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
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