Outwell Flagstaff 5 Person Deluxe Tent is a 3-room pleasant structure full of features, with tinted PVC windows, with a fully sealed floor and a huge waterproof and windproof rating, fully enclosed and suitable for a cold weather camping.
Key features & benefits
- 3 rooms.
- 2 entry doors.
- Tinted PVC windows.
- Huge waterproof rating.
- Huge wind-resistance rating.
- Steel poles.
- All doors with mesh.
- Fully sealed floor.
- Thermo-reflective coating.
- Dark-rest design.
What type of tent is this
When you see the pictures the first thought would be that this is a tunnel tent. But note that the side poles are almost straight and close to vertical, this is due to pre-bent segments which you have at the roof. So the side walls are straightened and tall. On the other hand, the front wall under the porch is completely flat and totally vertical. This all is typical for a cabin style tent. I would say this is a great tunnel-cabin combination. The tent is not freestanding so plan your camping spot, it is heavy and must be staked properly.
How many rooms
This is a 3-room structure, and you have an inner tent within the shell with two sleeping units, plus a large living room. This inner tent is pre-attached and this makes pitching quick and simple, but you can remove it if you need the shell alone, for example for some family events in the garden.
Note that the divider between the sleeping units is with zippers and you can roll it up when not needed and fix on the ceiling by toggles. Here you have a feature they call a universal inner; one part of the inner tent can be removed (unzipped) completely.
In addition to all this, the tent has a great size porch; note that in this 2018 version the porch is considerably deeper than in the previous version. See the floor plan:
They call those sleeping rooms Ambassador master bedrooms and this is clearly because of their length which is 250 cm and at the moment of writing this text there is no other tent here in the site with longer rooms; though the Vermont XLP Premium 7 from the same brand is with the same design. But the truth is that these rooms are still rather narrow as you realize from the picture above.
So the tent is a hybrid single-double layer type; the sleeping zone is a double layer and the rest is a single layer shell.
Who is it for
Space-wise, the declared capacity is 5 people. But see what this tent offers: you have 155.4 ft² (14.44 m²) of the fully protected space, plus 33.4 ft² (3.1 m²) under the porch. This means 31 ft² (2.9 m²) per person (plus the porch area), quite a luxury obviously.
Note that the living room area is fully sealed and you have 7.44 m² here, so 5 more people can easily fit in if needed. All in all, this tent’s capacity is far bigger than what they declare, and this is quite the opposite of many other tents on the market. But if you think this is a lot of space, check their Edmonds 5A tent, it offers far more.
Seasons-wise, this is a tent with a huge waterproof rating (more below) and with a wind resistance level 10 on the Beaufort scale. This is among the maximum you can have for a tent and they have improved it from the level 9 in the previous version. This puts it in the same group as the Vermont XLP Premium 7 tent from the same brand. The tent is with what they call the Wind Stabilizer System, you will see it in the video but see also the picture below, this includes some Velcro tabs that you wrap around the steel poles.
If you are not familiar with this terminology, this level 10 implies winds of up to 89 – 102 km/h (55 – 63 mph). For comparison, hurricane winds are level 12, ≥ 118 km/h (≥ 73 mph). So this is a tent for a 3-plus season camping.
Climate-wise, this is related to the previous paragraph. The tent is fully enclosed, with PVC windows and sewn-in and sealed floor, so it is very suitable for a cold weather camping and I have included it in my list of cold weather tents.
Regarding the weight and the packed size, this is a tent for car camping. It is very heavy and bulky, see more in the specifications below.
Materials & construction
The poles are a combination of steel (4 arches) with 19 mm diameter, and fiberglass (one loop at the end of the tent) which is 12.7 mm in diameter. The steel poles are pre-angled for extra headroom. Note that the poles are partially shock-corded, so the roof segments and the vertical poles are separate and each of them are with multiple shock-corded tubes.
Here in the video, you will see how to pitch the tent; note that this is the previous version which has 2 fiberglass poles; the new tent has only one, all others are steel. Also, the porch which you see here is smaller, but you will see the new version in the other video below.
The shell is what they call Outtex 5000 and this is 100% polyester Oxford taffeta with taped seams and the waterproof rating of 5000 mm. The inner tent is a breathable 100% polyester. The floor is a double-coated 100% polyethylene with 10000 mm hydrostatic head. All materials are fire-retardant.
Note that the ceiling is with a thermo-reflective coating for a cooler atmosphere, and the inner is with a darker material, so this is a type of a dark-rest tent.
The doors & windows
There are two entry doors, both are double-layer type so you have waterproof layers and mesh to use separately as suits you best. The inner doors also have the double layer structure in their upper portion, for ventilation purposes.
The main front door is with a design that makes the bottom entry area completely flat, so that kids do not kick it when they run around, and to have an access with a wheelchair if needed.
All 5 separate windows (plus 2 on the doors) are solid with tinted PVC material so you have reduced glare. In addition, you have inner shutters with toggles for privacy and to reduce the daylight.
With such a fully enclosed design, vents are essential. So you have them here above the windows and one large vent is on the back, see the picture below. Note here that the new 2018 version has a much larger back vent which goes all the width of the tent. All vents are with Velcro stiffeners and mesh, and on the long rear vent, you also have zippers to close completely when you feel cold.
The doors are also with mesh, and the front door is so deep under the porch that you can keep it with mesh only even when it is raining, so a good cross flow is always there. The inner doors are also with mesh in their upper sections, and on the rear side of the inner tent, you have a mesh section that pairs the long back vent.
The inner tent is well separated from the shell, see the picture below, so you have a good air circulation everywhere around. This is good to fight condensation, see the picture below. So in view of all this, ventilation should not be a big issue in this tent.
- Guylines retainers – those are Velcro tabs to keep the guylines nicely packed.
- You have three types of color-coded pegs for an easy setup, they are shown in the video above.
- There is a huge organizer unit between the two inner doors, from the ceiling to the floor, with 10 large pockets for storage.
- Mesh pockets in the inner tent for small items.
- Cable entry points are available on the shell and on the inner tent, all with zippers.
- Lantern holder and cable tidies.
- Pre-attached luminous guylines.
Please see more in this video by Outwell:
Good and less good features
Here is my short summary:
- Huge waterproofness rating.
- Huge wind resistance.
- Solid windows.
- Steel poles.
- Great organization and features.
- 3 rooms.
- Huge area.
- Very livable and pleasant.
- Very expensive.
- Very heavy.
- Bulky when packed.
The price & rating
This is an expensive item, as of the moment of writing this text the Amazon price is around $734. In the comparison table below I give a few alternatives, but note that this is a tent with a huge rating for protection and with a very strong frame. See how I rate it for several parameters, using the same criteria applied to all other tents here in the site:
- Type: non-freestanding tunnel-cabin tent.
- Weight: 58.4 lb (26.5 kg).
- Dimensions: 205 x 122 in (520 x 310 cm).
- Inner area: 155.4 ft² (14.44 m²).
- Inner area per person: 31 ft² (2.9 m²).
- Porch area: 33.4 ft² (3.1 m²).
- Peak height: 80.7 in (205 cm).
- Packed size (L x D):
– Flysheet: 32.7 x 11.8 in (83 x 35 cm).
– Poles: 27.6 x 5.9 in (70 x 15 cm).
- Pitching time: 25 minutes.
Outwell Flagstaff 5 Person Deluxe Tent vs Competitors
In the table below I give a few tents side by side with this Flagstaff 5 tent, this might help in making an informed choice and also you have more affordable options if this tent is too expensive. I give only a few basic data so please follow the links to read more. There are big differences in the technology, you realize that the Vango tent is with air beams. All of them are with a huge waterproof rating and they are built in the same style.
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Floor size, sq ft (sq m)
Peak height, in (cm)
Payable Every Month
steel + fiberglass
Payable Every Year
air beams + fiberglass
Mountain 5 Plus
Payable Every Year
If you need more options, just look in various categories here in the site, all possible sizes and types are presented in detail. Do you have any experience with this tent? If so, please share your experience, there is a comment box below. I wish you a nice day.