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Tent Reviews: Hi Gear Atakama 5

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12.50 KG

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73 Reviews of the Atakama 5        Showing 21 to 30          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  
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By: Speedmook  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 05/08/2012

We bought this in the sale for 70 and with that in mind, its a good buy. The tent is a good size and easy to put up. Like other reviewers, we had a leak in torrential rain. The water pooled around the top of the door and eventually found its way through the zip. I think a liberal spray with waterproofer will sort this out.
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By: Jgmunro  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 04/08/2012

First Time Camping for my wife and I and our three kids 10,6 and 3.

The tent went up easy enough, even in the wind and rain ! Around 20 mins with 2 adults. The tent also came down pretty easily and it all fits into the holdall with ease !

The Sleeping area fits two double air beds side by side no problem. There is a curtain available for separate compartments however, our tent had that missing.

The Living Area is far too small for 5 ! probably 3 would be comfortable.

It rained a lot whilst we were away and the door area to side leaked ! also, no matter which way we tried we could not get the front door to sit taught.

The Ground sheet caused us a problem too, as when it rained the water just ran straight in ! Causing us to close peg the ground sheet to the door to avoid the wet.

For the money we paid we cant grumble but if you need it for 4/5 people look at a bigger tent ! And don't forget your clothes pegs !
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By: Craig9173  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 28/07/2012

Great family tent for the price, we already have a Gelert Lokon Vario 5, which is a good size, but we wanted something to be able to bung in the boot for the odd couple of days away with our 3 year old.

The sleeping compartment is plenty of space, and the front porch is big enough to get our 3 chairs in if its raining.

It has standing room in the bedroom so you can change your pants without being a contortionist.

I have chosen to remove the built-in ground sheet in the front section of the tent, we prefer the feel of grass under our feet. The bedroom ground sheet keeps us dry in all weathers.

Just taken it out again for the firs time this year, and found a drippy condensation thing happening in the porch? on night two I re-arranged some ropes to get a bit more tension in the front, and left the vent open and that seemed to help.

For the price, this is a great tent, 3 poles reasonably simple to get up. Not too heavy. .And plenty of useable space. Great medium sized tent.
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By: Sjscooper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 22/05/2012

We bought one last year (i think) as we have a larger tent for when we camp for a week as we like lots of room (only 2 adults and a child).

We bought it when on offer at go outdoors and I think it was only 29 and we where looking for a smaller tent for when we camp at weekends.

The tent was very easy to put up and plenty of room in the sleeping end.

While the living space was also roomy but it doesn't have a sewn in ground sheet so we did have visitors one night and some water did come in when it rained.

This tent is great for people who don't have much room in the car and is great for up to 4 people but we feel that 5 would be a squash
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By: Mr Moo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 01/01/2012

Bought this tent on a trip to go outdoors having gone for completely different things, and with absolutely no intention whatsoever of buying a tent. We live on a narrow boat and went for completely different gear. Anyway, we came home with a tent we hadn't seen put up, a mattress, 2 sleeping bags and various other 'cant manage without' items. New Years day was spend dodging the rain and putting up said tent having reliably told everyone in the pub the night before that we were going to a certified (mad) location next day. Well, we didn't go but only spent 1 hour putting the tent up. We were amazed by the size, which is odd, because it clearly displays this information on the bag.But we had seen it erected! Easy to put up for 2 novices, and easy to collapse and put back in 't bag. Trip planned for 3 weeks time to a different certified (mad) location, cos we forgot to phone and cancel the one we booked yesterday!
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By: Mpeapell  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 13/09/2011

Message @XJRman.

I've just bought one of these second hand based on the reviews. I think it's a great tent, however I did have an issue getting the front taught - I just couldn't.

I think it may have been an issue with the web straps - they are all only connected at one end and I can't see how to get them connected the other end so that the tent can go up square with the correct distance side to side. This means that the front porch area (with the windows) is a bit baggy. I've made do for this current camping trip (due to resetting about five times and getting stressed, LOL!) but some advice for next time would be appreciated.

This all said, it's a great tent and ideal for weekend trips - not too big, but big enough! (Bit tight getting five in though, but that's the case with all birth gradings on any tent I guess).
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By: Bavscot  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 04/09/2011

We got this tent as we are nearly total novices and as they say 'the price was right'. We got the tent in the sales and can only sing it's praises. Despite both having the camping equivalent of two left feet, we found the tent very easy to erect. Despite all the rain and wind the weather gods could throw at us (West coast of Scotland), we stayed completely dry.The tent was stable throughout our stay. Only complaint the side door has no Midge netting (essential in Scotland). All in all a great tent for beginners and with additions,(see photos above), also a keeper.
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By: DMc68  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 26/08/2011

Used this tent for a recent 2 night trip with 2 kids (3 of us in total).

Tent spacious enough and comfortable. Easy enough to erect - a bit tricky with the 'assistance' of 2 small kids but would have been a breeze with 2 adults. Most difficult bit is raising the dome and would recommend someone does this from inside.

Weather was mixed over the weekend with rain and winds (about 15 mph). Tent stayed dry and didn't move about in the wind though was a bit noisy as the front flapped a bit in the wind. Porch area ok for 2-3 but you'd need some form of extension or gazebo for a living area for 4-5. Also sleeping area would accommodate 5 but on mats and not air beds.

All in all not a bad tent and at 99 you can't complain. Don't think it'll last me 10 years but quality seems good enough to get a good couple of years. Really at this price it is near disposable tent!
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By: XJRman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 18/08/2011

If you have a problem with wind then you have put it up wrong. If you cant get it up in less than 15-20 mins then you are doing it wrong. SEE BELOW for pitching guide. (I will post on you tube soon) We bought it as a smaller tent for our weekend tent and it is absolutely brilliant for the price. It is a HI-Gear so go-outdoors own brand. Wait till it is available in their numerous sales. 49-79 the RRP is for marketing purposes only.


1) Peg rear pin rings into ground, webs determine the distance.

2) Thread poles through main dome sleeves but not the front pole (The one with Grey Joiner)

Yet)Put rear ring pins into poles.

4)Raise tent (easier if assistant goes inside although possible on own)

5) Put in front pins (easy if the material is properly free and not catching on the poles) and peg rings.

6)If windy set upwind guys first.

7) Make sure dome webs are square.

8)Front pole through sleeve, pin and guy.

9) Attach inner tent. Front attached groundsheet determines the shape of the front area, leaves about 3 to 4 inches of grass showing (YOU EITHER LOVE THIS OR HATE IT). The only niggle.

10) Re-set front shape and peg,

11)Peg the rest of the sod cloths. Guys and dome into position.

12) Enjoy a good nights sleep in a tent that is STABLE in winds and Very good in rain.

For the price excellent.
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By: Campingted  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 23/07/2011

Used for six weeks on only a few occasions and had 2 broken poles, 2 ripped seams and one time where one side collapsed in the wind. When the first pole broke after second time used, we went back to GoOutdoors and were told it was our own fault because we couldn't have put the tent up properly. OK if you can get the tent cheap enough but definitely not expected to last. We are planning a week trip and have bought a new much better quality tent as we can't trust this one
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Manufacturer's Description

With large living /storage and sleeping areas, the Atakama 5 is ideal for families having a long weekend away, or any groups of campers who may need space to store gear and spread around.

It is a double skin tent, with the outer pitched first to keep things simple, and a breathable inner to keep you comfortable.

The outer flysheet is 190T PU coated polyester with taped seams and a hydrostatic head of 3000, meaning it's rugged enough to handle scrapes and waterproof enough to take the heaviest downpours.

For warmer conditions, the breathable inner and large side and front doors will make sure the inside is ventilated enough so you and your kit are not overheating. The front door can be extended out as a canopy using the steel porch poles, offering shelter from sun or showers.

The porch/living area has a pre-attached groundsheet, making it easy for you to keep a clear, clean space for furniture, bikes etc., and keeping the bedroom area draught-free.

For extra stability, the tent has pre-attached double guylines, so it will easily withstand any strong gusts of wind. The guylines themselves are bright and reflective, to help you to find the tent in the dark, and to stop other campers from tripping over them if you're in a busy campsite.

Other useful features include slick pole sleeves to aid pitching, fire-retardant fabrics, and large windows to allow maximum light in if you need it.

A simple, yet versatile tent for easy group camping.

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