Swiss Gear Cheval
Took the tent to a 4 day festival. Spent 4 nights…
Design: 3 season free standing dome
Ease of Setup: Easy setup
Weight: 7 lbs
Price Paid: $39
Took the tent to a 4 day festival. Spent 4 nights in it.
-Shoe pocket for muddy shoes
-Decent ventilation when staked out properly
-After seam sealing the tent thoroughly it kept out a heavy rain
-Multiple "poor design" elements(e.g. using multiple color panels increased the amount of stitching that needed to be seam sealed, exposed zipper not covered by fly material)
-Floor material and coating NOT an adequate water barrier on its own
-Probably could have used a heavier coating on the fly and walls too
-Several of the seams not covered by the rain fly were not factory taped, would have been nice if they had
-Stakes that came with the tent were small, the two plastic stakes for the fly broke easily
-Says sleeps 3, more like 2
-Set up new tent twice before using to seam seal. Pole snapped and split at after 2 days of camping, had to MacGyver it with duct tape
-Zipper began failing during first outdoor use
-Took 2 days to seam seal the tent. Will not do that again
-The sewing around the major stress points was less than impressive. Didn't appear that they would stand up to more than a few uses at best
Wouldn't even recommend this tent for backyard camping unless you get it really cheap, like for 10 bucks. Too many deal breakers, too many seams to seal, poor quality components and stitching. Zipper failure is the worst. This tent is great, FOR ME TO POOP ON!!!
Here's what other sites are saying:
The Swiss Gear Cheval sleeps 3 people and has 2 hooded windows for excellent ventilation. The windows, which are closable combine with the 4, non-closable vents on the roof, for superb venting even in rain. Factory taped fly and floor seams are standard as is the durable polyester floor. The polyester fly repels water and resists UV damage better than nylon. Other features include a shoe pocket for dirty shoes, an E-Port for running electric cords into the tent, a zippered duffel carry bag, organizer pockets for stray gear and an included gear loft.Sleeps 3Factory taped fly and floor seamsBathtub style floor with protective Rain Shingle1 large Flex door is circular for convenience and for easy entry/exit and can be stored in a convenient side pocket to get it out of the way2 windows and 4 roof vents for excellent ventilation.4 Roof vents allow for ventilation - non-closableShockcorded fiberglass frame.Sidewalls are durable polyester.Pin and Ring makes set up easy.2 Hooded windows allow for ventilation even in rain.Sleeve and clip set up for fast and easy set up every time.2 gear pockets to store small stuffGear Loft includedE-Port for electric power cordsFlashlight loopTent, pole and stake bags included.Tent bag is a zippered duffelFire retardant.Import.