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Tent Reviews: Gelert Solo

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1.50 KG
Inner first
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8.56/10 from 16 reviews

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16 Reviews of the Solo         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: Hutch71  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

I used this on Great Moss (Lakes) on Sat 22nd August 15. Check the weather, it was the heaviest rain I have ever experienced in 43 years on the planet. Relentless all night and violent winds, 1000ft up. This little beauty took everything nature threw at it, I was bone dry in the morning, not one leak. At 5'8' I have no problem with it's 'cosyness'. You would struggle to store a huge rucksack in it but I always store mine outside in a survival bag. You can't cook in it really, but that is the only reason I can't give it a ten. It's lightweight, costs next to nothing. I cannot recommend it enough for a backpacker wanting excellent value for money.
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By: Campingandcricket  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I've had my tent since 2012 and while it spends the Winter months in the cupboard, it gets good use over the Summer months.

I take it mainly on cycling trips and it is ideal for having on the bicycle because it is compact and light. It has withstood some pretty harsh weather, but has so far maintained its waterproof-ness, and kept me dry during heavy downpours.

It is a comfy and cosy tent. There is certainly no room to stand up in it, but lying flat all of me gets in (I am 5'9'). It's greatest attribute is its simplicity. I can have it set up in under 10 minutes, and it packs away really easily.

Based on my experience, I'm happy to recommend this tent.
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By: Superbadger  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Just got back from a quick overnight 'wild camp' since I knew there was a cold snap in the morning with some heavy fog! Perfect testing conditions.

The first thing I noticed on set-up was the simplicity of the poles and the sleeves and eyelets they go through; I didn't have any issues to get them to bend and fit. To put the outer on its a straightforward job but quite fiddly with the little ties that you secure to the poles; It does work though.

So now it's 'How much room'. Not much! I'm 5'11', slim build but Oh it was cosy, although I did have some room for my panniers,backpack and footwear (just!) I can really see a struggle for some larger folk!

It was cold the evening I camped, it was between 0-2c in temp and by morning there was thick fog which added to the cold and any condensation that may form on the inside of some tents; Well I was certainly warm enough and there wasn't any condensation formed anywhere on the inside! Very impressed with that.

All in all for my purpose a great tent for a great price! It certainly offered the protection from the elements and its design with the two skins does work;

If I could offer improvements I would have to agree with the last reviewer Lescargo with regards to using additional clips rather than those fiddly ties and also about widening the inner tent so it just gives a tad less porch room. I am going to put velcro in place of the ties myself so it's easier
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By: Lescargo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I'm 6ft 2, and was looking for cheap lightweight tent. This or Vango banshee in the end I bought this as it was cheaper and seemed to be longer.

I use it on bikepacking trips when I don't take a basha/ tarp.

I have to say im quite impressed. I recently spent nearly 36 hours solid in it 23-25 Jan, in very inclement weather on the pennine bridleway due to wind rain and snow. It stood up very well. Yes I did manage to get dressed inside it too especially at my height.

My only improvement I would add would be to make the inner slightly wider using the dead space between the flysheet and the inner as there is a lot of space wasted that you could get gear in to keep dry and secure. And to possibly attach the fly to the poles with the same C clips that attach the inner, but I haven't seen a tent that does this. As the ties are fiddly in cold and wet.

Overall, for a budget lightweight tent for less than extreme weather conditions for 1 person. I'd recommend it.
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By: Screwdriver32  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I found this to be a great tent for backpacking, but if you suffer from any type of claustrophobia it's not for you,

Its small enough to pitch almost anywhere & very easy to pitch & dismantle in minuets,

There is a very little porch that you can keep your wet boots in but little room for bags & gear, so you have to get creative, I used to carry some large bin bags & store my gear in them hidden next to me, I never had any problem with wind as it never seamed to notice the little tent but on the odd occasion I did get a leak at the seams where the poles touched the outer skin, but I just kept treating it with PVA seam glue and kept the rain at bay,

Its more for the hardened camper that's rough camping but non the less I would recommend it.
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By: Scoots  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I love this tent. I attend scooter rallies all over the country and it just drops into my saddle bags taking up hardly any space. People sometimes laugh at me as they unpack their huge super tents but at the end of the day I stay as dry as them, which is what it's all about.

I also use this for hiking around south wales and it's stood up to high winds and rain in the Black Mountains and just below the summit of Pen-Y-Fan. Never had a problem with it.

Now, as to what everyone else says, I'm 5'6 so there's bags of room for my kit. Consider leg shortening if you're over 5'11.
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By: NZPaora  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I was given this tent by an English guy. He was on his way home after a cycling trip around NZ. I was on my motorbike and we met at camp site in Turangi. The tent is very good. He said it had served him well through some rough weather. I have since used it while on overnight fly fishing and hunting trips in the back blocks. Viewing it as a large bivvy bag as another reviewer suggested, is accurate. Its difficult to make a cup of tea in though. There is just not quite enough room. Overall, this is a great little tent. Thank you English dude where ever you are and I hope she was waiting for you :)
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By: Thesmiths44  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Just done the Lakes trip with this one.

Very easy pitch and looks great.

However being a touch larger and 6ft I found it a squeeze. It's an art to get in and get into a sleeping bag, twisting about etc. Then where do I put my ruc sac? Left outside between fly and inner, by legs. With cooker kit at head end, no rain so no issue. Getting out in the night soaked my back from dew as flap drops onto you. That said, if your a racing snake you may be ok.

Very light to carry, 1.5kgs is nothing.

You can't lie in to cook, so it's just a sleeper as I couldn't even change in it.

I love the look of the solo, but not the ease of use. For the price it's good, but I have gone more exp now and got bigger. Smaller 2 man.
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By: Ttwff  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I used my solo tent hard for from end march to September wild camping on about 10 hikes.

The tent is of extreme value for what you get. Very light, Good for standing up to wind also in rain had no leaks. This tent got a lot of hard use from me in the end the poles went first cracking but was easy fixed over time the weaken. The tent even comes with a repair kit which I did use. Been is all kinds of weather with it.
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By: Don Rose  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Superb light weight tent for the money. The only set back is having to pitch the inner first. However, it is very easy to pitch. I am 5ft 9' and had no trouble getting myself and my rucksack in the tent. It is for backpacking after all. Not for long stays with the kitchen sink like a lot of people tend to do these days.
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Manufacturer's Description

A lightweight, compact solo tent (it can play bridge as well) designed with no-fuss bikers, cyclists and trekkers in mind. Simple to pitch tent with separate inner and flysheet. The flysheet is 190T PU coated polyester with taped seams giving a hydrostatic head of 1500mm. The inner tent is breathable polyester and the inner groundsheet polyethylene. 2 x 6.9mm fibreglass poles.

Weight: 1.5kg
Pack Size: 15x40cm
Dimensions: 270x170cm (outer); 250x90 (inner)
Height: (Inner) 70cm
Colour: Forest Green/Beige Trim

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