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Tent Showcase: Hi Gear Kalahari 10 Elite

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76 Reviews of the Kalahari 10 Elite        Showing 11 to 20          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  
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By: Zoe-Louise  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 29/11/2012

I'm just updating my review as the last one was left only having test pitched it in the garden. First impressions were fabulous.Actual camping in it was completely different!

The first time we camped it was good we had all weather thrown at us. The problem was with the air vents had stretched too much plus when we opened the tent bag for the first time and the bedroom pods had dried mud in them. Go outdoors replaced the tent no questions asked.

2nd tent we only just pulled it out of the bag when we noticed a tear in it so obviously it when straight back. ( this had nothing to do with the tent. We later found out from a member of staff from go outdoors that when you take a faulty tent back they send it off to be repaired then it gets put back out for sale so in reality when you're thinking your buying a brand new tent you are not. )

3rd tent we took it camping for the weekend in Devon in July when we had all the bad rain.We could have saved time and not bothered with the tent as we got just as wet with the tent as we would of without one. I had all of an hour sleep through the night. We had no choice but to pack everything up and 6:30 in the morning in the lashing rain squeeze the tent back into the bag to take back yet again.

The living area roof just poured in. The ground sheet just let water in and the bedroom pods were sopping wet.

Lucky enough we were able to exchange for a different tent as we couldn't risk having another ruined holiday by having a dodgy tent.

The tent is very impressive in size. Perfect for a camping trip when the weather is calm and no rain or wind. Apart from the leaking and the seconds that were meant to be brand new the only thing going for this tent is that it looks good and can be pitched in approx 30-40 mins.

We have now opted for a hi gear voyager 6 we have taken no chances mind. We have waterproofed it ourselves.

We are a family of 4, 2 adults and 2kids.

Next time we need to renew the tent I will be paying out for a better make eg. Outwell or Vango.

Happy camping everyone
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By: Courtreg  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 15/10/2012

This is the second tent we have had from hi gear . The tent is very spacious when up . Quite straight forward to put up . Stayed in the tent in a nasty down pour and wind and it was still very comfy. We share this with another couple and their little one (2) and my self and our 2 kids (5) (8) and it is big enough. Watch out for them in sale we got ours for 220 the day after they were back up to 500, so think we got a bargain.
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By: Founts  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 01/09/2012

Just returned from another holiday in our kalahari 10. Spent a week in Norfolk and had the full range of weather. I have rated the tent before but can now add that the tent is outstanding in strong winds. Not sure if the wind speeds last Thursday but looking at news reports many people suffered from them on their camp sites. Although our tent 'flexed' somewhat, it remained intact and had no leaks from the driven rain. Whilst all this was going on six children slept soundly in the pods while four adults had a very sociable evening in the living area.

An outstanding tent.
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By: MonW  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 29/08/2012

We took this tent to the South of France for two weeks this year. We are a family of 4 and wanted the extra space and standing room and boy does this tent provide it! It really was a comfortable home for 2 weeks. We have the porch too and used this as an open-air kitchen by unzipping the front.

This tent literally takes me and my husband 30 mins max to put up and slightly longer to put down (getting the air out). It is a fantastic tent.

The only thing I would change is I would put more doorway/opening options on it. It would have been nice to open up the entire living area and for the porch to stretch right across this space as well but other than that it really is a great family holiday tent.
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By: Dobson04  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2012

First impressions of this (Hi Gear Kalahari 10) tent when we purchased it in Aug 2011 was what a great tent, loads of room and a matching porch to boot. However after spending a week in it in troublesome weather our opinion has changed. Our new tent the Hi Gear corado 8 is amazing in comparison. This is why?

We have had two of these tents (brand new). The first one was replaced due to it leaking, for the second one to leak as well in the same place. Luckily Go Outdoors allowed us to change the tent and porch for a totally different one.

This tent is suitable for a family who go on a annual camping holiday once a year, my opinion would be if you are serious about camping and intend to use this tent on a regular basis pick something else.

Pitching time tent only was around 45 minutes with an additional 30-45 minutes for porch and guylines. There are bigger tents on the market that take less time. The porch doesn't attach to the tent very well as the anchor straps are too short which causes the roof to push in (I believe this is because the porch was originally intended for the Kalahari 8 only and was never adapted for the 10). There is also quite a big gap from the porch to the floor. There is no built in groundsheet within the porch and as this is recommended as the kitchen area, lots of creepy crawlies get in. The tent however is an improvement on the porch, watertight and bug free. The tent alone would probably let enough light in through the windows but with the porch attached the windows are obscured and the tent on a dull day and at night has the feel of sitting in a dungeon. The plus side with this tent is that the bedroom pods are spacious sleeping 5 each end (Really they sleep 3-4 with your luggage). Bonus if you like us want your young kids sleeping in the same bedroom pod.

The weather in Britain this year has certainly tested this tent (thunder storms in June) and it still remained in tact, however on several occasions the tent dipped inwards and felt on the verge of caving in. This prompted us to return this tent and purchase a steel frame tent instead. Friends of ours have replaced the fibre glass poles on several occasions due to it's inability to cope with Britain's weather. Would not recommend this tent, add a little extra money on top and purchase some of the better tents available by Go Outdoors or other well known brands.

I'm giving it a 6 out of 10 reluctantly.
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By: Sareyjellies  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 13/08/2012

This is a super big tent, it has 4 separate rooms but these rooms can be unzipped and made into 2. There is a zipper for posting electric cables through and pouches for storage. The living area is very large and you can stand up in all bedrooms as well as the living area.

The tent is very easy to pitch with all poles the same length but 2 people are required to stabilise it until the guy ropes are up.

The quality of the tent is ok but we don't believe it will last many years and have had several problems with the elastic holding the poles together breaking, I was told that this is due to how the tent was stored in branch but wasn't offered additional poles to replace mine.

The bag with the poles is VERY heavy but the other bag is reasonable and if packed properly it all fits back into the bags easily.

There is good ventilation which can be altered to suit needs.

Would I buy another the same - yes because the layout is the best I've found.
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By: Mazza1970  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 17/07/2012

WOW!

This was only our 3rd camping trip ever, previous 2 occasions we had a 1500hh tent we purchased from Halfords (which was also fab), but due to the unpredictable Scottish weather we decided to go for the Kalahari 10 with footprint and carpet when it was on special offer in Go-Outdoors, as it was a 3000hh.

We bit the bullet after 1 week of the school holidays and decided to go to Peebles. We arrived on the Monday lunch time just as the rain started, although I am sure it was raining there well before we arrived. It took four of us about 45 minutes to pitch the tent. It rained until late on the Wednesday evening and the tent held out remarkably well as there were some pretty hefty showers, a few pools of water gathered on the roof of the tent however not drop came in.

I would honestly say the footprint made a huge difference to help both pitching the tent and keeping us drier underfoot. We tried to purchase the porch but no to avail as they have sold out, however with the weather as it was I would definitely recommend.

We got a great tent at a great price - just waiting on the heatwave so we can have another few days away.
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By: Terryd999  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 26/05/2012

Very very pleased with our holiday warehouse, upgraded from a Coleman tri-space 6 which was a good tent but in the kalahari you can stand up pretty much everywhere and it has so much space even with 4 kids under 6 and all the kit,we are heavy weight campers so we take every thing and still room to spare. Extra porch is a must for cooking and fridge and stops wet getting trailed into main tent.

Water tight, it recently survived the may bank holiday downpours, one lasted over night for almost 12 hours and not 1 drop got in unbelievable.

Now the bad, only one thing, the vents along each side whilst being ideal when its warm, at Easter 2012 it dropped below freezing and these vents are impossible to seal closed and when windy they flap in the breeze. Any ideas?

This tent is easy to put up with footprint and I can almost do it on my own in about 30mins. The outside goes up enough to get out of rain very quickly indeed and then you can complete inside without a rush.

This is a great tent and as yet I have not seen the same amount of space for the same money from any other manufacturer.
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By: H h h  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 14/05/2012

This tent certainly stands up to all weathers, one night at an Easter break force gale winds heavy rain lashed down onto the tent and porch, both were still standing in the morning. One of the straps came undone on the porch (which had longer straps on it suggested by one of your members which made it so much easier to find in the middle of the night) It is a fantastic tent that I would recommend to any family thinking of getting one.
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By: Demic77  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 10/05/2012

We upgraded to the Kalahari 10 from a Voyager 6 when it came on offer at Go Outdoors, we got the carpet, footprint and porch too. The footprint is great for protecting the underside of the tent itself on wet/muddy pitches and it gives you a good guide to siting the tent on the pitch before you commit to pegging the tent itself down if you have to reposition. The carpet really enhances the tent IMHO, much nicer to walk on than grey plastic. Porch is very useful for cooking in the rain and keeping wet and dirty kit out of the main tent.

This tent is HUGE. Plenty of room for us, 2 adults and 6 & 8 year old kids. We sleep in one half of the tent and the other side we keep or kit in, partition down we set the camping toilet up in there at night for emergency wee duty, we have weak bladdered kids.

Despite its size it's still easy to erect, 25 mins with the two of us saw it up first time, we have that down to 20 mins now with practice.

We went camping in Vendee last summer for three weeks and this setup was perfect for us. However on night 4 the zip on the main door failed, it came off its track and we couldn't secure it or get it back on the track. Luckily we had the porch and it caused us few problems, gaffer tape to the rescue. On returning home we took the tent back to Go Outdoors expecting them to have it fixed but no, they just gave us a brand new tent there and then. Can't fault their customer service. On our last night we had a really severe gale come in off the Bay of Biscay, the tent stood up magnificently to this but the porch came adrift. The wind got under the flap over the tent top and managed to dislodge the pegs and cause the porch to collapse. There was no fault with the tent or porch though, the site was very sandy and the pegs had very little grip in the soft ground. I should have used broad flat pegs instead of rock pegs.

Highly recommend this tent and the after sales service at Go Outdoors.
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Manufacturer's Description

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

The Hi Gear Kalahari 10 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 five at each end of the tent, and have breathable polyester walls. Bedrooms can also be removed, to give you extra storage space, or room for dirty gear.

The huge 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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