User Review: Coleman SunDome 3 Tent 7' x 7'
Design: Three-season free standing dome
Ease of Setup: 15-minute set-up
Weight: Six pounds
Price Paid: $60
The Coleman SunDome 7' x 7' Three-Man tent is the perfect car-camping tent for two persons. It sets up easily in less than 20 minutes and DOES fit back into it's bag WITH a 7 x 8 tarp that I bought to use as a ground cloth under the tent. Some prefer to place the tarp inside the tent, but this is not necessary with the Sundome as it has a bathtub floor enclosure that is waterproof even in heavy rain storms that blow the entire tent down on top of itself. Yes, the tent stakes are rather cheap and two did come out of the ground on that particular night, but we survived and came out of it fine the next morning completely dry.
The pockets are now on the sides of the tent and are handy places for your flashlight, water bottle and eyeglasses as you sleep. Three could squeeze in there, but for car camping I prefer to have the extra space for pillows, a comforter, extra clothes, backpack, guitar, food, etc. You can almost stand up in this tent if you are fairly short, but overall, it's very comfortable to spend a few nights in. In case of leaks, which I haven't experienced yet, you could easily spend $5 on seam sealer and treat all of the seams, which is recommended by the experts prior to using any tent anyway.
As has been mentioned, this tent is bit heavy to do any backpacking with, but it's perfect for car camping and you could easily lug it a mile or so if you had to.