Sarah Skelton explains why, for her family, the Gelert Stratus 4 is absolutely perfect
I have been camping since I was 2 years old, along with brownies, guides, DofE and as a parent myself. My hubby of 20 years Duncan, known as Dunk to family and friends is ex TA and a wild camp enthusiast. Together we share our wild camping adventures to help you find your love for the great outdoors and reconnect with nature, safely and respectfully.
The Gelert Stratus tunnel tent is the second tent we have purchased as a family. As a child growing up we always camp at either Cornwall or Tenby in Wales and had one of these large 6 berth frame tents and I remember standing having to hold up the poles along with my siblings while dad struggled to get the canvas attached and as big as it was it was heavy and difficult to put up. So when we became parents and we camped ourselves we knew we were definitely going for something a bit more modern and easier to put up with the new lightweight fibreglass pole tents.
Our first purchase was a cheap disaster off ebay, never again.
The decision to purchase the Gelert Stratus was researched more and seen ‘up in the flesh’ at a store before buying. It is so easy to put up and roomy. Takes the hubby and I around half an hour from bag to pitch.
I cannot remember the exact price we paid but I think it was £99.99, which I think was excellent value. It sleeps 2 adults and 2 teenage boys, all on camp beds, and 2 Jack Russells comfortably. The ‘living’ area is surprising large and fits all our equipment including table, chairs & cooker.
Head room is more than sufficient. Really good and recommended ‘starter tent’ or ‘weekend break tent’.
We love this tent and have had many lovely holidays away in it. Next year plan to spend a week in it at the UK annual Bushmoot Bushcraft Gathering so can do more detailed review and update as a follow up then.
You can read more about the bushmoot event on our blog at https://www.wilddunkcamping.co.uk/single-post/Bushmoot-Bushcraft-Event
Here’s the technical stuff:
Fabric:Outer: 190T Polyester with waterproof PU coating Inner: 190T breathable. Polyester Groundsheet: Polyethylene
- Outer: L442 x W290 x H190cm. Inner: L210 x W270 x H180cm
- Rising groundsheet attached to bedroom
- Side door access straight into bedroom
- Adjustable tension straps
- Front & 2 side entrances with porch poles
- Quick pitching, outer first
- Electric cable zip access point
- Double guying system for increased stability
- Pre-attached guylines aid pitching
- Bright guylines for extra visibility
- Poles: 3 x 11mm Fibreglass
- Extension: 2 x 16mm Steel porch poles
- Taped seams
Weight: 14.250 kg
About the author
Sarah Skilton is the owner of Adventure Accessories, an award-winning handmade business based in Carmarthenshire, South Wales.
Combining a passion for adventure with a love of crafts, and laucnhed in 2018, Adventure Accessories creates unique handcrafted, fun and functional, gifts for outdoor enthusiasts. You can follow Sarah on social media as @AdventureAcces