OEX Jackal III

During Covid I’ve been trying to get the kids out the house as much as possible. Bike rides, walks, den building in the woods, wild swimming, we’ve done it all.

We’ve also been wild camping, a lot.

Now I own a lot of tents. Over the years I’ve managed to gather up some freebies for doing reviews. They’re mostly tiny 1 man coffins for serious mountaineering. In a failed attempt to slowly ease the missus into camping we bought a massive palace with 3 rooms. It’s bigger than flats I’ve lived in.

Our go to tent over the summer has been a big single skinned teepee that I got from Tesco a few years back for the grand sum of 25 quid. It’s great. Tons of space, looks awesome with some mismatched blankets and cushions chucked in there.

It comes with its downsides though. It’s massive. You aren’t lugging this thing far from your car. It’s also not very waterproof at all. A recent adventure confirmed this when I awoke with the entire bottom half of my doss bag in a puddle.

For a while now I’ve been thinking about getting something a bit more suited to the Cumbrian climate. The kids are old enough to start hitting the hills now and I wanted something big enough for the 3 of us (and maybe the missus if I can convince her).

We hit Go Outdoors to have a look at what was out there. I like it there, they have an outdoor area where the tents are erected. You can actually see them and climb inside, which is infinitely better than pictures on a website.

3 tents stood out that ticked our boxes. This OEX Jackal, a Vango something or other and a red Berghaus one that had faded to pink, obviously having spent a good few months pitched outside.

Of the 3 the OEX was the cheapest by quite a long way (on sale at 89 quid). It also had the most internal space and the biggest porch. Important for us as we may occasionally use it as a 4 man tent (see above regarding wife).

It was a no brainer really. It’s also olive green so nice and discreet when we hit the hills.

Being a responsible parent, I decided against christening it with two sprogs in tow, up a mountain in the middle of nowhere. If it turns out to leak badly or something is missing, a fun time wasn’t gonna he had. So we found a picturesque spot on the farm and pitched up for the night.

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Putting it up for the first time is quick and easy, I had it done in about 6 minutes. The inner sheet is separate to the fly sheet and this was a little fiddly. Moving forward I’ll just leave it attached which will make putting it up even quicker. It’s like this so the tent can easily be split between 2 or 3 people if you’re walking together. You even get two waterproof canoe sacks, one for the inner and one for the outer. A nice touch which means 2 people can happily carry it strapped to the outside of their rucksacks.

Having said that this things is by no means overly heavy or bulky for a single person to carry. It weighs in at just over 3kg and packed down is about the size of a rolled up pusser’s issue roll mat. It’d easily fit on the side of a Bergen in place of a side pouch.

Anyway all irrelevant on this trip because we drove up in the Landy and camped next to it.

As I was putting it up I noticed lots of nice details on this tent. Anodised aluminium rings for guy rope tensioners instead of your usual plastic, metal poles, nice thick pegs, anodised loops for the ends of the poles to sit in.

This feels like a quality piece of kit and I’m still not entirely sure how they can make money selling it for just 89 quid (minus 10% forces discount).

Once erected we settled in for the evening, whacking on the Jetboil for some hot chocolate.

There is a spacious porch for cooking and admin and it has a built in groundsheet which is attached to the inner. You can roll this away if you want, but I found it really useful to have a nice dry spot for storing boots and our bag.

The inside is more than big enough for me and the sprogs. The missus could squeeze in too for the odd single night adventure, but it’d be a squeeze for prolonged periods. The space inside is more useable than other tents I’ve looked at as the footprint is roughly rectangular instead of coffin shaped.

My only criticism is the door stowage. When you roll it up it doesn’t secure very well and one side sags down. I suppose in the grand scheme of things this is me just being picky. Also in the morning I found it difficult to open without the rain and dew dripping into the porch and on to me.

It rained a little last night and we stayed perfectly dry. It was also quite windy and it felt nice and sturdy. I’d have no hesitation in taking this out on the fells. The hydrostatic head of 5000mm exceeds most other tents and puts it firmly in the same league as serious mountain tents.

All in all, very happy with this. Serious bargain. I think you’d struggle to find a better 3 man tent for even double what I paid for this.

Cant wait to hit the hills with it.


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I've got an OEX Phoxx v. 1.2, which I bought from Go Outdoors for £49.00. If I had hung on a week, I could have bought it in the sale for £39.00. It is a cracking bit of kit, with sufficient room for me and the dog. Mrs H_M doesn't do camping and Master H_M is a bit too small to do an overnight wild camp.
 

Ravers

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I've got an OEX Phoxx v. 1.2, which I bought from Go Outdoors for £49.00. If I had hung on a week, I could have bought it in the sale for £39.00. It is a cracking bit of kit, with sufficient room for me and the dog. Mrs H_M doesn't do camping and Master H_M is a bit too small to do an overnight wild camp.

That’s a steal for 39 quid. Even 49 quid is a bargain.

I’ve got a Hi Gear Soloista which is Pretty much identical in design, just made a bit cheaper. I think it was only about 20 quid. I bought it as a spare a few years back for when mates want to come and hit the hills with me.

Can’t really go wrong at the price.
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Go Outdoors are also selling a tent accessories pack for a fiver; some spare guy rope, a rubber mallet, a tent peg extractor and half-a-dozen right-angled stainless steel tent pegs. That's gone into my wildcamping kit too.
 
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During Covid I’ve been trying to get the kids out the house as much as possible. Bike rides, walks, den building in the woods, wild swimming, we’ve done it all.

We’ve also been wild camping, a lot.

Now I own a lot of tents. Over the years I’ve managed to gather up some freebies for doing reviews. They’re mostly tiny 1 man coffins for serious mountaineering. In a failed attempt to slowly ease the missus into camping we bought a massive palace with 3 rooms. It’s bigger than flats I’ve lived...

Click here to read the full review.....

I popped into Go Outdoors to have a look at the Oex, it’s original price was I note £220 so quite a reduction.
 

Ravers

LE
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I popped into Go Outdoors to have a look at the Oex, it’s original price was I note £220 so quite a reduction.

Yep, to be taken with a pinch of salt though. Go Outdoors and other discount retailers are fairly notorious for upping the price on something for the first hour it’s on sale and then putting it out at the real price with a hefty “discount” so people think they are getting a good deal.

Mountain Warehouse pull the same scam with all their kit.

Still a massive bargain though.
 
Yep, to be taken with a pinch of salt though. Go Outdoors and other discount retailers are fairly notorious for upping the price on something for the first hour it’s on sale and then putting it out at the real price with a hefty “discount” so people think they are getting a good deal.

Mountain Warehouse pull the same scam with all their kit.

Still a massive bargain though.

Not-So-Little-Miss H_M needed a new sleeping bag and self-inflating rollmat for Explorer Scouts and DofE. I got both for her in Go Outdoors last week - the Vango 2/3 season sleeping bag was reduced to £25 from £40 and the Vango self-inflating rollmat was reduced to £28 from £35. Seeing as I had just spent a similar amount on something for Master H_M, I didn't feel to bad about it. ;)
 
Yep, to be taken with a pinch of salt though. Go Outdoors and other discount retailers are fairly notorious for upping the price on something for the first hour it’s on sale and then putting it out at the real price with a hefty “discount” so people think they are getting a good deal.

Mountain Warehouse pull the same scam with all their kit.

Still a massive bargain though.

Fair point. Looks like a good tent anyway at £89 as you say .

TBH, I was looking at bigger tents. We got a 5 person Outwell tent but I was tempted to see if there were any inflatable ones at a decent price. I like the thought of just pumping them up rather than fiddling with poles, and some now have black out sleeping areas which seems a good idea. But I'm not sure I can justify it given ours is only a few years old.
 

Bubbles_Barker

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I popped into Go Outdoors to have a look at the Oex, it’s original price was I note £220 so quite a reduction.
It's online at £119 so half price allegedly...

ETA: that's the Coyote III...
 
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During Covid I’ve been trying to get the kids out the house as much as possible. Bike rides, walks, den building in the woods, wild swimming, we’ve done it all.

We’ve also been wild camping, a lot.

Now I own a lot of tents. Over the years I’ve managed to gather up some freebies for doing reviews. They’re mostly tiny 1 man coffins for serious mountaineering. In a failed attempt to slowly ease the missus into camping we bought a massive palace with 3 rooms. It’s bigger than flats I’ve lived...

Click here to read the full review.....

Morning @Ravers,
My bold. Which ones, have you reviewed them here or other places and are any up for sale? If so, baggsie 1st dibs:).
 

Cockroach

War Hero
Go Outdoors are also selling a tent accessories pack for a fiver; some spare guy rope, a rubber mallet, a tent peg extractor and half-a-dozen right-angled stainless steel tent pegs. That's gone into my wildcamping kit too.

I like to cut the weight and volume down as much as possible for wildcamping, so personally I'd swap the stainless steel pegs that came with the tent for aluminium.


Not-So-Little-Miss H_M needed a new sleeping bag and self-inflating rollmat for Explorer Scouts and DofE. I got both for her in Go Outdoors last week - the Vango 2/3 season sleeping bag was reduced to £25 from £40 and the Vango self-inflating rollmat was reduced to £28 from £35. Seeing as I had just spent a similar amount on something for Master H_M, I didn't feel to bad about it. ;)

and if you are serving, or previously served, you can get an extra 10% armed forces discount off their discount card price too .... https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/armed-forces
 

Ravers

LE
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Fair point. Looks like a good tent anyway at £89 as you say .

TBH, I was looking at bigger tents. We got a 5 person Outwell tent but I was tempted to see if there were any inflatable ones at a decent price. I like the thought of just pumping them up rather than fiddling with poles, and some now have black out sleeping areas which seems a good idea. But I'm not sure I can justify it given ours is only a few years old.

I’m in a similar situation to you. I was thinking about replacing our 8 man palace with an inflatable job but can’t really justify it. It’s only a few years old and there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.

A mate and his new bird came up here recently with an inflatable one. Can’t remember the make or model but it was a decent (expensive) one.

They only stayed for one night. The thing deflated with them in it and a thoroughly shit time was had.

It also didn’t appear to be that much quicker than normal poles. Took quite sometime to inflate and he wasn’t close enough to his car to use an electric pump.
 

Ravers

LE
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Morning @Ravers,
My bold. Which ones, have you reviewed them here or other places and are any up for sale? If so, baggsie 1st dibs:).

See my recent review on the Hi Gear Soloista and Jack Wolfskin Gossamer.

Not for sale unfortunately. I like to keep a spare for mates who come up.

Also I’ve wanked in them.
 

Ravers

LE
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Book Reviewer
It's online at £119 so half price allegedly...

ETA: that's the Coyote III...

I think the price tag on the Jackal was £119 too.

To be honest I got a surprise at the checkout because they hadn’t put the new reduced price of 89 quid on it.

I was fully expecting (and quite happy) to pay £119 for it and then she scanned it and it came up as 89 plus 10% forces discount.

Another good trick at Go Outdoors is to do a quick google of the stuff you’re buying. If you find it cheaper online they’ll beat the price by 10% when you get to the checkout.

That’s in addition to your forces discount too.
 

TamH70

MIA
See my recent review on the Hi Gear Soloista and Jack Wolfskin Gossamer.

Not for sale unfortunately. I like to keep a spare for mates who come up.

Also I’ve wanked in them.

Given the proclivities of some of the denizens of this site, I'm not sure that that would put everyone off of buying one of them from you. Hard pass from me though.

I had a look at the two-man version of that OEX Jackal, and I have to admit it looks tiddly. And props to @3ToedSloth for the heads-up on the Veterans discount on the Great Outdoors card. I count as one of those.
 

Cockroach

War Hero
And props to @3ToedSloth for the heads-up on the Veterans discount on the Great Outdoors card. I count as one of those.

In that case it's well worth getting a defence discount card - £5 for 5 years. It'll pay for itself the first time you use it and there's a wide range of available discounts for supermarkets, restaurants, holidays, clothes, etc..
 

TamH70

MIA
In that case it's well worth getting a defence discount card - £5 for 5 years. It'll pay for itself the first time you use it and there's a wide range of available discounts for supermarkets, restaurants, holidays, clothes, etc..
More good Idea!

Thanks, mate.
 
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In that case it's well worth getting a defence discount card - £5 for 5 years. It'll pay for itself the first time you use it and there's a wide range of available discounts for supermarkets, restaurants, holidays, clothes, etc..
May I also suggest blue light card. There are many places that offer a greater discount than the defence discount card. One example being KFC which gives 25% off to blue light holders, as opposed to , I think, just 10% on DD.
Army and veterans qualify for BLC.
 
Way back in 1976 the chemical company I worked for had a twenty five years on site celebration with an exhibition of end-uses. One of them was an example of the Karrimor tent that Chris Bonnington had recently taken up Everest. I'm having that, said I, and I did, for ages. But it's most entertaining episode was in the hands of one of my lab technicians. He wanted to go to the Riviera with the girl friend of the time and was skint, so I lent it to him. He came back three weeks later looking a lot thinner from the sh*gging and with a tent with a tidemark half way up it. They'd set it up in what turned out to be a dry watercourse and went out for the day. On return the tent, and their kit, was bone dry, along in a scene of devastation.
 

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