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User Reviews of the Montana 6P

By: Naich  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 18/08/2014

We splashed out on a new Montana 6p, having previously owned a very second-hand Montana 6. The price has come down from RRP of £800 shown above and we bought ours for £520.

The best thing about this tent is the amount of space it gives you. Not only does it sleep four very comfortably (6 would be a bit of a squish though), the living area is huge, and there is plenty of headroom right to the sides of the tent. In fact, there is almost too much headroom. My wife finds it difficult to reach the top of the front door to roll it up, and once the fly screen is zipped into place, despite being 6' tall, I can't reach it either.

There are various storage pods in the inner sleeping area and a small window at floor height to peer out of without getting out of your sleeping bag. We use the storm porch as storage for the tent's carrying bag and other such items, and use the extension to cover the main door and keep it dry if it rains.

The windows at the front of the tent give it a 'bay window' feel, letting in lots of light despite the tinting. The curtains cleverly unroll from a pouch at the bottom with zips to make them easy to open or close.

It takes us a bit more than 30 minutes to put it up, mainly because of the large number of guy ropes. However, once it is up and pegged down, it's rock solid, thanks to the metal poles.

It is definitely worth getting the footprint and carpet to make it comfortable. This is a large comfortable tent, well thought out and built to a high specification.
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By: Sunbeam4me  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 11/08/2014

This is a fantastic tent! We had an Outwell Nevada M before this one.

We love the space. The living area, even with cooking facilities erected and table & chairs up, has enough room for us, our two dogs plus any visitors we may be entertaining. In the sleeping area we use one half as our bedroom (two x 3ft wide Areo Airbeds = 1 super king sized bed) and the other for clothes, storage and dog beds.

The tent itself is easy to put up between two of us, averaging 30mins. We do use a footprint with it which certainly helps in wet weather when packing away. We also have the Montanta 6P carpet to give extra warmth on colder nights. The side porch works really well in wet weather as a place to take wellington boots/shoes off and store wet coats.

We like the sewn in ground sheet throughout and the fact that the tent is made to withstand huge amounts of water being chucked at it from the skies! It can get very hot in sunny times and therefore our next purchase will be the roof cover, but with all the doors open you can get some air circulating which cools it down.

Well worth the money and I wouldn’t buy any other tent than an Outwell for their outstanding attention to detail and superb quality of product.
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By: Joe77  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 02/07/2014

Just came back from our 3rd camping trip in this tent and it really earnt it's money !

Are first two trips were spent in glorious sunshine but last weekend in Brixham it rained for 3 out of 4 days and continuously for 18 hours heavy rain .

The tent was totally dry inside not one drip of rain and it withstood heavy wind also .

It's very spacious and easy to erect ( 1 hour ) with all the furniture etc .

We used the side porch as a cooking area as the weather was so bad .

Are next purchase will be the front extension or the awning . Won't buy another tent apart from Outwell as you really can tell the difference in the quality !

In summary this is a brilliant family tent for those who want to be comfortable and dry with plenty of space .
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By: Sparklingdiamon  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 09/06/2014

Great waterproof and windproof tent - the extra awning (with sides) gives masses of room for undercover outdoor cooking and washing up. Very roomy tent for family of four & two dogs. Even though it's a six berth, the bedrooms are a squeeze for six adults. There's a handy zip on both sides to allow an electric cable to be brought inside easily.

Easy for two people to put up.

Do purchase the carpet and footprint!
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By: Maisedaise2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 04/06/2014

We decided to sell our lovely kampa Tenby 8 and Our fab Vango Icarus 6 , for the Outwell Montana 6p which size wise is in the middle ,it has more living area than the Icarus 6 which means we can cook, dine and still have room for our camp chairs and floorspace for the kids to play.

The panoramic windows with zip up curtains is just brilliant it's like sitting in a conservatory and as the sun moves round and if it gets to hot inside you can just zip up those few curtains and still have a view.

We purchased the roof protector as well, because our Kampa had a roof lining inside the living area, it really does make a difference to the temperature inside the tent, it has a silver side that reflect the sun and keeps the tent cool and a black side to absorb the sun to keep the tent warmer in cooler weather and protects the roof from bird dropping, tree sap and UV rays. The roof protector also darkens the sleeping compartment,which we were used to in our Kampa which had the sleep tight system .

On the third night in the tent we had a thunderstorm,torrential rain and we stayed dry.

The Outwell Montana 6p is a lovely spacious tent, easy to erect and take down and we managed to pack it back into its bag first attempt.
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By: Mark Palmer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 09/05/2014

Brilliant tent that can easily accommodate 2 adults, 2 children and 2 large dogs without you tripping over each other. Easy to put up if you know a thing or two about tents, otherwise watch the YouTube video!

I'm 6'3' and I had loads of headroom and plenty of space in the bedroom.

The only downside is that it's a bit of a pain to pack away, if you don't get it right first time, you'll have to unfold the whole tent to fold it correctly or it won't go in the bag.

I bought mine 2 years ago (2012) from Go Outdoors and it cost £250! It has recently gone up in price again though, so I got a real bargain!

We now have the awning to go over the front, as the first time we used it, we didn't have the awning which meant that we couldn't really cook in the dry or we'd risk creating a build up of condensation on the inside of the tent!
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By: Stoddy1972  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 17/03/2014

I have had 3 Outwell tents but by far this is my favourite, the living area is great and the 2 bedrooms are of equal size so no fighting hehhe. Pitching the tent it fairly easy if you know what your doing I recommend youtube for this thats how I learnt. Packing this tent away isn't easy as the bag it came with is not very forgiving so take your time and get it right cos this part can be quite frustrating. The children love this tent cos they have more space to spread out
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By: Mummer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 18/09/2013

Have just come back from our first camping trip with this tent which was bought to replace our previous Vango tunnel tent.

I love it! The sewn in groundsheet is a big advantage over our old tent - but the main thing that we couldn't stop commenting on was the space. More than big enough for us and our two girls to relax, play and eat and not be tripping over each other - and plenty of headroom too. No more banging my head on the lantern. Very airy and light too thanks to the many windows - which are tinted and also can be zipped up for privacy or at night.

We got the footprint too which helped with pitching and also added a bit of insulation plus a carpet which made it feel much cosier inside.

We also took the awning - which was fine for a week but decided that if we go away for just a weekend we would just take the tent itself. It's more than enough.

Pitching was relatively easy with two of us. Pegging out took time due to the large number of guys and pegging points. However, packing away was a bit more of a challenge and we struggled to get everything back in the tent bag.

Yes it's a heavy tent to transport, but you do feel safe and secure in it even in strong winds.

I think it's a perfect family tent and cannot wait to use it again.
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By: Bretts  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 14/09/2013

Bought this tent to replace our ancient Conway trailer tent. We can't fault it, it is very well made, we have as much living area as our old camper. Stood up to some very wet and windy weather in Wales this year. The porch is the best part of it, invaluable when it is wet, windy or muddy, our carpet stayed immaculate. Although the porch is low, it has to be to work aerodynamically. Overall height of tent would suit even a very tall man. We take all our creature comforts with us and it's like being at home. We had many admiring comments and probably managed to sell one to a couple who had a guided tour! Although the steel poles are a bit heavy in the bag, they are so much more sturdy than aluminium. Much quicker to put up than a camper and easy to get square on a footprint, a lot of guys but this is the price you pay for a tent that claims to stand up to a Force 10 gale. Zip up curtains are real time-savers and panoramic view is great even on a wet day. Our new game on returning home is 'try and think how Outwell can possibly improve on this for next year's model'. Only thing we can come up with is a way to get mains lighting into sleeping pods
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By: Barley45  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 27/08/2013

Fantastic, very spacious tent. We are a family of 3 and it suits us just fine. We have used it with 2 friends staying in it and still plenty of room.

Used this Aug 2013 - heavy rain with no problems at all. Very impressed!

Easy pitching and taking down, bag could be bigger but once you have got into the swing of folding it down it does fit first time (honest!)

Front awning is a must - gives added space, we use as kitchen area.

Used 3 times in 2013, feeling sad that we are putting away now until 2014. Highly recommend this tent
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By: Lakes-stu  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 12/08/2013

We recently picked a Montana 6P up ex-display for a bargain price. Although we have now only used it for a couple of nights, I am very pleased with what we got.

There are a couple of minor niggles - the shock cord is broken on one of the sections of one pole, and there are some zip pulls missing, but I can easily live with that, or could ask about buying spares from the manufacturer.

The weather was somewhat windy and very wet during our trip, and the tent coped with no problems whatsoever. I found the rain porch to be a nice touch, as we could enter and leave without opening the main door and letting the water in.

I have to say that it would be a squeeze to fit 6 adults in the inner tent, but it is acknowledged that this tent is meant to sleep 4 comfortably. There is ample living space, and the number of large windows make it feel very airy. These can be covered by zip-up blinds if a little privacy is wanted.

The tent pitches and strikes easily (although I took my time doing both). It does seem very hard to get it back into the bag, but I think this can be said for a great many tents.

Very pleased so far!
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By: Razzla69  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 29/06/2013

Excellent tent,very strong and stable and looks the business,we love our tent.We cant fault it.Buy the footprint and carpet and you will be a happy camper.We always get compliments and interest from other campers and even let them have a look round.Its a good size without being too big.

Find a package deal online then let Go Outdoors beat the price by 10%.

I would have a trial run of putting the tent up and making sure you have everything as we did not have the pegs and have a good look around for manufacturing floors.

We put the footprint down,peg the back corners of the tent with the anchor metal pegs get the poles ready,insert the first pole into the pin then go to the other side and do that and pull the pin strap tight while an helper holds the other side stable,peg the back guy rope and repeat the pole process.We then make sure the poles are inline and the tents pulled to the front to fit the footprint then use the anchor pegs and pull the straps.Use the black pegs and peg the skirts down.Once your front is pegged down and your happy peg the poles down and the rest of the tent and then do the guy ropes.This is how we do it and we don't fallout and it works for us,sit back and relax and admire your tent with a drink of your choice.
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By: Luvtufwalk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 14/06/2013

I love my monty only used it a couple of times, there is only two of use and a dog but I like loads of room which there is plenty of. If the weather is bad there is more than enough room for us my sister, her husband and dogs to sit in the living area its very easy to put up and no proplem with strong winds.We use the side porch for a toilet area at night saves running down to the toilet block.
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By: Missd75  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 20/05/2013

This is the perfect family tent. We absolutely loved our Montana 6. The bedrooms are very spacious we had 2 camp beds in each bedroom with plenty of room left over to store clothes. We also had a front extension which was used as kitchen/clothes drying space(it also housed our trailer) and used the very large front area as lounge. The side porch housed a camping toilet, which was very handy for middle of the night emergencies. Overall fantastic tent. Cannot fault it.
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By: Jelboy53  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 07/05/2013

Picked up a brand new Montana 6 last year for a bargain (less than half price) But until last weekend 26/4/13 never had the chance to test pitch it.So used a ukcs meet up as the ideal time to do so(Plenty of fellow members about to help pitch)

Following is a limited review(1st impressions) of the 2012(Mocha)Montana 6

Pitching.Found the tent really easy to pitch loosely following the Outwell video way of doing so.And though I had plenty of helping hands on the test pitch can see no problems with doing so myself

Quality.Impressed with the quality of all components to the tent from the 10'000 hh to the wind stabilizing system that secures the guys to the steel poles.Hanging points in the living area.Organizer pockets on the front of the sleeping pods.And all other stitching points around the tent seem to be of the best workmanship

Size.Excellent head height throughout the tent from the sleeping pods to the living area.Used the Monty as a cook tent for the meet.And had 6 adults milling about at meal times.And I personally never felt crowded or that we got in each others way.Small enclosed porch will be handy for entry to the tent on wet days.But will probably be used for storage most times.

Two cookers(on tables) one food storage cupboard and a further table for food prep in the living area.And still plenty of room to move about without feeling crowded.Plenty of good sturdy guying points round the tent.Ring and pin system and adequate tensioning straps around the base of the tent secured it firmly to the ground and it never moved in the wind we had from time to time over the weekend.

Sunshine.Wind and showers over the weekend.No leaks or other defects to report.Though I was too busy enjoying myself to make a detailed inspection.But all seemed fine on a cursory look round.

Plenty of covered ventilation points kept the tent condensation free.So no issues there.

One or two personal dislikes that don't distract from the overall satisfaction with the tent but thought might be worth a mention.

1) No zips around the base of the tent doors.Just velcro fastenings along the bottom to hold it in place.Fiddly to try and attach from inside the tent.Sloping doors.Have to be careful opening during/after rain as they have a tendency to drip into the tent on entry/leaving.

2) Sleeping pods.Seems plenty of room for four folk.Tight squeeze if any more in there.

Fully zipped up doors with mossy netting across the top 3rd of the door.Found these upsetting on two counts.

1) No privacy curtains to toggle/zip into place across these mesh openings.So if sharing with family friends make you presence known if getting changed etc.

2)Again no cover on mesh windows which allowed cold air to circulate from the living area into the pod on the two cold nights we had.A zipped or toggled curtain would have helped to keep the pod a bit warmer imho.Granted.Handy for ventilation during summer etc.

Gave the tent a rating of 8/10 because of the sloping doors.The uncovered mesh windows and the fact that I was too busy enjoying myself to do a detailed study of the temt.Will rectify this on my main camping holiday later this year

Bit of a rambling review.But hope it helps anyone considering this tent.

Jelboy.
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By: BigSis2012  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 06/05/2013

We bought this tent second hand off a family who'd used it for 5 or 6 holidays; it was in really good condition with no repairs or missing parts. They gave us a few tips on how to put it up/take it down which were useful but I wish we'd watched the video from Outwell first as there are some really good tips on there (recommend any new owners watch the vid!).

Our fist trip started with a fairly strong breeze but we managed to get the tent up OK with four of us (fortunately we have two tall teenagers to help!), but looking at the Outwell video afterwards, we did do it wrong and it looks easier the way they do it. Once up it was great with a nice high roof and plenty of space - the carpet is a lovely touch and something we'd not used before as the last tent we owned was about 10+ years ago and I think the carpets are a newer thing.

The bedroom pods are good for four people and although it is supposed to be a 6 person tent, I think six would be pushing it (unless they were 6 very slim people!). However I think that most people who go camping know that you generally need a bigger tent than the amount of people in your group.

There are lots of good things about this tent (height being one of the big draws for us) - a couple of other things I'd like are a few more storage areas in the bedrooms as the person who sleeps against the outside wall gets places to put stuff but the ones who sleep in the middle don't and I found the 'porch' door a bit too fiddly to open from the inside as it's on quite a slant and when the zip is right down at the bottom it's hard to reach without getting on your hands and knees (kind of forcing a person back to their tiny 2 man tent days!)

But all in all, it's a great tent and I look forward to using it again.
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By: Tall Mark  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 30/04/2013

Just come back from a long weekend to try out our new 6P. This was big change from our flexi pole 5 man, certainly heavier. We bought the tent as a package and the extra ground sheet and carpet were worth the extra (still less than the RRP just for the tent)

We had really mixed weather and I have to be honest the tent did not let us down once. It seemed well made* and we couldn't find any faults.

There is loads of room. I'm 6'5' and my wife is tall too; neither of us had any problems. We fastened back the divider in the sleeping compartment and our king-size mattress went in fine leaving us plenty of space to stand and dress. Mesh pockets are very handy.

The rain safe door is a bit low and bit small; the floor area is OK but the raking ceiling caused the problems. It's a great feature but a porch that's a little bigger and can be put on either side would be an improvement, the door heights otherwise are really good. I’ve seen some people use an XL side extension and this seems like a better idea to me.

The zipping sequence on the others doors is a bit fiddly and some of the zips catch occasionally.

The tent was really easy to put up even in a strong breeze. Open the front door a bit to let air in before you walk it out - it doesn't say this on the Outwell film, but if you look they have the door open.

There is loads of light in the tent, the tinted windows were great and you had flexibility to open and close blinds to suite your privacy levels (stop the dog barking at passers-by in our case).

It's a big tent so pegging out takes a while. We had no problems with the pegs that some people reported.

It could do with an extra lantern ring in the main area. Not sure why you need toggles to fasten the window blinds down when there is a pocket they roll in to. The pole for the rain safe door is very flimsy* - don't make my mistake and leave it in when you drop the tent. It bends easier than a drinking straw and would have broken if I hadn't reacted quickly. I can see this being broken by many people.

Does it have its problems - yes. Would I recommend it - yes.

Lost points on the design of the rain safe door.
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By: APJ666  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 28/02/2013

Bought a Montana 6 in 2011 for family holidays. We've used it several times since and it's a super tent. Tons of space inside, so even a rainy day can be quite nice inside hearing the rain pattering on the roof. We used it last summer in torrential rain and gales and it performed superbly. Only after several days of constant rain did we start to see some seepage at the seams. The carpet makes it nice and cosy, whilst the bedrooms can be configured as one large room which the kids prefer.

The only downside? Well, the steel poles may be rigid but they're heavy. We found pitching took much longer then expected, but does come with practice. We found it easier to detach the sleeping compartment when pitching to reduce the weight that has to be lifted.

Overall? A great tent for stays of several days. Not so suited to the odd night camping due to the pitching time.
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By: Dsepaisley  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 10/02/2013

Best tent we have owned. In short very roomy,sturdy in the wind and has stood up to the worst the Northumberland coast could muster. I would highly recommend the Monty as it is a fantastic family tent. We have recently purchased the carpet and added the awning which is great for using as a cooking area. The overall camping experience the monty gives is that of a home from home
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By: SKILINDYLOU  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 05/12/2012

Fantastic tent for a family although there sre just 2 of us with the occasional grandchild. We have an older tent & it was packed away unused for a good while. It did let in a little water on 1 rough night with really heavy rain & very windy. We need to re-proof it now to prolong its life.

We also have the front extension (not full awning or dangling canopy!)- this worked really well & gives that extra bit of sitting/cooking/storage space. Love the window/ curtain/mesh arrangement as this allows plenty of air without the mossies.

On top of that we have a universal side extension which we couldn't use due to pitch size. Apart from giving a cooking area or toilet storage, this would really protect the side door, as the front extension protects the front door.

We love it!
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By: Chilterns Steve  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 14/11/2012

Bought this tent to replace a 8 year old Wild Country Homestead 5. We liked the idea of extra space and a sig. We are very experienced campers with a range of tents from ultra lightweight to family.

Initial impressions were good, we liked the space and overall feel of the tent. However, these were soon changed when the low quality of the tent became apparent. Initially a couple of fixtures on the inner came away but the major problem was the groundsheet. Even though we were using a footprint at the end of a two week holiday the groundsheet was wearing in several areas and had worn through in one location. I took the tent back to Go Outdoors and was given a refund without too much trouble.

I have purchased a Wild Country Citadel which has a much tougher groundsheet and will hopefully fare better. I got a 2010 model for less than half what I paid for the Outwell tent.
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By: Hedders  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 04/10/2012

Bought as a replacement for a Black's Constellation 3 that failed after quite a few years valiant service the Outwell Montana is significant step up.

After a few goes we can get it upright and needing guying in only about 15 minutes - but guying does take a while (so if raining it will be me I guess!). When up it is solid and very roomy - personally the only requirement for an awning is to enable cooking outside the 'main tent' but still undercover. The light from the windows is good and if you can find that perfect spot then the views out would be fantastic too.

Sleeping quarters are a roomy two each side or a cosy 3 - but absolutely perfect for a family of four (using mats - would work with camp beds too I guess).

I take the point made elsewhere about the doors not zipping along the bottom but we did not find this a problem - they seemed to self seal in the wind.

My only gripe and its not shared by my wife is the porch which I find a little too small to be really useful and it seems a weakness that you cannot fit it to either side as you would probably want it away from the prevailing wind so its position may dominate how you orientate your tent (if you think in that way!).

Overall seems a great tent, heavy sure but when you are only carrying it from the car it barely matters, acres of space, robust and easy enough to put up (as long as there are two). Look forward to using for many years in many places.
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By: Lobraes  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 14/09/2012

Our Montana 6 is now 3 years old ,it has been used for loads of holidays many of them for 2 weeks and I can honestly say this tent is faultless, other than a few dirty marks from use it's still in perfect condition. It performs amazingly in storm force gales and torrential rain. If we have to ever replace this tent I would go straight out and buy it again. Superb !
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By: M+Co  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 11/09/2012

After camping last year in The Lakes with a Gelert Cadiz 7 which didn't stand up to driving wind and rain, I did a lot of research before purchasing our Monty! We went camping for 6 nights with 2 adults, a 5 & 3 year old and a 6 week old baby! The tent was awesome - so much space. We had two double blow-up beds plus a pop up pod for baby. I think you could fit another single blow-up in each section but this wouldn't leave much room for bags and no room for standing to get dressed apart from on beds. We had the bedroom as one big room but the partition zipped round, meaning that it was completely private if you wanted it to be.

We also purchased the Monty awning which was perfect - we kept the bbq and cooking stuff in there along with our table and chairs. We decided not to put down the groundsheet so that we didn't have to worry about mud or dropped food etc. This left the main area of tent for our lounging chairs and plenty of room for the children to play.

The poles for the porch were a little long making it very tight, as others have mentioned, but we had no problems and certainly no tearing or anything, but may get hubbie to shorten them very slightly before our next trip.

We personally found the pegs useless - most were bent beyond repair after their first use - thankfully we have camped in New Forest before and had our rock pegs with us! So we'll ditch the plastic ones and just take our metal ones with us - they haven't let us down yet!

We had some strong winds and heavy rain - no problems at all. It is a light and airy tent, especially if you open all the many curtains!

Everything went back in the bag, although I recommend rolling on tent once folded, before rolling up to expel all the air to ensure it goes back in bag first time. Definitely watch the video on Youtube as it just makes it so easy to put up and makes much more sense than the instructions! We did have a few hilarious moments when the wind caught the tent and it became a huge hot air balloon wanting to take off, so we got the kids to jump on it and roll all over! Definitely a two person tent to put up/take down - don't try it alone!

We also later bought the carpet and footprint - highly recommend both! The footprint meant the bottom of tent was clean and dry meaning we didn't have to get tent back out once home and made for easier placing within our pitch! Carpet made tent snuggly and meant kids could play on floor happily, although I did put a thick blanket down for them too as it still was a little cold if you were sitting on ground for a time as the kids were, but much better than a patchwork of various picnic rugs etc!

A great tent, especially for a family if they want to have a bit of room. Now to test it with the dog as well.
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By: Flashover662  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 04/09/2012

Having purchased this tent two days before holiday we had no time to try, however watched the pitching video and honestly it was a piece of cake, I wont pretend we know nothing as have been camping with variety of tents for a number of years but this being only the second steel pole tent was expecting an ordeal, our first type being another brand was a nightmare. This went up easy, stayed put in 30mph gusts of winds and didnt leak in a torrential downpour. Well impressed, the windows are great and let in lots of light, the bed areas you can leave in which is another bonus and it fitted back in the bag no problem. The side wet porch is good for stuff you want to keep hidden if you don't use as doorway. The tent pegs being colour coded are a great idea as well. One top tip they don't show in pitching video is open the door prior to pitching lets air in tent to help when walking out, just remember to do up again before pegging out!. If I wanted to be really picky I could say I hope you like green! The doors and flyscreens have a bit of an odd zip layout but once you get used to its fine. We used ours with a sunncamp side extension. It doesnt fit snugly to the sides like it would on a flexi pole tent but it fitted over top fine and it did the job to house our kitchen equipment. On the whole well impressed, could be one or two adjustments to make even better but can't have everything. On a quick note re pricing look around find cheapest and then go to go outdoors they will price match less 10 percent.
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By: Jane May  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 18/08/2012

Just returned from our first trip in our new Montana after a break of a couple of years for camping. First tent we've owned with a SIG - what a difference! Impressed with the overall feel and quality of this tent - even the little toggles on the door fasteners are impressively high tech. Pitching was straightforward after watching the Youtube Outwell video a couple of times, though a strong gust of wind just as we lifted up the poles made for an adrenaline packed couple of seconds! Footprint recommended as it shows you the extent of the tent's outline before committing to pegs. Took around 15 mins to get up and basic pegs in, then a further 20 mins or so to peg in guy ropes and faff around with tensions. First tent I've put up with grumpy husband and not had a row. Lovely and light inside, ace that you can select which windows to have screened, in case you have another tent within close proximity, whilst still letting in lots of light/making the most of the views. Could do with a lamp hook in the sleeping pods but other than that, can't fault it. Taking tent down was simple, exact reverse of pitching, but rolling up to bag it was nigh on impossible due to aforementioned gales! Had to bundle it into car to sort out at home. Provided breakfast entertainment for fellow campers for 15 mins or so though. Overall, fabulous tent, can't wait to use it again. If you're dithering over buying this or a cheaper copy - don't! Get the Outwell, you won't regret it!
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By: Angfal  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 12/08/2012

My first experience of camping was in a much cheaper tent and not a pleasant experience. I was told that if I had a better tent I would enjoy camping so we bought an Outwell Montana. I have camped twice since buying the tent and believe the tent makes a massive difference form my first experience. The tent is a perfect size for my family 2 adults 2 children and a dog, sleeping arrangements are ideal, tent is warm and dry and looks good. It does require 2 people to put the tent up but it can be done properly within 20 minutes, tent packs into a trolley case with poles in a separate bag.
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By: Holster  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 15/07/2012

We own the 2010 version which is quite different from the 2012 Montana 6P version which has a more angular front. The 2012 Montana 6 from the Deluxe Collection is more like the shape of the 2010 model we own.

That said both are quality tents. We have been camping with the 2010 version several times, even though there are just two of us, we like the space the tent provides. The tent has a quality feel throughout and even when its hammering down with rain you feel confident it won't let you down.

We have camped in strong winds and rain and to date have not experienced any issues.

Pitching

At first it can take a while to pitch this tent, we would recommend looking at the many Youtube videos available. Overtime we have adopted our own method which works well - footprint first, then layout the tent, secure back two corners, insert poles, then moving form back to front, extend tent upright securing the guy ropes as you move along. Once all up, make minor adjustments as necessary.

Front Extension

We also use the Front Extension which is invaluable and serves as a cooking area., see our separate review.

Side (Canopy) Entrance

We don't use this for entering/exiting the tent, but a handy little area for a toilet. This area provides a useful accessible space for the toilet whilst providing a means of keeping it out of sight during the day.

All in all a large practical tent, great for longer stays, resistant to our great British summers.
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By: Magentarose  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 05/07/2012

I made a review of this tent when we first brought it, now 4 years on I think it is time to add to the review.

I cannot praise this tent enough. We have camped in gales, thunderstorms, torrential rain and heat waves, and it has stood up to all the elements. After all these years it still packs neatly into it's bag and looks as fresh as it was when we first brought it. I love the fact the windows open, and the nylon curtains come down for at night. We also purchased the carpet which makes such a difference. I would struggle to get 6 in the 2 bedrooms to be honest, but 4 fit well, and the living space is lovely and bit, with lots of headroom. If I had to buy another tent in the future it would be a Montana 6 again!
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By: KellyW  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 11/06/2012

We've had our Montana 6 for 6 years now and it really is a fabulous family tent. When we bought it we were a family of 4 but we've since grown to 6 and it fits us all in easily.

We've added a canopy and a carpet for comfort but find this tent suits us brilliantly. Lots of living space if bad weather, good sized sleeping pods, lots of storage and great ehu entry point.

Like I said its 6 years old now and it's never let us down, we've just had 3 days camping in a rainy Yorkshire and e Monty was its usual great self. The only thing that could make it better is the addition of an awning which is on my snooping list before our next camp! All in all a fabulous tent, loads of room, easy to pitch ( got it down to 20 mins now) and easy to drop and pack away.

Noticed yesterday a seam at the back needed sealing, but that's not bad after 6 years of use, we have definitely had our money's worth out of this tent.

I've also got a Quechua xxl4 which was bought for the older kids really, somehow last week they ended up in the Monty!
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By: Olympia Williams  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 08/06/2012

In our opinion this tent is fab! This is the first time we have ever camped and we really had our reservations but are we glad we picked this tent! It is spacious, v strong in the wind and rain and feels like a home! The actual putting up of the tent did take us a while but now we know what we are doing Im sure it will be fine and much quicker. We cannot praise this tent enough and would recommend it to anyone who wants something more from a tent which is the nearest you can get to home while you are away!we have three kids and there was more than enough room for us all. We have a double height airbed and the kids all shared in the next bedroom. A first class tent.
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By: Jandan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 07/06/2012

What I love about this tent :

Lots of space.

Panoramic windows with lots of light.

Ability to remove the divider between the bedrooms making one large one.

Porch that can be used as an airing cupboard (!), Pocket organiser (SO useful)

Stands sturdy in high winds and no leaks in torrential rain.

The front extension - sit outside without being outside!

What I would change:

Very heavy when packed - even the bag weighs a lot.

Head room is unnecessarily high - I cannot roll up the door flaps on my own as I can't reach the top.

The doors do not zip along the bottom so when there's a cold wind blowing there is no way of sealing it up. There are plenty of other ventilation points so I think this is unnecessary.

It would also be good if the doors could be used as doors and not flaps - ie. Zips on three sides and tied back instead of rolled up.

The quality of the zips could be better. Some of them 'catch'.

There are no organiser pockets at ground level in the bedrooms.

In wet weather you have to use the porch door or rain gets in to the tent.

I really really like this tent. I would love it unconditionally if the open door flaps and tie back instead of roll up doors could be changed.
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By: Julia Dooley  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 06/06/2012

Having loaned a tent for our first camping in years I walked around our site observing other makes. The Outwell range looked the best by far. On returning home we purchased our tent and have never looked back. The Outwell is sturdy in strong winds offering a high head clearance as my husband is 6.1 ft. We have never been disappointed with our purchase having enjoyed many camping trips over the last two years.

We also purchased the awning, carpet and additional ground sheet giving a comfortable camp. Buy the best first and still be standing in the morning. We have just camped in stormy conditions we could hear the winds racing towards us - in the morning two tents had broken bars and were thrown away. Our tent stood proud not even the Outwell wind breaker moved.

We are extremely happy with this product - thank you Outwell
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By: Mogadon69  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 04/06/2012

Think it is a 2010 model rather than 2011 cos it has roll up curtains.

This tent is amazing, the footprint groundsheet and carpet make it more cosy. We used it for the first time over the Mayday bank holiday weekend, taking our 13 year old granddaughter with us. Think 6 may be a bit of a squeeze, but for 3 of us it's great.

On arrival on site on the Friday, the wind was howling (we were close to the coast of Northumberland with little shelter), it took a while to put the tent up with the wind, but we managed it in about 35 minutes with the strong wind, putting it up in calm weather should be a breeze! (sorry couldn't resist the pun) and will probably take much less time.

We bought the awning as well and that also took us about 35 minutes to put up (granddaughter sat in the car and laughed!), but the resulting space is amazing, our granddaughter was telling her friends that we had a tent with a kitchen, living room, two bedrooms and a bathroom! (We use the porch for the loo).

The wind didn't bate until Saturday mid afternoon and the tent stood up really well with no adjustments, (we don't find that so surprising, we also have a Monty 4, which withstood the remnants of last years hurricane, on the east coast of Yorkshire in September, with only minor adjustments to the guy ropes).

The wind returned just in time for us to take down the tent on the Monday, to say we struggled is an understatement, the worse bit was trying to get everything back in the bags. We managed with the tent, just, but not the awning (that was finally folded up on a nice calm, fine day last Sunday).

Ws would definitely recommend this tent to anyone looking for a sturdy tent, which is uncomplicated to erect with two people and looks good on site.
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By: Yorkshire Grit  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 04/06/2012

The Montana 6 was our second tent and we bought it as an upgrade to a Suncamp. The tent is excellent in all respects, quality, size and rugedness. The footprint is a must to protect the underside of the tent and a good guide for setting out it's orienatation. The carpet makes the inside space luxurious enough to allow you to slip your footwear off in the porch type entrance and go bare footed.

A good tip for erecting the tent is to put the rear most frame up and loose peg a couple of guy ropes to hold it in position then work your way forward with each frame untill you can loose guy the front set. Then revisit from the back and walk them all taught towards the front. Finally pegging out all the guy ropes and the base. Like other reviewers, we both love all the windows and zip up covers and the mesh screens which can be used independantly of the doors and window covers.

Only slight gripe is the bedroom divider which cannot be removed completey when zipped open. Other than that, a great tent all round!
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By: Monkey fur  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 29/05/2012

We used our beloved montana 6 for the 2nd time and the front awning for the 1st time at the end of april. It was easy to put up and so was the awning. We loved the extra space the awning gave us, we have a 3 year old and a 1 year old so we were able to shut the kitchen stuff away from wondering hands.

It was supposed to be a wet weekend but this didnt bother us as the tent endured a lot of rain on our 1st trip and it stayed perfectly dry, however, what we didnt know was that the winds that were due to hit us that night were 50mph.

The tent put up a dam good fight but at 3am, due to having small children with us, we decided to abandon ship.

The tent was moving with the wind a lot and because the ground was so wet the pegs kept coming out so my poor husband had to go out every so often to hammer them back in-bless

Our tent was the last standing, all other tents were flattened and caravan awnings were flying everywhere along with trees being blown down.

The awning suffered the most damage with 2 windows ripping, all poles bent and 2 storm flaps ripped off. The actual tent was still standing but once we started to take the awning down the main tent started to collapse and one side caved in (on my head I might add and kids were save int he van at this point) when this happened all the roof poles were bent.

We do not blame the tent, we still think its a fab tent and in the process of getting it all fixed for our next camping trip in july.

Would still recommend this tent, the only problems we are having is obtaining spare parts.

We have found a local place who can replace the windows and we managed to buy a set of poles on ebay for the tent which cost £100 inc postage but can not find spare poles for the awning. There are 2 roof poles for the awning and they are slightly thinner than the main tent poles but these still fit in the awning. Really don't want to buy another full set but looks like thats what we have to do, its cheaper than replacing the whole set up I suppose.

And.

The kids slept through it all
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By: Delabane  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 27/05/2012

We have just returned from our first camping trip using our Outwell Montana 6P, we stayed at Nicholson Farm, Herefordshire for 2 nights.

There were 3 of us, my wife, 18 month old son and myself. We had a Colman Ceder Creek before, which was excellent but my wife wanted easier access and the option for duel/single bedrooms as well as more space.

We purchased this tent about 6 weeks ago with the footprint and carpet which we though were the must have's for now. Despite watching the Outwell Youtube pitching video several times, it still took us an hour to put up. Sadly we did not get to do a trial run with it before.

Initial thoughts are it is an excellent tent, with plenty of space for all 3 of us. Our set up inside was 2 chairs, a table and the Outwell Richmond Kitchen complimented it well. The tinted windows work very well adding to privacy and keeping the sun out.

For us its too much work for just 2 nights so future trips will be at least 3 nights as it seems to much work for a weekend. We do plan on getting the extension and awning but this will only be used when away for 5 nights or more.

Our tent was one of the biggest ones on site so the Montana 6P is of a good size, I think anything bigger would limit you to which campsites you can use.

It was easy to take down however it took several attempts to roll it back in to its trolly bag.

Only things I did not like were:

Footprint was missing some pegs.

Doors are open at the bottom (they have velcro there) if you have the inner mesh doors rolled up, which allowed our 18 month old to do his 'Great Escape' 2 times. Therefore to be secure you need the mesh doors zipped up also.

Electricity cable entrance and cable ties should be on both sides.

Other then that its a very good posh looking tent.
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By: SHEPSTER  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 18/04/2012

Just got back from our first outing with our new montana 6p, we got our tent for £540 from camping world who price matched outdoor worlds 10% off deal, delivered within 2 days, great service guys, first impressions are very good, as other reviewers have commented, the 2 bags are pretty heavy and getting the tent back into its roller holdall is a mare, much prefer a big sack! erecting the tent is straightforward, used the cross camping method of pegging down the four corners then putting the main poles seemed to work ok but needed 2 people for the initial lift.

Once the tent was up pegged out fairly quickly , all the poles fitted and tensioned nicely, the Outwell wind stabiliser system is a bit fiddly especially when taking the tent down with cold wet fingers, seems to stop the tent flapping, very little movement in a strong sea breeze. Panoramic windows and front are great, they are all zip up which is great means they can be opened as much or as little as you want, one thing though, the tinting to the windows seems to slightly distort outside images, does seem to keep the tent a bit cooler, ventilation in the tent is very good with lots of closeable vents, headroom is brilliant and the living room is very spacious, as usual, its labelled a 6 berth tent but realistically 4 would be comfortable, also the dividing wall between bedrooms is quite see through! inner bedrooms sit and fit nicely well supported by the wave hanging points.

All in all a very good quality tent, no signs of any build problems and so far no leaks in a couple of heavy showers, next step to save up for the carpet and awning at £100 and £250 respectively they are not cheap, but with them it`ll be a great package, should be able to pitch the tent in less than an hour so makes it suitable for weekends as well as longer stays, very pleased so far
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By: EstherM  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 14/04/2012

We LOVE this tent!

We use it to sleep 2 adults and 2 young children - we un-zip and roll back the partition in the sleeping compartment so we can all bunk down together - giving us more than enough room for a large double, one single airbed and a travel cot - plus room for the small mountain of clothes you need to take for a family holiday.

Since buying out Montanna 6 we have camped several times in often awful weather and have not suffered any significant leaks or issues in high winds, driving rain and thunder storms!

We also purchased the front extension which gives us more living/cooking space and the tent carpet for that little bit of luxury. This is well worth it as it keeps the tent much warmer in cold weather. We use the side extension as our 'en-suite' loo rather than another entrance - which is probably what it was designed for, but it works for us.

Even when we have camped without the front extension, we have always had enough room for the kitchen and table and kids toys.

It's relatively easy for 2 to pitch (once you have the hang of it - watch a couple of you tube videos of how to pitch before you go out for the first time). Getting it back in the bag afterwards is more of a challenge but we find leaving the doors un-zipped before rolling it makes it a bit easier.

It's a heavy tent to transport and the poles are in a separate bag so always check you've got these before you leave home but I think for it's size and versatility it is a great buy and I am hoping to get many many more holidays out of it yet.
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By: OldEnglish  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2004   Rating:   Date: 12/04/2012

The Monty is a great tent, we got one from the very first bunch to launch in this country – then tracking one down was hard work and we had to do a 3 hour round trip just to find somewhere with one left. Effort well spent though. We got 7 years of camping out of ours usually spending 3 weeks a year in it. We probably could have got another year out of it but the seams were starting to leak a little (even after resealing them a couple of times) and we had put a small rip in it as the fabric was beginning to weaken.

Obviously things have moved on since our model with the new “longer-life” fabrics, a porch instead of a rain-save door, electrics point, all-in-one bedroom with partition door instead of two separate bedrooms and many more improvements. Fundamentally though the tent is still the same, a really well thought out nice sized piece of kit. This tent has influenced the market massively, when we first pitched ours the market had a couple of green house-like tunnel tents and the Monty to offer, often we found we had one of the biggest tents on site. Not anymore! Walk up any site these days and you can see the Montana influence all over.

The flexibility you get with the Monty is great, the three doors mean you can pitch the tent any way round you feel, so if you want to sleep a certain way with a slope on site – or just want to point the windows toward a certain view – no problem! Just do it and use the most convenient door to come and go by. I have to say that this tent is easy to pitch and take down for two people. The vents, opening windows and no-seeums mesh on all doors and windows also give you a massive amount of choice when it comes to ventilation. Very hot days – get all the doors and windows open and the tent virtually becomes a canopy with bedrooms in it. When the weather takes a turn for the worse; having an SIG and closing all the vents, doors and windows really keeps the draught out. In our time in ours we have known it stand up to pretty strong winds blowing in and some torrential rain – or just days of rain, and it’s come through all without incident. Once we were at the low end of a campsite and a sudden torrential down pour caused a stream to form to drain the site – this ran under our tent! Thanks to the SIG (which has a HH of 10,000) we didn’t see any water inside.

We didn’t buy any of the extensions as we found the tent to be big enough at the time, though I have been in tents with these on and have been impressed with the amount of space they provide.

All in all I can really recommend this tent for the price point it is at. Have we replaced our Monty with another? Well.Err.No! The Monty did feature on the list but we have opted for the Outwell Tennessee 5, a clear descendent from that original Monty just a little bigger and with an interesting floor plan.
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By: Povy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 29/03/2012

We chose this tent because my partner (all 6'5 of him) wanted a tent he could stand up in in the event we were confined to indoors in bad weather. He jinxed us. On first use it did amazingly well, howling gales and rain nonstop for five days/nights! I honestly thought we would take off in the night but the tent held. We bought the canopy to go with it but one of the pole snaps broke when we were taking it down. And due to the wind the roof poles had bent out of shape. On second use much better weather took two adults and three huskies, plenty of room. Because we don't use it frequently we tend to forget how it goes up but still manage to fathom it in 40 so minutes. Over all I'm really happy with it.
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By: Bayley321  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 30/11/2011

Fantastic family tent. We use it for 4 people not 6. I think squeezing 3 people in each bedroom would be a bit too cosy. Plenty of space. We have camped in many places. The Montana 6 still stands while other tents are blowing away or ripping in the wind. Very easy to put up. On one campsite we had to turn the tent round as we had pitched to wrong way. It took us 1 hour 15mins.
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By: Intents guy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 25/09/2011

Used in Europe on month long holidays, hence the choice of a lovely airy tent. A week of torrential rain in the black forest had no effect, 5000mm hydrostatic head seems proven. Few points of discontent for a 5' 8'' owner-can't reach very top of front entrance zips from outside. Good point, on a reasonable day I can raise tent single handed while the family walk the dog. Start with the rear pegged but nothing else, then lean successive arches forward. Once 4 arches are up ease them forward and peg the rings. Works a treat!

Packing away is easy if you are prepared to lie on the tent to expel the air. I use a sturdy rubble sack to hold the metalwork as it will soon puncture the bag otherwise. Happy camping!
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By: Old Grey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 13/09/2011

Wow where do I start. Rather mixed feelings sadly as this in design and use is a great tent ! However if you ever try to deal with Outwell you will end up bald. After 2 returned tents with staining and tears to fly screens and bags we were very well looked after by Go Outdoors head office who ordered us a new 2011 Montana 6 from Oase in Denmark ( the makers) With a week or so to go before a booked 10 day trip we waited for the replacement which Oase refused to send direct to us as they ' ONLY SUPPLY to retailers ' in their words. I was cc'd on all E Mails by Go so as to be kept in the loop with this replacement.

The day of delivery came 4 or 5 days before our trip .And I opened the box to see a 2010 Montana 6 without bedroom pod. Seems the guys that own this brand either cant read E Mails or don't know the difference between their products. Though they did confirm all the order details in the mails before sending goods and managed to not notice the tie on labels that stated 2010 ! So if the rating is for customer satisfaction in dealing with Oase then my score should read 0 out of 10.

However thanks to a sterling last minute effort by Go they found a replacement ' up North ' and sent it next day to my home. The tent still has a very few stains as does the Awning ( not great for a new product! ) but in use it was very roomy, well appointed and stood up to some early remnants of the American Atlantic winds. If it were to be improved there are points that let it down a little, firstly the posh colour coded pegs are great to admire but manage to bend even in quite soft grassy soil, about 40% are unusable after only one trip ! When it is windy the seal on the main tent door is not as good as it could be, why oh why make such an expensive , well appointed tent and then only place 3 small velcro patches along the bottom of the side zipping - full length door. The wind causes the door flap to lift in the gaps. They need to either make this like the Kampa Pendine doors with a higher step or add a strip of velcro along the base. The Zip up window blinds, with storage pockets below the windows to hold them when zipped down, are the nicest system I have used . But watch out for condensation from the windows running into pools in the pockets ! The storm door , though low for my 6 foot 3 inches, is a great idea when its blowing a hooley outside. This has an outer flap and an inner zipped-all-round door on the tent entry, thus allowing you to control the flow of rain and wind into the tent. Oh must add even with strongly wind driven rain it was dry all round !

All in all if Outwell can try to learn the basics of supporting their customers and quality control , address a few minor issues , this tent would be 10 out of 10.
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By: Rhubarbs  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 04/09/2011

We purchased our Montana 6 in August 2011, we upgraded from a Montana 4 which we have had for 5 years as we now have children and needed more space. We were unable to pitch the tent before going on holiday to Devon, so imagine our disappointment to find the tent had what looked like grease marks on it, and writing on the fabric under the air vent when we pitched for the first time.

We notified the company who had sold us the tent and they said they would replace it on our return. Unfortunately they could not replace the tent as they did not have any more Monty's in stock so they refunded our money in full.

We then went to another company and purchased another Montana 6. We got the tent home and decided to pitch it to make sure all was ok. On erecting the tent we put the first ring and pin into the pole and the tent ripped on the seam. Phoned the company and they said they would replace it as this should not have happened.

Got our third Montana home and pitched it to check. This time we found a hole in the large window on the front of the tent, and another hole on the side by the door! Not only that but the waterproof tape that covers the seams on the inside of the tent looked really shoddy. All had a very jagged cut and were coming unstuck. And once again more chalk marks under all of air vents.

Having invested in an extension, carpet and foot print for the Monty we feel absolutely gutted that this has happened to us, and are seriously considering selling everything and finding a different brand.

As we have owned an Outwell tent before and have a Sliding Canopy and a Windbreak we know that Outwell is a leading name in camping equipment. So what has gone wrong with their quality control or have we just been unlucky?

If anyone else has had problems with their 2011 Montana 6 we would love to hear your story.

Having had all these problems, we still loved the tent when we were away. The size and layout is excellent, and worked really well for us as a family.
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By: Julia Dooley  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 31/08/2011

Liked the look of the tent when viewed them on other campsites. This is a robust well made piece of camping equipment we are extremely happy with our purchase. The additional carpets keep you nice and cosy, there is lots of room for a growing family. We purchased out tent from Singletons of Preston for the great price of £450.00.
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By: TheMeltonCrew  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 30/08/2011

A very spacious tent with two bedrooms. There is lots of living space too. Great organiser pockets so the tent doesn't get cluttered with bits and pieces.

It has one rain safe door which is great if the weather isn't good! The very useful porch area can be used for shoes etc.

The tent is easy to pitch and once up will survive whatever the British weather throws at it. We also bought the tent carpet to add a touch of luxury.

A great family tent!
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By: Busyb1rd  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 30/08/2011

We have used this tent - with awning - for 2 seasons now and still find it a great tent. Lots of room for our family of five. We have done eight trips in it ranging from three to nine nights away. It has stayed dry in torrential rain and stayed put in high winds. It also has lots of vents and openings to let air circulate on those warmer days. We find it takes at least two of us to erect it - and it is easier with four (one supporting each corner until the end pegs and guys are in place). Pulling the poles upright is hard work. It probably takes us about an hour to fully unpack, erect and peg down both the tent and awning. This year, on a two centre holiday, we had to pack it up wet, leave it in the car for 3 days and then erect it again. The inside stayed dry. After two years of normal, family use it is still in excellent condition.

Each sleep pod takes two airbeds comfortably with room in between. We erect 2 very basic, small, cheap ridge tents either side of the living area for our teenagers. This still leaves plenty of space for luggage and games in the evening. We use the awning for cooking and eating.

The side porch is great for storing wet footwear in bad weather allowing the main doors to be kept closed and the tent dry inside.

Packing up needs to be done carefully as the tent bag is only just big enough for the folded tent. The bag is, however, strong and well designed with wheels and a handle to allow easy movement - needed as it is not a lightweight tent. Poles come in a separate bag and are also heavy!

Overall, great tent, well designed with useful details and robust enough for family holidays in the British weather.
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By: Okantfoss  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 30/08/2011

I should start by saying that we love the tent. It is practical and with the carpet, footprint and extension very comfortable.

However, we have had two problems with it. The groundsheet has split after only 12 nights camping and the front window had glue sticking to it from the join to the main tent I assume. When I picked the glue off, it left a tiny hole in the window. We are talking with the retailer to resolve the issues and hopefully all will be well, but having paid a premium for this over the Colorado 6 for Outwell quality, we are a bit disappointed.

But. Assuming all will be resolved, we love the tent.
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By: Wh1tey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 26/08/2011

We bought this tent last year as we wanted a tent with space that was quicker to put up than our beautiful Norfolk lake.

It takes us 20 mins to put up(2 adults)we also found it easy to fit back in the bag.It obviously not as quiet in the rain as the Norfolk and not as warm/cool but then its not polycotton!(lol)

It has loads of room for 2 adults 1 child and a dog for a weekend not sure for a week(i take-away way too much stuff,Oh and the little bit on the side is great to put your loo in!

We loved this tent so much that this year we bought the awning to put the loads of extra stuff I need for a week (lol)and so we could camp for a week and not have to worry about trying to dry out the Norfy if it rained.

All in all a great easy to put up take down family tent.
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By: Morts  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 25/08/2011

This is a great tent. Watch how to put it up on you tube for tips, it helps. Despite it's size can be up in 20-30mins.

Very strong and loads of room and the porch bit is great for wet weather to leave shoes in.

We have used this tent in the UK and taken it to Spain and France camping and the space was appreciated. It's put up with very strong winds, rain and hale.
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By: Rincelex  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 20/08/2011

We have just returned from our first camping trip with our two boys and the tent was fantastic. We had watched several youtube videos before leaving which I would recommend but it sill took us slightly over the recommended erection time (two hours).

We opened up the bedding area to make one large one as we needed to have the boys either side of us rather than together. Although I have to say that we had three inflatable beds and a childs ready bed in there and there was only about two feet left either side certainly not enough for two more inflatable beds. I think to get six in you would have to have something else to sleep on. The living area was very big and even on rainy days there was plenty of room inside, although we do have the front awning as well. The tent stood up extremely well in the bad weather we had one day of very heavy rain and we felt completely comfortable in the tent.

One small tear has appeared which I have to sew up which is right in the top of the bedding area where the two halfs meet and where it is attached to the main tent but other than that it was perfect.

We used the awning area for cooking and it was also big enough to put our bikes in and at night we put the portaloo in the doorway bit that sticks out at the side.
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By: Ermintrude 4+1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 19/08/2011

We have had many different tents from frame to dome and the Montana 6 is by far the best. Admittedly we have only used it for 4 peeps and 1 dog but it suited our needs perfectly. Wouldn't think 6 could fit in it very comfortably!

Sleeping compartments easily fit double lilos with room to put bits and bobs around.

The side entrance we used as a cubby hole for shoes and wet stuff (only used in England so there were plenty of wet coats and wellies).

Living area, with a carpet was large enough for 2 adults and 2 not very small kids to live, cook, eat and play in BUT without being too big to be cold or need 2 pitches.

We also had the awning extension which was great for sitting out in whatever the weather.

One thing I particularly liked was that all the windows and doors have fly sheets so you get keep the air moving in and out without the insect life.

Have read some reviews about them leaking but we had no trouble.

The only sore point was Outwell video on how to put it up.We tried their way and what a polava! then we tried youtube where a nice man from Yeomans in Ambleside showed a much quicker way which is the one we adopted.Less than 25mins finished now.
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By: MattSW  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 18/08/2011

Just got back from our last trip for the year, our first year with the Montana 6. This is just an amazing piece of engineering, so easy to put up I managed it with my 9 year old son took us about 30 mins. Had gales and heavy rain and the structure never moved slight leak though but only where the wind blew rain up through a vent.

One draw back though the flysheet bag isn't big enough unless you have a degree in origami :-)
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By: XJRman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 18/08/2011

I have marked this tent on the basis of the price. Its easy to put up, we like the side porch as we use it as a loo room. Easy to put up and easy to put away if you do it properly (watch the various you tube videos.) With the front awning (which is an extension) or the front extension(which is an awning) it is huge and easily accommodates 4 adults. I have been camping for 50 years and yet to find a tent that sleeps the number of people the manufacturer says it will.

It is also available as the Montana lake with a slightly bigger side bit and the more expensive poly cotton which is much cooler in summer and warmer in winter (as we found out at an outdoor exhibition). But more expensive. UUUM not sure if I could get away with upgrading again this year.
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By: Angfal  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 16/08/2011

We spent weeks trying to choose a tent, we knew the Outwell Montana 6 had won awards but were put off by the price, we decided to go for the Nevada xl but when we got to Go Outdoors it had sold out so we got the Montana 6. Im so glad we did, yes it did cost more but there was plenty of room for friends to sit in on evenings when it got colder outside, also it didn't take too long to pitch and we are new to camping. We were lovely and warm during the night and despite heavy rain our tent remained dry. I recommend purchasing the footprint and carpet.
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By: HollyBlanche  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 07/08/2011

As we're both new to camping, and camping will be our only holidays for the next few years, we did a lot of research before deciding we had to have the Monty. We were not disappointed. Have just returned from out first trip - 4 nights in Northumberland. Can't fault the tent at all. There is loads of space which was great for sitting in at night when it was chilly. If there had been no windows (like some other tents we looked at) we would have felt hemmed in, but it was lovely looking out over the great views. The side porch was extremely useful to keep the porta-loo in at night.

As there's just the two of us, and the two dogs, we opened out the bedroom into one huge room (had a double bed each!) and, as others have said, it really does feel like a 'home from home'. We were lucky to have great weather to both pitch up and then pack away. The tent is heavy, and took us about an hour to pitch, but it was our first time and I'm sure we'll improve(we have no garden so couldn't do a practise run first). We even packed it back in the bag, although my husband had to roll on it to get the air out first (thanks to advice given on this website!). My next aim is to able to pitch it solo.A bit ambitious perhaps given the weight of the poles.

Also bought the footprint, but the carpet was out of stock, but will certainly buy in the future. Overall, a great purchase.
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By: Kevin15  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 07/08/2011

Great tent, Very sturdy in wind & has never leaked even during a 14 hour continuous downpour!

Very roomy living area,You can get plenty of natural light into the tent if you open up the curtains & plenty of air as well if you open up the vents. We have purchased the carpet & footprint for the tent as well. The carpet does make a huge difference to the comfort factor in the tent

Downside

The aluminium poles on the side porch presses into the main tent putting pressure on the zip on the inner tent. I have cut 20mm off each end of this pole & it has reduced the pressure on the zip.

You do get a draft from the bottom of the front door & side door as they are secured by three pieces of velcro.

I do think it would be a squeeze to get three adults into each bedroom

It is also very hard getting the tent back into its holdall
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By: APJ666  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 07/08/2011

We bought a Montana 6 after lots and lots of research. Watched the internet prices very carefully, then got GoOutdoors to price beat an internet price, so got it for £400.

The tent itself it superb- there's tons and tons of space, it's very light with plenty of windows and there's so much headroom I could still stand up wearing stilts. Everything seems to have been well thought out by those Outwell boffins in in everyday use the tent is excellent. The additional carpet makes it nice and cosy underfoot.

There's only 2 negative points - firstly, when camping in May, I found the tent a little draughty and cold at night. Secondly, lifting the steel poles into place takes some effort. The video on the Outwell website makes it look very very easy, but we struggled so much the first time we had to get another couple to help us! We've since unhooked the bedrooms so there is less weight to lift and so it's a little easier. Packing up is straightforward, but you have to squeeze every last bit of air out of the tent to roll it as tightly as possible to get it into the bag. The steel poles have their own bag. I would also invest in some metal pegs, as the plastic ones supplied bend as soon as they hit a stone.

Generally though, a great family tent.
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By: Steve_run  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 06/08/2011

Started camping again this year and realised our 2 man tent from 10 years ago was too small for us. So upgraded to the Montana 6, great spacious tent with a solid design and completely waterproof. The only challenge with this tent is putting it away and getting it into the tent bag, a very tight fit.
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By: Lance48  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 05/08/2011

The best tent we've owned by far,we started with an Outwell family dome type tent,then on to a Vango(mistake) and back to the Montana 6.Plenty of room for 2 adults & 2 teenagers + large Labrador,very well made although the poles are a little heavy,room for a cooker,table chairs,plenty of windows,good ventilation,3 doors.The only downside is the boot space it takes up+ we've NEVER been able to get it all packed up in the one bag the poles go separately!
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By: SunnyBallynewry  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 04/08/2011

We bought this tent two years ago after checking out this website. We have 3 young children. We bought it with longer camps in mind. We bought the footprint, carpet and kids' room as well. It is certainly roomy and comfortable with the carpet. The footprint is essential otherwise you'll end up with mud all over your tent when rolling it up after a wet camp, and that is a real pain to clean off the roof(speaking from experience unfortunately). We recently had ours in the Alps - it was definitely out of its comfort zone! Most of the other campers at the site had 'Force 10' type canvas tents built to withstand the alpine storms. Ours didn't cope too badly despite a very heavy battering, although the balls of ice did rip holes in the 2 clear 'window' panels facing the storm. Other reviewers have suggested that the pegs that come with the tent are worth replacing with Delta pegs - having seen ours come out of the soft ground following wet weather I'm going to do that. Following a 12-day wet camp I found mildew on the inside of the tent when cleaning it up at home, clearly we need to take care to keep it better ventilated by opening all the vents and the doors too when possible. We felt the lack of a canopy on our last trip, and are not sure whether to try to get a canopy 2nd-hand from eBay as Outwell don't make them for our tent anymore, or whether to go for the Montana 6 front extension. I like our tent, although the downside of its size is the weight and bulk of it when transporting, and the fact that it's cumbersome and really tricky for one person to put up - that's me struggling to get it cleaned up and dry once we've come back from holiday and my husband's returned to work!
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By: Remillsy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 01/08/2011

We bought this tent following a disastrous wet week in Cornwall last August resulting in our tent going in the bin! We were lucky enough to only pay 400 at Go Outdoors which also included the front awning. We've just come back from a week in windy, wet Norfolk but our Montana made us proud on it's first outing. You can barely tell it's windy when inside and there is loads of room for us - 2 adults, 2 children and an Airedale. We didn't take the awning but may do in future as I'm guessing from other reviews it would be ok to cook in when wet outside. We haven't quite mastered putting it up quickly yet despite watching the Youtube videos. How do they make it look so easy when the poles are so damn heavy to hold??! Definitely need more trips to practice! I would definitely recommend this tent.
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By: Carlstig  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 07/07/2011

We've just bought a Montana 6 tent for use on holiday this year.Can't fault it as a family tent, but please can anyone who's owned one explain to us about the non adjustable pegging/pin straps on the opposite side to the tent to the adjustable ones.We're not sure how the pegs should go through them, as there is a loop at the end of the strap and the strap is not the same as the other side.
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By: Weresmewellies  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 04/07/2011

Was relatively new to camping when we bought this tent last year.We bought a Coleman first and what a bad mistake.Snapped poles due to very high winds. So off to the camping exhibition to look for another one.Cant fault this tent for the room inside and the little added bonuses like mesh vents etc. Only fault I find as with other reviewers albeit a minor one is the door,we take our large pooch with us and as the door is not zipped at the bottom he tends to sneak under the door.Rectified by putting him in the bedroom with us. But apart from that can't fault this tent for sturdiness,space and staying power in winds.As with other reviewers took a bit a practice to put it up.Would like the canopy next.Hope to have a few more years with this tent.
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By: BRhule  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 03/07/2011

This is a fabulous tent! Very spacious and well shaped. It is fairly easy to put up but I would recommend looking on You Tube for the video of the man putting it up and taking it down on his own - it is much easier than the Outwell instructions. We really struggled to get it back in the bag and this video shows a much better way. We bought the closed front extension to which makes it massive and is great for when you need to cook indoors. The handy porch at the side is great. If you are thinking of buying one - go for it! you won't regret it!
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By: EllieKendrick  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 29/06/2011

We have had a few small/medium tents over the years and have recently upgraded to a bigger tent, the Outwell Montana 6. After our first use of the tent last weekend we are really impressed. There is plenty of space and handy storage. We invested in the front extension also which I would highly recommend, it provides a large outdoor sheltered area, great for BBQ's/cooking when the weather not too friendly! The tent as a whole provides a very comfortable living space allowing for plenty of room even when we had our table and chairs inside. Plenty of handy ventilation pockets on the windows ensure the tent stays cool also.

Easy enough to put up but would recommend a practice run first!I agree with other reviews that the tent does take up quite a lot of space in the car but I guess this is to be expected given the size of the tent!

Would highly recommend the tent, don't think we'll be changing in a long while!
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By: SmellySocks  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 20/06/2011

I've used this for a few years now, both for weekends and a week of camping. I'm very fussy with my equipment and over the years I've changed a lot of it, but not the tent. The Montana 6 is just brilliant. We have 2 kids and it gives us plenty of room and is easy to pitch. Its stood up to gales and really hot weather. The only negative I'd say is the front slopes and when it rains, it drips in every time the front door is opened. Its about time they fixed this, as its definitely a design flaw, but getting an extension or awning or canopy solves this problem ( at extra cost and set up time)
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By: Nevatolate2010  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 16/06/2011

My wife and I were totally new to tents when we bought our Montana 6. I had done some research prior to purchase and with the British weather being how it is we were aware of the need to have something that can perform in all weathers and what a good choice we made.

Every occasion we have camped its rained from light drizzle to heavy downpours and the Montana takes it all.

Its easier to erect the tent if there are 2 people but can be done by one person on their own once you have the knack. We found it easier to have the front door open and start erecting from the front so that when you stand the poles up it allows the air to drawn in. A couple of pegs on the front guy ropes and away you go. You need to put the bottom pins into the poles before the tent is clipped to the poles allowing you to work the slack from side to side.

The side porch is a god send allowing wet shoes etc to be taken off prior to entering the tent its self.

Our next probable purchase will be a front canopy to allow front door to be open without rain bleaching in.

All in all we're very happy with our tent and would recommend it to others
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By: Dronny White  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 16/06/2011

We recently purchased this tent from Yeomans upgrading from a Colorado V plus, we quite honestly cannot fault this tent we had a long weekend in Norfolk and towards the end of the stay it got very windy at which point a lot packed up and left but our good old monty was perfect with no problems at all including the extension which is a must have I feel. Space wise it is great, the new addition of being able to have the blinds half down is a brilliant idea for early mornings and late evenings when a little more privacy is nice to have. No wonder this is Outwell best seller. 10 out of 10
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By: Weeaggie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 10/06/2011

Montana was fine while it lasted! I first used it in June last year and have used it 6 times until May this year. A bit heavy to erect, but a good, roomy tent.

Unfortunately on it's last outing one of the steel poles broke and another bent collapsing the tent and ripping the canvas.

Outdoor Action, from whom I purchased the tent haven't answered my e mails and Outwell have answered, but have been totally unhelpful.

I reckon a tent of this reputed quality and price should last longer than a year - damage to the canvas and groundsheet is inevitable and I would expect to make repairs to them, but I don't expect steel poles to break with the attendant risk of injury! The manufacturers blurb maintains that these things are tested.

I notice they have made modifications to the front end of the 2011 model and strengthened the part where my tent failed - I wonder how many others have had this problem?

I certainly will not be buying another Outwell as I'm not impressed with the quality of their product and even less so with their after-sales service.
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By: Stubcov  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 03/06/2011

I borrowed this tent from a friend as me and my partner were going away to the lake district for the first time with our dog and we didnt know how he would react to camping and thought that using our tent he may try and sneak out under the fly sheet during the night.

This tent is extremely spacious, both sleeping area and living space, with fully sewn in ground sheet is superb, it stops insects/dirt/wind/water coming in and in addition the porch area is superb this means you can leave any muddy shoes etc there and walk inside keeping the living area clean.We had four adults, a one year old boy and two dogs in here in an evening and there were still plenty of room. The sleeping area can be two separate rooms or one large one, we kept it as two one to sleep in and one for our clothes etc.

If only me and the misses had a spare £500-£600 we would most certainly go out straight away and buy this tent. It is like a small home.
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By: Jetwoobie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 30/05/2011

I've had a few Big tents, but the Montana 6 for a Family of 4 or 5 is hard to beat. Its steel frame maybe be heavy, but been in the through a good few Scottish gales and she sit sits there proud, where the rest of the site is in pieces. Loads of space, loads of everything, great base tent to Build on. I also have the front Canopy, which to be honest, is the best thing I've bought for it , just that wee extra bit of protection. Love this tent and intend to for years to come, 3 1/3 yrs of bliss.
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By: Kotisan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 29/05/2011

The perfect family tent. Good sized bedrooms, perfect living area. Nice little doobries, like built in pockets, windows, vents and handy loop hooks. You could go on holiday for two weeks in the tent, in rain and not feel claustrophobic. Add the awning and carpet like we have and you'll be living like a king, while Mr Argos-Tent-Buyer looks on in envy. Don't bother looking elsewhere.
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By: Moonstone  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 29/05/2011

After an emergency trip to a camping store in Ambleside to buy replacement carbon poles for our Pro-Action tent which had been damaged by strong winds and heavy rain overnight, we spotted a Monty 6 in their display area and fell in love with it immediately! After returning home a week or so later we spent months researching it online and eventually decided to buy one in the winter sales. We couldn't be happier with our choice.

I can honestly say it's the nicest tent I've ever owned. With there being just the two of us we have so much space, both in the living area and the sleeping pod, one side of which we keep as a dressing room. It really does feel more like a home than a tent.

We took it for its first outing in April this year and the weather was glorious. When completely zipped up the tent does get extremely hot inside, but at least that meant that any sneaky flies trapped within its walls perished long before we returned from any of our days out! However it didn't take long to cool the tent down again due to the ability to roll up the windows and doors either completely or partially, leaving the insect mesh in place. Being able to open/mesh the side windows, side doors AND the main front door was a real bonus, allowing us to let in as much or as little fresh air as we pleased.

I have to admit we struggled slightly during our first attempt to pitch the Monty 6, but that was down to it being our first attempt. The assembling part was very straight forward, but our hoisting aloft technique needs a little practice! Having pitched it once though we now know what to do to make the pitching process easier next time.

The construction is very sturdy and gives you the impression that it could stand up to pretty much anything Mother Nature could throw at it. All in all the Monty 6 is the perfect tent for couples wanting a little extra space to luxuriate in or for active families to stretch out in.
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By: TheGardeners  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 26/05/2011

Had a few tents before getting the Montana 6. This is my favourite so far. Its so sturdy. Everything sewn in, so no crawlies creeping in at night to freak my teen out! (and keeps the dog in) Bedrooms size is ample, Porch big enough for storage, and plenty of exit doors. Easy enough to erect after a couple of practice runs. Nice big windows to let in plenty of light too. Storage pockets are a godsend. Just purchased smaller Oakland for shorter trips. Have come to the conclusion Outwell is our favourite manufacturer.
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By: Ardbeg1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 18/05/2011

We bought this tent last year. It's our 1st proper tent.Did a lot of research and decided to go for the Montana 6 on the back of all the good reviews on this site.

Plenty of room for 2 adults and our 2 children, especially with the awning up.

The carpet makes for a more comfortable time.

We spent 2 weeks last summer in Devon and Cornwall and the tent was certainly tested to the full!Have never known wind and rain like it! The only problem we had was down at Gwithian in Cornwall. Pitched the tent in a gale then went for lunch.When we got back had a nice patch of water underneath the front window! The seam under the window had split slightly.I guess I had tensioned the guy ropes too much. A bit of clear duck tape and it was as good as new.

The winds were being measured at 60-65mph gusts and we watched as about 4 tents were literally blown apart.The nice strong poles in our tent hardly moved.

We are off to France this year so hopefully will get some better weather.

Agree with some of the others on this site about the amount of room the tent and awning take up in the car.Also the tent is so big I feel we have to take the kitchen sink to fill it up.

Would recommend this tent to anybody.
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By: Campalots  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 15/05/2011

We recently bought the 2011 Montana 6 and a 2011 front awning to replace our Vango Vista 800 that served so well last season. Although we've only had one outing so far in the Montana so far it was well tested through very high winds and driving rain near Buxton last week. We paid £560 total for the 2011 tent and the 2011 awning together with another £89 for the carpet.

The biggest difference, when compared to the tunnel type tent such as the Vango, is the average height of the tent. I'm 6'2' and the Montana allows me to walk in and out of the tent, and it's bedrooms, without ducking. The tent also has more usable headroom which for me means more usable floor space.

The total window area is also huge by comparison meaning that on wet and windy days the tent still offers good views outside whilst being shut up tight. The window blinds zip up from the bottom rather than the top which allows the window area to be adjusted brilliantly rather being just 'open or closed'

The storm porch on the side is quite small however if used as intended (ie used as an entrance instead of a storage area.) serves it's purpose allowing the inside of the tent to stay perfectly dry when getting in or out on wet days.

The tent has a few nice touches such a hook and ties on the ceiling which allows an electric awning type light to be used whilst keeping the cable neatly fixed along the frame. Numerous vent and door options provide many ventilation options and others, whilst being nothing unique, such as a cable entry point, storage pockets, low level windows in the bedrooms and mesh doors provide a lot of utility.

Pitching the tent for the first time was no more complicated that the Vango however we did follow the alternative way to pitch it rather than follow Outwells directions. The alternative method does away with heavy lifting and I'd recommend a youtube search for the videos that show this. The awning is another 20 minutes or so pitching time on top and in total it probably took us 50 minutes to get both up with a bit more time after that spent pegging and guying. The inners are all pre-attached though which saves a little time.

Whilst the Vango stood up to some strong winds during the time it did bend and flex quite alarmingly at times as the fibreglass poles flexed as intended. On the other hand, the Outwell simply didn't move at all as all of the force is absorbed by the guy ropes attached firmly to the steel poles which move but not much. I'm not sure about earlier versions however the Montana 6 2011 has a system that attaches the the guy ropes to the poles using velcro fasteners which makes the tent feel very solid indeed in the wind. Outwell claim (and have it printed on the side of the tent) that it will now stand up to a Force 10 gale and whilst I'm sure it will, I'd rather not find out if I'm honest.

The awning is a fabulous addition which effectively doubles the living area and has allowed us to create separate spaces with the tent itself becoming a large 'living room' with not much more than carpet and table and chairs in. The awning stores everything else easily.

What would we change?

The thin top storm porch poles that threads through the canopy top are still too long and very hard to locate in the retaining pins. Simply solved by cutting 10mm off each end however it should be unnecessary to have to do this.

Not so much the tent as the carpet, which needs some kind of fastening system as it tends to slide and gather slightly over time. A toggle or velcro fixing would make all the difference.

Other than to say that I'd highly recommend this tent that's it really. We did look at several other tents including the Maritsa, Sprayway and even considered waiting for the new Vango Airbeam tents however we are happy that for us it's definitely the right choice and worth every penny.

I've scored it 9/10 purely because it hasn't yet proved itself over time, I'm sure in a few trips time I'd upgrade the score to a 10 however the real test of the tent is yet to come with use!
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By: Gaz32at  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 11/05/2011

We owned a Montana for one two years, and never really got on with it, it must be just us as there everywhere!.The sloping front was an issue, it seems to waste so much space, condensation was also a major factor, but the main problem was putting it up, my wife really struggled to drag it up once the poles were threaded through, she would hold one side and I had the other, we now have a bear lake and as the groundsheet is removable its so much easier.
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By: Pingvin  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 10/05/2011

Wonderful tent. I used it first time in the Easter holidays, when nights where quite chilly, and SIG and the quality of the tent together with the carpet made us feel comfy despite temperature. We left the vents partly open and had no condensation in the morning! In daytime, when we had sunshine and summer temperatures, we appreciated the good ventilation, too. I am glad I ordered the 2010 model - mainly because it was cheaper then the 2011 one, but it also has the smaller windows which can be opened for extra ventilation and even have the option of using a mesh panel. The new model has panorama windows, but they can't be opened.

I can pitch the Montana with the help of one child in about 1 hour including pegging out, and considering I have a walking disability I think this is not bad for a tent this size! It is heavy, but the tent comes in a smart trolley. I could have whished for a trolley solution for the bag with the tent poles too, I cannot carry it, and my children have to stick my cruches through the handle of the bag and carry it between them.

I did a test pich in very windy conditions, it was poorly pitched (my fault) and flapping a lot, but still standing strong.

The only down, and the reason that I don't give it 10 out of 10, is the doors. All the walls are sloping, which means that there is not one door that will not let in the rain when opened. The outer rainporch door is sloping, too, and makes the use of the groundsheet there meaningless. We use the rain porch for the loo and for storage of bits and pieces, so we had to buy the canopy (sadly now discontinued) to protect the main door. The sloping wall means you have to crouch on the ground to open the zippers on the main door. At least the 2010 model has still not solved the problem with the gap between door and SIG, that occurs when the mesh door is not used. The velcro on SIG and door is not very practical and lost its grip in the strong wind we had at our test pitch.

Apart from this I am very content. Exceptional quality, lots of small features - like the small windows close to the ground in the sleeping pods.
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By: Banditdaz  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 09/05/2011

Excellent tent. Very roomy and easy to erect. Only problem is, if the side porch pole breaks, (like mine has), you cannot obtain a replacement from anywhere. Very poor aftersales from Oase, who make the Outwell tents. Has put me off buying another Outwell, even though they are supposed to be the best!
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By: Nick.caldwell  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 07/05/2011

Great tent, great design easy to put up,I have an extension and canopy doubles the space allows you to be outside even when raining. I use the side entrance for the portaloo. Would recommend the footprint, keeps tent clean under groundsheet and the carpet gives it a warm feel. Top it off with a couple of matching windbreaks for total privacy. There is no downside to this rig its well worth the money.
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By: Skyclimber  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 05/05/2011

This is a great tent. Bought it recently second hand and used it for the first time last weekend.

No problems putting it up (after watching v good vids on You Tube and a trial run on local playing field) and really impressed how much thought has been put into the design, lots of really useful features.

I was concerned that camping for a weekend (our first time with our 2 children, aged 1 and 3) might just be too ambitious and we'd spend too much time putting up/taking down the tent. Not a problem at all though thankfully and I'm sure we'll be away for many more weekends.

Lots of space in the living area for the kids to play, too.

One of the things that stood out for me before buying was the fact that the roof of the tent is white so the light coming in is not blue or green as in a lot of other tents. This really gives the sense of space and airiness.

Would recommend to anyone looking for a family tent with room to move around.
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By: Sazab  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 27/04/2011

Wow. Great tent. Bought ours second hand. Used it for the first time for a two night stay. Lots of room in the living area, great bedroom space, we used two single camp beds side by side and had just enough room to get in and out. Double airbed in the other for the kids with plenty of room to get around. Love the quality and attention to detail on this tent. We also have the canopy which gives that extra outdoor shelter. Easy to put the tent up and take down, can't wait to use it again.
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By: Silverjewel  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 25/04/2011

We love our tent! There is plenty of room for 2 of us, and our dogs who we always take on holiday with us. Also we arrange holidays with friends so we can play board games and the Montana gives plenty of room for at least 4 adults and 4 dogs to live, cook and relax in when the weather doesn't tempt us outside. Makes for great holidays with everything you possibly need for comfort home from home.
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By: Familyof4  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 01/04/2011

Well, after 6 years of family camping we feel we have finally found our dream tent! This tent has everything we wanted, fairly easy to put up, especially after a few times getting used to it. Lovely large living area and generous bedroom space. It feels very light and airy when all the curtains are open. The small side porch is very useful for storage or the port-a-loo, if using the other doors.

It is completely sewn in, which is very reassuring when we are camping with our dog, no flaps he could crawl out from! The tent feels very high quality.

We have camped in everything the British weather can throw at us, torrential rain, gale force winds, and even some sunshine and it has stood up to it all without a drop coming in.

I can not think of any faults, and would highly recommend this tent for a family of four, like us!
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By: Crazymummy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 07/03/2011

We bought this tent last year after a lot of research and visiting tent displays to see what would work best for us. We have three children and now a dog too! This tent works brilliantly for us and after our first camp in torrential rain it certainly lived up to its reputation and kept us brilliantly dry and sheltered. It has really good ventilation too as our second camp it was in the hundreds (talk about one extreme to the other!) but again it was superb. This year we have invested in an awning just to give us even more space but haven't camped with this yet so we'll see how it goes. We use the side door area as a built in toilet tent after 3 trips to the campsite loo in the dark on our first trip and shut it away in the day time. The only downside if any is it's not the lightest tent around but even so were still more than happy with ours.
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By: TinaKeegan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 01/03/2011

Camping family for 5 yrs .I can not fault the Monty 6 we have been to local sites to further a field , the you tube video is a must to watch as it made the whole pitch and pack away so much easier. It's a real upgrade from our last tent. And worth every penny. We have just purchased the awning , to which has given the Monty for us as a family a whole new meaning of camping for longer periods of time, great space . Only one hitch and I don't no if my heavy handiness was to blame , struggled with the side porch door the you pole snapped as there was so much tension trying to place it in the black holders, wonders if any one has had same problem. ?? Love this tent and would highly recommend to anyone .
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By: Michael.dent1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 27/02/2011

Excellent tent, much easier to erect than our previous tent (Outwell harford xl), takes around 20 mins + pegs with 2 people. Sewn in ground sheet makes this tent suitable for all seasons. Bedrooms will accommodate full size airbeds. Living space is huge. This tent will comfortably accommodate 4 people (6 if living space is used). If you want a tent with large bedrooms & a huge sized living area which is very easy to erect then this is the tent for you. As with any new tent be sure to have at least one trial run before you go away!
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By: Wiseowl  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 08/02/2011

Have had this tent for 1 year and used 3 times. Easy to erect in around 30 mins -see Outwell video on youtube - and packs away to holdall well (with practice). I'd recommend erecting rear panel first and pegging down, then walking forward with front and pegging out again before placing poles in middle section. Plenty of space inside, and optional extras such as the carpet, makes it feel like home from home. This tent is quite bulky with holdall for tent and separate bag for poles. This tent is very sturdy and has weathered very heavy downpours and wild winds when others campers had packed up and left on hearing the weather forecast.Although this is our first tent and we are relatively new to camping we'd have no problem in recommending this tent to other campers
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By: Soozr  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 09/01/2011

Have only used our tent once since we bought it at the end of September, so impressed with the ease of putting it up . And taking it down & packing it away in a hurry when the weather forecast turned bad- just takes a bit of thinking about first- . Dogs loved being in the same space as us & all of the fresh air. As first time campers this has been a bit of a revelation
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By: Fitzydan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 14/12/2010

This tent is definitely our home from home. A spacious living area and adequate sized bedrooms. The bedrooms themselves advertise for 6 but that doesn't factor in inflatable mattresses so we only manage to get 5 in on two doubles and a single. This is a very stable tent when fully and correctly pegged out. It is heavy and comes in two bags, the poles being in the second. A spacious boot would be needed but we take a trailer which gets everything we need in. There is a pitching video available on the internet and Outwells own site. We use the side entry porch for our camping loo and use the front entrance for in and out. We have found that it can condensate on some occasions but has never leaked and it's due for a waterproofing spray. It says to pitch with more than one person but it can be done alone with proper care and pegging out. The electric entry point is next to the side door which can be a little restrictive - one on both sides would have been better. There are accessories that you can get such as carpet, extension, porch all of which are good additions except the porch - it's only any good in as a shade from the sun as rain blows in from the sides. I'd be tempted not to hang any lantern type lights from the holder - ours snapped under the strain after only a few tries. All in all a good tent and good value for the money - should last a while if cared for
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By: Hilbre  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 02/11/2010

We have used this tent for about 12 holidays since we bought it as first time campers. It has stood up to wild weather, teenagers, festival sites, exposed seaside sites and everything else we have thrown at it. It works very well for a family which includes adults who are not natural campers. It is fairly easy to put up, has lots of room for living as well as sleeping and is very very waterproof.

It is very bulky and heavy so a big car with a big boot is very helpful - particularly as with all the space inside it is tempting to bring loads of stuff - even the kitchen sink!

It has more or less convinced me I like camping - which is amazing!
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By: Bevvybabe2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 12/10/2010

Spacious and cosy with carpet and extension. Love the new green and brown internal colour scheme, extremely useful inner pockets for keeping all those little bits safe and tidy. Bedroom pods spacious, fitted our kingsize aerobed and the two kids intex double height airbeds with a bit of trial and error. The little side porch is ideal for shoes and dirty washing, and maybe porta potti. Looking at getting the awning as we may use the original tent for sleeping/dressing quarters, with the awning for general living and the extension for cooking/eating. Will be a monster of a setup!
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By: Baz6359  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 11/10/2010

Unfortunately this tent was a huge let down for us and didn't even get used in anger, on a trial run in the garden we noticed the overall lack of quality control that had not been carried out on the tent in 3 places stitching looked incomplete, 2 of the plastic connectors for attaching the tent to the poles were missing completely at this point it was put back in the bag and taken back to the shop where a full refund was given, I was advised by a friend who had similar issues with his Outwell Florida that the quality on some Outwells was not the best but learnt the hard way.
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By: Michele1l  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 28/09/2010

The Montana 6 tent is fantastic. It looks good and the porch is very handy for storing wet boots and coats. It is very stable and managed to withstand very strong winds when other tents around us were being torn or blown away. There is plenty of room for a family of 4 and the sleeping areas are cosy and warm. There are handy storage pockets in the main living area and also in the sleeping areas. The kids replacement bedroom is great too. We also have the extension but have never used this because we did not need the extra space!
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By: Sparklingdiamon  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 27/09/2010

Very roomy and stable. Great add porch. Get the porch with side panels.

Groundsheet sewn in back to front so unable to connect the bedrooms to the central floor area, or fit the carpet properly.

Outwell not interested in the problem!

Bedrooms take a narrow double and a narrow single airbed in each, rather than 3 doubles across the whole bedroom floor area, due to the zipper in the middle.

Not a weekend tent, it takes too long to put up and take down.
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By: Tommy 45  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 26/09/2010

Well here goes.The Montana 6 , got it in July but Sept weekend was our first chance to try it out so what did we think. Well the first thing we noticed was the same as many who own one and that is the porch is a poor design which causes undue stress to the side of the tent and severe tension on the porch poles themselves and a very narrow entrance. Another thing was that this tent looks much bigger in the shop that it does in the flesh. Never in a million years is this a 6 man tent, a full size airbed leaves no room at all round the sides. Now something I never took much notice of in the shop was the zips at the three entrances do not go round the full doors and to be honest we found the tent near impossible to heat because of serious draughts coming in from every door (because they don't zip all the way round) which left us absolutely freezing and that was with the heater on full ! Now I know it isn't summer but I don't expect a tent to be that cold to the extent that there was ICE ! on the inside ! as the very heavy condensation froze up. To top it all off we found a small hole just above the cable entry point which will only get worse if left so this tent is going back to Go Outdoors tomorrow to see if they will refund me or credit me as we are not happy with some of the stiching either or material that overlapped and caused zips to snag all the time.

Last year we had the Idaho XL. Why oh why did I sell it because it was a far superior tent it terms of build quality and comfort

Has this put us off Outwell tents. Well.Erm . Not sure. We'll see , sorry if this upsets any Monty 6 owners and believe me we are so disappointed to be writing these things but that's what we found.
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By: Gareths1980  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 26/09/2010

We recently purchased the Outwell Montana 6 from Gooutdoors as enjoyed camping but had only ever shared other people’s tents

I was quite apprehensive about buying a big 6 man tent due to the difficulties we’ve had before trying to following some manufactures instructions or the fact you get loads of colour coded poles.

However I researched the Montana 6 for many weeks by reading reviews on this website, watching youtube films and the Outwell website. Which were all very helpful.

Me and my wife managed to erect the tent first time around in under 30 minutes without any problems. We’ve had the tent up twice now and both times managed to fit it back into the sturdy carry bag first time, all be it a bit snug.

Our 2 grumbles with the tent are like many other peoples, the front door leaks water in when you open it if it’s been raining or from the dew on a morning! And the other one is the front door privacy blind, if you don’t roll it up out the way when you have the door propped open with the poles, it sags down and gets quite annoying having to duck under it all the time.

Apart from them 2 tiny concerns I would highly recommend this tent to anyone due to it’s ease of erection , build quality and size.
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By: Cheekymrs  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 21/09/2010

I've adored this tent for two full seasons now. Having survived any and everything the wonderful British weather can throw at it! Pitches easily - just 4 poles, each in 3 sections. Watch the Outwell video on Youtube, it really does help! It even goes away in it's bag - can be quite an effort mind, but still. This tent gives a huge amount of space and has excellent waterproofing (5000HH). Well worth the money - particularly with the footprint (protects the groundsheet), carpet (yep I'm nesh but so what!) and front extension (always somewhere to leave shoes etc and cook under in the rain. We camp in it with 2 adults and one child (Outwell PLEASE make the kids room available for left and right. I want one!) and have tons of sleeping space with luggage and the living space easily accommodates 4 adults and 3 children in bad weather, even with board games and DSs.
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By: TJ79  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 17/09/2010

Not long returned from a great few days at Shrubbery Camping and Caravan Park near Lyme Regis. I have to say that this tent is absolutely worthy of all the great reviews on this site - one of the reasons I bought it.

I had practised pitching in the garden before the trip, and after following some of the videos online (ignored the Outwell instructions as frankly they are rubbish), was feeling mildly confident! It took two of us an hour to pitch - high winds did not help. Pitching is surprisingly easy once you get the hang of it, and the vast number of guys really make this tent feel secure. Once pitched up it was a case of doing the same with the extension (a worthwhile purchase). I will say that the pegs supplied by Outwell aren't great. They are a firm-ish plastic, but I didn't have a great deal of confidence so bought some more heavy duty ones to beef it up a bit.

During our week away we had some of the worst rain seen this summer and very high winds. The tent took an absolute battering but didn't budge an inch - whilst it was windy, the pegs stayed firm, and despite having a months worth of rain in one night there was not a single drop that found it's way in. Very impressed!

The fact that we spotted 7 other Montanas on the same campsite has to say something for the quality of this tent. I cannot fault it and would urge people to look at this before buying anything else of a similar size.

It's not cheap when you factor in the cost of the extension, but you really do get what you pay for. The tent is heavy, what with steel poles, but for camping in the UK - they are a must in my opinion. Other tents on the site had snapped fibreglass poles from the winds which I really didn't fancy!

Buy one now!
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By: Anna2377  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 15/09/2010

I have had this tent for two years and have the front extension for it as well. It is very sturdy and me and my husband can now put up this tent in around 30 minutes. It has got plenty of room and ideal if you have two young children like me. It as stood up to the wind and rain test and doesn't take long to dry out. I would recommend getting the carpet as this make it warmer on the feet. The down sides to the tent are it takes up a lot of room in your vehicle and after you have taken down the tent you will find it difficult getting it back into the bag provided, other than that it is a great family tent.
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By: SpampMan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 08/09/2010

A great tent. Felt very stable in the storms we experienced in Scotland. Draught and damp free! The high level vents were successful in keeping us condensation free which we have noticed as a problem in other SIG tents. Plenty of room, too, for 2 families to sit out the rain!

For erection and striking, don't bother with the Outwell instructions. I tried them once and that was why I didn't take the Monty out for a while! Then I saw the Yeoman videos on Youtube. It really is as easy as it looks. Just make sure you get as much air out as possible and roll it tight for putting away.
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By: Libby75  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 07/09/2010

We upgraded to the Montana 6 after camping with friends that owned one - making us very jealous! It is fantastic for our family of 4, allowing for guests to sleep comfortably in the 'lounge' area should they need too. We have purchased the carpet, which I would recommend. Easy to pitch and plenty of space inside to escape the rain!
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By: Wibbers  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 30/08/2010

Our Montana 6 was bought secondhand earlier this year and has been used for three trips this summer. We're generally very happy with it. There's plenty of room for the family, and being very tall it's great for me to be able to stretch out in the large sleeping area without being scrunched up as in many of the smaller tents I've been in.

The tent came through a thunderstorm in the French Alps earlier this year with flying colours despite the rain being the heaviest I can remember and lasting most of the night. The porch section is very handy in weather like this to keep the inside of the tent dry and mud-free.

My one gripe about the tent is that the steel poles often twist at the D-shaped joining points, making it difficult to pull the legs and roof section apart again when taking the tent down. Most can be twisted apart with a bit of effort, but on one occasion nothing would budge and we had to load a leg plus roof section into the roof box still attached! Miraculously the next time we took the tent down they came apart with no effort. I understand that later versions of this tent have a better joining system which avoids this twist and lock problem.

The huge number of bits which can be zipped, opened, toggled and closed means the tent can be as open to the elements or as snug and cosy as you need, and also kept the children occupied for most of the time.

All in all, an excellent tent which we look forward to using for many more holidays.
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By: Matherratic  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2010

Used this for the second time this summer, and I can now pitch it single handed after a little practice and watching the YouTube demonstration. Lots of rain during the week meant I found a leak over the front door, on investigation found the seam hadn't been sealed correctly. The repair kit supplied with the tent soon rectified the problem. Still using the porch as the main entry, and like Andallen have found the side door zip under a lot of tension. Fiddled about with the tensioner for the porch and moved the side poles to try to improve it with little success. Still a great tent though, well made and secure in wind.
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By: Alisonehilton  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 23/08/2010

Our first camping expedition in this tent was fantastic. LOADS of positive points for this tent- lots of ventilation, bedroom pods zip in the middle also so you can see the kids without getting up!, large living area for a family of 4, very very stable (we camped on the east coast and the wind is constant and very strong.This tent didn't budge an inch, easy to put up (20 mins with the help of the you Tube video).

We replaced one pod with the outwell kids room which is fantastic, kids love it (5 + 2 years).

Only quibble is the front door velcro closure at the bottom which does let in the rain a bit. Think we will definitely buy the extension for next time.

I love this tent!
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By: Andallen  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 21/08/2010

Would have given a 10/10 rating, however our only complaint is regarding the side door canopy which we found to have a little too much tension on the inner door zipper! Having said that, it's cause could well be down to us and our assembly. We also bought the awning which has proved a wonderful addition to the huge main tent.(You can never have too much space) I'm also considering buying the extension, which I know will be just as excellent as the main tent and awning. We had visiting relatives on our weekend break and ended up with 4 adults and 4 children sleeping comfortable, with space to spare. Enjoy your Montana 6 you won't be disappointed.
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By: The4ofUs  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 17/08/2010

We're delighted with our Montana 6, having bought it at the start of the season as an upgrade from a cheaper three bedroom pod-type tent. The Montana far outshines all the others we looked at before making our choice, the living space for us makes it unbeatable. We have the extension too and use that for cooking and a table, and we use the side door part for our loo. Plenty of ventilation and windows make it nice and airy in hot weather and in bad conditions it stands up brilliantly. Like many other people have mentioned without the extension the slant of the door can be a bit of a nuisance if its raining but all the other plus points far outweigh that one little issue, and I guess it was designed that way for a reason, I imagine to make it more streamlined in the wind etc.

Definitely would recommend it for families or those who like a holiday to not be all cramped up and squashed in.
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By: Tamarajw  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 17/08/2010

Just back from a week away with our 9 month old, the tent was fantastic and held up to everything the weather threw at us. Plenty of room for us all and never felt that we were on top of each other. Having the front extension was a real bonus as we were able to use the front doorway in the rain without getting wet!
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By: Ahappytraveller42  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 16/08/2010

A fantastic sized tent for 4 people. We also have the front extension too. Until we brought the extension we used the side door (not the porch) as our main entry. With the extension we now use the front door, we have our table out in the extension and also the cooker too. Even with a pup tent inside we still have room (If needed)for a double airbed in the inside of the tent, - great when you've injured yourselves and cant make it into the bedroom. We use the porch area to keep the fridge in and almost always keep the outside porch door open for ventilation.

The tent had stood up to several storms thunder etc and torrential rain without any problems. We don't have the carpet but are normally plenty warm enough, unless we camp in the uk when a woolly hat is ideal night time wear!

The tent has never let us down, it is a great size for 4 people, my eldest sleeps in a pup tent inside the main tent and it all fits nicely. In France we normally have a gazebo at the front of the extension too for shade, but so we can keep the breeze too. The storage pockets are brilliant too. When we are in the south of France, even at night we only ever shut the mozzie screens to the windows and doors.

The only gripes I have is that the bedrooms are a wee bit small for a double airbed, there is only room to walk down one side of the bed (our old small tent had more bedroom room). And also getting an electric light safely to the extension, we seem to need to run the cable outside the tent or under it and then cable the light in the extension.

If we ever replace the tent it will be for exactly the same model! It stands up to the weather, is water proof and a great size for 4.
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By: Ste T  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 15/08/2010

Just back from 2 weeks in St Ives Cornwall where the tent done really well in heat, wind and rain ( no cold to test it) including a 14 hour stint of constant rain with no leaks. Made with excellent quality throughout, the only real fault being, as stated, the design of the front door. We had the awning with us and I can highly recommend it. Normally I don't sleep well in a tent when there is a hooly blowing outside, having had one all but blow away one night a few years ago, but after our fist night and the way it stood up to it, I enjoyed feeling cosy and safe on subsequent windy nights.

One thing, I was told that the tent and awning were less than 8m long, they're not, they are about 8.5m so you need to be careful you don't book a site run by tape measure fascists. All in all a cracking family tent for the money.
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By: Matherratic  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 12/08/2010

Great tent, lots of room compared to our previous tent (Vango Orchy 500)but a lot heavier too. Only gripe is the seam of the outer above the bedroom ripped when my daughter fell against it, so we had to unclip the inner and rely on the elasticated straps to hold it up. Stood up well in strong winds, and the side porch was used as our main entry point. We will be adding the awning soon, as I think this is a great family tent.
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By: Annamorgan247  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 07/08/2010

Brilliant tent, loads of space and it feels really safe and warm. We are a small family with a 1 year old and the space is really important when the weather is naff as he still needs space to run about. We bought the tent last year from go outdoors for £296 and just added the extension which is essential. We are umming and arhhing about the carpet now too. We recently went to Cornwall in it for 8 nights and even though it rained and was windy we did not notice anything. The only downside is . Is it too big for a weekend camping trip??
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By: Lagotto-Mad  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 04/08/2010

Love this tent, it is great!

We use the side porch as a night time loo (or occasionally in torrential rain!).

The only gripe we have with this tent is the front door not being fully zipped, the velcro at the base of this doesn't keep out the draughts in windy weather. Also, in wet weather this door does let in a large amount of water as you go in and out, and is almost impossible to use without getting wet! We overcome this problem by attaching the canopy to the front, but this isn't always suitable in high winds.

Other than this the tent is fabulous, loads of room for all your stuff, even if the kids are playing on the living room floor while you are using your kitchen. The pockets are great for organising and tidying whilst having everything to hand. The bedrooms, whilst big enough for 3 each are real luxury for just 2. - room for luggage and lots of toys!

In hot weather it really opens up so you can enjoy the day.
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By: DEANOP  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 28/07/2010

Bought our Montana 6 last year having caught the camping bug following a few trips in our halfords cheapie. Used the tent 4 times this year and find it difficult to find fault. After the first time it is pretty easy to erect once you have the hang of it and very simple to dismantle. Great to have so much stand up room in the living area. IF I had to find fault, we usually have to fold and roll up the tent a couple of times to get it small enough to fit in it's carry bag, but that's it. Would definitely recommend getting the ground sheet and carpet too.
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By: Bowies  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 26/07/2010

Best tent ever used, bought for £299 in Gooutdoors with promotions coupon. Loads of room to have everyone in one place if raining, we also used Living Space for sleeping in as there was 8 of us camping. Would buy again. Easy and fast to put up. Will probably buy the awning too for the front at a later stage.
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By: Zagbeav  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 23/07/2010

Fantastic tent which has stood up to some horrendous wind and rain without any problems whilst we all sat comfortably inside the spacious lounge. The porch addition to the front is a must for food preparation and sitting out. We have upgraded the pegs as those supplied are only suitable for quite soft ground and we also found if the wind changes direction and catches the porch at the right angle, it needed a little more restraint. The numerous storage pockets to both the reception and bedrooms are superb for keeping everything tidy. The only real complaint we have relates to the windows and main doors which do not fully zip around the bottom and are awkward to close sufficiently from inside in order to keep the weather out at night.

This is a fantastic quality family tent which we would recommend 100%.
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By: Dopey_Doo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 20/07/2010

We only used our Montana for a couple of long weekends and it handled everything brilliantly, torrential rain and gale force winds and the odd few hours of British sun.

My only gripe would be the doors, the main door unless you use the canopy or extension (which we did) lets in the wet when coming in and out and would be so much better if it was zipped all the way not just velcro - the angle of the front seems to be a bit of wasted space too (we didn't think about that when we brought it). The side porch we ended up using as a store as we found if we did go to use it in the wet, we were getting wet just leaning right down to unzip (perhaps that was just us though) - I think this years Montana has an improved porch though.

The usual Outwell quality is evident throughout the tent, plenty of room when it is raining and your stuck inside it feels really spacious, even if you have got your kitchen unit inside, table and chairs a dog pen, a cupboard, a Husband, two kids and two dogs, we still had room for friends to fit in.

It is a great tent.

.Although we have now sold the Montana 6 on after only owning it for a few months as we were planning on getting a folding camper - have changed our minds on that now and are having the Outwell Arkansas 5 being delivered today - woohoo!
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By: Mairib  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 06/07/2010

Absolutely fantastic tent - upgraded to this from our smaller previous Outwell. Chose this for size and wanted to go back steel poles for stability. Love it. Have used it in all conditions from gale force winds & rain to roasting sunshine and it is equipped to cope with all. Just back from a scarily windy weekend where many other tents collapsed/tore and one actually took off and blew away but not the Montana, it stood strong. After our first season we found the main front door a little annoying in bad weather as we too use the wee side porch for our portaloo (this is meant to be your rain door access). So this year we bought the front extension. This made all the difference and is perfect for cooking in and storage. You can now sit in adverse weather with the front door completely open as the extension protects from the wind and rain. All in all a perfect tent for us with the added extension.
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By: Joeandhelen  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 01/07/2010

I'm sitting in our Monte typing this onto my iPhone (Just showing off!), in the Caerfai Bay Organic Farm site at St. David's, Pembrokeshire. The wind is howling fiercely pounding the rain against the tent. Many campers have packed up and left but I'm sitting here with my paper and a coffee! It is standing proudly in these gale-force conditions. My two dogs are asleep!

Granted we are using delta pegs and six storm guylines but the extension is up also and the storm lines are mainly being used for that.

We love this tent having had two good khyam tents before.

It is very roomy, warm and comfy and we use the side door closed little area as our chemical loo room. Ideal but for wees only, at night, of course!

I have a spinal implant that causes me daily chronic pain and our monte can take a little time to put up but easy. We do take time to sit down during the process. What's the rush! It has got so easy to erect, especially now we have learned the best way is to raise the rear poles and then peg down. Then let some air into the tent and then raise the front poles. Peg these down and follow with the two sets of middle crossbars. The rest is pee-easy!

With the sewn I'm groundsheet and footprint carpet we are very cosy! The dogs don't want to go for a walk it's so wild out there and so snug here in our Monte!

Love it, love it, love it!
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By: Poundy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 29/06/2010

Having researched many tents and reading all the fantastic reviews on this tent we opted for this one and we are not disappointed.

We are a family of 2 adults, 2 kids and 2 big dogs and have found it more than adequate in size for us all. We will be opting for either the ext or awning, not really sure which one yet.

Have experienced a little rain, but nothing heavy yet, but hoping it will hold up as in previous reviews. We liked the mesh screens as used it this weekend (26th June) really hot and it enabled the air to circulate without the bugs getting in.

Great storage pockets in main area and now in bedrooms. All round fab tent.
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By: Monkeydave  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 26/06/2010

Fantastic! after our last tent died in the wind we decided to get good sturdy poled tent - the Monty.

Very spacious, can sleep the five of us comfortably on air beds. Enough space for everyone, brilliant having built in ground sheet and carpet makes it really cosy. Only small negative is the size of the tent when packed away, but would still give it 10/10
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By: Cabbycabbage  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 24/06/2010

After viewing many of the 6/8 berth tents for the last 2 years my wife and I decided to start off by buying the basic Outwell Montana 6 tent. It seemed to be a well constructed tent that was somewhat modular in design (it allows you to adapt it to your extra needs should you wish to add awnings or a canopy!) We spent 3 nights in the Cotswolds at a familiar site and found the tent practical and easy to set up. This all being done in the rain for the first time. We liked the various combinations that one could make with regards to the light coming into the tent and the fly meshes etc. This helped greatly as the weather got progressively hotter during the 4 days we were there! Not the cheapest tent on the market but well worth the small premium over perhaps some close rivals in this class/size.
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By: Splinter66  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 23/06/2010

First saw this tent at a Yeomans exhibition but preferred the Vango Maritsa 700. After looking for real life reviews I found this site and it became a no brainer. I'm sure we would have been happy with the Vango but is it poor design or poor QC that so many have problems around the windows? There is a reason this tent scores so highly on here. Great design and quality means great reliability and safety knowing that when it is blowing a gale or the heavens have opened, you stay warm and dry.

We pitched in the garden at the end of May and left it up 5 days to receive the most torrential rain I have seen this year. Not a hint of water ingress from anywhere. We then took it to the north Norfolk coast for a week of dry but blustery weather and it never offered to move.

It has been 30 years since we last camped (with our parents) and we had more than a little apprehension about pitching and packing away. These fears proved unfounded as the practice run in the garden and the youtube video alleviated any stress from the experience. We had booked an 11m x 8m EHU pitch for the tent and the extension and fully expected the car to fit along side the tent on the pitch. By the time the guys were all pegged out there was no room. The footprint is very useful for positioning the tent on the pitch as well as protecting the SIG.

With just the two of us on this occasion, the tent was too big but this was the trial run to see how practical camping would be with the grandchildren in tow. Fully kitted out there will still be oceans of room for them to play on wetter days or whilst meals are prepared. We will need to take two cars or buy a trailer or roofbox when the children come along as the Ford Focus was full to capacity.

We have the footprint, carpet and front extension and although not required they should be part of the package as they are all extremely useful.

Things I would improve as long as it didn't compromise the effectiveness of it's design would be :-

Square up the front, it is a long way down and out to unzip from the inside in the mornings.

Fully zipped front door, it can get draughty unless the fly screen is zipped up to pull the velcro fasteners to the correct position.

Stuff pockets for bedroom doors and curtains, I don't know how effective these are but they must beat rolling and tying :)

A couple more EHU access zips, didn't cause us a problem on this occasion but only because our lead was long enough to reach from the opposite side of the tent.

Would have preferred 2+2+2 bedrooms instead of 3+3 but only because of our family make up - 2 couples and 2 children. Love the fact that we can drop a bedroom pod to gain an even larger living space so wouldn't want to see that feature go.

Are there better tents out there for us? Possibly but one things for sure, we may in the future get camping disasters where air beds leak or camp chairs break but the Montana 6 will not be letting us down.
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By: Campingjoe  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 06/06/2010

We have just been away for the 1st time in our Montana 6 (2010 model) and we had a great time! Having pitched it once in the garden (not all the way but enough to get the idea), we managed to get it up in around 25mins, with just the adjustments on guys etc after that. We watched the YouTube video and mostly used that method (back section 1st, then front and then the 2 middle sets).

We had some difficulty getting the pins into the bottom of the poles and so we borrowed what another reviewer had suggested (thank you!). We basically pinned it on one side, then on the other side we separated the bottom section of pole, popped the pin in and then fixed the pole back together. Worked a treat!

The tent was plenty big enough for us two adults with our bouncy border collie who slept in his crate. We used the second bedroom for our bags but there is more than enough room in the main tent for them should we need the second bedroom in years to come.

We bought the groundsheet which takes up little extra room in the car but provides that extra protection to the bottom of the tent. We also had the carpet. We weren't going to buy this but as it was reduced when we bought the tent we just went for it.And loved it! Although we had pretty much perfect weather all week, it was great in the evenings. It was also really easy to clean (especially when we might have spilt red wine on it.Ahem!)and when we did have rain one evening, it stood up well to wet feet(and paws).

We had also watched the video on putting it back in the bag and although it was very tight, it worked 1st time. We just had one of us 'walking' the air out as we rolled it up.

All in all, a fantastic tent. We can't wait to go away again in August. Now we have to decide whether we go for the extension or wait a bit.
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By: Leicester campers  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 04/06/2010

Fantastic tent, with lots of space. Really only sleeps 4 in sleeping area on airbeds. Would definitely recommend the carpet, footprint and porch as these really add to the comfort level. Tent is very heavy and not easy to put up at first, but with practice, it gets easier and quicker, though still takes us upto hour, this includes footprint, carpet and porch. Only negative is that there is really nowhere to hang lantern as poles on the outside. Just been away and had very strong winds on site, tent stood upto wind very well.
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By: Merryjinx  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 03/06/2010

This is a fantastic tent, very sturdy, holidayed last year on Holy Island, Anglesey, right on a headland with 45mph gusts of wind with very heavy rain throughout one night this tent never moved an inch or leaked.

Bought the front extension this year another great piece of kit, makes a wonderful addition to the tent.

The video on you tube is a great help showing how to pitch it.
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By: Campingbunnies7  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 02/06/2010

I can absolutely recommend this tent. There is plenty of room for sleeping and living for my husband and I and our two young boys (aged 4 and 6). The sleeping area on our 2009 model can be divided into two (which we'll do as the kids grow a bit) or can be set up as one really large sleeping area, so we all sleep in a row which is great if someone rolls off their bed in the night, or wakes up for the loo etc. I like that I can see the kids at all times in the night!

I can understand why people rave about the extension, because there is no undercover space for cooking in the rain, but we need to buy a trailer first before we can get one! Rather than buying a carpet which is quite expensive, we use picnic rugs which work well because you can put them just where you need them rather than having carpet all over (our boys just run in with muddy boots even when they know they should stop at the side porch and take them off!)

The tent has stayed put in torrential weather conditions, so I know I'm always pretty safe inside even when it's blowing a gale.

It does take practice to get it back in the bag! We make the kids roll on it first to get all the air out of it! Worth checking out the videos online for erecting it and folding it away before you give it a go. We can get ours up or down in about 45 mins just taking our time (with 'help' from the kids!)
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By: Capetownlions  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 25/05/2010

Fantastic tent, plenty of room and holds out in all weathers ,takes a bit of getting used to trying to put it back in the bag, but overall a nice bit of kit. Last year we bought a second front extension, just add it on to your first front extension and you have much more room for equipment,cooking etc. Ground sheets under both extensions as well as something under tent is a must. The Montana 6 is well sort after and holds its price well, just check out e bay
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By: Iveadenuf1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 25/05/2010

We are new to family camping, so we looked hard at all the reviews.

Finding it around Xmas about £200, so its worth waiting. I wouldn't pay the full price for it. As the extras are very expensive. £130 carpet £90 solar shield.

It comes with 1 set of upright poles.

The Instructions are extremely basic, on a label sown inside the main tent so having a good look before you set it up the first time might be an advantage

We are a family of 3 so it was down to my wife and I, admittedly we had it up in the garden before the trip, and our trip had good weather.

So the 30 mins we had it up including the guys wasn't too bad, however in windy weather it might take longer. The tent tends to create a vacuum when raising the legs so make sure the doors and windows are vented allowing air to go in freely.

Enough room to keep your stuff out of the way, and sit comfortably. In hot weather being single skin it suffers a bit. But there is adequate ventilation from the doors.
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By: Montanagirl  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 15/05/2010

We started camping last year and liked it so much we though we would upgrade our tent already and chose the Outwell Montana 6 2010 model. I did loads of research before buying this tent and asked loads of Monty owners at campsites last year what they thought of the tent. My husband named me his 'tent anorak' as I could virtually name every tent on a campsite.

We managed to do a deal with our local camp shop and got the tent, front canopy, carpet and footprint for £599.

We used the tent for the first time last weekend and I am really pleased with it. We had 2 days and 2 nights of solid rain, wind and freezing night temperatures but the tent held up great. We used an electric heater inside the tent but had no condensation anywhere and we were really warm and cozy.

Pitching was easy using the method advised by Cross Camping even in windy conditions. We got the main tent up within 20 mins. The most difficult part was putting the canopy up in the wind but we managed. Now we know how that goes up, it will be easier next time. The only thing I do not like is the pegs it's supplied with (the plastic type) but we already invested in the heavy duty corksrew type last year so didn't have to use them. We find the plastic ones supplied bend in the ground really easily.

We also took the middle bedroom divider down so that we could have just one big bedroom (only 2 of us). We have got the Outwell extra large campbeds which fit in the pods fine.

I have not marked the tent 10 out of 10 only for the peg reason and that you can get a draught from the bottom of the front door if you do not zip the fly screen up. I think I am going to try and stick some extra velcro round the bottom of the door to stop this. However, when the tent is fully shut up you dont get the draught.

My two brothers came with us camping with their tents but they both gave up on the second day, one because it was raining and they only have a tiny 3 man tent and the other one because they were cold in their tent. They all spent the Saturday before going home in our Monty playing games and chatting which was great, 7 of us in total. One of my brothers liked it so much he went out on the Monday and bought the Monty 6, Canopy, carpet and footprint for himself. Really love the tent and would recommend to anyone.
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By: Cliff n Pat  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 04/05/2010

We traded a Idaho XL for a Monty 6 as it was just too big for us as the kids have got older & go their own way, the Monty is perfect, plenty of room for 2 & a lazy old dog without feeling like you are rattling around .

Once up & pegged out properly with Deltas on the main guys this tent is going nowhere, it is also extremely good in the rain, within 20 minutes of a down pour it was dry enough to take down & pack.

The newer models have a better design for the side entrance with a square frame but the candy stripe sleeping pods are dreadful.

With the divider removed making one sleeping area it will easily take a queen sized raised air bed with plenty of room to move round & store clothes at one end.

If I could make an improvement it would be a cable entry on the other side as well.

The front zips can be a bit of a problem with the sloping front for people with restricted movement but I suppose thats true with most tents, we both have bad legs & thats the only reason I marked it 9 out of 10.

This is an excellent tent of proven quality & should last for years of reliable use.
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By: Fibi  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 27/04/2010

We bought this tent in March and christened last weekend, having had a practice pitch in the garden before which is well worthwhile.

Very straightforward to put up particularly after a practice and perfectly sized for us and our two children. We also bought the front extension, which is well worthwhile and provides an excellent area to store outside items at night and also sit under for meals, shade etc. The carpet is a good idea too as keeps the floor level warm and takes away the rough underfeel from the ground.

We did purchase the footprint, but have not yet used as our campsite provided us with a free padded ground cover to protect our tent.

Packing away was certainly a challenge the first time, taking us twice as long as it did to put the tent up!

However, take a look on YouTube and there are several videos showing you how it should be done, copied one of those and easy peasy, straight in the bag!

Would definitely recommended, suits our family of 4 perfectly and withstood high temperatures during the day of 32c and the lows of 6c at night. Also withstood a night of heavy wind and rain - typical April weather!
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By: Magentarose  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 31/03/2010

I can't praise the Montana 6 enough! We have had this tent for nearly 2 years now, its been through some of the worse weather going, major storms, rain, hail, high winds, and we have never had a leak or problem at all.

We use this tent for 4 of us, 2 adults and 2 teenagers and there is plenty of room, I would say a 4 person tent comfortably. The living area is lovely and big, we can easily fit in 2 kitchen units, table and 4 chairs and still room for bags etc.

I love having so many windows, with covers as well which is great and night to put them down and have privacy, and open them in the morning. Also the face the windows open is great, and the mesh window covers so you can get a nice breeze in, but keeping the bugs out, and again for a little privacy.

My husband and I can now put this tent up quite quickly, although it took us a good few camping trips to get it down to a fine art, and the tent always fits back into the bag afterwards.

The porch is a life saver, if its raining we come in that way, dirty shoes and wet coats can be taken off in here without getting the tent wet.

We brought the Montana 6 extension which adds loads more room to the tent, and gives cover at the front, ideal for cooking under in bad weather. Also we bought the extra ground sheet and carpet, luxury!

The Montana 6 is a fantastic family tent, that will last for years and years!
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By: ReggiePerrin  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 15/02/2010

Wonderful tent in both hot weather (Southern France) and the worst N Cornwall can throw at it. Would agree with other comments about the velcro fastening to the base of the 'front door' - it does let in rather a gale when a strong Atlantic gale is blowing, the 'sun' canopy in such circumstances is a godsend! We spent 2 wet&windy weeks in Cornwall (early Summer 2009) and saw many other campers give up and go home due to leaking or torn tents whilst we were dry secure - the size of the living area meant we had space to play and eat in comfort. Would recommend the outwell fan heater for such circumstances too! The design of the tent is very well thought out - the side entrance area is vital in poor weather for any number of purposes (storage, wet items, toilet/potty, additional ventilation). If camping in UK I would recommend the front extension rather than the sun canopy due to the additional wind/rain protection that affords. Footprint and carpet are a must too - for both cold and hot weathers (great insulation).
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By: Plossl  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 03/11/2009

I have had this tent for about 3 months but only ever pitched it in a mates garden I pitched it in anger for the 1st time last week by myself and it took less then an hour to get it up and pegged If you watch the video on YuoTube then you can't go far wrong the only real problems I had was

1. The centre 2 poles which I could not get the pins in

So I found if I put the pin in one side then undid the bottom section of the pole on the other side put the pin in then levered the pole back together it seem to work a treat

2. On the day I was packing up to leave it was chucking it down and every time I opened the door the inside got soaked next time I will remember to use the porch entrance

And it did stand up too approx 8 hours of continuous heavy rain with just a couple of seam leaks (more like drips really) which will be repaired when it's dried out

I hope this tent lives up to it's fantastic reputation and lasts me a few years I might look around for a smaller weekend tent But I will always keep the Monty 6 for those longer breaks

Just need to convince the OH that I need a trailer to carry it now

Go on buy it you know you want too lol
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By: Spaffs  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 23/09/2009

Have owned a Montana 6 since 2006. It has stood two very windy summers in Cornwall when other units ripped and collapsed on their occupants. It took a 50 mph battering and heavy rain and there was no leak or damage. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

You need to watch the DVD to work out how to put it up etc first time but this tent once up is ample for a family of 4.

We've added the front extension which gives a better cooking area and the carpet for added warmth and luxury.The custom fit footprint helps keep the underside clean and dry and is worth a purchase if you can.

A good sturdy tent well worth the expense, if you're a family looking for a good value reliable tent then this is a SERIOUS contender
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By: Qwzx  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 07/09/2009

We bought this tent because of the amount of space that is provided and because the four of us (two adults two young children) could all sleep in one room because the two rooms can convert into one.

It has a sewn in ground sheet.

Room to stand up in both the sleeping area and living area. Two large doors, a porch door and four windows so we could let plenty of light and air in the tent. The doors and two of the windows have a mesh covers so you can let in air but stop the bugs.

A cable entry point, some sewn in pockets

We also brought a carpet that is especially made for the Montana 6 which made tent feel that extra bit more cosy.

We have had a couple of days in it in heavy rain and no water came into the tent. We shall be using this tent for a few more years yet!
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By: Pilotbloke  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 05/09/2009

A lovely quality tent, enjoyed every bit of staying in it this Summer. Easy to pitch and take down. It withstood some strong winds without us really even feeling a draught. The rain can come down on it all night and there's hardly a spot of water inside in the morning. Plenty of space and height, loads of ventilation and visibility. A good quality feel to the materials. Only downside was a zip on the main weather flap pulling apart. I wish they'd chosen a darker fabric for the sleeping pod end. Thoroughly recommended.
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By: Cb00dml  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 04/09/2009

Fantastic tent. Loads of living space in the tent and also a huge bedroom. Great for two people as in our case. Could easy get two adults and two children sleeping in here no problem, maybe not anymore or might defeat the object. Great that you can open up windows in the tent to get air in. Our holiday was saved by this tent as it rained all week. Worth the money and worth buying the extension or the porch as well. Would recommend.
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By: Alexmummy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 02/09/2009

We've had our Montana 6 for two years now and used it eight or nine times in all weathers.

As mentioned in other reviews the extra side porch is one of its unique selling features. Some use it to store shoes, but we use it for our bucket toilet which saves late-night rainy dashes to the facilities with our children. The removable groundsheet is a godsend in case of spillages!

The sewn in groundsheet in the main body of the tent keeps it snug and warm even in strong winds. We also have the carpet for extra cosiness early or late in the season. The 'lip' on the doors seems a little annoying when children trip over it, but the tent remained dry even when a mini lake appeared underneath.

Also in its favour are steel poles. We have remained standing in high winds when other tents around us have packed up and gone home due to breakages. I originally resented the weight of the steel poles, but with experience I am glad of them. This year we bought the extension which means that we can now cook and eat outdoors, but still not get too wet.

It does have downsides. The front door doesn't zip across the bottom, so we use the mesh door to add stability. I imagine this will change soon as the 2009 version already has a better-designed side door. It is very difficult to fit back into its holdall - but I've since bought an extra large outwell bag and life is much easier. It also fits fits in the footprint groundsheet.

In all a good solid tent, perhaps a bit too much for a weekend but perfect for a UK family holiday - rain, hail, gales and all!
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By: Emma dawson  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 31/08/2009

We love our tent. We use it from April til October in all weathers, which it takes in its stride. It can withstand strong winds, heavy rain and has plenty of ventilation in warm weather. It is easy to erect and fold down. After practise it is easy to get in its bag! It has plenty of room if there are two of you going on a 10 night vacation and if you are a family of four. I really can't fault it. Yes, the zips can be annoying but offer good protection against wind and rain. I would highly recommend this tent for the money, but please shop around. We were very lucky and paid £260 last June, so please shop around!
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By: Pewoo1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2009

Purchased my first tent - Montana 6 in the sales 2008 in preparation for family holidays in 2009. Have to say that this site really helped a complete beginner like myself to research and choose an appropriate set up.

Just come back from our 4th camp this year and happily recommend the Montana. It suits our needs - 2 adults and 3 kids (8,8 and3) perfectly and has withstood the range of English weather extremely well.

The front extension allows us to cook and sit outside in all weathers and the carpet helps keep the tent warm on chilly evenings.

10 out of 10 overall for all the outwell gear I've purchased (table, kitchen, heater, sleeping bags). However, the tent gets 9 out of 10 due to the silly velcro design on the front and side doors (which has been mentioned by many other reviewers), plus I'd like to be able to leave the kids room up, but you can't remove the original bedroom pod. Perhaps this will be addressed in later models.

Wasn't keen on spending £500 for the complete set up initially, but like most things in life you do get what you pay for and the Montana has made our first year's camping really enjoyable. Looking forward to many more happy holidays in the monty.
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By: MicheleH  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 23/08/2009

We love our Montana. Just come back from a very windy week in Wales and tents around us were collapsing everywhere, poles snapping but our sturdy tent stood strong. We've done many weekends now and several longer holidays both in the UK and France and our tent really is home from home. Lots of space for us, 2 boisterous young boys and 2 jack Russells. We bought an ex display model and it's been a true bargain. Can see us getting many more years use out of it yet. Only downside is you need 2 adults to carry/erect - quite tricky at first but once you get the hang of it and follow your routine it goes up in about 20 minutes. Love the sown in groundsheet and the fact that the big bedrooms just pop up inside. Love the handy and numerous pockets to keep all those camping bits and bobs neat and tidy.

We use a cooker and cooker stand inside, a table large enough for us all to sit round, four chairs and a dog cage and there's still plenty of room to move around plus fit in cool boxes, food boxes etc. On sunny days the front porch opens up and is wide enough to give great views. On wet days we open the 'curtains to get great views and light and use the tradesman's entrance (as we call our side porch) which stops any wet getting inside. You can also put the tent up in the rain, safe in the knowledge that all will be bone dry inside. Side porch also great for storing shoes and a bucket for middle of the night widdles.

Lots of vents, windows, fly screens etc - only problem is that hubby seems to spend a lot of time fiddling with them, opening and closing them depending on varying weather conditions throughout the day!

All in all we love our tent. We've been through several before the Montana but will now stick with this one for as long as it lasts - which I suspect (and hope) will be quite some time.
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By: Twoboys  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 22/08/2009

This is the fifth tent we've had over about thirty years. We feel like we've moved forward a century. It's so much warmer and sturdier than anything we've owned before. We had every kind of bad weather you can think of, and did have to put it up and take it down in really strong winds (which we'd hoped wouldn't happen), and following the Yeoman guy's YouTube method we had no problems at all. With two of us (and occasional help from children) we could do it in about 15 minutes. Make sure you watch how to put it away as well as how to put it up.

We don't have car room for the footprint or the carpet, but didn't feel it was a problem. We use two picnic blankets to sit on, and they were enough. We did invest in the children's room - brilliant.

We haven't had a fully sewn in ground-sheet before, and were worried about ventilation, but if you use the velcro 'things' to keep the ventilation open, it's brilliant, less condensation than any of our previous tents, but not cold.

The side entrance has a 'rain porch' which we made good use of - stored all the shoes and boots out there and the inside stayed clean and dry.
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By: JB10  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 18/08/2009

Just spent 1 week in Cornwall and, despite the cloudy weather, enjoyed my stay in this luscious tent.

Copes with wind and rain with ease. The sun canopy and front extension are brilliant for shade and shelter. The bedroom pods are very big, and can fit the double bed that I have , with lots of room left for all my junk ļ. Lovely amount of living space to put cupboards and everything else. Overall, a tent that is highly recommended not just by me, but everyone else to have one. Definitely the perfect tent for me. Outwell have done extremely well to pull this beautiful creation off.
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By: Hibby20873  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 17/08/2009

Awesome. Going to buy the extension & the carpet at end of this season.

Just come back from a week in Devon and the tent performed great. Especially as we had only put it up in the garden before.

Dealt with rain & wind with ease.

10 out of 10 for outwell.
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By: Deadly dor  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 16/08/2009

I have also owned 2007 version of the Montana 6.

The 2009 Montana 6 has an improved Porch and inner door. I like all the Mesh window and door sections. When the weather is hot and sunny just roll up all the outer doors and windows and the tent keeps lovely and light and fresh.

Just returned from 2 weeks in Cornwall and very happy with the 2009 version.

I also followed the Yeomans video for erecting the Montana 6 and found it cut the time down by half on last year.

I agree that carpet is a must but I have 6 Grey 'Tesco Picnic Blankets'. 1 in each of the Bedrooms and 4 in the Living Area. Each Picnic Square can be picked up and taken outside to shake off crumbs/sand/grass.

Although only used by 2 adults, On days of poor weather there is plenty of room and light when all the inner windows are rolled up.
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By: Kazmuz  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 13/08/2009

We have just returned from a very wet and windy 10 day trip to the highlands. The tent remained dry and stable. The only 'advice' I would give the less experienced user - which I am - is that the roof of the hanging sleeping area, which is 'clipped in', is damp in the morning with condensation and the tent needs specific airing of this area to remove the condensation even if the weather conditions are not good. I have noticed brown mottling (mould?) on the bedroom inner roof after the tent being used on only 5 separate occasions so far. I have endeavoured to thoroughly dry out the tent before putting it away.

I would also say that the front extension is a must as the tent slope is extreme at the front - but maybe the side door is supposed to be the main entrance?

I also have a ground footprint and a carpet which are great and worth buying.

Overall a great tent and highly recommended.
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By: Dgs/xekaz  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 09/08/2009

While there is not much that hasn’t already been said about the Montana 6 tent, we nevertheless feel that it is only appropriate to add our opinion. Therefore, having been “serious campers” for just three years now and during this time we have purchased as many tents, it was after great deal of deliberation and research that he decided to buy a Montana 6.

Well, we were certainly not disappointed, as for the old saying goes “you only get what you pay for”, and the Montana 6 is no exception. While this is quite an expensive and heavy tent, due to the steel poles, it is very well made and very sturdy, as the weather proved to be a real test on our first trip with this tent (July/August 2009) – torrential rain, strong winds, thunder and lightening and a wee bit of sunshine in-between. Needless to say, the Montana 6 stood up to all these conditions and without any question of doubt, we felt very safe, comfortable and secure.

Erecting the tent was pretty straightforward (although watching the video on You Tube prior to going certainly helped), and took us - two relatively strong adults – around 40 minutes to erect). The Montana 6 is large and very roomy, with great visibility due to the many windows and doors. In taking the tent down, this was again straightforward and with a little careful folding and rolling, we managed to get the tent back in the bag first time.

Our experience of using the Montana 6 was definitely enhanced by the use of the carpet and the front extension, which allowed us to cook and sit outside, as well as providing extra room. Therefore, we have to conclude that the Montana 6 is the best tent we have purchased to-date and plan to use it again in September for our next camping trip and hopefully many more after that. Believe the hype, it really is that good. Happy camping!
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By: Clunty  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 09/08/2009

Just spent 10 days in this in all sorts of weather and cant fault it. Watched the Yeomans fellow pitching and use his method which makes pitching much easier, not too awkward to get back in it's bag either! Storm porch is brilliant. Plenty of ventilation and windows make it light. Footprint ground sheet is a must I think. Only thing we have against it is it's heavy!
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By: Floggitt  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 03/08/2009

Just back from our first trip and we are very pleased this is our second tent now. For us the quality is good design and layout really suit us, the front canopy is what makes this tent so special to use, can sit out side while its raining dogs can wait out there while they dry off, brilliant. Loads of space for us two. Raised Areobed king fits easily into the bedroom.

Best of all I love the all round low level windows. I didn't know till we used it this weekend that the side windows unzip and can be rolled right up you cant get more ventilation than that. Vents down both sides can be held open or shut with velco stay. Guy rope have velco so you can roll them up and secure for packing away. Zip have a strong feel to them. Tent feels strong in the wind, give lots of confidence that this tent will last us many years to come.

We were lucky enough to pitch on a caravan club CL (by invitation of the owner) A couple of caravanners admired the tent and just loved the space inside, and the carpet I think was the most surprising for them
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By: Tickwhitt  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 01/08/2009

We brought the Montana earlier this year at the tent show, along with the footprint and the carpet.

We have used it twice so far this year and have found it fantastic. Once you get used to putting it up and taking it down it doesn't take long at all.

The second time we used it it rained quite heavy but we found we had plenty of space inside to while away an afternoon.

The footprint and carpet add insulation and comfort, we hope to get the extension soon.
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By: RedDragonTattoo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 22/07/2009

I wholeheartedly agree with all the positive feedback here. We bought our Montana 6 in 2007 and it is the tent that converted my five-star-loving wife to camping. She said she wouldn't go unless it was in a good tent and that is what we have in the Montana, in spades.

It's straightforward to erect and once up it seems solid as a rock, we've been lucky with the weather so far but I wouldn't be worried by anything. My wife is only 5'2' and she struggled a bit on the opposite side BUT check out the YouTube video of the dude from Yeomans putting it up on his own - from now on , we're doing it THAT way! (Maybe not as fast, though.) I reckon I could do it solo - next year on our Dads' weekend I'll be taking both boys (7 & 3) and the Montana, giving me and No1 son a break from the confines of our Khyam Calgary 4.

The tent is very strong and well made, that said the porch mesh door did split on our first trip due to the porch pole putting too much tension on it, but our retailer got a replacement outer from Outwell with no problem. The new one has been fine. I'm going to take a hacksaw to the porch pole and take 1cm off each end to try to reduce the tension. I've had a look at a new M6 and the support cups for the pole seem to have been redesigned since we bought ours so I reckon more modern ones would not have this issue.

The sleeping compartment is perfect for us four, taking a Coleman double airbed and two singles easily. We even put a full size travel cot up in it when No2 son was smaller, but he was more cosy on an airbed with Dad.

The whole tent has great headroom (I'm 6'0) and the living area is very spacious. The storage pockets on the outside of the bedroom compartment are very useful. Ventilation is very good with lots of options windows- and door-wise.

I've just bought the footprint groundsheet and itching for a chance to try it out, I suppose I'd better wait for it to stop raining first.

I've become a bit of a tent geek and been checking out lots of others but I haven't seen any that are better for our purposes and budget.
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By: Adamcolly  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 22/07/2009

EXCELLENT! This tent is so much better than the tunnel tents which we had in the past. It is so strong when erected and it is also easy to get up we can do it in about 30 mins. We would not change it for the world. As I have seen in other reviews people having problems getting it back into the bag but with a little practice it becomes easier.

The thick metal posts make it so sturdy its excellent that is all I can really say about it!

We also have the kids bedroom which the boys love and the footprint and carpet which makes it feel like your at home!
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By: Tricky6298  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 19/07/2009

We purchased a Monty in spring 2008 after our old tent (an old but sturdy canvas Cabanon) was slightly damaged in Barmouth during the horrendous winds over the early bank holiday weekend. Having seen the poor performance of the modern bendy pole domes, I wanted to have a similar, but updated version of the old fashioned canvas frame tent. After much deliberation we bought the Monty; and what an excellent decision. Used it on 4/5 weekends since, and we haven't been disappointed. Large and airy, dry and warm. I recommend it to anyone wanting a sturdy family tent. I note from some of the rveiews that people have complaints about certain issues:-

1. It is heavy! what do you expect when you buy a tent with metal poles. That is one of the reasons the tent appealed to me. It is not as if you are going to be backpacking with the tent! Far better to have metal poles and feel secure at night when the wind blows, as opposed to worrying if the fibreglass bendy poles are going to survive.

2 The front door leaks; we have found that as long as you do up the full length zip, it doesn't leak. You then use the porch entrance to keep the rain out of the main tent.

3 The bag is too small; agreed the tent is a snug fit, but it does go in; we get the kids to play rolly poly on it to push the air out as we roll it up. If the bag was bigger you would then get more complaints saying it takes up too much space in the car!

All in all a great tent.
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By: Rexy Rex  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 15/07/2009

We are novice campers who have used the tent once. We found putting it up was logical, it took us an hour but we were unfamiliar with the kit. There were no problems with putting it up or taking it down. Well I say that, we put it up and were congratulating ourselves when the wind caught it and we had a sail on our hands. We wisely gave in at that point and started again by collapsing the tent rather than battling the wind. The time taken to erect the tent excludes that little diversion.

The sleeping area did not feel very cosy because of the height of the tent. It was a very good size though. Likewise for the 3 of us the living area felt huge, but that was good. Next time we'll take our billiard table.

On a hot day the tent was not pleasant to be in, even with all the doors open. On a cool night we also needed to wrap up well in bed. The next morning it got hot again quickly. But we are novice campers and perhaps we were expecting it to be insulated like a house.

There were various options for covering the windows which was good, but tying any of them up was a bit fiddly, not a big problem but some velcro would have speeded things up.

Not having a zip at the bottom of the doors is a weakness as others have said. We used the footprint which was excellent.
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By: Bickers  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 03/07/2009

So far I've only tried this tent out in my back garden - the real test comes in three weeks time when we go to France, but so far I am very impressed with it.

Learning how to put up the tent and take it down takes quite a bit of time. Rather than following the instructions Outwell give - which I found not very helpful, a much easier way of pitching the tent & taking it down can be found on Youtube. These videos show that it is in theory possible to pitch this tent in around 10 minutes by yourself - but it takes me & my wife much longer than that!

Getting the tent back in its back takes a bit of practice, but it once you know how to do it, it is fairly straight forward.

We had the tent up during some torrential monsoon like rain, and the tent stayed bone dry, and draft free. The sown in ground sheet works a treat, and helps keep out the midges.

I've also purchased the front extension, which I think is worth having. It obviously enlarges the tent, and gives you a sheltered place to cook & eat, which is especially helpful if it is raining.

All in all, it's a very good tent, and one I would recommend - certainly everyone I have spoken to rates it very highly.
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By: Leeophilus  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 25/06/2009

With camping in Britain I think you need a well made tent. This Outwell Montana 6 is perfect for this country. We've recently camped in high winds and it really stood it's ground, I was really impressed at how sturdy it was. Inside the space is perfect, the inner tent (sleeping compartments) are a perfect size. The living area is the same too. Also, you can get decent extras for this tent. I've been to quite a few camping shows and this is the only tent that stands out as being home from home. It's a comfortable size, it's not too small which may cause a problem with how much stuff you've got to put in it, and it's not too big that it looks like you need 4 people to actually put it up.

This tent is perfect for those just starting out camping and for those that have been doing it for a long time but want a better tent. Overall, it's a great all-rounder. I would recommend this Outwell Montana 6 to anyone because I love it.
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By: Hithere  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 01/06/2009

We have 3 young children (8, 5 and 3 years) and after much deliberation we bought this as our first family tent. I didn't want the children in separate pods at different ends of the tent (I know ! my husband thinks it's ridiculous too) so the large bedroom chamber that can be divided into 2 was perfect.

2 air beds fit in one chamber for us and in the 2nd chamber a double + a single self inflating mattress for the 3 children.

The living area is spacious with lots of light - enough room/height for us all to sit and eat/move around if the weather is not good.

We have bought the ground sheet and I am considering buying the extension for future trips to hotter climates.

So far we have only camped on the South and West Wales coast but it has already passed the wind and rain test.

I certainly would not be able to put it up alone but 2 adults should manage in about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

We had difficulties at the beginning but we now manage to get the tent back into its carry-bag (after watching the Outwell video).

We love it.
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By: Sue@home  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 31/05/2009

We bought our Montana in June 2007 and it has now had 4 outings. The first was a dismally wet & windy week in Tenby which this tent stood up to amazingly. I've never felt so safe in a tent, you just know it won't leak or blow away.

It's roomy too. During that wet week we had 4 adults, 1 teenager and a crawling baby in the living space!

This tent is a doddle to pitch, all within the hour, the only criticism we have is the struggle to get it back in the bag, but we're getting better at it now we've got the knack of folding it.

Truly brilliant tent, recommended
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By: Lance48  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 30/05/2009

Second Outwell we have owned, ideal layout for us, 2 adults, 1 teenager, very light inside, plenty of room in main area for cooking, eating, lazing about etc.

Definitely needs two adults to put up, possibly 3 in windy conditions. Far superior to The Vango we had. The small porch could be slightly higher, & we found the zip hard to get at,due to the steep angle the door is at (6ft adult & child!) but no such problems once inside. Very good indeed.
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By: Mottys  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 28/05/2009

Our first tent for 15 years and we are more than pleased with it. 2 young children who were happy to play inside and there was enough room for all of us to relax and play board games. The porch was very useful for keeping wet shoes etc, although I agree with everyone else that the poles for the porch seemed too long and rested on the side of the tent, a better design or solution is needed. We found pitching and packing up easy although the wind almost turned us into a balloon when packing up, but that's part of the fun! Excellent tent and would recommend to anyone.
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By: BECCLARKE  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 28/05/2009

We have recently brought the Montana 6 and used it for the first time last week. This tent is excellent ! It slept 2 adults and 3 children comfortably and stood up to strong winds and rain. Very easy to put up and take down and the footprint groundsheet is good as an extra and so is the carpet , it gives the tent a warm feel. This tent is light and airy and has plenty of space and room to move around. Definitely worth the initial outlay.
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By: Barry_432  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 28/05/2009

We are really happy with our Montana 6 which we bought after a lot of research and reading the reviews on this site. It is a large tent and absolutely meets the needs of a couple with 2 kids.

It is relatively easy to put up - it takes us 45 minutes. We have had no problems getting it back in the bag - the you tube video from yoemans camping helped here. A sturdy well made tent - one of our poles (cable connected 2 sections) came apart when we were packing up - but nothing a pair of long nosed pliers and a screwdriver could not fix

2 large pods and a good sized living area gives us lots of space. The porch is useful for cooking on windy days. Lots of storage space too.

I would also recommend the footprint groundsheet as it keeps the bottom of the tent clean as well as adding a bit more insulation.

We have now had 2 trips away with this tent and have of course had rain and high winds - the tent is very stable and had not leaked at all. We probably will get the canopy for next year - I know that many recommend the carpet but it would get dirty with kids.

All in all a fantastic tent - I would recommend it fully
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By: Nic+Ade  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 24/05/2009

We bought our Monty last year and it is the best tent we have bought. We have the footprint, carpet and recently purchased the front extension. What a god's send! The 'kitchen' is now outside and it gives so much protection against wind & rain that we leave the 'front door' open and are still snug inside. We echo what others have said about the bottom of the front entrance though, hence the 9 / 10. The first time we used it the rain came in at the bottom of the 'door', we have been meaning to attach more velcro strips but luckily the weather has been with us so it has not been required just yet. I should imagine now we have the extension that we won't bother with that now. It has stood up to gales and heavy rain and doesn't budge! Mind you, when packing away in the wind it was like a parachute but I think we have perfected the art of that :-). If anyone has trouble putting it up or packing away there are some helpful 'how-to' videos on YouTube.

Thoroughly recommend this tent, we bought ours having sold a caravan that we only used twice as there wasn't enough room in it.
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By: Woodies44  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 08/05/2009

Have just used our tent (April 09) for the first time and were very pleased with it. Easy to put up and take down (my husband even did it on his own to dry it out in garden).

Plenty of room for 2 adults and 2 children.

We used the footprint groundsheet which protected the tent from the mud.

Stood up to gale force winds and heavy rain - felt much safer than any previous tent we have used.

Our only niggle was the lack of a zip across the bottom of the main entrance - probably not a problem in the summer but was a litte drafty in the April evenings.

The layout of the tent is excellent. Plenty of windows prevent you feeling too 'shut in' even when sheltering from the great british weather.

The whole family is looking forward to using the tent in the summer (even me who previously has been a very reluctant camper - don't think any other tent would have converted me!)
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By: IaSTF  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 17/04/2009

We bought this tent in June 2008 before going away with friends for our first camping experience.

What we found was a very easy to erect tent with good use of space internally. We also bought the kids room which replaces the right hand side (looking at them) bedroom and is great for the kids to play in as it comes with 3 soft balls and a net to make a good 'throw through the hole' ball game.

We have now been away twice in UK and once in France with the tent and found it very versatile. We have also recently purchased the front extension which I would recommend to anyone else as it adds great space in front of the tent which can be used for cooking or relaxing out of any rain you might have.

Make sure that if you're camping on any roots etc that you get a groundsheet though as otherwise you might wear through the SIG very quickly. Ours has lots of white patches where the colour has rubbed off the inside of the SIG already, although it hasn't worn through.

Overall, 8/10 so far
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By: Lizard99  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 30/01/2009

Firstly I agree this is an excellent tent.

But.

1)Ours had a couple of faults on seam sealing - easily fixed when the weather is dry with sealant - but shouldn't happen

2)The tent is hard to put up in high winds but that's probably to be expected

3)The porch support pole seems to have been a design afterthought and presses against the main tent. Surely a better solution is needed

4)The front door should have a zip across the bottom to prevent wind driven water ingress

5)The walls slop at such a steep angle it is hard to open windows on the outside. You have to slip your feet under the edge of the tent.

Just niggles except for the porch support pole design

Would have preferred the $ but they stopped making it !
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By: Paulsmith250  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 30/12/2008

This tent is FANTASTIC. Having only used the tent once at the end of August 2008, I hope that it doesn’t now go all wrong. Our family of three went with several other family and friends (6 tents) to the Dorset south coast.

Setting up was a ‘doddle’ and manageable by two though more will make it even easier. This was done in around an hour. I do recommend some better quality tent pegs. The ones that come with it are ok but we are dealing with the great British weather here and stony ground. It helped to give us peace of mind.

The tent is very roomy and airy. The window options are amazing and were one of the great selling points. The tent feels ‘bullet proof’ and invincible. The many anchor points are strengthened and durable. The tent held up to some dodgy weather (we packed down in the rain) and we were comfortable and warm. The fitted carpet is definitely worth the investment and some of our party are looking into one for their tent or even replacing their tent for a Montana. A disappointment is the front/main entrance. The bottom is Velcro and not zipped. This seems crazy (why 9/10 and not 10/10) as the rest of the tent is very well designed. (You even have a thermometer!) As the front slopes, you have to make sure that it is properly in place as it will leak in the rain and the wind does come in. Other users suggest more Velcro. We will be going for a front extension which will hopefully make life easier here. It will also be a good place to cook and be outside in poor weather. The two bed rooms are good for two in each though if you leave the partition, there is plenty of room for one or two more. A nice touch is the organiser and various pockets for putting things in.

We didn’t have a footprint groundsheet (this will also be rectified next year) as when packing down in the rain, the mud was making life a little tricky. It has got to be easier to clean the sheet rather than the tent. Packing down and fitting the tent in the bag wasn’t a problem as we practised this before setting off. (Remember to leave a couple of zips open so the air can escape).

Would I buy another? You bet! To summarise the Montana is comfortable, strong and versatile and the many reviews should help to make your mind up if you are in the market for a new tent.
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By: Nick.caldwell  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 09/12/2008

The tent is great as most of the reviews will tell you.I have a front extension on mine as well as the front canopy which gives you acres of outside space even when its raining you can sit outside in comfort. To add the canopy to the extension I just loop the guy ropes through one another which also doubles as a washing line. I then box it all in with two matching windbreaks its like Buckingham Palace. As we have the cover at the front the covered side porch makes a great spot to put the porta loo for those 4 oclock in the morning moments when you have after drinking stella round the barbie all night. A great tent easy to put up a bit hard to get back in the bag you need to get all the air out but other than that I would recommend this tent in fact I have my sister has the same rig when we go camping together its an impressive sight.
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By: M12oby  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 16/09/2008

Just returned from a week in Newquay in the Monty 6. Its quite simple really, BUY ONE. It's easy to erect. Doesn't leak. Stays where it should it strong winds. Plus, with the addition of the carpet and front extension, its a really comfy and practical tent. Things I've learnt are:

1) Take time to get all the tensioning of straps and ropes right for the profile of the pitch

2) Invest in some decent storm pegs

3) Watch the storm porch aluminium pole end caps. Don't tension too tight (you could cut the length down or I use a plastic puck on each end, borrowed from my motorbikes side stand, to spread the load)

4) Add a couple of additional velcro pads to the front door bottom edge.

5) Use a footprint ground sheet to keep the tent clean.

6) Be careful when dismantling the poles. The retaining springs are easy to pop out.

In summary, a great tent with extremely useful accessories.
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By: Franbw  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 06/09/2008

Just love the tent; just come back from the lakes, and we have had the weather you have read about, real nasty.

But I will still be going up again in ten days time and I am sure that my Montana 6 will do the biz.

We had to put it onto a hard standing as our welly wonderland was just MUD; this was no prob as long as you have the right pegs. Read the comment on the doors, and quite agree about having full zips as you don't always have the window net down.

We got round this by fixing self adhesive Velcro right across the bottom of the doors, now no prob, BUT! although I have cut off 3cm from the side entrance ridge pole as directed it still presses too hard on the side of the tent ,any tips. As I dont want the rubber protector to come through the tent.
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By: Mims  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 30/08/2008

I love this tent. It was VERY windy when we pitched it recently, but it went up quickly (between squally showers) and with relative ease. It stood up extremely well to constant wind and torrential rain. The colour is good; our last tent was a dour blue which we found quite oppressive in bad weather. The Montana's green and grey is much more acceptable. We have now mastered returning it to it's carry-bag and look forward to many more camping trips in years to come.
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By: Dazzass12  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 30/08/2008

Just switched to a Montana 6 after using a Vango Diablo 600. This is a much more versatile tent and is great for the family (2 adults, 2 children)to sit in on cooler evenings, it seems to be a lot warmer than the Diablo. It gets an all round thumbs up from all the family and we are looking forward to next season to get a carpet for the living area. Overall a great tent, simple to put up (i can do it on my own) simple to take down and easy to get in the bag after doing once. It loses marks because of all the separate bags for poles/pegs etc and also a couple of pole retaining springs have broken on the first outing.
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By: Digger07  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 27/08/2008

This is the second season we've used the Montana 6 and have just returned from a very washed out week in Cornwall. While others suffered in the high winds with loose pegs, poles and leaks our Montana stood up exceptionally. I agree with the comments about returning it to it's bag. Best done in the calm of a large aircraft hanger but failing that waiting for a windless evening on the front lawn makes for good viewing by the neighbours if nothing better than the Olympic on the TV.
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By: Saffron  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 21/08/2008

As everyone else has said brill tent, we had a couple of niggles, the bag containing tent had a screw missing and the pole bag was not sewn up properly, but outwell are replacing these. One other thing a tagle which holds up the window came off, but we have sewn that back on. In use its as per every other report big warm and with the carpet cony. Again as per, getting it in bag is interesting, but watch the Outwell video on their website and all becomes clear.
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By: Peggybabcot  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 20/08/2008

The old saying, 'you get what you pay for' certainly rings true with this tent. Everything about it oozed quality. A great sturdy tent with solid poles and substantial zips on the doors and windows. The luminous guy ropes and tabs on the zips make finding your way around inside and outside in the dark much easier. Quite a hefty tent to pitch but worth the effort especially when the gales howl and the wind lashes against it without any problems. Although the description states 6 berth I think a family of four is where it's at, any more and you may feel cramped. The bedroom pods both comfortably hold king size beds and had handy pockets in for storing mobile phones, glasses etc at night. There is bags of living space and with a side porch too (which we actually use as our toilet tent!) Plenty big enough for a table and chairs as well as camp kitchen and wardrobe although the extension is a useful piece of kit as an add on. The sewn in ground sheet makes a huge difference when the temperature drops and we stayed warm and dry even in some really bad storms. My only criticism is that for a tent so HUGE I feel delta pegs are a must as the pegs provided were as useful as a chocolate teapot when the wind got up. My other gripe was that the front and side door both had zips either side with velcro tabs across the bottom, I would like to have seen the zip go across the bottom too for total draught exclusion although there's probably a good reason this isn't the case. All in all it's a fab high quality tent which I have no regrets about buying and hopefully will last some time as it seems VERY sturdy.
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By: Rexer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 20/08/2008

This is a fabulous tent. It has a huge amount of space and is perfect for a family of 3. It is really well made and we had no leaks despite it raining constantly on our camping trips to Wales. The outside pockets on the bedrooms are really useful and the Sewn-in Ground sheet is excellent. We found the porch very useful for keeping our toilet in.

The main downside is that the front door of the tent is sloping so if you have it open and it starts to rain you have to close it otherwise water will come in the tent. However this is easily solved by adding the brilliant extension.

The steel poles are also really difficult to pull apart when you are packing it away and so we already have some broken connectors (though they are only there to keep the poles together when packed so no big problem and they can be repaired easily by our local camping shop where we bought it)

I think that with the extension this tent is just about as perfect as a tent can be.

Is it wrong to fall in love with a tent?

Maybe we need to get out more but not camping, obviously!
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By: Vango400  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 17/08/2008

Amazing tent, went to Old Oaks, Glastonbury for 2 weeks, it did a great job of keeping us nice and dry :-)

Would highly recommend this tent. The porch/side entrance to the tent is great as you can leave your dirty wellies/shoes in there without them filling up with water.
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By: RibTime  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 16/08/2008

I won't repeat the plaudits given by everyone else as I agree with them, it is a great tent rather I'll mention the things I didn't like.

1) Having owned a Vango Colorado 800 DLX before I was surprised how big and heavy this tent was. It comes in a big heavy bag and the poles come in another bag as well.

2)Having spoken to a few other people they seem to mention snapped poles when putting the tent up. I can confirm there is a lot of tension on the poles while you erect the tent.

3) The front entrance doesn't zip completely shut. The bottom part of the door just has three velcro patches to keep it shut and therefore will let win and rain in, if the direction is right

4)The pole that fits into the porch entrance, which intern sits in plastic holders, pushes against the tent quite a lot. I have seen mention on this site about rips being caused.

Don't get me wrong this is a great tent but not without faults. Watch the 'putting-up' and 'packing-away' video's on YouTube they are a great help. When I came to put the tent up for the first time I was happy I new which order to do things in.

I also purchased with this tent.

1) Front Extension. In my view this is an essential piece of kit. It rained a lot while we used the tent and without it cooking would have been impossible. A MUST HAVE

2) The Kids Room. My boy loved this and to be honest I was quite jealous. If you have young children they will really appreciate you getting this.

3) Ground Sheet. Well worth it to keep the tent clean.

4) Carpet. It's ok but can't say I felt like I was living in Buck House.

In summary fantastic tent that is well made and has lots of nice features, but boy is it heavy. Erecting the tent is very easy, putting it away is a real task and will take a few attempts to get it right.
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By: Ernbarton  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 15/08/2008

First upgrade from a old canvas Cabanon must say what a great choice. First go at erecting it was hard until the other half told me instructions were sewn in the bag.

We spent 4 days in a very wet Clitheroe it did nothing but rain from Friday to Monday and at one stage a lightning storm. Glad to say the Monty held out with no signs of water in the tent and our comfort went un interrupted. Went up the road and bought the sun canopy so we could carry on cooking outside it was so easy to add on it took minutes.

Over all very impressed one down side was getting it back in the bag but after three goes at home we got it.
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By: Muzzer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 09/08/2008

Just returned from my first camping trip for 13 years, and after reading the reviews here went for the Montana 6. I wasn't disappointed! We didn't have bad weather to test the tent, but I was amazed at the venting options and mozzy nets, they really are useful to keep the tent cooler in hot weather and keep the insects out. Although the tent went up easily enough, I found the porch tricky first time until I found the plastic cups they mentioned in the instructions. This tent is really huge for 3 people and my sister in law refers to it as the 'Tag Mahal'. All in all it feels like quality and if you are a bit afraid of camping, a tent like this lets you in gently!
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By: Ferrysm  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 09/08/2008

Just returned from our first holiday with the Montana 6, having previously owned the Sun Valley 8. What a fantastic Tent the Montana is, I love it, easy to put up, bit difficult to get in the bag, but that will be fine with a bit more practise, we already had carpet, footprint sheet etc, so it is just like a home from home, and the side porch is invaluable for a bathroom ! Going away again next week, and cant wait, we had some tremendous rain in Dorset, and the tent still stayed dry & warm, seemed less drafty then the Sun Valley 8. Would definitely recommend this tent to anyone
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By: Phat momma  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 04/08/2008

Just returned from a very wet week in Cornwall, First time we have used the Montana and was surprised how quick it was to erect the video was useful. We had a narrow pitch and ended up using the side door not the porch door as entry access, the dog sheltered under this on the only sunny day we had.We bought all the accessories the sun canopy a must for cooking especially in the rain, The carpet I laughed at when I first heard about it but wouldnt be without. We bought a kamp khazi which was a godsend during several rainy nights.All in all if you love camping with a few home comforts you cant go wrong with the Montana, gonna try France next year and hope for a bit of sun
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By: Gillychick  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 01/08/2008

Just used ours for the first time and we really tested it! camped on the beach (nearly) we were really open to the elements, it was really windy and rainy but the tent never failed us. On a night we were sat inside and was really warm. We dont have the carpet but dont feel we need it as we dont play on the floor now as the girls are teenagers. The footprint made it feel warmer and we also used the side bit for our invaluable khampa khazi. The only thing I found annoying with the tent was all the zips to get in and out, I appreciate the design but getting in and out it just seemed like zip city, however this only a small snag and like I said it has design in mind. We have the extension which was great, we sat in there to and watched the rain as we cooked tea. Although not the cheapest tent around I do think it is worth every penny. Loads of room loads of space bedrooms fantastic due to height all in all 4 happy campers.
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By: Whiting4  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 29/07/2008

Great tent. We couldn't decide whether to get the Montana 6 or the Idaho and eventually went for the Montana - I couldn't be more pleased. Great headroom - even in the bedrooms, so nice to be able to standup to get changed. We use the side porch for a toilet which is really handy. Lots of space in the living room so when you bring the table and chairs inside there is still plenty of room for kids to play on the floor etc. We also got the carpet which is lovely - makes such a difference. Hubby wasn't convinced beforehand but now is a total convert. We also got the kids room, which was very popular and a great buy. We bought the extension when we got the tent but have only used the tent once and as the weather was so great and had more than enough space we didn't put it up. But it will be great in poorer weather and for a longer holiday. The footprint groundsheet is excellent - keeps the tent nice and clean. I would recommend this tent to families - we have two kids and there is more than enough space. Other families we met really admired it and their kids couldn't wait to get in to play in the kids room. Really love it!
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By: PeteFromReading  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 21/07/2008

Just returned from our first camping experience with the Outwell Monty 6 and what a pleasure it was. We took a while deciding whether it was worth the extra money to go for this tent and are now convinced we made the correct choice.

The tent is relatively straight forward to erect and put away with two of you (although the youtube video proves it can be done by one). Before we went we made sure we could put it up and down in the back garden which also served to check everything was present.

Buying the ground sheet for the tent meant the tent could be packed away from the camp site without having to get it out to clean it again and just the ground sheet needing cleaning when we got home.

The tent is very spacious with plenty of windows and doors for light to enter. The tent feels like a quality product with all the seams and zips feeling very secure. We loved it and can't wait to get out in it again.
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By: Silverjewel  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 20/07/2008

We bought our Montana 6 last year and used it in Northumberland. Unfortunately the holiday ended early due to 17hours continuous rain with no let up forecast (yes we're lightweights) but when we took the tent up were amazed to find about 3 inches of water beneath us. The footprint and the carpet meant, as other reviews have said, that we were dry and snug inside the tent. This year in hot weather we found the tent comfortable for entertaining up to 5 others (along with our 4 dogs) inside and outside, and a number of evenings with extra tables up for 4 adults playing board games. We did struggle initially getting the tent back into the bag but hope we've cracked it now. Would not swap this tent with anyone - we dream about escaping to go sway and stay in it. It is everything you could hope for, with many thoughtful features on top. Brilliant!
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By: CD01  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 16/07/2008

Used the monty 6 for the first time last August when we went to Essex, very impressed with the size and how well it coped with the weather. We bought the footprint and carpet at the same time and we soon found our monty 6 very cosy. Lots of use and abuse by scouts and visitors,with lots of interest shown, no leaks or problems in all weather. Fits into bag with practice. Highly recommended.
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By: Shastings  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 16/07/2008

We've had the Montana 6 since the end of last season and have done two weekends camping in it including one of the wettest and windiest bank holidays I can remember - without issue. This is a very roomy, well made tent with many thoughtful features and manufactured to an excellent standard.

Some of the key features include: 6'6' headroom throughout (I'm 6'2' and really noticed having to stoop in our previous tent for all but a small part of its layout); small weather sealed side entrance - great in the rain and wind; thoughtful 3+3 bedroom layout - ideal for a couple camping in luxury - one bedroom for sleeping the other for clothing etc; three entrances in total means that you should get great thru flow of air in warm weather, though we've yet to test this theory; very sturdy pole setup - I can't believe I saw a review elsewhere which said that poles BROKE in high wind, these things are pretty much nuke-proof, manufactured in galvanized 1' steel tube.

This tent it is relatively straightforward to pitch, even though physically quite demanding due to its weight - unquestionably a two person job.

Downsides include the weight of this beast and the size of it when transporting. We own a large estate car and have no kiddies or pets to transport so it's not really a problem for us, but in a smaller vehicle or without folded rear seats we'd probably have to do without a few of the more luxury items that we're used to when camping. I can also imagine that on sites where pitches aren't so generous you may have trouble keeping within your boundaries.

I've heard of leakage issues with this tent, but suffice it to say that having encountered conditions where I'd be perfectly forgiving of any tent letting in a few drips, we encountered none!

All in all our fist experiences are extremely favourable and I genuinely expect to get many years of service from this tent, such is the quality of manufacture and the attention to detail in terms of reinforcement at stress points, duty of poles and fabrics etc.
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By: Magentarose  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 15/07/2008

It has been said that the Montana 6 is a home from home, and I took this quote with a pinch of salt, until we got our Montana 6 and went camping in it.

The Outwell Montana feels sturdy, the windows around the living area bring in so much light, so even on dark days it still feels nice and bright within the tent. It also warms the tent up a treat on sunny days. Having the different options on the windows is great, having either the windows open, just the fly net, or all closed with a cover acting as a curtain in the evening for privacy.

The bedrooms are a good size, and can be made into one large room, or one of the rooms unzipped can give you more living area if needed.

The sewn in ground sheet makes all the difference in stopping the chill getting in of an evening and with all the vents around the tent, you do not get much condensation, even on wet days.

Because the Montana 6 can be put up in one go, even in the worse rain (as we had) we were able to put it up with only a few drips of rain inside around the doors in the end.

The storage pockets both within the bedrooms and the large pockets in the living area were very handy, and the children loved the small bed windows, which you can unzip in the morning while still laying in bed to see how the weather is.

We also brought and used the footprint and carpet. You can feel the difference having the footprint underneath and it did save the bottom of the Montana getting muddy. The carpet is pure luxury. It was lovely being able to walk around the tent in bear feet and for the kids to sit on the floor to play.

I can't wait for our next trip in our Montana 6, and I would highly recommend this tent.
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By: AndyBooth779  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 14/07/2008

Just had our first camp in the Montana 6 - surprisingly easy to erect and take down (although watched the you tube vids first) only a couple of tiny gripes - the zip flaps are a bit flappy and you have to take care not catch them in the zippers and it could do with an entry point for the hook up at the back and the other side to the porch. That said this tent is as close to perfection I have seen and look forward to many more trips.
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By: Daggers  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 13/07/2008

Having tried a cheap tent from ebay and got the camping bug we have bought the Monty 6 and tried it this weekend.

Awesome!

Everything has been said in previous reviews so not much more to add.

A definite must is the footprint & the carpet, there arent many tents you can walk around in bare feet without feeling the cold!
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By: Richerie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 07/07/2008

We bought this tent this year after seeing our friends Montana 4. We decided the Montana 6 would give us a little extra space.

Wow. What a fantastic tent.

Our first weekend away in the tent was a very. Very wet one. It rained putting the tent up and continued for the remainder of the weekend.

It was easy to put up (even in the rain)and quick and easy to take down.

The SIG is fantastic and keeps the water and bugs out. The windows let in lots of light and makes the tent feel even bigger than it already is. The extra things on it like the storage pockets and zip opening for the EHU is great. The porch was a fantastic especially with the rain (somewhere to keep muddy wellies!)

The bedrooms are great especially because you can have them as two separate bedrooms but unzip them into one if you want.

The extras you can buy for the tent are also fantastic - Footprint Groundsheet is a must. Extension - great idea.

I can't recommend this tent enough. So much infact some friends of ours have been and bought one last weekend after being so impressed with ours.

Fantastic Tent!
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By: Slinger  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 07/07/2008

We replaced a Vango Diablo 600xp with one of the Montana 6's complete with the extension and after spending last week in it I can definitely say it is the best tent I have ever used. Putting it up is simple, though in strong winds it can be quite tricky, 2 pairs of hands are a minimum! but once up it really is the next best thing to home you can get. The windows are superbly thought out, you have curtains, mosquito nets and the option to roll up the windows to let the air in, which is invaluable when returning from a day out to a very hot tent. The extension provides a very good amount of covered space too, which we used for the kitchen and for chilling out at night, besides which it means you can sit outside even if its raining. My only criticism is of the side porch, which other than for storing wet boots is too small to be of any use really.

Overall this tent is absolutely fantastic, its not cheap though, for the tent and extension it cost us £429, but its most certainly money well spent and we hope to get many years out of it.
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By: AndyT33  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 29/06/2008

Just returned from 1st trip with our new Monty 6 what a tent have to agree with all the reviews here on how fantastic it is. Having upgraded from a smaller tent found putting up and packing away very easy taking less time so more time to chill. The SIG makes living in the tent great being free from draughts and the window and doors are very versatile being able to open them and have the fly screen still shut to stop the bugs, speaking of the windows the tent feels very airey with all the curtains open and the front door gives you a feeling that you are sat outside. Can't recommend this tent enough can't wait to get out in it again.
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By: Grumpysimon  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 17/06/2008

Our Monty 6 is in its 3rd year now and is fab. We are a family of 4 with 2 young children and it is just a brilliant tent. We originally had the canopy and have now upgraded to the front extension - would highly recommend. Unfortunately on its last outing the canopy poles gave way to some severe B/H winds and snapped, shredding the canopy at the same time. It has taken a battering - winds, rain - we mostly camp in North Yorks and Lakes so need a tent that can withstand the weather - this can!

We bought a carpet for it last year and it is brilliant, takes the chill off the ground and with young kids means you can happily play on the floor.

Some of the elastic ties on the bedrooms are coming away and the spring loading on poles are failing - both are easily sorted and also easily lived with.

Packing it is easy once you get the knack - we have created the rolling on the tent game to squeeze the air out with our kids.

We put it up in torrential rain this weekend - not a problem, tent up in 20 mins - kids inside and once we had all the guys pegged out we all were dry inside.

Thoroughly recommend this tent after 2 years of considerable use I wouldn't change it for anything else.
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By: Cathmc  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 16/06/2008

This is the best tent we have bought by far. The sewn in groundsheet is great, an end to rain trickling in and the odd breeze. The windows are great for letting in so much extra light and the option of just leaving the insect nets down if you want to let some fresh air in is great too. I also like the way the bedrooms can be made into one large sleeping area as having two little ones means we all sleep together and have a good nights sleep. The porch area is a good idea especially when raining as you get to leave your messy shoes in that area before going into the main living area where we have the outwell carpet which fits perfectly and makes the living area more snug and cosy. It took us slightly longer than expected to pitch this but I'm sure with plenty of practice we'll get much quicker. There are also lots of extra you can add onto this tent such as a carpet, extension, canopy, kids bedrooms, which means it can grow with your family's needs too.
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By: Carterc2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 11/06/2008

We bought the Montana 6 and returned to camping after 15 years. The tent is easy to pitch in mild weather, but our outing in late May, we found that in strong wind, you need more than 2 pairs of hands to hold the intial poles up whilst putting the guy ropes in. The rest of the tent went up easy after that. After a few attempts, we did get the hang of packing the tent away in the bag it came from - the video definitely helped! Whilst it is a tight squeeze to get it back in the bag it came out of, once in it does take up less storeage space.

The tent was excellent in strong winds and heavy rain - not one ounce of rain came in or damage done - unlike some other tents on the site! The rain porch was hand and enabled us to leave wellies outside the main living area. One small grip is the zips on the rain porch seem to snag very easily.

We are looking forward to more camping trips this year and whilst wish for the sun and outdoor living, we would not have any worries if the weather turned against us again.
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By: Yorshirelass  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 07/06/2008

We have just bought our monty 6 and used it for the first time this month. It is easy to put up and has full head height throughout. The bedrooms can be unzipped to form one very large bedroom. As we have two small children this option was very handy for us.

There is plenty of room inside the tent to sit around a table and eat, play games etc. The handy cable inlet point means it is easy for EHU too. There are small zipped arches in the bottom of each of the bedrooms which means you can feed electrical items such as lights into the bedrooms. My husband has a cpap breathing machine so this was really useful as it meant he zip up the bedroom door and still have the power supply in the bedroom.

We also bought the monty 6 extension which is worth its weight in gold. It meant we could sit outside even if it was raining and it was great to cook outside but still stay dry.

The SIG makes such a difference to the warmth of the tent. There were no drafts at all and once our gas light was on in the evenings it heated up really nicely.

Outwell provide useful storage pockets in the middle of the tent and also three in each of the bedrooms for putting in your torch, mobile phone etc.

The first time we put the tent up we have awful problems getting it back in the bag. Since we watched the utube video from yeoman's outdoors we have had not trouble at all!

The side porch is really good place for a porta potti as it is completely closed off from the rest of the tent. I would also recommend the footprint groundsheet as it keeps the bottom of the tent clean as well as adding a bit more insulation.
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By: Deadly dor  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 04/06/2008

Used Montana 6 for the first time Easter W/E in Mid Wales -Sleet Snow Gales Rain. Tent withstood everything the weather chucked at it.

Spent 8 nights in Dorset in May. Two over 50's pitched the tent very slowly but to get the tent back in the bag - we open all doors, lay the tent flat then fold the tent lengthways about 12/15 inches continue folding across the width - then start rolling the tent from the back of the tent to the front squashing out any air on the way tie the bands around the tent and lift it into the bag - use the clip straps and zip the bag up. We find the tent spacious - Keep Bedroom snug with thick (Laminate underlay under our mattress for warmth, in 2nd. Bedroom use for storage Ikea hanging rail with tie on shelves to keep our clothes etc. Can't wait for our next outing - trying Cornwall next.
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By: Agnes65  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating:   Date: 03/06/2008

My Montana has been terrific value for money. We went away to Devon for half term. Fortunately we had a sheltered site so the gales weren't an issue for us, but last Thursday the heavens opened and old Monty got truly tested. Have to say she stood the test. We quite literally ended up being pitched in a small pond, and despite a waterbed effect on the groundsheet, we remained warm and dry inside.

The stitched in groundsheet is superb, keeping out all water and wind, and there's heaps of space to sit inside during those typical British bank holidays!

We bought two canopies for ours which effectively gives us an integrated gazebo. We've attracted many stares at times, but it comes into it's own on longer family holidays, especially for outdoor living in France. More recently Outwell have introduced extensions for the Monty6 and these are great as they reach to the floor which our canopies don't (we velcroed some old gazebo side panels to ours! - not very glamorous but it does the job in poor weather).

Many of the adjustments we made with ours seem to be standard or optional extras which means Outwell must be listening to feedback and acting upon it which is good to know.

The Montana 6 now has an electric cable point and wall to wall carpets are also available (we've been using plastic-backed picnic mats). Seems a bit of a luxury at first, but with such a large floor area, in early/late season, the ground sheet can be a bit chilly. We use a fan heater and our tent is very warm and dry.

Some of the elastic fasteners for our sleeping compartments have come away, so they drape low in a couple of places, but even this has been improved with the newer model and storage pockets are now also included which is great for the kids' toys or for somewhere to store all the shoes.

We all think Outwell tents are great value for money and the Montana 6 is certainly worth serious consideration.
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By: Spicera  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 02/06/2008

This tent quite simply saved my love of camping. I was starting to feel the cold too much in our last tent, but the Monty 6 is extremely snug with its SIG, especially with the whole family tucked inside playing games of an evening. It has survived gale force storms on the hillsides of Wales with nary a leak or bent pole; it takes us 25 minutes to put up; it is spacious and airy, provided as it with ample windows and doors, and in summary is the perfect family tent. We wouldn't swap it for anything!
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By: JoMontana  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 02/06/2008

We had a Monty 6 for the first time in 2006, we absolutely loved it until we got caught in the BH rain and it leaked like a sieve. There was a few problems with this particular years model, however, the dealer was fantastic and exchanged it no quibble for a 2007 model. This tent is fantastic, the design allows for maximum usage of the whole tent, especially if used with the front extension which is great too. It has withstood lots of rain and windy weather no probs. Until we pitched up this BH in North Devon. The tent stood proud and strong for 2 nights of gales and rain, with only slight trickles of leaks, but nothing to worry about. Our beloved Monty unfortunately gave into the elements on BH Monday when the wind became too much and the front extension poles caved in and twisted the main poles on the left side of the tent. End of holiday for us and R.I.P Monty! But honestly what a fabulous tent. If you like roomy, airy, practical and safe tents then this is the one for you. I reckon this tent is well on it's way to becoming an icon of the 00's!
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By: Karen (happy camper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 01/06/2008

We have just come back from a weekend with our new Monty 6. It was easy to put up, but you do need two strong people. V roomy inside, bedrooms great for our two boys and you can stand up easily in them. We have the carpet which was a must and wouldn't be without. Found the tent to be very well made. Not managed to get it back in the bag fully, but this was our first time. Practice makes perfect.
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By: Adelowe  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 01/06/2008

We have used our tent in torrential downpours, hail and this weeks gails in north wales, while others buckled and failed ours stood proud.

Plenty of space for two adults and two boys, easy enough to pitch but you might find it difficult to get back in the bag at first but after a couple of attempts you will wonder why.

Carpet is great but recommend the front canopy so you can still enjoy the outside if weather is poor.

Love it!
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By: Mave801  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 30/05/2008

Best tent we have ever bought. Used it for two holidays last year plus endless weekends. Easy to erect even for us 'oldies' who are well in the 50's age bracket, and although we had some very wet and windy weather it hardly moved.

The living space is extremely spacious and there is plenty of headroom even for a very tall person. We use a blow up double air bed (height 20') in the bedroom which fits perfectly. This will give you some idea of the bedroom size.

We love our Outwell Montana 6 and look forward to many more holidays in it.
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By: StockyJ  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 28/05/2008

We have used our Montana six around four times now and it has withstood torrential downpours and windy conditions. The other comments re the carpet are spot on. We recently purchased the front extension and canopy. This stopped the rain from hitting the front entrance and allowed us to use the extension for cooking and storing food etc. This allows the canopy to remain a nice area for sitting under if the weather is fine. When you use the front extension and canopy together, the tent does need quite a large pitch so is worth checking when you are are booking a potential site.
The footprint is invaluable as it keeps the base clean and dry and is also another skin between you and the ground. Excellent and roomy the Montana six attracts interest on each site we visit and I would not hesitate to recommend it to families looking for a quality camping experience.
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By: Sara59  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 28/05/2008

We have just had our first weekend away in the tent it was fab. Great living space, spacey bedroom area, we use the second bedroom as wardrobe and storage room as there is just the two of us. We think the canopy is our next buy to enable cooking area to be outside of living area.
We had some really bad weather but the tent was great. We enjoyed sitting in the tent even in the rain watching the world go by through the large windows. Extra's like storage pockets and fly screens are great. We would recomend this tent to anyone wanting a good all rounder.
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By: Feebee  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 23/05/2008

We upgraded from a Vango Venture as we wanted more living space particularly after last years weather. We had our first trip out in the Monty in May and what a fantastic tent. Really quick and easy to put up, oodles of living space. Being able to have one large bedroom is a plus as we have two small children (2&4) and wanted them close to us.

We also bought the footprint to protect the SIG and the carpet is lovely under foot last thing at night or first thing in the morning. Would recommend both of these. We have just bought the extension although not tried it yet next trip will be a week in Scarborough in June.

Plenty of ventilation with the vent\view windows. Some really nice design touches like the cable entry point and guy retaining system (velcro straps so simple but so effective!).

I no longer have tent envy when we are camping as this is such a fantastic tent!
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By: Graemeho  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 20/05/2008

Fantastic tent for comfortable family camping. The feeling when inside the tent is great . The care and attention to details superb. Only thing that would have made it a 10 out of 10 is a fully enclosed canopy which they now sell! carpet and footprint are musts
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By: Kateboo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 14/05/2008

Fantastic tent. We have gone from folding camper to tent and people thought we were mad but I can honestly say this tent is brilliant the living space is ample for a family of 4/5 and the sleeping compartments are big. Only downside if there is one is getting the hang of putting it away in its bag but we will get better at this.
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By: Sue warner  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 07/05/2008

We bought our Montana 6 August last year. We used it for the first time in Sept. We had other campers asking to look inside as they like the look fromoutside. Great tent with loads of space. Just got the carpet very cosy wish it went under the bedrooms as it was cold at night. We use the side awning for our port-a-loo. The footprint grounsheet is a must it kept the underside of the tent clean to pack away. Very surprised packed away in the bag first time. I would recommend this tent to couples and families.
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By: IJKL  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 07/05/2008

Very nice tent, may be a bit too big for 4 people. When packed it takes up a vast amount of boot space. Lots of headroom, very waterproof, even if a small stream develops under the tent.
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By: J.gosling  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 06/05/2008

We bought this tent last year as we decided for the forseeable future that our family holidays would be al fresco in France. When we saw the tent we loved the living space (in a sensible shape) that it offered for us and our two young children, vital for the times when they need to play and we need to keep a watchful eye. It's draught free (sewn in groundsheet), cosy and all the big windows let in plenty of light, unlike some tents. We bought the carpet which is particularly welcome late at night and first thing in the morning.

The side by side bedrooms were important to us too (with the option of being able to unzip/zip between the two)as our children are still young. We love this tent and can't wait for this year's three week jolly holiday in France!
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By: Happy hippy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 05/05/2008

Best tent we have ever had, very snug with the SIG, easy and quick to errect. Loads of space and excellent headroom. Enclosed porch is very useful for leaving wet boots and shoes in. Only down side is it needs a bigger bag to pack it into. Also have just got the front extension and carpet. Carpet is soft under foot and really cosy, extension a god send for cooking under in the wet. I too would recommend the foot print ground sheet to keep the SIG clean for packing.
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By: Cheshirecraig  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating:   Date: 04/05/2008

Bought our monty in 2005 and has served us very well in Cornwall, The Lakes and North Wales. Has loads of space for me and my wife and two kids, easy to erect and with the SIG it seems very snug.
Have to say we have owned a few tents and the monty is the best one so far.
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By: Dave+Angela  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 04/05/2008

The Outwell Montana 6 is a fantastic tent , offering loads of living space and good headroom , whilst it's straight-forward rectangular design is accepted on most campsite pitches , without having to pay extra charges for larger tents .

Being single-skinned with the bedroom pod already attached , pitching is speedy and stress-free .

Our Montana 6 has stood up to some horrendous weather, strong winds and gales ,heavy rainfall , and has had no problems whatsoever .

We would recommend using a 'footprint groundsheet' to pitch the tent on , this will protect the sewn in groundsheet of the tent , whlst also keeping the underside of the sewn in groundsheet clean and dry for when you pack the tent away .

Once when we were setting up on a campsite , unbeknown to us at the time we were being watched by a family in a caravan . They came across later on and asked if they could have a closer look . They said they were amazed at how quickly and easily we were pitched and set up ,and the generous living space the tent provides . With rising fuel costs when towing a caravan , and in their words , ' not having room to swing a cat in the van ' , the Montana 6 , convinced this family to sell their caravan and go back to their tent camping roots . We kid you not .
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By: Fiona28  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 01/05/2008

Bought this tent earlier this year and took it away just after Easter. Compared with our Khyam Galaxy 600 it has loads of space plus much better headroom - I am 6ft tall. It stood up well to a very stormy night while we were away - gales, heavy rain, hail and thunder. An excellent tent. My only complaint is the difficulty we have had in packing it back into its bag after use.
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By: Snowy747  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating:   Date: 01/05/2008

We have owned the Montana for 3 years and taken it down to France twice for a fortnight. We find the tent extremely roomy for the two of us, we can sit inside it in inclement weather without being in each other's way.

The newer ones have a more versatile bedroom layout whereby you can have one large bedroom or have it separated which ours doesn't have but we would have liked.

It has withstood very severe ice storms in the French Alps without moving an inch. Once you get the hang of pitching it in a 'caterpillar' fashion it is very easy and can be done within the hour including pegging out.

It has proved to be very durable, we haven't any broken poles or zips and have never had any leaks. I can't praise this tent highly enough and given a choice between the caravan and the Monty I would choose the Monty every time!
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Manufacturer's Description

The iconic Montana 6P is loved by its fans and much-sought after by camping families everywhere. This award-winning tent sleeps up to six in two bedrooms and enjoys a spacious living area that extends into the eye-catching panorama front and is lit by an array of tinted windows that have zip-up curtains. The Montana is made from our very own Outtex® 5000 fabric with steel poles and pre-attached luminous guylines. It can easily be pitched outer first or all in one, aided by our Outwell Easy Pegging System. The addition of the Outwell Wind Stabilizer System enhances stability in up to Force 10 gales. There are two side doors – one with an enclosed porch. The inner tent features the new embossed front with double piping to hide the zips. It is also darkened by the new Night Sky Ceiling to help ensure campers enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Recommendation: Widely acknowledged by campers and media to be the perfect family tent for up to six campers.

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® 5000 (75D 100% polyester taffeta)
with taped seams
Floor: Double-coated 100% polyethylene,
10,000 mm hydrostatic head
Inner tent: Breathable 100% polyester
Pack size: Tent: 77 x 36 x 38 cm / Poles: 20 x 76 cm
Weight: Tent: 25.0 kg / Poles: 16.8 kg
Poles: Steel poles 19/22 mm, Alloy pole 9.5 mm,
2 upright steel poles

Features:
Large panorama front
Detachable bathtub groundsheet for porch
Large tinted panorama windows with zip-up curtains
Embossed inners with double piping to hide the zipper
Organiser pockets
Fully seam-sealed flysheet for maximum protection
Mesh pockets in the inner tents
Reinforcement patch on all stress points
Adjustable pegging points
Pre-attached guylines
Luminous guylines
Heavy duty Outwell zips
Outwell doormat included
Repair kit included

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