User Review: Coleman SunDome 3 Tent 7' x 7'
Design: 7'x7' Sundome freestanding.
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: 6 pounds or so
Price Paid: $45
This is the first tent I ever bought about 7 years ago. It's a great tent for car camping for one or two people or two people plus a dog. My favorite feature of this tent is the floor. The bathtub style floor is made out of vinyl tarp material which is very strong and does not seep water like expensive lightweight tents. After seven years of abuse and abrasion, this floor has not a hint of water seepage. Out of all four tents I have owned, I would rather be in this one during a rainstorm.
The obvious downside is that it is very heavy and large. Definitely not a backpacking tent. Use this only if space and weight are not an issue. Another downside is I don't like fabric sleeves for the tent poles. I prefer the hook-and-grommet style that are much faster to set up and take down.
I have never staked this tent. It is freestanding and shock-corded poles keep it taut enough for casual, easy use.
I recommend this tent if you are a car camper who wants a durable rain-proof tent with room for 2+ people and gear for less than $50.