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Tent Reviews: Gelert Ottawa 4

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14.05 KG
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8.3/10 from 27 reviews

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27 Reviews of the Ottawa 4         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  

By: Cplusplusgirl  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I have been camping, as an adult, for 25 years and this is the best tent I have owned. The standing height (in both bedroom and living area) semi-geodisic design makes it perfect for camping in stormy weather in real comfort. I have owned this tent for seven years and it has never let us down over many many outtings. I recommend this tent to anyone who is after a low priced quality tent that, by design, WILL and DOES handle high winds and torrential rain, with the luxury of being able to walk around inside!
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By: Pav80  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Had a chance to spend a few days with my mates on Anglesey using Gelert Ottawa 4.

States it is a 4 person tent and to be honest it is not. It can hold 4 people inside on mats. If you are after two double mattresses it probably wonít happen and if you really want some comfort it is just about for two people.

The bedroom is suspended one not the fixed one to outer (big advantage over fixed ones, pm if you need explanation) and contains a divider. Living space is big enough to put 4 chairs in with a small table in the middle.

Materials used in the tents are really good and you can see the quality especially on the seams which are tapped. The tent has fully sewn in groundsheet and have all doors fully zipped so you can cut yourself out of the environment really well however this brings the problem with condensation and it is not enough ventilated having just three vents.

Pitching the tent. With two experienced lads it took us good half an hour to pitch it properly. Poles are colour coded and it is easy to find out what goes where however to put up two longest 7m black poles up with the weight of the tent is not an easy task. It is a semi geodesic design tent that should improve the stability of the tent in high winds. Well it is only a claim. At the back of the tent there are only two longest poles and they are connected through pin and ring at some angle to the groundsheet. With high winds these are pushed to the ground flatting a bit sleeping area. We cured the problem adding two extra guy lines. Overall the tent coped with 20MPH wind quite well and didnít went airborne. Canít say anything about waterproofness of the tent but looking the material used for outer, the floor and seams I would be confident.

For £99 it is not a bad tent at all but has some issues that would put me away of buying the one.
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By: Christine S  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

This tent was recommended to us for its stability in strong wind, and lived up to the recommendation, having survived some extreme Welsh weather. It is, however, very difficult to put the tent up in a strong wind. During very heavy rain we experienced leaks around the stitching of one window panel and through the door zips. The long crossover poles take some managing; we found that assembling them first as instructed runs the risk of scratching a car or taking out the eye of a passer-by. It is better to assemble the poles as you feed them through the sleeves. Erecting the tent definitely needs two people. The canopy and footprint are useful additions.

Plus points:

The height and spaciousness of the tent.

The mesh panels in the side doors, especially in hot weather.

The storage pockets

The general quality of the workmanship (with the exception of one window panel).

Could be better:

The door of the sleeping pod zips to just one corner, which make it difficult for anyone sleeping on the wrong side of the central divider to get out without treading on someone.

The protective flaps over the door zips would benefit from some more velcro points, preventing leaks during wet and windy weather.

Additional guy ropes halfway along the sleeping end of the tent would prevent the sides flapping in the wind.
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By: Smcfry  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Bought this tent because I had seen it on a campsite and it was just the size and design I was looking for. I got it second hand from EBay but it was good as new. Bought the porch to go with it which not only adds an extra room but is a real bonus when it's raining as the door zips off completely to create a canopy under which it's safe to cook. Realised after the first night that the porch groundsheet is a waste of time as rain comes in from underneath so now just keep it as grass under the porch which works fine and drains well.The tent itself was bone dry despite some torrential late August downpours, and very stable despite some strong winds. Good head height, massive bedroom for two (wouldn't like to have more than 2 in there but I like to have space either side of the bed) The mesh doors either side and in the bedroom were a real benefit when it was very hot. We found it easy to put up as long as you remember to do the black crossover poles first, but it's definitely a two person job.
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By: Blake_family_65  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Owned this tent for 13 months and it's had approximately 9 outings in different climates and for different periods of time.

I agree with other peoples reviews - the more you pitch this tent the easier it gets.The 8th time I used it, which was this year I splintered one of the crossover poles. So will be replacing this.

Got the tent out this weekend and the front window on the door has started to come away from the stitching - not happy, I always look after my gear and pack away carefully and always dry. I don't think should have happened and I will be contacting Gelert for an explanation/replacement. My previous tent lasted 8 years.

Having raised the bad points first, overall the tent has done me proud, no leaks, great head height, stays up in winds. We have also bought the canopy for the tent to give more covered space for cooking etc - I can recommend this to other Ottawa 4 owners (Amazon £54 - cheap as chips). Also bought the footprint, keeps your tents groundsheet clean and makes positioning of your tent easier for 2 mins more work.
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By: Stevedh1967  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Second review of the Gelert Ottawa 4, 2009 model bought in 2010 and now in it's second season. Well practised with pitching and striking camp now, it gets easier and easier every time. This weekend the Ottawa 4 held it's own when others failed! We camped on the Gower Peninsular in South Wales and were blessed with two nights of strong gales and one night of relentless pouring rain - not the best weather for camping. The Ottawa 4 was amazingly strong and took a real battering from all sides, sure it swayed and moved with the winds but it never felt insecure in any way, Other frame tents didn't last the weekend I'm afraid. As for the rain (wind & rain at times) all was well, no sign of leaks at all. I think the key to Ottawa 4's strength is the rigid poles and lots (& lots) of pegging points - take time to peg down well and this tent won't let you down. I'm increasingly impressed with this tent.
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By: Johnbull  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I've used this in anger now. Just got back from a weekend in Ripon where it rained heavily Saturday and Sunday nights and today winds of 50/60mph gusting to 70mph - no leaks, no nasty moments,It seems the more you chuck at it the better it gets. If I were Mr Gelert I would be proud to put my name on this tent
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By: Helen orm  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I bought this to use as a weekend tent (my other is a bit big just for a night or two), and it did just that, sleeping myself and three children, all in airbeds very comfortably. The living area was just big enough for 4 chairs, a small table and a few bags.

Having read all the reviews, I chose the newer model with SIG (it also has a divider curtain for the bedroom).

Yes the poles are quite long, but saying that I managed to put it up in just under 30 mins, with a little help from a friend. (I put the two long cross over poles in first, and put it upright, and loosely pegged it out, the other two shorter poles slide across the top very easily. Its then a case of tightening the whole tent up).

Anyway, the tent stood up to a rainy night and light winds with no problem. In the day time having 3 doors meant we could open up different combinations to suit the weather.

All in all a very good (small) tent for the money :-)
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By: Gally  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I was after a Ottawa with a fully sewn in ground sheet all the others I had looked at had a bathtub type however I found one on e bay and got it at a bargain £67.00 brand new. We used it for the first time last week on a four day camp in Wales it did not disappoint, very pleased. No leaks (we did have some overnight rain a couple of nights) loads of room and plenty of room in the living area. Loved the three doors with the mesh fly shields, kept us nice and cool in the hot sunny weather.

We didnt have any problems with pitching due to the fact that we also own a Wynnster curlew 6 and it pitches very much the same. We took some advice a couple of years ago and never lift the tent from the outside, get someone to go inside after you have secured the tent by pegging as much as you can, and stand under the cross section and lift it up, while the other person does the pins. We made the mistake of pulling the tent up with poles on the curlew and broke 2 poles. Once we mastered the lift we had no further problems.

I do agree that the 2 longer poles are a bit fiddley, we just make sure we have enough space around us so has to not damage anything near, like other peoples cars or motorhomes etc! I love this tent just big enough for the two of us would prob be a bit cramped for the four
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By: Johnbull  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I am delighted with this tent. After reading the reviews, I was starting to wonder what had possessed me to buy it. There have been issues with the poles, leaks, and, to be fair, the one on display didn't seem to be of the best quality although the groundsheet looked to have stood up to a good old paddling. However, our Sunncamp Prism is a bit enormous when I go camping alone, I needed something enough for me and the dog, and my wife might make a flying visit and stay for an odd night so at least it's dimensions suit me.

I've just had a trial run in the garden. It took a whole hour to put it up, yes, the poles are v. Long and previous reviewers caused me some trepidation but I fail to see how you could break them. It blew several forces of wind whilst I was pitching it, then, mindful of the remarks about leaks I rained on it for an hour, blasting it with the hose pipe. Sheets of water ran down the pole sleeves which act like guttering and made puddles near to, but not in, the doorways at the sides. Unlike the one at the camping shop, the stitching is spot-on, all the zips and fastenings do what they should, and it's still quite blowy so I'm keeping an eye on it but it doesn't look as if it's going anywhere.
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Manufacturer's Description

The large bedroom compartment, full height living area & rising groundsheet in this tent provide an ideal refuge from the elements. The full mesh side doors & rear vent also make this tent ideal for use in warmer weather.

† * Rising groundsheet
† * Electric cable zip access point
† * Tent tidys included
† * 2 mesh side doors
† * Front & side entrances
† * Living area windows
† * Rear bedroom window / vent
† * Bright guylines for extra visibility
† * Pre-attached guylines aid pitching

Poles: 2 x 12.7mm, 2 x 11mm Fibreglass
Extension: 2 x 16mm Steel porch poles
Pitch: Outer first
Taped Seams: Yes


† * Material: Outer: 190T Polyester with waterproof PU coating
† * Size: Outer: L460 x W280 x H205cm
† * Size: Inner: L245 x W260 x H190cm
† * Colours: Smoked Pine / Abbey Grey

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