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Tent Reviews: Hi Gear Atakama 5

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5  (more 5 berth tents)
12.50 KG

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8.18/10 from 73 reviews

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73 Reviews of the Atakama 5        Showing 41 to 50          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  
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By: Dillan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 04/08/2010

We bought our tent last year in May from Go Outdoors for 50. We used it for a week in Scotland in June (weather was baking hot), followed by two weeks in France in mid September (we pitched in 45mph winds) and finally we used it for a week in June (weather very hot again) this year in Northumberland.

It's a good little tent. Easy to put up, provided you get the two cross over poles squared and the various torsion belts. The bedroom is enormous for two. We could get a double airbed, two bed side tables and two holdalls of clothes in and still have room.

I guess it depends what your priorities are but having used the tent for a while we decided the bedroom could have been slightly smaller and the living area slightly larger. However, some will prefer that and others not so it's not a general criticism of the design.

I do have some design criticisms though. The ground sheet which is sewn in to the front of the bedroom compartment and extends into the living area is way off by a good six inches all round to cover the living area. There is also the annoying tension belt between the front door aperture which is a trip hazard.

Also, the living area has storm flaps but the rest of the tent doesn't. Add this to the ill-fitting living area ground sheet and you will get water coming in if you have wind and rain from the sides and/or rear.

Would I recommend it? I would actually. It's an absolute bargain and the criticisms I have mentioned didn't stop us enjoying using it. We would probably be still using it had it not been for the fact that one of the poles from our windbreak decided to break loose and puncture a great hole in the side of the tent. As we preferred to have a fully sewn in groundsheet, a lot more space in the living area and less bedroom we chose to upgrade and replace it with a Zenobia 6. More money of course but you get what you pay for.
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By: Lawrence20  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 29/07/2010

This tent is excellent used recently in Scotland ,

The weather for three days was appalling , rain, wind, but not a single drop of rain came in , no leaks . The whole tent stood up well to wind and for two people it was snug .

Not sure about the five person claim , think three people would be enough and comfortable .

We had to take tent down in pouring rain and wind again it was easier than I thought it would be. Folded up well and as long as tent is hung up or repitched within 24 hours to dry it there should not be any mould problems .

Pitching was easy took about 45 minutes including pegging out.

A very very good tent , good price and well made , I am well pleased with it.
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By: WHLBoy  Reason: Other  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 28/07/2010

Brought this from Go Outdoors for 50 as my son & I were planning a camping trip to the Lake District. The tent is easily pitched and taken down, plenty of room and secure, although we did not have extreme weather conditions. I very happy with the tent, excellent value for money and we are away to the new forest this weekend in it.
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By: Jonjo5968  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 14/07/2010

Have to agree with Jonny Boy, we went up to lakes last weekend and was very impressed with this tent considering the awful weather, didn't let a drop in. Excellent value for money well recommended. Will be going away again next weekend and are fully confident of its capabilities whatever the weather.
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By: Jonny boy  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 12/07/2010

This is my 2nd review of the Atakama5, took it to the Lakes last weekend 9/7/10. As you would expect it lashed it down for the duration. The tent held up very well considering it was Noah's Ark weather. It would have performed even better if it had had a fully sewn in ground sheet. I had previously bought an extra large ground sheet which was laid full length and stopped 98% of the rain. One or two drips internally but I think it may have been condensation. The window leaked quite a bit but that was my fault by not securing it properly. Overall a very good weekend, or even longer tent for the dosh!
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By: Treble  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 08/07/2010

Further to the last review I did - we have now been away twice. Derbyshire in May and France (Epernay) in July. We had no problems at all despite being novice campers. The tent was easy to erect and take down both times. We found the advice to put the back two ring/pins together first made the tensioning easy. We bought a cheap groundsheet and created a custom footprint which was well worth doing as it keeps the tent bottom clean and also makes it ever so easy to pin the tent out straight when putting it up. There was no problem getting everything in the bag (inc the extra groundsheet) as we rolled everything round the pole bag which makes a good former.

I found a Vango Sun Canopy on Ebay and it fits a treat providing a shady area - hopefully it will be a boon in rain too, avoiding water ingress when opening the door. I have uploaded a pic taken in France.
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By: Jonny boy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 07/07/2010

I bought this tent from GoCamping on the 3rd July 10 it was a bargain at 57.00 quid. For the moment I will give this tent a 7/10, merely because at the moment we have not managed to use it, apart from a test pitch in the garden . We are actually taking it on a test drive at the weekend to the Lakes 9/7/10. I really do not know what all the fuss is about, putting this tent up was eeezzzy pzeee! It took my Wife & I less than 20 mins in a slight breeze barring adjustments and inner tent install, which took another 10 mins.

The bloggers that winged & griped about about this tent really need to give their heads a shake. The Atakama 5 was a bargain, the instructions were easy to follow, no probs what so ever with the ring & pin system, the GRP poles inserted into the sleeving with effortless ease. I have had a few tents in my time and this was the easiest to erect! It's a very nice tent!
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By: Ben Tent  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 04/07/2010

This is our first tent. We bought it because it had one big bedroom and we could sleep together. This was important with a 3yr old. We also wanted a tent we could stand up in easily with a decent sized living space. We didn't want to spend too much either and 57 pounds in Go Outdoors was a good price. This tent met all of our needs. After reading reviews on this site we pitched in the garden. The instructions were easy to follow and it took us 50 mins. However, when we pitched at the campsite on a slight slope, in the wind it took us a little longer. The tent kept twisting but we soon sorted it. We had no problems with the ring and pin system as we made sure that the pole sleeves were stretched. This needed the two of us. It was very quick to get down, even in windy conditions. Folding the tent to get it back in the bag was difficult first time but fairly easy second time round.

As for this being a 5 berth tent!? We feel that 2 adults and 2 children would have an enjoyable time in it. However, any more adults and you would have to know each other very well! - It would be a tight squeeze.

Can't wait to go camping in it again!
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By: Elinus  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 21/06/2010

Just used the tent for the first time this weekend. After a little false start the two of us managed to get the tent up in 30 mins. Not bad considering we were in no rush. Taking it down was a doddle as was getting it back into the bag probably about 20 mins. Again without rushing.

Was very solid once guyed out but it didn't get much of a test as we had perfect weather without a cloud in the sky. Porch area fantastic for cooking in if the weather is inclement or in our case for a late night horlicks.

Lots of space for 2 adults and looks like it would easily do 4 but I think 5 adults would be a bit of a squeeze.

Bought for 65.
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By: Treble  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 24/04/2010

So far so good - bought for 50 from Go Outdoors at Easter (loss leader). Pitched it for the first time today in the garden. It took 1.5 hrs with a bit of head scratching as it's our first tent. Our only prior experience is from Scouts/Guides quite a lot of years ago, and twice borrowing our daughter's tent. I bought a cheap (7) tarp and cut it to just a bit smaller to create a custom footprint and also got a Vango std canopy off Ebay from Nearlynewtents for 12+del. I have uploaded a photo.

We did have some difficulty getting the pins into place and next time will try what someone's recommended, which is to do both front ones then the rear ones. We had no problems with installing the bedroom. As everyone bar me had to go out, I took it down and packed it away on my own in about an hour and DID get it back in its bag!

Now looking for an opportunity to try it out for real.
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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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