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Tent Showcase: Hi Gear Rock 5

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Bedroom inners:
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Pitching Style:
5  (more 5 berth tents)
18.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
8.14/10 from 21 reviews

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21 Reviews of the Rock 5        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  
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By: Granny J  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 14/09/2015

I bought this tent second hand after doing some research and the Rock 5 seemed to be ideal as I wanted a tent I could stand up in and have plenty inside space if the weather wasn't great.

I was slightly worried about some of the reviews on here saying that the tent let water in but I didn't find that to be the case. After a fine few days away we had a persistent downpour on the last night but the tent stayed dry and warm.

I would have given 10 out of 10 but I do agree with some of the other reviews that the doors could do with some velcro at the bottom to prevent draughts, otherwise it's a great tent.

One more point that may be useful to others is I managed to put this tent up single handed. I started from the front, put the first pole in place, pegged it upright loosely for support then worked towards the back. There are videos on YouTube showing this method and it worked well for me.
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By: Laura1967  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 17/08/2015

A great size tent for me and my husband. Plenty of room in the sleeping area which we use as one room. And plenty of room in the front area for chairs and table when its raining.We have had very heavy rain while using it and it has never leaked. Very easy to put up and packs away easy too. I wouldn't use it for more than 2 people.When we went camping with our children we had a much bigger tent. It might be ok for 2 adults and 2 small children for a short break but on a longer break especially if you had bad weather it wouldn't be fun.
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By: Keaton01  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 19/07/2014

Love it! With two of us, and two dogs, we wanted a tent which would be comfortable for all of us, even in bad weather and this one certainly is large enough. The all in one pitch makes putting the tent up quite easy, and we did manage it in about 15minutes at one campsite with ideal conditions (no wind, rain etc), but usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes. Taking it down is just as easy, and it packs nicely away in one bag. We use the small sleeping area as storage for equipment and clothes, and sleep in the large one. The dogs' bed fits nicely in the corner of the 'living area', with room for table and chairs in bad weather. The sleeping area is slightly larger than our double air bed, unlike many tents we have used in the past, which means we don't have to clamber over the bed to get in it. We have, on two occasions, had water coming in from the front, but both occasions were in extremely windy and very, very wet conditions, and in less extreme weather, the tent has remained quite dry. Having just come back from two weeks away in our Rock 5, I am very much looking forward to our next excursion.
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By: Bethceg2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 18/05/2014

I bought my tent as a lot off ebay. After my ex husband took the Kalahari 10.

It is a great tent but I think I could do with the canopy to go with it as there are 5 of us (2 adults,1 teenager and 2 smaller children). I can see it being a bit cramped if it is bad weather and we have to sit inside for a long while.

It was easy to but up and I like the fact that the sleeping compartments are already attached, I would advise that you make sure they are zipped up before you put it away as we struggled to shut them both after the tent was erected.

It was quite windy in the night but it didn't really move a lot.

The gap at the doors made it a bit drafty if you don't fasten it all properly.

Overall a good tent for the price. But I think if you don't have the canopy it is best suited for 4 people or less to give you that extra bit of room.
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By: Gaynor Maiden  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 21/08/2013

I recently brought one these as a good way for me and my little boy to get away. We have only used it the once and had a really good time.

The tent was very easy to put up alone and was easy to put away.

The only problems I have is that the doors do not have a fly sheet attached and they also don't fasten at the bottom which allows creepy crawlies to come into the main living area. We had a few earwigs come to visit.

Unfortunately there was a fault in the tent and when I took it back to exchange it they didn't have another.

I am disappointed because this is basically a very good tent.

Would definitely buy another and would also recommend to anyone else.

My friend has brought the Rock 4 after seeing how good mine was.
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By: Tgas  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 14/08/2013

First new tent for 20 years as we wanted one we could stand up in. The Rock 5 seemed to have everything we wanted. It is easy to put up.

We took it to Devon and it stood up really well to howling winds, driving rain and night raids by wildlife to steal our supplies.

We are absolutely delighted with our Rock 5, totally waterproof,no snapped poles or broken ropes to wake up to in the morning.

Only minor suggestions to improve the side entrance by adding velcro to keep the bottom flap down in high wind and rain.

We will be buying the carpet next and for going abroad the canopy too.

Great tent!
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By: Teffy1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 16/07/2013

Great tent & would buy he same one again, brought two years ago and still in good condition. Never had a problem with rain (keep fingers crossed). Bedroom states for 5 but like all tents that never right, I would say 3/4 at a push. Only myself & hubby use our so lots of space even with our bed being kings sized, still have loads of space to get around and the dog at the side of us. Only thing I would like to see is a way to seal the door flaps at the bottom, but a bit of velco would sort this (Hi gear hope you read this) Porch also purchased and this is great for the rainy days to cook in or even hide from the sun.Well recommended tent
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By: Linny32  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 23/06/2013

Bought this tent from go outdoors on a spare of the moment decision for a cheaper way to spend weekends away .

There is only me and the wife so all the extra space is fantastic.

The first time we pitched it up we was amazed just how easy it was to put up (about 20 to 30 mins ) and had a great weekend .

No leaks no bugs and no problems to report about this tent so far and have used it on several occasions already this year .

Now we have gone camping crazy , we have now also bought the footprint ,carpets and awning for this tent as well as a windbreak to match .

All in all a great tent and would not hesitate to buy another one if anything happened to this one .

Can't wait for out next outing in this tent .
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By: Craine1998  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 27/05/2013

Bought a Rock 5 at sale price of 149. Much easier than our Zenobia and can be pitched in less than 30 mins. No leaks even when camping in torrential rain at a festival. We use both bedrooms and use living area for storage. Good vents, cover up windows and room to accommodate table a couple of fold up chairs and an inflatable sofa and armchair! Would rate this 9 out of ten as its the best tent we have ever had!
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By: 1Man1Dog  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 28/03/2013

Just used my Rock 5 for it's first camping trip. And overall I am really impressed with it.

I am a solo camper (with a dog)so this tent gave me plenty of room. But as is the norm, it would be tight for 5 adults.

I decided to use the dividing curtain in the sleeping area. I slept in the 3 berth side, and used the 2 berth area as a storage space.

I did notice that the dividing curtain is some what see through. All be it only slightly, and dependant on light etc.

This may not be a problem for younger children with their parents etc. But may be one, for older children (teens) or say brother/sister/an in law etc who may want a bit more privacy.

Having never had a tent with a dividing curtain before. This element of being slightly see through may be the norm across many tents. But thought I would mention it, despite it not be overly see through.

I had a few strong gusts during my 2 night stay. The tent coped well with these, and didn't cause me any concern that it may collapse etc.

The living area is spacious, and has enough windows to allow enough daylight in. And the storage pockets, lantern hanging point, cable access point, and cable tidy/velco (for electric light) are all handy features.

Plenty of headroom throughout the tent for someone who is 5ft 8 like myself. Though, if like me you are more used to backpacking/smaller tents. It will take a while to cotton on to the fact, you don't need to crawl out of the sleeping pod hehe.

During my pre-trip hose pipe tests (only done as my tent was a returned tent bought via ebay) I did notice water did collect above the bedrooms. This is something that other reviewers have commented on, so I am confident this was not due to a pitching error. And can see that being a problem during heavy downpours.

The only bad point (apart from the above) is putting the poles through the sleeves. The metal points on the poles seem to get caught on the eyelets of the sleeves themselves.This can slow down the time taken to erect and strike camp. Though, to be honest it is not that great a delay. And may indeed be less of a problem for 2 people erecting/striking.

Having been pitched next to a Mojave 5 this week, I got to compare what was my 2nd choice, with the Rock 5. If the Rock 5 had the same sleeve/clip combo for the poles, that the Mojave has, I'd give it a 10 out of 10.

But due to the problem with the eyelets, and the possible problem with water collecting above the bedrooms. I have marked it down slightly, and have given the tent a 9 out of 10.
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Manufacturer's Description

A spacious family sized 5 person tent with a large bedroom and porch, ideal for small families and getaways.

5 Berth Family Tent
All in one pitching style
Taped seams - no leaks

The Hi Gear Rock 5 is a flexible family tent for families or couples looking for extra room. The tent and bedroom are separate parts that are permanently attached with a mesh panel, so you get the benefits of reduced condensation without the hassle of fitting the inners every time you pitch the tent. Couple this with the sewn in groundsheet and taped flysheet and you have a draft and insect free space that will keep you dry, even in prolonged rain.

The bedroom can be divided into 2 and a 3 person rooms with a central curtain, and the tall windows in the front allow lots of light into the living area. The doors to the front and side can be converted to awnings with awning poles (sold separately).

A great tent for first time campers or those who want a simple and roomy tent for weekends away.

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