Reviewed by Wolfespirit from Pacific Northwest on Sunday, November 04, 2012
I like to camp at National Park Campsites. I just set up the tent to see if I would like it and didn't use it. I'm still debating on whether to keep it. I'm female and found this tent a bit harder to put up and somewhat time consuming. (About 1/2 an hour!) If it were raining, the entire tent would be soaked before I could get it up and the tarp on it...at least alone. I found the round bar both difficult to put together and even more difficult to take apart due to how tightly it went together and how smooth the bar is. It was slippery...best to bring rubber gloves to hold on to it for grip to pull the segments apart. (Is there some trick that I'm unaware of?) The clips seem like they would be better if there was a bit of rubber to make them more sturdy, as the first one snapped in my hand. I'm not sure why tent makers are using so much mesh and very little material these days??? Because there is very little material, the pockets are small and at the bottom corners. Also, if you want privacy, you have to use the tarp. The 2nd door to the back of the tent is only about 2 feet tall and doesn't have a screen...good for the dogs! :) (Although I don't think the back vestibule has a zipper to open it from outside the tent?? Perhaps the only entry is from inside the tent??) You would have to be on your hands and knees to get anything out of the back vestibule. Also, the back vestibule has no flaps at the bottom to keep rain out and it doesn't go all the way to the ground allowing for small visitors, i.e. chipmunks, squirrels, mice, etc. to come in. I'm 5'4" and had a heck of a time trying to put the tarp over the tent. It would be much easier with two people! I can't imagine having to use rocks to hold the tarp in place. Also, because the tent it so large, the poles need lots of area without trees or bushes behind you to be able to put them into the sleeves! I did like the substantial amount of room inside the tent, area in the front vestibule, the flaps on the bottom of the front vestibule that keep the bugs out and the hanging cup holders! I was disappointed with the way the tarp fits, as along the sides of the tent, there is a couple of inches of space where mosquito's and other bugs can easily get into the vestibule, if you were trying to sit and relax outside the tent itself, where the coffee holders are. I wonder if it would hold much heat on chilly nights when it gets down to 40 or 45 degrees. Also, definitely needs a foot print or tarp underneath it. It looks good up and would make a nice tent for the yard. For the most part, I like it...it was just difficult for me to put up alone and I worry about having to put it up or take it down in the rain. The sack to hold it seems large enough, too. Quality, other than the clips, seems good.
Best Uses: Backyard, Car Camping
Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
Pros: Able To Stand Up In It, Color, Comfortable, Hanging Cup Holders, Very roomy