Excellent awning, plenty of attractive features and a good feel of all-round quality
A good-looking awning with lots of quality and some great features
Some customers might find this model a bit pricey compared to rivals
If your outdoors background includes family camping, it’s more than likely you’ll have heard of Outwell tents. The Danish company has a strong background in this sector, especially here in the UK. And that’s also what holds it in particularly good stead with its more recent caravan awning offerings.
There’s a growing portfolio to choose from, with the Ripple 380SA reviewed here part of its Nordic Shore collection (not to be confused with its Nordic Coast models). As well as the 380, there are also 320 and 440 variants, all with that same ‘smiley face’ appearance.
The SA in the name stands for Smart Air, which means single-point inflation.
That’s a good start, meaning you can inflate this awning by attaching the manual pump (newly designed for 2020) at any valve and pump up the whole unit in one go, thanks to the interconnecting beams.
Other than that, you need some 44cm of rail attachment to connect the Ripple.
The single front panel is removable as are the two side panels (something to bear in mind when you’re putting up any awning like this, as it can help having a lot less bulk and weight to contend with).
The Ripple certainly boasts a superior main fabric. Outtex HD is a Taslan polyester with a particularly dense weave that makes it akin to polycotton. It’s also highly water-resistant, thanks in part to features such as taped seams.
They do like their ‘Systems’ at Outwell – with the Ripple 380SA you get:
Pole-free Seal System, whereby the fabric fits tight against the caravan walls
Height Adjustment System, to help in adjusting levels when pitching on uneven ground
Integrated Advanced Air System, which refers to the beam framework and optimises overall performance, including the standing height.
Add to that tinted windows, zipped curtains, a draught skirt with two storage pockets, clip-on storm straps, two upper vents with internal covers rain protection covers over the side doors, and insect-proof mesh. There are also the usual annexe, carpet and footprint options.
And if you want to continue the Outwell theme, you might also like to investigate the firm’s extensive catalogue of camping gear, too!
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You can inflate this awning by attaching the manual pump at any valve and pump up the whole unit in one go
|Dimensions||380 x 250cm|
|Pack size||90 x 43cm|
|Access||Two side doors, central front door (opening from either side)|
|Selling points||Single-point inflation, tinted windows, built-in storm straps, removable front, side door rain shield, PVC draught skirt, rear ventilation system|
|Optional extras||Air annexe (£460), sleep annexe (£385), carpet ((£124.99), seal blocks (£25), extra verandah pole (£49.99), height adjustment disks (£29.99), and more|