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Tent Showcase: Outwell Montana 6P Front Awning

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5 Reviews of the Montana 6P Front Awning

By: Nandn  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 30/04/2014

Because we use it as a storing area, our 'living room' in a tent gives as a lot of space for table and chairs in the middle and still feel free to walk around - specially in the rain. We recommend it big time, we are not sorry for having it! What we also like is a possibility to open a front to the side as shown on the photo.
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By: Starry sky  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 19/09/2013

Positives:

Dramatically increases the interior space.

Saves the main tent and carpet (if you have one) from getting sodden and muddy if it rains, as provides roomy wet weather entrance.

Panoramic windows are lovely.

Negatives:

Needs a better hanging attachment for a light (only has hole through extra piece of material) and if you're 5'3' like me, can't reach to turn off a light unless it's hanging further down, and since the awning can be an area to make tea / eat a meal / sit and play games, a better housing for a more robust light would be welcomed.

Zip up window covers would be appreciated a) to hide the awnings interior from nosy prying eyes when you are out b) to try and deflect direct sunlight (read a story about a lady whose awning had a small hole burned through it because the sunlight magnified through the awning window onto a lemonade bottle that the lady was keeping in the awning, the lemonade bottle magnified the sun onto the far wall of the awning and a hole was burned through!

Zip that zips all the way around the front door making it watertight, if the wind loosens the guy ropes holding the front of the awning out, the front of the awning then 'droops' into the living space and hangs over the groundsheet, if it rains you wake up to rainwater having created a lake on your groundsheet. We learned to pull the groundsheet away from the door at night that way the rain would simply run onto the grass.

Overall the positives outweigh the negatives and I would recommend the Outwell Montana 6p awning - especially for longer stays.
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By: Mummer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 18/09/2013

We found it easy to put up and it added a lot of space to the already spacious Montana 6P. It was really handy to have as our cooking/dining area and to have the front panel open on sunny days.

Easy to pitch although not sure that I would take it if we were just going for a weekend camp as the tent itself is spacious.

I would echo the earlier review that the only thing we were disappointed at was the flimsy PVC lantern hanging point (unlike the plastic ring in the tent). We took our lantern off after the first day as it looked like it was going to tear.

Other than that I'm really pleased with the awning and would recommend.
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By: Yakky  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 14/01/2013

Great addition to our yukon 6 polycotton tent, allows us to have all are dining and cooking utilities in one place, with windows all round it offers great views even when the weather is against you, the detachable groundsheet makes it easy to keep clean. Easy to put up just 2 poles, don't know what we would do without it.
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By: Delabane  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 17/07/2012

We purchased our Front Awning to use as a kitchen/dining room and general storage area for extended holidays (for us that being over 5 nights plus). I think less than 5 nights it is too much effort (it takes about another 20 minutes to erect).

We tested it last weekend and it does provide almost double the room again. It really did prevent the main area from being cluttered as well as keeping the carpet free of mud (it rained heavy typically). The ground sheet is held on with toggles and quick release clips so it can be taken off for cleaning.

This worked really well as a kitchen area and out Outwell Richmond Kitchen fitted the area nicely with enough room left. I think due to the Panoramic front there probably is slightly less space than last year’s model. However I much prefer the new look as we could have purchased a new 2011 Awning from Go Outdoors.

Like the main tent the awning has tinted windows, which I think work really well. I do wish that this model had zip up curtains like the main tent (the 2011 Montana 6 Front Awning had them). I guess Outwell are relying on the tinted windows instead. Regardless it would have been good to have had them for additional privacy in the evening/when we are out.

Also it would be better if they had the same style lantern hanging point with Velcro ties like the main tent has. The awning has a piece of PVC with a hole in it.

The front can be opened up as it has toggles into a sort of / \ effect so on nice days it can be opened up for better ventilation. It also has vents above the windows, something earlier models didn’t have I understand.

Other than the two points above I am happy with this purchase and would highly recommend it as it increases the size of your tent dramatically.
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Manufacturer's Description

Perfect for campers wanting to add an extra room to the front of a Montana tent, the Montana Awning exactly matches the corresponding tent’s lines and mud valance, using the same Outtex® 5000 fabric and steel pole construction, with large tinted panorama windows. The awning quickly clips to the tent and uses our trademark pre-attached luminous guylines and adjustable pegging points.

Recommendation: Campers widely recognise the value of an awning, considering it a ‘must-have’ accessory.

Type of tent: Awning
Flysheet: Outtex® 5000 (75D 100% polyester taffeta)
with taped seams
Floor: Double-coated 100% polyethylene, 10,000 mm hydrostatic head
Pack size: 26 x 70 cm
Weight: 16.3 kg
Poles: Steel poles 19 mm

Features:
Clip-on awning
Large panorama front with tinted windows
Mud valance
Fully seam-sealed flysheet for maximum protection
Reinforcement patch on all stress points
Adjustable pegging points
Pre-attached guylines
Luminous guylines
Easy to pitch

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