Spacious, durable and ventilated are the first three words that come to mind when standing in the Outdoor Connection Bedarra dome tent. The ‘Hornet Pole System’ maximises internal space with mildly sloping ends and almost vertical walls culminating in a 2.1 metres of head space.
A central zippered divider door with mesh and solid panels creates a private sleeping area adequately ventilated by two large windows with ‘Zip-Up’ privacy screens. Mesh and solid panels feature in the rear entrance and leads to an external door in the fly with eyelets enabling it to be pegged out as an awning.
Two side, and a front external door enclose the front screen room of the tent when the weather turns sour, or can be pegged out as awnings on balmy summer days. More living space is created by turning the front external door into a peaked awning with the included poles, which can be semi enclosed with optional side walls.
Outdoor Connection have not stopped here with practical features, extras such as eight internal organiser pockets, two power cord access points, door locks and integrated zippered guy rope pockets make the Bedarra one of the most practical and unique family dome tents on the market.
Oh wait! One more thing, it even fits back into its carry bag!!
First up you need to know we are virgin campers. Just took this baby to Kakadu for 3 days and now the tent feels like a member of our family. We live in an apartment and as such didn't do the "regulation" practice erection so the real time excercise took us about an hour but we're convinced it will be about 30 mins next time. Would recommend you take 2 mallets as a lot of the work was hammering the many pegs in. We ordered the side awning and will order another.
This tent was easy to set up and was very roomy and solid. The vertical walls mean no crouching, actually well over my head at 5/11 Materials are strong felt more sturdy than Colman in my view, great bag, poles and cords are good quality and even the pegs are reasonable. Well priced, suits me fine for 2 - 4 people comfortably. Very happy.
We bought the Bedarra family dome tent last year to take to Bathurst. We were very happy with it and it stood up to a thunderstorm, wind and rain on a couple days we were away and never leaked! The only thing that could be improved on is if you have the end up as annex/veranda it would handy if there was another door to close for privacy at night when going to bed or going away during the day instead of putting the annex down and putting it back up in the morning. Overall very happy campers!
Hi, I'm just wondering if it is possible for just one person to erect this tent? I like the look and size, but am worried that I won't be able to put it up alone. Maybe an instant up tent like the Coleman would be easier to erect solo?
We actually have the Bedarra up in store, and from having a look at the instructions, and viewing it in person I think just one person wouldn't be ideal at all.
For reference, I'm 5"6' and I would definitely not be able to get the fly over the tent, and there are other things that require 2 people e.g. you may need another person the other side to hold to pole down on the pin etc - so we would definitely recommend more than one person to set this model up.
As for the Instant Up 8P or 10P - both of those would be completely fine for one person to erect it without any trouble, we've had feedback from multiple customers who've done it solo and haven't had a problem.
Hi Thanks for coming back to me ... AND what is the main difference between the Bedarra and the Heron? I can not tell how many meters difference there are ? We will only be in our family car so are these ok to fit in boot of subaru forrester? What is the pack up dimension? Also what else is essential with these? DO I need a tarp over it etc or is all ok? and ... is it hard to put up?
I’ve looked everywhere in our system and I can’t find any mention of the Heron, but we can get that tent in for you as a special order if you like. From the supplier information, there isn’t a lot of space difference between the two – the height and width are the same (H- 210cm, W – 260cm) but the Bedarra is longer at 480cm whereas the Heron is 420cm long.
The main difference is layout - the Bedarra is set out with a bedroom at the rear with a front living space, whereas the Heron is set up more like two sleeping rooms one after the other. As they are so similar in size, the Heron should have a similar packed size to the Bedarra which is 80L x 35W x 35H cm.
From the info I could get on the Forrester, you could probably fit this tent in your boot, but due to the tent’s size, you probably won’t have room for the rest of your gear. I’d recommend measuring your boot before you make your choice so that you can be sure you’ll have enough space for your tent + camping gear.
You won’t need a tarp over wither of these tents as they come with a fly but you might want to put a tarp underneath to protect the underside of your tent.
If you're still unsure, feel free to give us a buzz on 1300 914 007 and one of our customer service staff will be happy to talk through any other concerns.
Hi there, We have camped once before and borrowed a Black Wolf Tent off friends. Set up was relatively quick and it survived a huge downpour? We are camping in Bundeena over summer and looking to buy our own. We want a tent for 2 x adults and x 10 years olds. Need affordable, easy to assemble, waterproof and comfortable. Also would like compact for transportation. Anything else you would recommend?
Hi Amanda. Thanks for your question. The main differences between the Bedarra Tent and the Black Wolf 240 is the internal dimensions. The space inside the Bedarra is larger at about 13.5 square metres compared to the Black Wolf 240 at about 10.75 square metres. The Bedarra is a little wider and longer giving more useable space inside however the Black Wolf can accommodate a Screen Room or enclosed awning with Side Walls and Front Wall if desired to increase the living area by an additional 3.6 square metres. This can be very beneficial and popular option but is at an additional cost to the standard package. They are a very similar weight at around the 24kgs. The Waterproof Rating of the Black Wolf is increased to 5000mm compared to the Bedarra at 3000mm so it is somewhat more waterproof for those very rainy days. One product I would recommend with any tent to ensure maximum waterproofing is Seam Sealer which is around the $11 price bracket. This is put on the seams to help prevent water from wicking in, especially where the seams may be stressed or strained when the tent is erected. It is a terrific insurance-from-the-rain product! The new 2017 Black Wolf range also feature taped seams so the Seam Sealer is not quite as necessary. Another great tent is the Coleman Instant Up Gold 10P which has a spacious layout with large awning, and a popular seller. Take a look at our web site using this link and see what you think https://www.snowys.com.au/instant-up-gold-10p-tent
I'm considering both these tents for a family of 4. We want that extra space of an 8 to fit in all the gear. Other than the setup where the Coleman wins, do you have any other recommendations as to which one is better or outstanding features that might help me decide? thanks!
From comparing the two, aside from the difference in set up I’d say the main thing that seperates these tents is that the Bedarra has more features.
The Bedarra has a higher waterhead rating, you can turn the door into an awning that can be enclosed with optional side wall accessories, there are door locks on each entrance, and it’s generally more spacious than the Instant Up 8.
If you are after a tent with more space and features, then the Bedarra would be the better option. But if simplicity and an easy setup is more appealing to you then the Instant Up may be best.
With tents it can really come down to personal preference, so if you’re still unsure give us a buzz on 1300 914 007 and one of our customer service team will be happy to help.
Young family of three going on four. Looking for durable tent with two rooms- we'd like to all sleep in one room and use one room for storing stuff/ chilling. Mojave, as a black wolf, should be great quality but we are concerned that the waterproofing is 2000m and fly is 68d . Outdoor connection has better waterproofing and 150d fly, but is it as well made as the black wolf?
G’day Alice, both of the models you have chosen are good quality tents that would be good for a small family. If you’re considering the Black Wolf Mojave we’d recommend going for the HV6 as it will give you a little more space. The Mojave HV6 actually has only one room, but you would still be able to store your gear in the vestibule. The Bedarra has 2 rooms so that may be a more livable option for you. In terms of ratings - a 2000 waterhead is still a very good rating, as 3000 is usually the maximum you will see on an average use tent. If you’re concerned about the craftsmanship of the Bedarra - we’ve had good feedback from other customers who have said that it's sturdy, and that the cords and poles are good quality. Both would be solid choices but the Bedarra may have the edge over the Mohave HV6 for your needs in terms of livability.
For like when you want to get dressed with the awning up.
Hi Katey, we don’t have a Bedarra set up in store so I wasn’t able to double check personally - but from the info given by the supplier and our sales staff who have used it before, the front of Bedarra only has a mesh door, so if the awning is up and you're in the front room you will be able to see in. The rear entrance has a mesh and solid panel, and the central zippered divider door also has mesh and solid panels. If you watch the video attached, it gives a fairly good view of the tent so that might be helpful for you.
Looking at getting some more awning poles to take advantage of pegging out the side doors to become awnings. Can't see the same three piece poles available on Snowy's website. Went to a local camp shop, the poles were good stainless steel but we want 8 of them and steel is heavy. Do you supply outdoor connection awning poles?
We will be using this tent as a tourer and just wondering if the coleman gold would be stronger? Thanks
Hi, Just wondering how the front room goes in colder weather (seeing as its all mesh)
Do you think this would be big enough for a family of five? A queen mat and 3 stretchers.
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