I'm in the tent right now writing this. It is raining cats and dogs outside, as it has for the past two days. NOT A DROP inside the tent. WHat more can you ask for? It's a handsome tent, easy to set up and well ventilated and comfortable. Even with the rain flap attached, you can still see out the front door if you want to get a good view. Of course, I am going to spray it with Scotchguard next dry day we have, why tempt fate, but right now the water is beading up and rolling right off. The nicest test I'e ever owned, can't recommend it highly enough.
Ordered this tent online, it arrived very quickly if I remember correctly sooner than the original expected delivery date. I set it up at home to practice so that once I got to the site it would be simple. I would recommend that to anyone, once I understood the set up it really does only take a few min to set up the tent. The only draw back was you can not fit a queen sized air mattress through the door inflated-so don't forget an extension cord. Overall great purchase.
Love this tent! It is so easy to put up and take down my kids can do it! Great for slumber parties! Very spacious! My only complaint is its hard to get back in the storage bag! could be alittle bigger.
I purchased this tent in August 2012 and used it only 3 times in 10 months. Even following the directions, three of the plastic hinge joints on the support poles snapped when taking the tent down. They are made out of plastic and not very strong. [...] I am still waiting for solution from their warranty department. For a tent costing [$], the quality on some parts could have been better. A nice tent with lots of room, but if you have a problem, their warranty & customer support department is less than cooperative.
Purchased the tent for family camping trips. I have used it 9 times and never had to deal with rain. Those were really good trips. This last time it poured out the last night of our trip. The rain fly acted like a bladder that pooled the water over the top of the mess areas on the top of the tent and just poured through after a few minites. Everything left in the tent was soaked. Nice tent for dry weather. I will never use it on a trip again. For now on it will be put up in the back uard only. Its not fun sleeping in a suv soaking wet with my 2 kids.
Out of the box, this tent came with a defective pole. More precisely the elatic cord that holds one of the two main poles together was broken. After fixing this myself, on the test setup in the backyard, and the takedown the next day after seam sealing, a different pole experienced the same problem, e.g. a broken elastic cord. The problem is that the poles are cheaper even than typical fiberglass poles in that the steel ferrule sleeve is are made/stamped with extremely thin steel, thinner than typical. This though strong enough for the support job, the thinness produces a fairly sharp edge on the ferrule for the elastic cord to be bent over when the poles are folded up in the storage bag. Two cords broken out of the box, one before setup and the other first takedown, that's a problem in design quality on the poles, a severe one. If I could return the tent, I would.
The remainder of the tent is OK. Door design is good. Bathtub style floor, though corners and the midhoop anchor points appear like they will be early failure points. The rain fly is seem sealed at the factory. The tent is not seem sealed except for the main polyethelyne floor seem down the front back axis of the floor. Seem sealing the bathtub seem, the corner seems, the corners took an hour. If you do buy the tent, I would purchase a large tarp to use as a tent footprint to increase floor life. The tent bag it comes is too small. Returning the tent to the bag, though doable, requires way to much time. I just bought a duffle bag for [$$] to put it in instead. Just another place were the manufacturer saved like 15 cents on storage bag fabric, and costs you another 10-15 bucks. Stupid.
I'm pretty miffed by the pole failures. It really means that the poles can't be trusted on the tent. Any time you take it out of the bag, you may find that the pole elastic cords have failed, and that is difficult to fix in the field. That makes it hard to really trust this tent from now on. And fixing the ferrule edge is impractical. You can't make it thicker. I would say just buy a different brand tent where they spent the extra NICKLE per ferrule to make the steel thicker, and properly finish the edges to a rounder edge and thicker shape so as to not cut the pole elastic. I went cheap, because for the most part, these ethylene floor tents are all mostly the same. But in this case, Embark or their contract manufacturer tried to shave a few cents off the poles in a STUPID way. I have to say to buy a different brand.
Bought this tent for a family of 6 ! We camped three days at palo duro state park. Our first night camping there was a bad thunder and lighting storm. This tent never leaked and the high winds never blew the tent around. We bought some extra bigger tent stakes to go with the ones that came with tent. It rained all three nights and no water in tent it was great. The screen room on the front of the tent allows air in the tent with no water getting in. I would buy Swiss gears tents from now on !! Setup to 2 adults 15 mins
We got this on sale for [$] I don't know that we would have ever paid full price for it. It was perfect for 5 people (2 grown ups, 3 kids) Lots of room for beds and gear. It rained the first night and the floor stayed nice and dry, we did throw an extra tarp over the top though, just in case, so I can't say how well the tent roof repels water.
-easy to set up and take down, AND it fit back in the bag fairly easily
-quality of the materials and fit and finish are really good
-bottom is made of a very heavy duty tarp material
-the zippers did not feel like they would separate, even with the kids zipping and unzipping.
-nice and big inside
-loop on "ceiling" to hang light from
-description say color coded poles, and that is not the case-nothing is color coded, but, it's really not necessary
-description says gear loft, there is nothing like that
-not really a 10 person tent, no one is going to want to sleep in the porch area with no floor
-cheap metal stakes
-no power cord e-port
I bought this tent to go camping on the Minnesota North Shore. This tent was a life saver! The skeeters were so bad we had to head into the screened in area which comfortably held 2 chairs and a camping bin we used as a table. The floor is up higher to keep water from coming in. The windows were a bit high, but if you get a double high camping mattress you could see out the windows better. It is super easy to set up. You could almost do it blind-folded. The only thing I didn't like was the rain fly which was a bit involved, don't suggest putting it on in the dark. I would highly recommend. Two thumbs way up.
I bought this tent to camp on the beach. We set up during strong wind which was a little challenging because of the size of the tent but two of us were able to get it done within 20 minutes and the tent stayed sturdy through gusty wind all night. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 for comfort is because you don't get much of a breeze through it because the windows are so high off the ground so it was a little stuffy, but hey, it's camping. Otherwise the tent was great! Very roomy, very sturdy and the screen room was an added bonus! Would definitely recommend!