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Tent Showcase: Hi Gear Kalahari 10 Elite

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82 Reviews of the Kalahari 10 Elite        Showing 21 to 30          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  
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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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By: Sheeplady  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 22/04/2012

Love this tent.

Its easy to put up, and really spacious. We(2adults, 3 kids, 1 dog)fitted into it with plenty of space. The living area is easily big for a table and chairs, plus the usual fridge/cupboards etc. Add in the carpet (makes a huge difference- do buy the carpet) and you have a very comfortable place to spend an hour an hour or two.

The internal pockets are genius, filled very quickly with kids bits, biscuits, head torches etc.

Hardly stopped raining for our holiday, but no leaks.

Porch was very handy for wet gear storage.
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By: Andrewd39  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 19/04/2012

Bought ours last year under the offer at go outdoors. Porch, tent, carpet and footprint for around 340. There are 6 of us using the tent 2 adults and 4 kids. Have used the tent once and it lashed it down, and was quite windy, tent stood up to all that was thrown at it. We have our second outing in 2 weeks.

Very roomy inside, with plenty of space for a double airbed in both sides of the bedroom compartments. The living area is huge and does not feel cluttered even with all 6 of us in there.

Tent was easy to put up, takes 20 mins - 30 mins with two of you, had more problems with the porch than the tent.

Highly recommended if there are a few of you and you like your space. We had a horizon 6 before this one, and the tent does feel a lot more secure when pitched. Keep an eye on the prices, they often have this tent on offer with all the associated bits and bobs, really at this price you can't go wrong.
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By: Berkshirebugsy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 07/04/2012

Really pleased either the tent (which we bought along with the porch,footprint and carpet) . May seem ott for two adults and two kids but it means the youngsters can each have their own room and the remainder 2 berth room can be used for storage (ask junk).

Served us well this week when we used it for the first time the week and more than happy with it.
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By: H h h  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 22/03/2012

We bought our kally last year having owned a sahara three pod tent which was great but took an age to put up. The children have tried it in the garden and thought it was great, there is so much space and we also bought the porch at the same time so that is even more space as we take every thing with us including the dog, we are looking to get the carpet and footprint as a lot of people have recommended them, so heres to a good summer and many evenings sat in some camp site drinking a good glass of wine or beer and chilling out!
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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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