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Tent Reviews: Hi Gear Oasis 8 Elite

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41.70 KG
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9.25/10 from 8 reviews

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8 Reviews of the Oasis 8 Elite

By: DuncanM  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2018   Rating: 

I have the Oasis 8 Eclipse, which was the successor to the Oasis 8 Elite, and the predecessor of the Vanguard 8 Nightfall.

These hi-gear tents have very solid thick steel poles, which are really reassuring in bad weather. We've been in very heavy weather several times, and even though the tent can be shaken up by the wind, I was never worried about getting through the night.

You should be aware that this has a built-in porch. This is nice in good weather, but in bad weather you should pitch it away from the wind, as the porch is huge and it can essentially act like a huge sail. We have a slight tear on one pole sleeve, which others have mentioned - I suspect either to do with setting up the tent, or high winds.

The Vanguard 8 has gone for a different approach with the porch, which looks better protected for high winds, but also slightly less convenient.

This tent is still fairly huge, with three compartments at the back (with nightfall material which is great). We can fit a double sized mattress in the small compartments (x2 on either side). Our three kids + one extra can sleep in the central compartment, which is also divisble into 2. We use one small room for clothes and getting changed.

Once you get the hang of pitching the tent, it gets easier, and I can do it on my own now. You want to leave the front door open when you pack it away, to allow air to go in when you get back to pitching it. Start by pegging the 4 corners in well, then introduce the beam to the 3rd of the 5 rows of pole sleeves. Then add both lateral poles to the beam, which will go at an angle. If you have another hand, you can both gently start to lift up this middle section by gently turning and walking the lateral poles closer to the tent. I use my feet against the bottom of the lateral pole and edge it closer. If you are on your own you need to keep alternating sides edging the lateral poles closer to the tent each time while they rest on the grass (I doubt you can do this in anything more than a light wind!).

Once you get one lateral pole to the tent, get the pin into the bottom of the pole, then adjust the pole sleeve so it is equal on each side, and walk up the other pole. This is a tricky bit, but just walk it up with your foot stopping it going out. Hoike it too close to the tent, which gives a small bit of slack to get the pin in. Repeat for pole sleeves 2,4,1,5 in that order, and peg out the straps at some point. The rest is fairly easy.

As others have said, be careful tripping on the bedroom compartments.

I have much more reassurance with this tent than other air-beam or fibre-glass pole tents in bad weather. These steel poles are very strong and the material is great at resisting the elements. We have had small bits of water ingress if there is heavy wind driving rain into the vents - but you can close these.

The Vanguard 8 looks like the modern replacement, though you'll need to get it with the porch to match a similar size. It also has a different bedroom layout. Otherwise very similar.
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By: Woodcock_s  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

Purchased this tent as the 4 berth we had wasnít really big enough. Brought this from Go Outdoors in a sale.


- Really big inside, three beds, loads of Ďliving spaceí

- fairly easy to put up once you get used to it

- Good in bad weather when put up properly

- Brigth and generally well vented


- Forget trying to put it back in itís bag!

- If not put up properly can accumulate water and leak

- Some of the internal compartment clips have ripped off by accidental tripping on compartment

- Heavy to move pole bag

- You need somewhere large to dry it once wet

For us with two adults, two kids, two dogs plus all paraphernalia, itís really worth it for a week+ camping. For shorter stays itís quite a lot of effort to put up.

The only issues we have had after three seasons use is:

1. Some of internal compartment clips have ripped off - they could be sewn in a little better

2. We have had a couple of little tears develop; They have been patched with the kits provided, but itís a little fragile and I suspect these may have happened either when drying or putting up/taking down The fabric is a little more fragile than I hoped.

Generally a very good tent, Iíd throughly recommend for the money. Yes a few cons, but when camping for a week+ you need some space.
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By: Happycamper2013  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

We upgraded to this tent from a Kalahari 8 after researching what kind of tent would suit us the most, being as we now holiday exclusively by camping. This tent definitely is a luxury!

It has stood up to bad weather, both rain and wind, but is also fairly easy to keep aired in the hot weather, too. It has lots of windows so very light and airy in the daytime, but all the windows and doors have 'curtains' for privacy and at night.

Definitely a talking-point with other campers and caravanners too!

Fairly easy to erect once you get used to it, it is very heavy though due to the size of it and the steel poles. We're an (older) family of four so we manage just about fine.

The built-in porch is very handy for cooking/eating under, and also when it's raining you can still take your wet shoes/wellies off before you go inside the tent, without getting drenched even more!

The main living area is huge, plenty of room for all of the family to do their different hobbies. The bedroom pods are the perfect size too, even with our raised airbeds there's plenty of room for our luggage, etc, at the side.

A couple of things we'd recommend is to have a good heater that can warm up such a large space, and also to make sure you have enough lighting, as if one person is with the lamp at one end, the person on the other side doesn't have any light because it's so far away!

We definitely recommend this tent, it's perfect for our family holidays. Ideal for young or older families alike, or friends camping together in a group.
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By: Shaddyuk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

Having made our early camping adventures in a Rock 4 to see if we liked camping and finding we did, we decided to move up to something bigger and less cramped.We plumped for the oasis 8 as we sometimes take our grandchildren, or if we go with other family members it can be used as the main social area.

The price might appear daunting but you are buying a virtual bungalow.

We had our first week away at the start of June and struggled at first to erect the tent. We were aware of the need to get air into the tent prior to erection but clearly didn't have sufficient to release the vacuum. Once that was sorted it was easy to put up between my wife and I despite us both having physical disabilities.

We were both very impressed, but the 10 rating we have given it wasn't given lightly. On the second evening of our holiday we returned to the tent in torrential rain and gale force winds of around 40 mph gusting to 60 mph. The tent remained solid with no damage or water ingress.We couldn't praise it highly enough.

We haven't yet fitted the awning and we did have a problem with one of the bedroom fasteners that came detatched when one of the girls tripped and pulled on the bedroom compartment, however, Go Outdoors have repaired it with no quibble or fuss.

We highly recommend this tent
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By: Toptrout  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Love this tent!

It is huge, airy, 3 bedroomed, great in all weather. It has stood up to torrential rain & high winds and not batted an eyelid.

It is always admired by others too :)

I love the built in porch where we set our cooker up under shelter. Big rooms that you can stand up in easily.

The first time we used it we shut all the ventilation vents and it poured down (so got warm in the tent) & condensation came down the window cover ties and wet the floor. I don't class this as a err on the tents part but more of ours being novice campers!

It is very heavy and takes a lot of room up in our car and takes 2 people to erect.

Having looked at loads of tents before buying this, this was by far my favourite. The living space is huge. I love the fact you can uncover big windows around the whole living or shut yourselves away at night.

We bought the footprint & carpet all in the go outdoors sale for a great price. Thumbs up
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By: Jo p  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

We upgraded from our Zenobia 6 to the Oasis 8. This was the best upgrade ever. We were typically happy with our previous tent but decided we needed more room for longer stay holidays and the Oasis 8 had everything we wanted. There is plenty of room for us to move around. We bought the package which included the footprint, carpet and canopy which was a godsend as we are able to put a windbreak up across the from and had even more storage and room to cook. It was simple to put up but it did take two people to put up and take down. It is heavy but we camped out in high winds and heavy rain and it stood to test.
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By: Ron62  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

We recently bought this tent as an upgrade from a Mojave 5 as we are looking to go to France camping next year.

We took it for a test run for a weekend break in July, boy was it put through the mill, we had thunder storms, torrential rain and winds, it stood upto it all.

We did struggle to erect it, as its a heavy tent. It comes in two bags both of which are heavy so beware.

It's a very large tent once up with more than enough space for all needs.

I would definitely recommend this tent to anyone looking for a little more than the usual.

Overall the Oasis 8 is great value for money.
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By: Helen636  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Bought in Go Outdoors promotion. Cheaper than 6 Berth! We are a family if 5. This tent has loads of room, and we particularly like wee canopy at front for shade/shelter. We managed to put it up after checking youtube and pegging out back of tent first and putting in poles one at a time from back to front of tent. Ignore instructions in tent bag! Tighten straps after putting pins in poles and it keeps it tight. All in all a great buy. Very pleased. (One thing, as tent is very heavy it would be a good idea to put handles at each end of tent bag and pole bag for easier carrying!)
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Manufacturer's Description

The Hi Gear Oasis 8 Elite (previously known as Premium) is a very large multi-roomed tent with spacious removeable bedrooms, a massive living and storage area, large panoramic windows and easy access in or out from the large front door and hooded side entrance.

It's easily pitched if you have a helper, and the strong steel poles keep it stable and rigid even in stormy conditions.

Large panoramic windows with roll up curtains and mesh venting, let plenty of light in and give you a great view out, and they can be closed at night or in poor weather.

The versatile multiple bedrooms can be removed to give you extra living or storage space, making the Oasis Elite 8 ideal as a base tent for an outdoor event as well as for your family holiday.

The large sheltered front area provides shelter from sun or rain, with ample space for your bikes or camping furniture. (You can extend this sheltered space by adding on the Oasis Elite 8 Canopy, available separately

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