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Tent Reviews: Halfords Urban Escape Osaki 3

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Bedroom inners:
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3  (more 3 berth tents)
8.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
9/10 from 7 reviews

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7 Reviews of the Urban Escape Osaki 3

By: Bridgeywidge  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

This is an update on my original review in 2013.

Since then, it has been used for a few overnight stops, a weekend, and a spot of garden camping but, until last week, always in good weather (about 10/12 nights in total).

Now, it's been well and truly been christened and survived rather well I must say.

Despite a split pole mended with tape - my OH had a paddy en route home from France recently and got them in the wrong order (despite the colour codes) - I remained snug and pretty much dry during a wet and wild night in a relatively exposed spot. I pitched bum to wind but, during the night the wind changed and blew straight onto the opening. That did reveal the downside of the open bottom of the front door - water did start to come in a little from the flapping. I solved this by propping the washing up bowl against the toggled up flap, secured with a weight inside and that seemed to do the trick. The only other water ingress was from my dripping raincoat which puddled in the corner (a bucket would have stopped this, but it also highlights how useful an external porch can be). I was solo camping so there was oodles of space; I sat in the bedroom compartment as I had quite a large chair with me, with a small table and all my gubbins (bar clothes) in the 'living' area. Even with the wind and wet, pitching didn't take too long at all: pegging out the back works well, then inserting the poles and walking them out to secure, before guying. One little foible I have noticed, is that the inner tent elastic is a bit flimsy and going very lax also, that it may be best to put up the inner before guying out fully, as it it can be hard to toggle in the inner at the sides if you do it the other way round. The pole sleeves are beginning to look a little faded, which is disconcerting after so little use but, they are far from degraded so, life in it still. At under 8 per night, still a good buy and I'm rather fond of it.
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By: BumBeeTartan  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

Great Tent.

Easy to pitch, takes me (57 year old male) 20 minutes, just install the poles, peg out the base and then pull up like a 'pram hood'.

Good head room, no more rolling about trying to get dressed. Sit at a table inside to eat or read a book, so civilised!

Outer tent has an attached groundsheet as does the inner sleeping area which means the sleeping area has double floor protection

Sold by Halfords, you can get these tents with a generous discount if you can hold off for a few weeks. They are launched at 149 but drop to around 79 within a month or so.

I would say its a bit heavy for backpackers unless you split the load between the group or are built like Conan but if you can stick it in the car boot or boat hold.

Sold as a 3 person tent but with 3 in the sleeping area and 2 in the porch this could make a good festival/concert sleepover (or ditch the sleeping area to create the one big space) . Bear in mind that the more people you cram in the less space you have for beer or vice versa
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By: Rogerx  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

I am really pleased with this tent. My criteria was the smallest tent I could get with standing headroom, so after looking around and checking past feedback I decided to take a chance on the Halfords, Urban Escape Osaki 3 and for 99, I'm glad I did. I think it has been well thought out, ajustable straps on the O rings for the pole pins, plenty of ventilation, colour coding on the poles and other bits, like on the inner tent, electric cable entry, hooks for hanging lanterns, supplying two poles to turn the door into a awning. It has been mentioned that the door does not zip along the bottom, but it has a high flap that can be hooked up, so I didn't have a problem with this. It has a sown in groundsheet SIG and windows with covers.

A three man tent, well you would have to be very friendly, two people, ample room, you could get a double bed in the sleeping compartment, with a little room left over. In the living area you can get a small table and two chairs, a little bit tight but ok.

The first time camping, I erected it by myself, it took me an hour, and that was to unload the car and set everything up, the bed, cooker, table etc and it was blowing 20+ knots of wind. The tent was getting blown around, but no problems. It didn't rain so I can't comment on its waterproof properties, but it has 3000mm hydrostatic head, ( whatever that means, but I read that the higher it is the better ) and I've seen expensive tents with 3000mm, so I would be quite happy to trust it in a downpour. I followed other peoples advice and took stronger pegs, but I still made a mistake, I thought heavy duty plastic tent pegs would be ok, they were not, hit one off centre and it shattered, another bent like a banana.

To sum up, I am very happy with this tent and I think it's very good value.
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By: Livpool11  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

What a brilliant tent. We had been using Halfords Altai 2 man tent, which was really good, but got fed up of the lack of head-room. The Osaki, allows me , at 6'2 to stand up. The single bedroom gives my wife and I a lot more room. We just love this tent, and at 30 (returned because it was too big)it was a real bargain. Can't recommend this enough. Good quality,the sewn in ground sheet reduces draughts and helps to keep our Yorky in.
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By: Shazzabrad  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Bought from Halfords in June 2014 for 99 as wanted small weekend tent to save taking the Outwell. Has 3000 hh, sig. Easy to put up. Used for 4 day festival. Loads of room for 2, could fit single bed in as well. Fab being able to stand up in it! Wasn't windy but there was a lovely breeze. No probs at all with tent. Did buy stronger tent pegs however before using after reading reviews and was glad I did. Overall fab little tent!
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By: Strelleymagpie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

This is the first tent I've owned that was tall enough to stand in. It's really well made and stood up to a couple of blustery nights easily. Only had a brief rain shower so can't really comment on how well it deals with bad weather but I would imagine it could cope. It took 20 mins for 2 people to put up the first time although the inner sleeping compartment has been left in so in future it will be faster. All in all, a very nice tent.
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By: Bridgeywidge  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

I was intrigued by this tent after seeing it reviewed in Camping magazine and from the various reviews on Halfords website. I decided it was just what I needed to upgrade from our current overnighter, which doesn't have a SIG. The Osaki is taller too, at 1.95m. So, I bought one (just don't tell the OH).

I have just given it a maiden pitch in our back garden and found it easy to pitch on my own, partly due to the adjustable tensioning straps on the ring and pin fittings - an unusual level of finesse in such an inexpensive tent.

The three standard fibre-glass poles are colour-coded to tags on the pole-sleeves,and shaped to give the tent a kind of Gothic arch effect - a pleasant change from plain hoops - and gives that extra bit of head height.

Although the front door doesn't zip all along the bottom, the door step does toggle up further inside to keep out the weather.

There are two windows with curtains each side of the front door, and above each window there's a ventilation panel with a rain hood. Further ventilation is supplied by the usual window at the back.

I was quite impressed by the spacious innertent, which would probably fit three people on SIMs or narrow airbeds (if lying like sardines lengthwise). The inner tent features both a fabric door and a mesh insect net, plus a cable point so you can bring in EHU - a nice touch.

The living area/porch is compact - OK quite small - but, there's still enough room for two chairs and maybe a little table should you need to be inside, but it might be a tad snug for 3. There is a lantern point above the front door.

The tent pegs supplied are the basic square ended skewers best used on a BBQ, so ditch those and use something more substantial. The tent comes with useful king poles to prop open the front door as a canopy, or maybe use with a tarp.

The robust carry bag has an extension section to make packing less perplexing.

So far I'm happy with my purchase, and for the price it seems good value for a quick-pitch weekender/overnighter. Yes, there is some uneven stitching - but so has our Outwell.

I have yet to sleep in it or see what it's like in windy and wet weather, so will post again once it has been properly 'launched'. Not one for windy and exposed sites or stormy weather but one that would hopefully withstand some wind and with HH 3000 a bit of rain too (not that I want to test that!).

For the price I paid (79.99) it looks quite smart, IMHO, and doesn't scream 'cheapo'.
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Manufacturer's Description

Urban Escape Osaki 3 Man Tent Product Description
The Urban Escape Osaki 3 Man Tent is a spacious walk in height double skin tent with a large, bright living area and plenty of additional features for added comfort.

The sewn in groundsheet reduces draughts and the dual layer bedroom door gives added protection from insects.

Colour coded poles make for simple pitching and an expandable bag makes packing away easier.

The Urban Escape range has a focus on comfort with additional features including storage pockets, an electric cable point and a lighting point to hang your lantern up.

All Urban Escape tents come with a 2 year guarantee against manufacturing faults.

Features and Benefits of the Urban Escape Osaki 3 Man Tent
■Berth: 3
■Pitched Size: 360cm x 230cm x 195cm (LxWxH)
■Pack Size: 65cm x 22cm x 22cm
■Pitching: Flysheet first
■Hydrostatic Head: 3000mm
■Design: Tunnel
■Colour Coded Poles
■Electric cable access point
■Full mesh mosquito net on bedroom door
■Extra ventilation points
■Built in storage pockets

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