9.3

Outwell Oakdale 5PA

£1,049.00

Average Score 9.3
Value for Money
8.9
Features
9.4
Family Friendly
9.4
Quality
9.4
Practicality
9.3

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SKU: Oakdale 5PA
Brand: Outwell

The Outwell Oakdale 5PA is an excellent family inflatable tent, ideal for a few nights camping or a longer family camping holiday.

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. 😀

Tent Layout

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.

Outwell Oakdale 5PA Layout

The bedrooms sleep two and three. We think this is ideal for two parents and two kids (Image credit: Outwell)

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.

Outwell Oakdale 5PA

The Outwell Oakdale 5PA configured with the front porch. (Photo credit: Outwell)

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.

Oakdale 5PA with door moved to front

In this photo, the Outwell Oakdale 5PA has the door moved to the front of the tent (Photo credit: Outwell)

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 Bedroom

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.

Looking into the tent's bedroom

The divider between the two bedrooms can be removed to create even more space (Photo credit: Outwell)

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 as shown, providing airflow and cooling in the summer, or the cover can be lowered down if it rains.

Roll-up venitilation

The large vent at the tent’s rear can be rolled up to get more airflow through the tent. (Photo credit: Outwell)

The video below shows some options you have for venting your tent, including the mesh to let fresh air in but keep the bugs out.

Pitching

Make sure 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 tent pump that was introduced in 2020. I found this a perfect pump for inflating the tent and 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.

The Outwell Pegging System

The Outwell Pegging System helps make pitching easier. Silver pegs in the silver loops at each corner of the tent, inflate/insert poles, black pegs through black loops at the bottom of the tent, and luminous pegs for the luminous guy lines.

9.3Expert Score
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.
Value for Money
8.9
Features
9.4
Family Friendly
9.4
Quality
9.4
Practicality
9.3
PROS
  • 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)
CONS
  • 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.

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Price Guide: Outwell Oakdale 5PA

Specification: Outwell Oakdale 5PA

Dimensions
Height (cm)

210

Length (cm)

640

Width (cm)

490

Weight (kg)

28.9

Pack Size (cm)

90 x 43 x 43

Tent Bedrooms
Bedroom Divider

Removable, zips in place (bottom not fixed)

Cable entry to Bedrooms

Yes, all bedrooms

Darkened Bedrooms

Yes

Larger Bedrooms

Yes, 220 cm depth

Removable Bedroom

Entire inner tent

Storage Pockets in Bedroom

Yes

Auto-seal bedroom doors

Yes, magnetic

Tent Details
Sleeps

Bedrooms

Recommended Tent Use

,

Frame Type

Wind Rating

9 (Strong Gale: 47-54mph/75-88kph)

Tent Fabric

Hydrostatic Head

4000 mm

Taped Seams

Yes

Sun Protection

UPF30+

Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head (mm)

Not Applicable (PE Fully Waterproof)

Sewn-in Groundsheet (main tent)

Yes

Tent Accessories

Tent Carpet, Tent Footprint, Flexible Hanging System

Year Introduced

2021

Tent Doors
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

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

Built-in Porch

Yes

Porch Storage Pockets

No

Internal Hanging Line

Additional Accessory

Tent Pitching and Storage
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

Tent Windows
Window Blinds

Yes, toggle up

Tinted Windows

Yes

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