User Review: Swiss Gear 12x10 Tent
Design: 3 season - Family Dome -
Ease of Setup: see description
Weight: about 20 pounds
Price Paid: $90
This is our first tent and with 3 kids we needed plenty of room. This tent provided PLeNTY...
We decided to set it up, in the backyard to see how it looked...
The instructions are not that good. The problem is the instructions try to depict a 3-dimensional tent in the 2 dimensions of the paper.
Well we finally got it up, and boy were we glad we got it. And once you assemble it.. the instructions start to make sense.
Now for the bad news...
1) This tent could not possibly be waterproofed out of the box. On our second camping trip we got hit with a deluge, and woke up to 1 inch of water in the bottom of the tent.
Thank goodness for GFI sockets (YIPE!!!)
This was partially our fault as we had items leaning up against the walls of the tent; this is a NO-NO when camping for just this reason.
The next trip we picked up multiple bottles of Silicone treatment from Wal-Mart (We tried Scotchguard but liked this better), and SOAKED the tent, about 3 complete treatments. The next rain was WAY better, one SMALL leak where we obviously missed a spot on the fly. Also one leak where most others have noted, by the gadget sack.
I just put the tent up this weekend and paid close spray attention to these areas. I don't think there will be anymore leak problems there. LESSON to be learned... WATERPROOF your tent.. even a new one.
2) The complaint about the zipper cover getting caught in the zipper on the door is valid... the solution is to just take your time, and be careful when unzipping the tent. Nuisance but now a biggie.
Nice and breezy, equates to sometimes COLD... because the ceiling is so high (you can stand up in it at both ends) all of the heat goes to the roof. My advice is to get a small electric portable heater.
Overall, the wife and kids love it, and I guess that's the bottom line.
Take the advice above and you won't have a problem.