Tent Reviews: Outwell Yosemite Falls
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4 Reviews of the Yosemite Falls
By: Deskjockey Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2012 Rating: Date: 06/09/2012
I thought I would share my views on the Yosemite Falls and increase the number of reviews! I purchased this earlier in the summer and have just returned from 16nights in the Lake District – very mixed weather so hopefully a good test.
I guess the first place to start is the size, it is a big tent (this is my first family tent) which is great once transported and pitched, but you can’t ignore the weight and size of the bags when packing! I think going forward I will pack the poles separately from the groundsheets to make the second bag more manageable. I have now pitched this tent twice, the first time as per Outwell Youtube video in concertina style and the second by putting the middle pole in first with the ends pegged out. The latter is definitely better but there is no escaping having continuously sleeved poles makes pitching/striking harder. (Any suggestions gratefully received) The poles are shock corded but, whilst nominally tubular, will only fit together one way owing to a flat notch/bevel. Do NOT let the poles become detached once in the sleeve (do not pull them when striking) it is almost impossible to put them back together without removing them from the sleeve and starting again. (Note the rear most pole is shorter than the others and colour coded as such – don’t make my mistake!) Getting the poles in is an effort and next time I pitch it I will tape over the leading pole end to reduce friction in the sleeve.
Once up it is easy to zip in the two groundsheets, the rear one is nicely colour coded and the front only zips on three sides. I purchased the footprint, be warned it only covers the rear groundsheet, so bring additional cover if you’re using the front groundsheet too. There is cable entry on each side of the rear, to get power in the front section I simply plugged in an extension cable to the EHU, laid it along the outside of the tent and then laid in between the front and rear groundsheets – as both are bath tub type is simply pops out underneath the middle of the door between front and back can then be lead to either side.
The tent is very easy to live with and I hade no concerns with the wind. The dividing wall pegs down and provides additional strength to the structure. We had torrential driving rain during our holiday and the tent coped very well. The only leak we had was low down on the main door (facing the wind and rain during that period) – there is a small elastic toggle about 10cm from the floor (whose purpose I’m not sure of) by the zip, this wicked in a small amount of water which then dripped on the groundsheet – careful placing of the groundsheet meant the drips could be collected and sent back outside! To be fair at this point in the night there was nearly 1” of standing water outside the tent – anyone who was in the lake district over August bank holiday will now just how wet it was!
The wardrobe room was great – it makes a spacious toilet and happily takes a folding cupboard too. The flexibility of the sleeping pods is fantastic, with two young children we could have one huge room, or 2 or 3 rooms – so it proved ideal for us. We had the kitchen in the front section and table and chairs in the ‘living room’. The hanging rails are great and I was surprised how useful the mesh hanging shelf was in the wardrobe.
It’s only fair to include the negatives:
-Only being able to open/close the above window vents from outside – they are great, but this is a pain.
-The groundsheet attaches to the front door with 3 (maybe 4) Velcro tabs, there need to be more
-The front door is not ideal in rain, but I knew that buying it.
-It would be good to have double zips on the front door, so the top section could be opened to vent whilst keeping the sides closed.
-Having to steep through/over between the front and rear sections.
-The carpets I got in the package aren’t great, but they are easy to keep clean.
-Weight and size
-Price – its expensive, though we got it for c£1550 with a 10% sale day from a well known internet retailer.
Overall I’m pleased with our choice; it should last for many years and most things seem to have been thought of, save for a couple of frustrating details. I would recommend it.
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By: HappyScamper Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2011 Rating: Date: 22/06/2012
This tent was our very first tent purchase as campers. We are a family of four- mum, dad and two children aged 7 and 3, and we decided to get a tent after realising that a caravan would cost us far too much.
The polycotton fabric really appealed to us, and after standing inside a few at Go Outdoors for comparison and hearing how much quieter this was our minds were made up. My husband is quite a light sleeper and so what with outdoor noises being more audible anyway if you're camping, anything that kept the noise down was a plus.
Actually anything that made him more likely to love camping was a requirement, as he was very against it, so it had to be perfect for him otherwise we'd be packing up and going home after 48 hours :)
We had a couple of practice runs in the garden, and were very glad to have done so as it is unbelievably heavy and just manoeuvring it into position was a 2 (preferably 3) man job. It would be very difficult to imagine one person being able to put this up alone- with two of us we've managed to get this down to 40 minutes but pegging out alone takes forever! Hence I've just bought a v much cheaper Gelert Atlantis 5 for weekend trips or those when I am camping alone with the children. Its also BIG- so takes up masses of room in the car which we hadn't anticipated and ended up buying a roofbox to fit everything in.
Once we'd got the tent up, we were really very pleased with the amount of space we had. Children in one room,with camp beds and enough space in between to walk, us in the middle (just about fit a queen sized triple height airbed) and our clothes etc in the other separate pod. Plenty of space to sit and eat in the living area, with good ventilation/windows/alternative exits.We weren't comfortable about cooking inside and so set out our little camp kitchen under the porch, which worked very well and the groundsheet for that area was a welcome addition that comes as standard.
We had also purchased a separate side porch extension, but didn't use it for our first trip, but when we do take it along I think I will make sure that we cook in whichever one faces away from the crowds- felt like a bit of a fish in a bowl otherwise. Will just need to make sure we get a groundsheet for the extension as this isn't included.
The zip in groundsheet was very welcome to keep bugs out of the whole tent (this worked v well, no creepy crawlies at all) although it was difficult to get this smooth under the carpet in the living area that came as part of the bundle. A minor issue though. There were handy access points for electrical cable, and some useful velcro loops up one side and across the middle of the roof from which to hang an electric lantern and keep the flex tidy. Plenty of useful storage pockets too.
Zips were all sturdy and ran smoothly, and no leaks or drafts. When we were dismantling the tent (is this striking camp? Need to get into the lingo!) one of the clamp/screws that go into the side crossbars sheared off, and one of the rubber bungees on the groundsheet came away, but neither affected us using the tent at all.
But the best thing about the whole thing is that my fussy husband loved it- and we have a whole load of summer camping to look forward to with this fab tent. Well worth the money for the quality.
Would have been 10 stars - but because of unbelievable weight and fact that it is cumbersome to put up I have given it 8.
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By: JayHanZeb Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2012 Rating: Date: 08/05/2012
Just bought one! I will make a review when we have used it over the Jubilee weekend, bought from Camping world after looking through their 150 pitched tents,we went to replace our 2 year old Ohio XL while it still has a good resale value with the new Delaware7 but the front of the Delaware is too sloped and unless your going to use it without the carpet or bathtub in the front area it would be a nightmare in bad weather because you'd have to keep the front door shut to stop it filling with water.Once I stood in the Yosemite I knew it was going to be the one! it oozes quality on another level to any other tent out there,the Outwell Lakes are an extraordinary tent too,especially the Wolf 7.Very nice.I have given it a 9/10 without even using it simply because you can tell it is going to be a demon tent.It loses one point for cable entry issues (although I have overcome this problem already,and weight.Jesus its heavy!
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By: Campergeek Reason: Other Made in: 2011 Rating: Date: 18/01/2012
On first looking at this tent I thought it had everything I wanted in a poly cotton tent, apart from the price! Then I realised the front canopy is not fully enclosed and is only enclosed on 3 sides. This could of easily been changed by having a small upstand at the bottom of the door and the door fully zipping round. We have a front canopy on our Outwell vermont and at night when the light shines between the tent and the ground sheet we are inundated by daddy long legs. We have our kitchen in the front canopy at the minute but don't eat(we have tried!)in there like we hoped to, so when we change our tent this is something we are hoping to be able to do. I don't know how many cable entry points are on the new tent but ideally I think it should have 4, 1 on each side of the living room part of the tent and again each side of the front room/canopy so the spaces can be used to suit. Maybe the next model will meet our needs it will take that long to save up the £2000 we will need to buy one! 8). In all I think the tent is probably the best out there, it's price though would stop me buying it as it's not quite got everything we are looking for.Nearly though!
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The Yosemite Falls has been described by the media as a palace in cotton. And it really is our ultimate country home – a super-stylish five room tunnel tent capable of sleeping up to seven in supreme comfort. That’s thanks to the ‘air conditioning’ qualities of our unique Outtex® 100% Ripstop Cotton main fabric and the cooling effect of the tinted windows. The Yosemite has three bedrooms, a main living room with two side doors, and a large front room with zip-out door. Pitching, flysheet first or as one, is made easier by the inside pole sleeves with external entry that add to the tent’s sleek, weather-shedding lines. Additional Outwell features that lift this tent above the rest include the Outwell Floating Guyline System, alloy poles and zip-up curtains. Wardrobe with rail and mesh shelf, zip-out groundsheet and much more add to the practicality.
Recommendation: The perfect family tent for those campers who demand the very best in innovation and quality.
Type of tent: Five room tunnel tent
Sleeps: 7 people
Rooms: 3 bedrooms, 1 living room, 1 front room
Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Flysheet: Outtex® 100% Ripstop Cotton
Floor: Tarpaulin PVC coated 100% polyester,
10,000 mm hydrostatic head
Inner tent: Breathable 100% pongee polyester
Pack size: Tent: 37 x 117 cm / Poles: 34 x 108 cm
Weight: Tent: 37.3 kg / Poles: 40.8 kg
Poles: Alloy poles #6063, 25 mm, 2 upright steel poles
Large front room with zip-out door and zip-out groundsheet
Floating guyline system
Walk-in wardrobe with clothes rail and mesh shelf
Large tinted windows in living area and front room
Additional side doors
Mesh pockets in the inner tents
Lamp holder and light cable tidies
Reinforcement patch on all stress points
Adjustable pegging points
Heavy duty Outwell zips
Outwell doormat included
Optional extras: Carpets and footprint
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