The Outwell Norwood 6 tent has many of the features of the more expensive Outwell family tents but in a more affordable package.
The tent has a smaller living space than some of the more expensive tents. However, this smaller size will make the tent easier to use for short weekend camping. And with the addition of the tent extension, you can add more space if you need it for longer family camping holidays.
See it in our video at 22:06.
Although the Outwell Norwood 6 is slightly smaller than the more expensive family tents in the Outwell range, it still packs three bedrooms that can sleep six, has a living space, and a good-sized built-in front zone. You can use the front zone as additional living space or open up the door and use it as a sheltered porch.
This front zone also provides an excellent wet/dry area for entering the tent if it is raining. That part of the tent has a removable groundsheet. We tend to have the groundsheet in the front removed to place any muddy shoes or wet coats in that part of the tent, keeping the main inner living space clean.
There’s a side door too. Opening both the side door and the front door when warm will help cool the tent.
The bedrooms each have a removable divider that unzips, so you can convert this into one large family room or make one sleeping area extra large.
The three bedrooms provide flexibility that will suit many families.
The centre bedroom is slightly wider and comes with the excellent Outwell Quick & Quiet magnetic closing door.
You could then have kids in the bedrooms on either side.
If you have young kids that you might need to get to in the night, the bedroom dividers that unzip make things much easier, as you can quickly get into their room without going through all the doors at the front of the bedrooms.
Although designed for 6, we think this tent layout is ideal for a family of four with two larger children, each getting a room to themselves, or a slightly larger family with smaller children.
If you plan to use an electric hook-up, there is a cable entry point on one side of the tent. If you pitch where the power is on the other side, you could always run the cable through a small opening in the side door.
There is also a cable entry point into one of the bedrooms, so you can run a power cable around to the main bedroom to easily charge your phones at night, for example.
The tent is compatible with Outwell’s HookTrack system. An accessory worth getting as this makes it easy for you to hang lights where you want them and even hang the Outwell movie screen!
Pitching the Outwell Norwood 6
The Outwell Norwood 6 uses Duratec flexible tent poles and the Outwell Easy Pegging System. These are all colour coded to make the job as straightforward as possible.
The tent comes in a bag that measures 75 cm long and 41 cm round, so measure the boot of your car to make sure you have enough space for it, or consider getting a trailer like us if you are really into your camping 🙂
The tent bag weighs just under 30kg, so having two people lift it would make life easier.
You could make the tent bag lighter by removing the tent pegs and poles. If you do, don’t forget them when you go to the campsite 😉
I’ve already mentioned the Outwell HookTrack system, which is worth getting.
The other accessory I highly recommend is the tent carpet. A carpet will make the tent feel much warmer underfoot and feel more like home. (At the time of writing, the carpet for this tent is £91.99 from the Outwell website).
If you plan to take the tent on longer camping trips, I recommend getting the tent extension. An extension will add additional living space, which is always helpful on more extended camping stays, where you need more storage for clothes and food.
You can also get a footprint, which helps protect the underside of your tent and will make it easier to position your tent when you want to pitch it.
Some camping shops may do a deal when you can get some of these accessories bundled with the tent in a package.
- The three bedrooms provide a flexible sleeping option for many families.
- The tent has three zones: sleeping, living, and front wet/dry porch area.
- It's not too big for weekend camping, plus you can get an extension for longer camping trips.
- Colour coded poles and pegs to make pitching simpler.
- 4000mm hydrostatic head material with taped seams.
- The material is fire-retardant and rated UPF30+ to help protect your family from UV rays.
- When pitched properly, the tent is rated up to wind force 8 (a gale!)
- The excellent Quick & Quiet door on the main bedrooms.
- Bedrooms are 215cm long, which is longer than standard.
- The bedrooms are darkened for a better night's sleep.
- All the windows are tinted, which helps with privacy.
- All windows have toggle-up blinds.
- Although cheaper than the larger Outwell tents, if you want to use this for a more extended camping trip, such as a week in the summer school holidays, I recommend getting the Outwell Universal Awning for this tent (size 5). The awning cost will, of course, stretch your budget further.
Price Guide: Outwell Norwood 6
Specification: Outwell Norwood 6
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