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Tent Reviews: Outwell Virginia 5

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5  (more 5 berth tents)
17.10 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
9.69/10 from 42 reviews

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42 Reviews of the Virginia 5        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3   4   5  

By: Shivvy68  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We've owned our Virginia 5 for a couple of years now - we always seemed to struggle getting it pitched 'just right' - it would be too stretched (so that some of the inner bedroom connectors are too tight and we have to leave them unconnected), the poles are really difficult to force into their positions and the edges of the sewn in floor are also tight and too raised. I've owned a number of tents and haven't had these concerns before. We've just spent a great long-weekend on a very windy Isle of Skye - the tent coped with no problem at all, despite 40mph winds and torrential overnight rain. By some chance we met another Virginia 5 owner and got chatting and mentioned our concerns with 'overtightness', it seems that we should have 3 poles of various lengths when in fact we have 3 of the same length - all the longer length which is giving us our problem! Unfortunately we bought the tent at the Outdoor Show and had no instructions with it - now that I've reviewed the pitching instructions on line I can see that yes, it should have 3 poles of two different lengths! I will contact Outwell and see what can be done.

In the interim, I can't recommend the tent enough - yes, the end/large door does mean a stretch and some planning to undo/do-up and with so many layers(3) per door it needs the same degree of thought to open them fully and tidily, but after a few outings these become the norm and insignificant. If we get our poles sorted then I'd gladly give this tent a 10 out of 10.
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By: J+PW  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I had wanted an Outwell since seeing a couple of friends had them. But we've always thought they were a bit too big.

Our needs are simple - a sleeping area that is big enough so you can both get up without crawling over the other in the middle of the night, a side door to make it easy to perform the function you got up for, and an area you can sit in when it rains.

As keen windsurfers it needs to stand up to a breeze too.

This tent fulfils all these needs brilliantly and it is a doddle to put up. A real one person operation (as long as you leave all the doors open.

Just got back from whitstable yesterday, already got the bank holiday booked in Wales and looking for a few days away in it inbetween.
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By: Brindle1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Bought this tent at the end of last year's season and only camped in it recently. I bought a Coleman Galileo 5 front extension for it as I couldn't get the original one for it and it fits perfectly, really pleased. No rain so I cannot comment there but so far very happy. I preferred the Galileo extension as the windows seemed bigger than the Icarus extension. It cost about 119 so not sure how this compares to the Icarus.
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By: MummaP  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Brilliant - we love it! Like probably most tents the manufacturers are overoptimistic with the capacity; we are 3 adults plus dog (2A + 2CH fine, 4A max) but we had loads of space for sleeping, eating in the living area & storage. Storage pockets brilliant & easy to reach from the bedrooms. Plenty of headroom too (my menfolk both being 6' this was necessary!) As we suffer from bugbites the mesh over the doors essential for us but not all tents have this. Love all the windows in the living area - makes having to sit in on a wet evening so much nicer.

Pitching fine - one person could do it if tall enough but far easier with two. We have the footprint which makes pitching/packing on wet ground much, much easier. AND.It goes back in the bag without a fight too!

Only reason didn't give 10/10 was because we had to buy porch poles separately for the front door - they really could have come with it for a few more quid.
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By: JulieEllenPB  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Bought the tent, footprint and front extension in January/February 2012 and have used it three times. Twice in this country - once at Easter and once for a weekend in July - and for five nights in the Lot Valley in France.

We love our tent and would thoroughly recommend getting the footprint and front extension if you can. The footprint is great for checking out where you want to pitch - we are novices as this is our first tent that we have owned, although we have spent many holidays camping with Canvas and Eurocamp abroad - and the extension enables us to leave our tables and kitchen set up outside, this is particularly useful when there are all four of us and the dog.

It feels spacious for two, even with camp beds, with lots of space in the bedroom. We have got 4 of us in the bedroom, the two 'children' (20 and 18 and taller than us) in with a squeeze on sims; dog was not impressed but she is used to a king sized bed!

Would be cramped for 4 in bad weather. We bought it for our trip to France in August and it proved very successful even with the 'cosiness' of the sleeping situation. We did give the kids the choice of taking their own small tent but they opted to sleep in our tent so couldn't be too bad.

On one of the UK trips it rained heavily and the tent coped really well, no leaks and withstood the squally weather. The only negative was that the side door porch collected water so periodically needed emptying.

Very impressed with the quality and features such as the storage pockets and the windows which let in plenty of light. We are really pleased with the ease of putting it up - even for us novices.

Wanted a reasonably priced mid sized tent and we are extremely pleased with our purchase.
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By: Saxonheidi  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Everyone before me says it all about this tent. It is brilliant, has been tested by the climate apart from sunshine. A pain that accessories are not available. Maybe we should set a bring back campaign. Because why should we have the rolls Royce of tents but a ford or lada or canopies
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By: Peterandnicola  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

We purchased this tent from Yeomans Outdoors for the weekends but struggled to find a footprint and carpet as they were out stock. We found the footprint for the Outwell Wyoming 4 / Outwell Minnesota 4 fits perfectly. The carpet we use is from the Carolina M put length ways (no cut-out for the bedroom clip to the floor) but it still works fine.
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By: Ezt73  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Just bought this tent a few weeks ago and have been to sunny cheddar and rainy Derbyshire in it so far. Away again in 2 days! had very windy/rainy weather in Derbyshire, withstood all that was thrown at it with minimal condensation (we kept all the vents open as it was still quite warm). As a couple we found the larger sleeping area perfect for our air beds and used the other room as a dressing room/storage area - with all the windows it was great for privacy! plenty of space in the front in bad weather, handy centre pockets for all the junk! also is under 5m long so avoid the extra cost at some sites for bigger tents. Would advise the footprint - we purchased a tarpaulin in the same dimensions and it worked really well and only cost 10.
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By: Bungle Bear72  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

A brilliant tent.I bought this tent when it 1st came on the market. Didn't really know what I was looking for re size, practicality etc. As I normally go camping with just me and the dog so I went to one of the Yeomans campshows.

I looked at a few in my price range and the Outwell Virginia 5 came up trumps.It seemed to have those little extra touches curtains for all the windows, small canopy area over side door, amount of light hangers, electric cable holders conveniently placed and the amount of pockets for storage of car keys, anti bac wipes etc. Also the pegs are a strong plastic so they don't bend on hitting a stone.

It is quite easy to pitch with 1 person and I do recommend the carpet for it, as for the front canopy I bought the Vango version and although different colours it does look quite cool.

I've now used it for 3 seasons and its been thru rain, sun, frost but as yet not snow and it is still as strong as when I bought it. I like to wash the inner tent each season which keeps it looking new.
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By: CoopsnCookie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Having read previous reviews we purchased this tent this year. It is absolutely ideal for us as there is just the two of us. Not so sure it would really suit 5 people unless it was 2 adults and children. Love the living area and windows. The mesh 'insect net' is perfect. One of the evenings we had a thunderstorm and the 'heavens opened' the tent stood its ground with perfection and not one single drop of rain inside. Would totally recommend this tent. The only thing that spoils it is trying to get the extension is a 'task' as they seem to have stopped making this tent. I really don't know why as it is fab.
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Manufacturer's Description

Exclusive to Yeomans the Virginia 5 is quick and easy to pitch, and provides comfortable sleeping accommodation for 4 to 5 persons in its 3+2 inner tent with divider. Offering generous amounts of living space for the family, this model features the full Outwell Sealed Ground System for maximum comfort and protection from the elements as well as from insects and dirt.

* Persons: 5 People
* Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
* Flysheet: Outtex 3000 with taped seams
* Hydrostatic head: 3000 mm
* Inner tent: Breathable polyester
* Groundsheet: Sealed Ground System
* Pack size: 30 x 69 cm
* Weight: 17.1 kg
* Recommendation For two-child families and others who want ample room and reliable comfort in an innovative tent.
* Cabins: 2
* Colour: Green
* Floor: Double-coated polyethylene
* Type: Tunnel
* Standing Height: Yes

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