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Tent Reviews: Gelert Twister 5

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8.29/10 from 21 reviews

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21 Reviews of the Twister 5         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  

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

Having seen the weather forecast we decided to revert to the Twister for this trip rather than risk damaging the 'Posh' tent. It withstood awesome gales and prolonged torrential rain whilst others were knocked flat or totally trashed over three very stormy days. I can't sing its foul weather praises loud enough.

One modification I have made though is to dump the easy up feature by separating the poles from the inner tent. It only adds a couple of minutes to erection time and getting the poles back in the valise one at a time is almost as quick as wrestling the beast into submission all in one. It's far less entertaining for the onlookers though.
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By: Somebody2010  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

The ideal weekend tent for a family of 3 or 4. We (husband and I) managed to pitch this in under 10 minutes the first time we had it out of the bag, which means that we can be surfing in less than 30 minutes from arriving at the site, safe in the knowledge that our beds are ready to fall into when we're ready!

The tent has plenty of space for us, one teenager and one almost-teenager, although with four we find that there isn't enough room for sitting inside the tent. With three airbeds though, there is loads of space for storage/chairs inside. Hubby is well over 6ft, and he can comfortably stand in the tent (never a problem for me!)

I was expecting the tent to suffer with condensation issues, as most of our dome tents have, but the design of the tent means that there is plenty of ventilation. We liked having two doors, particularly as one had a window, but felt that the tent could perhaps do with more windows. The mesh at the top of the inner and the cutaway flysheet meant that the tent was fairly light inside though. I would recommend using a groundsheet under the tent as the SIG does seem quite thin.

I bought the tent second-hand after reading reviews on ukcampsite, expecting it to provide a few hours of fun trying to get it back into the bag, and then being thrown away in frustration! However, we found that it was easy to get into the bag, complete with flysheet. This was almost as quick as pitching the tent in the first place. It did take two of us though, but we've only pitched it twice so maybe we'll find a method that one person can do alone next time - I'll update this review if so.

All in all, a fantastic, roomy tent for a small family in need of a quick-pitch option.
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By: Iowpeter  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Great tent, easy to erect, slightly harder to get in the bag! Does require a bit of practice! I managed it on my own and I'm not that strong! If you roll the tent the tent into the bag pushing down slightly on the tent pole you trying to get in to the bag this will make things a bit easier! I find it easier to put the flysheet in a separate bag as it can be a bit of a pain getting it in with the rest of the tent as often the bag won't zip up completely! I have fould the the ground tears easily as it is not ripstop material! Easily fixed with a bit of duct tape on both sides! I have made footprint ground sheet out of some pondliner I got cheap at a carboot! This helped cut down on the tears! I have always had a lot of people ask me about the tent when ever I go camping as they see how easily and quickly it goes up! with practice it can be just as easy to pack away! that said I haven't packed it away when it has been very windy!

A Great large tent for anyone! Just make sure it will fit in the boot of your car! Hopefully the next model will have stronger and ripstop ground sheet! I highly recommend this tent!
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By: Juanban  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Perfect for festivals and perfect for weekends away. I am not a camping enthusiast, I like to throw a tent and a duvet in the car with my portable BBQ and go. I don't spend much time at the tent it is just to lay my head and keep my clothes.

This tent is perfect for me for all of the above reasons and I have managed to put the tent up and down by myself. I do agree that it is a little tricky at first but would recommend erecting in your garden a few times before you use it for real.
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By: Bess123debs  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I love this tent, big and roomy with a good hight. It is so easy to pitch although you do need 2 people to put it away. It is hard to put away and requires some brute force, but once you get a technique going it's not as bad as the first time! I don't know why they made the wheel/bag so hard to zip up it could have been made a bit looser in order to close it, a bit of a design fault. Shame as the tent is fab!
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By: Alanlucyboys  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Excellent tent. Two adults and three kids (9,7 & 5) took up about 60% of the floor space and I could stand up in the middle (6' 3'). First time pitching (after watching Youtube video a few times) took about 10 mins, taking down was probably even quicker - there is a knack to getting it back in the bag but the advice given on someone elses review helped - don't worry the poles are designed to bend - just curl them in! Exactly what we wanted for a week-end camping rather than lugging out Outwell Vermont XL with us.
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By: Mickeyboyc  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We have the Curlaway (have uploaded pics) which is the same as the Twister but the colours are different. On our first pitch we were the envy of several other tent users who watched us flip the tent out of the bag and have it mostly pitched in five minutes flat. (However, they had a leisurely chortle at us the following morning as we tried to pack it away again)

The tent is indeed huge for what we were expecting, if you were using it as a dedicated sleeping area you could easily fit five people on airbeds in, though if wanting living space probably fewer. Lots of space and height, terrific as a stopover/weekend tent. It does however flap a lot in a stiff breeze (we used it on a coastal site) - the tent itself stayed steady but was very noisy as long as the breeze persisted, which could keep light sleepers awake. They shouldn't need to worry about its stability though.

The diagram in the bag has an amusing cartoon of someone easily sliding the tent back into its bag again single handed - no chance! After three pitches we are getting the knack of it, but it still needs both of us, one bending the poles and the other forcing it into the bag. I agree also with the earlier review about the strain on the zip.

All in all though, an excellent short-stop tent.
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By: Mollygamps  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I read all the reviews before buying this tent! Thank you! :) Our old 6 birth tent took too long to put up. We just tried our Twister 5 out for the first time and we are very impressed.

Its a great size- ample for three beds, camp table, chairs, bags and camp kitchen etc. We had trouble putting it up in the wind as it is so light it was trying to inflate and fly across the field before we could get it pegged down. The 'how to erect' videos don't show you all the little ties to fasten and hooks to clip- I'd say it takes a little longer than 5 mins to put up properly.

We also found it quite noisy at night- I don't think we had all the guy ropes tightened and all the attachments tied and it flapped like crazy in the wind- which kept us awake all night (something to remember next time). We also found that the wind was blowing under the fly sheet and into the 'ventilation mesh' that covers the top quarter of the tent, making it drafty at night. We put the heater on in the evening and the heat just disappeared out of the ventilation mesh.

Hopefully next time we use it it will be warm and not windy! Ha!
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By: Cat T  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We bought this for short breaks (as our other tent takes about 45 minutes to put up) and it's fantastic. My husband is 6ft 4 ins and it's plenty big enough for him -we have 4 single airbeds in there and it's big enough to store everything as well. It literally takes just a few minutes to put up and take down once you get the hang of it - my only concern is the zip on the bag is under severe strain when it's back in, it could be a bit of a nuisance if it breaks - the poles wouldn't pop out but you could have a lot of fabric hanging out. You do need a reasonable amount of room to roll it back in but it goes away very easily provided you bend the poles hard enough. We do use a separate groundsheet underneath to protect the sewn-in one. We're really pleased with it and would recommend it.
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By: Calpyline  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We bought this as a weekend tent since our larger Vango tent takes around 2 hours to erect! This one takes around 5 minutes and only needs one person to do so!

We are both 6 ft tall, have two children and a large dog and the space inside was more than adequate.

We bought a set of porch poles which enabled us to have an additional canopy at the front during a scorching weekend and this provided a shady spot for the dog. The second time we used the tent we used this additional space as shelter from the rain.

Having two doors allowed us to open both sides of the tent on a really hot day so the interior stayed nice and cool. During the worst rainy weather everything stayed bone dry and there was plenty of space for us all to laze around reading books, playing card games and even eating without feeling claustrophobic or squashed.

I thought we would struggle to stay in this tent having been used to a Diablo 900 and an Aspen 700DLX but we were all pleasantly surprised with just how much space we got for our money.

Even taking the tent down and putting it away was not nearly as bad as we had anticipated having read all the stories on here. Our first attempt took 10 minutes but now we can do it in less than 5!

Highly recommended!
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Manufacturer's Description

These innovative tents, exclusive to GELERT, give quick camping a whole new twist. The unique design allows these spacious tents to be pitched in a matter of minutes. Then when it's time to pack up & go home simply roll your tent back into the convenient bag & away you go.

This is a superb quick erect tent. With maximum space & great height this tent brings quick erect camping into the family market. For the family that do not want to spend time pitching their tent the Twister 5 offers a unique camping solution to this dilemma. Ideal for the family weekend away.


* Unique 'roll away' system to pack away the tent
* Quick & easy to pitch
* Double skin construction
* Excellent ventilation
* 2 doors with window & mesh in 1 door
* Can be used with or without flysheet
* Bright guylines for extra visibility
* Pre-attached guylines aid pitching

Quick Pitch Video View a video on pitching the Twister 5 tent!

Poles: 4 x 8.5mm Fibreglass
Pitch: Inner first
Taped Seams: Yes

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