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Tent Reviews: Outwell Hartford P (L)

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
24.90 KG
Fully Sewn-in
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Average User Rating:
8.71/10 from 35 reviews

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35 Reviews of the Hartford P (L)        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3   4  
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By: Grumbleflick  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating:   Date: 05/05/2008

This was the first tent we bought. I would recomend it anytime, in fact I have & now 2 of our friends have bought one. The bedrooms easily fit in a double airbed with enough room to put clothes bags down the side to store them.

It was the living space that made us buy this one, we are a family of 4 and its got enough room for us to bring chairs inside on a night & all sit together. We have used this tent from our youngest being born & still was enough room for us to use his carrycot pram to sleep in & now we've moved onto a travel cot now hes older.

The porch is a good size which we have a small roll up table in & also use the porch for muddy shoes etc.

We have used this tent for just odd nights away and also for family holidays of 10 nights and it works well for either.

Even though we've had it a few years now, its never let us down in all weathers and still looks like new.

Well worth the money we paid.
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By: Propercampers  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 05/06/2008

Can't fault this tent .We are a family of 4(2 adults and 2 kids).We purchased at the latter end of last year when its price was reduced (good tip for everyone if you are thinking of upgrading your tent if you wait till the end of the season shops are selling off years models with a big discount).It has managed to withstand the snow and wind at Easter in the Lakes where we used our footprint and carpet the difference was amazing our tent was the social one for the warmth.We have just come back from Barmouth and again not let us down.We have now bought the front canopy which allows us to sit out and cook with a bigger space.Really easy to pitch and the footprint helps with laying it our first.Enough room inside for a coleman air sofa and 2 chairs.Can't imagine camping without it.
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By: Deepsubmariner  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 08/08/2008

I have just taken delivery of our new 2008 Hartford L tent and must say that I am very impressed.

My family is new to the camping game so we wanted something with a reasonable degree of comfort and a living area large enough to keep the kids (7 and 3) entertained during any wet weather. Another must was that it must be relatively easy to pitch, thus avoiding any domestics and a sewn-in groundsheet was also very important.

After much research, we opted for the Hartford L. With great excitement and a little trepidation, and taking the advice in many reviews in this forum, we set about pitching the tent in our back garden in order to familiarise ourselves with the set up and thus avoid any embarrassment during forthcoming camping trips. We followed the instructions with the tent, and I must say, they were spot on. We managed to pitch the tent in about 50 minutes with no arguments whatsoever. With the exception of requiring someone to crawl inside the tent and hold the centre up whilst inserting the poles on their locating pins, you could almost do it single handedly. It was incredibly stress free. We also opted for the footprint groundsheet and this does help in initially marking out the pitch as well as giving the SIG some additional protection and insulation.

Once up, the tent is large and airy with the windows providing more than enough light; of course they also have curtains to give you full privacy. The two bedroom pods are very spacious and would comfortably sleep three adults in each. The living area, with the carpet which we also opted for, is very spacious yet cosy and could, if needed, sleep any additional guests you may have. The porch is a good size and comes with a separate groundsheet.

We have yet to use this tent in anger but, having experienced it so far, can't wait. I would give my wholehearted recommendation to any family looking for a good quality tent of this size. You won't be disappointed.
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By: Deepsubmariner  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 05/09/2008

Having now used the tent in anger, there is really nothing more that I can add to my previous review other than further sing it's praises. Had a lovely, but wet, weekend in Pitlochry and the tent performed superbly. Having the carpet is a luxury but does make a difference and my wife quickly laid down the law of no footwear in the main living are. As DADSBEANIEMAD mentioned, the upright poles for the main entrance should be a must, and they are the next thing on our shopping list.

We are now looking forward to the next outing.
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By: Nick_north  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 22/06/2009

What a great tent. Roomy living area, loads of natural light, good sized porch. The carpet is well worth the investment, as is the front porch extension for cooking under cover. The lightweight poles are durable and (we've heard) stand up to high winds, certainly it's very sturdy once up.

We're in full agreement with most other reviews here but can confirm:

- the Footprint does extend under bedrooms

- problems with pitching are most likely down to lack of experience if my 5'2' better half can manage without problems (the trick is for the person outside to push the poles up into shape), and

- it's only a 6 person tent if two occupy the living area.

Our only question is how did Outwell get the tent to pack away so small.?

The Hartford L is big - one neighbour at our last site called it 'the complex' - but that seems to be the trend and the campsites we've visited don't seem to mind. We like to forewarn when booking to obtain a suitable pitch. But why sacrifice space when you can have a well-made, high quality tent for such a good price?
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By: Invisibleboy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 05/07/2009

Have been using our hartford for three months now an she has coped with everything thrown at her been dry in the wet and stood up to the wind easily, the internal space is fantastic and our 5 year old loves being able to bring her friends in and have the space to all stretch out.

With all the windows open the inside feels very bright and airy and increases the seance of space.

The porch is the best bit though as its basically an extra room where all boots and shoes can go plus all the bits you don't need inside
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By: NewbyCamper81  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 15/08/2009

This is a fantastic tent. It poured down for a few days and had sunshine the rest of our stay. Coped with everything perfectly. Recommend the carpet; makes tent feel so comfortable. The living space is large and bright with windows in every direction. We have also bought the extension, only for the reason that it was nice to be able to cook and sit in the extension and feel like we were outside. This also makes sure you have plenty of room to remove shoes before getting into the lovely carpeted living area. There are lovely additions with zip section for electric hook-up and storage sections on the inside and outside of bedrooms.
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By: Hewers  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 24/08/2009

Fab tent! Great investment. Huge and spacious. Ideal for sociable trips away. Easy to put up and take down. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a large tent.

Only downside - needed some replacement pegs after first week away (but ground on campsite was hard and rocky).

Bit extravagant but would also recommend extra ground sheet (kept underside of tent very clean) and tent carpet added warmth and comfort!
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By: Linz906  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 08/06/2010

A fantastic tent which does stand up to any weather. There's only two of us but we do like to spread out. The best point about this tent for me is the stitched in ground sheet which eliminates any wet, windy draughts, bugs or prowling animals. It is easy to pitch, I am 5' 3' & my partner is 4' 10', but we have found it hard to fold it up into a small package, but it was a great buy.

I bought our tent on Ebay, from people who had only used it once and had decided that camping wasn't their scene. What a bargain.
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By: BobCat10  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 09/07/2010

We own at Hartford L, and cannot sing enough praises for both Outwell and Blacks who helped us out of a dilemma:

We pitched the L for the first time and found that the metal connector between the poles of the canopy were strained to the point of snapping and possibly ripping the tent.

Bare in mind we were on a tiny site in Savigny Les Beaune, a tiny village about 5 miles south of Beaune, Burgundy.

We called blacks customer service, whom we had sparked up a relationship with. The hartford L was out of stock at the time, so the girl in customer services tracked one down. We called Jo to say yes we have a tent, we are actually In France BUT.So she called Outwell in Denmark.bAnd Outwell shipped that tiny part via courier to the site. Unfortunately the package was delayed because some ***idiot at the courier company covered half the address, the package went to the next village. So the package went back to the distribution depot in Dijon. 1 day later it was delivered not only to site but was 'on the pitch'. Now that is FANTASTIC customer service. We never send postcards but we sent one to Jo at Blacks for her help.
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Manufacturer's Description

A size down from sister model XLP, the Hartford L P nevertheless sleeps up to six and keeps its two pre-attached bedrooms to either side of the spacious living room area with Sealed-in Groundsheet. It also benefits from the Panorama Front upgrade for 2012, which really does open up the whole interior. As well as its allround windows allowing great view out, the Hartford L comes with a rear door with side flaps creating a canopy. Other key Hartford features range from Outtex® 4000 fabric to Duratec Poles to Skylight Window overhead, and include a wealth of the usual Outwell favourites: OWS System (Outwell Wind Stabilizer System), OEP System (Outwell Easy Pegging System), pre-attached Luminous Guylines, and more, not forgetting Carpet and Footprint options.

Recommendation: For families who like separate bedrooms, maximum living space and the flexibility of the latest Panorama Front.

Type of tent: Three room dome tent
Sleeps: 6 people
Rooms: 2 bedrooms, 1 living room
Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Flysheet: Outtex® 4000 (75D 100% polyester taffeta)
with taped seams
Floor: Double-coated 100% polyethylene,
10,000 mm hydrostatic head
Inner tent: Breathable 100% polyester
Pack size: 35 x 80 cm
Weight: 24.9 kg
Poles: Duratec fibreglass 8.5/11.0/12.7 mm

Large panorama front
Rear door with side flops creating a canopy
Large panorama windows with toggle-up curtains
Stow away O-shaped inner tent doors
Pre-attached inner tents
Mesh pockets in the inner tents
Lamp holder and light cable tidies
Fully seam-sealed flysheet
for maximum protection
Reinforcement patch on
all stress points
Adjustable pegging points
Pre-attached guylines
Luminous guylines
Heavy duty Outwell zips

Optional extras: Carpet and footprint

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