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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
Average User Rating:
8.61/10 from 61 reviews

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61 Reviews of the Gobi Elite 4        Showing 21 to 30          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7  
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By: Marianwalker  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 14/07/2013

This is the first tent I've ever owned - it has seen some pretty awful rain and wind and has been fine. It needs water proofing on the seams now but that's ok after 2 years isn't it? Its really roomy and pitches really easily - although the instructions in the bag are useless! The bag could do with being a bit bigger as its hard to get it back in but overall I think its been a great first tent - particularly as we got a brilliant offer from Go Outdoors- less than a hundred quid!
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By: Shamus15  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 23/06/2013

Got a great deal on this tent at Go Outdoors - advertised as weatherproof making a big deal of its 3K hydrostatic head performance coating.

This tent lasted a matter of a few hours before leaking profusely through the seams and eventually through the main fabric. If you ran the back of your hand along the inside of the tent it would get wet! We fought drips and leaks trying to keep dry before eventually deciding to abandon ship and rent a mobile home - just to keep dry.

Not impressed!
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By: Hwood  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 02/06/2013

This is the first tent we have bought and we are very happy with it. The instructions that came with it were worse than useless but after a quick Youtube tutorial we were able to put it up quite quickly! There is plenty of room for 2 of us and all our stuff including chairs, table etc and a double airbed fits comfortably in the bedroom compartment. The tent stands up well to the wind although so far we haven't had a wet trip. The carpet makes the tent much more warm and comfortable. Looking forward to our next trip.
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By: Cpaalp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 16/12/2012

My camping experience dates back to when I was in guides but have recently bought road bikes and camping is a brilliant way of a weekend cycling! My husband is 6ft 4 and the height of the tent was the main reason we chose the Gobi 4. There are only 2 of us and we have plenty of room for a double airbed with lots of space at the side for a newly purchased camping cupboard to store our clothes! We have used a foldaway picnic rug instead of buying the official carpet as much cheaper, and find that as we have the camping stove etc at one side we don't need to cover the whole of the living area floor. We have only used it for dry camping as we are cycling and a rainy weekend wouldn't be much fun! It was cold at night the last time we used it but had a small heater and it was soon cosy. Wouldn't fancy sharing it with more people as it would feel cramped but for 2 adults it is more than adequate. Easy to put up but would recommend a trial first before first use.
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By: Jonjulie  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 19/09/2012

Just used the gobi 4 on a long weekend from the 13th till 16th sept, we found the tent well easy to put up as we hadnt had a chance to practice because we live in a flat, it went up in half an hour, the weather was very windy first night but the tent coped really well.

The living area is wicked bags of room and the 3 windows add a lot of light, the bedroom is well ventilated with plenty of room for 2 double blow up beds, and its quite cosy when you do the zip up, this is the tent for a family of four as plenty of headroom and lots of space for 4 chairs and a camping table with room to spare, we will buy the carpet for the gobi and the porch as well as we intend to use this tent a lot.

The 3 doors are a good touch and provide you with options on the best place to put your wind break up and chill.

10 out of 10 from us a great buy as well from go outdoors
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By: Tony_brown  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 17/09/2012

We have just spent our first weekend camping in our Gobi4 and were quite impressed with it. We normally camp in our trusty Skandika Montana but acquired a few Gobi4's for use by our son and daughter who are Scout leaders and one for me, to give us more room on Scout Camp.

My son and daughter used their once and advised they were too big and too complicated to put up single handed on camp so have sold them on eBay and bought Quechua pop-ups instead. I kept mine and over the recent hot weekend took it to the Flamingoland Theme Park/Resort (read separate review).

We arrived at twilight and began erecting it in the dark. We found it really easy to erect with the poles being colour coded and, as the pole sleeves are fairly short in length (it has pole clips as well), it went up quickly. Because of the design it stands up on it's own but it does seem to need some adjustment to square it up and you must slacken the ground sheet tape buckles to get the pins in the poles, or you will struggle to make them fit.

It has loads of pegging points and in the strong winds we experienced on the final day it stood up quite well, but was floppy as hell when the guys were loosened to take it down, so be careful to avoid potential damage.

The bedroom pod was a good size but not really big enough for four people, more like two adults with space or, 2 adults with a small child or with two iccle children. It also slopes to the rear so might feel claustrophobic to some. We took our daughter's best friend with us so let the kids have the bedroom and we converted the living area into a bedroom at night, which worked well.

The tent has a sewn in groundsheet which is great and with the addition of a Hi Gear Kalahari porch to the front provided a roomy set up. However we definitely prefer our bigger Skandika set up though.

The Gobi4 is a very pretty tent in my opinion with it's semi-geodesaic design. It has a large front door (which we kept tripping over) and two side doors which we opened to let some air in during the hot Saturday afternoon/evening.

The Kalahari porch used was bought for our Skandika, which is not a fantastic fit on the Skamdika but works. We fitted it on the Gobi4 too far forward and left a gap between it and the tent, but setting it further back would make it a better fit.

Without it you would struggle to store all the cooking kit and furniture needed for a comfortable stay under canvas (nylon !). The porch is not without it's own problems in that on a non-level pitch it can leave a big gap under the sides which looks odd and lets air in to create lift. We have countered this buying tarp clips which fit to the sides and can be pegged down.

In the evening we found the living area a bit tight for us to all sit together on chairs to watch a film on the laptop, but in summer you would probably spend a lot of time outside anyway.

None of our Gobi4s were used in wet weather so I can't comment as to the weatherproofing, but a lot of reviews seem to suggest that rain can get in via the front sloping door, all zips and we noticed some stretched stitching to the seams on the inside of the pole sleeves so ran our seam sealer over these areas as a precautionary measure. We might give it a coat of Nikwax too as we did with the other Gobi4s before sale.

According to the website and labels on the tent the HH rating is just 3000mm which to me is a bit low, but may be sufficient for short stays in the Uk but not extreme weather or for use in all four seasons.

Our Skandika has a HH of 5000mm and it has never let water in, has weathered some amazing storms and prolonged heavy rain in France and stood up to 3 days of heavy winds in Devon last month, whilst Vango tents and other more expensive tents were falling down around us.

We will keep the tent for weekend use and tonight bought a Hi Gear Sahara canopy for 39.99 at Go Outdoors to see if it will fit the Gobi4 instead of the Kalahari porch or perhaps even as a middle section to put between the Gobi4 and the Kalahari Porch to give a mega covered area ! You never know till you try.

In summary, an attractive mid-sized 4 berth (more 3 berth) tent which if you can get it for under 100 (as priced all this summer) is a bargain. It is on sale now for 169 with a RRP of 300.
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By: Andymacca67  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 01/09/2012

Just upgraded to a larger tent and this is ideal a large bedroom and living area with 3 doors, quite easy to set up and take down especially in wind and pouring rain of which we seem to have a lot of at the moment,no leaks and stood up to some strong winds.Only niggles are the front when it rains when opened it runs into the tent so use side door and the bag is to small, carpet and footprint are worth investing in, keeps the tent clean and if dry you only have them to clean at home rather than having to mess with the tent.
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By: MarkandSue2008  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 30/08/2012

We love our home from home and really glam it up with bedside tables and carpets! We went away bank holiday this year and it poured down, however our trusty Gobi 4 kept us warm and dry. There is just the two of us so this tent is more than enough for us. My only gripe and this is a small one; it is a dome tent and I tried to erect it on my own. Impossible, you need at least 2 people. Apart from that I cannot and will not grumble tis a Tent for all!
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By: Yelsmeh  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 20/08/2012

Very nice. Other half purchased this taller, roomier tent for our comfort. Nice colour, smart design and very spacious. Three doors - front and two side - which is useful when, like at the weekend, we had such a small pitch we had to park the car across the front. Takes two to put up really, one inside to push tent up. Integrated ground sheet and a nice bedroom 'pod' make it a pleasant tent to use. Tall enough to walk around in. Bedroom roomy. Living area easily takes camping table and two camping chairs. The bag is small, as said by another reviewer, so we leave the poles and inner pod separate rather than force the zip. Bedroom has good ventilation.
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By: Johndm  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 18/08/2012

This is a very easy tent to set up with 2 persons, only took 20 min, we have used this tent twice now and have found the living area large enough for what we need, the sleeping area is ok for 2 adults and a rather large dog, we now have the carpet for extra comfort, it would be handy if there was a porch made for this tent but may try the Zenobi, for persons with dogs have found this one escape proof
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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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