I've been camping in a dirt cheap $20 ultralight tent( 2lbs 8 oz) for about 30 overnights during the last 2 yrs and it was made of super light polyester taffeta that was finally falling apart. Not finding the same model for cheap online, I decided to look up some more cheap, small tents. Then I saw the relatively high ratings for this 2 person Coleman Sundome, so seeing the competitive price, I didn't think much and bought it.
Pros: Price is good. Construction and materials are decent quality. Dome height is good for a big guy and I can sit up fully.
Cons: This weighs like a tonne! Yikes! 6 lbs 15 oz, quiverring on 7lbs 0oz says my digital tournament fish scale! The poles along are half if not more of the weight. Roomy is relative. You can squeeze two small people in this but not their gear, or just one big guy like me. And the limited rainfly sort of precludes rainy conditions with water blowing in semi-sideways. Tent setup has part pole-sleeves and part clips. Why didn't just use clips all the way and make it 3 times faster to setup (like in the rain).
Clearly, this isn't a backpacking tent unless you're hiking a really short distance from the car to your campsite. I have a full 3 person/4 season tent with aluminum poles I got online for just a little more that has full rainfly that weighs in at 5 lbs 8 ozs, nearly a pound and a half lighter. And the rainfly includes a vestibule and it's not much more expensive. Also, it's clear that it's not a technologically superior tent. Even the low-end tents at Walmart from Ozark Trail and moving to clipped attachment to the poles as opposed to sleeves, and they are also incorporating fuller rainflies. This Coleman is last generation in design and is still slower to setup, uses taped seams and heavy, single layer, material to block water penetration when 2 thinner layers is far superior and prevents condensation effects getting inner layers wet (problematic on cold, moist nights). So I can only surmise, the high ratings for this tent are due to positive confirmation bias of the buyers who don't know enough and don't camp enough in different conditions to know what is good versus what weighs a tonne is just average. They give this high ratings probably because everyone else is giving it high ratings and they don't want to feel foolish for buying this tent.
Well, I think the construction is good and the price is good. Those get this two stars. But other than that, I don't see much value for the weight and the design. Luckily, this is Walmart and I'm not out much money, like I would be buying a similar tent from some Really Expensive Incorporated 3-letter outdoor company. I may keep it for the kids who don't know any better and give this tent for them to haul on longer backpack trips as punishment for a bad test score or too much video gaming at home. LOL!
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