Are you a late riser? To you cling to your doona like your life depends on it every morning? It’s ok, you’re just not a morning person. Oztrail understands this, which is why they have made the Sportiva tent series.
The bedrooms on the Sportiva 9 use a light blocking, dark coloured inner which helps to reduce the amount of light that comes into your tent. Less light, means more sleep which means you’ll have a better camping experience. With two bedrooms separated by a living room, the Sportiva 9 is a spacious tent that allows for a bit of privacy and separation. You can breeze in and out of the Sportiva with ease, as the generous head height makes it so much easier not to stoop. The No-see-um mesh on the windows and doors will allow plenty of fresh air to circulate and prevent condensation build up.
The doors feature both a mesh and solid zippered panels, so you can adjust your shelter depending on what the weather is like. On a windy night, you won’t be woken up by the sound of jangling zips as these are made with flexible cord pull tabs – perfect for light sleepers. The floor is made from durable bucket design PE floor will keep you dry from the ground up, and the storm flaps, taped seams and Silver Coated UVTex waterproof fly will keep tent dry. If you’re in need of some shade, the awnings on each side of the tent will allow you some protection when the weather is sunny.
We're comparing the Sportiva 9 Dome and the Outdoor Connection Brampton, the Brampton says waterproof 2000mm, the Sportiva says 100%. What do both those measurements mean?
A waterhead rating is an official measure of how waterproof the tent is. It's a little tricky to explain, but one of my teammates, Ben wrote a blog to help you understand it here.
Unfortunately, Oztrail doesn't get their tent's tested to a waterhead rating (hence the percentage) so it's a little difficult to compare these two tents on this specification.
However, in my opinion, the Outdoor Connection Brampton would be a much higher quality tent which would withstand weather elements (rain and wind) much better than the Oztrail Sportiva.
Will the tent hold up in a medium to strong wind? I'm planning to use the tent on great ocean road, is the tent going to hold up?
The Oztrail Sportiva 9 should be suitable for a trip along the Great Ocean Rd but you'll need to consistently monitor conditions as you would with any tent. The critical thing with wind is ensuring you have your guy ropes peg out and double checking that they remain tight. These guy ropes are going to be the only thing broadening the base of support to protect your tent.
If you find that your tent is still getting knocked around and the guy ropes are tight and doing everything they can, that's usually a good indication that a tent like the Oztrail Sportiva 9 needs to be brought down to avoid weather damage (which unfortunately isn't covered by insurance). Unfortunately, no tent is indestructible.
How long does it take to set up this tent and can it be done by 1 person?
This tent typically takes 10-15 minutes for 2 people to put up. We think you'd probably be looking at around 30 minutes if you were trying to do it single handedly.
Hi, I was wondering if you could give a bit of a comparison between this tent and the Coleman Northstar Darkroom? They both seem similar in size with light blocking fabric. What are the quality or other differences that might account for the price difference? Thanks.
The main differences between the Oztrail Sportiva 9 and the Coleman Northstar Dark Room tents are the overall effectiveness of the light blocking qualities, and the configuration.
The Sportiva has bedrooms that have a dark inner which helps to reduce ambient light (general light). This is a little different to the Coleman Dark Room which has a fly that blocks 95% of direct sun light over the entire tent, so basically the Coleman is going to be more effective at blocking harsh light (and will reduce heat).
The Coleman has the inner and the frame attached, which makes set up and pack down much faster. The Sportiva 9 sets up like a traditional dome tent, so it will set you back a bit more time than the Dark Room.
They’re both very new tents to us, so if you’re looking for an easy to use tent that will block light from the entire tent - Coleman may be a better choice. But if you’re not too concerned about harsh light, and you don’t mind spending a bit more time setting up, then the Sportiva might be the better option for you.
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