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Outwell Trout Lake

(Sleeping Capacity 4 persons)


Outwell Trout Lake Review

The Tent


The Outwell Trout Lake is from Outwell’s Classic range of tents and is a 4 Berth Tunnel tent which utilizes alloy to ensure the tent is kept secure and rigid throughout most conditions. The tent is supplied with a 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 Airtech (Polycotton)

Inner: Cotton

Zip-In Groundsheet (ZIG)

Rigid Alloy pole structure

Groundsheet: PVC

Three entrance’s with mesh inners

Multiple Ventilation points

Colour: Green


Pitch Footprint, Size and Weight

Width: 310 cm, Length: 490 cm, Height: 205 cm

Packed Size : 26 cm x 105 cm Tent / 24 cm x 89 cm Poles
Weight : 21.9kg Tent / 15.1kg Poles


 Erection / Pitching


One of the key advantages of this tent is that it is pitched flysheet first or all in one, ensuring that the inner tent will stay nice and dry if pitching in wet weather conditions. The alloy poles are all colour coded making it very easy to identify which poles go in which sleeves. Once the tent is out of the bag we find it easier to loosely peg the four corners first in the position you wish to erect the tent. Snap the alloy poles together and locate in the same coloured sleeve; we have found it best to lay the legs down with the legs pointing forward. Once all the poles are in place, starting at the back of the tent, pull the poles into the upright position and secure to the ring and pin system, complete for the remaining two poles. Once the tent is in the upright position, open the front door and place the ZIG in place and zip into place along. Once this is complete, zip the door closed and proceed to peg out the tent and ZIG. Finally enter the tent again and locate the inner tent into position using the sewn in supports.


Pros and Cons





All in one pitching


Well ventilated



 Pack size




The Cost

Expect to pay around £425 for this seasons model and there are also multiple accessories available for this tent from footprint groundsheet, carpets and an extension.


The Verdict

The Trout Lake has been around now for a season or two and is a well established tent. We purchased ours for the 2008 season for a weekend tent, but have been so impressed with it, we have now put our Montana 6 and Minnesota 4 out for retirement. Indeed we took our Montana 6 out recently and we regretted we did not have the Trout instead. The tent is simplicity itself in pitching and can be fully erected within 40 minutes. The difference in the polycotton flysheet is very noticeable, cooler in the warmer weather, warmer in the cooler weather and a lot quieter in windy conditions. The tent affords good living space and with the addition of the extension enough space to live and cook in whatever the conditions. This tent is a fantastic tent and is by far the best tent we have in our collection. If your are after a good quality, quick to erect tent and are looking for a polycotton tent, this must be one for you to add to your shortlist.


Information and Links

For further information on Outwell and their products visit

Also Check Out The Follow Up Review Around the South West in 60 days  An Adventure With Outwell's Trout Lake


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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