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Tent Reviews: Outwell Delaware 7

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Pitching Style:
7  (more 7 berth tents)
60.20 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
8.83/10 from 6 reviews

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6 Reviews of the Delaware 7

By: Mutley365  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 20/02/2013

Now I've used this tent, this is my update to the my previous review. The first thing I'd say is, with this being a huge tent to pack into your car, even if you have an estate, get a nice big roof box, or even better, a trailer. After all the other paraphernalia that you take along, you're going to need it.

First, I am extremely impressed by this tent, with my wife and 2 children, we had plenty of space to move around. The extras of carpet and footprint are a must have in my opinion. The carpets give you that little bit of luxury and and insulation from the ground; the footprint will save you a bit of work when it gets muddy underneath.

Now I'll just get the cons out of the way:

With this tent being so huge, the first major problem was that we had to pitch the tent in fairly strong winds and the worry I had about this before leaving materialised. It is a bit of a nightmare to pitch in high winds, luckily a lovely couple next to us helped us out, so you need to keep this in mind.

The second thing is that this tent has a massive amount of pegging points and loads of guy lines, it's a shame that Outwell couldn't have used the same system they use with the Yosemite falls, however, it does make this tent rock solid.

Now with the pros:

This tent is solid, we were hit by gale force winds on our holiday. In the morning there were some destroyed tents lying around the camp site, the Delaware 7 didn't have so much as a loose peg or a loose guy line.

The carpets are really nice and give a nice finish to the tent and helped keep the tent warm, especially since some of the nights were quite cold.

The interior is lovely, there are lots of pockets to store things and 2 inner rails to hang things on. In the 'living room' we could fit a collapsible wardrobe and larder, a mini fridge, 2 inflatable and one inflatable chairs and settee, 2 large camping chairs and a camping heater, with still plenty of room to move about.

In the panorama room we had our dining table and chairs, another larder with a cooker and with acres of space left to spare.

The bedrooms are a good size and I could still fit a little wardrobe and camping chair in each of the children's rooms so they could go somewhere if they wanted their own space.

I loved the finish around the bedroom doors and the tinted windows all around. The low level windows were an interesting addition however, not very practical when you put the inflatable mattress into the equation.

People may find this unusual, but my favourite part of the tent, and a must have if you have lots of windows like this does, is the zipped curtains. Toggled curtains on this would be a pain in the neck, but the zipped curtains only take seconds.

In summary; if you're on the frail side then I wouldn't go for this tent, it is heavy and a bit of a struggle in harsh winds. But if you want an attractive, rock solid, and robust tent with loads of space then I heartily recommend this tent, the extra bulk and pitching time is worth it.

My family and I love this tent and despite the weather had a great time in the tent. We can't wait for our next holiday in it.
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By: Graham  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 27/08/2012

We have just returned from a 9 night stay in our new Delaware 7. The first 7 nights were in Wales and the other 2 nights closer to home in Staffordshire.

Lets just say that the tent was fully weather tested with rain and high winds throughout those 9 nights. The tent stood up to it all very well with no leaks what so ever.

The only thing that stops this tent getting a full 10 marks is the fact that rain will run from the doors (any of them) into the tent itself when the doors are opened even slightly to get in or out. IF Mr Outwell had added a small canopy above each side door to divert rain from the doorway that would have made the tent perfect. (IMHO)

We sold our Vango Monte Verde 900 because it was impossible to get warm due to the stupid amount of vents etc. At least with the Delaware 7 you can close unwanted vents and get the tent nice and warm with a small electric fan heater.

We chose the 7 as we wanted extra room to take our grandkids away with us. The 7 has the ability to have just one single massive bedroom where 'we' can all sleep safe and sound.

Wife and I managed to put it up by ourselves in high winds and rain (thanks Wales). We also took it down and packed it by ourselves to.
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By: Slwarr44  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 14/08/2012

We liked the look of the Delaware 7 as it offered us lots of space to spread out if the weather was bad. We had the tent modified to enable us to completely zip back the wall that partitions the panorama room and the main living space if we wish. This means we have a really large space to relax in and it works really well.

We have camped in wet windy conditions in the tent and stayed cosy and dry. You can see that it's made from quality materials. I'd say that this tent would sleep 4/5 people comfortably. I think you'd struggle to get 7 in.

We have 2 gripes which is why we give it 8/10. We'd have liked a side porch to allow us to enter the tent without allowing rain in. Also we'd like a canopy at the front of the tent. You can zip out the front completely, which would allow you to have a canopy but the interior wall is not really up to being an exterior one as there are only vents and curtains - no proper windows, meaning you can only really zip out the front for day use.

Small gripes and hopefully Outwell might bring out some additions that fit this tent in the 2013 season. This is a really comfortable tent and we really enjoy camping in it!
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By: Mtooth  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 08/06/2012

We have previously reviewed the Deleware 7 tent but at that time had only pitched it in the garden and were very happy with the look of the tent giving it at 9 out of 10. However, we have now used this tent twice, once for a weekend when the weather was mixed, bit of rain and sun, and over the Jubilee week when we experienced high winds around 45 mph.

The weekend trip with the wet weather was OK but its difficult getting in and out of the tent when its raining because of the slopped front which means rain just comes straight in but we could cope with this. The second trip which we have just returned from was much worse. During very heavy wind the slopped front was being constantly push inwards and because of the width of the tent (4 meters) with no supporting poles at the front, the main pole at the front eventually bent together with the sides of the front pole. It resulted in us having to pack up the whole tent in high winds and driving rain with three children from 1am to 5am when we were finally able to get the tent down.

I was a bit disappointed with this as it states it is tested to gale force 10 (we were are 7 or 8) but its obvious to us that although they blast the tent with a wind machine for 10 mins this is not the same as the tent having to endure this kind of wind for 8 hours or more. Most tents on the site did indeed pack up and go home during the day but we felt that our tent would be able to cope having checked the weather forecast and seeing the wind expected was around 45-50 mph. Those tents that did stay all managed to get through the night unscathed however I think the sheer size of the front of our tent together with facing into the wind didnt help us.

The quality of the tent is good, its looks lovely and the panoramic room at the front is great to sit and watch the world go by. It is completely waterproof even in those conditions and we really enjoyed camping in it. Its so spacious and luxurious feeling inside and we were the envy of the campsite. I think, had all the tents in the field faced the night most of them would have been damaged so I would still say this is a brilliant tent - we were just very unlucky with the weather.
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By: Mutley365  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 27/05/2012

This is a fantastic tent, it is massive, but light considering its size. We're a family of 4 and this tent gives us plenty of room and comfort. I bought the package deal with the footprint, and both carpets, my only gripe with the former is that it doesn't extend along the entire length of the tent. The hanging rails are a useful feature, I also like that it came with poles to extend the front or side doors. The vast array of tinted windows lets in loads of light and the zip up curtains are great allowing you to get the privacy you want in a quick and hassle free way. There is a pitching video for this tent on youtube and I recommend that you watch it before erecting the tent for the first time, it'll save a lot of trial and error.

Although it is fairly easy to erect, I would hate to try putting it up in a strong wind, as this tent is truly enormous. We are taking it to Devon this summer and I'll add more (including photos), as I've only erected this tent in the garden so far. However, I highly recommend this tent.
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By: Mtooth  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 23/04/2012

Just purchased the Delaware 7 and used it this weekend for the first time. It was really easy to put up but does require two people to do this. Took us about 45 mins from start to finish including all pegging down.

There are some really good features with the tent including the hanging poles in the panoramic room which are invaluable for hanging up coats and towels as well as kitchen utensils. The zip up curtains are great as is the build in ground sheets. There are two low level windows in the bedrooms which are not so great a they are based on you sleeping on a little mat, most people now use blow up matresses and these then block the windows, would have been better to have them high level.

The tent is amazingly light and even when the clouds turned grey the tent felt really light and airy. We purchased the carpets for both areas, havent used the panoramic room one yet as it was too wet and muddy but did use the living room one. Its OK, looks nice, but doesn't fit exactly, ie too big so you have to fold a couple of foot under itself which is a bit odd.

Although this is a 7 person tent its really only fits 5 comfortably in the bedroom area. If you had 7 beds in there they would have to be narrow and you couldn't walk between them. We had two double blow up beds and one single and were able to walk comfortable between the beds.

Bit of advice when erecting the tent, put it up with all doors open but before you start to peg it down and tweak it close all doors including bedroom doors inside otherwise, like us, you peg it all down and then can't close any of the internal doors! All in all its a great tent and would highly recommend.
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Manufacturer's Description

Tops for quality, style and size, the new Delaware 7 does indeed sleep up to seven. This is a five-room tunnel tent in the very latest Outtex® 6000 that pitches flysheet first or as one. The three bedrooms sleep two-plus-two-plus-three across the back of the tent, while the living room space – including standing height throughout – is truly exceptional, aided by the front-end Panorama Room with full-length Tinted Windows to all three sides and Zip-off Front that can also be used as a canopy.

Recommendation: Big, bold and brilliant. Just the type of tent for a family who really want to make a statement on site.

Type of tent: Five room tunnel tent
Sleeps: 7 people
Rooms: 3 bedrooms, 1 living room, 1 panorama room
Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Flysheet: Outtex® 6000 (75D 100% polyester taffeta)
with taped seams
Floor: Double-coated 100% polyethylene,
10,000 mm hydrostatic head
Inner tent: Breathable 100% polyester
Pack size: Tent: 78 x 40 x 42 cm / Poles: 24 x 77 cm
Weight: Tent: 31.7 kg / Poles: 23.1 kg
Poles: Steel poles 19/22 mm, 2 upright steel poles

Large panorama room
Zip-out groundsheet in
panorama room
Zip-off front creating
large canopy
Drying rails
Large tinted panorama windows
with zip-up curtains
Additional side doors
Embossed mocca fabric
Pre-attached inner tents
Organiser pockets
Mesh pockets in the inner tents
Lamp holder and light cable tidies
Fully seam-sealed flysheet for
maximum protection
Reinforcement patch on
all stress points
Adjustable pegging points
Pre-attached guylines
Luminous guylines
Heavy duty Outwell zips
Outwell doormat included
Repair kit included

Optional extras: Carpets and footprint

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