OLPRO Wichenford 3.0 extension review
If you’ve come across our review of the OLPRO Wichenford Breeze tent you’ll know it’s a big family camping tent. But you can make it even bigger with the addition of the OLPRO Wichenford 3.0 extension. If you’re wondering how it works and whether it’s necessary, read on!
We are OLPRO brand ambassadors and have been given the Wichenford Breeze and extension to try out. This post contains affiliate links, which are marked with *. If you click on one of these links and make a purchase I may earn some commission.
There’s also a discount code at the bottom of this post, which you can use on any OLPRO purchases. You’re welcome!
Here’s all the vital stats for the Wichenford 3.0 extension*:
- Height (cm): 200cm (78.7”)
- Length (cm): 240cm (94.5”)
- Width (cm): 300cm (118.1”)
- Packed dimensions (cm): 65cm x 20cm x 20cm (25.6” x 7.9” x 7.9”)
- Weight (kg): 4kg
- Pitching time: 10 minutes (OLPRO’s time, but see below for ours)
The RRP for the Wichenford 3.0 extension is £199, although at the time of publishing the price was considerably reduced.
Check the current selling price*.
What is the OLPRO Wichenford 3.0 extension for?
The Wichenford extension will fit the Wichenford Breeze air tent, the Wichenford 3.0 pole tent and older Martley Breeze and Martley 2.0 tents.
The extension provides a valuable transition space between the outside and inside of the tent with an area for muddy boots, general outdoor gear and a space for cooking.
Pitching the Extension
The extension takes a little working out on first pitch due to a lack of pictorial instructions. It took Mr Tin Box 30 minutes to put up – considerably longer than the first attempt at the Wichenford Breeze tent.
Video coming soon!
But fear not, it is in fact quite simple once you get the hang of it. Two poles form the tunnel element with the connection to the tent formed by a large flap placed over the main tent.
Once the poles are in place, peg down the side closest to the tent and pass the elastic straps over the tent securing them to the outer most poles on the other side.
This part can be tricky depending on the wind and how long your arms are. We used a spare guy line attached to the end of the elastic so they could be ‘walked around’ to the other side of the tent.
Next, pull out the tunnel until taught and peg out.
On the Winchenford inflatable tent the extension covers the door and window section in the middle of the tent.
How we used the Wichenford 3.0 extension
We used the extension with a Wichenford Breeze air tent, so the observations here may not apply to those the poled version. I’ll explain why below.
The additional space created by the extension is really useful and surprisingly large – almost like having a gazebo next to the tent.
The extension packs down into a relatively small bag, which includes poles and a ground sheet, meaning a great deal of usable space for a relatively small and light-weight extra bag.
We found the connection between the tent and extension was not 100% waterproof and got some water ingress through the main door of the tent from the extension. Water also gathered between the two layers of fabric and rolled down the tent into the extension.
We found wind got between the connecting flap and tent which created a significant amount of flapping noise.
On the Wichenford Breeze the flap is not large enough to go over all three centre poles. This means the main roof of the tent is pulled down by the elastic straps rather than them being fully supported.
The extension flap over the tent would benefit from being slightly larger to accommodate the Breeze poles. I don’t think this would be as much of an issue with the smaller fiber glass poles of the Wichenford 3.0 tent*. This is because the fabric of the extension and tent would be separated as the tent fabric is suspended under the poles.
You can buy the Wichenford 3.0 Extension on its own or in a tent package with other extras like a handy footprint ground sheet and tent carpet.
Here’s the available tent packages*.
OLPRO discount code
As an OLPRO ambassador I can offer you 10% off OLPRO products if you use ‘TinBox10’ at the checkout on their website*.
This is redeemable on full price products and those that are already discounted.
Our OLPRO Wichenford 3.0 Extension review
This tent extension is a really good idea, offering practical extra space that’s particularly handy on longer camping trips. If you were using the Winchenford’s 8 berth capacity to the max then you’re going to want to give yourselves some extra room, especially if camping in the UK with changeable weather.
However using this extension with the Wichenford Breeze leaves a little to be desired.
In benign conditions the extension did the job, but I would not be confident it would handle more wind and rain than we experienced.
Do you use this extension with the Wichenford 3.0 tent? I’d love to hear how it works for you.
Find out more about the Wichenford 3.0 extension on the OLPRO website*.
Disclosure: we were spent this inflatable awning for the purposes of reviewing it for OLPRO. All opinions are my own.