Hi Gear Atakama 5
1 bedroom with divide sheet
Ease of Erection
This dome style tent is very easy to erect. There are 2 poles that cross and 1 porch pole. The poles slide into the outer sheet and that section is put up first and then the inside pod is clipped in afterwards, keeping the inside of the tent dry. It can easily be put up with two people and we did it in around 20 minutes, first time with no instructions.
Size & Space
The tent is a good size for two people (and a dog) for a weekend or a week away. It would fit four people with enough room in the porch for storage, however the sleeping space might become quite limited. I doubt that it would fit 2 double air beds.
The porch is large and spacious, easily fitting two camping chairs, a dog, shoes and food boxes. There is room to move around and sit while keeping sheltered and dry. The tent comes with 2 poles for putting the porch door up for added room, openness and shelter.
The tent is of standard material and the quality is okay. Average. However during its first use we found that the elastic which runs through one of the poles had snapped. The poles were being slid carefully out of the tent with two people and had not been tugged or pulled at all. The elastic was frayed and had broken easily. Very disappointing quality! I had used my last tent for 6 years without ever needing to replace a pole.
During our use there was medium to little wind. The tent is quite floppy, for lack of a better word, and does not feel very stable for its height and size. However it held fine for our use and there are plenty of guy ropes which are strong.
This is where the tent completely fails and its 1 star rating becomes clear. This tent is useless in the rain. It has a severe design fault. The front door of the porch does not sit tight, therefore a pool of rain gathers on top of the porch door, at the entrance of the tent, which eventually weighs the door down, pushing it back behind the edge of the ground sheet and water runs into the porch.
This is awful! We went out for a walk, during which it rained for a few hours, heavy at times, and came back to find that the tent porch was sagging with a big pool of water on it and some water had gone inside the porch. That evening we tried to tighten the porch out and packed it out from the inside with towels as it started raining steadily. We watched in horror as water ran around our barrier and into the porch. In the end we had to leave the porch untouched to pool and that was the best way of keeping the water out. However the outer sheet of the tent was pushed back, leaving the ground sheet exposed. Not good!
There was also pools of water forming on the roof of the porch which had to be pushed up and drained off.
The main body of the tent which covers the inner pod was absolutely fine and completely waterproof.
We assessed how we had pitched the tent several times and looked at other people’s tents, who were all pitched in the same direction and location as us, and none were having this problem. My partner and I have been camping for 6 years and have never experienced this problem with a tent before. And we have camped in some dreadful weather with much heavier rain than we experienced over this weekend trip.
After our weekend we cleaned and packed the tent up and returned it to Go Outdoors, arguing how upset and disappointed we were with this tent. They sent the tent away for a fault assessment test and two weeks later we were given a full refund.
Ease of Dismantling
Generally good. Easily taken down and folded up by one or two people. The ground sheet is difficult to clean as it is attached to the inside pod so you have to be careful when rinsing it off.
Reasonable for the size of tent if it was not for the leaking issue.
This tent should be avoided completely unless you are likely to never encounter any rain. Otherwise it is completely useless. We were bitterly disappointed that this issue occurs as the tent was otherwise perfect in size and use. It is not too heavy for carrying and is an ideal tent for 2 people and a dog who want some space to sit inside when it’s raining.
On return to the store we looked at the display tent and could see that the porch on that one was also sat loosely. Therefore the problem was not only with our tent or how we pitched.
The fact is for Go Outdoors to refund our money shows that they have admitted themselves that the fault is there. It has completely put me off any Hi Gear tents and I shall be very reluctant to purchase from them again.