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Tent Reviews: Outwell Hartford P (L)

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24.90 KG
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8.71/10 from 35 reviews

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35 Reviews of the Hartford P (L)        Showing 21 to 30          Page:   1   2   3   4  
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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: 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: Teacherandmum  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 25/05/2009

We have just returned from our first outing in our new hartford. We really loved the space it gave us in the living area and the separate bedrooms. Although I would say that the 3 person bedrooms only fit a double air bed. The porch was also a great size for storing dirty boots etc. It was relatively easy to pitch but my very tall husband had to do the pushing up from inside as I wasn't tall or strong enough. We have the footprint which saved the tent from getting muddy. The air vent system is really good too.

Gave it 9 as there was a lot of material on the back door to contend with - a 3 layer system with a plethora of zips, fasteners and toggles.
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By: Yates69  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 27/04/2009

It's our 2nd time camping, We did lots of research into which tent would be right for us 2 adults, 1 child and 1 dog. Plus wanted let friends come and stay with us too. The SIG is great as we have a dog. We had to pitch it up in the dark this weekend just gone, but in the morning it still looked as if it was done by daylight. Great for our needs. The footprint is a must as is the carpet, we have had 2 very cold nights in our tent and the carpet helped.

We like the sleeping pods to be separate and the living space is great for several chairs and people to be in.

We've given it a 9 only for the fact of the zip on the front being at the floor when closed. But that's being really picky
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By: Hfudge294  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 26/03/2009

Have purchased this tent for our first what I would call 'proper' camping trip with our 3 and 4 year old. Previously we have had trailer tents but decided to go for the real thing.

Must admit sewn in ground sheet was a must with small children and dogs to prevent escapism and drafts (speaking from experience of camping with dogs BC (before children)) and having never had one previously is def. a must - saying that we haven't actually used the tent yet other than putting it up in the garden. It took us just over an hour in all with help from children, cat etc. And just 40 mins to pack away although getting it back in the back seemed a large portion of this!

We love the space it provides and the height is amazing - my husband can stand up in it! (6'2). The bedrooms are also of a good size. Although not cheap the childrens bedroom was a must for us ( ok not a must but its well cute and my girls love it) and the foot print groundsheet will save having to try and clean the bottom of the sewn in ground sheet which I imagine would be a disaster. Porch will provide much needed storage for wet boots etc.

Really loooking forward to our first excursion next month! and will update my review accordingly
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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: Crezzer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 05/09/2008

Overall very happy with this though I'd recommend the XL over this, see later.

First, I don't understand the one reviewers comment re' the footprint protector - it covers the whole area under the tent except for the porch. I'd recommend getting one as it saves having to clean off the bottom of your tent after the worms have left casts under it. And yes get the carpet too - very comfy.

Second I don't understand the one reviewer's comments about not accessing the bedroom pods easily - of course you can, they're just there like in any tent.

Anyway now back to why I'd recommend the XL even if it's just 2 adults and 2 kids. The extra pod could be used as a walk in wardrobe/store leaving the living area free of clutter. Wish I'd got the XL!

Our last camp was for 2 weeks and it rained very heavily with some very strong winds at times and the Hartford ate it up - a very stable tent.

Easy to put up, though you need two (one to stand inside) to get the main area up, but that part only takes a couple of minutes and the rest can be done by one adult leaving the other to entertain the kids.

Any gripes? Well. Due to the new porch shape when the front door is raised the middle fixing cord is very tight, it could do with being just an inch longer. Also for rainy weather when you'll slip in and out by just opening one side of the door it'd be good to have a tab positioned so as to hold the door in that position. Either that or add a small door on one side of the porch area too, but that's just getting picky!

So would I have one again? Definitely - but it would be the XL!
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By: Cooper clan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2008

How much do I love my new tent?

My neighbours who camped with us nick named it the eden project due its green colour and large dome, I call it my turtle

It huge inside the dome, big enough to fit a table and 4 chairs for a family to sit at if weather is bad

The bedroom pods fir double airbeds in easily, we have 2 children age 6 & 11 and the dog comes too, plenty of room,

I also use the carpet and footprint ground sheet , the groundsheet stops the sewn in on getting overly muddy shame it doesn't fit the bedroom pods too, the carpet stops that horrible crinkly noise and is very warm and cosy underfoot as I ban shoes in my tent!

Pitching was easy with colour coded system but raising it was a little tricky as its big, which is why I gave 9/10 otherwise its lush, and my neighbours want their own eden project now too
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By: Dadsbeaniemad  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 14/08/2008

Nothing but good things to say.

We bought the tent and after two practice runs got it down to 30mins pitching - without pegging out guy ropes and only a minor tiff, but if he'd listened to me .

It's very easy to pitch as the colour coded poles mean you can't go wrong. We did find the porch poles a little tricky but nothing to worry about. Hubby had to get inside to raise the tent once poles were threaded whilst I fixed them onto their pins - children then went round clipping them on.

We swapped the pegs that came with it for our awning rock pegs and bought Delta pegs for the guys, only using the ones that came with it for the porch groundsheet and some extra double pegging.

The Hartford has good ventilation points and is very light inside even when 'curtains' are all closed. Don't forget to closed rear door when you go out (came back to rain that had come through fly screen, totally our fault!)

Stood up well to wind, rain, thunder, lightening and sun (yes we had lots of sunshine!).

Bedroom pods are large enough and very easily accessable - 2 children (girls 10 & 12) on airbeds and all their clothes and 'stuff' fitted in one pod no problem as did we on our aero bed with all our clothes, books, laptop and 'stuff' into the other.

Plenty of head height and room in the living area for a big table and 4 chairs and another big table we had set up for keeping 'things' on.

If you want EHU then there is a special place to thread it through and velcro tabs to keep the cable tidy once inside the tent.

The porch (I would have liked it a little bit wider but that's just me) was big enough for our bin, wellies, shoes, jackets and all the shells, stones and beach finds the children brought back.

I would have liked there to have been the upright poles included for holding the front door up but will have to buy them seperate as they are really a must have and only about £10-£15 to buy seperate. Hence my 9/10 and my only real gripe. We should have been more switched on when buying and asked about them, not just expected them to be included.

It's a perfect sized tent for a family of 4 (wouldn't want to squeeze 6 into it - not on air beds anyway thought there's masses of room in the living area to accommodate extra sleepers).

We bought the footprint but not the carpet as we opted for picnic rugs that did the job well - can't say I got cold feet at all and we did go bare footed inside the main areas.

You'll not go wrong with the Hartford if you decide to choose it - we had a wonderful holiday and can't wait to go again.
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By: Pjful  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 12/08/2008

We bought one of these, 1st ever tent, when we unpacked it though it had broken zips and poles etc, supplier thinks it was possibly repacked by outwell and sent out in error, swapped to nevada l.

When we were trying to put this tent up we found it quite tricky, because of the high domed centre I found it awkward to hold being a little short! although it looks a big tent because you are constantly moving around the centre you tend not to be able to access the bedrooms easily, supplier said she used to have one and swapped it for this reason.
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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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