Wow! A room with a view! Great tent for car camping. Perfect for this senior camper who wants a little more comfort.
- Height: you can walk right in.
- Quality: if they made tanks out of cloth this would be it.
- Size: nearly vertical walls, large floor space.
- Pockets and vents are perfect, no moisture and everything has its place.
- This is a solid base camp for hikers.
- In a wind storm it has a large profile so make sure you use all the guide wires and a few extra stakes
- The fly is not easily put on during a storm, so unless you know it is going to be a dry night, you should use it.
- To make this work at an optimum level you need to buy extra stakes and a footprint.
I am an older camper, and got tired of crawling in at ground level, so I bought this large (83 sq.ft.) solid tent that allows me easy access (I can walk right in) and space for two large cots and a small table. Without cots, I think a family of five would have no problem fitting inside, six adults could shelter in it, but it would be tight.
It takes me a half hour to set the tent up by myself (fully staked out) and about the same to take it down.
The material of the tent is impressive. The rain fly is a solid 68-denier ripstop polyester while the tent canopy is 40-denier polyester no-see-um mesh/68-denier polyester taffeta. It handled 40 mph winds and rain and stayed tight, but I did use every guy point and staked the tent good and taut to begin with.
The roomy front vestibule (25 sq ft)kept a number of items dry during the storm. I never used the rear vestibule because the front held so much. I did think the vestibule walls might have flapped in the high winds if my gear had not been pushed up against it.
The tent has two vents in the fly that allow for good ventilation, plus the rear door can be partially opened from the top to provide a protected view. The front door has a larger vestibule which can have the front flap raised on polls to form a porch like entrance. I use two (not included) adjustable poles for that or tie it up to a tree branch.
I have camped across the West with this tent and I would recommend this to other campers. I do suggest you practice setting it up on a calm day, before you try to put it up during a windstorm as night approaches. Learn how to pick the front from the back before you start to set it up on the fly, it is not a square tent. It is a solid shelter with lots of space.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: Under $500