Because I'm going to put the product details on this post from the product itself and from Amazon, I am not going to fill this space with a lot of rambling like I normally do! *(grin) But a shorter version of what I wanted to say is this...
I priced them online but my local Tractor Supply Store was beating out even the lowest online price by a few bucks. After far too much debating back and forth in my own mind over 4 weeks, I decided last week that I would travel to the store and IF they still had any, I would get one.
Not only did they still have some... they had gone down $5 more AND I decided, at these prices, what the heck? I'll get both the 4 person and the 2 person!
And I did.
And the verdict is? I really love them! I'm so happy I chose the Coleman after all, for all the reasons I listed above.
The ONLY cons would be the rainfly is the only way to block the mesh windows at the top of the tent. While I loved the view of the night sky, I am a light sleeper and the moon was above my tent, it shined on my head and I was awake for 2 hours.
I put them up in mere minutes (the large 4 person tent I usually have up in less than 5 minutes) and although I hate taking down and packing the tents, I do so within about 8 or 9 minutes assuming it's nice and dry already.
I loved them so much, I went back and bought 3 more. I have decided that 2 of my young adult kids will be getting a 'camping' gift pack for Christmas this year, complete with new tents, mess kits, some freeze dried food, tools, a backpack, firestarter and etc. The 3rd one I'm saving here at home for my 19 year old daughter to use if and when she goes camping with her friends. LOVE having these on hand and I'm very happy with the size, durability, ease of use, looks and price.
4 person version:
- Measures 9 by 7 feet
- 59-inch center height
- Dome structure is easy to transport and simple to set up
- Polyester taffeta 75D flysheet
- Polyester mesh 68D inner tent
- Floor: Polyethylene 1000D-140g/sqm floor
- 450 mm PU coating on flysheet and inner tent
- Privacy vent window
- Two pole setup with shock-corded poles
- Interior gear pocket
- Electrical access port
- Continuous pole sleeves
- Instructions sewn to durable carry bag
- Pin and ring design and InstaClip attachments
- Limited 1 year warranty
2 person version:
- Easy set up with continuous pole sleeves. Easy to follow instructions sewn into durable carry bag.
- Easy two pole set up with shock corded poles. Interior gear pocket.
- Pin and ring design and InstaClip attachments.
- Box Dimensions: 6"H x 6"W x 24"L.
- Weight: 7.6 lbs.
(This upper half of the photograph where you see the hill and trees, is actually the screened window! This is the window in the tent with the black dark seam and the little hanging side pocket for storage. Great views.)
I used a half can of KIWI Dry Camp to spray some of the seams even though from 99% of the reviews I read, it's pretty waterproof without extra reinforcement. I saw only a few people complain about any leaking at all. Since I already had it on hand, I used it but other than that, using it just as it is!
Some options available through Amazon if you are interested;
Coleman Sundome Tent
Coleman SunDome 9- by 7- Foot Four- Person Dome Tent (Green)
Coleman Sundome 7' x 5' Dome Tent
SunJack CampLight USB LED
AYL StarLight - Water Resistant - Shock Proof - Battery Powered Ultra Long Lasting Up To 6 DAYS Straight