User Review: Ozark Trail 2-Person Junior Dome Tent
Ease of Setup: don't bother
Weight: 3 pounds, more or less
Price Paid: $20
I had a previous Junior Dome Tent that I liked well enough... but the current style is awful.
My older tent had, as advertised, a 5-by-6 foot square floor. As I'm 5'1", this was perfect for me. The traditional dome design worked fine. Unfortunately, I carelessly left this tent where insects ate holes in it.
So I bought a new Junior Dome tent in the new style. The packaging *says* it's 5-by-6 feet. Well, it's six feet long at the longest point, and five feet wide at the widest point, but the floor is diamond-shaped!!!!! So it was a tight fit even for my tiny self. I can't imagine sleeping two people in there.
Much worse is the dome design. It has three poles instead of two, and they form a horizontal triangular shape at the top. My first night out, it rained hard. I woke up in the middle of the night to find that my sleeping bag over my torso was completely soaked! Turns out the rain had fallen into the triangle formed by the three poles, and had nowhere to drain to. Even the most "waterproof" tent fabric won't stand up to a heavy gallon of water, so the rain was leaking straight through. No amount of seam sealer is going to fix this basic design flaw. Pushing up on the sagging triangle of fabric caused a cascade to run down the sides of the tent and relieved some pressure... so I stayed awake all night doing just that. Miserable.
I can't think of a reason in the world to buy this tent, even as a toy. Look for the older models that at least come to a rounded top and have a reasonable-sized floor.