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EMS Thunderlodge

rated 4.0 of 5 stars

The Thunderlodge has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best three-season tents for 2022.


Price Reviewers Paid: $150.00-$249.00


4 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   2
3-star:   1
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

This tent is probably coming into its last good years of use due to the fact that it is starting to fall apart. Bought this in 1993 and has been used in the Greens, Whites, Rockies, and Sierras.

Easy to set up, very roomy for two people but heavy. Never gets sleepers wet and holds up in just about every condition except for snow, which most likely caused the tear in the fabric (repaired with duct tape). Lost a supporting pole and EMS promptly replaced it for free. This has been a great tent for us!

Design: Three-season, must use stakes.
Sleeps: 3
Ease of Setup: very easy
Weight: heavy, two should carry it.
Price Paid: $150

Used this tent when camping with my nephew in N.H. on his first camping trip. Thunder and lighting, with heavy rains, and wind gust up to 40mph during the overnight. Not "One" drop of rain inside the tent when morning came calling. "Outstanding"

Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Fast set-ups
Weight: 9lbs
Price Paid: $249

I'm an employee at E.M.S. and we found this tent never touched in rental. We decided to try it out on a three day trip to the Catskills. It is very easy to set up. However it lacks a sufficent spot to hang my lantern in the tent. It also has to be staked out or else it sags. In the morning there was mimimal condensation I did however have the lantern on all night to keep it dry.

The next night however we were at the top of Mt. Whitenburg (in the catskills). The winds had to be a steady 50mph with very strong gusts. We were on a slab of ice and the tent had only been guyed off on both sides. In the morning after an exrtremly windy night two of the three poles were bent. This was an older model and I don't think it's even for sale anymore but if you do end up using it avoid the wind and have lots of stakes and line.

Design: 4 season
Sleeps: 2 with gear
Ease of Setup: fairly easy without staking
Weight: 8 lbs 13oz.
Price Paid: ??


Very roomy vestibule makes cooking in the rain dry and easy.

2 doors are convenient.

Extremely roomy for 2 people. Great tent to be caught in a rainstorm with.

A little on the heavy side for 2 people, but the convenience is often worth it.

Can fit 3 people fairly well.

No problem with leaking.

Good deal.

I've never regretted buying this tent.

Design: 4 season
Sleeps: 2-3
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 10 lbs.
Price Paid: ?

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