By: ChewiesDad Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2012 Rating: Date: 20/10/2012
Bought from Go Outdoors with great discount due to price match - trawled web and it was very worth it.
Strong construction - ease of erection - good layout - big enough for 2 adults and 2 dogs - could probably replace dogs for 2 young children but dogs & children may be a bit of a squeeze at bedtime. Stood up to medium rain & wind well. Bag a good size - particularly useful when packing up.
U-Tube erection and packing videos (also on Outwell Site) - none specific to this model but similar models fine.
Sloping door makes it vulnerable to bad weather without the Extension.
Door mesh sheet is zipped separately from fly sheet part which makles opening from outside cumbersome - also sloping side means you need to be tall or stpe inside when opening from outside and closing requires a real stretch.
Guy rope pegs (fluorescent) look good but plastic bends or breaks if pegging into hard ground.
Extension is a must for rainy weather.
Footprint made erection and packing up significantly easier.
Carpet adds to comfort and luxury feeling but slips a bit (will take a rubber backed runner for entrance(inside)next outing.
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By: B1rdman Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2012 Rating: Date: 14/07/2012
After reading many many reviews of tents on ukcampsite.Co.Uk spending 5 hours solid reading, I bought a Outwell Birdland 5
As soon as I got it I set it up in the garden to review it, last thing I wanted was to discover problems when away from home.
Here is my opinion of it.
Weather : 2 days April showers and 2 days non stop (sometimes very heavy) rain, light wind.
Looks : A smart tent comes in a neat holdall and is nicely packaged with a few spare pegs, section of pole and pole tip. Once erected it is a smart tent.
Erection: Fast. First time touching a tent in 20 years but with the Outwell colour guided poles, pegs and luminous guys I erected this mostly on my own with a little help from the missus in 15 mins. Now I know how it goes, I will no doubt cut that time down to under 10 mins.
Size : A small, or rather compact tent. I have 2 adults and 2 small children. Sleeping compartment : We fit in this comfortably however I wouldn't like to squeeze another person in. Living area : Large enough for us to live in, however I wouldn't like to cook in it. Hint: I am buying the porch extension as a kitchen area.
Windows : Good bay windows at no time did I feel shut off from the outside world. All the window covers do up from the bottom up, so half windows are possible as well as 'blackout'.
Groundsheet: One of the reasons for buying this tent was the fully enclosed zippable groundsheet. There are no gaps for wind or rain to penetrate, or kids or dogs to escape or bugs to seek human blood . Perfect.
Weatherproof. States upto gale force 9 and with the Outwell Wind Stabiliser System and I don't doubt it, this tent is sturdy. Best I have seen or 'shook'. In all the July rain this tent did not leak a single drop. Nothing. Even with the kids treating it like it was an outdoor play house, not a single leak. Nor a tear. One of my kids is autistic and plays rough very rough. Not a tear in sight, at no time did I fret about the safety of the tent or him getting tangled or tied up.
Loves: The storage rack between the sleeping compartments ( hopefully you can see it on the pics I have added) There is also a support across the top of the living area ideal for hanging a light from. I love the quality feel and the fact it is weatherproof :-)
Downside. Sadly there has to be one. The outer door zips are fantastic, very strong with weather flaps but . The door flaps inwards, meaning that any water on the door at the time flicks inside the living area. ( I have included a pic so you can see what I mean) Now this isn't too much of a problem, a towel soon mops it up, but have 2 kids running in and out, and you soon have puddles and no more dry towels .However, that said, an extension porch will fix the problem and as I need one anyway .I best run along and buy one.
Summary. For the money a fantastic tent but I would strongly suggest buying the extension porch as well. If you want safe, secure, dry camping . This is the tent in my opinion.
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The largest of the Birdland tents sleeps up to five in the two bedrooms that lead 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: For families of up to five wanting a good blend of sleeping and living space, including generous headroom.
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: 32 x 78 cm Weight: 20.2 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