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Tent Reviews: Outwell Oakland XL

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Bedroom inners:
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Pitching Style:
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 61 to 70          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  
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By: Dejes  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 21/07/2010

Used for Two Adults & one dog Camping in Dorset for one week from 12 July 2010. Weather Conditions, Gusty winds, heavy showers,Hot & sunny. A great test for the tent as we had a bit of everything.

This tent has so many reasons to work well, But unfortunately looking at it and living it are two different experiences, there are a few design faults, and niggles.

Positive point first

Great size for us

Colour coded front and back section poles.

Lots of living room Hight & space

Plenty of window options

Two door options

Sturdy centre sections (Steel Poles)

All in one sealed in ground sheet

Bright neon guylines

Good adjustable ventilation

Negative points:

Front Supporting pole, suffers to much stress on bends & brakes very easily.The front of tent is the weakest part of the tent and this needs better support, particularly in any wind.

Roof sections of fabric that feed through & hold poles, end just where the the joints of poles are which allows the fabric to get nipped and stuck which in time will fray the material.

Side door follows into roof gully section, so when it rains water pours in when needing to use the door.

The curtains on windows are quite fiddly to secure,and when rolling up they are tricky to keep in place, because of uneven shape and tie positions. The front door to open is awkward to open and tie up, because of the severe slope on the front door you must open the mosquito net from the inside first, to be able to open and secure the door as you need to stand inside the front of the door to be able to reach the top to secure it. Ideally needs two people to roll it up too.

The sleeping area can be dived to allow a larger living area, leaving the larger side sleeping pod enclosed, we used a double inflatable on the supposed 3 person side and it completely filled that side, also the two connecting inner sleeping pods can be opened into one big area, BUT the dividing zip has a few inches of material on the bottom corner, meaning an air bed puts pressure on the inner tent.

I really don't think 3 adults could fit on the larger side, I would say only two, and comfortably only one on the other side making this tent more suitable for three adults only.

On reflection I think possibly the Minnesota 6 people tent might have been a better option for us, because of the side door canopy and the front porch option.
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By: Kate orr  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 17/07/2010

We were camping in Cumbria and had a terrifying experience, in the middle of the night due to high winds the metal poles of our OUTWELL OAKLAND XL buckled and bent resulting in the tent being destroyed and everything in it, we are experienced campers and were using storm pegs. Be warned, another couple had the Outwell Montana and it did the same thing and their tent was destroyed also. The tents with the flexible poles were the only ones left standing
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By: Campanula  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 10/07/2010


-the inside space is well thought-out, so there is plenty of usable area both in the sleeping compartments and the main living area.

-Reasonably easy to pitch with 2 people, although the tunnel design means a bit more faffing about with adjustments than other types of tent.


-the first one we got had a big hole in the groundsheet - it had been packed badly in the factory, as the end of the poles had gone through several layers.

We took it back and got a replacement, but whilst on holiday we discovered that the groundsheet on that one had a flaw in the fabric so that a section under the sleeping compartment was porous and leaked through. This is my first experience of a built in groundsheet and I'm not impressed - it seems much more flimsy than the older types of groundsheet and that's with a 'footprint' as well.

- there's not enough guyropes and pegging points, particularly at the front of the tent. We attached a few extra guys to the door loops at the top and pegs at the front door (which we didn't use), but to stop the tent from flexing massively with wind it will need several more pegging and guyrope points to be sewn in.

- as other people have mentioned, the door setup is really annoying - most people only want to use the mosquito net if they are having problems with mosquitos or whatever, but this design means you have to put it down to close the bottom of the door and have to use two zips to open or close the door all the time.

- personally I thought there were too many windows (obviously the odd one out!) - I found it awkward to open and close all the curtains (didn't open some of them because of this), and felt that they may have contributed to the tent cooling down very rapidly in the evening (although I am more used to canvas tents, so this may have been a factor).

- There's so much standing room I wouldn't be able to pitch the tent by myself if I wanted to go just with my toddler when husband can't get off work.
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By: Ang29  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 09/07/2010

As experienced campers we were devastated when this tent blew over on our first trip out! On the first day! It is completely unusable now as the tear in the roof sustained when it blew over cannot be repaired. Our advice is not to buy this tent unless you intend to camp in good weather with no wind whatsoever. As a positive, we loved the light and the available space - it is just not stable enough to feel safe.
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By: Mags01  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 06/07/2010

I have not been camping since I was 12!.We have now used the tent 3 times since we bought this in May.It is fantastic, bedrooms are spacious, even fit our mountain bikes in.Lounge area is really spacious, we purchased the carpet, gives extra comfort.

Takes no more than 20 mins to put up.Lots of ventilation, we haven't experienced any condensation.We also have the extension, a must in the rain!We use it to cook in at all times.The wind breaker is great for that bit of extra privacy too.

The 1st time we used the tent it rained solid for a day,NO leaks.The second time we had gale force winds, bit scary,but it withstood the battering with no problems, although the piece of the extension that goes over the top was a bit noisy, kept flapping.We have now put guy ropes on and this has eliminated this.The 3rd time beautiful hot weather.

Only negative point I will make is that the poles for the door should be provided, bit of a pain to roll up, I am only small and can't reach to tie it up.Really recommend this tent.
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By: Blackedmagic  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 30/06/2010

So far so good, my first 'big' tent and it took us a massive 40 minutes to put up, however I'm good at learning from my mistakes and reckon this will be halved next time.

Haven't used it properly yet, planning 2 weeks in France in September so we'll have to see how it stands up to the weather (which will hopefully be nice).
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By: Mike-bennett  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 29/06/2010

My wife took exception to my 4 man hike tent as a useful weekend base for camping, so with advise I bought this.

What a great tent, easy to pitch and so much room for the two of us and two German shepherd dogs, its great. We camped in a wet and windy May and stayed dry if a little cold and we camped in June and baked in the glorious sun but the tent is brilliant.

We now have the side extension, a must for cooking and wet gear plus the carpet which negates the need for shoes, a real homely feel.

As previous people have said the main door is a pain with two zips but it ok, the side extension helps because you don't get water coming in the tent but you still have the door open.

The two pods are big enough for camp beds, kit dogs etc so no complaints at all with those and the central storage rack is good for all those small bits you don't want to loose.

I would recommend the tent to most as its such a versatile space.
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By: Ezee1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 20/06/2010

Just an addition to my first review of this tent. We went away bank holiday weekend and suffered horrendous wind speeds up to 20mph. We were pitched head on into the wind with the flexi poles at the front and boy did they flex! We had to pull everything about 2 foot away from the front as it flexed that much. Saw another tent pitched the same and that was flapping about too. Also saw a monty 6 that didn't move an inch so those steel poles are well worth it.
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By: TheBonds7  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 06/06/2010

Used for the first time this week. Excellent tent. Lots of room in the lounge, didn't need it on this trip as weather fantastic. But when not so good will be useful space. Bedroom pods airy and good head height. Steel poles a definite plus. Also bought the footprint, carpet and side extension which was useful. Plus purchased the extra poles for the front door. For me annoying having to spend extra for these as other tent I have are included, but maybe I am finding something to niggle about!
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By: Daveyjp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 02/06/2010

Bought this as a replacement for our 16 year old Khyam quick erect tent which wasn't large enough for the now three of us.

First outing was during a very warm weekend in mid May and this made things so much easier. Watched the very useful video on youtube showing how to erect it and having never done this tent before it was up and fully pitched in about 45 minutes.

The front metal pole did twist in the fabric sleeve and we had to undue it and twist it back, but once done the tent was OK.

We also bought the side extension which proved invaluable as a cooking area - this took about 20 minutes to erect and fully peg out.

Carpet was a welcome addition as was the dedicated ground sheet. If you pack carefully the tent, ground sheet and carpet all roll into one bundle and it still fits inside the tent bag - very handy.

Agree about the issue of not having a zip on the bottom of the outside door, but that's a minor complaint for a tent which appears to be well thought out.
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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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