My philosphy with tent shopping is to halve the number of people the tent SAYS it will fit and it should be about right. That said, this tent did well for my 4 person family and our gear. I had concerns with quality and durabilty based on prices and comparisons for similiar sized tents. After setting it up twice, it is better than I thought it might be, but I am unsure of frequent use or long term durability. Problems we had was that the rings to secure the tent and poles with are plastic and one piece broke off as we were taking the stakes out. One door also had the zipper separate, which may have been partly aggrivated by a small child's use of the door, and the extra material that covers the zipper lines that is easily caught in the zipper. I guess if one door permanately breaks, you have a built in second door to use! The stability poles on the back and sides of the tent are also hard to get in and use the same grommet and piece of material to attach them to the tent. I wonder how well this will hold up over time, and if one breaks three walls of the tent and the rainfly are affected. The instructions say to place the side stability poles in first, but we found on the second time that putting up the larger rear stability pole worked out a little better. My hands are not strong and I am just over 5 feet, so I had to have someone else that was taller manipulate the stability poles into place as they were above my shoulder height and needed some muscle to get into place. I found the 3 windows (inside zippers) and door screens to be a plus, and the "skylight" mesh was a plus for privacy if you didn't have your rainfly on. The rainfly seemed to offer better coverage than many tents out there as well. The "separation screen" for the 2 room concept is kind of a joke as the material does not hang well, is almost see through, and well... just didn't seem like it was meant to really make a separate space, I suppose if you needed a changing screen, it could still work. The gear pockets are in the ceiling, which was ok, but I prefer lower pockets myself, especially since my children could not reach the upper pockets for their things. We had one queen sized air mattress in the tent, and it could fit two, but there would be no good way to stand up in the tent without standing on the matress due to the width and the slightly sloped height of the tent toward the edges. Our tent pole bag was ripped before we opened the box, and ripped some more in the two times we've set the tent up. No matter how we've tried to fold and re-fold the tent we can't get it back into the tent bag, and the bag just flops wide open so stuff falls out if you don't have it held just right when you are trying to put things in and get it zipped. We'll be looking for a gear bag that will work better for us. We did not have rain or heavy wind for me to comment on the tent's capabilities there. Overall, for a trip or two a year it will probably be fine. If you need something cheap to get the job done, this will work. If it doesn't last a long time, oh well... it worked for now.
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