A side extension for your Hi Gear Kalahari Elite tent, giving you extra shelter from rain or sun.
Quick and simple to set up, this porch extends the sheltered space you get from your Hi Gear Kalahari Elite 8 or Hi Gear Kalahari Elite10 tent, giving you more room to relax, dine or store your gear.
Check out our video showing how to fit the porch to your tent (note: the video shows a different tent/porch, but the same method applies):
|NOTE: There are two versions of this porch available, 'EMERALD' and 'EMERALD-GREY', both designed to fit the corresponding colour of tent. So, if you have an EMERALD Kalahari tent, you need the EMERALD porch, and if you have the EMERALD GREEN Kalahari tent, you need the EMERALD GREEN porch.
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Lets down a great product., 29 September 2016
By Victor Meldrew (Durham)
I bought this as part of the Kalahari Elite 8 bundle. Love the tent - it's amazing. However this porch is extremely poorly designed.
It's a great size and the extra space it gives is really fantastic. There is room for my entire kitchen outside in the porch plus 2 fold up chairs to sit in. If the porch was better designed then it would be almost a no-brainer.
As many others have mentioned, the sides dont touch the ground all the way around. In order to get the best fit you need to make sure that the material is perfectly centred on both sets of poles before inserting the pins. It's actually really difficult to do this, but the best way is to ensure that at least the material covers the joins in the pole at the top.
This porch cannot be erected by one person. It needs 2 at least, preferably 3.
Once you have the poles in and pins in you offer up the porch to the tent, then throw over the rear apron and guys. Sounds easier than it is as there is no weight at all and the tent is big so it is really hard to get it thrown over. But - if you have a spare guy rope you can put it through the loop in the porch guy and 'walk' it around the tent over the roof instead which makes it easier.
My suggestion is to guy the back first as close to the tent as you can get it, then adjust the fit of the porch to the tent, then guy out the front of the tent.
As others have mentioned there are no fixing points in the centre of the porch and this means that the material flaps around and lets wind in. It really does need those additoinal fixing points. Next season I may even put in a couple of eyelets and bands myself.
When you erect the porch, be sure to get the 2 sides of the rear apron over the outsides of the 2 roof poles. Failure to do this will mean water will pool on top.
The curtains keep falling off, especially in the wind.
Rain comes down the sides and into the porch, no matter what you try to do to stop it.
The font and rear straps are flat straps on tension lines. However the buckles dont grip the strap properly and keep slipping so you'll probably have to keep tightening them every hour or so - or end up like us pulling them to their longest and pegging them down. Means you take up more room but it works.
The standard guy ropes all work ok.
I mentioned earlier about ensuring you peg the rear straps as close to the tent as you can get. The reason for this is that the rear apron isnt quite long enough to come down far below the roof line. This means a letterbox shaped opening is left. The further away you peg the straps, the bigger the opening is. Wind goes straight through this opening, across the top of the tent and into the porch. This means that the porch is almost impossible to keep stable and is very, very draughty.
There is nowhere in the porch to mount a lantern/light which is a little silly really. To be honest a pole going between the 2 upright poles would add huge stability, help to tension the porch and provide somewhere to clip a light to.
There is no built in groundsheet which is understandable but the terrible design of the sides of this porch means it will get wet and soggy in there. Why on earth didnt they fit a rain skirt at the least which could be pegged down?
This is an amazing bit of extra space but the porch is so poorly designed it really lets down and does no justice to the excellent Kalahari tents
Kalahari porch, 09 August 2016
By Snappycamper (Harlech)
Rubbish in high winds. As everyone has started by writing the positives....I'll start with what you really need to know. Noisy in slightest wind. Straps don't correspond to the tent design,so i.straps are also too short so you can't really secure them properly,and you DO need strong pegs to secure. I think the length of the fabric that goes over the top of the tent needs to be about 3foot longer to reduce it from flapping in the wind.... other than that, it's a great extra space for storage and cooking......but only in calm dry weather?? It does pull down on the tent roof which is a concern in adverse weather.
Great space, 11 August 2015
By Debbie (Methil, Fife)
Great space for kitchen area, put picnic blanket down as no ground sheet, we had high winds so felt that an extra strap on back would have stopped flapping
Kalahari porch, 02 August 2015
By Enzo (Newbury Berkshire)
Wasn't certain I'd made the right decision when I bought this., as it turned out the porch was a real asset. Great way to get out of the wind and rain . Found it a hassle to put up at first but should be easier in the future. Noticed a lot more wind noise than when we just had the tent only. Would need better pegging for high winds and didn't suffer from any pooling of water. Didn't like the fact that we paid £116 less than a week ago, now it's a good price at £85.00. I guess that's life!
By Peachy (Lancaster)
We recently bought this to add to our kalahari 10. It's excellent!! Some reviews say it pulled the tent down but we found that if it's put on correctly there is no pooling of rain etc. Although there is a bit of a gap on the sides at the bottom, I purchased the extra long tent pegs and there was no lifting in the high winds of the lake district. Top marks for a top quality product
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