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.
I honestly like this tent because you can feel the ruggedness in its material it has good life in the rain and it stands up relatively good in wind it is quite spacious even with seven people, but being a large tent it is a slight struggle to dry if it's been in heavy rain (obviously). Packed it is quite smaller than some of the other big tents and can quite easily fit in the boot of a 4WD, it is quite heavy but that's what the wheels on the bag for. Overall good tent would recommend for short to mid term camping.
I used this a couple K's out of Perth with three kids and the wife we loved it so much, the dark room feature keeps the tent cozely dark we slept in till 10:30am! (crazy night with the kids!) the entertainment pouch was awesome to watch movies with and jeez it's SO roomy we kept a queen bed in our room and a couple of kids stretchers in the other we used the vestibule for undercover cooking when it was rainy out, and wow this thing can stand up to rain it's amazing. Thanks snowys love your stuff keep at it!
I don't know what the other guy was rambling on about but this tent happens to one of the best tents I have come across, I would consider it a 5 season tent that can hold up to harsh storms, we where staying up in Bellenden Ker, North Queensland when it rained for 6 days straight with heavy wind, I'm a light sleeper and I slept like a panda because the tent was extremely stable I'm so happy I made this purchase!
Thanks snowys for great service and delivery time!!
Absolute waste of money. Broke on the first day. Don’t even bother.
Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that Luke. Please get in touch with us (email@example.com), we'd like to know more - it could be covered under warranty. Laine
I note that your can set up the awning at the centre and the both sides. Just wondering if the sides has an entrance from outside?
Yep, the Oztrail Sportiva 9 has 4 doors and awnings in total, one on each side and one at each end.
What light would you recommend for the main room? I'm considering purchasing Solution X UFO lights with remotes for the bedrooms but I don't know what to get for the living space
If you're looking for a good budget option, then the Oztrail Halo Tent Light could be a good option for you. If you want something that's rechargeable, then the Zempire Hangdome is a lowlight option or the Coleman Lithium-Ion LED Easy Hang will pack out some punch.
What is your the crew at snowys veiw of this being a tent used by one person? (Love your site)
There's no reason why you couldn't use this for one person Trent. It will be very roomy and more than you need to carry for one, but if these things are not a concern then it will be fine. The only consideration I would make is with regard to setting it up by yourself, this could prove a little tricky given the height and length of the poles, but with a little patience and
Will the light blocking inner cause the tent to heat up more than a light coloured inner? How effective is the light blocking?
The light blocking feature on the Oztrail Sportiva 9 Dome Tent is pretty effective, although not as effective as the Dark Room tents that Coleman makes. As for the heat inside the tent. The dark inner doesn't make it any hotter inside the tent, no.
Can the bag be rolled?
I've just had a look at an Oztrail Sportiva 9 Dome Tent that one of the guys on the shop floor had out. The bag had a semi-solid base on it with wheels to drag behind you as you walk.
Can the windows be closed from the inside. So if the outer fly window is open, is there an inner solid close-able flap for windows and doors for privacy?
Unfortunately, the Oztrail Sportiva 9 Dome Tent can only close and open the windows from the outside, they don't have an inner privacy flap.
Are there panels that divide the rooms for this tent? Would it comfortably sleep a family of 5?
Good news! The Oztrail Sportiva 9 Dome Tent has panels that divide the inside into 3 separate rooms! You should have no issues at all fitting your family of 5 in this tent, whilst keeping a room free to use as a living area!
Hi. I'm just wondering if the doors separating the 3 rooms are only solid or is there mesh as well? Thanks!
We don't have a display model set up for me to check, but I'm pretty certain that the inner doors are solid fabric only.
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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