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Tent Reviews: Hi Gear Atom 3

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11 Reviews of the Atom 3        Showing 11 to 11          Page:   1   2  
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By: Deepsubmariner  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 25/03/2009

I recently purchased a HiGear Atom 3 in order that my son (8) and I can head off for weekends camping together. We as a family also own an Outwell Hartford L but this is too large for just my son and I so we needed something smaller and more manageable.

Ideally, we needed a tent that would be comfortable and large enough for 2 or possibly 3 should the need require. The tent should have a reasonable sized porch area and my preference was for a dome style tent as, in my opinion, they offer mare stability than a tunnel tent. We were also working to a budget of around 60.00 max. After much research and humming and aghing, we opted for the Atom 3.

I had not heard of this make before but after posting a thread on this forum, I discovered that HiGear are effectively Gelert but rebranded for Go Outdoors. This made the choice somewhat easier as Gelert are an established and respected brand.

After my purchase I was initially disappointed because, whilst pitching the tent in my garden for the first time, I discovered a hole in the flysheet which actually looked like the result of a burn. Anyway, following another 120 mile round trip to my nearest Go Outdoors outlet, and a short inquisition by someone from the tent department I was allowed to exchange my tent.

On my return home, I discovered the replacement tent also had a hole in the flysheet. This hole however was much smaller than the first so rather than drive another 120 miles I repaired the hole myself. The lesson to be learnt here is check your tent before you leave the store.

Anyway, the tent. It is incredibly simple to pitch (fly first) and you can do this single handedly. A full set of fairly concise instructions are sewn inside the tent bag. The poles (only 3 of them) are colour coded as are their sleeves on the flysheet, simple. The ring and pin system for the end of the poles is easy to use although care should be taken whilst inserting the pins in the poles. Once this is completed, you simply peg to the ground using the appropriate pegging points. The inner tent is then laid out and attached using a simple hook and eye set up on the inside of the flysheet. The inner tent has a sewn in grounsheet (SIG) with the porch groundsheet attached which is pegged out on completion. Pre-attached guys are attached which are the last thing to be pegged out. All in all, it is a very simple tent to pitch but nonetheless incredibly stable once done. The porch has two entry points, one at the front and one at the side. Both these can be opened together to provide a good level of ventilation or, give you the option of which door to use depending upon the prevailing weather conditions.

The tent provides ample space for two when using airbeds, but if you were to accomodate 3 persons, an airbed is a luxury you would have to forego. This would not however be a problem if you were hiking and only using sleeping mats. The porch provides a good sized storage area, the only downside here is that because the porch groundsheet is not sewn in, the porch can be prone to draughts. This could have been improved by having a bucket type groundsheet in the porch area which attaches to the flysheet or by having flaps on the flysheet in the porch are to alleviate draughts. Coincidentally, the porch groundsheet is not detachable.

Having slept in the tent, I did notice quite a bit of condensation; however, I attribute this to being out on a particularly chilly March night. I can say that both my son and I remained very warm and dry. We have yet to test the tent in wet and windy conditions but, having given the tent a thorough once over, I am pretty confident it will not let us down. Packing the tent away is a breeze.

Overall, I am very happy with this tent. It is ideal for weekends away and because it is fairly lightweight, suitable for hiking. The only reason I haven't rated it higher is because of the holes I discovered in 2 new tents, and the fact that the porch area could be improved. Would I recommend this tent to people - Yes.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Atom 3 is a simple to erect and deceptively spacious tent.

The Atom 3 has loads of room inside for eating, playing or sleeping and with the option of side or front door access you can keep out of the rain or sun and make a quick exit to the wonderful outdoors.

The detachable porch ground sheet can be uplifted to take on your picnic and the storage area can hold up to 3 large rucksacks, ideal for your weekend away in the hills.

Quick pitching
Front and side access doors
Large front storage area
Inner compartment pockets
Detachable porch groundsheet

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