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At first sight you appear to be straying into Dr. Who territory. It's difficult to see how anyone could possibly get inside a circular package about 2' 6" across and a couple of inches thick. If there were a real life version of the tardis, this would be it! It's outer appearance isnt a telephone box, rather it's a green canvas cover with some carrying handles and straps, and a zip going around half the circumference. Open it up and extract the contents and you will get a shock! Without so much as a warning beep, or any need to use a sonic screwdriver, a tent will explode before your very eyes. I would advise you to step back in case it hits you under the chin! Erecting a tent has never been so easy. It has a rather tunnel-like shape, and curves up slightly at the ends. There are points for staking it and you can tie it down with the supplied guyropes and pegs. It's constructed with fabric and wire, the latter is quite springy and under some tension when the tent is folded up, hence the instant deployment. You get into it through one end, which is a circular doorway rather like a hobbit hole, with two layers each with a zip going all the way round to the floor. There are the usual airholes, with covering flaps, and it is quite well ventilated. It gets warm in use, but not stuffy. Although it claims to be designed for two, unless you are particularly friendly I wouldn't recommend trying it with more than one. It's also not all that long, so a tall person might find it uncomfortable. Although I'm of greater than hobbit stature, I'm no troll, and it's fine for me. It's only as tall as the case is wide (ie about 70cm), so all you can do is lie down if you are an adult. It's as warm as any other tent, and importantly doesn't leak. The floor is quite thin, so an airbed or something similar is recommended, or it would be very uncomfortable - pretty much the essence of camping I suppose. The groundsheet works ok. I should say that we rarely camp if the weather is going to be bad, so I can't really say how it would react to heavy rain or high winds, however it is adequate for the relatively benign conditions we're encountered so far. This tent has mainly been used by the children, and it's ideal for them, having no parts that are easy to damage, and accidentally leaning on the side causes no problems. My kids tend not to go to sleep very readily if they are in the same place, so having this works really well as it is very portable. The converse of the ease and speed of erecting it is that putting it away again is considerably trickier. There are some instructional diagrams, but unless you have R2-D2 to interpret them, you will struggle. The first time we folded it back up (luckily only as a practice run inside) it took two adults half an hour of straining and a certain amount of bad language. I have to admit that once you've got the hang of it - and there is a particular technique which is hard to describe and I can see why the makers didn't do aa great job of drawing it - it only takes a couple of minutes, but the first couple of times you begin to despair. If you get this tent I highly recommend practising in the comfort of your own home before trying it in the wild. The children occasionally camp indoors as a treat and this is the tent they are allowed to use - one shake and it's up, it's small enough not to be a bother, and robust enough to take a certain amount of playing in it. All in all this is a good buy - quite different to other tents we've owned, but very practical in spite of initial difficulties in putting it away. I wouldn't want to sleep in it (as an adult) for more than a night or two, preferring something a bit larger, but for kids it's perfect. Even Dr Who, Bilbo Baggins and Luke Skywalker would agree with that!
Intro ------ Everyone knows the perils of getting to your camping destination with the rain absolutely hailing it down and having to erect your tent with no prior knowledge; the instructions get damp and you have a thoroughly miserable time. Well, those times are over, with this Gelert pop up effort, you really do not need to worry about time wasted popping up the tent, but still need to worry about taking it down, which is a bit of a pain. I bought this for camping at mates at summer partys' and festivals, and it has fulfilled its task perfectly, but i still haven't worked out how to take it down in a hurry! The product --------------- After taking it out of the bag and putting it up (something will take a maximum of 5 minutes) you will realise the beauty and simplicity of this tent. It is made from polyester and the outer skin is waterproofed. The groundsheet is made from polyethylene, as is standard with tents of this type. It is nice and big inside, measuring at 140 cm x 275 cm, but the height is very restricting for most at only 130cm. Normally i type about how nice it is to have luxury in a tent or camping trip, and that is lacking here, and is definitely only appropriate for one night and probably more suitable for youngsters. The price ----------- I think this can now be found on the internet for about £30, i originally bought mine for a bit more than that i think, but it has served me well and is good quality, thus it is probably worth that much but it is definitely worth having a look around on the net. Durability ----------- I have used this tent on one off nights on a few occasions, perhaps about 8 in total, and it is still in very good condition. When i have packed it away i always get it out again the next day and give it a quick wipe and a onceover, but its something which is easy and doesn't take too long. Summary ----------- A good tent for youngsters and one that is suitable for just a night or two, any more and you would be getting a bit bored of life i think!
The Gelert Quick Pitch is a small budget tent available around £25. The 2 man version can accomodate 2 but they need to be small or enjoy being close as the size inside isn't generous and has no room for much storage unless you can squeeze it in at your feet being carefull not to let anything contact the skin. Being a pop up tent it pitches in seconds. It really is simply a case of unwrapping popping up and putting in some pegs. As its a single skin design it doesn't even need the bedroom tent to be pitched. As its a single skin design it does really struggle with ventilation. The poly hydrocarbon material has such limited breathability, drops of condensation form readily on all but the warmest nights and when its cold it doesnt have the benefit of a second layer of fabric making the double glasing effect of thermal efficiency. Its not a streamlined profile so with any wind the shape distorts although being a pop up the 'poles' are designed to be very flexible so its unlikely to break. It'll cope with a shower of rain but anything to heavy or wind blown then it can leak from misting, at the seems or if anyone touches the walls. Due to the design it doesnt fold up to a size you'd want to carry for any distance, it folds up to a circle approximately 2 foot in diameter so it won't fit inside a backpack although you can fasten it to the outside if you need to walk it to the camping location and at just over 2kg it isn't the heaviest unit to carry around. Packing it away can be a bit of a struggle and has a certain knack to it but once you have figured it out it takes no time at all. I would think that Gelert never meant for this tent to be used for camping trips or in any serious weather. It is ideal to have somewhere for kids to play in the garden and to get a taste for sleeping outdoors and could be used at festivals for a cheap throwaway tent.
I hate camping. There I've said it, I feel like everyone around me looks at me like I've grown an extra head when I say that! But I need to be honest, see it's my hatred of camping that made me purchase the Gelert Quick Pitch SS Compact 2 Man Pop Up Tent in the first place. Some friends of mine were going camping and invited me along. I tried all the usual suggesting alternatives, offering to cook and have a night in at my house and so on, but they were adamant; and through fear of missing out, I agreed to go along! I popped along to Halfords for some reason or another and I saw that they sold tents. I asked one of the Sales Assistants in there to help me in choosing a tent, explained how much I hated camping, that I hated being cold, hated bugs being near me, was petrified a moth might get in my tent, that I hated being dirty or cramped and that I would be taking an airbed, duvet, sheets and pillows to ensure maximum comfort; and in return he recommended the Gelert Quick Pitch SS Compact 2 Man Pop Up Tent. He said it was 'all the rage' all the fashion conscious were getting them for festivals, I could even choose my colour / pattern and it would be simple to pitch. It was spacious enough for me and my bags, it would keep me warm and dry and though it had ventilation, no bugs could penetrate the mesh - especially not moths. The only downside was that it was really only a summer tent - which was perfect for me - no way would you find me camping in winter! I thought it all sounded very wonderful and he had me sold when he mentioned that my purchase was almost like a cool accessory. After choosing a lovely lilac coloured tent, I almost-not-begrudgingly parted with my £45 at the till and took my tent home. Now, for fear of looking like a fool at camping, I wanted to check it 'worked' i.e. that it would pop up with minimum fuss or effort. I cleared a space in my dining area and unzipped the large, flat circular carry bag the tent came in. Right before my eyes it popped up in to a cute little tent - perfect for me and my gear and I was momentarily over the moon. That was until I started trying to get it down. It was an absolute nightmare, despite the fact that I am ace at following instructions, it took every bit of patience I had (and a strong cup of char) not to cut it in to little pieces and sit in a corner with my dummy well and truly spat out! I practised opening and 'closing' my tent a few more times and I felt completely ready for the weekends camping. I packed up my troubles (duvet) in my old kit bag (Fiesta) and off I went. Upon arrival I pulled out my Gelert Quick Pitch SS Compact 2 Man Pop Up Tent and it's appearance, the carrying straps, quick pop up, integrated fly sheet, thin-ish but ample ground sheet and easy to push in the ground guy ropes attracted green-eyed ooohs and aaahs. I pumped up my airbed, made my bed (much to the amusement of my friends) and tried to create a tiny 'wash' area in a corner of the tent, toothbrush, paste, mug, bottled water, facewash, towel, wipes, etc. No way it's big enough for two, unless you literally only want space to sleep without any bags or 'gear'. We had a great night actually, the sun was shining and even when it went down it was warm, there were no bugs, no dirt, no stress; just bags of good food and good company. Around 2am, I crawled in to my tent; slightly worse for wear and crept in to my luxury bed. Two hours later I woke up for the toilet. It was absolutely no wonder I needed the toilet (aside from the copious amounts of cider I'd packed away), because the walls of my whole tent were dripping wet, water was literally dripping off the ceiling on to me, my hair was soaked, my stuff was all wet, my bedding was drenched. I was absolutely shattered, really shaking with cold and I felt dreadful. I'd brought an extra blanket in case it got cold, so I took that to my car, laid in the back seat and tried to get some sleep in the car park. The next morning I went back to the tent around 8am and though my bedding was still damp, it had dried up in the walls of the tent. I told my friends what had happened and they suggested that though I had the ventilation flaps open front and rear, there maybe wasn't enough, or the air from my airbed was seeping out (come on, we were desperate). So that night, I slept with my tent door actually open and reluctantly gave up my airbed. The same thing happened though, soaked to the skin and laying on a hard ground mat to boot. I came back from the weekend away even more disillusioned with the Great Outdoors and I trotted back to Halfords with my wet tent. The same guy who'd served me initially came over and asked me and my tent if we'd like any help. I explained with happened and he point blank refused to believe me - he said I can't have had the ventilation open - which I did. Given his resolute disbelief I decided to give Gelert a call direct. They basically said the same as the guy in Halfords. Never one to give up entirely when I've parted with cash, I threw my goods and chattels back in to the car the following weekend and went and camped again - yes it's amazing what I will consider doing for money - no jokes please! The camping trip only resulted in the same sopping mess and so I came home and flogged the tent on Ebay with a cautionary statement or two about the condensation. Overall, I think you will have gathered by now, I do not recommend the tent. It's cheap, lightweight, and easy to carry and put up, manageable to put down, a great concept and well made. However, no one wants to wake up soaked to the skin in condensation - no matter how many ciders they've packed away! Specifications and features can be found on www.gelert.com, www.halfords.co.uk and you can pick these up on Ebay, Amazon, etc. Thanks for reading!
We had the whole tribe to stay with us in the summer and although we have enough space to house our kids and their partners, we wanted to get out and about and introduce them to the area. Although they have visited several times, they hadn't strayed far. This time they were staying for a week so we decided to take them to the seaside for an evening barbecue and an overnight camp - just for a bit of fun and to show them that we weren't completely past it. Our old tent sleeps 4 so on the accommodation front we were short by 2 on the party of 6. Since we didn't envisage having to use an extra tent that often, we picked up this Gelert tent for about £40 as I recall. It has been used only three times in total - 2 times at the seaside and once in the back garden for the kids of some visiting friends to play in. I have to say that although it would be a bit of a struggle for us oldies to use on a regular basis, this tent is fine as a one-off for one or two nights, especially if you are travelling light. We are fair weather campers and don't camp as often as we used to. If I'm honest, I much prefer our own traditional green heavy canvas tent. Even though it takes an age to erect, there is ample space for us and I can stand up and move about. It also offers us great protection from the elements. I confess to having been slightly envious watching the kids erect the Gelert in a jiffy, but I had the last laugh as they had to summon me for assistance when it came to packing it away to go home. I was really impressed by how light this tent was and how easy it was to erect. The outer and inner is made from polyester, the outer skin being waterproofed. The groundsheet is polyethylene. It offers plenty of width and length (140 cm x 275 cm) for lying down but the height is very restricting for us at only 130cm. We ordinarily use camping beds in our big old tent and we couldn't have used these comfortably in this Gelert Quick Pitch or our noses (well, mine at least!), would have been right up against the roof. At the seaside we had a great time and although as much time was spent in the pub as was spent at the tent, we all managed to sleep well, although drink may have played a part in that! Overall, I would say this is excellent value but is better suited to you youngsters and I'm not sure how it would fare in adverse weather conditions. Our big old-fashioned one will see us through another few years and by that stage, we maybe won't be allowed out on our own anyway!
We were wandering around a car boot sale in the summer and saw one of these for sale for £15. Given that we were having nice(ish) weather at the time, we thought it might make a good den for the kids in the garden, and they could maybe even sleep in it one night. The tent was complete with a carry bag and the only reason the vendors were selling it was because they were buying a bigger one. Quick exchange of £15 and we were the proud new owners of a Gelert Quick Pitch SS tent. What exactly is a Gelert Quick Pitch SS tent? Well the version we got was basically a 2 man tent (or 14 kids with the door closed as my children managed to achieve in the summer as a 'New World Record'!!). Ours is mainly light grey with a sort of red oval shaped roof which wraps over the top. If you can imagine the tent as being elongated (2 people lying side by side), the zip door is at one end. Size wise it is 225 cm long by 105 cm wide by 110 cm tall at the highest point near the door. All the guidelines are already attached and it comes with 2 flexible fibreglass poles which are already fitted to the tent. Additionally, all the seams are overlapped and welded which should (does) provide a good waterproofness from the weather elements. The fabric itself appears to have a waterproof coating of Polyurethane on it, so that any water hitting it just sits in droplets on the fabric and doesn't soak through. Overall, the whole lot weighs just over 2 kg, so light enough to easily carry around. Now the real beauty of this tent is that you can literally put it up in seconds. It comes in its' own circular colour coded carry bag (about 78 cm in diameter), which has 2 handles on it that you can use to carry the bag as a sort of rucksack on your back. The idea is that you unzip the carry bag and pull the tent out. Now a word of warning here - the clue is in the title 'Quick Pitch', meaning that you can erect this tent in seconds. The way that is achieved is because everything is flat packed in the bag, but sort of spring loaded by the flexible fibreglass poles attached to the tent. What we didn't appreciate until later was that when the guy demonstrated the tent to us at the car boot sale, he held the tent in both hands as his wife removed the bag and then removed the strap holding it shut, and then let it go gradually to fully expand. When I did it at home, I just grabbed the tent in one hand and removed the bag with the other, not realising that the closing strap was not in position. The problem was that the moment you pull it out of the bag and release the strap, all that spring loading releases, and this tent will rapidly expand into shape. When I did it (failing to realise that the closesure strap was not on) it sort of went off in my face and 'exploded' around me into full shape. However, no harm done and lesson learnt to be more careful next time. The 2 fibreglass poles (one forming the roof, the other forming the base) keep the tent in the fully erected position. Once it has fully expanded, you just quickly peg it down using the supplied pegs going through the prepared holes around the bottom of the poles and on the attached guidelines, and that is it - one fully erected 2 man tent. In use, what's it like? Well on Amazon nowadays these tents sell in the region of £20 to £30, so they are towards the budget end of the tent spectrum and hence you would probably expect the quality to be in a similar vein. But in my opinion, it is much better than that. Obviously the speed at which you can erect this tent is a big bonus. The door is C shaped and opened and closed via a full zip. The tent itself is a one room tent complete as one unit, meaning that the groundsheet is in built to the overall tent - ideal for set-up and for protection from the elements. The main part of the tent is single skin which I suppose is adequate for purpose, but could give a problem in that it will create some condensation on the inside when it is raining outside. Also, from previous tenting experience, with such a compact single room tent, anything that touches the inside of a single skin tent for any duration is going to create a damp spot on the inside of the fabric and so soak through to anything in the tent. On the outside, the tent looks good and the reflective guidelines are a nice touch, especially at night where they can easily be picked out in the night to save you tripping over them. Putting the tent away is a little bit like having a lesson in origami with a series of twists and turns getting the tent and poles to flat pack. You then fit that all important strap (don't make the same mistake twice!!) and then put it back into its' bag. In summary, for a budget tent for occasional use, this is a great tent, but with that single skin and condensation problem, using this for any duration in inclement weather is going to be a real problem. Also, given the size of the carry bag, it's not really a practical tent for hiking around if you are also carrying a rucksack - being more of a 'take it out of the car and erect it here' sort of tent. However, my kids really enjoyed it as a den in the garden in the summer and it will be going back up again once the weather warms up. Putting a recommendation on it really depends on how you want to use. Occasional use - 4 stars no doubt. Long term use - maybe 2 stars. So balancing out, I give it a 3 star recommendation. Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
I have been cursed by the rain gods! No matter how dry the weekend turns out to be, or how good the forecast, as soon as any of my tents see the light of day you can guarantee the heavens will open, at least until I've pitched my tent. Now, I may be becoming slightly paranoid, but this has happened almost without fail for the past couple of years. In an attempt to avoid the persistent damp, soggy, feeling that stays with me for several hours after erecting a tent in the rain, I bought a Gelert Quick Pitch XL tent last year. My reasoning was that they are so fast to put up my belongings, the inside of my tent, and myself wouldn't get so wet even if was lashing down. Gelert is a Welsh company, based in Snowdonia, North Wales. The name comes from a Welsh folk-tale, which I won't tell here as it has no bearing on the product I'm reviewing, but it's a really sad story so if you want to find out more you can read it here http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/history/sites/themes/society/myths_gelert.shtml Gelert produces a wide range of outdoor and camping equipment, which is usually inexpensive, and often surprisingly good quality. Having had many positive experiences with Gelert products I had bought previously I had high hopes for this tent. I bought my Gelert Quick Pitch SS XL tent from my local outdoor shop for £49.00, however, they can be found cheaper online if you are prepared to spend time searching. They are available in two colours; blue/grey or red/grey. Mine is red/grey, and to me the red is more like a deep pinky-coral colour, so may not appeal to macho-types! The tent is made of polyester, with a waterproof polyurethane (PU) coating. PU is not the most effective waterproofing and degrades relative quickly, with the PU coating usually starting to peel off within a few years, however it is commonly used in low-mid priced tents, as it is cheaper than the more effective silicone alternative. The XL version that I have is designed to sleep 3, although in reality I think it would be difficult and uncomfortable for 3 adults in this tent. I have used it for 2 adults, and I wouldn't want to try to squeeze anyone else in. The tent comes in it's own tent bag, the same colour as the tent. It is a large flat disc, the diameter of the XL packed tent is 80cms, and it has 2 carrying straps on one side of the bag, which can be used to put your arms through to carry the tent on your back like a rucksack. One word of warning, if you carry it in this way, be prepared to feel like a giant squashed turtle, you will also be unable to fit through narrow gaps. The tent is really light, less than 2.5 kgs, so even children can carry it easily. It has flexible fibreglass poles which are already in the correct position in the tent when packed, and simply spring into the correct shape to erect the tent when it is released from its' bag. This is really convenient and certainly makes pitching quicker and easier than with conventional tents. The tent seams are taped, to provide additional waterproofing and reinforcement. The reflective guylines are already attached, although I find them shorter than I would ideally like. The tent itself is pegged to the ground through exposed areas of the poles at the bottom of the tent, again this is not ideal in my view, because if you have a large boulder under the ground you have no option to peg around it, you have to either move the tent or leave that side unpegged. The groundsheet is built-in, and is made of polyester, not terribly thick, but mine did not tear after a couple of uses. There is only one door to this tent, it is a D-shaped door at the front, with a zip closure. It is a double layer door and there is the option to open the inner layer of the door halfway, leaving a mesh layer at the top of the outer door closed, to provide ventilation and prevent invasion from flying bitters. There is no other option for ventilation in this tent, apart from the door, it is a sealed unit. This is a single-skin tent, consisting only of the fly-sheet, with no separate inner tent. I knew this when I bought it, and I am fully aware of the problems with single-skin tents, so it seems unfair to criticise the tent for this now, but I feel I should explain the implications of this. A single-skin means that when condensation builds up on the inside of the tent overnight, as it does to some extent with all tents, it will drip directly from the tent roof and walls onto you and your belongings, because they are not protected by the second layer of an inner tent. Also anything that touches the walls of the tent will encourage water to permeate the walls. The tent is 110cms at its' highest point, and to access the tent you have no option but to crawl through the door on your hands and knees, so this is not a tent for anyone with limited mobility. The door opens directly onto the single space in the tent, there is no porch at all and this is a huge disadvantage for me. There is nowhere to store wet gear, or muddy boots, separately from the gear you want to keep dry and your bedding. After waking up to find my face within inches of boots that were covered in Glastonbury festival mud, I started storing everything in plastic bags within my tent, but for me that's not ideal as wet waterproofs and wet muddy boots stored in plastic bags have no opportunity to dry out. The main advantage to this tent is the ease and speed with which it can be erected and packed up. It really is a case of opening the tent bag, slipping off the strap that holds the hooped poles together, throwing it in the air, and viola! You have a tent ready to be pegged out. Packing up is almost as quick once you get the hang of the 'twist and compress' technique required. There are video tutorials available on the Gelert website on how to take down these tents http://www.gelert.com/pagedisplay.aspx?id=MediaGallery , and I strongly recommend that anyone taking one of these tents out for the first time practices taking it down first. I have personally given up on this tent altogether now, and have given it to my friends' daughter. For me, the disadvantages outweigh the speed and convenience it offers. I think it's a great tent to introduce young children to the joys of camping in a fun way, children seem to love throwing it in the air and watching it magically become a tent. It's probably ideal for children to camp in the back garden, or for use as a 'pup' tent, if you have a large family tent and want to give your children a little independence by sleeping in their own tent nearby. It doesn't meet my needs as an adult camper who needs a tent for more than one night and usually has quite a lot of gear to store. In fairness to Gelert, my issues would apply to any pop-up tent as it is the design itself that I find unsuitable, not failures that are particular to this make or model.
There are advantages and disadvantages to most products, unfortunately this tent from Gelert provides with mostly disadvantages... I bought it with the thought of using it for hiking trips and forest evenings, but I have come to view this product as almost a toy, as it doesn not quality for what I would call a proper and good quality tent! That said, I brought it with me to the Roskilde Festival two years ago, and it functioned reasonably good, but as far as tents go, this is not a purchase I would recommend... First of all, this tent is a joke when it comes to protect its user from water and bad weather, rain and water will seap in from both the very poor quality floor and roofing, and in conditions of wind, this tent will probably cause you to freeze to your bone... It`s made up with a sort of polyester material, which I have found to be very lacking of "sturdyness" and overall quality, it feels very thin and fragile... And let`s face it, a tent that doesn`t manage to keep water out, that`s not much of a tent! The only positive thing to mention about this tent, is that it takes very little time to set up, you will have it figured out within minutes... However, what does that help when the tent itself is of such poor standard... I think I would say that this tent from Gelert is ok for children playing in it and for sleep overs in a backyard during times of sunny weather... Apart from that, this tent really doesn`t have much going for it... A bad buy!
I buy a lot of things from Gelert. I live within 10 miles of the factory, so their goods are distributed to many shops locally, and I've always been pleased with their products, though perhaps their Quickpitch SS has to be my best buy from there shop in Porthmadog! I have the XL size, which is supposidly a 3 man tent though I think you could only fit 2 to leave a fair amount of space for clothes et cetera, as it doesn't exactly have a porch. For example say if you were to go somewhere without a car, there wouldn't be much space for everyone's stuff if there were 3 of you and you all had clothes, food and so on. At £40, I didn't think it was a bad price. I bought it in February, so it may be even cheaper now. I've only used the tent about 3 times since I bought it, but each time it's wowed the people I've camped with who don't have one! Incredibly easy to set up, the only worry is if the tent hits you in the face when you pull the strap off, thankfully this hasn't happened to me yet. Though the first time I put it away, I wasn't able to do it fully. After watching a tutorial video on the Gelert website, it stunned me how the guy could put it up and fold it back down and put it away in less than 1 minute 40 seconds! Once you know how to put it away, you can do it endlessly over and over again because it's so easy, and somewhat fun too, just to watch it pop up again! I recommend you practise folding it away before you actualy go camping, it may save you a lot of confusion as to how to put it away! My only negative point about the tent is when it rains. Because the tent only has one layer, when it rains, condensation gathers on the roof as it does, and if theres a slight breeze it tends to drip on you quite a bit. You can get popup tents with porches, but they have extra pieces of tent and are a little bit more expensive. My advice is if you want to make a makeshift porch for when it's muddy outside, lay a plastic bag in a semi circular shape around the entrance, it works wonders and saves a lot of muddy insides! Perhaps not a disadvantage but I'll mention it anyway, if anyone were to steal a tent from a campsite while it was quiet and you were gone, this one would be it, because if they knew how to fold it away its a case of folding it and putting the strap round it and walking off! If you are a frequent camper, or go camping every now and again with friends, I highly recommend this tent for you. I wouldn't use it to camp for more than a few days at a time, especially if I didn't have a car to store my things in, but it's useful for festivals, one night camping and camping with a group of friends somewhere you're not allowed to! I wouldn't recommend you use this to go for a long walk while carrying it to camp beacuse it is a pain to carry around, given it's about 75cm in diameter when folded up, and if it's windy it blows round quite a bit. I'd say you could get a pop up tent from any outdoor store accross the UK, and I know that Gelert products are distributed around the UK, so if you do see a Gelert Quickpitch SS, buy it ahead of any other pop up tent you see! I'm being biased because I'm supporting a local business and all that malarkey, but it is a quality product.
The tent can be bought from around £30 and is available in a selection of colours. I like the tent because it is very light and easy to carry and it is very quick to pitch which is the main point of it. You open up the zipped bag and the tent opens up. You then just need to peg it down with the pegs provided. The tent has fluorescent guy ropes attached to it. The bag it is carried in is a bit big which can be annoying especially when trying to find somewhere for it on the train or bus. The problem I had was that it took a lot of attempts for me to get used to how to fold the tent up again but I then got the hang of it after watching a few videos online. I find now that I can put fold it away easily on my own. The tent is only a single layer and I have only used it in good weather and light rain before so I don't know how good/waterproof it is when it is raining heavily. After raining lightly there were a few drops of water if I pressed against the side of the tent. I have been told by friends that water leaks through if it has been raining heavily. I think it is a really good tent for festivals and a short camping holiday.
Although reasonably priced, this Gelert Quick Pitch SS has serious drawbacks. If you just want to use it for the kids in the back garden on a fine day then it's suitable enough. But any serious camper or hiker need to stay away completely from this. It can be popped out and pegged into the ground in a minute or so. No qualms with that. The floor of the tent is of a poor quality polyester material and any rain will gradually seep through and make for a spoiled evenings camping. The single skin tent covering is also of poor polyester materials and during any overnight rain the water will pool over the tent and then seep slowly to the inside of the tent. So basically I would suggest that this tent only be used close to home and when the weather forecast is for fine weather or you will be in for one hell of a surprise. Packing the tent can be awkward at first but with some practise it eventually becomes far more easy and speedy. Due to its pop up nature, when packed, the tent can seem a bit bulky. Okish for the kids to mess around with in the garden or as a shade when fishing but anything more serious than that and this tent is certainly not for you!
The Quick Pitch is a great idea - a basic tent that you can literally throw up and not have to worry about what goes where as it's already assembled. Spacious enough for 2 adults and in a variety of eyecatching designs the Quick Pitch seems to have it all. But... Beware, this tent has limited uses. If your driving to a festival and parking a couple of hundred yards or so from your pitch then great, this tent could be for you. If the weather turns though you're in for a shock. Stability isnt great even with every guying point out and if it lashes down, prepare to get wet. SS = single skin = condensation right next to you meaning after a good nights sleep don't roll over and touch the sides or you will get wet. Pack size is also large due to the pop-up design and if you have to get the train or use public transport carrying this tent you will get bored of it. On the other had you can pick these up for under £30, they are amazingly easy to put up and for occasional fair-weather use you probably won't beat them. Gelert have also released a DS (double skin) version with an inner tent already included. This still pitches as one but helps to prevent the condensation problems you can have when using a single skin tent. It costs a little more but this would be my choice.
Gelert's Quickpitch SS What a fantastic tent!! This tent is a godsend. I believe you can buy these tents from amazon for around 20-30 pounds. The tent itself is quite small and low and is suitable for around 2people perhaps 3 at a squeeze). The tent comes in all different prints i.e. lepoard print, spotted, pink etc. The tent itself is so easy to carry it folds down to almost flat and is in a round circular shape. I would say the circumference is about 75cm by 75cm's. It slides into a case when folded down which has two handles on. The tent is really light and so easy to put up. Once up the tent measures 225cm's by 105cm's. To put the tent up all you have to do is throw it in the air, and there you go the tent is up and ready. We spend two nights in this tent and found it to be fine, its small but definatley a great thing to take to a festivle or somewhere like that. The tent was waterproof, we had two days of rain and we only got a little bit of condesation on us. Overall a fantastic tent, a definate purchase for young people going to festivals however not the best tent for a family. Enjoy xx
Pitches in seconds and is made from lightweight polyester.