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Tent Reviews: Outwell Corvette XL

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34.80 KG
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5.08/10 from 12 reviews

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12 Reviews of the Corvette XL        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: Procampingmum  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 29/07/2017

We were so excited to own one of these (2015) but have just experienced exactly what Camping Dad 1 has explained in his review. We were miles from anywhere, had to find a Go Outdoors and buy a cheap emergency tent which we squeezed into (family of 5) for the week. We have just contacted the retailer and are starting the complaint procedure and if anyone has any extra info for us on how to go about this, please let us know. It was such an expensive tent and we are really sorry we did this now. I want a tent with poles!
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By: Camping Dad1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 18/07/2017

Bought the Outwell Corvette XL in 2015. I wanted a tent that would last a good 10 years and see my kids all the way through to adulthood. So thinking that Outwell were the Rolls Royce of tents I splashed out just under £1,000 down my local camping shop for what I thought was a top quality tent.

We used it 3 or 4 times in the first year and although I had a few niggles such as the main entrance door not closing fully and the airbeams bending on a windy trip (much to the amusement of other campers) I thought I could live with it, not a major issue.

Anyway I recently went on a camping trip, myself and five children staying in the tent, drove 120miles to the site and started inflating the first beam with the pump supplied with the tent. The pump broke within the first 5 strokes. Not a major issue although the quality of the pump is rubbish. Got my electric and started with the first beam, absolutely nothing, no air was going into the beam, tried the second and third and the same thing, I really thought I was doing something wrong as they were not inflating in the slightest. Put my finger into one the valves and could feel the tube had perished. Managed to sort out some space in an other persons tent for 2 of the children but had to pack up and drive home with my 3. All in tears and really upset got home at 1am on Saturday morning. On Saturday I started to investigate the issue by opening up all 5 beams. First of Outwell put a zip tie on the zip which you need to cut to access the tube, I can only assume the reason for this is to stop customers from investigating the quality of the tube. This is no exagertation but the plastic that is used to make the tube is the same quality that you would find in a cheap beachball you see on sale at the seaside shops. On 3 out of 5 beams the plastic had completely perished. I contacted Outwell via Facebook and they fobbed my off with the old go back to the retailer its not are problem. I was so furious I kept tweeting them and eventually received the following tweet from Outwell “Hi I believe you have made your point clear now. I kindly ask you to stop posting about this matter as we have already responded’

I have heard about their aftersales service and it is as really bad and arrogant as people say. The fact that this tent is no longer manufactured by Outwell makes me very suspicious that they know there were some serious manufacturing issues and they are aware of the bad reviews this product has received as this seems to be a very common defect with this tent.

All I can say is do not touch this product as it’s not fit for purpose and after the appalling response received from Outwell I’m very reluctant to buy any of their products again.
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By: Muddy feet  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating:   Date: 03/05/2017

Lovely big tent and easy to put up. Inside it is light and airy with large windows so even on wet days you get the sense of being outdoors. However we have found that the tent lets in water where the air beams meet the floor. We used it about 3 times last year, all short camps and once so far this year. Unfortunately last time we used it one of the beams lost air pressure and we needed to pump it up each morning and evening. We have spoken to our supplier who have suggested we check the valve but after reading other reviews I am a little concerned.
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By: Loulou57  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 12/01/2017

I've changed my opinion of this tent. 3 of the tubes developed leaks and deflated completely and Outwell took a very long time to send a replacement. In the end we got our money back.

It was a great tent when it was working, but useless when the tubes went down. Two tubes went down at the same time on one holiday - it was a nightmare.

I don't think Outwell make this model any more - perhaps they've upgraded the strength of the tubing material. I was surprised, because I've owned Outwell tents before and found them to be excellent.

I know own a Vango (with bendy poles!).
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By: Andykerry82  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 09/09/2016

I have a corvette xl which I have had for just over a year. I am safe to say that for £1000 tent it is a let down and a rather waste of money. I am a big fan of Outwell from owning a Montana 6 for many happy years. I brought it as had 2 kids and putting the tent up was a lot easier than the Montana. But on its first use it burst 2 pipes and one kept going down. I sent the the tent back to Yeomans outdoors who in turn sent it back to be repaired. The summer after just gone we used for the second time and the tent burst 2 more tubes and the same tube went down! Also it is of no use in strong winds as the back will just collapse. I am still trying to get my money back from the tent but it is been a long road. Don't buy this tent try the later one or another tent all together. It is a shame as it is a good tent with lots of light and space. I cannot recommend the tent at all
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By: Rossijtr  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 01/08/2016

Tent itself is lovely light and spacious and pitching is quick and easy. However the air tubes are flimsy. Ours let us down on 2nd use. Away with friends and tube went, we were left 5 days into a 15 day holiday with a useless tent and Outwell very unhelpful. We got flooded out and no way of getting spares quickly as our dealer was 300 miles away. Never again will I buy an air tent or an Outwell product.
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By: Ohms  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 11/10/2015

The plastic in the air beam bladder is very thin and we had multiple air leaks - probably from where the zip rubs against it. Ours lasted 3 months. We returned it to Camping World and it was sent off to Outwell for investigations. Finally received a full refund from them. I think you'll find that the 2016 models will have more durable air bladder beams. We however will not be trying air tents again.
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By: Npkent  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 17/08/2015

What a monster of a tent, room to park the car inside.

Loads of space for two of us and it's great putting the kitchen in the built in front awning and still having space for a table and chairs. We feel slightly lost in the living area as it's so big and will need to buy some extra furniture to fill it. The theme continues through the sleeping area although surprised the big vents in the bedroom doors don't have curtains like previous Outwell tents we have owned. Another area that cuts have been made is having toggle curtains instead of zips in the living areas. Plenty of light inside due to the abundance of windows and great that you cab unzip the whole of the front and also the inner door for ventilation and space. Although doors on both sides of the main living area would have been perfect. Very easy to pitch although puffing hard after blowing up the five air tubes so will invest in an electric pump . As it's a large tent their is also lots of pegging out do. Deflates very quickly once you open the valves and rolls back into the very large bag easily. Be warned this is a large heavy tent, it fills the boot of my Golf.
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By: Oxnewt  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 10/08/2015

We bought the Corvette XL new for this season, replacing our Hi Gear Kalahari 8 + porch.

The only downside we have found so far is the quality of the supplied manual pump. One of the handles snapped half way through inflating the tent and one of the bayonet connections to the pressure gauge failed as well. Luckily we had brought a spare pump (from our inflatable canoe) so we were fine. I have since bought a Sevylor 12v 15psi pump for a bit of automated luxury inflation! With a manual pump each beam takes around 1.5 to 2 minutes to inflate to the right pressure, meaning the tent is up and ready for filling with kit 10 minutes after you start (while you can then guy it out). It's a bit of a work out pumping manually, but I'll take that over fiddling with pole set after pole set and fighting with the Kalahari porch!

The tent itself is superb. Its first proper outing it coped no problem with both the driving rain and high winds thrown at it by some delightful Welsh August weather - no leaks, no stability problems. The light-coloured roof panels make it a light and airy place to be, even on a wet day with all the curtains closed. There's also enough space that a family of four didn't feel under each others feet, even with table and chairs inside. One evening we had 4 adults and 3 kids eating inside and it didn't feel cramped and people could still easily move around. At 4.5 wide you really feel the benefit of the extra width and the height adds to the spacious feel (I'm 6ft and have to stretch to touch the roof!).

The built-in porch makes an excellent kitchen area and place for dumping boots and coats, dog to sleep in, etc - the fitted tub-style groundsheet provided for it is a nice touch. The large exterior door can be opened as little or as much as you wish to allow ventilation, and similarly with the internal door to the porch, meaning you can have a lot of ventilation but still privacy if required. However the large number of windows mean you can flood the place with light if you need to. All the windows (including porch) have privacy curtains.

The bedroom layout is basically double, large double, single - realisticly a family of 4 will have very adequate sleeping space and be able to store clothes, etc, in the small bedroom keeping the main tent area clear. Alternatively you can use the single for sleeping and utilise the remaining space in the double and large double for stuff. If you have 6 people then they will fill the bedrooms without being shoehorned, but you'll have to put your 'stuff' elsewhere. Putting 2 in the small bedroom to fulfill the 7 person quoted capacity would be a tight squeeze. However the main living area is so large you could easily fit a camp bed or inflatable out there if required and not trip over it. You could also use the porch for additional sleeping space as the tent also has a side door.

There are plenty of storage pockets in the bedrooms and on the outside of the bedroom pods, although there's ony one light hanging hook in the centre of the main living area - it would have been useful to have another one in the porch.

When the wind blows the tent does move more than a traditional pole tent would, but of course that's the benefit - the air tents just spring back! There were a couple of tents on the site whose fibreglass poles had broken in the strong winds but our Corvette just took it all in its stride.

All in all we are well-pleased with our purchase and and it is a much lighter and more pleasant place to be than the Kalahari, not to mention taking about 45 minutes less time to pitch! It's being used twice more this season and we're already looking forward to our next few nights away in it.
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By: Micbrook  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 14/06/2015

First weekend away in the new tent and its was great! old tent was a very similar size with poles so time taken putting this up and taking down was very noticeable.

Tent itself is awesome, obviously a large tent so lots of living space. Inflated the beams without any issues, beams felt nice and sturdy once inflated. Rained heavy the first night and didn't notice any leaks. Porch area is a bonus, old tent didn't have one so we really appreciate this where the family can sit and chill and admire the views.

Can't wait to use it again!
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Manufacturer's Description

There is plenty of room in this seven person inflatable tunnel tent, ideal for larger families and friends on weekend breaks and tours. Fully featured, it combines the very best of our technical expertise with our renowned insight into tent life to deliver inspired and practical camping experiences.

Type of tent: Four room tunnel tent
Sleeps people: 7
Hydrostatic Head: 5000 mm
Flysheet: Outtex® 5000 (75D 100% polyester taffeta) with taped seams
Inner tent: Breathable 100% polyester
Rooms: 3 bedrooms, 1 living room
Tubes: Inflatable frame for best performance - 0.6 to 0.8 bar / 8.7 to 11.6 psi
Floor: Double-coated 100% polyethylene, 10,000 mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet: Sealed Ground System
Pitching way: Inflate in one
Pack size: 45 x 103 cm
Weight: 34.8 kg

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