User Review: Eddie Bauer 10-Person Four Room
Design: Three room, free standing.
Ease of Setup: Easy
Weight: 40 pounds
Price Paid: $300 Cdn.
We camped five times this summer with this tent. It replaced our six person dome tent as we required a larger tent that would fit two adults and three school aged children and most of our gear. This tent is large and will comfortably sleep about eight with room for some gear. There is NO WAY you can repack the tent into the designer "Eddie Bauer" duffle. Just go out and buy a separate stuff sack for the tent itself and put the fly, poles, ground sheet etc. into the EB duffle.
Quality of the fit and finish is great! Nice details like zipper flaps and sky light. The tent looks great when it's set up and the set up is a breeze! Don't be worried, just make sure you stake the tent prior to setting up the poles. As for the steel stakes, awesome! My camping friends actually "borrowed" some of mine as they were the only ones strong enought to hammer into the hard ground.
As for rain, I sealed all of the seams, it took three 8 oz. bottles! BUT, because the fly doesn't extend fully to the ground over the side and rear "rooms," the tent leaked. It rained on two trips this summer and on the first trip we were left with a very wet area in the three rooms. I quickly solved the problem by stringing a large 24'x 18' tarp over the tent to protect it from the rain. Using the tarp solved our problem. Wenzel, the manufacturer should reconsider the design and have optional fly extensions for the side rooms. So, if you camp in wet weather, be sure to purchase a large tarp and plenty of rope.
If you camp in clear weather, don't tarp the tent as the kids had a great time looking out the sky windows at the stars and the full moon!
My overall impression, an awesome tent and a great buy. If you car camp and need lots of room, this is your tent.