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Tent Reviews: Outwell Arizona L

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3  (more 3 berth tents)
10.80 KG
Fully Sewn-in
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Average User Rating:
8.84/10 from 25 reviews

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25 Reviews of the Arizona L         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  

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

I owned one of these after getting it really cheap (£80) some years ago. Needed a small tent with head room as my mum used it when we went camping, and we also used it as a weekend tent. Did not have a sewn in ground sheet as the newer model had, but it was a lovely tent and did us proud!

They did return the model later as an anniversary, and was torn over whether to buy it but at nearly £200 could not afford it.
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By: Jamie398  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

This is a fantastic weekender tent. We own an Outwell vermont L which is a really good tent but it's massive and really not worth pitching for less than 2 days. I looked around for ages for a tent big enough that we can stand in but one I can pitch by myself so I can go away with just me and my lad. I am really glad I choose this one as I can do it myself and all I need is the little one to climb inside and lift up the middle which he loves doing and then it's job done. Even though it's a three person tent (sleeping area) the is plenty more room, so it's normally me the wife and the two boys and there is still room for our bags. Last night it rained and we were bone dry. I understand the comments about the door and water but if you are sensible it's not an issue / no different than any other tent. These tents are discontinued now so you can get a really good old stock bargain.
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By: Paul stanyer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

We have had this tent for the summer and have used it 8 times so far.

It is large enough for two of us to camp for a week , the porch is fantastic as we can comfortably sit in it in bad weather / late evening in chairs and still have room to have a table and move about.

It does really need two people to put it up ,however it is quick and easy, only taking a few mins to put up and take down.

The thing that also makes this tent good is its height, no bending needed when moving about.

I would highly recommend it.
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By: Ksdodd  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

The best thing about this tent is the overall height and space for such a small tent - it makes life so much easier when you can stand up inside when changing, etc. The sleeping area is for 3, we managed comfortably 2 adults, a child and a very large bag. The porch area is fantastic too, we had plenty of room to sit in it, even with our dog cage. I was also impressed at how easy it is to erect. We have had ours for a number of years, but because of caravanning haven't used it. Had no problem erecting it within minutes even without instruction, as the places for the poles are clearly indicated on the tent and colour coordinated to indicate which pole goes where. We have a number of tents that we have collected and used over the years (before we started caravanning), and I can state that this is the best.
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By: Paulinsk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

The best features are the J door (side door), the zips, which are very robust and work a treat, and of course the head room. I can't fathom the previous complaint re the doors.All tent doors slope. There's a basic camping trick to clear rainwater/dew off a tent door and the area above it. The only flaw I found was the bedroom area could do with a bit more pegging as it whips up a bit in strong winds. However as I always pack too much this problem was eased by storing stuff down the side between the inner and outer.
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By: Conkezz  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Love this tent! We have a larger Outwell but wanted something quick to put up for a couple of nights but big enough to accommodate us - 2 adults and 2 dogs. First time out the weather was awful - however the tent stood up well to the torrential rain and the gusty winds. We have now added a tarp to give us some outside shelter from the elements. Its a great tent for a few nights away, quick and easy to put up and down and small enough to chuck in the car and be on your way! Highly recommended.
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By: Bubobubo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Recently bought this generally lovely tent as a replacement for our bulky two Base 'Seconds with sleeping pod and groundsheets.And on the whole, we love the tent for its appearance, size, the ease with which it pitches/packs away and general design as it affords the two of us lots of space BUT.And it is a big BUT in my opinion,it loses points on two accounts.

As some people have pointed out, due to its dome design, when it rains, the doors are pretty useless unless you want to get a nice run-off of rain down your neck and/or into the tent. Also, I find that the shape of the large door with the window is wrong. It is much, much wider at the bottom than at the top, meaning that in drizzle/light rain,you can't raise the door more than a foot off the ground or the rain gets in. Again. Perhaps some compromise on shape here might help this little problem.

Another little quibble I have with this door is the curtain.For ease of use (ie. Not having to either open up the door section with the net, or the outer door section) it would be more useful in the inside of the mosquito net, rather than between the net and the plastic window section of the outer door, but then that could just be me being picky.

Now to our experience with this tent. We have now used it twice here in Asturias(north coast of Spain). On her maiden voyage, the poor tent was pushed around by strong winds and I have to say, she dances well. She rocked about, jigging and shaking but NO damage done, not a peg out of place. Nor any leaks when the rain came down. Plenty of condensation inside though (and despite the SIG we also used our own footprint sheet), but nothing too worrying.

On her second voyage to exactly the same place just two pitches along,and again with lots of rain, we attempted to solve the problem of the door and the rain etc by adding a Quechua tarp. And so far, so good. No leaks in the tent during constant rain, but lots and lots of condensation and I found the sleeping area tended to get a bit stuffy. And I think here that Outwell need to take a look at the ventilation. Yes, the vents are sizeable and in the right places but do they work?? The one at the front, above the door/window, is held up by those stick things made out of reinforced tent material and velcro(no idea what they're called, bog standard stuff for many tents) BUT, there are only two of them, and the material covering the vent therefore dips in the middle, almost closing the vent. And as for the one at the back of the tent.With zips. Hmm, fine, but when unzipped and pegged out, the angle between the vent cover and the vent is very small.

I realise that I have outlined more negative points than positive ones, but I think these are the things that potential buyers would be interested in. On the whole, we're happy with this tent as it covers most of our needs regarding space, height, pitching/packing, quality etc. Should Outwell address somehow those niggles, then they would have one heck of a tent. The almost perfect tent for two (NOT three) people.

If it's of any interest, we purchased this tent (this version doesn't have the skylights at the top) from CampingWorld and they shipped it to us in five days, so I commend them for their great service on that point. But there is a minor issue relating to the mosquito nets (a small hole in the vent above the window) and a little velcro damage on the main net at the front which we emailed Camping World about, asking for advice on what to do about it, but they haven't bothered to reply.
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By: Crissyangel  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We bought this tent after reading loads of reviews, we wanted a smaller tent than our Suncamp Prism, so that my husband and I can go away without the kids. We have not been disappointed! It is easy to pitch and take down, has loads of room in the living area.Very good for a couple ( and our dog!). The sleeping area is spacious enough for the 2 of us, and we have even considered taking the kids for an overnight stay in it.

I will use this tent a great deal especially for longer breaks and holidays without the kids. We will have to use our Prism for longer hols with the kids. There is plenty of headroom, the 2 doors were excellent during this past very hot weekend. The ventilation was very good, although there was a little condensation, probably due to the cool nights compared to the scorching days! We didn't have any rain so I can't comment on that, although I really have no doubts about the standard of waterproofing due to the earlier reviews. The only niggle I have, and it is very tiny, there is no mesh to keep out the bugs,but I suppose you can't avoid them all when you're camping anyway!

I really can't wait to get this tent out again.Going to plan our next adventure now!
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By: Eggymondo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Bought this tent last year as our daughter insisted she wanting to go on camping holidays and it's been many years since we've slept under canvas.

The Arizona is a good buy if you're after a tent that's easy to put up - my daughter & I manage it together in about 15 minutes, so it must be simple! Initially bought this model because of the height - I don't do crawling around!

It's perfect for two, with plenty of space, and we can fit the three of us in for family camps. However, we've been lucky enough to have good weather most of the time so can spread outside - don't think we'd cope well in the space if it rained for a week.

On the down side, as others have commented, the lack of mud valance around the sleeping area seems short-sighted.

It has been a good purchase and has re-awakened a love of camping.
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By: MrJochenVienna  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought the tent in March 2010 and used it since for a camping weekend. Unfortunately we had good weather conditions so there won’t be experience with bad weather. We had about 35 km/h wind while erecting the tent and the first day. It was stable with the bracing cords. We got the apparent newer version of the Arizona L with sewed on floor canvas. Fully recommendable for two persons on one weekend :-)
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Manufacturer's Description

Easy to pitch and pack for a long weekend, the Arizona L is also large enough for one or two weeks’ holiday, and comes in the Outwell shade of Mocca. The generously sized porch has two doors: one at the side and one at the front which doubles as a canopy (upright poles not included). The key features of the Arizona L include large skylights, a curtained window at the front, a rear flexi vent, an easy-roll mud valance and excellent ventilation.

Flysheet: Outtex® 3000 with taped seams
Hydrostatic Head: 3000 mm
Floor: Double-coated polyethylene
Inner tent: Breathable polyester
Pack size: 27 x 60 cm
Weight: 11.5 kg
Poles: Duratec fibreglass 9.5/11.0 mm

• Sewn-in groundsheet for porch area
• Stow-away O-shaped inner tent door
• Mesh pockets in the inner tent
• 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

Optional Extras:
• Carpet
• Footprint

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