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Dome tent: figure out the most appropriate one

March 12, 2017




REI Co-op Camp Dome 2

Source: Imported, REI Garage

Price: $99.95

Best Use: Backpacking

Seasons: 3-season

Sleeping Capacity: 2-person

Packaged Weight: 5 pounds

Packed Size: 7.5 x 25.5 inches

Floor Dimensions: 84 x 54 inches

Floor Area: 31.5 square feet

Peak Height: 43 inches

Number of Doors: 2 doors

Poles: 3 poles, aluminum

Canopy Fabric: Nylon

Floor Fabric: Polyester

Rainfly Fabric: Polyester taffeta

Shipping: free

Comment: 5 pounds is kind of a lightweight tent for 2 person 3 season use, this is really a bargain that only cost you less than one hundred dollar. 2 big doors and fast erecting design make it really convenient to use paired with the mesh pockets within the canopy. Vents and large mesh area of canopy will make this tent really breathable. This is a double layer tent, its canopy can be used separately. Shortcomings maybe its rainfly, which use polyester fabric and it is not very waterproof, as so good as nylon coated fabric, and its frame design and the way the poles are holding this tent can not provide much strength to withstand gales.




Double Layer 2-Person 4-Season Dome Winter Tent

Source: self manufactured

Price: $99.99

Best Use: Backpacking

Seasons: 4-season

Sleeping Capacity: 2-person

Packaged Weight: 5.7 lbs

Packed Size: 6.3 * 6.3 * 18 inches

Floor Dimensions: 83 * 55 inches

Floor Area: 32.5 square feet

Peak Height: 45.25 inches

Number of Doors: 2 doors

Poles: 2 poles, aluminum, 8.5mm

Canopy Fabric: 210T breathable polyester + high density fine nylon mesh

Floor Fabric: 210D PU5000MM Oxford fabric 

Rainfly Fabric: 210T PU3000MM polyester

Vestibular area: (6.78 + 6.78) square feet

Shipping: free

Comment: This tent has two vestibule area to store gears and start a little bit campfire for snow camps. It’s a winter tent with ample room to sleep 2 guys, and you can roll the snow skirt up for more air when you use it in summer. It’s a double layer tent, canopy can be used separately. Canopy with double layer doors to make the tent more thermal for winter camping. Dome design with its two poles holding this tent through long mesh sleeves to make this tent very wind proofing. Shortcoming of this tent lies in its waterproofing performance of the rain fly, only pu3000 in polyester fabric, not as good as premium nylon coated fabrics, and it’s not really breathable as nylon fabrics when you use in summer, though this tent has two vents on the rain fly and larger mesh area on its canopy.


 The North Face Stormbreak 1 Tent


Source: Imported, the north face

Price: $129

Best Use:          Backpacking

Seasons:  3-season

Sleeping Capacity:   1-person

Minimum Trail Weight:    3 lbs. 1.4 oz.

Fly / Footprint Pitch Weight:    2 lbs. 4.6 oz.

Packaged Weight:    3 lbs. 7 oz.

Packed Size:     6 x 22 inches

Floor Dimensions:    87 x 34 inches

Floor Area:       18.13 square feet

Vestibule Area:       6.04 square feet

Peak Height:    33.5 inches

Doors:      1 door

Number of Poles:     2

Pole Material: Extruded aluminum

Pole Diameter:         8.5 millimeters

Canopy Fabric:        Breathable polyester taffeta with water-resistant finish

Floor Fabric:     Polyester taffeta with 1500mm polyurethane coating

Rainfly Fabric:          Polyester taffeta with 1200mm polyurethane coating

Design Type:    Freestanding

Comment: This is a lightweight tent with half dome design for backpackers, one man tent with lightweight and sturdy aluminum poles. Dynamic color and camper friendly structure. It has a vestibule area next to the door to store your gear. Fast erecting design for convenient use, canopy with 2 big mesh area to allow more air to make this tent very breathable in summer and help you enjoy the surrounding on your campsite easily. This canopy can also be used separately. Shortcoming refers to its half dome design that can not distribute the wind power equally and it’s not wind proofing as wholly dome designed ones. Polyester rainfly is not very rain proofing either, thought they are relative more durable.


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