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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
In one
Average User Rating:
8.71/10 from 35 reviews

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35 Reviews of the Hartford P (L)        Showing 31 to 35          Page:   1   2   3   4  
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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: 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: Mushyspud  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 11/05/2008

Got this tent for my birthday last year - the really wet year! Despite this we took it away 3 times all short breaks. We pitched/took down in between the rain drops, by car headlight (but dry) and in the pouring rain! Unfortunately during one of these wet outings we managed to get the inner tent wet and it developed mould (still usable though). We put the tent up as best we could in our dining room to dry it out and even left it there fr 2 weeks (and that was per part of the tent - flysheet and inner,so it was up for sometime!) This is the only downside I would say to the tent - the inner tent first method when putting it up. Consider the available space for drying it out you have at home when buying it. If you have a garage - great.

The layout of the tent is perfect. As a couple we wanted the tent to enable us to invite friends if we wantedand the separate bedroom areas are ideal, it gves you that sense of privacy which of course you wouldnt expect possible in something with walls made of material!

The living area is equally perfect. It is a fabulous sizefor holding mini impromptu parties in when the weather turns against you, and nicely fits a black lab and her humans all stretched out listening to the rain and wind!

There are plenty of windows to let light in nicely from all angles and the option to open a door either side of the living area for a through draft is fabulous. There is also a nice porch area to leave sogy shoes etc, that you can close yourself off from to give you that really nice cut off / snug feeling and of course the sewn in ground sheet is a must!

Considering our varied experiences of putting up the tent I think it is quite simply for 2 people to do. Even in the most challenging weather we managed to get it set up quite easily and quickly.

All in all I love this tent- I did wish Outwell had mentioned their plans to change it this year, however having seen the 2008 model now (which is even bigger) I am more pleased with mine.
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By: EB00  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2002   Rating:   Date: 07/05/2008

We own an older version of this tent which is pitched inner first - so far we have never had to put it up or take it down in heavy rain but due to the size drying it out at home can be a problem even if it is just a bit wet. It was the ideal tent for us when we bought it as our younger child was one year old and we wanted adaptable sleeping accomodation so doors could be left open or parents sleep with children but there is more privacy available now they are older. Our version was sold as an 8-berth tent, the living area sleeping 4 due to the sewn-in groundsheet and the bedrooms 2 each.

The tent has never let us down even in heavy Pembrokeshire rain but we have found it difficult to cook in bad weather and so bought the add-on porch to use last year - this was quite tricky to pitch and rather unstable in high winds but did serve it's intended purpose. We also felt noticeably warmer sitting under it.

We do find the tent as a whole quite time consuming to pitch and put away, bearing in mind that the groundsheet has to be cleaned and then dried (several square metres of it) as we don't want to have to get it all out again at home. For this reason we have never tried to use it for overnight stops and will probably look shortly at buying a couple of smaller tents.
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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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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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