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Tent Showcase: Outwell Idaho XL

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8  (more 8 berth tents)
49.60 KG

Fully Sewn-in
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Average User Rating:
9.35/10 from 49 reviews

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49 Reviews of the Idaho XL        Showing 31 to 40          Page:   1   2   3   4   5  
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By: Steve+Ange  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 02/04/2009

Wow, what a tent. To be fair, I hadn't been camping since my childhood in my parents frame tent so I haven't got anything recent to compare it with.

It goes up & comes down easy but its a bugger to fit back in the bag & I used to hire out bouncy castles.

Loads of space inside (2x adults, 3x kids & 2x dogs). The dressing rooms are great, we use a pop up tent as a bedroom in one of them.

My only gripe would be fastening & unfastening the outer door, It slopes in at the top & the zip seemed so far away but that could be down to my middle age spread.

It was my wife's first time camping and she loved it 'more space than the static caravans'
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By: Nelmo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 17/03/2009

I bought this just after xmas and paid £420, which seems to be more than some! Just spent the first weekend away and though the tent was very good overall, there are some issues.

It took us (mostly me!) about an hour to get the tent up (minus the guys) but I expect it to be much quicker next time. The Outwell instructions are, I'm afraid, useless. The written instructions come on one small A5 size card and are hopelessly brief. They mention colour-coded poles and sleeves? Where? The poles for the porch are colour-coded (blue tape that will rub off after a couple of uses!) but I couldn't see any colour-coding on the tent itself. Fortunately, the sewn-in label in the tent bag has one diagram that shows you where all the poles go, so that saved the day. There are only 4 main steel poles (in 3 sections each), 2 fibreglass ones for the central dome, 2 more steel poles for the porch and 2 other steel poles but I just do not know what they were for! Not shown on afore-mentioned diagram and no obvious place for them. The tent was perfectly stable and rigid so I assume they weren't important - possibly to hold up the main door as an extended porch? I'm planning to mail Outwell to ask them.

There are loads of guy ropes - the weather was good so I only pegged out about half of them - nice fluorescent yellow as well!

Tent felt very stable, there are loads of vents, windows, blinds and about 7 billion ways of arranging them (well, OK, a lot - you know what I mean). I was also surprised by how many internal pockets there are - all along the inside and outside of the sleeping pods. You could probably get half your wardrobe of clothes in there.

Taking it down was nice and easy and can be done with one person - however, getting it back in the bag is impossible! Took me 3 attempts (and 40 minutes) to get it mostly in the bag. Why do manufacturers not make the bags bigger? They should know that we are not going to have access to the heavy machinery they used at their factory to squeeze the bag into it's first packed size, so why not admit this and MAKE THE BAG BIGGER! However, I'm sure all manufacturers are guilty of this, so I shouldn't single Outwell out for it.

Now, this is my first tent so, even though it seems to be very good generally, there are a couple of design ideas I personally would add in:

1. The doormat isn't much cop - it's rubber/plastic so doesn't absorb water and it doesn't have enough texture to allow mud to be rubbed off.

2. Although there are lots of windows in the main porch and at the back, there is nothing at the sides. I know these are supposed to be 'dressing areas' but all the other windows have blinds that can come down, so why not have something similar on the sides? Just made the dressing areas feel a bit claustrophobic.

I would also recommend getting the groundsheet - it keeps the tent clean underneath and also allows you to plan where your tent is going to go before getting the whole thing out.

Generally, I would recommend this tent and I think it was the best in it's class (obviously, that's why I bought it!) but, as always, there could be some improvements.
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By: Peterlymn  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 24/02/2009

Paid an amazing (I think!) £280 for a 2008 model including a front extension from GoOutdoors in Bristol this weekend (21 Feb 2009).

We've set it up in the garden already and compared to our Vango Colorado, that this replaces, it was a doddle. With all the tensioning straps properly adjusted and poles in the right place this is a sturdy beast - worth those few extra minutes to make sure it's straight etc. Though.

The unique layout is great for us - huge central area, kids bedroom away from ours(!), full standing height throughout, privacy dressing areas, huge floor to ceiling windows.

Like a few others here we struggled to get it back into the bag first time but that always comes with practice!
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By: Cliff n Pat  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 03/10/2008

Went away with ours from new so no practice go in the park, as big as it is we got it up in less than an hour, we found it easier to pull up if you go inside & get some air in first.After our double skin Hartford it felt a bit cold with just 2 of us in it but as more people arrived it was really snug, the carpet will be a big help,my mate had the porch on his & its a must for cooking outside in the English summer.

Another EHU entry point would be really useful on the back or the other side of the entrance but that's just being picky.

Once up & pegged out it is really sturdy & I like the plastic pegs which come with it but don't know how robust they will be, the Deltas still go on the main points.

Its a pity the vents cant be sealed better as we kept getting draughts but we can live with it.

When packing up I would advise folding from each end to the middle as the front & back allow air out when rolling up but if you fold from front to back the ground sheet acts as a big balloon as you get nearer the end as Pat found out ( I tried to tell her).

The footprint was worth its weight in gold as we set up on wet grass but put a dry tent away.

As someone else has said, when setting up make sure the tent is in the middle of the cross members or the ground sheet wont sit properly, & when taking it down don't forget to remove the clothes rails.That was Pats fault as well, honest.
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By: Mineralblue  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 29/09/2008

We decided to get this tent after reading reviews on here. We picked it up last week and have given it a trial run in the in laws back garden! It really is a big tent. Getting it up was straight forward but you have to make sure the poles are through exactly the same amount either end or the bathtub ground sheet can be a little taught at one side,other than that its pretty straight forward. We also purchased the kids room(they love it,the wife wants one for us too!)the extension and the footprint sheet and the carpet.I was a little dubious of buying a carpet for camping, I thought it a bit much,but with the nights getting a little cool,Once it was in I was glad we have got it.It really makes it feel cosy.

All in all I think its a great design and I managed to get the tent for 303 pounds new,So there are bargains too be had at the moment.One thing,I did find it a bit tight to get back in the bag,but I guess I didn't wrap/roll it too good.

Viva la France next year!
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By: Bugeye  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 19/08/2008

Just returned from first ever camping trip. We took the tent to France and were complimented by everyone on how good it looked and the amount of space it provided. We had the front extension which made a huge difference too. Also had the Kids room which our two girls loved sleeping in. Withstood a horrendous storm with no leaks or damage. Would thoroughly recommend this tent to any 'virgin campers'! Already planning our next trip in few weeks time.
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By: Dorris  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 15/08/2008

Just been camping with the family for the very first time, what a great tent. There was plenty of room for us all (2 adults 3 children). We had strong winds which were no problem for the frame work of the tent and we also had a lot of the great British rain which was no problem tent coped very well. We did have the extension on the front and what a difference that made so much room for cooking and it was also somewhere the kids could kick off there shoes before entering the main tent stopping the dirt walking in.The tent was so easy to put up the kids could of done it. Best thing I have ever bought.
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By: Tonkaaz  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 13/08/2008

We were undecided between the Montana 6 and the Idaho XL, the XL was on offer and only £50 more -after alot of visits to tent suppliers, taking measurements etc (sad) we decided on the Idaho XL and we have not been disappointed with our choice, it has withstood gale force winds and torrential rain (although no blistering sunshine hint hint - we live in hope!) we have been dry and felt safe. The footprint and carpet make it very cosy and we even have electric hookup and extension which really does make this a home from home for our family of 4. The extension has been a godsend for cooking in the constant rain!
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By: Janex  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 12/08/2008

Just returned from camping in Seahouses for a long weekend with our Idaho XL and we loved it. Lots of useful pockets and hanging rails helped to keep our belongings tidy. Did have a problem with one of the poles and we will need to return this but apart from that, we could not be happier. Had considered buying the front extension but, to be honest, I don't think we will need any more space. Maybe we can spend the money on a lovely carpet instead!
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By: Aprilgold  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 11/08/2008

Have just bought one today to replace eight year old khyam ultimate classic. Am very excited to use it - khyam has served us well but we broke a joint this last weekend and they all really need replacing so decided to go for new!
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Manufacturer's Description

The manufacturer has advised that this model has been discontinued.

The Outwell Space Frame System enables the Idaho XL to offer a larger and improved living area,
together with a much wider porch that adds 5 m2 of space to the family’s living area. Carefully designed for easy holiday housekeeping, the Idaho XL has two bedrooms at either end of the tent which open into a side bay equipped with a clothes rail and organiser pockets. The bays can be curtained off to create extra privacy for dressing, and are suitable for a wide variety of living or storage purposes.
Other key features include low-light windows, a lamp holder, light cable tidies, and a cable entry point. With a sewn-in groundsheet in the main tent and a detachable bathtub groundsheet in the porch area, the Idaho XL is designed for ultimate camping comfort and convenience.

Flysheet: Outtex® 5000 with taped seams
Hydrostatic Head: 5000 mm
Floor: Double-coated polyethylene
Inner tent: Breathable polyester
Pack size: Tent: 78 x 40 x 42 cm/Poles: 23 x 78 cm
Weight: Tent: 27.8 kg / Poles: 21.8 kg
Poles: Steel poles 19/22 mm, Durawrap fibreglass 12.7 mm, 2 upright steel poles

• Detachable bathtub groundsheet for porch area
• Large panorama windows in porch area
• Mud valance on porch area
• Clothes rails
• Pre-attached and adjustable inner tents
• Organiser pockets
• 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 guy ropes
• Luminous guy ropes
• Heavy duty Outwell zips
• Outwell doormat included
• Repair kit included

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