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Tent Reviews: Outwell Yukon River 4

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36.50 KG
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9.33/10 from 6 reviews

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6 Reviews of the Yukon River 4

By: 3madboyz  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I managed to get hold of our Yukon at a bargain price at the end of the season from our local Outwell dealer :-)

This tent is well thought out and has some nice touches, based on the same design as the tried and tested Minnesota , the polycotton is of good quality and the colourway is exactly to my taste, a proper rich mocha colour compared to the slightly 'pinky' hues of the polyester models.

The steel poles are all the same size which makes it easier to pitch, with just three poles and a porch pole it's pretty straight forward, we found it even easier to pitch the tent 'as one' and actually found it quite difficult to pitch the tent as instructed on the pitching video itself (erecting the tent then zipping in the groundsheet and hooking up the bedroom pod), the footprint comes in handy too when making sure that the tent is pitched correctly.

This tent is very sturdy due to the steel poles and numerous guyng points, we had some quite strong gusts on our maiden voyage and the tent didn't budge, the bedroom pods are just the right size for a couple of double airbeds but we used one double and a camp bed so that we could enter the bedroom from one door and had the bedroom opened as one larger area by un-zipping the middle divider, the storage pockets were a novelty for us as we have never had them on a tent before!

Windows are plentiful and let in a lot of light and also enable you to see the world go by from all angles, ventilation is fantastic and there are many vents all the (3) doors have mesh so the tent can really be opened up.

We actually bought this as our weekend tent but I can see no reason why we couldn't spend longer in it as the living space is definitely big enough for the 3 of us even if we were tent-ridden in poor weather, the front extension adds even more space and extra luxury to this already classy looking tent (next thing on the list is to track one down!), Sadly this tent has been discontinued but it really ticks all the boxes in my book.Great design, great layout and overall great quality.

Well done Outwell.
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By: Outwell42  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought our Yukon River 4 from Yeomans in the Autumn sale, along with a footprint, a carpet and a windbreak. I checked it over on arrival and all seemed OK.

We got to use the tent for the first time at the beginning of June, pitching the tent in a high wind. Having watched the Outwell pitching video, all went very smoothly with only 2 of us pitching the tent. The groundsheet is a zipped-in bathtub affair and only goes in one way round. I was a little dismayed to find that the rings used to attach the corners of the inner sleeping chambers were attached to the wrong end of the groundsheet, requiring the sleeping chamber to be held out with our bags and other luggage.

Our first tent was a Coleman Bi-Space 300, and we were very pleased with it, but the Yukon River 4 is in a different league altogether. Our bank-holiday weekend saw sun, wind, torrential rain and coped superbly with all of it. The ample ventilation provided by adjustable vents and doors kept the tent cool in the sun, kept out the wind when it blew and was completely waterproof, the polycotton being heavier weight and less likely to flap than polyester. I'm not sure I like the sloping end to the living space, believing a vertical end face might provide a more useful space but I'm very glad we bought this tent and not the Coleman McKenzie cabin 4 that was our other choice.
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By: Janietee  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We bought our Outwell Yukon River 4 from Yeomans in October 2010 as it was being sold at such a bargain price. We had visited Yeomans in Ambleside several times where they had it pitched indoors and were very tempted but didn't actually get around to making the final decision to buy it. We were up in the Lakes again in October (not camping) and decided that we would visit one more time and if it was still there we would buy it - and luckily it was still there and for the fantastic price of £299!

The tent is easy to pitch even for one person, even though Outwell recommend two people. We had a test pitch in the garden so we didn't look like complete idiots when we were on the campsite (my husbands words!) and it took a little while, but each time we have pitched it we have taken less time.

Our first trip out in it was in May and the weather was not good - wet and windy at the end of a long, dry and warm period - but the Yukon River stood up to the wind and rain well and was warm and cosy (for a tent!).

We found plenty of room for the two of us and use one of the bedroom pods to sleep in and one to store everything which helps keep the living area tidy.

The bedroom pod fits our Alpkit Dozer SIMs and our Outwell 3 season sleeping bags but it is very cosy. :)

The three doors are great as you can decide which one to use according to the weather and wind direction. They also allow a good breeze through the tent to cool it down when hot using the mesh. The curtains fix to the tent using velcro which is much easier than the toggles on our last tent.

To complete our set-up we bought a Quechua tarp from Decathalon which we used for the first time this weekend and it was great - giving us shelter to put the cooker on when it was raining.

All in all this is a fantastic tent. The build quality is great and with it being polycotton rather than polyester the tent is easier to keep at a better temperature. The steel poles make it very stable and secure even in strong winds.
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By: Batryhak  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Excellent piece of kit and well worth the money. Really simple to put up and loads of space. Possibly be better if the the door/curtain ties were elastic instead of being a fixed loop but thats a minor detail. Being made of cotton instead of nylon gave the overall impression of a sturdier structure, and everything is well put together. Our first night out in it was a great tester for wind and rain and thus far no problems.
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By: Mylum  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Amazing, we made a good choice with his one. The heavier material stays cooler in the sun and warmer in the cold. Also you are not up at the crack of dawn because its to bright.Having two opening doors was a benefit on the hotter days. The little porch over the side door was great when it was raining. The tent was very comfortable and cosy. Would recommend it to anyone. Since bought extension to increase living area. Again brilliant
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By: Jocevans  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We absolutely love this tent. Bought because our old nylon style one could not withstand rain and wind, we spent 2 weeks in our Outwell in south of France. Being only 2 people we put up only one of the bedrooms which meant we had more space to put all our stuff, the pockets, on the bedroom compartments came in very useful. The window systems are superb allowing a combination of window up, netting down etc, and on the front window which you can prop up like an awning you can leave the curtain with the window, thus creating shade. When really hot all three windows up allow for air flow. Having said that, despite the temperatures reaching mid 30's the tent never seemed to get stifling hot and we were even able to lie-in in the mornings as the tent didn't get unbearably hot.

Putting up is very easy, all three poles are the same length so you don't have to worry about which pole goes through which sleeve, the pegs are substantial, there are velcroed tags to keep unused guys tidy and the zipped in groundsheet is so easy to clean once out of the tent. The bird poo came off the canvas easily with a damp sponge!

We only suffered a very slight breeze, but there was no flapping at all and I got the feeling that even in high winds it would feel very substantial and wouldn't feel as though it was going to take off any second as our old tent felt.

A really first class tent.
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Manufacturer's Description

This stylish member of the Yukon River family sleeps 4 people in a 2 + 2 universal inner of breathable polycotton. Designed with the comfort-conscious family in mind, the Yukon River yields an amazingly generous amount of standing-height space that is well lit by the large and attractive windows. Easy to pitch with the aid of luminous guys and adjustable pegging points, the Yukon River 4 pitches flysheet first or as one, while the Outtex Airtech flysheet and zip-out groundsheet secure optimum indoor climate and protection against the elements. Carefully crafted Outwell features that will interest customers include the shade of Mocca, reinforcement patches on all stress points, and the organiser pockets in the interior.

Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Flysheet: Outtex Airtech
Inner tent: Polycotton
Groundsheet: Zip-out groundsheet
Pack size: Tent: 29 x 93 cm / Poles: 19 x 92 cm
Weight: Tent: 22.6 kg / Poles: 13.9 kg
Floor: Double-coated polyethylene
Poles: Steel poles 22 mm, Duratec fibreglass 9.5/8.5 mm, 2 upright steel poles

•Full zip-out groundsheet
•Large panorama windows
•Organiser pockets
•Full length mesh pockets in the inner tents
•Lamp holder and light cable tidies
•Reinforcement patch on all stress points
•Adjustable pegging points
•Luminous guy ropes
•Heavy duty Outwell zips
•Outwell doormat included

Optional Extras:
Front Extension

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