of accommodating up to six people in its two bedrooms, the Montana Lake has three doorways, including access via a side porch with its own Detachable Bathtub Groundsheet. The main living area has a Zip-out Groundsheet. The climate comfort produced by Outtex® Airtech is among the key features here. Plus, there is the new Tinted Windows for 2012 amongst the usual Outwell DNA: Ring & Pin System, Low Light Window, Heavy Duty Zips etc.
Recommendation: For families up to six who want simply the best in a three-room tunnel tent using superior quality materials.
Type of tent: Three room tunnel tent
Sleeps: 6 people
Rooms: 2 bedrooms, 1 living room
Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Flysheet: Outtex® Airtech (65% cotton / 35% polyester)
Floor: Tarpaulin PVC coated 100% polyester,
10,000 mm hydrostatic head
Inner tent: Breathable 100% pongee polyester
Pack size: Tent: 38 x 115 cm / Poles: 30 x 105 cm
Weight: Tent: 29.0 kg / Poles: 29.6 kg
Poles: Alloy poles #6063, 25 mm, 2 upright steel poles
Detachable bathtub groundsheet for porch area
Large tinted windows in living area and porch with polycotton curtains
Mesh pockets in the inner tents
Lamp holder and light cable tidies
Reinforcement patch on all stress points
Adjustable pegging points
Heavy duty Outwell zips
Outwell doormat included
Optional extras: Carpet and footpring
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