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Tent Reviews: Gelert Cadiz 6

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Bedroom inners:
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6  (more 6 berth tents)
10.65 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Inner first
Average User Rating:
6.9/10 from 10 reviews

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10 Reviews of the Cadiz 6

By: Nshimbi  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We have used our Gelert tent regularly on camping holidays to Wales and it has served us well. Yes, it has its flaws: the gap which has been mentioned and the way the rain run off comes into the tent when the door is opened. But then I remember that we paid just £65 for ours (brand new), it was comfortable enough to convert my wife into a camper and that it has coped really admirably with our growing family.

This year we finally decided to get a huge 8 man tent and I will feel sad leaving our faithful Gelert in the loft. But we are going to hang on to it; when our children get a bit older they might want a compact, but sizable tent to take with them on their travels.
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By: LP+Co  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I love my tent.

There are a few flaws with it like the gap everyone else has mentioned but, if you tighten everything really well the gap is around an inch. We plan to experiment a little the next time we put it up to see if changing the position of the poles in the ground makes it any easier.

Simple to put up - as long as you remember the black poles go on the inside and the grey ones on the outer sheet - the grey ones are not long enough to raise the master bedroom off the floor. Both of the rooms are large enough for a double airbed and plenty of space in the middle for a game of cards to pass the evening.

If I could change one thing about it it would be that the outer would not be separate to the outer cover, then the groundsheet would cover the gap that is left when the tent is built.

The bag is a super size to fit under the bed for storage when you put the tent away but there does have to be a good deal of persuasion used to get all 3 sections back into the bag.
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By: Weave  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Previous reviews have mentioned the 3 inch gap around the bottom of the flysheet and the fact that you can get wet when you open the door. I still quite like it though, the price was good, it kept us perfectly dry in a few torrential downpours and it handled strong winds well, plus it fits back in its bag at the end of your trip.

A good budget tent to me, certainly better than a supermarket one.
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By: Buzz544  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Gelert Cadiz 6 – Bought one, hated it – Hoping to sell it ASAP.

From reading the spec sheet it said “Living area ground sheet – Fully sewn in” well not on my model it isn’t. The ground sheet is sewn to the front of the large inner tent which must erected first. Another feature I really dislike and not a good idea at the best of times let alone in England with our weather. The ground sheet lies on the floor and then the fly sheet is pulled over the inner tent and pegged down around the ground sheet. The fly sheet seems to be short and sits about 2 to 3 inches from the ground meaning the wind can flow straight through. There are no ‘flaps’ on the bottom of the flysheet so one cannot fold it under the ground sheet to give you some protection from the elements meaning that you are always exposed to the draughts even if you sit inside it with the door shut.

We’ve erected this tent twice in our garden and both times wanted to like it but don’t so we will be selling it at a loss ASAP and getting a better tent more suited to our needs.
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By: Odgeuk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Bought this tent as first-time family campers (have camped a lot with friends but only just started with the kids). Bought the Gelert Cadiz 6 on the strength of reviews which said it was a great value family tent but have to disagree having pitched it a couple of times now.

On the plus sides, The tent is easy to put up. Tip 1: Zip/close the fly sheet door when pegging the fly sheet, or you won't be able to zip it shut after!. Tip 2: Peg out the ground sheet with the four round headed pegs BEFORE you put the Fly Sheet up (otherwise you can't get the groundsheet pegs in easily). Tip 3: Keep the main bedroom door zipped when tying the inner to the poles.

Main bedroom is fairly spacious, not sure about four people though, We just about got one double and one single airbed in there. Two adults and two small children was pretty much pushing it for space in there. Similarly, the 2-man pod fits a single airbed with only a little space around it, so again, 2-man seems a bit far-fetched. Not only that, but if you put two men in that pod, one of them would have the backslope of the inner pretty much lying over the top of them!

The living space in between the pods is small and low. You have to stoop. If it's been raining, accidentally pushing your head against the roof of the living space (easy to do just getting in and out of the tent) immediately brings in water through the contact with the flysheet, not impressed about that. There's space for two chairs and small table (cramped) for playing cards when it's raining, but if you're camping without the luxury of having your car nearby then storage is a problem. Space better if not using the 2-man pod of course.

Like other reviews have stated, the Fly Sheet leaves too generous a ventilation gap (about 2-3 inches) which makes the tent drafty and allows the living area ground sheet to collect water in driving rain.

Yes, the inner and outer are VERY close together when the tent is pitched so the weight of the rain on the Fly can push the outer and inner together and create water beads on the inside of the main bedroom. One of the kids slept with their arm against the inner overnight and there was a wet inner the next morning from just a light rain. I recommend detaching some of the clips from the main bedroom to the poles to reduce risk of contact with the Flysheet.

Even with all guys tensioned, rain collects above the living space and pours into the living area if you open the main tent door.

The seams above the main tent door leak (although to be fair the guide does say that you should use seam sealant).

The zip on the main carry bag broke after first use.

The elastic running through one of the poles snapped after 2nd use (a frustrating job to thread the elastic back through and re-tie), due to chaffing of the elastic over the pole ends.

One of the kids accidentally stuck their foot in one of the tidy pockets and tore the inner (not really the tents fault, but this is very easily done with small children).

All in all, it has kept us mostly dry and sheltered but is far from ideal for a family of 5. We will now be looking for something like the Easy Camp Boston 600 which has much more sensible layout for family (although much more expensive).

May keep the Cadiz for use with just me and the lady, probably not a bad tent for two (as long as it's dry!), but difficult to really imagine 6 people in this tent.
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By: Frgle  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Absolutely brilliant as a first tent, we have used it a few times. Only problem we found was that water came in thru the zips. Easy enough to put up with two people. Plenty of room with or without the 2nd bedroom in. We purchased a universal awning which made it even better. Would prefer one with a bigger living area as you are a bit restricted. Also would prefer more head height as I did find myself stooping but as I say for a first tent it is brilliant.
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By: Alanuk44  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I have a Gadiz 6, which I purchased from the catalogue, last year (2008). We used Aug 08, but I found the first time I had put the tent up wrongly as the front door zip would only go half way down. But we used it again this weekend, and found if leaving the door closed when erecting the tent the zip works correctly. I agree the tent has a 3 inch gap and allows the strong winds to blow the tent. I found the living area is spacious, as when it was raining we set up a folding table and used our camp stove to cook food. I am 5 feet 10, and I was amazed that I could stand up in the bedroom area and also the living area.

Beats the dome tent we used to use. As we bought ours off of the catalogue I paid £199.99.
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By: Charlichoo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

We bought this earlier this year for my daughter and her friend to stay in for 2 weeks on holiday with us.

Firstly, the storage bag is brilliant, its how all tent bags should be. Its a doddle to put up, we didn't even look at the instructions until after and found we did it slightly differently, which we think made it easier. Bags of space inside, even I can stand up in the main bedroom area. The other part of the tent has the living area and the second bedroom. There is a groundsheet attached to the main bedroom that extends across the rest of the tent. So you don't need to put up the second bedroom if you'd like more living space.

The bedroom door was good, you can either have it closed off completely or just have the flyscreen zipped closed so its cooler but still keeping the nasties out.

My daughter thinks its fantastic and so do we, in fact we may borrow it occasionally!

And at the bargain price of £63 we couldn't be happier.

I think its no longer made, but they do a Cadiz 7 (5+2) which I've seen as in even better due to being fly first pitching and thicker poles. But the Cadiz 6 (4+2) is still worthy of 9 out of 10.
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By: Empeef  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

We have used the Cadiz 6 on many occasions and find it awkward to put up. The outer doesn't fit correctly leaving a gap of 2 - 3 inches allowing a gale to blow in. The gap between the inner and outer is not sufficient so after rain the inner sides are wet. Good points are the bag is spacious and sturdy, the tent is good in strong winds.

The design is just not good enough so I don't recommend this - anyone want to buy a 2nd hand Cadiz?
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By: Ninaclark  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

I bought this in 2005 at the end of season for £75.

We wanted something bigger to fit two of our dogs with us.

Used it 3 or four times now. Easy to put up with two people. We only use the 4 area with a double air bed and the one dog either side.

We use the 2 bed for storage.

The living area is tiny but just big enough to get dressed in and at a push to sit in if it starts to rain.

It has survived a hot long weekend last summer and gale force winds and a few feet of snow over Easter.

Only down side is only one door so if it is wet it gets muddy very quickly.

Not bad for £75, but looking at what is out there I would now look for one with a slightly bigger living area.
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Manufacturer's Description

With two bedroom compartments, this tent offers plenty of space for the family. The smaller bedroom can be removed to have even more storage area.


Packed in “3 in 1” suitcase style carry bag
Double guying system for increased stability
Detachable living area groundsheet
Removable bedroom for further living / storage area
Poles: 4 x 9.5mm Fibreglass

Pitch: Inner first

Taped Seams: Yes

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