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Tent Reviews: Gelert Horizon 6

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21.05 KG
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73 Reviews of the Horizon 6        Showing 11 to 20          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  
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By: Paulcr7  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 01/09/2012

Picked this tent up in a half price sale after a great deal of research at the end of 2010 . What a bargain it was ! Got the whole lot, footprint, carpet, and porch for under 300.

Chose this because we liked the headroom. Found very easy to erect, however managed to break a pole on first erection due to howling wind. Gelert replaced within 5 days, F.O.C. Great service.

Have just spent two weeks in Wales in what I would think the worst rain one could get. It rained horrendously for eleven out of fourteen days and I must admit the tent stood up well until the last couple of days when we started to get a bit of leakage. Hope to reproof soon otherwise will replace with the new model but a definite must is the porch as it helps keep the tent clean and creates a great cooking space.
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By: Haxx  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 09/07/2012

I picked up a 2010 model on sale at the start of 2012, having read the many (useful) reviews here. I was looking for a tent that would be resilient, big enough for 2 adults and 2 kids and (hopefully) last for some years. I was reluctant to get something this big (last time I camped was solo up a big hill in Nepal.) but the price I got was hard to argue with, and it seemed as though the Horizon would fulfil all my criteria.

We had a test camp this last weekend, 2 nights planned to be myself with the 2 kids (6 & 4) overnight, plus parent #2 during the day; in the end it was just me and my eldest overnight :)

Overall, very impressed. We pitched in the pouring rain in about 40 minutes - it took two of us, but could, I think, be done solo with practice (there are some nice instructions for this somewhere in the comments elsewhere). Having the footprint is helpful. We also managed to get a canopy for the right year - it's not the matching colour, but it was great to have a dry patch outside to store muddy boots etc., and to cook. The carpet does add some nice comfort, and there is plenty of room and storage space inside.

We did not have the problem others have described with the end-door closure, in the main due to careful positioning of the tent - but will nevertheless be sealing up with velcro as others have suggested.

Other points (several of these are also noted by others):

* When pitching, although it's possible to leave the inners in, I think it puts a lot of additional stress on the various attach points, and can make the tent heavier to lift. Since attaching them is so quick & easy, I will probably leave them out in future.

* get the footprint - it does make it a little easier to pitch, but also protects the tent itself and makes it quicker/cleaner to strike

* It's also (I think) better, once you have the footprint down, to stand up the tent without pegging the groundsheet at all (contrary to the instructions that come with the tent), then adjust the positioning over the footprint before pegging

* Make sure you don't pull things too tight - doing so will put a lot of pressure on the attach point for the inners, and could cause tearing.

We had pretty poor weather for much of the weekend (wet - not too windy), but had no real issues with water ingress, in spite of my not having treated the seams. We did find a couple of minor drips when we struck the tent, so I will treat the seams before our next outing - but nothing to worry about.

I would recommend replacing the guy runners with clamcleats, and getting some decent/better pegs, especially if you are expecting any bad weather.

Striking was fine - it's a big tent, though, so it does take some careful folding up to get it back in the bag neatly. And make sure you have somewhere roomy to dry it back home if you do ever have to strike wet!

Overall, great tent, lots of room, and appears to be pretty resilient. A good purchase for family camping.
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By: Kolesy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 02/07/2012

Great tent so much easier than our old canvas frame tent to erect. Love that sleeping pods are at each end & not next to each other. 2adults & 2 large dogs use tent Theres room for 2 large cages for our dogs in sleeping pod. We used the porch as our kitchen & put down extra ground sheet & mat in porch. Spent 2weeks in Cornwall in wind & rain & tent stood up to it. No leaks even in the heaviest downpours & gales. Was lovely & warm. 1 tent post split. Will be using it again soon so hoping this time to get some sun
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By: Joolsmartin  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 18/06/2012

Love this tent. We are a family of four with two strapping lads. We bought the package (including carpet, porch, footprint). As previously mentioned in other reviews, the porch area makes a great kitchen, the living area is cosy with the carpet and the bedroom pods leave room for our luggage. We've camped in this tent around 4 times and in appalling weather, we stayed warm and dry with electric hook-up. The tent is easier to put up than the porch, and we certainly make use of our boys during set-up. We had a pole split on one trip but it held out, on our return we wrote to Gelert who promptly sent a replacement! Thoroughly recommend this tent. I would re-iterate the tip with the velcro for the end door.
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By: Ink1974  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 07/06/2012

We bought the Horizon 6 after camping with other families and borrowing tents and getting an idea of what we wanted from a tent.

Standing room was important to us, one bedroom for the boys and one for us, and some living space. We didn't feel that we needed to go bigger although the Horizon 8 which my sister has is also an excellent tent and doesn't take much longer to put up. We don't usually go away for more than 3 nights - we might have gone bigger if we planned week-long holidays in the tent.

The Horizon 6 is quick and easy to put up, and pretty straight forward. We do find it easier when we get our boys to help too. The bedrooms being 3 berth mean that there is space for luggage too in each one. The living room is spacious enough for table and chairs in bad weather and we treated ourselves to the carpet which helps make it cosier.

We also invested in the porch/gazebo which gives an extra indoor/outdoor room. This has been an excellent investment, giving us somewhere to store the cooker, chairs etc. And to take off muddy wellies before coming in to the tent. The only negative we have found is that in wet weather a line of drips forms where the porch comes in to contact with the main tent over the roof and this comes in to the living room - but you can live with it and at least it's not dripping on your head in bed!

We have had one split tent pole which was easily fixed and otherwise have had no problems so far, and have used the tent several times and in all sorts of weather. Would recommend it.
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By: Shakermaiker  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 05/06/2012

Just love this tent!

It was well researched so we knew what we wanted out of a tent before we bought and we have not been disappointed! Very quick to put up - especially with the footprint groundsheet, and a great size for a family of four when the weather takes a turn for the worst. Little extra touches include having hooks and eyelets built into the tent for hanging lamps etc, lovely carpet with a free doormat, pockets galore for all your nick nacks and lovely sized bedrooms. We bought an additional porch which was handy when cooking in bad weather with the children safely inside the main tent area. Love this tent very happy!
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By: Ellalou74  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 18/04/2012

This has too be one simply easy to erect tent I have ever had,. We set it up in 20 mins in gale force winds,

Very strong construction after a week of extreme winds and heavy rain on the east coat this one survived very well indeed (with the help of some extra guidelines) Only draw back is the front end that lets in wind,. I shall be buying the side porch,. Very spacious, highly recommend this tent
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By: V11X  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 10/04/2012

After a visit to GO and seeing the Zenobia 6 we decided to go for the Horizon 6 ( we preferred the colours ).

Pitching is easy, although it did take us nearly an hour, but I think the extreme cold had something to do with our slow pace, and realising that we had the tent the wrong way around half way through pitching!

Once up, the tent looks huge, bigger than it did in GO! There are only two of us using the tent, so we're being a little greedy having such a big tent, but the room you get is amazing. We weren't going to put the second bedroom pod in, but while pitching the tent we noticed the door behind the bedroom which doesn't close properly. Had we read ALL the reviews here, we'd have taken the tip of some velcro - already on the shopping list for our next trip.

We've also purchased the carpet, which was a must. Much nicer stepping out onto carpet than cold groundsheet in the morning.

Can't fault the tent (apart from the odd door arrangement by the bedroom!). Really pleased with our purchase and can't wait to get the tent out again.

Would definitely recommend buying the porch too, makes a massive difference and gives you that bit of extra room to do your cooking etc.
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By: Kakadu3369  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 14/01/2012

After researching a lot of tents we opted for the Gelert Horizon 6.

The internal height was important as my hubby is 6'1'. Also a tunnel tent suited us with a bedroom at each end, although we are only a family of 4 in total the 6 berth gives us extra room and allows us to have friends in if needed. We have a double and single blow up mattress in our bedroom so we can spread out with our lovely Gelert extra wide sleeping pods and the children have lots of room with all of the possessions they insist on bringing. We have also slept 3 abreast comfortably at times to.

We have used this at times of high wind and rain and it has kept us dry and having the middle section as a living area for when it is wet is great. We put the kitchen unit, chairs and tables in here over night to keep dry. We also love the extra internal pockets it comes with too.

Together we can now erect it in half an hour and I have done it on my own with my son helping just with the threading of the poles. When it is windy it is helpful to have an extra pair of hands to help keep it grounded!

Some of the earlier reviews have said that the poles have snapped and after using for 1 season ours are still intact, however I would add that it helps if when threading the poles through and inserting the pins to put the clips over the poles once this has been done as it may put extra strain onto the poles if clipping into place before the 2nd pin is in (hope this makes sense).

We have purchased the add on front porch but not yet used it.

This tent is great as it offers a great value tent (if you shop around) that is good quality with loads of room and is easy to erect.
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By: Shegs  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 11/09/2011

I love this tent.

It is so easy to pitch - me and my GF manage to pitch it in about 20 minutes now.

There is a lot of room inside and good height which allows me (6'3') to walk around in. The pods are also large enough for a double air bed and couple of bags, lantern etc. And come colour coded for very easy erection.

There are some good features for electric hookups (although we have never used them) which allows the wire in through a zipped access hole and has velcro wire holders running up the frame of the tent so you can hang a light without having trailing wires.

The one disappointing feature we have found is that the end of the tent that opens is only attached by 5 toggles which leaves gaps. For a tent that has fly screens on each door and a sewn in bucket groundsheet it seems incredible that this isn't zipped or supplied with an insect mesh because after a couple of days the tent does let the bugs in through these gaps.

I agree with the previous reviewer about the poor quality pegs the tent comes with - The first thing I did was to replace all with heavy duty ones.

The tent has 2 ventilation windows (with fly netting) at each end of the tent which although only small, do allow good airflow and helps keep everything dry.

All in all, a great for <200 and I do not hesitate to recommend it.
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Manufacturer's Description

A smaller version of the Horizon 8, the Gelert Horizon 6 is perfect for groups, families or anyone who's looking for a spacious, easy to erect tent.

Being a tunnel tent it maximises space and provides ultimate headroom. It packs a host of great features too including a full sewn-in groundsheet, hanging storage pockets, water resistant zips and two side doors for access from both sides.

The Horizon 6 also incorporates some other clever features including a zipped electric hook-up access point, porched entrances (an additional add on canopy is also available here.) and a light and airy living area. And it's also easy to pitch and packs to a compact, carboot-friendly size.


* Electric cable zip access point
* Outer first pitching
* Packed in 3 in 1 suitcase style carry bag
* Hanging storage pockets
* Two side entrances and one end entrance
* Vast storage and living space
* Light living area
* Not to be beaten price!

Other Information

* Colour: Lakeside Navy / Blue Shadow
* Fabric: Outer - 190T Polyester with waterproof PU coating. Inner - 190T breathable polyester. Polyethylene groundsheet.
* Dimensions: Outer - L720 x W240 x H220 cm. Inner - L230 x W220 x H205 cm X Two Bedrooms
* Packed Size: 67 x 44 x 26 cm.
* Weight: 21.05 kg.
* Waterproofing: Waterproof to 5000 mm. Taped seams.
* Pitch: Outer first.

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