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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 11 to 20          Page:   1   2   3   4  
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By: Johnson Clan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 15/09/2010

Upgraded this year to the Hartford L after a lot of deliberation and investigation. Previously owned a random 3 man dome tent which served the wife and I for the odd weekend away (even in the depths of February!) for several years but thought we'd start getting our kids involved and so needed extra room.

*We love this tent*

The only issue I found was the entrance zips can be a little awkward as you have to bend right down to open them or close them fully.But I found that by allowing the wife to 'go first', I could easily alleviate that issue and as a bonus, enjoy the view provided :0)

Windows, pockets, plenty of space, quality craftsmanship and design, more windows and pockets, air vents, colour-co-ordinated poles for easy erection .Just awesome ingenuity and an all round excellent tent.

If your looking for a great quality family tent that will last and look after you more than you look after it.Then buy Outwell.

The Hartford L is a robust tent that we've now used in various weathers and has kept us relatively warm and very dry. This tent has it all.
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By: Bobbins  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 01/09/2010

Decided to upgrade our tent this year and we settled on the Hartford L and so far we have no regrets because this is a great tent.

It's first outing was in Norfolk this August and my wife and I found it very easy to put up and not a cross word was said, which is unusual to say the least.

The living space is very roomy and you have the option to have plenty of light.The porch area is great for cooking if the weather is bad and also for storage leaving more room in the main living area.

We found that the tent was very warm in the evening when it was fully closed down and it withstood heavy wind and rain without any problems.

We are very pleased with our choice of tent and would recommend it as a good quality buy.
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By: Carolarook  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating:   Date: 29/08/2010

I love our Hartford L. Each time we camp I have a nose at other people's, but just can't see anything which offers everything we have on a similar level. I would not be without the sewn in groundsheet (EVER!)

I (mum) camp with our two girls (now 5 and 7). I have read other reviews, and yes you do sort of need 2 people to put tent up. However, my daughter has been doing the 'inside lifting bit' since she was 6 1/2, and you only need her for about 2mins while you put the poles in, and again for a couple of mins to walk the other side of the flysheet over the dome. I put it up on my own(ish) in about 25mins from start to finish.

The only fault I can find with the tent is that you can't really safely cook in it. The family area is large enough for a table and chairs, if the weather is against you, and the pods comfortably sleep two adults (like other reviewers I think 3 in each pod could be 'interesting'!). Would definitely recommend it.
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By: Yorydrah  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2010

Excellent Tent. First camping trip in it last week. Put it up in 45 mins (after only one practice).

The first night we survived 7 hours of heavy rain without any water coming in at all. The tent stood up to a week of wet and windy weather with no leaks.

The inner living space is huge and the sleeping pods are perfect for a family of 4. Not sure I'd like to sleep 6 in it but it could be done.

The porch entrance was a god send and allowed us to keep the main tent dry despite the weather and provided shelter for cooking.
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By: Beninbristol  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 27/08/2010

I've found these reviews really useful, so I thought I'd add my own experiences in case you find it helpful when deciding which tent to invest that big chunk of money in.

As many others here have said, the design of the tent is fantastic and creates an amazing living space. As with another reviewer we bought ours at a very good price in the end of season sales last year.

This summer we camped as usual in Pembrokeshire. Clearly the difference between a dry family and damp one makes a huge difference to everyone's experience out camping.

I'm afraid Outwell's standards may have slipped since the earlier model of this tent. After an afternoon and night of wind and rain we woke up to find several seams leaking plus enough water penetrating the outer to mean that the inner pods and bedding were damp. I've camped since I was young, it clearly wasn't condensation and I've never seen a new tent allow water in like this.

The manager at our local Millets was fantastic but because we had now bought the tent over 12 months ago Outwell refused to even test it. I'm off with a big can of proofer to try and make sure we stay dry next year!

My tips would be if you do buy in the sales, give your new tent a thorough testing before a year is up, and if you are going to be camping in heavy weather - and let's face it that could be anytime - I would look at another tent to keep you all dry and toasty. Happy camping!
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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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By: Schnauzer Camper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 16/06/2010

Bought this fantastically large and well specified tent in March this year after deciding to upgrade from our existing Vango Tigris 600.

First trip was to Castle Point. Rockcliff in Dumfries area - which incidentally is great.

Tent pitched okay, but clearly needs two - one to push the insides up as you locate the poles into the pins. Bought a footprint to protect groundsheet, which is always a good idea - as is a good supply of decent rock pegs!

And then it rained! It soon became obvious that the complete seam over one bedroom pod had never seen the likes of any seam sealing tape at the Outwell factory - and yet still passed quality assurance - a Mr Choi. He had ticked his box on the label inside the tent as an added measure of our frustration. Rain pored down the inside constantly and we soon got fed up of scooping out water.

Tried to contact Tent4Less.Co.Uk - but they don't want to give out any phone numbers on their website, insisting on online emails only, that have not been replied to. So as I write, we have a new tent that leaks due to dire factory inspections (or lack of). We cannot return it to the supplier because they clearly do not want to know. Perhaps a nice email to Outwell (Oase) might work but I have some reservations.

As for ourselves, we either go to the Lake District next month in our brand new leaking Outwell Hartford L - or revert back to last seasons Vango Tigris 600 which does not leak and has all of its seams sealed in the factory before dispatch.

We chose Outwell based on quality. Just proves that it is not always as easy as that. Outwell take note. Shall update this review so that purchasers can see exactly how much Outwell and Tent4Less.Co.Uk value their customers and their own reputation - until then, we have wasted the money.

08/07/2010 Update to this review:

Outwell contacted me and wanted to address the issue. They arranged for retailer to order new replacement flysheet from Outwell in Denmark. The replacement flysheet arrived to our door within two weeks. No cost made to us for delivery. We are going to unpack and use the new replacement in the Lakes next week, and can only hope that this one is okay - fingers crossed! So, thanks to Outwell and Tents4less (Norwich Camping by the way!). Apart from the earlier problem we would have given the Hartford L top marks.
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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: 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: 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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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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