A brilliantly-sized – and brilliantly high-performing tent for families of four, or small groups of friends.
You can stand up throughout
Great porch and living room
Takes two people to pitch
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The Outwell Nevada is not the lightest tent to transport or the quickest to pitch. Although pre-bent poles do make things more intuitive and (along with easily adjusted guy ropes and thick ‘storm’ guy ropes) also make the erected tent more stable, but the Nevada isn’t going anywhere if the wind whips up.
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There are lots of nice touches here, including a mesh door to keep insects out and a rain-safe side door for easy access.
The Outwell Nevada might just be the Goldilocks of our round-up – neither too big nor too cramped, it’s the perfect size to sleep four in comfort. Walk through the roomy porch of this tunnel tent, which can be opened up on sunny days, and you’ll find a wide, tall living space that feels light and spacious thanks to two huge windows and plenty of headroom.
• RRP: £625 (UK)
• Style: Tunnel
•Weight: 18.5kg/40lbs 13oz
• Waterproofing: 6,000mm
• Rooms: Two bedrooms, one living room, one porch
• Pack size: 79 x 35cm / 31 x 13.8in
•Compatibility: Ideal for week-long camping holidays for a family of four or a gang of friends
Past this are two large blackout bedrooms, both of which will fit a double air mattress without blinking. The Nevada is fully waterproofed to a hefty 6,000mm, and shrugged off rain effortlessly when we tested it out, deep in the often rain-strafed Somerset countryside.
It’s one of those tents where all the guy ropes, pockets, straps and doors feel thoughtfully designed and carefully placed – and if you’re planning on living in a tent for a week or two, it’s worth having a model that is designed to make that experience as comfortable and as natural as possible.
It’s is not a light tent to cart around, or the quickest to erect once you reach your overnight spot, but that’s the price you pay for so much space, and it can cope with pretty much any weather, no matter how wet and wild.
The mesh door does a great job of keeping insects on the outside, and a rain-safe side door provide easy access to the tent, which comes in very handy when you’re trying to get in out of the elements in a rush.
If you’re planning a summer holiday or are packing up the car to head overseas or across the border, the Nevada is well worth its space, weight and price tag. There’s also a three-bedroomed version available for £685, sleeping five.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.