User Review: Northwest Territory Olympic Cottage Deluxe Cabin Tent
Ease of Setup: Somewhat difficult at first
Weight: Heavy (not sure)
Price Paid: $189
Our family does A LOT of camping. We've tried and used LOTS of tents. Overall, this tent is a great one. It is spacious, the 2'x3' closets offer a place for posh campers to put a portapotty, a child of short person 5' or less could change comfortably in a closet and have a little privacy. The room divider is also awesome!
We did an initial home set-up of the tent, sprayed with about 6 cans of waterproofing silicone stuff and let it dry thoroughly (good to do for all tents, BTW) and bought a ground cover tarp to go under the tent to protect the floor. I also used 7 old washcloths (on each short end where the roof peaks) to put between the frame and the rain fly to protect the rain fly and one where the peak is in the front of the tent.
First time out, we got A LOT of rain. You will have issues in heavy rain of pooling on the roof, you need to be available to dump the water off from the inside of the tent and keep that free, or I've heard it will bend up the poles. I only had one spot (that I need to spray again with some more silicone) that leaked. Even places where objects inside the tent came into contact with the walls, no leakage.
I would NOT leave this tent set up during heavy storms, not sure how it does in wind. You need to buy an extreme weather tent (the kind you'll pay $500 or more for a comparable size for) to handle rough weather.
Setup of the tent is somewhat difficult, I'd take it easy the first time, get to know the setup, and it's not too bad. I think this is overall better than a dome tent, it has plenty of ventilation and more headroom than a dome tent, also the walls are straight instead of slanted in so there is more floor space that is usable. It is also better ventilated than any tent I've ever owned.
We really like this tent, we plan on using a canopy slightly larger than the tent size to keep rain off to prevent the roof pooling problems. Another tip is to ALWAYS set up the tent every time with all of the stakes tied down and guy lines/stakes installed properly or else even mild weather can cause broken tent poles, ripped tent, leakage, etc.
Another neat feature of the tent was not only a power port to run an extension cord through but a small battery-powered light that can velcro to the inside roof to give you a little light at night. The carrying case is very sturdy with wheels and hefty handles to be able to lug it around easily. It also has an expandable zipper in case you are not the type who rolls up the tent into a perfect roll.
I'd plan on putting something - indoor/outdoor carpet or a falsa blanket maybe, over the mud flap on the tent as it might easily become a tripping hazard. We have contemplated adding grommets to stake it down.
We enjoy this tent so much that we plan on buying a second one as a backup, in case anything happens to this one.
Also, in reality, I'd say this tent sleeps 4-6, you could put 2 queen air mattresses AND gear in it and be okay.