The Gelert range of products are typically low priced and of average quality and performance. This tent has met the first criteria and easily surpassed my expectations on the second.
Its a one man tent and just enough for one at that, which keeps the weight and pack size to a minimum. Great for hiking, mountain bike touring and motorcyclists. It's not DofE recommended but at a third of the price of their recommended 1 man tent it fits the bill perfectly.
There is a small porch area which can be used to store boots and a small pack or in bad weather can be used to cook (not recommended by any tent manufacturer due to flammability of material even if fire retardant) if you're careful not to set the fabric alight. The main area is a generous 250cm in length so all but the tallest can use some of that for extra storage as long as care is taken not to allow any contents to act as a water wick.
It's a very low profile tent which helps keep its stability in the wind but it does mean some interesting times changing and packing your kit especially if you are a larger person. In fine weather it's not a problem as you will tend to live outside. As it is so small in volume it does keep a warm environment for sleeping in but with enogh ventilation to prevent condensation in all but the coldest of trips.
Weighing in at 1.5kg this compares to many one man tents that cost over £100. The difference in price is down to the weather resistance. This tent won't fall apart in wind or rain but with a HH value of 1500mm its certainly not the most waterproof out there and i wouldnt want to be caught in serious weather and have to rely on the Gelert Solo.
Pitching is simple as you'd expect from a one man tent. It is however inner pitching first so if you are pitching in the rain it makes the bedroom tent wet which could lead to an uncomfortable nights sleeping. It's important to ensure that the outer skin won't touch the inner so a bit of peg tweaking is usually needed but at least the outer is keeping the inner dry at this stage. The pegs aren't the best so it may be an idea to replace them with a lightweight and stronger set.
Costing around £30 there isn't much to compete at this price and if you're looking for a cheap lightweight item to complement a roomier tent in your arsenal then there isn't much you will get to compete with this.
I am new to hiking and camping and was a little unsure as to whether I would enjoy it. After doing my research into which tents offer different solutions I realised that I needed a single person tent which was small and compact.
I started to look at bivvys as they are similar to swags which I loved in Australia, however they were very expensive, typically around £150-200 which was just too much to be spending on a start up hobby so I started to look for a cheaper alternative. This is when came across the Gelert Solo tent.
It is widely available and I paid only £22 for it, although I have seen it for around £30 I thought this was a bargain. My thinking was that if I didnt enjoy the camping then I wouldnt have lost much on the tent itself and I could always use it for gigs and the like as it would be perfect for this.
The tent is a double skin one man tent and is large enough for you to lye in confortably and even sit up as long as you are not too tall( im 5 10) and it also has a side panel which comes out slightly, enabling you to cook just outside your tent if you wish. Without even looking at the instructions it took me around 3 minutes to set up, and a minute to take down and pack away which I thought was fantastic and so simple anybody could do it.
The pack itself is very small and light, it wieghs less than a kilo and is no longer than your forearm and only slightly wider-perfect for fitting into a small rucksack...I hadnt ever seen a tent pack away so small.
I have used it twice now, both times it was dry so cannot comment on its waterproof ability, however in the dry it was great. Although it was cold out side I stayed warm and due to the double skin there was no condensation build up. The sides are almost completely made out of mesh of the inner layer so the tent is very well ventilated and I had plenty of space to move around.
Once erected the tent doesnt take up much space at all, and doesnt stand out too much as it is an olive/green colour so plenty in relatively well with the surroundings.
Overall I was very impressed with this tent. For the money it is great value and suits my needs perfectly. I am yet to find a similar tent to this for anywhere near the money and cant see why other tents are over twice this price yet seem to offer no extras. This would be great for taking to a gig as it is small and leightweight and cheap enough to even leave behind as most people tend to do. Or you could use it like me for hiking and camping.