Utility Tent / Tarp Reviews: Outwell Sliding Canopy
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3 Reviews of the Sliding Canopy
By: Blake5 Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2011 Rating:
I purchased the Outwell Sliding Canopy due to the fact that there is no available front extension for the Wolf Lake 5, and I felt the official side extension was a tad on the small side. I stumbled upon the Sliding Canopy after much research, and it appeared to tick most of the boxes. It’s a great size, packs down to reasonable dimensions, it can be attached to the front or side of the tent (with a bit of faffing with guy ropes!) or it can be put up completely separate from the tent itself.
I was a bit worried that with the open ends and one side not reaching the floor that it’d be too open to the elements, but to be fair, my cooking cupboard and table/chairs stayed perfectly dry in some pretty torrid conditions. During more favourable conditions it comes into its own. To sit back in the shade it provides but with all that ventilation is bliss. You could look at it as more of a tarp rather than a utility/kitchen tent.
The canopy is relatively simple to put up although it can catch the wind in even the lightest of breezes. I’d recommend a second pair of hands to assist if at all possible.
The build quality is good, sturdy steel poles (which feel more substantial than the alloy ones on my Wolf Lake) and the canopy material has a 3000mm hydrostatic head. Again, typical of Outwell, the pegs supplied aren’t the best. I use rock pegs; I feel far more confident in these pinning it down to the ground!
During breezy nights it can flap around and squeak a bit. It does negate all of the advantages of a nice, quiet polycotton tent. Having said that, it has stood tall to some mighty winds, so I find that pretty impressive.
A nice touch is that it has cable running points on both sides to hang a light inside the canopy, great if lighting is required of an evening.
All in all, I’m extremely pleased with the Sliding Canopy. I have been in two minds whether to keep using it or purchase a Wolf Lake Side Extension, but the advantages the Sliding Canopy provides will mean I’m more inclined to keep it. It’s a great size, it complements my setup brilliantly, and as an added bonus it can be particularly useful for garden parties etc. Too if required.
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By: Lynm Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2008 Rating:
We love our Sliding Canopy.
It has been everywhere with us & makes a great shelter in any conditions.
Love the way it slides which means if rain is coming from 1 direction you can slide it down.
One way we used it during a particular camp which was all rain was even on both sides with windbreaks & it was perfect and dry all bar the very edge.
We decide where we want the slides before we peg but it only takes a few minutes to slide it and change it once you have the routine figured out.
It's a great addition to our Colorado 5.
We paid a lot less than quoted price here, less than half!
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By: Cage Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2008 Rating:
We have recently purchased the Outwell sliding canopy and used it for the first time this weekend with our Bear Lake 6. Erecting it is simply a case of assembling the 3 poles and sliding them through the canopy, peg down a couple of guy ropes one end, lift the poles into position and finish pegging down. The canopy has clip on straps which you adjust depending on the canopy position. Be warned though, slide the canopy into your desired position before pegging down and attaching the straps as you cannot slide the canopy after the guy ropes are pegged down. The amount of fabric on the canopy is very generous, we had it positioned down to the floor one side, and nearly half way down the other. Due to the amount of fabric we could not position it with just a small roof like in the pictures? (not that we wanted to with the amount of rain we got). Sorting the straps out can be a bit of a pain, and as they lay across the floor I would suggest using a ground sheet as we kept tripping up on them! We had a mixture of weather over the weekend, from heavy thunderstorms to lovely sunshine and had no real issues with the canopy although the fabric is not a patch on our tent. We managed to erect it right up against the Bear Lake front canopy and made ourselves a spacious kitchen/dining area which protected us from the elements (more space than my kitchen at home!). Overall I am pleased I bought the canopy, although we probably won't be able to use it on smaller camp sites as we already have quite a big tent and the tent & canopy combined do take up a fair amount of space.
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The Outwell sliding canopy is the ideal way of creating shaded and/or sheltered living space next to a tent or at home in the garden. Ideal as an outdoor lounge or dining area, the innovative Sliding Canopy offers a variety of options that make it possible to position the roof/wall to the best possible advantage.
For example, it can be open on one side only, with the roof and other side closed to provide shade
against the sun and/or privacy from neighbours. Both sides can also be slid upwards to turn the canopy into an open shelter.
Flysheet: Outtex® 3000 with taped seams
Hydrostatic Head: 3000 mm
Pack size: 15 x 72 cm
Weight: 12.2 kg
Poles: Steel poles 19 mm
• Fabric can slide on frame – various positions
• Adjustable pegging points
• Pre-attached guy ropes
• Luminous guy ropes
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