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Review Of The Outwell Minnesota 4 For 365 Camping Caravanning

 

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Outwell Minnesota 4
(Sleeping Capacity 4 persons)

 

 

 

The Tent
The Outwell Minnesota 4 is from Outwell’s Deluxe range of tents and is a 4 Berth Tunnel tent which utilizes steel poles (Outwell’s Power Stability System) to ensure the tent is kept secure and rigid throughout most conditions. The tent is supplied with a universal two plus two inner tent, providing sleeping accommodation for four people or a very comfortable two person tent. The bedroom divider can also be unzipped providing a single bedroom if required. The internal dimension of the tent ensures a comfortable living area for a couple or small family. The tent is made to a very high specification (see below) and is designed to ensure comfort and durability.

 

Flysheet: Outtex 3000

Inner: Breathable Polyester

Sewn-In Groundsheet (SIG)

Rigid Steel Structure with Durawrap pole for the eyebrow porch

Seam taped flysheet

Groundsheet: Double coated polyethylene

Two entrance’s with mesh inners

Multiple Ventilation points

Packs into a single carry bag

Repair kit

Colour: Green

Fire retardant

 

Pitch Footprint, Size And Weight
Width: 315 cm, Length: 480 cm, Height: 200 cm

Packed Size : 80 cm x 49 cm
Weight : 23.6 kg

 

 Erection / Pitching

One of the key advantages of this tent is that it is pitched all in one, ensuring that the inner tent will stay nice and dry if pitching in wet weather conditions. All the main tent poles are identical which makes the pitching relative easy. Once the tent is out of the bag we find it easier to loosely peg the four corners first. Once this is done you will need to get as much air into the tent, this can be done by unzipping the front door, getting inside the tent and lifting the material. Snap the poles together and lay in place along either side of the tent ready for the pitching. Insert the three roof bars and starting from the front insert the side legs and locate in the ring and pin system, you will find this is best done with two people, one either side although it is possible to erect on ones own. Peg out the front two guy ropes (either side of the front door) then work your way to the back of the tent locating the two remaining poles on the ring and pins. Once this is complete, starting from the back to the front, peg the flysheet and guy ropes down making sure the poles are square and in alignment with each other. Once this is complete locate and fix the flexi pole to the eyebrow porch.

 

Pros and Cons

 

Pros

Cons: 

All in one pitching

Spacious

Well ventilated

Stable

 

 

The Cost
Around £220 for the 2007 model but the cost may increase slightly for the 2008 season. There are multiple accessories available for this tent from Footprint groundsheet to carpets, canopies and extensions.

The Verdict
New for the 2007 this tent was released to replace the Montana 4 tent that was no longer being produced. A six berth version is also available for those requiring a larger tent, this being around a meter wider than the four berth version. Based around the successful Montana range of tents, this tent incorporates a lot of its features but in a cheaper package. The tent is quickly erected and with a little practice no more than 30 minutes and the tent should be erected. I would recommend that a footprint groundsheet and canopy / extension are also considered. The Footprint offers extra protection to the tent groundsheet and helps keep it clean aiding a quicker decamp, whilst the canopy / extension provides valuable extra covered area outside the tent for cooking etc. Finally for those with young children the carpet provides an additional barrier from the earth and helps reduce dampness and also provide a nice living area. This tent is an ideal choice for a small family or a couple who require a little more space than a traditional two berth tent.

Information and Links
For further information on Outwell and their products visit Outwell

 

 Reviewed by Rickit
Note We recommend with all tents that you see them fully erected and satisfy yourself that the product is right for you prior to making a purchase.

    

 

 
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