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
Rated 3 out of 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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 5 by 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
Rated 4 out of 5 by NECamper Big Woods Dome
The tent is solid, it is relatively easy to put up and the overall quality is good.
In my opinion, you do need more than one person to put this up efficiently. The poles are all connected by the elastic sting; one of which lost some elasticity. Also, one of the metal poles hold the main body of the tent has bent a little.
Despite watching the video, these minor issues popped up. I expect that LLBean will replace the one poles with issues.
The room inside is great, walls that divide the 3 rooms and plenty of room for 4 people and a dog!!!!
August 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Trigger44 Great, but one suggestion . . .
Used the tent for the first time last weekend for a "car camping" excursion with our family of four. Easy to set up (glad I practiced it once at home, first, though) and very easy to take down. Actually put it up with just my 8-year old son assisting.
Roomy, nice features like the mesh corner pockets. Stakes are sturdy, thick plastic - I thought they worked well. Zippers "catch" quite a bit, but I think no more than any other zipper would, and I can't think of any other system that would work better. Just roll with it and go slow!
My primary suggestion is to reiterate what others have mentioned in reviews - the fly covers only the middle section of the tent. This is unfortunate, because it stayed nice and dry while the tops of the side rooms accumulated water and, in the morning, were heavy with condensation. A bit of this is inevitable, but if I were LL Bean, I'd at least offer the option of an additional fly (or two) that folks could purchase to fit these side sections. I'd buy them! Otherwise this is a great tent. Oh, and the footprint worked perfectly!
July 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by familycampingvt Great Family Tent
Love this tent. Easy to assemble, and lots of great space. Love all the windows. The only drawback is that the zipper on the door gets a little stuck sometimes, but that is the only issue. Well worth it!
June 19, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5 by tkim Liked it until it rained
I was very excited to get this tent for my birthday. I have two kids that I felt were just old enough to take car camping. We set it up in the backyard for a dry run and it looked great.
Took it for a two-day camping trip at a local state park. Loved the spaciousness and room dividers, since as a younger backpacker I was used to more cramped quarters. The mesh pockets were conveniently placed. All looked good.
Then it started raining. For the first hour or two things looked good. Then the tent top over the sides where there was no rain fly coverage began to drip. With every drop of rain, there was a mini-shower of water droplets. Then the side walls of the tent began to leak slowly. Over the night into morning a very small puddle of water collected in the tent. This was not condensation from a poorly-ventilated tent but a frank failure of the side walls of the tent and roof that was not covered by rain-fly. There were also signs that the tent floor seam had failed as well. We also noticed that some of the stitching in the main part of the tent roof looked 'off' but thought nothing of it.
Luckily we had inflatable matresses and our bedding only got a little damp, and this was the last day of camping, but had planned on staying longer with bad weather I think we would have been faced with striking the tent and going home, which would have been disappointing for my kid's first camping trip.
I had read the reviews about the lack of rain fly over the side rooms, but was swayed by the other, more positive reviews. We really really liked the tent, until it let water in. So back it went.
September 11, 2012