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Tent Showcase: Hi Gear Kalahari 8 Elite

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Bedroom inners:
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8  (more 8 berth tents)
28.70 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
9.48/10 from 90 reviews

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90 Reviews of the Kalahari 8 Elite        Showing 81 to 90          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  
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By: Bec8904  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 24/08/2009

I love this tent. I have to admit that I was and still am a little bit of a camping novice but this tent is great. My husband and I were looking for a tent for a while but I wanted a specific type and wasn’t going to cave. I just happened to look on the Go outdoors website and saw that this tent had been reduced. That Saturday we drove over from Worcester and brought one. As per the instruction we set it up on our local field. It took me, my husband and my father in law 30 Mins to put up on our first attempt. We had our first camping holiday with it this weekend (August 22nd -23rd). With just me and my husband it took 40 mins and that was including all the guy ropes. We only put the one bedroom up as there are only the two of us and a dog. The tent withstood a fair bit of wind as we were on the sea front. We were also able to cook in it although it advises you not too. My advice is to go and get one now….5 poles and your done….Great!
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By: Mmbcmi  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 24/08/2009

I have a family of 6, including 4 adults and 2 between 11 and 13, so space in a tent is in demand, the Kalahari 8 has plenty for short or long term uses. There is plenty of headroom, and the bedrooms are a good size and also high enough for a 6 footer like me to get dressed in comfortably. The living area is large enough for a table and six chairs although I don't recommend full occupancy whilst cooking breakfast.

For ease of erecting you couldn't ask for anything easier in this size tent, it weighs 28 kg and has 5 poles , all the same size. It took my son and I about 10 mins to get the tent up and another 10 to dress the guy lines and peg out. It has 20 guy ropes, which may sound a lot but we woke up in a force 5 gale and the tent did no more than flutter.

Taking the tent down was as easy as putting it up (remember NEVER to pull the poles, always push them out, and always use a peg extractor , NEVER pull the tent). Remember we decamped in a very strong wind and you will see why I was pleased to get the tent in it's bag in about 20 minutes.

The little design features I found helpful were the totally stitched ground-sheet - so no draughts, The zipped holes to allow electrics to be passed into the inners without fuss, and the pull tie holes in the ground-sheet to allow the inners to be pegged in the centre and then sealed to prevent any water ingress. Overall I found this tunnel tent layout and design to be the best I have used of its kind. The side door entrances (one either side) and bedrooms either end made it feel bigger and, unlike some tunnel tents I have used, there was no feeling of claustrophobia or vulnerability.
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By: Kitters63  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 16/08/2009

We have a Kalahari 8 and we love it easy to erect an packs away like a dream. Very spacious there are only myself and my husband but we do occasionally take the grandkids so the extra room is good. We had really bad weather recently and not a movement or leak it was great although the wind and rain were howling round us we were snug.
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By: Llewisp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 16/08/2009

We recently bought this tent for £200 in Go-Outdoors and are very impressed with it. It is spacious and didn't let in any draughts. It doesn't take long to put up (nearly an hour, but it was the first time trying though) The only down side is that we now want a canopy/extension for it and a tent advisor from Go Outdoors doesn't think Hi Gear have made one for this model. Has anyone heard anything different or know where to get one?
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By: Rowanb  Reason: I've seen one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 11/08/2009

Having not really been camping since 1990 in a little two man Gelert tent across France I found this tent to be both roomy and great in the wind and rain. This tent with stood all the elements and proved to be very trust worthy, a must when the wind is battering you + tent. In terms of ease of getting it up and then taking it down this tent proved to be a dream. I did a dummy run in the back garden and took around an hour on my own. With help this tent went up within twenty five mins, taking down was a breeze as well and was no probs getting back in the bag.

In terms of living space during our camping trip this proved to be just right I have two boys 6 and 4, so when we had the odd quiet moment there was plenty of room for the boys to play and do lots of drawing and of course running around when it rained.

Overall I can't recommend this tent enough.
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By: Tinhead  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 09/08/2009

I decided to upgrade my tent as I had a 12 man pro action and was I glad I did it.

We went to go outdoors and bought it for £199. BARGAIN.

It came with decent pegs and had no trouble erecting it, even though there was no pitching instructions it took 25 mins max with two of us.

First two nights we were there we had terrible weather high winds and rain but the tent took it all in its stride and not one leak.

I would recommend this tent to anyone who has got a small budget.
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By: Claire43210  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 07/08/2009

We bought this tent after extensive research, being impressed with the space and price at Go Outdoors (£199).

We pitched it quickly and very easily - just thread 5 poles through and peg out! It stood up to very heavy rain and wind without moving or leaking.

The kids love it - there was lots of space in 1 bedroom for a travel cot and 2 beds. The family living area was brilliant for 2 adults and 3 young active children!

We will now buy the canopy, because when it is raining hard you do get rain in the doorway as you go in / out.

Overall, this is a fantastic tent and worth every penny. The kids are now as addicted to camping as us - objective achieved!
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By: Annas  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 07/08/2009

We decided to give camping a go so visited our local Go Outdoors. Wow, we were overwhelmed by the array of tents but decided upon this one for the following reasons:

- Sewn in ground sheet

- Large living space

- Four generous bedrooms

- And last but not least, the price at an amazing £199.

Having never owned a tent before I have nothing to compare it with, but my hubby and I had no problem erecting it and neednt have been worried about looking like first time campers not knowing what we were doing.

The kids also love the tent (3 & 8) and we're even planning a camping trip to France next year.

What can I say - I would recommend this tent to any family.

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By: NJB105  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 03/08/2009

I have been camping with my family for a little while now and this is our third tent. We visited our local Go Outdoors retailer and were surprised to find this tent on offer at £199.

After considering all the other tents that were on show we decided to buy the Kalahari 8. The tent ticks all the right boxes for us as a family.

Both me and my wife wanted a tunnel tent with a Vis-a-Vis bedroom layout. This tent is very spacious and has the benefit of a built in ground sheet which for us was excellent as we had in the past only had a separate groundsheet.

We have just used it on a short trip to Runswick Bay located near Whitby. The tent was great it took two of us just 30 minutes to erect, with another 10 minutes spent applying the guide ropes. All in we were fully set up within the hour.

The weather was terrible on the first night which meant that our new tent had a real test of its ability. The winds and rain were incredibly strong. At about 4:30am I woke to the overwhelming sound of the wind and rain and thought that I should check the tent externally but I was very pleased to find that it had not moved an inch. Internally there were no leaks and everything including the family was still secure despite the weather.

We love the room that this provides us with. We are not the biggest family and consist of two adults a 6 year old and a dog. For us we only use one bedroom and do not fit the second bedroom. As such this provides us with masses of floor space to organise our equipment. The second bedroom however will be very handy as we often take other family friends with us and we will still have enough space to store and keep everything inside.

Packing away was so easy, as the tent fits perfectly into its oversized suitcase style bag. It’s the first time we have had a tent that goes away with no hassle.

All in all a great tent at a great price, I have had no problems with it and cannot wait to go away again at the end of August.
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By: Leisurepower  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 16/07/2009

After years of use, our conway trailer tent had finally swayed it's last.

We have been caravanning the last 3 or four years, but the family just loves to camp.So it was time to buy a new tent.

When I came across the hi gear Kalahari 8, I couldn't believe my eyes. It was everything we were looking for, and on offer at GO-OUTDOORS in wigan.For £199.00 (and still is).

As my previous favourite was the sunvalley 8. At 400 quid, this was a positive gem of a find!

We used it for 4 days on Anglesey, and it is brilliant, really easy to pitch, warm and cosy, 3000hh, kids loved it and we were all comfortable.

Comes with poles to hold the door up to make a little porch area, well ventilated, easy to put away, a real little gem.

When we bought it, it was on a Friday, and had we waited til the Monday, we could (And still can) buy a kalahari 10 for £189.00. Unbelievable value, but the 8 was big enough for our needs, and we couldn't be bothered going back for the sake of a tenner.

Going away for a week 3rd august to destination undecided, but can't wait.

Got some cushion floor tiles for in the bedrooms and living area, it's a home from home.

Great tent, Great value, Great fun.

As a family tent goes.This is the one for you!
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Manufacturer's Description

An updated version of Hi Gear's popular tunnel tent, perfect for relaxed family camping holidays.

The Hi Gear Kalahari 8 Elite is a spacious and stable tunnel-style tent with two large partitionable bedrooms in a face-to-face layout, roomy enough for you, your family and all your gear.

Pre-attached high-visibility guylines, reduced pole sleeves, and sewn-in polyethylene groundsheet make pitching the tent quick and easy.

The bedrooms comfortably sleep four at each end of the tent, in 2+2 inners with breathable polyester walls. Bedrooms can also be removed, to give you extra storage space, or room for dirty gear.

The large living space has two large windows and hanging storage pockets to help keep it tidy, organised and liveable. Multiple vents along the roof help air flow throughout the tent.

The sewn-in groundsheet combined with the fire-retardant polyester flysheet (with 4000mm hydrostatic head) give you a fully sealed and ventilated internal environment, so you'll be completely protected from draughts and sustained downpours. The two doors can be propped and extended out to use for extra shelter from rain or stretching the space out for more room if it's sunny.

Other useful features include the water-repellent zips and an electrical cable access point.

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