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Utility Tent / Tarp Reviews: Outwell Alabama

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2 Reviews of the Alabama

By: Sharky92  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Having bought this tent to replace a collapsing and damaged OR Double Outhouse, I was pleasantly surprised at the difference between the two. This tent, although of shorter height, is much roomier and lighter inside, with plenty of room to put a kitchen stand and all sorts of odds and ends in. I must point out though that at 6ft tall, I can only stand either side of the apex without my head touching the roof. The four legs are adjustable, so in theory, it can be raised a bit more if the mud valance is pegged as a height extension to gain an extra 4 inches or so, although that idea hasn't been tested as yet.

The details in this tent are excellent, as you would expect from Outwell. The frame is simplicity itself to clip together, with instructions and a frame drawing sewn to the bag. Erecting it is a breeze, clip the frame together, flysheet over the top (just like a normal frame tent) and set the four adjustable legs to suit, then peg it all down. With the mud valance and a clip-in bathtub groundsheet, it's well protected for leaving things on the floor. The only reason I've rated this tent 9 out of 10 instead of 10, is that I'm missing 3 of the 4 quick clips on the groundsheet itself. For this oversight on quality control, unfortunately, I have to deduct a point. Otherwise, everything else is spot on.

There's plenty of pegging points around the tent and mud valance, and with 4 guys, it's not going anywhere. It's supplied with plenty of plastic pegs, and just in case, a repair kit in the peg bag. Even the base of the pole bag is double skinned for re-inforcement.

Ventilation is not a problem either. With 2 doors, a mesh panel with a velcro tabbed cover above the front, and a split mesh/plastic window in the rear door, there's plenty airflow through. What I particularly like is the attention to the rear door. The whole door can be unzipped and rolled up, but it's the detail that makes the difference. With the door zipped down, the window panel can be unzipped and rolled up in two halves. First stage reveals the clear plastic window, with loops for the cover here, then with the cover flap fully unzipped, it can be rolled up to expose the mesh section too.

All in all, this is a well made, and good sized utility tent that should last well, and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending it to anyone.
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By: Hlk01  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Just got a 2008 model for a great price from outdooraction. I was lucky, a phone call when they showed out of stock revealed they had 1 in stock and at a brilliant price of £89.95, and it's blue to match our SV8!

Now to the tent, it's well bolted together and is a great improvement on our previous utility tent which was the OR outhouse. It's larger than most utility tents (2.4m x 2.0m) but not as big as the day tents, e.G. Oklahoma. Some sites allow for a utility tent included in the site fee but charge for the larger dayrooms, so another bonus. Being of a frame tent construction it a)allows for use of S hooks to hang various bits and bobs rather than have everything stacked on the floor, and b)adds to the stability of the unit in the wind . There is also room for lots of other storage, a large kitchen stand and a couple of chairs. It goes up in no time, though it is heavy because of the steel poles. There's also the advantage of a bathtub groundsheet which just clips in. Particularly like the very large rear windowed door which has mesh in the top half giving lots of ventilation whilst cooking. To sum up, I'm thrilled with it and would highly recommend.
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Manufacturer's Description

This multi-purpose utility tent combines the high-quality Outtex® 3000 fabric with a detachable bathtub groundsheet to provide an ideal storage facility on family camping expeditions. With its large rear door, front window and canopy, the Alabama complements any tent in the entire Outwell 2009 collection.

Flysheet: Outtex® 3000 with taped seams
Hydrostatic Head: 3000 mm
Pack size: 28 x 90 cm
Weight: 11.8 kg
Poles: Steel poles 16 mm

• Large rear window and rear door
• 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

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