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Fully Sewn-in
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7.64/10 from 11 reviews

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11 Reviews of the Atom 3         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: Jj66  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Easy to assemble and disassemble, easy to pack away and carry. Perfect for me, and many others I expect. (Though 2 adults is plenty).

Good value for money, looks inoffensive and don't need anything more for my needs. Originally pegs not too robust but nothing too worry.

No problem recommending, for novices or experienced campers.
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By: Kit Grant  Reason: Other  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I love this tent. Easy to pitch, good use of space and quick to dismantle/pack away. Low down enough to avoid being battered by strong wind (which is a problem where I camp a lot, as its very high up). It was cheap but good value, its light and if you are only 5ft like me its ideal. Of all the tents I've owned this is a really good one. The water in the porch is a problem but if you know you are getting wet weather an object under the middle of the ground sheet to raise it, helps shed it all away before puddles develop. Remove the object when moving in and out obviously.
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By: Trishb  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

I bought this tent for my son who was going on camp and needed a 3 man tent. The porch area was large enough for their kit and he did not complain that the sleeping area was too small. On putting it up the first time, a guy rope fixing onto the tent broke and that night the dew on the roof of the porch leaked and there were pools of water in the porch.

I didn't quite bleive him until we took it on holiday. It does leak from dew and when there was rain threatening, we erected the dining shelter over it as my faith in staying dry had dwindled! Also the inner zip broke, the eylets for the porch ground sheet ripped. We had to buy another tent during the holiday.

We own lots of tents of varying size and have done a lot of camping. This is the only tent I have been disappointed in.

We returned this to GO and received a refund.
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By: Tommy50  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Brought this to replace a tent I had previously for 25+ years. First attempts to put up were in the back garden. Fortunately I eat wheetabix as I struggled to get one of the pins in the base of one of the poles. First use being down in Cornwall on a hilltop site. Amazed how quiet it was despite the high winds. The advantage of a modern tent I suppose. Really pleased with the space given for 2 people. 3 would be a stretch. Looking forward to more camping in trips in what I believe will be a faithful friend over the years.
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By: Claydoncamper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

I bought one of these to go camping with my Cub pack. I wanted something big enough for one but with space for gear and perhaps also my young son for dad/son bonding trips. It's pretty well made for a tent that costs less than fifty quid but do buy yourself twenty decent tent pegs as the ones that come with it will bend on the first strike of a mallet. Go Outdoors say the tent will go up in ten minutes. It probably will after your first attempt, but give yourself more time the first time it comes out of the bag.

I would say that 3 berth is very optimistic, though 2 should be ok, but its not that long for the taller camper - happily I'm not! I also wonder why the groundsheet isn't sewn in at the porch and this is perhaps my biggest criticism of it.

Anyway, it's a 50 quid tent and if you use it for the occasional camping trip, I'm sure you'll be ok with it.
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By: Kitbit151  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Bought this to use at a festival for me and my husband. Has a HH rating of 2000 which concerned me a bit given all the rain we have been having this summer. It pitches fly first, easy to put up. The inner sleeping area has a SIG and the fly a small air vent at the back. The front of the inner thing also has an zippable window at the front to let more air in which was quite good. Also liked the inner pockets for putting in my watch, torch, glasses, bling etc. The sleeping area could potentially sleep three very skinny people side by side who are no more than 5 ft 6 in height and would stay ramrod straight all night.Not likely and I found it too short for my husband who at 6ft 2' was pushing at the inner with his feet despite his head being up against the top edge of the SIG. We used a self inflating mat to sleep on which was fine - if you wanted to use a dbl blow up mattress in this you would have to get it in the sleeping area first and then blow it up. Once the sun came up the tent got hot v quickly. It rained solidly for about two hours one morning and a few drips came in to the tent so exchanged it for a new one at GO. Porch area good for storage. Apart from the issues with the leaks thought this was a great little tent for the price (25 from GO)but if the replacement leaks again I would score it at 5.
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By: Yardstick  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I bought the Atom 3 for weekends away, as an alternative to my Kalahari 10.

Fist trip out was on the Jubilee weekend, To Marton Road Farm, Long Itchington.

The Atom 3 is very easy to put up, didn't need the instructions. Very warm and dry, considering the weather conditions.

For a new tent to stand up to high winds and 24 hours of torrential rain, is 50 well spent.

There is ample space for two people not three, I rigged up a tarp canopy, over my wind break, this gave me plenty of dry cover and cooking space.

My daughter was so impressed with the Atom, she has bought one. Cheddar and Bourton-on-the-water here we come
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By: Deano54  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought one to carry on my motorcycle it,s the perfect size and has been put to good use. Packs away very easily and put,s up in no time. I camped in Cornwall last year in October it stood up to a gale very well with no leak,s.T is incredibly simple to pitch (fly first) and you can do this single handedly. A full set of fairly concise instructions are sewn inside the tent bag. The poles (only 3 of them) are colour coded as are their sleeves on the flysheet, simple. The ring and pin system for the end of the poles is easy to use although care should be taken whilst inserting the pins in the poles. Once this is completed, you simply peg to the ground using the appropriate pegging points. The inner tent is then laid out and attached using a simple hook and eye set up on the inside of the flysheet. The inner tent has a sewn in groundsheet (SIG) with the porch groundsheet attached which is pegged out on completion. Pre-attached guys are attached which are the last thing to be pegged out. All in all, it is a very simple tent to pitch but nonetheless incredibly stable once done. The porch has two entry points, one at the front and one at the side. Both these can be opened together to provide a good level of ventilation or, give you the option of which door to use depending upon the prevailing weather conditions.
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By: Bridgeywidge  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I bought this as a B&B tent for overnight stops en route to main site for holidays in France. It worked really well for this purpose but, not yet tested it in the rain. Just the opposite in fact - experienced the HOTTEST night I've known for years on way to main site. Tent is easy to put up, and feels like a 'proper' tent not a toy. Only niggles are the groundsheet in the porch - shame it's not a zig or a bathtub style, as I'm sure wet would get under the edges, which would damp any kit left in the reasonably-sized space. OK headroom in the bedrooms but NOT a three-berth unless you use SIMs and are VERY good friends. Just enough for two to be honest. Folds up into a neat package <5kgs and suits our purposes admirably. Rig up a tarp canopy and you have a good space for weekend camp. The Mighty Atom (and we bought him for a good price) does what is says on the tin.
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By: North+South  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I own a very large 8 man tent, plus a small 3 man tent very similar to this one. The reason for buying this was because we went travelling around Italy and needed a tent that was compact and light weight to take on the plane. Our large tent clearly was not an option, and the smaller one I have is old and rather bulky. When comparing all the tents in go outdoors, with minimal budget, this was the best option.

I agree with the previous review. It did all well for 2 weeks camping (2 people). My husband being 6ft 2 only just fits in it - he has to sleep on a slant a little but never complained.

It did leek very much the first time it rained but was completely fine after that. I think it just needed a good soaking to water proof it so I have no worries for future weather.

It always packed back into the bag easily, and it very light weight for lugging it about.

Unlike my other small tent, I thought it would be great that this one has windows, but actually it was a nuisance. Our 2 weeks was so hot (other than the 1 day of rain) that we were leaving the 'bedroom' door open when we slept at night - but it did mean people could see right in! just a personal thought.

So very pleased - did us proud for 2 weeks and saved a lot of money!
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Manufacturer's Description

The Atom 3 is a simple to erect and deceptively spacious tent.

The Atom 3 has loads of room inside for eating, playing or sleeping and with the option of side or front door access you can keep out of the rain or sun and make a quick exit to the wonderful outdoors.

The detachable porch ground sheet can be uplifted to take on your picnic and the storage area can hold up to 3 large rucksacks, ideal for your weekend away in the hills.

Quick pitching
Front and side access doors
Large front storage area
Inner compartment pockets
Detachable porch groundsheet

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