I decided to upgrade to this six-man tent after many years of using our old four-man tent and have just returned from a fortnight in France. Although this tent is very spacious compared to our old tent there were a number of problems.
Very spacious - great for a family of four.
A matching ground sheet, carpet and porch are available.
Having a door on each side of the tent keeps the tent cool in hot weather.
The sewn-in ground sheet will help to keep the tent warm on cold nights.
The two electric cable entry points will be useful if we decide to get an electric hook-up.
It comes with some useful detachable pockets.
IT LEAKS! We must have found at least eight leaks. All minor, but A NEW TENT SHOULD NOT LEAK!
The "brow pole" which gives some shelter above one of the doors pushes apart the two adjacent tent poles so much that it is almost impossible to open or close the zipper on the door due to the tension on it.
The tent instructions are so poor as to be almost no help at all.
The flaps of material which help to prevent water coming through the door zips often get caught in the door when being zipped or unzipped. It is also very easy for the flap to lay the wrong way and so give no rain protection to the zip at all.
The fibreglass poles are poor quality and already we can see the ends starting to split.
The tent has some cheap steel pegs included which we replaced with aluminium.
On returning home I sealed every seam with McNett SeamSure McNett Seam Sure Seam sealing
. It took four bottles and about four hours to apply, but hopefully the leaks will be a thing of the past.
I also purchased some spare tent poles so that I am ready when they break, as they surely will.
I spent a lot of time researching the best tent to buy before getting this one, but I feel very disappointed. I will not buy a Gelert tent again.