User Review: Coleman SunDome 3 Tent 7' x 7'
Design: Three Season Freestanding Dome Tent
Ease of Setup: The only difficulty in setup is the pole sleeves, they take a little bit of persuasion.
Weight: 6-1/2 pounds (I'm guessing)
Price Paid: Was a gift, unknown
My son and I have been using a SunDome for tent camping with the Boy Scouts for ages. For the money, I don't think there is a more useful tent for kids. It is easy to set up and roomy enough for three kids or two adults. I waterproof it every spring and seal the seams, we never have leak problems. The worst thing about this tent was the stuff sack it came with, which didn't last out the first year. We bought a small duffel bag to put the tent, poles and stakes in for storage and transport which works nicely.
The large windows and mesh at the roof provide adequate ventilation to prevent condensation if you leave the windows partially unzipped, which should not be a problem unless there is lots of windy rain. If the wind is blowing that hard, the ventilation at the top is fair. Fully closing the tent when it is cold outside makes for damp conditions inside, so layer up in the bag if it is cold outside. We have camped down to below zero temperatures in this tent without major problems.
Be careful with the shock cords in the poles, don't stretch them more than necessary when they are really cold or they won't come back to hold the poles together. They seem to recover nicely when they warm back up though, so it isn't a permanent condition.
Toss the stakes that it comes with and buy some V-stakes, you will be frustrated the first time you try to drive them into icy or rocky ground and they look like a pretzel.
I have had to replace the poles once, but that was due to some children (not my son) who decided to rough house around the tent, fell into it, and shattered the fiberglass poles.
This is a great tent for car camping or can be split up between two for backpacking. Every Boy Scout troop should buy a couple to provide tents for boys without the funds to buy their own on troop campouts. I think I have seen the going price at $49 in stores, much less online.
This is a classic tent that will be supported by Coleman for a long time for parts. Great beginner camper tent.