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OUTWELL STONE LAKE 7ATC TENT REVIEW

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A lavish tent with loads of space that ticks all the boxes for luxury camping holidays – if it’s within your price range.

PRICE £ 2,249.99
 

KEY FEATURES
• Panorama front opening
• Integrated awning
• Gothic-style beams for greater headroom
• Polycotton flysheet
• 360˚ Access System on bedrooms

WHO’S IT FOR?
Bigger families who are looking for a touch of luxury and comfort in their base for long camping holidays.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?
This is a seriously impressive-looking inflatable tent and one that is most definitely for people who are serious about their camping. But it also comes with a seriously high price tag, and undoubtedly that is going to be off-putting for some. But you have to consider a tent like this as a long-term investment. Treat it well and you’ll never have to buy another family tent. You could be looking at a decade’s worth of holidays and when you consider that you won’t get much change out of £5,000 for a couple of weeks in a Spanish villa then perhaps it’s not quite as pricey as it first seems.

So what makes this the sort of tent you’d want to use for the next 10 years? Starting on the outside, the flysheet is polycotton rather than polyester, which gives it that classic ‘canvas’ feel and smell as well as helping with temperature regulation. The gothic-style air tubes create steeper sides, and as a result, more headroom and floorspace. At the front, the large integral awning is effectively a room in itself. The large front area can be left open or closed, and the bathtub ground left in place or removed. As a result, it’s a flexible space with multiple uses:  perhaps a wet-room for dumping muddy boots, a storage area for bikes and beach equipment or a kitchen/dining area, separate to the main tent living space. Double zips on the front door allow you to create a veranda effect.

The huge tinted windows that surround the tent provide loads of light and there are mesh-backed doors on both sides. The living room has enough space for all manner of furniture and the Premier bedrooms are spacious and well-ventilated. The little things matter too – there are cable entry points on both sides, as well as leading into the bedrooms, and the groundsheet folds flat at the front door to prevent a tripping hazard. Pitching is straightforward but of course the vastness of the tent means it’s heavy and bulky. In fact it actually comes in two bags, so you will certainly need a large car to transport it and you’ll want to park as close to your pitch as possible.

WHAT’S GOOD?
The size of the tent and the flexibility of the set-up is great for larger families. Quality materials and finish coupled with top of the range features. Polycotton flysheet keeps temperature down.

MORE INFORMATION
Berths 7
Packed weight Main tent 36kg Front section 12.5kg
Packed size Main tent 100 x 50 x 50cm Front section 85 x 40 x 40cm
Pitching time 20mins
Style Tunnel
Materials Outer Polycotton    Poles Air
Waterproof (hydrostatic head) N/A
Height 220cm
Width 470cm
Length 780cm

YEAR: 2019

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