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3 Reviews of the Vermont 7SA
By: Lacieay boldo Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2017 Rating: Date: 04/08/2017
We got this tent to replace our old Gelert Horizon 8 when we realised our family of 5 had out grown it and we needed more space, especially on those rainy days. It didnt take long to choose this model after a short online search and a single viewing at a live display we loved it and it didnt take long to find a really good price on it along with the footprint and 3 layer carpet.
We took it out for its first use at the start of June when the weather was fantastic, we didnt go far just in case we had any trouble and with a 7 month old in tow its nice to know we cold up sticks and head home if things went wrong.
Pitching it for the first time was amazing compared to previous pole tents, pegging the corners and away you go with the pump, although thats a lot more effort than it looks like on the videos!
The tent itself didnt disappoint the bedrooms are spacious and certainly had enough space for our fold out double, the kids beds and a travel cot. The living area fitted 2 inflatable sofas and dogs with ease and the kitchen area had more than enough space for 2 units and a large table.
The only negative points I would say about the actual design would be the sloping front is a pain when it rains as water comes in every time you enter/exit, only one side door has any rain protection so again the same problem with the other door, so if its still stuffy and humid while raining ventilating the tent can be a pain.
The tent wasnt put through its paces as the weather was great and the wind never really got going so all in all a successful first trip and we couldn't be happier.
However things went very wrong on the second trip and that is why the tent has scored a 5. We arrived on site in the rain pitched fine and got set up, the rain continued on and off in heavy showers for the next 2 days and all was good no leaks etc, signs of condensation at the bottom of the beams and rain water collecting on the bath tub ground sheet in the front area but nothing that would spoil a trip. Day 3 and we woke up to much better weather the sun was out, breakfast was cooking then at about 10am several very and I mean very loud bangs and what sounded like a firework crackling made us all jump.
A quick search of the tent found one of the Air beams had ripped through its sleeve and ballooned out like a beach ball. In a panic I called the supplier for advice, which was to shut off the internal valves, deflate the beam, fit it back in the sleeve zip back up and slowly re inflate. This appeared to work got the beam up to 5psi and it held fine so we went out. It rained while we were out and we came back to the tent to find it had collapsed in on its self completely and every compartment was flooded. And in places the water had collected up to about an inch in water. On further inspection the beam had burst out again and I would assume at the lower pressure couldn't take the weight of the wet material and rain water. Outwell / supplier have suggested it may have been a manufacturing defect / faulty zip but looking at the number of issues other owners have had with the air beams im not confident in having another one, especially when it became apparent that sourcing replacement beams is difficult (Outwell do not retail package them and you can only source them via authorised resellers but no actual RRP means pricing and availability varies). I was finding prices of around £500-£700 to replace every beam, and as none of the beams are the same across the tent you would need the lot in case of emergency. So not being able to guarantee sourcing a replacement (Outwell class it as a wear and tear item, but only state the spares to be available for 2 years from date of release, so potentially if the tent were to experience problems with beams 3 years down the line you might find yourself putting it in the skip and starting again).
So in summary Great layout, loads of space looks amazing, the royal master bedrooms are class leading for us it was the perfect tent nothing needed to be compromised. But Outwells poor quality control, questionable design of the smart air system, undeniably poor customer service and lack of clarity around spares and support. Destroyed my confidence in the tent and in the end ive compromised on some of the features I love to try an alternative brands Air tent. Thats not arrived yet so I will review that after having the chance to use it a few times first.N If I was sure the tent would hold up it would score a 10 but for the reasons mentioned I cant give it more than a 5
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By: Safrifa Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2016 Rating: Date: 16/05/2017
I really love my tent. Spacious for 4. Two point inflation works well. I have pitched this tent alone easily within 30 minutes including guylines. I use a car battery powered pump. Withstood rain and 50 mph gusts. Best features: deep bedrooms and porch/side entrance. Cons, there should be netting on the front door/awning.
My priority when choosing was something I could pitch alone, and space. This ticks all the boxes.
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By: Wightcamper Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2016 Rating: Date: 03/09/2016
Hi all, purchased the Outwell vermont 7sa from bch camping , have to say got a really great deal off them the tent, the footprint and carpet all in was £1387, at the time of this deal in july you couldn't even get just the tent for that price.
Good points this tent is fantastic, worth every penny, it is so spacious and very easy to pitch, love the tinted windows , you can pitch this tent on your own but it is easier with two, mainly because one person needs to go in tent as it is inflated and push up the airbeams ,in the two times we have camped this year the weather has been very kind, hot no wind or rain except for 1 day where wind was very gusty, and it rained for a day, tent coped very well , the inflated frame of tent had no problem dealing with gusts , no leaks either,
Bad points , this list is short, plastic pegs that come with tent didn't cope well with hard ground at campsite, when I took them out most of them were bent badly, so useless now, will upgrade to strong metal ones, Outwell only give you 4 big metal pegs , 1 for each corner, would have been better if they were all like this, thats it nothing else to moan about , love this tent.
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The Vermont 7SA is ideal for large families, sleeping up to seven (2+3+2) in three Royal Master Bedrooms plus a huge living area. It uses the Outwell Advanced Air Tube System and One-Go Inflation Technology with pre-angled, Gothic–style air tubes for superb stability and generous headroom. Plus, it benefits from three zone flexibility – wet, dry and bedrooms – for practical tent living. The tent front area can be zipped off completely for a truly airy feel.
Type of tent: Four room tunnel tent
Sleeps people: 7
Hydrostatic Head: 6000 mm
Flysheet: Outtex® 6000 (100% polyester Oxford) with taped seams
Inner tent: Breathable 100% polyester
Rooms: 3 bedrooms, 1 living room
Tubes: Integrated Advanced Air Tube System frame for best performance.
Max pressure: 7 psi/0.5 bar
Poles: Alloy 13 mm, 2 upright steel poles
Floor: Double-coated 100% polyethylene, 10,000 mm hydrostatic head
Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Pack size flysheet: 26 x 52 cm
Weight flysheet: 50.5 kg
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