The Outwell Oakdale 5PA is an excellent family inflatable tent, ideal for a few nights of camping or a longer family camping holiday.
As I've mentioned already, I think the Outwell Oakdale 5PA is a fantastic family tent, with plenty of sleeping and living space, and lots of great features for family camping holidays.
Our Score: 9.3/10
- Great sized bedrooms
- Darkened bedrooms
- Really good living space
- Flexible front porch option
- Good ventilation for when it does get warm
- Carpet and footprint available (optional extras)
The not so good
- As with most inflatable tents, the packed size of the tent can be large, so make sure you have space to get it to the campsite along with all the other items you'll want to take.
Outwell Oakdale 5PA has a recommended retail price of £1499.99.
Outwell Oakdale 5PA Videos
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There are many things I like about the Outwell Oakdale 5PA. It's very similar to the 2020 Outwell Hartsdale 4PA we used, but slightly larger and with a few more features, so I know this will be a great family tent. :-D
As you might have guessed from the name of this tent, it is for 5 people. Though in our opinion, ideal for two adults and two children.
You can also see that it has an additional wing on the side of the living area. As with the Outwell Hartsdale 4PA, we found this a handy space for sitting and storage.
At the front of the Outwell Oakdale 5PA is a porch area. This is another great feature I like in family tents as it provides you with a space to leave wet shoes and coats, helping you keep the inner part of the tent cleaner, dry, and warmer. And with the front door unzipped, it also creates an excellent shelter for sitting out with protection from breezes or showers.
But that tent arrangement isn't for everyone or all types of weather. That's where this tent has another trick up its sleeve as you can zip a door to the front of the tent, making the space sealed from the elements.
Plus, this tent uses the magnetic Outwell Quick and Quiet System, making it quick and easy to get in and out of the tent, with no zip noises at night if you need to pop to the campsite's facilities ;-) You can see some of the different configurations of the front door in the video below.
The divider in the rear bedroom can be removed if you want even more space. We sometimes do this, especially if putting in camp beds.
With the bedroom divider in place, I recommend using the smaller double room for the children, with the adults in the three-person bedroom, providing you with that bit more space.
Both the bedrooms are darkened, helping everyone sleep longer when the sun shines earlier on summer mornings.
Also, notice in the photo above the large rear vent. This can be rolled up, providing airflow and cooling in the summer, or the cover can be lowered if it rains.
The video below shows some options for venting your tent, including the mesh to let fresh air in but keep the bugs out.
Ensure you have enough room in your car or camping trailer for this tent, as it is 90 x 43 x 43 cm when packed up and weighs 28.9 kg.
Inflation is easy and uses the Outwell Power Air system, which inflates each tent's air tube. The tent comes with the excellent Outwell Cyclone pump introduced in 2020. I found this a perfect pump for inflating the tent, and it comes with two modes: pump twice as fast with a bit more effort, or switch to an easier setting if pumping is too difficult. That's the setting for your kids to help you inflate the tent ;-)
There is also a steel pole for the front porch part of the tent. This slides into the sleeve at the front of the tent and slots together.
Pegging is straightforward, too, with the colour-coded Outwell Pegging System.
You can see more of this tent in our video below, at 2:32.
|Attribute||Outwell Oakdale 5PA|
|Product Info||Brand Web Page|
|Pack Size (cm)||90 x 43 x 43|
|Recommended Tent Use||Ideal for Weekend Camping, Ideal for Longer Stays|
|Frame Type||Inflatable, air frame|
|Tent Accessories||Tent Carpet, Tent Footprint, Flexible Hanging System|
|Flysheet Fabric||Outwell Outtex 4000 Select|
|Fly Hydrostatic Head||4000 mm|
|Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head (mm)||Not Applicable (PE Fully Waterproof)|
|Wind Rating||9 (Strong Gale: 47-54mph/75-88kph)|
|Window Blinds||Yes, toggle up|
|Additional Tent Doors||Yes, on one side|
|No Trip Entrance||Yes, at main door|
|Rain-Safe Entry||Yes, at main door|
|Bug-Free Mesh||Side door only|
|Door converts to sunshade||No|
|Bedroom Divider||Removable, zips in place (bottom not fixed)|
|Larger Bedrooms||Yes, 220 cm depth|
|Bedroom Partially Removable||Entire inner tent|
|Storage Pockets in Bedroom||Yes|
|Auto-seal Bedroom Doors||Yes, magnetic|
|Cable entry to Bedrooms||Yes, all bedrooms|
|Tent Living Space|
|Inner Living Space Size||2 sections (e.g. furniture space)|
|Living Area Storage Pockets||Yes|
|Cable Entry||Yes, both sides|
|Wet-Dry Zone||Yes, in the porch|
|Porch Storage Pockets||No|
|Internal Hanging Line||Additional Accessory|
|Pitching and Storage|
|PackSize (cm)||90 x 43 x 43|
|Colour-coded Tent Pegs||Yes|
|Colour-coded Tent Poles||Not Required|
|Guy Line Storage||Yes|
|People to Pitch||2 People|
|Pump Included||Yes, with pressure gauge|
|Wheeled Tent Bag||No|