Rated 3 out of 5áby MegaFamFun Questionable
I'll start from the end to the beginning of my experience with this tent. The tent is difinitely roomy. The three compartments are nice to have if it's shared with people who need it. The compartments can easily be opened and it has sufficient ventilation. The footprint accessory is a must have. The campgrounds where we stayed did not have soft grassy areas and without the footprint we may have damaged the tent floor. Now for the assembly tip of this tent, I will say one very important tip. For those beginners and novice campers, the one major flaw of the instructions and the video Llbean does not mention is this: After sliding and connecting the ridge poles, the poles need to be forced into the desinated gromits. So much so that it feels like they will start to bend to a point of no return. Do not let the resistance fool you and go ahead and mount it. After we did it was gravy train until the finish line. We had not experienced using the tent in the rain so I do not know how well it holds up. I will say that with any tent, touching the walls from the inside when the walls are wet on the outside will disturb the barrier thus allowing water to seep through.
July 5, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby 6Pack Great Layout but Poor Waterproofing
We were really excited to buy this as it had a great three room layout to put our 2 boys on one side and 2 girls on the other. On our first camping trip everything was going great until in rained the last day and the sides got soaked as they are NOT covered by the rainfly.
Luckily LL Bean guarantees their products and we were able to return will a full refund. If they would fix the rainfly I would probably purchase it as I loved the layout and haven't found a tent yet that matches it.
June 3, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5áby Pastor3324 Room for improvement
Overall, the tent is great!
There are 2 reasons for the 3 stars. First, when I started to set it up, I could tell that it was a previously returned product. There was some dirt and grass from a previous camping trip in the tent,dirt on the stakes, and someone's ear plugs in one of the storage areas in the tent. This was quite a surprise, since I was not informed that I would be receiving a used one. Second, it rained all weekend, and there were 3 spots where water slowly pooled. It was not an overwhelming amount, just enough to be irritating, especially with an LL Bean product.
The tent itself is roomy, with 3 room capability. There is plenty of room to stand up and move around. It completely meets our needs/desires for a family tent. I plan on exchanging it for a new one, hoping that this experience was just a fluke.
We love LL Bean and their quality. I would 100% recommend this product for a family looking for a family sized tent.
May 28, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5áby MrsFox Worst tent ever
We used this tent once. We also bought the matching footprint from llbean. Pay attention to the photos and try to look for the rain fly. It is like a small hat, and only covers the top of the center part of the tent. Nothing that comes down or to cover either of the end cabins. We used this tent for a week long camping trip, on high ground, with wonderful weather, then a small amount of rain toward the end. We had puddles INSIDE the tent. It was not even a heavy long rain. I didn't like the zippers either, there was no lap that covered it to keep rain out. So without the rain fly covering the sides the water has easy access though all 4 sides. The screen material was inferior too, the screen holes are bigger so small bugs could get through. Not pleasant.
We still have our king pine dome tent from llbean which is awesome. We just needed more room for our family. The King pine dome has a real rain fly that has kept us dry for years. We have been through at least 3 torrential rains in that tent, once we had to leave it and stay in a hotel because our campsite was dangerous and flooding, but our tent stayed relativity dry....in flooding...like when you step on the ground your feet are in a foot plus of water. It was just a bit damp inside because it was saturated, but no "water" was inside.
We ended up returning this big woods tent on our way home from camping. LL Bean is great that way. The sales person was not surprised when we told them of our puddles.
I wish LL Bean would make a tent in the USA.
March 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5áby NinjaGinja Great size
Tent is a great size for a family of four to six. Easy to put up and to take down (even in the rain). I agree with others - it would be wise for L.L.Bean to offer an additional rainfly for the two side sections of the tent. We encountered rain while on our trip and only a few drips came in on the one side by the upper vent. Be sure to purchase the footprint.
November 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby vida44 If it only had...
We did our maiden voyage with our tent on a canoe trip along the Colorado river. We had 6 people stay with three air mattresses in the three bedrooms. Great room, privacy and space. The only complaint I have is that the rain fly is barely a rain fly. It covers 1/3 of the tent. This tent would be perfect if they made a larger rain fly accessory for the people that still camp in the rain or in the late fall for more warmth.
October 21, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5áby FFmom Spacious, but doesn't stay dry
This tent gave us additional space for our growing kids, but we have not had success staying dry in the rain. We have not found a good way to stake the two ends that keep rain from pooling up at the base or on the footprint and getting in around the edges, making the two end "rooms" unusable after rain. It is also time consuming to set up and you definitely need 2people and in the cold, there's several bungees that are tricky with cold fingers. It can also be a challenge to find a campsite that it will fit on, as many parks are going to tent pads and not all accommodate an 18ft long tent.
August 23, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5áby gonetoday Watch out for Rain, bring a Tarp.
This is a beautiful tent. It is spacious, easy to set up and easy to take down. I put the whole structure up in less then 15 minutes by myself. My son (4 years old) helped me pack. Went back into the bags perfectly without special instructions.
This tent is great for a sunny day but if rain is in the forecast... pack up or get a tarp over the tent! The fly is way to small and makes for heavy leaking on the two lower sides of the structure where the fly does not cover the roof. I purchased the footprint for the tent as well, it is a nice idea but I think a tarp would be much better if you are setting up in the dark. The footprint has a top and bottom but is not labeled.The instructions tell you to put he glossy side down. Again, if you are setting up at night you can't see the gloss... get a tarp.
The other reviews noted the zippers getting stuck. This is true on all the doors but just an inconvenience. It does not make the tent unusable.
August 18, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby Lucyapples1 Good family car camping tent
After day one of a three night car camping family trip, here's our review. We did not experienced rain or wind so can't comment on that. Not difficult to set up but definitely takes two people to get the frame situated properly. A great amount of space for a family of four with 2 dogs, the internal walls that come down that separate into three parts are very handy. I like the large windows. The only negative is that the zippers on some of the doors tend to get stuck. Overall great family tent.
August 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby NewbieCamper Family-sized and perfect for 5 of us!
We took this tent beach camping this past weekend and it was great! We loved all the venting that could allow the ocean breeze to come through. The space was perfect for our family of 5; we had more than enough room. As the kids get older, the 3 separate rooms will be fun, but unzipping the dividers and having one giant room worked well for us now.
The zippers on the doors, seemed to get stuck at the bottom where the flaps were, sometimes. You really had to take your time with them.
August 7, 2013