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Tent Reviews: Gelert Bliss 6

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
22.30 KG
£350.00
1
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
8.25/10 from 4 reviews

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4 Reviews of the Bliss 6

By: Thunderpants  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

I bought my Bliss 6 in August after looking at other tents and designs in shops and on campsites for weeks prior to buying it. Me and Mrs Thunderpants went camping in July in a Hartington Peakland but due to her taking nearly the entire content of our house with us, we found it a little on the small side! I'm not saying she likes her comfort she just likes to be prepared with lists and check boxes prior to any trip and at times that includes Tesco's.

We opted for the Bliss 6 firstly for the size of the living area and also the bedroom, which we have as one large area by removing the centre screen.

The other part of the tent we like is the size of the porch area where we do the cooking and we're shielded from the British elements. Its even more snug sitting there with a windbreak wrapped round the entrance when the cool breezes arrive in the late evening.

The living area is huge for the two of us, plenty of room for nearly all of Mrs Thunderpants check list items. With the sewn in sheet it keeps the draught out we like to use a footprint which aided us getting a good idea of where to put the tent up, made it easier to put tent away as it kept the underside nice and clean. We have got the time down to 45 minutes to get the Bliss erected and another 6 hours to get the check list items into the tent before the kettles whistling.

We find the tent quite stable when up rain proof water proof and on a couple of occasions falling over the guide ropes and landing against the tent, lucky I had a large quantity of alcohol in my system to help break the fall!

The down side for us it needs pretty flat ground to help make the doors zip up evenly and we have had to make our own fly screen for the front door as it comes with out one (only one on the side door). When the suns out boy does that tent get hot but it is nice on those cold mornings when the sun hits it, warms you quicker than your central heating.

Up to now I would recommend this tent. Just bought the matching carpet but you won't get to try that until next year now.
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By: KirstiiG  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

I bought the Bliss 6 earlier this year, as my OH and I currently have a smaller 3 man tent and wanted to upgrade to something sufficiently large enough that we could both stand up in (OH is 6'7 and I am 6'1). Especially following camping for 12 nights in it earlier this year.

I looked around and found a deal on this tent for £229 for the package including the carpet, although I did purchase an additional ground sheet separately.

This weekend was the first opportunity we had to put the tent up and 'try it out'. Mortal sin I know, erecting the tent for the first time on a camping trip, but unfortunately due to the size of this tent we had not had chance or space to do a practice run.

Having read the reviews on here I was a little dubious, but feeling positive and armed with the knowledge that we had watched the YouTube videos on how to put the tent up several (dozens) of times we set off to Bala in Wales on Friday morning.

Our first attempt to pitch the tent took 3 hours! (Pitch, peg and guys.) Definitely longer than we anticipated!

On unpacking and beginning to pitch, we noticed the following:

Poles were very heavy and somehow had become intertwined within the pole bag. This meant we had to spend sometime unwinding the poles from each other. One set of poles appears to have some problems with the string, it has been over stretched and therefore perished slightly, not sure if this was due to the tangling of the poles or if it is a problem with the product. We managed to resolve the issue with the string tension by tying a large not at one end, to ensure the poles maintained rigidity once put together, although not entirely comfortable with how this will work over time. – I will be commenting on this to the dealer I bought the tent from.

Whilst having viewed the videos and read and believed we clearly understood how to pitch this tent, we had some problems after feeding the poles through the fly sheet, it was tricky to get the correct positioning of the curve, to start with we had ‘bellying’ bulges on either side :\

We managed to rectify the problems and got the tent upright, at which point we fitted the guy ropes and pegged everything down.

On trying to fit the inner sleeping area, it became apparent we still did not have the tent correctly pitched. The inner would not fit correctly and in fact did not reach the fixing points all the way around. Therefore we had somehow pitched the tent slightly too wide, so the ‘ceiling’ was too low. The flex on the poles doesn’t naturally indicate a specific curve is required. In fact we never fully resolved this on this camping trip, we were only on a 3 night stay and decided we would live with it ‘as is’.

After pitching the tent, we noticed a couple of small issues, firstly there was a small tear right at the front on the right hand side of the awning section. Not sure if this was due to the ‘problems?’ we had pitching but we never felt that there was too much pressure being placed on this area at any time during the pitching process. I am contacting the dealer about this

Secondly there is a small hole in the front door, this looks like it has been a manufacturing problem the stitching does not correctly pull both seams together.

The bottom of the front door has no fixing, this was already a known problem and we are planning on resolving this with some Velcro stickys before our next outing. This wasn’t an issue for us on this occasion but I imagine if the wind was in the wrong direction it could become very drafty.

There is no fly screen on the front door. This was a bit of a pain as we seemed to have an awful lot of flies the weekend we were away. I am already looking into adding my own version of a door screen using a standard door fly screen and some Velcro tabs.

Overall despite the problems detailed above I can honestly say we love love love this tent.

On the Saturday we had torrential rain in storms on and off throughout the day for 3hours + at a time, throughout this the tent was very secure and kept us and all our belongings dry. No leaks at all.

The tent is very roomy and spacious, especially as there were only 2 of us on this occasion, but we felt we would still be very comfortable with 2 more people with us.

The number of windows in the tent make it feel very light and spacious, in fact even when the weather was really bad, it had more of a conservatory feel, we definitely felt these windows were a bonus for us. The zip up ‘curtains’ were easy to put up and roll down as required and offered a flexibility regarding the amount of light we wanted in the tent.

We also found that the curtains were reasonable at acting as a ‘block’ against very hot sunshine. They helped to keep the tent that little bit cooler. Temperatures were hitting 30 degrees, so anything was a bonus!

On packing away, managed to get everything back into the bags, first time and the whole process of taking everything down took just 30 mins! Superb!

To summarise, this tent does have a couple of small niggles, we are confident the time it took us to pitch will improve with practice and I am hoping for a satisfactory resolution of the couple of niggles I am raising with the dealer I bought the tent from. But other than these, we think this tent is great and we’re really looking forward to our next venture in it.
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By: Youngslinger  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Having had frame tents for many years, we decided to go for a tunnel type and after checking through many options, decided on the Bliss 6. Whilst there is just the two of us, we often meet up with friends who have a motor home and need the extra space.

As a six berth tent, four of them must be children to give the space and even then the sleeping section would be cramped!

We are still learning the best way to put it up, the recommended way seems a bit cumbersome. Once up we have found it to be excellent generally, with just a few personal niggles, such as not having an opening window on the opposite side to the doorway.

The only major snag to us was that in full sun, the inside gets very hot, we reached 55 F in Oxfordshire this month (July '14) whereas the frame tents stayed cool. (Obviously different fabrics)

We found the front door set up interesting, only one zip and the bottom open, with a gap between the sewn in ground sheet and the door. Our Yorkie pup soon found this and we had to make sure she was kept inside. Some Velcro will sort this out, though.

As usual in summer, we had some rain without problems, wonder how it will stand up to heavy rain!

All in all, we are very pleased with the tent and look forward to using it often!
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By: Adsrachael  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Before I start I'd better say that we actually only used this tent properly once and it was the first tent me and my wife have ever had.

We chose the Bliss 6 because of it's size, looks being all grey and black and it came as a package with a free carpet all for £299, bargain really for what you get and it's a brand new tent for 2013.

The Gelert Bliss 6 was sold with a free carpet for the living area but none we're in stock at the time so took the tent and was to wait for the carpet later but after another delay in getting the carpet we managed to borrow the display model carpet from the shop for the first trip away.

Out of the box the tent bag looks nice in a dark grey zipped holdall. Once unzipped we noticed it was a very tight fit from the start just to get the tent pack out with the next to perfect rolling and packing they can do in the factory and the first thing I thought was I'd never get the thing back into the holdall ever again.

First check of the poles showed one set of poles had the shock cord in pieces already so made sure everything else was there and back to the shop, re-threaded for free and back home.

First test pitch in the back garden went well though you do feel like the fiberglass poles are going to snap while pitching it and the basic metal thin pegs you get look like they wont take much to bend in firm ground or have much grip in soft ground.

Took the tent down, rolled it up and was a million miles from going back into the holdall, though I know that was down to my lack of tent packing skills but Gelert don't seem to give you any margin for error in the bag size.

First trip out pitching on site at Reighton Sands near Filey, 2 sections of the same pole snapped while raising the tent and noticed a second pole shock cord was nearly split in two again so gaffer taped to the hilt got the tent erected.

Inside the tunnel tent is a good size, over 5 meters in length not including the built in front porch with large windows running all down both sides makes it feel massive inside with all inside curtains on zips so it's nice and quick to open everything.

Bedrooms are side by side at the rear of the tent with a clip up divider in the middle so can be used as either one big bedroom or 2 separate ones with good storage pockets in the middle of the front of the bedrooms like many tents.

Inside the bedrooms are nice and dark with the bedroom inner and tent material being a dark grey colour and a handy light hanging point on the roof.

The front built in porch is nice for sitting outside or to be used for cooking and somewhere to leave shoes etc.

Footprint was a good price, only £20 even though it's a big sheet and matches easily with the tent poles to peg in a single point system.

The whole tent pitches with 5 fiberglass poles and only took us on the first garden pitch about 40 mins from start to finish though much longer when we went away with the poles breaking.

We also noticed the porch looked to have a manufacture defect in the skin of the material on this first trip away so once back home it was back to the shop to return their display model carpet which they still didn't have ours in stock, mentioned the poles breaking while pitching following to the letter of the instructions and the defect on the porch.

Ended up being offered to exchange the tent or a replacement which we went for a Outwell Oakland XL instead as there was still no telling how long we'd have to wait for the carpet and we didn't want to be using tables and chairs on the ground sheet without the protection of a carpet.

All in all I liked the look of the tent a lot, grey and black instead of the run of the mill greens, blues and beige.

Very big inside and very bright with curtains open.

Material of the tent seemed a little on the thin side, poles and pegs felt low quality.

If they had had the carpet in stock then we'd still have the tent really, fixed the poles and bought better tent pegs.
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Manufacturer's Description

New for 2013 The Bliss is a range of family tunnel tents offering great quality and good value for money. The Bliss 6 offers a spacious living area with large windows to create a light and airy feel and give you a perfect view of your campsite. At night you can close the windows with the internal zipped curtains for added privacy. Capable of sleeping up to six people in the darkened bedrooms, this tent can hold 2 Gelert double airbeds and 2 singles, or 6 single airbeds and has a luxurious head height of 210cm (approx 6ft 10”). The Bliss 6 is a quick and easy to pitch tent with a fully sewn in groundsheet. It features an increased Hydrostatic Head of 6000HH to assure a higher level of protection from the elements. The Bliss has two doors, one located on the side of the living area and one at the front of the tent, and with an integrated front canopy offering additional space you have complete flexibility for storage or living space.


Features

Fully sewn in groundsheet
Large front and side living area windows with zipped internal curtains
Side door with inner mesh door to living area
Curved front door with drop down groundsheet
Integrated front canopy with large windows
Large single bedroom with toggled Divider


Specification

Colour: Steel Grey/Anthracite
Fabric: Outer: 190T polyester with waterproof PU coating
Inner: 190T Breathable polyester
Groundsheet: 120g/m2 Polyethlene
Main Poles: 12.7mm Multi section fibreglass
Extension Poles: 16mm Multi section steel
Pitch: Outer first
Pegs: Single point pegging system
Taped Seams


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