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Tent Reviews: Gelert Colima 4 TD

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4  (more 4 berth tents)
8.25 KG
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8/10 from 5 reviews

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5 Reviews of the Colima 4 TD

By: Rain or Shine  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Very spacious tent (for 2) and good to have 2 porch areas.

Bought as replacement for smaller 3 man Gelert tent. Was longer to erect than 3 man (myself and 8 year old) but not by much. 30-40mins? first time. 25mins pack up of entire site.

When it rained the outer flysheet touched the inner so tensioning the ropes more would have helped. The water did not come through however.

Having an all in one tent makes it harder to spread out for drying once at home.

On balance I would prefer a smaller, lighter tent but this was all that remained in Halfords. At 50 a very good deal.
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By: Tonkatoy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I'm coming back to camping after probably 20 years away and I bought one of these in a sale as a cheap starter.

The last tent I owned was a Lichfield ridge tent and I have to say that I think I preferred pitching that to this. It may just be that I haven't got the knack yet, but threading the poles into the sleeves and then locking them into the pins at the end was a PitA. It took too long to thread the poles through (couldn't be done in one move from one end), had to keep getting the pole past folds or guy rope eyes in the sleeves. Then they had usually got stuck in the grass/earth and so putting the pins in required the use of a tent peg to remove all the earth first. When tensioning the poles it was a real challenge to get the pins in. This alone probably took me 20-30 mins.

Then I found that the inner (pitches as one with the outer) was too close to the flysheet (touching in places) and so I had to go around the tent adjusting it until there was a gap (even then a good gust of wind made it touch again. I've put the guy ropes out and it seems a veritable forest of them and for what ? Other than stopping the tent blowing away, and maybe flapping a bit, they don't seem to achieve an awful lot. The other comment in this bit, and I guess it may be common to many tents of this type, is that you seem to need an awful lot of surrounding space to put the tent up, just so that the poles don't bash into something else, like someone else's flysheet.

Internal space is good and in this respect much better than the ridge tent I last used. I got a TD4 because that was all there was at the price but it's a good size for 2 plus luggage.

The double entrance is (as someone else says) an excellent idea as you can leave all the cooking stuff and other junk in one end and get in and out at the other end without messing about.

On my old ridge tent I had a ridge extension on the end and had far more space for cooking etc than in this tent does.

Caveat. I've not used it yet, just put it up in the garden. But on current experience I won't be touring with it unless I can get much much better at putting it up (suggestions please). Instead I'll be sticking it in a field somewhere and using it as a base. I'll update this review with any experience later in the year
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By: Bonzo52  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

Bloody good tent!

I've used this tent heavily,and only on motorcycling trips.

Upwards of a hundred times I've pitched it so far - the major criticism I have being getting the poles past the 'elbow' parts of the feed tubes.It's an unnecessary part of the design anyway.Ok,rant over

Never washed it or loved it,just used it over and over - I'd happily buy a new one if only it was still green,as a coloured tent sticks out like a dogs plums when you're wild camping - might have to get a camouflage net.

I have 4 chunks of luggage and it all goes in to make even lousy weather a doddle as the porch is way big enough to cook in,even with a paraffin stove(which can flare!)and the double doors with net option mean we can veg out in the shade with a bug-free breeze when it's sunny.

The seam seals are peeling now but builders silicone sealer pressed into the seams from the outside have made it totally waterproof again.

Dam good tent,pity about the non-green colour of the newer range
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By: Hillman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I love this tent!

It does exactly what it is meant to do, very well. As an overnight/long weekend tent this is fab, but for more than that I think it would not give the space to really live in.

Nice and easy to pitch, we pitch it as one to make life even easier.

We normally have this for myself, my partner and our dog, and a Rocky 4 for the 2 children to share which gives us all lots of room.

Had it in Scotland late July this year in strong winds and heavy rain (well it was a Scottish summer!) and it is rock solid with all the guys out (20 points!) and no leaks what so ever. Loads of ventilation and the inner hangs nicely away from the fly, so no drips. The twin porch means we use one for storage/careful wet weather cooking and the other as the entrance which works really well. Very comfy for the 2 1/2 of us, would be a squeeze for four but do-able.

Paid 49.99 and well worth it.
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By: Rotherhams  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Easy to erect (25 minutes myself & 7 year old son)

Easy to pack away.

The double entrance is very useful. I use one as the main entrance and the other as storage space. The porch areas are more than big enough for shoes, bags, cool boxes etc.

For 2 of use there was plenty of room inside. I would say 3 would be comfortable and 4 would be OK for a night or 2. I intend to use the tent for short stays 1 or 2 nights.

Ventilation is provided by a large vent on each of the doors.

The tent feels very sturdy. I have yet to experience any bad weather with it, so I can't say whether or not it really is as robust as it feels.

I shopped around and managed to buy the tent for 45, which I consider to be extremely good value.

Overall, very pleased with this tent
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Manufacturer's Description

A large 4 person dome style tent with front & rear porch storage area & twin door access. An excellent tent suitable for the serious backpacker or family camper.

All in one pitch
Quick pitching
Double guying system for increased stability
Reinforced pegging points
Porch groundsheet pre-attached to bedroom
Inner & outer ventilation
Front & rear entrance
Pre attached rising front porch groundsheet
Pre angled poles maximise bedroom space
Bright guylines for extra visibility
Poles: 2 x 9.5mm Fibreglass / 2 x 8.5mm Fibreglass

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