User Review: EMS Nova 4 Tent
Design: Three-Season Freestanding Dome-Like
Ease of Setup: Incredibly Easy, but should be done with 2 people.
Price Paid: $289
My fiance and I just got this tent as a birthday gift and we could not be happier with it. The design of the tent is truly incredible.
The set up was very easy, although I recommend doing it with two people as the poles are very long. The directions were a breeze to follow and it is very handy that they are stitched onto the pole bag instead being a loose piece of paper. The poles are extremely sturdy and with the mesh lining the poles slide in very easily.
The rain fly is very effective. It is a full rain fly but is pulled out around 3 inches from the tent at the bottom to allow for ventilation. It was raining when we first set up the tent but were still able to leave the windows all the way open in the sleeping cabin. The rain fly also have two clear polyurethane windows over where the mesh screens are on the side of the sleeping cabin meaning that at night even with the fly and it raining cats and dogs you can still look out at the night sky. Although it's much more effective on a nice night looking up at the stars. The window at the head of the tent will probably get splashback in a heavy rain if opening all the way but you can zip it halfway up to avoid this.
It says this is designed for four people, and by camping terms they are right in that four people could fit (without gear). On the other hand this tent makes for an incredibly comfy two person with gear (and pets) tent. There are mesh pockets on the inside. There is also a hanging mesh rack for personal belongings which can hang either inside the sleeping compartment or in the vestibule.
The seams on the inside are very heavily reinforced, and the tent also comes with extra sealant and a complete repair package (an added bonus).
The vestibule is a very interesting addition to the tent design. It is open floor, so don't expect the bugs not to get in at all, they will just be alot less. Alternatively one could very easily cut a piece of plastic to fit inside the vestibule to eliminate this problem alltogether. The vestibule has two large screen doors, and small wedge shaped screen in the front. With the rain fly on there are full doors covering the screen which can be unzipped and rolled back to reveal both screen doors and an incredible amount of air movement at night to keep you cool in the summer. The fly also has an opening to reveal the wedge shaped mesh screen in the front.
The vestibule is incredibly roomy, especially compared to most vestibules tents have which are designed for like a pair of shoes. One can easily fit two camping chairs in the vestibule area, hang up a little camping light, and read books or play cards at night before going to bed.
As another added bonus, all of the zipper handles have a glow in the dark tip. Extremely handy when coming back to your tent at night and during the night if you have to go out for something. You don't have to fumble around with the door to find the zippers.
I can't say enough good things about this tent. The design and construction quality are top notch. I imagine that if you are researching a tent this size you aren't looking for a backpacking tent, which is good. With everything in the bag the tent weighs upwards of 25 pounds. This is definitely a tent designed for car camping. It is large and luxurious and shows it in its weight and size. But if you are looking for a good tent for 2-3 people, which will provide with the coziest camping you'll ever have this is the tent for you.