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Tent Reviews: Outwell Trout Lake 4

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30 Reviews of the Trout Lake 4        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  
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By: Jill987  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 09/08/2008

I already have a Bearlake6 but needed something I could handle on my own with 2 children and this is possible. The tent is fantastic can't fault it really, obviously smaller than the bear but with the front extension, which is a must, you almost have the same amount of room. We had a week of rain in Cornwall and the extension meant we could still sit out but not get wet. Also no need to cook in the tent. Also you do not get all that flapping noise with the polycotton tent, they are so much quieter and with the additional carpet very cosy indeed. The front extension attaches extremely well to the main tent with no leaks and provides a space to cook ,store muddy boots, and to sit and watch the world go by and this is an advantage over the bear lake which has an open canopy, after all is always rains when camping!
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By: AndyTT  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 01/09/2008

Bought this tent earlier this year for just the wife and I to use. Wanted a tent that I could stand in and sit comfortably when it rained! Decided on poly-cotton after visiting a dealer on one of the few hot days in July and found the poly-cotton tents so much cooler.

Spent several weeks trying to decide between the Bear Lake 6 and the Trout Lake (with extension) Ė both about the same price and in the end opted for the Trout Lake.

For couples this tent in fantastic providing a comfortable base to explore an area. The Sleeping space opens out into one area giving sleeping space and storage for clothes. While the outer area is just big enough for two big comfortable reclining chairs and a couple of small tables. We also bought the extension which gives cover to the front door and provides a sheltered area to cook and prepare food. However, if we are just going away for a weekend we donít take the extension.

Although smaller than the Bear Lake 6 this tent is much more flexible with three opening doors allowing access from 3/4 angles. The finish and attention to detail is outstanding and although this tent is far from cheap it feels good value when you look at the features compared to other tents.

Having used the tent several times over the summer I can honestly say this is the ultimate coupleís tent. Itís relatively quick to erect and take down, a perfect size for two adults and very nicely fitted and finished. We have now added the fitted carpet which helps protect the ground sheet and adds a nice touch and electric hookup.

If you going to buy one any of the larger Outwell tents, buy the footprint at the same time. It makes setting the tent up a lot easier as you can decide on you location/positioning before you start emptying the bags. It also keeps the bottom of the heavy groundsheet clean considerably reducing pack up time. We normally pack the footprint away dirty and either clean it at home on the lawn or just reused it covered in mud.
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By: Arcuk73  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 26/09/2008

Brilliant Tent! very happy. Not used overnight yet! only pitched in garden after purchase. But we spent months choosing what we wanted after we binned our old tent on way back from Germany (Cheap ebay job!) we wanted canvas. But also the small size we like to travel around so often pitching for only a couple of nights before we move on to new destination. Was able to pitch by myself within the hour first time. Would think with both me and the wife on it after a few attempts we should have that down to 30/40 mins!
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By: Squirt  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 27/06/2009

What can I say, WHAT A TENT!

We bought our trout lake after seeing it erected at a camping store in Cornwall. We we're on a camping holiday and went to buy some longer tents pegs after the torrential rain and gailforce winds. Well, we went back to the campsite with our brand new Trout Lake (and no long pegs!).

We pitched the tent and it withstood the weather without moving an inch.

The tent may be slightly on the expensive side for a 4 berth, but when you look at the attention to detail and the overall quality, it is well worth the money.

We have added the extension and carpet to the tent and these are both worth the money too. The extension is an excellent place to cook and to dine. The carpet adds that extra bit of warmth and feels lovely under your feet.

The tent is very versatile and will last for many years.
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By: Taffzr7  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 17/08/2009

We saw the tent last summer up in a garden centre, and had been trying out a variety of tents to use with the car as most of our camping was on a motorbike. The biggest surprise was how cool it was under a clear blue sky, after dying of dehydration of a morning in a nylon tent this was awesome. All the storage under the two windows and between the bedrooms was well handy and with four way windows ( open, mesh, clear plastic and curtain ) we were spoilt for choice.

The footprint is an excellent idea so you can decide which way to point it and it does keep the ground sheet cleaner, what with the fitted carpet and doormat and not forgetting the extension we couldn't say no.

At a push we get it up in under a hour, but to be honest with everything set up and both of us sat with a drink about 2 hours, we kept finding more little things each time we put it up inc velcro hook up straps up one side of the tent. We used it in March by Hay on Wye with frost on the ground, warm, in the heatwave week in York, cool, and are off to Bude in 2 weeks.

We have used it from one night to a week and would not use it with out the extension. It doesn't seem to leak and not move much in wind. Iit seemed a lot of money for a tent but after using it a few times it is more than value for money. Couldn't pack it right the first time we took it down, but after taking our time got it sorted and its easy. The low light windows are a good idea as well, the kitchen can stay in the extension leaving more room in the tent. It is perfect for two adults as you can have a bedroom and walk in wardrobe as well as living room and kitchen ( does depend on wind direction and weather as no door on extension )

I will not go back to a nylon tent ever again, we have heard other campers when they pass commenting on how good it looks as some other extensions don't seem to fit as well as ours does. With three doors you can get a draft from almost any direction, or open all five windows. The only way to better this tent is to buy a bigger version but only in poly- cotton
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By: Sheena1252  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 07/04/2010

We planned a holiday to the Outer Hebrides and were looking for a tent that was up to the job! having looked around everywhere I decided on the Trout Lake. It looked robust, and the flysheet wouldn't flap too much in the wind. The poles seemed simple and robust. I bought the carpet, footprint and canopy. Off we went - me , my grown-up daughter and my two sons aged 8 and 7.

I definitely made the right choice of tent. All the doors have mozi-mesh which is an essential in the Outer Hebrides so we could have the doors open without the little blighters getting in. The tent was warm in the cold and cool in the warm. During 90 mh gusts and torrential rain the tent held it's own but we were very worried. One set of poles got bent but Outwell replaced these free of charge when they heard about the extreme conditions. We didn't actually use the footprint but I have used it since with a lighter weight tent and found it a really great idea.

The carpet is a really wimpy luxury and we loved it. The zip-in groundsheet is very thick and excellent quality. There is only one problem and that is with the extension. For camping in GB we really do need a cover on the end of the extension as the weather invades and soaks everything. I managed to procure a flattened tent in the Outer Hebrides which I have remodelled into a front for the Trout Lake. It's an expensive tent but it's been worth every penny. What a shame to hear that Outwell aren't making it anymore.
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By: Nedra1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 07/12/2011

The third trip in this tent was on a very windy weekend and we took our nine year old grandson with us.

On the Saturday morning the weather forecasters suggested that the winds gusting up to 50mph would hit our area whereas previously it was suggested that they would be further north.

The strong winds started on the Saturday afternoon and continued until the late Sunday morning. During this time it was noisy and we were very aware of the wind. However, on the Sunday the tent had withstood the gusts and nothing had moved and nothing was damaged.

I was very careful to peg the tent down very securely using every single pegging point and it performed admirably.

I know there is a review on here which talks about very strong winds in the Outer Hebrides and one of the tent poles bending. I am aware that sites and the position of the tent can make a big difference but I am curious to know what sort of wind speed these tents can withstand.

Outwell give guidance with some of their models saying that they can withstand force 9 and 10 gales. However, they give no such guidance with their polycotton tents.
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By: Ashy55  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 20/02/2012

I have admired this tent from afar from the first time I saw it at Yeomans outdoors in about 2008. The quality and attention to detail conspired to make me think that I must have this tent. My desire only became reality at the end of last year , when I managed to pick up this tent for a fantastic price. I took it to Waunfawr in November 2011, outside the normal range of most camping trips. It certainly lived up to my expectations. I already own a Bear Lake 6, so I knew it would be good.

Good points - easy to put up, generous inside (tardis), quality material, warm in cold weather, looks good! (looks the business!)

Bad points - can't think of any! Will repost when I get the chance to take it out again.

I have got the front extension as well, so am looking forward to pitching that too. Didn't pitch front extension in Waunfawr as it was a bit windy - didn't want to have to drop it onto mucky grass!

It's the bees knees!
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By: Soapyagm  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 29/05/2012

Bought this to replace a slightly larger polyester Wild Country Tent. We have fancied a polycotton tent since seeing a large selection at a couple of Yeomans Tent Displays. We managed to pick up a full package including a carpet and groundsheet protector from the above at a very good price.

The tent has not disappointed, the wife and I have a bedroom each and there is easily enough room to store spare clothing in the bedrooms without the need for a wardrobe. We bought the tent for two people and find it to be a perfect size without being too big.The build quality is very good and once up it does not move or make a sound in the wind. It seems a good bit cooler in full sun and warmer at night when the temperature drops.

The 3 door layout with windows mesh and curtains has endless possibilities enabling cooling and shelter from the sun whatever time of day. The zip in groundsheet is very substantial and gives a deep bathtub effect. So far very pleased. It is a bit heavy to handle but that is the price to pay with polycotton. I would say its worth it.
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By: Roamfree  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 10/06/2012

I bought this at the end of 2011 for a bargain price of £430 with the groundsheet. Always hunt for tent bargains at the end of the year, in the middle of winter!

Last year I was camping with friends in France, near Bourganeuf, making our way down South. I had my trusty old Coleman 3 man wedge, treated in Nikwax (which had coped fine in Australian monsoon downpours) and they were in a borrowed cheap and nasty 4 man generic brand nylon tent. That night, the mother of thunder storms parked its self directly overhead. Lightening striking within the immediate vicinity, made for an interesting night with rain drops the size of marbles!

Needless to say, both tents got in trouble. My Colemanís water proofing failed after about 20 minutes and I was left hiding under bin bags, huddled up trying to keep dry as a fine mist fell from the roof with every rain drop. Hilariously, (I thought!) my friendís tent had failed quite spectacularly in the high winds and now resembled more of a torn flag than a tent. I heard them making a run for it at about 3 in the morning, child in tow, legging it towards an empty canvas caravan tent for cover. I think they are now forever emotionally scarred when it comes to camping! I decided that I couldnít abandon my beloved tent that had seen me through so many good times, so stuck it out through the night. What an idiot. Still, we all had a good laugh about it the next day and we're still laughing about it today!

I Ďawokeí a couple of hours later, soaked through to the bone. Sleeping bag resembled a wet tea bag and my sense of humour was struggling. As I glanced around a campsite that resembled a scene from Saving Private Ryan, I noticed one tent standing proud, in tip-top condition. The Outwell TroutLake 4. After having a closer look, it was completely dry inside and solid as a rock. Sold!

I ordered from intertent.Co.Uk who delivered quickly and with good communication. This tent is pretty heavy Ė two bags around 36KG all up. One with the main tent material and inner rooms and the other with the aluminium poles and heavy duty bathtub zip-in ground sheet. Both bags have decent shoulder straps and are pretty easy to carry short distances.

Erecting this tent can be a bit of an effort (although iíve only done it 3 times) and I would suggest that doing it on your own would be a frustrating experience, if not very difficult. If itís wet & windy then youíre really going to want two of you chipping in. Having said that, itís very straight forward thanks to the excellent colour co-ordinated pole system and there are slots in the poles to ensure that they are the right way around. Figure on 25-35 mins for two of you, including the ground sheet. There are a lot of pegs with this tent (3.5KGís of them!) so remember a rubber mallet or your hands will hurt. I should imagine that you could get this down to 20mins with practice.

Once the tent is up Ė itís massive inside and it feels incredibly stable. Iím 6í3Ē and I felt very comfortable walking around.

This is my first polycotton tent and I was amazed at how much more homely this material makes the camping experience. It really is quieter inside than nylon tents and the temperature is far less susceptible to big fluctuations thanks to that better insulation. In direct sunshine in hot environments the tent does still get warm inside, but nowhere near as hot as a nylon tent. The full bucket zip-in base is also a wonder as it prevents winds from blowing through the tent and keeps out all the ants and other bugs, not to mention keeping out water. It gives you a secure feeling knowing that your more or less sealed in from the elements. The floor feels robust and thick enough to last many, many seasons without puncturing or wearing out. I donít have the carpet. (Seriously, £45 for a tiny thin blanket?!)

I have used this tent on a couple of occasions without the inner rooms attached. As such, itís perfect for 4-5 people to sleep in, on separate inflatable beds each, with space in the middle to walk about by the door and plenty of floor room to store you bags and clothes etc. It really is very comfortable. With the inner bedrooms added you feel even more insulated although itís now more suited to sleeping two couples or, if you unzip the centre wall between the two chambers, one nice big space for one couple.

It has only rained heavily twice on the same camping trip whilst using the Trout Lake 4, and I have to say that it was perfect. Not a single drop of water made it in to this tent in two heavy downpours. Okay, so I havenít yet tested this tent in prolonged light rain, but my hopes are high. All external material remained hydrophobic with no areas of darkening suggesting that the water may have impregnated the material. There was some slight condensation on the inside, but with 3 of us in the tent at the time and humidity levels being pretty high, this was to be expected.

Ventilation is pretty good. There are vents about all the doors and windows, so even in the rain you can have these propped open to get some airflow. I was missing one of the Velcro props that hold up one of these ventilation areas, from the factory. But thatís the only negative, and itís a tiny one. Each window had 3 layers, the outside clear plastic, the inner nylon mesh then the inner privacy material.

There are 3 doors on this tent. One big main front door, whereby the entire front door flap at is supported by two poles (supplied) with two guide ropes (supplied). And one side door on the left (if looking front on) with an added supported cover and another door on the right without the added supported cover extension. This makes for a tent that you can pitch in almost any orientation and still have easy access to. I did feel that it was a shame that both side didnít have the extended rain cover extension Ė maybe they will add this in future. I would also like to see this supported awning on the front of the tent too.

Taking down and packing away was really very easy and all the items packed away without the usual frustrating experience of having to pack and re-pack everything to fit in the slightly too small carry bags! Just a last comment on overall construction quality, and attention to detail, I found it to be superb, very well crafted.

So there you have it. I am seriously impressed with Outwellís offering and other than adding the awnings to the other side and the front; I canít really find anything to complain about. This is a fantastic tent for a family of 3 or 4 and itís a superb tent for 4-5 friends to go away in. Solid in all weather, very good waterproofing, dependable and durable. You canít ask for more from a tent. (Apart from being half the weight and price would be nice!)

Iím heading back to the SW of France later in the year. I hope the thunderstorms make a reappearance so I can feel warm, dry, cosy and ever so slightly smug in my new tent :)

Happy camping. Iíll update this at the end of the year to see if all is well.
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Manufacturer's Description

The manufacturer has advised that this model has been discontinued.

The compact Trout Lake 4 is ideal for the smaller family or couples who demand a little extra space and superlative quality in a full-featured tent. This three room tunnel comprises two bedrooms and a living room that features the superb panorama front. It is made from our unique Outtexģ Airtech polycotton with alloy poles housed in flat pole sleeves, and a Zip-out colour-coordinated groundsheet. Good looks are emphasised by the Outwell Floating Guyline System while the Outwell Wind Stabilizer and Easy Pegging Systems enhance stability and easy pitching. The inner has the new stripe front. Features include a Rain-safe side door and the ability to create a screen house by opening all doors to reveal a backing mesh door panel Ė a great way to maximise the amount of sun and breeze entering the tent while keeping out bugs.

Recommendation: Smaller families and couples will love the quality of this compact full-featured polycotton tent.

Type of tent: Three room tunnel tent
Sleeps: 4 people
Rooms: 2 bedrooms, 1 living room
Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Flysheet: Outtexģ Airtech (65% cotton / 35% polyester)
Floor: Tarpaulin PVC coated 100% polyester, 10,000 mm hydrostatic head
Inner tent: Breathable 100% pongee polyester
Pack size: Tent: 29 x 106 cm / Poles: 24 x 97 cm
Weight: Tent: 18.0 kg / Poles: 15.7 kg
Poles: Alloy poles #6063, 16/22 mm, 2 upright steel poles

Large panorama front
Enclosed rain-safe door and additional side door
Mesh in each door
Zip-out colour coordinated groundsheet
Front door and groundsheet can be zipped together
Large tinted windows with polycotton curtains
Striped inner tents
Organiser pockets
Mesh pockets in the inner tents
Lamp holder and light cable tidies
Reinforcement patch on all stress points
Adjustable pegging points
Heavy duty Outwell zips
Outwell doormat included

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