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Outwell Montana 12 Review
(Sleeping Capacity 12 persons)

 

Outwell Montana 12 Review

 

The Tent

The Montana range is one of Outwells best selling tents.

The Montana 12 gives more than 28 m2 of internal space as well as a fully enclosed rain porch and the universal 4 + 2 bedrooms. The unique combination of the Outwell Sealed Ground System (OSG System) with the Outwell Power Stability System (OPS System) pole structure creates a great tent that is completely sealed against dust, dirt, water and insects. Pitched all in one go this version is great for families desiring that home from home feeling. With the large vent-view windows, spacious living and flexible sleeping areas for up to 12 people, 2 doors and other key features such as…..

 

Pitching: Flysheet first or as one

Flysheet: Outtex 5000

Hydrostatic head: 5000 mm

Colour: Green

Inner tent: Universal inner tents

Groundsheet: Sealed Ground System (Sewn-in)

Floor: Double-coated polyethylene

Poles: Steel poles 19/22 mm, 2 upright steel poles

Detachable “bathtub” groundsheet for entrance

Pre-attached inner tents

Adjustable inner tents

Organiser pockets

Mesh pockets in the inner tents

Fully seam-sealed flysheet for maximum protection

Reinforcement patch on all stress points

Adjustable pegging points

Pre-attached guy ropes

Luminous guy ropes

Heavy duty Outwell zips

Outwell doormat included

Repair kit included

 

Pitch Footprint, Size and Weight

Width: 405 cm, Length: 700 cm, Height: 215 cm

Pack size: Tent: 78 x 40 x 42 cm / Poles: 22 x 75 cm

Weight: Tent: 27.3 kg / Poles 20.8 kg

 

Erection and Pitching

The thing I liked most about this tent is the fact that its a tunnel design and thus fairly simple to pitch for a large tent.  It pitches all in one so no messing about fixing inners in and it keeps the inners nice and dry if its raining (which has to be a big plus if you camp in the UK). The poles are all the same size and fittings so it doesn't matter about matching them up correctly either.
We pegged out the Footprint Groundsheet first (optional extra) to see exactly where we would be pitching the tent and we then rolled out the tent over it and pegged down the four corners as it was incredibly windy!. We then unzipped all the zips we could find to get as much air into the tent as possible and my husband laid the poles beside where they were going to be inserted into the sleeves.  We then started to thread all the roof poles through and starting from the front of the tent we lifted and attached the side poles and fixed the ring and pins.  This was actually quite hard and I'm not that little but we managed with just the two of us. The wind probably made it harder than it would have been otherwise.
After the front side poles were in we pegged the guys out at the front and then made our way backwards attaching each pole to it’s respective ring and pins, then made our way back along the tent pegging out the other guy ropes. We then attached the pole for the side porch and pegged this out.  It was a fairly standard tunnel tent  and easy enough to put up with 2 people though obviously would have been easier and quicker with an extra pair of hands.

 

  Pros and Cons  

Pros:

Cons:

Very spacious
Loved the four large pods
Light and airy inside
Felt very stable in atrocious weather
All in one pitching
Well ventilated
Pods not all next to each other - great for ensuring adult space!

Pitching time - its a huge, heavy tent
Packing away, tent bag maybe big but getting it back in was a nightmare
No porch for cooking etc.
Nothing else I can think of - I love it too much!!

 

 

 

 

The Cost

Around the £400 - £450 for the 2008 version.

 

Verdict

I love this tent!  Its spacious, the interior has enough windows (including low level) to let light in and it doesn't feel at all gloomy, it also has plenty of ventilation options to prevent condensation.  I like the SIG and the cable entry system. We used the porch door to store the Porta Loo in and the other door as our entry in and out with the universal side canopy attached.  To be honest I didn't feel the side canopy was much use, way too small to be used to cook under and quite flimsy.  We will be getting a Vermont canopy this year to put on the Montana to utilise as a cooking area. 
The bedrooms had plenty of space to sleep 3 each and I liked the versatility of them.  We slept at one side with the divider curtain raised and used the other side of the curtain for the dressing room and the girls slept at the other side with the extra sleeping pod used for storing bags and the dogs crate.
Its not very quick to erect - it took us an hour and we are pretty practiced at erecting tents but it is very simple.  Its a sturdy tent that feels very safe and the carpet was a great buy. Nice to wake in the morning and stand on warm soft carpet!
I will be using my tent for many many more camping trips!!

 

Information and Links
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Reviewed by Kjord79

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