Note, Millets in Mary street gave me this tent to road test. To this review, you might say I threw it up first go and recorded the video straight after. A sort of this is how it may happen in real life, so it’s not perfectly presented in the video or images, as per a brochure lets say. As I use it I may add a few images….
However, one of the first questions I ask myself, from experience, when choosing any tent is always can I put it up on my own and how long will it take for me to do that.
I pitched the Starview Four the instructions of which are printed on waterproof material inside its carrier bag as a by the way, in about 20 minutes. In a world gone Irish weather, that’s kids inside and dry.
Of note: there’s no outer sheet to go over the supports, instead the supports run outside and the bedroom goes inside, after the tent is in place. Small other touches like the repair kit, a variation of doors and how they open and the curtains at the front roll down into pockets make it well thought. Also I love the pre bent poles. In short, it strikes me as the type of tent a camping enthusiast invented, for a camping enthusiast.
Some weeks ago I asked Aaron, store manager at Millets Mary Street about this and the Gelert Beyond Starview Four tent.
The big thing for me to get used to will be that the bedrooms are side by side, which is much better for a family with a 1 year old daughter. The other is that we can actually stand up inside it and sit inside without the wind rushing through and water dripping into the tents reception. Also I’ve never owned a table as there was never room before. The carpet, simply adds to the quality.
All in all, the Starview Four is a cosy, well made, extremely well thought out piece of quality kit. More than that it is without question the best tent I have slept in to date.
update: first family usage at Lough Ramor over 4 days
- Fabric: Outer: Polyester with waterproof PU coating
- Inner: Breathable Polyester
- Groundsheet: Durable Matt finish Polyethylene
- Dimensions: Outer: L 480 x W 280 x H 200cm
- Inner: L 260 x W 220 x H 180cm 1 x bedroom
- Poles: 3 x 12.7mm Fibreglass poles
- Extension: 2 x 16mm Steel porch poles
- Brow poles: 1 x 8.5mm Fibreglass pole
- HH: 5000mm
- Weight: 16.45Kg
- Pack Size: 73 x 30 x 30cm
- Colour: Vibrant Blue/Steel Grey/Anthracite
- Pitch: Outer first
- Taped Seams: Yes