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Tent Reviews: Outwell Ohio XL

Tent and Awning Reviews Index  >  Outwell  >  Ohio XL Reviews

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47.50 KG
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9.05/10 from 19 reviews

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19 Reviews of the Ohio XL         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: Kelly and Broydon  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We have owned our Ohio XL for 9 months after upgrading from an Outwell Hartford XL.

We purchased this tent because of it's design and Outwell Quality, we have not been disappointed. It has a brilliant living area which is spacious and light with the tent having a wide option of areas to allow light into the tent.

As you would expect from an Outwell once erected the tent is sturdy and gives to a feeling of comfort.

The bedrooms are well thought out with pockets on the inside and outside for storage. The centre pod can be used as a walk-in wardrobe or an extra bedroom depending on which pod you put up or if you don't put any up the carpet fits to the otter edge of the tent were the pod would have been.

We have had numerous admirers to our tent especially to the vast living space inside.

The only negative we have found is the poles are extremely heavy and can be a bit tricky (especially if wet) to take apart

Overall what a brilliant tent we just wished they made a new version of it.
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By: Camdm025  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought my Ohio xl in April as my wife preferred a tunnel tent style arrangement with a large front canopy, to the hartford L that we bought new last year.

I have to say that the tent is massive and a little tricky to set up initially but we are all very happy with this tent after our first trip away.

I like the bedrooms arranged down the side of the tent, and found the middle room very useful as a wardrobe. There are plenty of ventilation options, huge windows, lots of storage pockets and several bars for drying things on. I just wish it hadn't been discontinued as I would have liked to pick up some of the accessories.

I would have given this a ten but I felt it does move quite a lot in the wind, which is probably inevitable given its size and shape.

I would definitely recommend this tent for someone looking for a quality tent with plenty of space. Get it and be prepared to encounter quite a lot of tent envy and have lots of friends if it rains.
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By: JayHanZeb  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Great tent taken as a replacement for the troublesome maryland xl.We have got the ground sheet ,carpet and the front awning,we'd recommend it to any one and apart from the weight the only thing that needs to be added is a decent set of metal pegs,the plastic ones are sufficient for the skirts but I would not trust them to hold down a tent this size in high winds. Wow what a tent ,it is going to get a lot of use in 2011 !
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By: AbbotAle  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Having spent a cramped and uncomfortable weekend in a Royal traveller annex (used to own a Mazda Bongo, bought the Royal as extra accommodation, sold Bongo but kept tent)as a family of four to see if we would take to camping, we decided we liked camping but not the Royal tent. We then decided we wanted a tent that would accommodate us with space to relax in and also a separate day room for the kids to play in/ Dine in.

After much research into tent makes and models we decided on the Ohio XL, although we did make a point of seeing one in the flesh first before parting with our cash.We also bought an awning to give us a separate room and this has proved to be invaluable especially in wet weather. The inner flyscreen doors are absolutely superb for keeping out the bugs but also allowing ventilation.

We bought the footprint and found the best way to pitch the tent on the footprint is to put the tent up first but don't peg out the SIG, attach some string to each corner of the footprint, grab the string at one end of the footprint and slide it under the SIG to the position you require and peg in to position.

The carpet also adds a bit of comfort under your feet.

The only thing I think Outwell could add is a EHU entry zip to the rear of the tent as well as the one that is currently present at the front of the tent.
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By: Newbie glampers  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

A marvellous tent, utterly huge, with a better dressing room than Carrie Bradshaw could want.

We've only tried to fit 4 people into ours, but the space for the kids to lie on the floor & read is great. We also quite enjoyed sitting in the tent, watching the heavy rain race down the panoramic windows during our one rainy day in South West France recently. (No rain came in, obviously.)

By our 4th attempt at putting it up, we now think we can do it. No rows, or anything. And this was the first time we didn't mutter obscenities about the bag being 'oversized', because it really did seem fairly easy to collapse.

Downside? It's a bit embarrassing to pitch such a huge tent for a weekend in the uk, amid the proper hard-corps bivvy campers in the lakes etc.

And, it takes up most of the boot.
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By: Richie9598  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We bought this tent last November, got a great deal from Yeomans online - £369! Had a Gelert Lokon Vario 6 before and there is no comparison. We have used this tent 4 times so far this year and absolutely love it, the space is fantastic although we are going to buy the extension this winter for a bit more 'outdoor' room, although it was a bit of a squeeze on our pitch at Hendra last week without it!. The tent is fairly simple to put up once you have seen the vids on youtube, takes 2 of us around 1 hour 30 to 2 hours to pitch after some practice. Quality tent all round, we will have this for years
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By: Jmc1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I currently own a Ohio xl only loses one point due to the weight of poles and sheer size when pitching can be difficult although me and my husband have managed it quite well with only 2 adults and little help from the kids. We have pitched it three times now and it gets easier with practice would recommend watching the pitching videos available on the internet.

I agree with other reviews it is an amazing tent been through some terrible weather and we felt safe inside. The three bedrooms are great but we use the middle room for storage and changing area which keeps the tent tidy with plenty of room not purchased the front awning as not needed due to size and room available without it for 2 adults and between 2 and 3 children may consider if more of us where going .

Great privacy with curtains you can have half covered for light or fully covered or open my granddaughter loved looking out the front door but also when warm the netting kept tent cool and bugs out .An expensive tent but well worth it as it screams quality the storage pockets are a great idea, and the roomy feel means you dont feel cramped up when indoors in bad weather. Looks good from inside and out had a few comments from other campers all positive.

Not had a problem with pitch sizes so far but still quite new to this whole camping thing .Rain canopy is great idea keeps the front of the tent dry and sitting under of and evening or even when raining , the hanging poles for towels good idea and well used all in all a very good all round tent I love my tent and cant wait to go away again in it again. Dont be put off by the size can be a little difficult to pitch and get back in the bag but it gets easier with practice and is so worth the effort
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By: Woodya10  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Have been camping a few times now using a Sunn Camp Residence 6 - Just put it this way, you could fit the Residence 6 in the Ohio XL. This tent is massive.

Pitching can be a bit tricky, but three people managed to pitch it in about 45 mins. Could be done with two, but they would have to be strong. The combination of flysheet and steel poles was quite heavy. Found that the pitching instructions differed to the pitching video on the Outwell website. The video for us proved to be the better option.

The living area is excellent and the bedrooms being down the side of the tent rather than the back was great as it meant we could leave the tent door open and people couldn't look into the sleeping area. We bought the fitted carpet and we would recommend that to anyone. It provided that little extra bit of warmth and luxury. The largest bedroom was enough for a King Size airbed and there was still some room left down the size.

We spent 10 days in Thetford Forest and the first few day were very windy (bordering on Gale Force). The tent stood up really well, only having one peg come loose. Although the tent moved quite a lot in the wind, it never really felt like it was going to go anywhere. The only thing we would recommend is that you replace the plastic pegs (which were useless on hard ground) and get some good metal pegs. We used rock pegs in the end.

The initial outlay of nearly £900 for tent, groundsheet and carpet does seem a lot, but this tents quality is outstanding. I've never experienced tent envy before, but we did attract quite alot of attention.

One word of warning, the poles and flysheet when put away are about 30Kgs each, so you need to be pretty strong to put them in car/trailer.

Overall this tent is awesome, built to a very high quality.
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By: Easy_lsm  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

First time campers and chose this tent based on feedback and websearch\reviews and we are not disappointed!

The tent we found easy to erect after following online instructions\video. The carpet I would say is a must as it gives that extra comfort and also the footprint as we found out on the morning as we were packing up when it rained. The 3 man pod fit our aero kingsized bed (just) and the 2 man pod a double mattress making sleeping very comfortable. As we camped in Spain we found the plastic pegs useless due the ground being so hard and will invest in future in stronger pegs. As mentioned previously the pockets on the pods proved extremely useful and also the poles to hang the clothes\wet towels. It looks great, feels great and definitely contributed to our first experience camping. Negative point: none .So far!
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By: Staceyplant  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We bought our tent as a display model from a garden centre for a very good price. The poles for the wardrobe and front hanging areas were missing along with the tent bag. These things have not made any difference to us. We use a kiddicare pushchair bag for the tent, which is perfect.

The bedroom areas are a great size and being on one side makes living easier as there are two door areas. We get changed and store our clothes in suitcases in the wardrobe area.

A camp bed in the living area with a sleeping bag on makes a great sofa.!

Great ventilation through the door areas, and net window areas in the bedroom keep the tent as cool as possible in hot temperatures.

The integral floor is excellent as no water in rainy times seeps in.

We also have the carpet which was a great buy as it makes it much more comfortable.

Loving the door with either just net, window completely closed and can still see or actual tent material door.

We haven't tried to pitch with two people, but it does seem quite difficult even with four people. Once the main body with poles is up it's fine.

On one windy occasion the front canopy area acted like a sail and nearly blew it away. It took all our strength to keep it down.!

Love the pockets on the bedroom doors. Very handy having little ones around as you can store keys and medicine out of reach!

We have had 6 adults and 3 toddlers stay in this and didn't feel cramped.

Great tent and we will use a lot more.
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Manufacturer's Description

Versatile and comfortable, the Ohio XL sleeps from 5 to 7 persons. One of the truly outstanding
features of this tent is its 3 + 2 inners which both have two doors each: one leading to the living area and the other to the walk-in wardrobe which separates them.
A zip-curtain doorway leads from the living area directly into the walk-in wardrobe. To sleep 7 persons, the wardrobe can be replaced by an optional 2-berth inner.
The Ohio XL is made of Outtex® 5000 fabric, and is equipped with the Outwell Sealed Ground System for maximum floor protection. Summer breezes have easy access through the front ventilation wall and the rear door. Other features include the large panorama windows with bottom-up curtains, the imaginative print exterior, and the colour-coordinated accessories. The wide front canopy – with its convenient rails for drying wet swimwear –adds the finishing touch to this remarkable and novel tent.

Flysheet: Outtex® 5000 with taped seams
Hydrostatic Head: 5000 mm
Floor: Double-coated polyethylene
Inner tent: Breathable polyester
Pack size: Tent: 78 x 40 x 42 cm/Poles: 25 x 73 cm
Weight: Tent: 25.9 kg / Poles: 21.6 kg
Poles: Steel poles 19/22 mm, 2 upright steel poles

• Large front canopy with mud valance
• Drying rails at each side of front canopy
• Front ventilation wall
• Large panorama windows with roll-up curtains
• Walk-in wardrobe with clothes rail and zip curtain
• Optional extra inner (to replace walk-in wardrobe)
• Rear door
• Pre-attached and adjustable inner tents with two doors
• 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 guy ropes
• Luminous guy ropes
• Heavy duty Outwell zips
• Outwell doormat included
• Repair kit included

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