Rated 5 out of 5 by Novalees Big Woods 8-Person Dome Tent Excellent Choice!
I've taken this tent camping two years now and it has gone way beyond my expectations in handling severe weather conditions! I would never buy another brand. This past year it rained so hard that it felt like we were on a water bed, not one leak! Last year the winds were gusting so hard that we felt like we were in a boat, the rocking was so severe, but the tent held solid. I feel very safe in it. An incredible tent! I just love it!
October 26, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by TJLO Rain Fly
We have had this tent for three years now. To this day and still my biggest complaint. The rain fly needs to be bigger and cover the sleeping cabins. When it rains or there is a heavy due and if you just barley touch the ceiling in the sleeping compartments.It leaks bad. You may brush up against it when you are sleeping and end up with a wet bed.
My older tent never did this and it was 14 years old.
Are you listing L.L. Bean? What would it take to make a bigger one?
September 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 7knights Best tent I've used!
Agent camping and it poored almost the hole time and wind was blowing stayed dry inside! Heard other peoples tents blew over and fell apart!
August 20, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by TentMan Problem Poles
This tent has been great since our purchase and LL Bean has continued to replace the necessary broken poles as we request them each year with excellent service. The tent is quite tight when setting up, has plenty of room and sides and ceiling are made of quality material. Floor is great but needs a ground cloth or tarp to keep from getting damp on heavy rain days. The major concern that continues to occur is the awning/fly poles continually break. We've had to replace it 3 times so far. 2 times have been when we first set up in spring time, the fiberglass pole is usually split at the end and goes about 1/2 the pole just from sitting through the winter. We recently had a third break while taking it apart. Believe the fiberglass does not have enough resin to hold properly and perhaps a new material will be used by LL Bean at some point.
August 11, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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