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Tent Reviews: Gelert Michigan 8

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26.40 KG
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6.8/10 from 5 reviews

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5 Reviews of the Michigan 8

By: Derkiow  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Super tent, withstood some awful weather , easy to erect and loads of room. Downside is the wind can get in under the sides (not in the bedrooms) and there a lot of guy ropes to manage . Our tent has been in torrential rain, 14 hrs worth, and high winds, never leaked or sagged. A good sound tent for any group or family, there are five members in mine . I would recommend this tent .
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By: Mikecarter1969  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Complete rubbish, every time it was put up at least one pole cracked. Was draftier than spending a night in a wind tunnel and blasted cold. It was useless! I would not buy another Gelert product. SIGs on the bedrooms meant that was one part where water could not penetrate, but everywhere else where the wind got, water could.

The design was flimsy, the quality poor to abominable. I am surprised that after this tent my wife wanted to go camping again!
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By: Mchadder  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating: 

I picked one of these up as a real bargain around 4 years a go. Since then we have camped all over Europe in it and it has been an excellent tent.

The only real downside to us was the fact that it did not have a sewn in groundsheet. It can get a bit drafty in the living area on the cooler nights.

We have been through some horrendous weather in this tent, and remained dry. We have now moved on to the Gelert Beyond Meridian 10 which I saw as a step up from this.
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By: Ladybug  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

There are lots of things about this tent we like. It's easy to pitch (with two people) and has stood up to some strong winds without any problems. In fact we've pitched it in strong winds and that was fine. The inside is roomy and comfortable, the cabins are flexible as you can split them in half using detachable dividers, and they are genuinely big enough for 4 people at each end. The living space is large with handy storage pockets built in.

My main bugbear on this tent is the groundsheet which I simply cannot get to line up in any meaningful way. It's a very odd shape and size for the space it is meant to fill and therefore awkward to peg down. Combined with the gap at the side mentioned by the other reviewer, this means that on a windy day/night you have wind blowing through the tent, lifting the groundsheet and generally feeling a bit insecure. When it's wet you get rain coming in at the edges too. I never feel like I can store much stuff in the living area as the element are passing through!

The cabins are very cosy though as obviously they have the sewn in groundsheet so we have always been very snug at night.
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By: Sillylilly  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Having used this for a weeks holiday as the first use I am pleased with the tent overall. Well made, roomy, well ventilated, cosy at night. One thing I'd change is the large gap between side and floor in living area, it allowed a lot of 'stuff' to blow in. It didn't seem draughty just a pain to keep sweeping leaves n things out. We found it very easy to put up and take down and looked to be one of the more stable tents on our site, it didn't sag or anything like that. In all, I'd say it was a great purchase.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Gelert Michigan Tents are available in 8 and 10 berth - each offering excellent head height throughout. The design is simple and effective making this an easy tent to pitch and a secure home while on holiday. The PVC windows feature a frosted design.


Fabric: Outer: 190T Polyester with waterproof PU coating, 3000mm Hydrostatic Head. Inner: 190T breathable polyester
Groundsheet: Polyethylene
Size: Outer: L710 x W305 x H190 cm
Inner: L210 x W305 x H190 cm x 2 bedrooms


Tent tidys built in
Electric cable zip access point
Detachable living area groundsheet
Packed in 3 in 1 suitcase style carry bag
Multiple ventilation points
2 door entrance options
Pre-attached guylines aid pitching
Poles: 5 x 12.7mm Fibreglass
Extension: 2 x 16mm Steel porch poles
Pitch: Flysheet first
Taped Seams: Yes

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