The Outwell Oakland XL is a great family tent, with two bedrooms (one larger than the other), and a good sized living area. Carpet and Extensions are also available.
The Outwell Oakland XL, updated for 2012, is a good family tent with lots of useful features.
Our Opinion of the Outwell Oakland XL
This is a good sized family tent with some well thought through features.
It has two bedrooms that are arranged side by side, with an interconnecting panel that unzips, making it easy to get to little ones in the night if you have to.[pullquote style=”right”]One bedroom is a 3 person size and the other a 2 person[/wpsm_quote]
Unlike many other tents of this layout the tent bedrooms are not 50:50 with the space. One bedroom is a 3 person size and the other a 2 person.
This gives you a bit more choice: Mum & Dad and three kids, or – and our preference 😉 – Mum and Dad with a bit more space and two kids.
As well as the decent sleeping areas it has a good sized living space, with enough room to store bags, cupboards, and a table to eat around.
[pullquote style=”right”]2012 model introduces a rain shelter over door[/wpsm_quote]Entrance to the tent is either via the large door at the front, or a through a side door.
New for this 2012 model is a rain shelter around the side door. This may not protected against full-on horizontal rain, but solves the problem with a lot of sloping side door entrances that let in the rain when the door opens.
With some useful extras as well, the Outwell Oakland XL is a good family sized tent.
- It is made from Fire Retardant material coated with Outtex 4000, providing 4000 mm hydrostatic protection – i.e. it’s waterproof.
- Uses steel poles for the man body of the tent and re-enforced fibreglass poles everywhere else.
- Outwell Easy Pegging System: different coloured and types of pegs to make putting up easy and secure.
- Outwell Wind Stabilising System helps the guy lines keep a firm hold of the tent in the wind.
- Full standing head height.
- Power Cable entry point.
- Easy to see reflective guy lines.
- Lots of handy storage pockets inside.
- Big bright windows, but can be toggled up for privacy.
Outwell’s Video for the Oakland XL
Here’s a useful video showing how easy it is to pitch the Oakland.
You can download the Outwell Oakland XL Set-up Instructions to see how it goes together, but watching the video above provides the best view.
Outwell’s tents are relatively easy to pitch.
The body of the tent is a steel frame tunnel style of tent, which is straightforward to put up.
The Oakland XL also has a fibreglass pole that is used to extend the front living area of the tent. This fits into attachment points on the steel frame.
The sleeves that the poles are inserted to are colour coded, making the job very straightforward.
Outwell Oakland Tent Carpet
A tent carpet really improves your tent comfort. This is not only as it is soft underfoot compared to the usual tent groundsheets, but that it provides additional ground insulation, and really makes the place homely.
We recommend taking a cheap dustpan and brush and try to operate a ‘shoes left at the door’ policy. It will be worth it.
Awnings and Extensions
Outwell provide you with three different ways to extend your tent with these useful add-ons. Even if you don’t get initially, it is great to know you can upgrade your existing tent the following year.
The Oakland XL Front Awning extends the living space and can be completely sealed from the elements.
The awning attaches to the tent by clipping onto the tent poles.
The Outwell Oakland XL Front Extension provides a useful porch, which is ideal for camping in the UK, as it provides extra shelter from possible wind and rain, and gives a complete weatherproof entrance to the living space door at the front of the tent.
It’s a very useful addition, ideal for keeping chairs, tables, and bikes, and also somewhere to hang wet gear or keep muddy boots whilst keeping the main tent clean and dry.
Similar to the front extension, the Outwell Oakland XL Side Extension provides additional protection for the side entrance. However, with the Outwell Oakland XL 2012 model, they have introduced some protection to the side tent anyway.
We recommend that if you are going to invest in an extension to get the Front Extension. Although you may expect to pay around an additional £80, it will be worth it for the additional storage and flexible living arrangements.
Family Camping? Have a look at the Oakland’s cousin
If you have a couple of young kids it’s well worth a look at the Outwell Magic 5. It is essentially the same tent as the Oakland XL, but comes with a children’s room and games.
“The outwell oakland xl tent is great, easy to build, very big living area, two good size bedrooms…”, Colin, UK