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Tent Reviews: Outwell Alderney

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7.33/10 from 3 reviews

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3 Reviews of the Alderney

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

Bought this tent to use on this years Mongol Rally and initially was very pleased with it, despite a slightly unwieldy disc size (almost 1m across). Very roomy & held up well with myself & the missus in it under torrential rain the night before the start (and also first night in Belgium). Used it only 4 more times after that across europe etc before crossing into Russia (when I really started to need it!). And it died. Spectacularly.

Taking it out of the bag, I found all the loops making up the frame had simply shattered. And in about 5-6 different places.

It had been stored on the roofrack of our car, sat flat on top of 2 spare wheels and 2 jerry cans & usually between 2 other pop-ups. Then under a cargo net. No stress placed on it at all. So important was this kit, we even made sure our rack had no air flow under it to stop the discs lifting and stressing them. And each time it was folded away it was so easy, it never needed to be forced. So I can only think the frame loops were simply defective.

Still, not what you'd expect from a tent that supposedly retails at over 100 quid. Given the expected rigours of the trip, had it packed in somewhere in Mongolia after 3 solid weeks of use, fair enough. But the use it had was barely more than a week's light camping.

Subsequently bought a cheap Russian replacement for 300 roubles (about 10 quid) in Volgograd that whilst much much smaller (and as it turns out, treated with far less respect!) completely out performed it & survived to be donated to the charities on arrival in UB. As did a number of £20 tents purchased from the likes of Argos & ASDA used by other teams on the rally.

To sum up, it looked good and was a great size, but I'd place a massive question mark over it's durability. If you buy one, use it on a weekend once in a while and then take it home to be stored utterly safely in your garage, then you might get the 'years of reliable service' described below. But I doubt it.
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By: Gooner194  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I brought this from Yeomans a couple of weeks ago, at a special price of £44 which is very good.

It's dead easy to put up, and being a popup tent, does exactly that in seconds.

The biggest problem I had with it, is folding it back down afterwards, and luckily I tested it out in the garden before I took it to the lake district last weekend, and I watched the instruction video on the internet quite a few times, and after trying exactly what was instructed, I still couldn't manage to fold it properly, and I took it to the shop, where they showed me, and I still struggled with it.

After using it in the lake district last weekend, I nearly left it on the site in frustration, as once again, I struggled to fold it down, and had to get a couple of lads who also had a popup tent, to help me, and they struggled at first.

It is very large and round when folded, so not easy to fit in the boot of the car, especially my Ford Puma.

The positive side of it, is that it is quite roomy inside, and has a door either end of the tent, with space to put your luggage, which is very useful.

It is lower down than some of the other popups, so for someone like me, who is 6 feet tall, I struggled a bit to get changed in it.

It rained hard Sunday night, into Monday morning, in the lake district, and the tent stayed dry inside, which was good.

I think I may have sorted the problem of folding it though, as I had to put it up again when I got home, as it was very damp, and I managed to fold it properly that time, although it took a couple of efforts.

For a popup tent, this has to be one of the best for strength, and waterproof, and definitely not the cheapie type that gets used at music festivals, where they get left there afterwards.

All in all, probably the best popup tent available, but I might buy a khyam freelander tent to use as well, for longer stays.
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By: Hexhome  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Bought mine at Yeomans for £45. They only had the sage (green) which is a shame as the Mocca looks better in my opinion.

As expected, staggeringly easy to pitch. No more than 10 minutes to unzip the bag, peg in and blow up the air bed! This tent is a generous size for a two man, I have seen 3 man tents with less space. It would certainly manage 2 adults and a child.

I have just used this tent for two of the wettest days camping I have known and kept very dry. There was a slight leak from the outer door zips, but as the porch was soaked on entry anyway (as would most tents), it wasn't really an issue.

Putting away - understand and follow the instructions, and it really is easy and quick. The first time took me 4 minutes but I can now do it in less than 1. There is an excellent video at http://www.Outwell.Dk/Administration/Images/Images/PitchingWayVideo/79.Wmv

Which shows clearly how to fold and pack the tent. Ideal for those who never read the instructions!

At the price I paid, this must be the best value pop up tent on the market provided you can cope with the pack size. A 98cm disc doesn't sound too big until you try and put it in your car! This really is the only downside of this design and I would recommend checking that the size is manageable for you before purchasing.
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Manufacturer's Description

The manufacturer has advised that this model has been discontinued.

This pop-up tunnel tent sleeps 2 persons comfortably in one well-ventilated bedroom with a door at each end. Available in the trendy NEW Outwell stripes in black, Mocca or green, the NEW Alderney offers a number of surprising features including two porches, an O-door for easy access to the tent, and an inner tent door with half mesh. Other strong selling points that enhance comfort and functionality include no-see-um mesh, a fully seam-sealed flysheet for maximum weather protection, pre-attached and luminous guys, and a mesh pocket in the inner tent. Handy, sturdy and incredibly charming, the NEW Alderney will give its owners years of reliable service.

Specifications:
Flysheet: Outtex® 3000 with taped seams
Hydrostatic Head: 3000 mm
Floor: Polyester
Inner tent: Breathable polyester
Pack size: Dia. 98 x 5 cm
Weight: 5.0 kg
Poles: Fibreglass 6.0 mm

Features
• Pre-attached inner tent
• 2 porches
• 2 doors with no-see-um-mesh
• Good ventilation
• Fully seam-sealed flysheet for maximum protection
• Mesh pocket in the inner tent
• Reinforcement patch on all stress points
• Pre-attached guy ropes
• Luminous guy ropes
• Heavy duty Outwell zips


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