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Judy Barradell-Smith4 stars
Great tent. Roomy with all the features you need. Especially like the fly screens and tough sewn in ground sheet. Bedroom compartments in this tent are great for 4 - I think they might be a bit squashed for 6 if you used blow up mattresses but OK if you use smaller ones. One downside is one of the carbon fibre poles split on the very first use. We used it in Canada and America where it got many admiring glances.
wilko van den bergh4 stars
I recently bought this tent, after searching for a tent that fit my long list of demands.
Having camped several times a year for well over three decades, and having been an active boy scout and scout leader, I’ve used and owned many tents over the years.
For my current main use, white water kayaking, I need a tent for at least 4 people, in which they can store their kayaking gear, sit out of the wind and rain when the weather is perfect for kayaking (i.E. Often raining).
-The tent should be easy to pitch (it took the two of us slightly less than 25 minutes to put up the whole tent and porch, when we used it the first time), and even easier to take down (around 15 minutes). However, it’s so easy that I can also do that on my own within maybe 5 more minutes.
-I should be able to stand up in the tent (I’m 201,5cm /6’8’ tall) without bending over. Especially handy when trying to pass someone already sitting on a chair with there being a table in the inner tent. Now I won’t get a wet head from the condensation nor a hurting back from bending over the whole time.
-I want to be able to keep my inner tent dry, even if there is torrential rain and the tent is standing in a puddle: This tent comes with a sewn in ground sheet.
-I like to know before I set up my tent if it will fit the spot I hope to use. The footprint sheet works really well for that, besides protecting the ground sheet!
-Due to the bad weather we often camp in, pitching the outside tent before hanging in the inside sleeping cabins, or being able to take everything out of the outside tent before taking it down is a big deal for me. This tent has that.
-I like a tent that in warmer climates allows one to lie down after the sun has already come up (not being stewed by the heat). This tent has effective ventilation, making that possible.
-I like a tent that shows that the designers thought about it. The little tricks that make life much easier such as colour-matched poles and sleeves on the tent, a short sleeve and plastic hooks instead of a long sleeve in which stick always seem to get stuck, logical placement of guy lines, reflective guy lines with glow in the dark connectors, a simple straightforward connection between porch and tent and having special openings for electricity.
-I positively hate shoes in the tent. That makes the optional porch a great addition to this tent. The ability to allow rained on people to leave their wet clothes and muddy shoes outside the inner tent is almost as practical as the ability in good weather to allow two more people to comfortably sleep in there.
Having done my homework before buying this tent, I hope to have bought a quality tent that will last me for a couple of years. But only time will tell. :-)
-I’m surprised by the entrance at the end of the tent not having a zipper that goes all the way around the opening. After all, the other entrances both have a zipper that closes all around the opening.
-From what I read here, the glass fibre poles seem to be prone to splitting/breaking. Since there are three different sizes of poles (why not make them all the same length but with different length coloured sections), it’s difficult to keep the right size spares. I ended up buying three sections of the longest (black) poles, intending to cut them to size if I need to replace a smaller size pole.
-The tent comes with standard stakes. In my experience, these don’t last for very long. I replaced them with the rock stakes that I still have from my last tent. These are much stronger (don’t bend), not as likely to rust and also much easier to hit with a hammer.
-Personally, although I like the idea behind the reflective strips in the guy lines, I prefer the bright yellow guy lines. The reflective ones work well if someone carries a torch, but with their black material being virtually invisible in the night to people without a lamp, I have chosen to replace them with the older bright yellow Gelert guy lines. Saves a few falls and cursing in the middle of the night! :-)
-For me the lower ends of the doors (of both sleeping inner tents and the outer tent) could have been considerably lower without interfering with the effect of the sewn-in ground sheet. Now it’s not possible to sit outside with your shoes and kneel inside at the same time without putting too much stress on the zippers.
(Please pardon my limited and flawed English, I’m Dutch)
We have had our Horizon 6 for a couple of years now and while it is a great size for us ( two adults one child) it has a huge living space which makes it great on wet days. sadly we have had issues with the poles splitting and snapping, on our second set already ( tent does not have heavy usage only a few times a year). This is the only downside to this tent.
Sasha Reynolds3 stars
Great tent - lots of space and as a single mum (with three kids under 10) it is important that the tent goes up easily which this one does. However, I do have concerns regarding the strength of the poles. I have had the tent just over a year and in the year we have used it for a maximum of 10 nights over three trips. We went camping this weekend and as we were putting the tent up the poles started to spilt - in total three sections in three poles with other sections looking like they are also about to split. Thankfully the weather that night was fantastic and we could tape over the splits however when the winds came up the second night we decided that the tent was under too much stress and we have had to cut our trip short. It is a worry that when the poles can split so easily under so little stress what would happen if they were really tested as can happen in Scotland where we live and camp. Reading other reviews it appears I am not the only one to have experienced issues with the splitting poles and perhaps this needs to be addressed.
Janet Ditte4 stars
We are into our 2nd camping season with our Horizon 6 and it has been a great tent for the 3 of us in our family. It is very spacious and very easy to put up. We manage to be pitched, including bedrooms, in 30 mins. Which compared to friends with other makes struggling still after 1.5 hrs, is great.
Camping in the uk means it has been well tested in the rain, and so far we have stayed dry. The only downside is the the curved doorway allows rain to drip in when you open the door in the rain. But i think later models have a mini canopy over one door to help stop that. We now have a side canopy which has totally sortde this, well worth purchasing. Not sure it will withstand highwinds ,but great otherwise. Unlike some other reviewers, we haven’t yet had problems with the poles breaking.
Like others, reflective guy ropes work fine if you have a torch, but think bright yellow ones would be better.
All in all, great tent for family trips/weekends away.
Jeff Hill4 stars
Have had the tent for18months and used it on 7 occasions during that period.Well impressed with the tents spaciousness and layout ,however like other people we have had problems with poles splitting along their length.Have performed quick fixes by wrapping insulating tape around same,however not a very satisfactory arrangement!
I am sorry to hear you have experienced a problem with the poles, unfortunately the poles are not covered under warranty as they are designed to give way under pressure to avoid ripping the tent itself.
You can however purchase replacement poles from www.tentspares.co.uk or www.best4tents.com
Alternatively as most tent poles are of a generic size and shape it is possible to obtain replacements from most outdoor outlets.
If you take your damaged pole with you they will check the diameter and be able to cut them down to size.
If you wish to use a Gelert stockist you can search for these here at www.gelert.com
Paul Williams3 stars
This is a great family tent, we have only used it the once, but on seeing it up I immediately knew that it would be perfect for our family, plenty of room in the main area, as well as 2 spacious bedroom areas, both of which are removable if one is not needed, which then gives even more space. We only used the one as our little man was not much over a year so he slept in our bedroom, this gave loads of room for him to play on the wetter days.
There are 2 side entrances to choose from, and again one at one end which can be used if a bedroom is omitted, which is good for confined camping such as festivals etc.
There are one or two floors though, it did seem to leak in places, not too much, and there was one or two heavy showers, the leaks seemed to be at the seams where a little pressure was applied, for instance, the tidy pouches that are supplied hang under the windows, we noticed water gathering under these, so I assumed it was due to any weight that may have been in the pouches stressing the seams, nothing disastrous though.
Also we had a pole break first outing, which I have just contacted for a replacement, but now having read other reviews maybe I should have asked for extra replacements!!
all in all a great tent, but maybe Gelert should review the pole issue, replacing future sales with better poles, and I would recall or replace existing poles, could do some serious harm to someone or their child if they were to snap in hand like ours did.