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Tent Reviews: Gelert Solo

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1.50 KG
Inner first
Average User Rating:
8.56/10 from 16 reviews

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16 Reviews of the Solo         Showing 11 to 16          Page:   1   2  

By: Jamie.W  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

This tent is perfect for short, overnight or weekend trips. It is extremely simple and quick to construct, two poles and a handful of pegs mean that it is easy for one person to put up in a hurry.

I have used this tent on numerous occasions. It is great for walking, cycling and canoeing trips, I am 6 foot and have no problems with sitting up to read or stretching out at night. The only draw back is that if you have a large rucksack with you you will struggle to fit it in under the outer sheet. I have often slept with the fly sheet open and my pack half in half out of the inner part, with still enough space for a good nights sleep.

Low to the ground and shaped as it is, high winds do not cause as much anxiety as larger, more cumbersome tents can. Mine has stood up to strong gales in the lakes without batting and eyelid.

All in all a great lightweight tent with a fantastically small pack which it fits into with ease. Does exactly what it says on the tin. And as it is small it's cheap enough to book it into a campsite and use as a storage tent, I frequently do this when camping with my girlfriend in our small 2 man tent. It means that you have that extra bit of sleeping space.
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By: Vzjmh0  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Great tent for walking and biking. Compact and light. Can be put up in 5mins. The only downside is that if you are over 5'11 you may struggle to stretch out in the tent without putting your feet out the end of the tent.
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By: Sirpecangum  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I am 175cm or 5'9' (in the morning!) and I only just fit in this tent. In heavy or persistent rain or on wet ground water penetrates the ground sheet within one night. The fibreglass poles are fragile, I have broken the shorter of the two poles twice but Gelert service is excellent and the pole was replaced, twice. Ventilation is excellent. Think of it more as a large bivy bag and it should please. I wouldn't want to rely on it for more than a night, two at the most. I put a video of it on youtube pitched on a sheltered site on a wet and windy day: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?v=8CqbG-pwNlA
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By: Matty1990  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

What a tent. Tested this out the other day and for 20 you cant go wrong. There's a lot of tent for your money. Stood up to harsh wind rain for 3 nights wild camping. I like the fact its small pack weight and its not a struggle to put back in the bag. Get this tent it a bargain!
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By: Wonderpupp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I bought this to take to Glastonbury with me. (I rode my motorbike to the festival with 1 large backpack, so carrying space and weight was limited)

The sloping outer sheet was fairly good shelter in the rain, nothing got into the sleeping area.

The whole tent was well waterproofed.

Excellent size and no weight at all. Ideal for motorcyclists going on a quick weekend away.

As for the festival, it pitches in such a small space that I squeezed between a few other 'camps' - on Thursday night of Glastonbury it is impossible to find enough ground space for a regular dome tent.

It was warm and dry and a talking point amongst other people at the festival.
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By: Chuck40  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Very quick to set-up, string the poles together, peg the inner out, tie the outer on to the tops of the poles and peg out - 5 mins max.

Just enough room for me (5'9') and a bike bar bag above my head, with two panniers either side in the space between the flysheet and inner.

Good for sleeping in only, you have to sit beside it to pack or cook etc.

Kept me dry in heavy rain two nights on C2C in the Lakes.

Some condensation, but the top of the cotton inner stops it dripping on to you - plus it was pitched on very damp ground.

It's a good idea to see if you like compact camping, then maybe one day splash out on a far more expensive lightweight backpacking/cycling tent, only to find you need a 3 man tent for all your stuff.

Great budget tent - at 20 it's almost disposable
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Manufacturer's Description

A lightweight, compact solo tent (it can play bridge as well) designed with no-fuss bikers, cyclists and trekkers in mind. Simple to pitch tent with separate inner and flysheet. The flysheet is 190T PU coated polyester with taped seams giving a hydrostatic head of 1500mm. The inner tent is breathable polyester and the inner groundsheet polyethylene. 2 x 6.9mm fibreglass poles.

Weight: 1.5kg
Pack Size: 15x40cm
Dimensions: 270x170cm (outer); 250x90 (inner)
Height: (Inner) 70cm
Colour: Forest Green/Beige Trim

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