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Tent Reviews: Hi Gear Gobi Elite 4

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4  (more 4 berth tents)
15.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
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61 Reviews of the Gobi Elite 4        Showing 11 to 20          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7  
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By: Emakt  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 16/07/2014

We have had this tent for over a year, it has only been used 3 times and we have had no problems at all, great that my husband can stand up in it. We have two children and a dog, has plenty room in sleeping area and living space. With being all sown it no bugs which is what sold it to me. Fab holidays in it xx
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By: Delabane  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 10/05/2014

Recently purchased the Hi-Gear Gobi Elite 4 bungle (tent, carpet and foot print) from Go Outdoors for 185. Intention being to use as a weekend or short break tent (max 3 nights). Our main tent is our Outwell Montana 6P but we found this takes too long to pack away (3-4 hours) which is a little too much for a weekend camping trip.

Due to recent wet weather we did not get chance to do a test pitch but we did give it a look over before going camping in May to Rushcroft Farm in the New Forest. Luckily everything was fine with no defects.

It took about 30 minutes and I would say is a 2 man job unless you have lots of time and patience. I think with practise it can be done in about 20 minutes. The pegs were of the wire sort and will get replaced at some point. The space in the living room was enough to get our kitchen unit, medium sized table and 2 chairs (could probably get another chair in but you would have to start moving other things around).

This is not a problem as its a weekend tent and will mostly be used in evening and mornings only. There is enough room to be comfortable and cook in but I think it might be too cluttered after more then 3 days.

I like how each of the 3 doors can be rolled back to the mesh to allow it to be almost open feel to it. I was a little disappointed that this years models does not include the poles to use the front door as an awning. Again poles can be purchased at some point.

When packing up, to save time and convenience we left the bedroom pod inside. Amazingly we got the tent in its bag first time (our Montana 6P normally takes 2-4 attempts).

Overall I m happy with this tent, its reasonably priced and I think it will serve us well as a simple weekend tent. It only took 2 hours for us to pack up which is the maximum you want for a weekend.
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By: Delabane  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 05/05/2014

Purchased the Gobi Elite 4 last month in a bungle with the footprint and carpet for 185 from Go Outdoors.

We already have an Outwell Montana 6P as our main tent but wanted something easier for weekends or bank holidays and did not want to spend too much money.

Due to recent weather we did not get time to do a test pitch before going away, but we did check the poles before we left. Luckily everything was fine.

We went away for 3 days (me, my wife and son) in the New Forest and it took about 30 minutes to pitch the poles are a little tricky at first and its not something I'd care to do alone. There are not too many pegging points so it goes up quickly, I think we will be able to get it up in 20 minutes with practice.

I was a little dissapointed that the new Gobi Elite 4 does not include tent poles to use the main door as a canopy, like last years models but poles can be purchased later on if needed.

I like the fact this tent is now green, I don't like blue tents for some reason.

One feature I do really like is that all the doors fully close so you don't have a gap on the bottom of the doors that most other tents have (including our Montana 6P).

In the mornings we did have a little condemnation but this was due to having a fan heater and no vents open.

Overall its a good weekend/bank holiday tent ideal for a base if you are exploring an area and don't plan to spend too much time in it. There is enough space to cook and relax but I would not use it for over 4 nights as I think you would get in each others way. Also I would day 2 adults and 2 children max people wise.

Putting away took about 30 minutes, we left the bedroom inside the tent and managed to get in it the bag first time (rare with us).

Overall I am very happy with this tent and hope we get to go camping more on weekends.
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By: RJarrett  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 29/04/2014

Good tent overall. Takes 2 people to put up, as you would expect.

Only the 2 of us (plus dog and assorted mess) but plenty of room, and very usable space. Would fit 4 with no trouble.

Taking down was easy to do with 2 also, however when wiping down the excess rain, caused lots of water droplets inside the tent.
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By: Slim 66  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 27/04/2014

As I work away I wanted a smaller tent my other being a 10 man and the Gobi ticked all the boxes for me. Sewn in ground sheet, Being able to stand upright and enough space for my camping chairs,table and fridge. I have owned this tent for two months now and havent had any problems. The girlfriend came down and joined me one weekend and brought our big dog still had plenty of space in the tent. I am well happy with the tent.
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By: Cpaalp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 21/04/2014

I have previously reviewed the Gobi 4 but felt it necessary to add another due to our recent camping trip. We have generally had good weather on previous camps but this weekend we had extreme winds and gusts for over 7 hours, and although it was really noisy with hardly any sleep (!) our tent stood strong, apart from a pole that came out which we put back. We really didn't think we would make it through the night as other tents nearby didn't (one of our friends commented that whoever sewed the seams did a darn good job!) We use it for the two of us but 2 friends slept in the front porch on this night as theirs was too cold and with our fridge/cooking stand etc there was still enough room to feel comfortable. I would totally recommend this tent and we re so glad we chose the Gobi 4.
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By: EarwaxUK  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 27/08/2013

After shopping around a bit, my partner and I decided to buy a Gobi 4 from Go Outdoors (as the sole UK distributor of Hi Gear equipment).

We loved the height and size of the large single bedroom. It's pretty luxurious for 2 people. The cross-pole system makes it nice and stable in the wind and having doors on both sides of the living space (3 in total) was a real plus as well. The living space is a little small once you get chairs in but there is usually plenty of room. It was pretty easy to pitch as well and took us around 15 minutes.

Some previous reviewers here have complained that the bag it comes in is too small. We've never had this problem and could pack everything back into the bag with room to spare, such that the bag was a little loose.

We had a couple of little niggles - firstly the side doors have a tendency to fall inwards when you open them, covering you and the inside of the tent with water if it's been raining. Secondly, the standard guy lines are so smooth and slippery that the supplied guy runners either need re-tying or replacing with better ones.

Sadly though, this is not a love story with the Gobi 4. We bought our first one in July of 2013 and took it to the New Forest only to discover an inch long hole in the flysheet. Fortunately it was a dry weekend and we took the tent straight back to Go Outdoors on the way home and they replaced it immediately.

The second Gobi 4 lasted for nearly a month. During the end of July and beginning of August, it spent a weekend in the Cotswolds and another at the Cropredy festival, both of which were dry.

On it's third outing it went to the Cambridgeshire Fens and suffered it's first dousing with rain. A thunder storm on Friday night found water leaking in through the seams on the side doors. For the rest of the weekend we had to keep a towel by the door to soak up the incoming water. Once dry, this tent was also returned to Go Outdoors.

It's a shame that such well priced and well thought out products are blighted by quality control issues. We've had constant problems with Hi Gear equipment (apart from the tent, we've had 2 chairs break and a brand new airbed with a hole) and we'll be avoiding the brand in general from now on.

On the up-side, the service from Go Outdoors has always been exceptional. The first tent was replaced with a brand new one in less than 5 minutes and the second one was refunded just as quickly.
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By: Paul n Ang  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 07/08/2013

We bought our Gobi 4 this year with the intention of using this month for a few days away in the Gower South Wales.

We had only ever been camping once in a small 2 man tunnel tent and had enjoyed the experience immensely and bearing in mind we are no spring chickens opted for the bigger Gobi for comfort.

The pitching instructions were as others have said useless but we did the you tube instruction and found it pretty easy to erect. We pegged all 4 corners first then threaded the 2 smaller poles through the correct guides which were colour coded yellow at the front door end and grey in the middle. We then threaded the longer poles through the correct guides, not colour coded as they are the same length so this did not matter.

Now neither of us are what you could call tall so could not do as others have done by pushing tent up from inside to support the weight. We simply erected the yellow pole first then the grey this gave support to the tent and enabled us to fix the longer poles in place. Probably because we had pegged all corners down first.

The weather proofing was excellent which we found out because the Gower was undergoing a storm front at this time. The rain poured down accompanied by high winds for 2 days solid.

We could not fault the tent in any way at all.
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By: Samottewell  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 05/08/2013

Have just used out gobi 4 in the wind rain and sun! Lots of room , erected in 1 hour. In a thunder storm rain did come in in the form of a mist and through the side window seams but held up well! Love it!had a few problems with the ground sheet but then realised that you pegged it down and then toggled up to the tent!
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By: Clickerjac  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 28/07/2013

This is our second tent. It was carefully chosen because of the three mesh doors which mean you can have a flow of air into the tent without a flow of insects.

Our first tent was a tunnel tent which was really simple to put up. This one is a little more difficult but once you get knack it is still pretty quick, we've managed it in a little over 20 mins (that's a basic pitch not with everything in & the kettle on). We tend to keep the inner sleeping area attached to make it quicker and it seems to take up less room when packing it up. It is really hard to get it back in the bag - we only bother at the end of a holiday but can never get the poles in! A bigger bag is definitely needed. It needs two people to put it up and one of them needs to be tall otherwise reaching the top pole and hook/loop is difficult!

As there is only two of using it there is a lot of room but I imagine it would be a bit cramped with four people. There is plenty of headroom and lots of room to move around. I like the small pockets on the outside of the sleeping compartment - handy for maps and magazines. I am very pleased with this tent and look forward to many more camping trips.

The only problem we had was with small leaks where the water seeped in down the tapes which hold the covers over the side windows in place.
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Manufacturer's Description

An updated version of Hi Gear''s popular dome tent, ideal for weekends away with family or friends.

Hi Gear''s Gobi 4 Elite is a semi-geodesic dome style tent, with crossed-over fibreglass poles that keep it stable even in very windy weather.

It has a large front door and 2 additional side doors for easy access and total ventilation, and a fully sewn-in groundsheet that keeps out draughts, rain and insects.

The two large front windows have roll up curtains so you can let light in or keep your privacy, and front enclosed mesh vents also aid the ventilation.

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