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Tent Reviews: Hi Gear Atakama 5

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73 Reviews of the Atakama 5         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  

By: Welshcamper76  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

A good cheap tent (had it for 50 on offer) and still used today.

It can be put up fairly easy with two people in 10-15 minutes and once up it can handle quite a bit of heavy rain and wind with little struggle.

The room divider is pretty useless but we only used it once.

I am just under 6ft and can stand upright in the middle with ease.

Our Queen size airbed fits easily with plenty of extra space and there are many internal pockets to store things in.

I have slightly damaged one of the poles but it still stands and holds its shape well and with a bit of care will no doubt serve us for a few years more.
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By: Trevor h  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

This was my introduction to camping! Cheap as chips (approximately 50) and lasted 5 years. Had regular use over that time.

I would say the 5 berth is a little optimistic, after our second child was born we had to go for a bigger tent to fit us all in without feeling cramped. This is, I guess, where another issue is, that being limited living space and restricted head height.

Pitching was always quite painful with this tent, quite fiddly.

Watertight and stood up to strong winds.

All in all, I'd say a great tent for a small family and small break.
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By: Lilcark  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Iv had this tent for 2 years and its been out at least twice a year

We have used it as a 5 man at festivals 3 adults & 2 kids

Witch it coped with no problems although it was a squeeze (to be expected at festivals )

We have use it for a week at a time just the 2 of us (the wife & I ) witch it has ample room no matter what you want to do

We have also used it for weekends with 4 of us 2 adults 2 kids as a weekend tent for 4 its ok if you want to be in the wild but for camp-sites we take the larger 10 man

As said before its not a tent for cold weather as the top of the inner is mesh so you lose all your heat even with 5 bodies in

When this tent gives up the ghost we will be getting something with a bigger living space and 2 inners for the bedrooms
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By: Alisonmk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

We've moved on from one big family tent for the 5 of us to using 2 5 man tents now the kids are a bit older. We have 2 of these - they're so much easier to deal with than the big 8 man we used to use. I can put one up or break it down with the help of an 8 or 10 year old in about 20 minutes. They can also carry it from the car to site if necessary. One leaked a little on it's second outing, but that was easy to seal.We use just one tent when we camp for a night or two and it's easily big enough to get all 5 of us in the sleeping area. I caught one on offer at go outdoors, and the other second hand. Both are still going strong after 2 years of various trips.
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By: Jon baker  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Owned this for nearly three years now but only used this year. We (my wife and my dog scooby) love it, it is easy to put up and take down, easier for two people, have not had any problems even in high wind and torrential rain! We will buy a bigger tent because we would like more of a living area, but we will keep this one for short breaks. Overall we are very pleased with it.
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By: J+K Fuller  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

This was a great entry to camping for my wife and I. On our first trip out we managed to put it up in about 20-25 mins and it got easier after that.

We spent two nights in it on the Norfolk coast and it survived rain and 25-30 MPH winds (one eyelet connecting the inner and outer tent tore but it made so little difference to usage I never repaired it).

We used it 5 or 6 more times since then and always got on great. Listed as 5 man but it was just right for my wife and I to camp in comfort (airbed in the sleeping compartment, cupboard, fridge, cooker and two large camping chairs in the outer).

Only small problem was in heavy rain water collected above side door and unless pushed away it would fall on you when exiting or entering the tent.

Overall a great purchase for a couple (may be a squeeze if you have children and are taking a lot of stuff).
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By: Kit Grant  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I'm 5ft and female and been camping all my life in all kinds of tents. I only use this tent in the summer when the wind in high Swaledale is likely to be least damaging and my husband (who likes to stand up straight is staying for more than two days). Its useless in strong wind of 30mph + (we had a similar one literally smashed to pieces around our ears in May 4yrs ago in a storm). I have replaced the poles with thicker stronger poles but its still too tall and not strong enough. I also really struggle to get the long poles through the sleeves and then getting the fixing pins in the end is absolutely exhausting fight. It see's the light of day once a year if its lucky. I hate pitching it. The interior is fine, roomy works fine for 2 or 3 etc.But not for 5. You'd be crammed in like sardinea in a tin! Points about only one door inside and pooling water when raining are correct, I agree. I prefer to take our 3 little Atoms.
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By: FORK-THE-LOTTAYA  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I bought the Atakama 5 for 49.99 in the sale last year from 'you-know-where'. I used it this year for the first time when my dog and I went camping in Cornwall.

I had figured that this tent was effectively a bigger version of my Gelert Tornado in design, and so it proved to be.

I soon realised that it would be possible to put up the tent on my own; it was a bit of a struggle to get the ring-and-pin system into the the tent poles on my own - but sheer brute force did indeed prevail! I decided to get the poles set how I wanted them BEFORE pegging out the 'webs' however if the wind had been blowing hard I would have done things the opposite way around. Once the main pod is up and secured, the rest is easy. I did reinforce the front pole with extra lateral guy-ropes each side.

Anyway, once the old girl is up she is fairly steady in the wind and during heavy rain I did not notice any leaks. A fairly easy tent to set up on your own - those of you who had problems (especially with 2 of you). WTF? This tent is not very warm though, the inner has a largely mesh roof which pisses out most of the heat. On the other hand this tent would be ideal on the continent in a hot situation.

The bedroom area is of a decent size at the expense of the 'foyer' space. Whether this is good or bad or not is up to you. Not bad for me as I had an extension attached anyway.

Certainly not a bad tent for the 49.99 I paid for it.
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By: Blake5  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

This is a fab tent as an introduction to camping, or for using on weekends. If you can get hold of one for 49 during one of Go Outdoors sales then you can't really get much better. I've since upgraded since purchasing mine, but for last minute get-aways it's an ideal tent for enough living space, ease of pitching and small-ish pack size.
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By: Samuelhough  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Used this tent a few times. It was bought primarily as I could stand up in it (a rare thing for someone that's 6') this made it much more comfortable for me, not to be crammed into something so low. There are a few problems that the groundsheet being attached to the bedroom is, when pitched, way too short for the entire tent covered; this is a good thing though, because if you fasten the outer down well, it keeps the rain off and prevents it flowing through your living area. Overall, the tent is well worth the 49.99 I paid at GO Outdoors and is suitable for most peoples needs unless you're going into high winds and persistent torrential rain.
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Manufacturer's Description

With large living /storage and sleeping areas, the Atakama 5 is ideal for families having a long weekend away, or any groups of campers who may need space to store gear and spread around.

It is a double skin tent, with the outer pitched first to keep things simple, and a breathable inner to keep you comfortable.

The outer flysheet is 190T PU coated polyester with taped seams and a hydrostatic head of 3000, meaning it's rugged enough to handle scrapes and waterproof enough to take the heaviest downpours.

For warmer conditions, the breathable inner and large side and front doors will make sure the inside is ventilated enough so you and your kit are not overheating. The front door can be extended out as a canopy using the steel porch poles, offering shelter from sun or showers.

The porch/living area has a pre-attached groundsheet, making it easy for you to keep a clear, clean space for furniture, bikes etc., and keeping the bedroom area draught-free.

For extra stability, the tent has pre-attached double guylines, so it will easily withstand any strong gusts of wind. The guylines themselves are bright and reflective, to help you to find the tent in the dark, and to stop other campers from tripping over them if you're in a busy campsite.

Other useful features include slick pole sleeves to aid pitching, fire-retardant fabrics, and large windows to allow maximum light in if you need it.

A simple, yet versatile tent for easy group camping.

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