The Outwell Vale Air Shelter is an inflatable event shelter or additional shelter for when you are camping or just having a BBQ at home in your garden.
A few years back, I mentioned the idea to Outwell about creating an inflatable shelter. I thought this would be a quick way for families who don’t like pitching tarps or tent extensions to have an easy-to-use additional shelter when camping.
This year, Outwell have introduced such a shelter, and it’s called the Outwell Vale Air, and they agreed to send me a sample to review 🙂
Pitching the Outwell Vale Air Shelter
Pitching the Outwell Vale Air shelter is very simple.
- Peg out the legs.
There is a strap to keep the shelter square. You peg out each corner of this square.
There are two inflation valves. To inflate, you only need to use one. Just make sure the other valve is closed before you start inflating.
- Secure with the guylines.
This is especially important if there’s a breeze.
The Outwell Vale Air doesn’t come with sidewalls. These are optional extras.
There is a model that does: the Outwell Vale Air Deluxe.
A sidewall pack comes with two walls, which should be sufficient for most situations.
We did find there weren’t enough pegs in the sidewall pack to peg out both walls.
Deflating the Shelter
Deflation and packing away is simple.
- Detach the sidewalls and unpeg the guy lines.
- Open both air valves and let the shelter deflate.
- Roll it up and put it back in the bag.
I like the Outwell Vale Air shelter. It does what it is supposed to.
Apart from there not being enough pegs for the sidewalls, it appears to be good quality too.
The downside though is the price. This is a very expensive shelter, and as someone who is fine with putting up a tarp, it is not something I would personally buy at this price.
I still think the idea of an inflatable shelter is an easy-to-use solution, but clearly comes at a price.
- Easy to pitch
- A good size
- Very expensive
- Sidewalls are extra
Specification: Outwell Vale Air Shelter