We had only one problem in our test setup. The center pole would not fit into the provided clips at the bottom of the tent easily. We had to really force it! Perhaps we did something incorrectly there.
For the rest ot the tent, nice! I've read where people are having a problem with condensation on the fly, condensation that dripps on them. Well, we are having a drought here in CA, so that won't be an issue. I can't comment on that. Pros: Larger than expected inside. It's big! Our 80" wide bed slid easily into the end with around 18" to spare on each side by the doors.
Nice to have two doors, one on each side, one that has the fiberglass poles and hinge for easy use.
We can walk ten out of the total eighteen feet without heads touching the top. But then again, we are short! 5'7" tall. But that's nice.
The color is intentionally dull, woodsy. We will attach our rainbow flag to counter that!
The windows are on all four sides, plenty large. They can be open and still provide privacy!.I like the way to fly fits onto the windows at the ends, to allow airflow and strong fit.
The workmanship is thorough and strong.
The pole design is good: taller pole height in center, slightly shorter on the ends.
Tent pegs were adequate. I think we'll stick with these for now rathen than using the steel/plastic top pegs from our previous tent. Cons: There is no lower air vent for air flow through the bottom area. There could be one at each end.
I agree with the comment that if the tent sleeps eight, why are there only two pockets for personal small stuff? Should be a bunch of them.
The mat provided for taking shoes on and off outside is pretty small. We need bigger mat.
If there is a chilly wind at night, the fly will allow a lot of heat to flow out. Previous Coleman 8 person tent we could collapse the side tie-downs to decrease the airflow.
Not too difficult to put up. Agreed that two persons are important, but some say they did the setup alone. We went very slowly to learn from first experience. I estimate 15 minute setup in the future.
Coleman says when folding the tent up, to put the fly inside the tent on the floor. We did this but it slipped as we folded and bunched up inside making the rebagging difficult. I'm putting the fly into a separate bag with the tarp in the future, making the tent easier to get into the stuff-bag.
I'm really pleased with this tent, the look, the size, the quality of design and construction.
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