Product Type: Gelert Tent
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Member Name: scoi
Advantages: Low price tag, weight, pack size
Disadvantages: Limited waterproof rating
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.
Summary: A true bargain item
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