Coleman Sundome Tent
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It takes longer to arrive than it says it will.
I live in a semi-arid Caribbean region and purchased this tent in 2016. br>br>Last night, for the first time in years, I opened it and set it up in my lockdown back garden, which is on the ground (more like sand here on the equator) for a spontaneous outside camping night. br>br>Aside from being practically brand new, with no discoloration or time-related damage, the tent was virtually dust-free. As someone who suffers from severe allergies and hayfever, I can attest to this. br>br>I swear it also rooted the weeds that were sprouting and swept the dust off the back porch. sand too. br>When I got out of the tent, I felt like I had just gotten out of the shower, and my clothes were folded as well! br>It is strongly suggested.
Yes, it's completely water-resistant. My husband used it to go deer hunting in the rain, which put the waterproofing to the test. He discovered it was a summer tent with plenty of ventilation, which he didn't want in the middle of a winter storm. It was just big enough for him and two younger kids. It's also simple to set up.
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While the tent is well-made and simple to put together, it can only hold a maximum of four people. The most disappointing aspect was that it stated explicitly that this item comes with 6 horses (see attached photo). Only the tent was sent to me; no ponies were included.
It was extremely windy, and it was pouring buckets outside the tent, to the point where there were inches of standing water (see photo). We were bone dry and cozy in this tent for five days without using campdry or any other sealant, and we were only using the rain fly and a tarp that covered about half of the tent. It's a TANK, for crying out loud! I've been camping my entire life and have never had a tent quite like this. Even with the rain fly and tarp, it's extremely breathable. The small vent near the bottom is a nice touch. Get this tent and a big tarp to go over it, as well as a drop cloth to protect the bottom, and I guarantee you'll be dry in any storm. Plus, it's super simple to put together and tall enough to stand in. I'm looking forward to using this tent again; it's far superior to any of the more expensive tents I've ever used. br>br>Tip for returning it to the bag: br>Longways fold the paper in half. Fold the paper in thirds longways after that. After that, roll the dice: ) I folded and rolled the rain fly a few times and had no trouble getting it all back into the bag. EDIT: br>br> This tent is still going strong after four years, many festivals, camping trips, and a few girlfriends. You will not be dissatisfied with your purchase.
My tent arrived only a couple of days ago. Because I had only recently purchased this tent, I was at a loss for what to give it a rating. I was debating whether or not to give it a 3 for average, which seemed reasonable at the outset. However, after seeing how well it stood up to the wind without breaking or tearing, I decided to give it a 4 because it far exceeded my expectations. I intend to use this tent a lot this summer, so I'll keep updating my rating and review as I go. The assembly instructions were simple but adequate in my opinion. Anyone who has previously set up a tent of this type will have no trouble. It took about 15 minutes for me to complete this task. Anyway, I set up my tent in my backyard yesterday to see how it looked and how well it held up against the elements. The wind was my first test. The average wind speed was 7 to 8 mph, with gusts up to 17 mph, according to my weather station. The back of the tent faced the wind, and when the gusts came, the back of the tent bowed significantly. I read some of the reviews and noticed that some of the poles had broken. As I watched the tent's back bow in, this is what I was afraid of. It was significant, and I wish I had taken a picture of it. Anyway, the poles never broke and the tent always returned to its original shape after the gust passed. I watched a video on Amazon about the testing process Coleman uses to put their tents through. I'm not sure how much wind this tent can withstand, but I'm guessing it's around 17 mph. For the price I paid, the tent appears to be well-made. On the sides of the tent, there are only two guidelines that hang from the rain fly. The tent has stakes in all four corners of the floor, as well as a floor vent in the back. There are only 7 stake down points that I can see in total. I believe the tent could withstand more wind if there were some guidelines higher up on each of the four corners of the main body of the tent. The stakes are adequate, but they bend easily if the ground is too hard or if you pound them in against a rock. Before I go camping, I'm going to get some better ones. I checked on the tent this morning after leaving it up all night. It held up well, with only one of the rain fly guidelines' stakes twisting in the ground and causing the guideline to come loose. Because it was supposed to rain today, I decided to leave the tent up. Before I go camping, I need to know if there are any leaks. It's been lightly raining for the past two hours, and my weather station predicts that I'll get. With a light steady wind of 2 to 3 mph, there will be 0. 05 inches of rain per hour. It's not what I'd call a heavy downpour, but it's rain nonetheless. I went outside to look at the outside, and the water appears to be beading up and running off the rain fly and tent nicely. Because it's supposed to rain until 9 or 10 p. m. tonight, I'll check for water on the inside first thing in the morning. With such a light rain, I'm hoping to avoid seeing any. If there is, I will definitely use a waterproofing spray to treat the tent before using it for camping. Now it's time to look at the advantages and disadvantages. br>Advantages:
1). If you're on a budget or looking for a good starter tent, you won't find a better option than this.
2). Inside, there's plenty of room for two people, a shepherd, and all of our belongings. br>3) The tent has an eyelet at the top for attaching a lantern, as well as two side pockets for storing smaller items such as a headlamp, cell phone, keys, and so on.
4). Wires can be run through a small zipper on the tent's bottom front left side. Take a look at my photo. It is protected from the rain by a small yellow strip of material. The majority of tents lack this feature. I intend to use it in conjunction with my solar panel to charge my power core, headlamp, phone, and other items from inside the tent, away from direct sunlight.
5). At 17 mph gusts, the tent had a surprising amount of give and didn't break or tear any poles. It quickly reverted to its previous state. br>Contrary to popular belief, there are a number of disadvantages to using this product.
1). You might want to invest in some more durable tent stakes.
2). I wish each of the four corners had a high point where additional guidelines could be attached. The tent did bow in quite a bit, despite the fact that it handled 17 mph gusts admirably. If I had to guess, the tent was reduced to nearly half its original size, and I know I would have been annoyed if I had been inside the tent and was hit by it every time a gust blew. I don't think the tent, in its current state, could take much more. I'm trying to figure out how to add extra corner guidelines without compromising the tent's structural stability and elasticity. If you're expecting bad weather, make sure to pitch this tent in a shady spot away from the wind. br>br>Update 04/30/18br>After a light rain, I went out the next morning and found the inside to be dry. Rain showers continued the next day, with a significant increase in rainfall. The tent is still dry, as I checked it again today. I was convinced that this tent would leak after reading some of the reviews. I've changed my rating to a five because this tent has performed better than expected, and I'm going to seal the seams and spray waterproofing on it anyway because I'd rather be safe than sorry. You won't find a better deal for the size and price of this tent. You will not be disappointed if you remember to pitch your tent in a sheltered area if you expect winds. I believe I've figured out how to add extra guidelines to each of the tent's four corners to help it withstand strong winds. I'll put it to the test and document it. There will be more after that. br>br>That's it for now; stay tuned for more.
Before taking it camping, I set it up in my backyard to give it a try (and seal the seams). There are advantages and disadvantages to each option. Advantages: br>br> br>Bag to carry - The tent, poles, rain fly, ground stakes, door mat, and instructions are all neatly packed in a carry bag. br>Installation - Easy. In less than 15 minutes, I was able to set up the rain fly by myself. There was no need to consult the instructions. The only suggestion I have is to write "front" somewhere on the rain fly to indicate which way it should be facing. A quick look at the packaging, on the other hand, will reveal everything. Materials (br>Materials) (br>Materials) (br>Materials) ( The tent material appears to be of good quality and should last a long time if properly cared for. The zippers aren't particularly strong, but they don't seem to be causing any problems for me. The floor is made of a heavy-duty tarp. br>Screens are a type of display device that is used to display information on a computer screen. When the rain fly isn't in use, the tent's "ceiling" has large screen panels that provide a great view. For added viewing and airflow, there is a second window and a screen on the door. br>Floor Vent - This is a type of vent that is installed in the floor of a building. Additional airflow is provided by a vent near the tent's back. br>Cord access is a term used to describe the ability to access information stored on a computer's hard A small zippered panel in the tent's front corner allows you to run an extension cord into it. Other "Pros" include: br>br> br>I chose the Navy/Grey tent, which has a nice color scheme. It received some positive feedback from the neighbors. The guy lines are already attached to the rain fly, which I like. The interior gear pockets are adequate and can hold your phone. I wouldn't put anything heavy inside of them. There is a small "ring" in the center of the ceiling where a small light can be hung. I wouldn't put two queen air mattresses in there, despite the fact that it's technically possible. It leaves no room for gear on the floor. I'll put one mattress in one half of the tent, leaving the other half for my kids' Pack n' Play and gear. It will comfortably accommodate the three of us. However, unless you want to get cozy, I wouldn't recommend this for four adults (though it is possible). br>br>Contrary to popular belief, there are a number of disadvantages to using this product. br>It's all about the stakes. The stakes aren't exactly high, but they're adequate. They're the standard steel ones with a thin profile. I'd suggest spending an extra ten dollars on some high-quality ones. br>Footnote - The tent does not include a footprint, which I assume helps to keep the price low. It's not a big deal because I always use a tarp. br>Door Display - The screen window is accessible by unzipping the upper half of the door. I wish the entire door, not just the top half, had been screen. I also bought some Coleman Seam Sealer and used it to seal all of the seams inside the tent as well as the rain fly. Some of the seams are taped, but regardless of what brand/cost/etc tent you have, it's always a good idea to do so because it saves you time and money in the long run. br>br>Overall, I'm happy with the tent and the price; it'll be ideal for short camping trips with a small family, couple, or single person.