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Tent Showcase: Gelert Rocky 3

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Inner first
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8.13/10 from 8 reviews

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8 Reviews of the Rocky 3

By: Batty Matty  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 18/03/2012

Wanted a lightweight tent that packed down small to carry on my scooter for weekends away, and this fitted the bill perfectly.

Very easy to put up and take down, but definitely not a three man tent.

Very comfortable for two, with plenty of room.

Went for the red one as it's a lot darker inside as I always wake early due to sunlight in my other tents, and the Rocky 3 is great for staying in bed in the mornings.

We also bought this one because it had a roomy porch, and great for putting your gear in, and it's just about big enough for sitting in when the weather is bad.

For the price, a great tent for weekends away.
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By: Bedbug65  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 23/05/2011

First time camper (well the last time was 25 years ago when my preparations involved more beer than food) with my 10 year old son. Bought it in the full knowledge that this was an experiment on our camping aptitude so budget ruled over comfort. Set out to be a lads weekend away from wife and daughter and very successful it was too.

Pitched the tent within 20 minutes of arrival despite gusting winds. First night was sleepless for me - far too anxious and I was cold as I left the front door on the fly net for the first few hours before zipping it properly closed. Could have done with a few more inches of leg room as well as the air bed I put in met the sloping walls a bit too high up. This meant my toes were brushing the tent walls in my sleeping bag all night.

Second night was much better as we pulled the outer a little further away from the inner to remove the condensation problem from the night before. It also rained cats and dogs and we were fine and dry inside. The wind blew and blew but our little tent stayed up. The porch area kept our shoes dry. Not very much room at all for clothes and stuff but we had the car so that wasn't a problem. 3 people would be very intimate - I was glad my son is only 5 foot and slim and we 'had words' over space intrusion.

Score is 8 out of 10 as it isn't a 3 person tent and the length would be insufficient for anyone over 6 foot tall. Won't stop us using it again though I think when the ladies join us I had better invest in a much larger facility.
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By: BeSpoken  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 05/07/2010

Just right for 2, as always the 3 man thing is a bit of a stretch. Really easy to erect (no jokes that's the appropriate word to use) and fairly lightweight.

I've owned mine for a couple of years now and find it perfect to carry on a rucksack or in the boot of the car. I've use it in all weather conditions and as long as it's erected correctly i've never had any problems.

As mentioned in another review the porch area is ideal for storage or brewing up a cuppa when it's wet out but as also mentioned the angled door does mean you risk getting wet when entering or exiting especially in the morning when it's covered in dew.

For one man and his dog or wife or life partner this tent is ideal if you intend on bringing in someone extra though ya gonna need a bigger one.
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By: Milly4  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 27/09/2009

I have rediscovered camping this year and researched heavily prior to tent purchase. I opted for the Rocky 3 as reviews were good and the price very good.

I've camped 5 times this year and have seen an array of weather. I feared for the tent one night due to incredibly strong winds but it was fine. I've experienced heavy rain and no leaks at all.

As with a lot of tents, the 3 man label is a little optimistic. I camp alone so I have luxury of space but there is no way it's a three man. The first time I used it, I had a double inflatable mattress, there was no spare room at all and it made is feel far too snug as you have to allow the height of the mattress and the sloping sides.

I found the porch area to be really useful for storage, however my only criticism would be the sloping door, to get out in the morning with the condensation or after rain means you can get a little wet.

Pitching is easy and not at all a chore. Overall, a fabulous tent at a great price!
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By: Dafsaabi  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 11/07/2009

I have two 3-man dome tents, this and a cheerful fella from Lidl. Surprisingly there is a number of differences between them. This one goes up in 5 minutes and doesn't look like it was made by a blind stroke- victim. The materials used in its construction give you confidence. It has a groundsheet (sort of) for the porch. Obviously you're not going to be doing much running around inside it and if you're off on an expedition you'll want something sturdier (I imagine, although I have no complaints with this yet- Welsh mountains, Peak District, beer festival).

BUT 3- berth? Really? 210cm inner? Are you sure? I'm 6'1' and at least 2' of that would be happier and more comfortable somewhere else.

For a '3-man' dome tent situation this is a good tent. For a lifestyle change- look for something bigger.
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By: Newbiecamper76  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 04/05/2009

We're new to camping so just wanted a 'beginners' tent. Its supposed to be 3-man but in reality I think a roomy 2-man would be more appropriate. Even for complete novices this is really easy to construct - we didn't bother with the instructions, just used common sense! We had a bit of rain whilst away but zero leaks - condensation was noticeable but didn't cause a problem. For the occasional campers on short trips this is an ideal tent and very good value for money.
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By: Neonategiraffe  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 19/04/2009

I got this as a bargain first time tent for the kids to get used to camping in. It is a fair size and well made.

While the assembly was easy, the instructions did refer to two black poles and one grey when in fact they were all the same colour. The instructions also didn't mention that the fly-sheet should be tied to the inner dome poles so after a few Pimms' you might miss that until after you'd pegged it down.

There are no simple vents and you have to partially open the compartment door (leaving only the fly net closed) to avoid condensation spoiling your morning.

It RRPs at 39.99 and I got it for 25 so it was a bargain but I wouldn't recommend this for the serious camping connoisseur.
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By: DJ Dunk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 06/01/2009

I used one of these for the V festival in 2007. It was a breeze to put up, took around 10 mins so I got to relax with a beer whilst all around me were flapping :) I helped them out eventually ;)

Superb quality, stood up to downpours brilliantly with zero leaks. Loads of room and very sturdy.

The porch groundsheet did get a bit messy so it would be nice to be totally sewn in (the sides aren't) but thats only a minor gripe. On a normal camping trip it would be ideal.

Great little tent, couldn't ask for much more. Recommended.
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Manufacturer's Description

A 3 person tent with large front porch storage area. Easy to pitch & compact in size, this tent is ideal for the backpacker or occasional user.

* Quick pitching
* Bright guylines for extra visibility
* Small pack size
* Porch groundsheet pre-attached to bedroom
* Reinforced pegging points
* D shape door for easy access

Poles: 3 x 7.9mm Fibreglass

Pitch: Inner first

Taped Seams: Yes

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