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Tent Reviews: Outwell Oakland XL

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Bedroom inners:
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5  (more 5 berth tents)
26.30 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
8.47/10 from 75 reviews

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75 Reviews of the Oakland XL        Showing 11 to 20          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  
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By: CUMMASKEY  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 08/07/2013

Best thing we ever did! Got a bargain at Go Outdoors - really reasonable in the sale - £250.

I love the green colour, so light and not oppressive like the blue!

I love all the windows so much light can be gained even on the gloomiest day and I assure you we have camped in some of them!

It is easy to put up but I find the main poles very heavy! But this does mean they are sturdy - we have camped in rain, wind and brilliant sun, weekends, weeks and even fortnights!

We have just been away - 7 of us in 3 tents - it rained badly one night and we had all 7 camping chairs and adults (not small) in the lounge area eating sausage casserole watching a DVD on the table! Cosy but comfortable!

We have bought the side extension and this is fabulous - we do all the cooking out there and my hubby smokes out there so less condensation in the tent! Also less smells! It is great and keeps everything dry!

I have recommended it to friends who love it just as much as we do!
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By: Andy280464  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 03/07/2013

Once I decided to get rid of the Camperan we decided to go back to tenting. The Outwell xl5 caught our attention at Go Outdoors so the sale was the next stop we bought was for £100 its got a tiny patch on the roof and one spring missing from a pole not a problem .The ease of putting the tent up makes this one a no brainer the amount of space in side is brilliant .Would recommend this one to anybody.
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By: Rachel 5  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 25/06/2013

We bought this tent from Go Outdoors as part of a package deal, which included the carpet, and we have been pleased with it ever since. We have used it for 5 holidays now, each a week long and have found it easy to pitch and comfortable to live in. Luckily we have always been blessed with good weather when we have gone camping so I cannot comment on the durability of the tent in high winds or pouring rain, however the amount of light the windows let in and and the overall living space has always been great. The tent looks smart and feels well made.

Although it is more expensive than others of the same size, the quality of the tent is easy to see and I firmly believe that you get what you pay for. The light green colour is also much easier on the eyes than the oppressive blue some tents are made from, which make you feel like you are under water! We have recently purchased the front awning to make into a kitchen area and are going to try it out for the first time this summer. This tent is a great investment, and I have no plans to change it.
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By: Adsrachael  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 28/05/2013

Just bought ourselves an Oakland XL, only used it properly once and pitched it twice.

First test pitch in the back garden went very well. We followed the pitching instructions on the Outwell video to the letter by assembling the metal poles and attaching the legs whilst both poles we're flat on the ground with just the rear corners pegged down then lifting both metal poles and walking the tunnel forward. Nothing difficult to say we are very new to camping etc and got the tent up in around 20 minutes.

Second pitch was even easier. Once we had the tent laid out flat, poles assembled and waiting on the floor, we pegged down all 4 corners and assembled the front metal pole and legs upright to start with and using this method the pole stands upright on it's own, then second metal pole in with legs and you have the main shape of the tent done.

Two fiberglass poles, one front and rear and the tents up in 10 mins if that, brilliant.

Very roomy inside though I wouldn't call it a 5 man tent, 4 at best in my opinion, 2 adults and 2 children is about right.

Door zips seem good and strong, very large windows let in loads of light, useful light hanging point in the middle of the tent and plenty of storage pockets like most tents.

Only slight down sides, window curtains are not on zips, just toggles and are a bit of a faff rolling up and with the shape of the front of the tent the main door opens inwards, so if it's pouring down the water from the door will drip straight onto the inside floor.

All in all though a really good tent and thinking about getting the front extension for next year.
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By: Jayprice1985  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 08/05/2013

Got the 2012 version on offer from Yeomans last year. Did 2 nights in this 2 weeks ago. Cold, windy but no rain. Tent stood up well. Its a lovely tent. Just WISH the curtains were zipped, but hey? Would recommend a front extension though, makes all the difference! So. We will see how we go throughout year once we have had a thunderstorm then might be back.
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By: Jean Wright  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 03/05/2013

Really like the Oakland XL which we purchased at the end of 2012 with the side canopy. But I do have a gripe - the curtains are a pain to roll down and the doors a pain to roll up. You need 2 people to roll the doors up if you want them to look at all tidy and I find that the curtains always look a mess with the weight in the middle pulling it down. Does anyone have any tips for rolling curtains and doors up and down? If so I would love to hear from you
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By: Chris333  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 26/03/2013

The perfect happy return to camping for a couple of senior Citizens. Bit of a wriggle to put up but warm comfy and cosy. Perfect to sit and watch the world go by. Don't try and be a perfectionist.The symmetry is not perfect and my hubby drove himself mad trying to line the tent perfectly in the middle of the main frame. Main frame makes it the most sturdy tent we have ever seen.
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By: North Villa  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 20/10/2012

My wife and I used this tent for a four week trip to France this year. With the side extension for cooking equipment we had plenty of room. I think it would be cramped with 5 adults because of the sloping sides. We used those areas for storage. Small children could make use of the sides though. It takes a while to get the hang of putting it up with the steels poles sometimes coming apart just as it goes up. The main thing this is a robust tent, when we followed on with a wet and windy weekend in Pembrokeshire the tent stood up very well to the weather, where as my daughters tunnel tent suffered some damage. We had the carpet and ground sheet as well. The carpet tents to slide around and rucks up but really makes the tent like home. The side extension did not stand up to the bad weather in Pembrokeshire and got slightly torn.
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By: BillynPatsy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 26/09/2012

Bought the Oakland Xl in 2010. We couldn't decide whether to get this one or really spend and get the wolf lake 5. We ended up getting this including the side extension, foot print and carpet. We used it for a couple of years and then gave in to the original desire for a poly cotton one and sold it for a wolf lake.


- spacious living room

- relatively light and small when packed (considering the size of the tent)

- good headroom compared to tents with flexi poles


- too bright inside - especially in the bedrooms (when compared with some on the market like the Kampa ones with 'sleep tight' system.

- all doors are on a slope with no cover - means that rain comes in when going in and out when it's raining (the latest versions have now included a shelter over the side door)

- only Velcro along bottoms of doors (rather than a zip)
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By: Kaffee  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 23/09/2012

Just got back from first trip with the Oakland xl. Having already had a similar designed Outwell (Carolina m) we found it easy to pitch as same principles. It stood up well to the wind and rain (thankfully limited as we had a great week). Space is great, we used the 2nd room for clothing storage which freed up main living space. Seemed a lot more taught than the Carolina, maybe due to the storm Velcro straps that attach the fly sheet to metal poles (which our other tent doesn't have). As with the Carolina, the only downside is the velcro securing the outer doors, as wind (and daddy longlegs - of which there were lots - they seemed to be attracted to the green!) can get in between plastic window and mesh door, so I might invest in some more Velcro to secure it better. Also wish Outwell would start putting a second ehu flap on other side of tent. Overall very pleased with it, especially getting it for £225 from a price match at go outdoors.
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Manufacturer's Description

The latest Oakland XL is a five-person three room tunnel tent. Key is the superior interior light thanks to the large windows with toggle-up curtains to all three sides of the living area. The eye is instantly drawn to the smart new Foliage Green colour with contrasting roof and trademark Outwell stripes of the Outtex® 4000 outer tent. Pitching is particularly easy with the help of the Outwell Easy Pegging System and pre-attached luminous guylines. Steel poles and the gale-beating Outwell Wind Stabilizer System enhance stability in bad weather while the Rain-safe side door supplies a sheltered entrance. A Duratec fibreglass pole is used to create extra headroom via the weight-reducing Outwell Extended Frame System. Other features include: organiser pockets, adjustable pegging points, reinforced stress points and heavy duty Outwell zips.

Recommendation: Generous family living for up to five in a compact tent that has an unmistakable Outwell heritage.

Type of tent: Three room tunnel tent
Sleeps: 5 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: 33 x 78 cm
Weight: 26.3 kg
Poles: Steel poles 19/22 mm, Duratec fibreglass 8.5/12.7 mm

Large windows with toggle-up curtains
Pre-attached and adjustable inner tents
Organiser pockets
Lamp holder and light cable tidies
Fully seam-sealed flysheet for maximum protection
Mesh pockets in the inner tents
Reinforcements patch on all stress points
Adjustable pegging points
Pre-attached guylines
Luminous guylines
Heavy duty Outwell zips

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