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by Joel BSA Adult AdvisorfromPoles bendThis is the second Camp 4 I have had to return due to bent poles. The tent is used for car camping on both family and scouting campouts. The first time the rain fly pole bent in moderate wind (15-20 mph). The second was the structure poles in 25-30 mph winds. Additionally, the entire tent appeared to bend in upon itself. The tent was staked, but guy lines were not used. I am disappointed; the tent is otherwise a great tent. It is very easy and quick to put up and take down. Better or stronger poles would make all the difference. On to my next tent…
Date published: 2009-11-16
Rated 3out of5
by mtneerminerfromNice for fair weather campingGot this for a great deal and we have used it with our children for a few years now. The general construction is good, but the tent is not a 3-season. Not for hard rain or snow really. It was worth the price and served us well enough, but really can't stand up to much more than summer and dry spring/fall outings.
Date published: 2010-02-13
Rated 4out of5
by paglagfromCamp Dome 4 tent reviewGreat overall. I would recommend it for car camping. Very very easy set up and plenty of room inside. I love that there are entries on both sides as well.
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated 4out of5
by MTB MomfromI Love this Tent!Great Value for the money. I bought this tent for me and my two sons to use on Y-Adventure Guide overnight camping trips. The tent has withstood condensation at the beach, rain overnight, and 35 MPH winds at Joshua Tree. I have set the tent up alone in about 5 minutes (no wind). Iam impressed with the quality. A queen size air mattress fits inside. Large enough for one adult and two children under 10. Two small if you add the 4th person. If weight is not an issue, this is a great tent that is very stable in the wind compared to others. Might be a bit heavy for backpacking but a great budget buy.
Date published: 2009-04-27
Rated 4out of5
by J.NohfromGreat Tent!I bought this tent during the 08 anniversary sale for a pretty sweet price. I have to say that this is a great tent that is perfect for the tail end of spring through fall.
Setup is very simple. Spread out the footprint, unfold the tent over the footprint, setup your poles and attach the tent to your poles and your set. For some reason though my footprint doesn't fit perfectly with my tent floor...I wonder if that's how it came or if mine is cut slightly off? Either way, I can set it up by myself in about 5 mins. Maybe less with help from my wife.
Once setup, the interior is incredibly spacious for two + 1 pug. If I stoop over a bit (6'), I can even stand and change. Lots of ventilation and haven't had much condensation at either Olympic National Park or along the Washington Coast at various campsites.
My only real concern is that I've never been caught in any real rain. The fly is more like an awning over both double doors. The PNW get's a lot of morning dew so it's mandatory to have the fly set up. If the fly wasn't necessary, there's mesh along the non-door walls from floor to ceiling that would be great for star gazing.
Breakdown is a pleasure. Very simple to fold up and I've never had a problem fitting the folded tent, poles and pegs back in the tent bag. The bag also has a couple of straps to keep everything stored securely. The tent only comes with four pegs. Feel you should have two more at least to attach to the fly and get proper circulation. One thing to note though, if you stake out the fly, you will get a lot of circulation. Can get really cold and breezy in the tent.
Overall, I'm very happy with the tent and think we'll use it for a long long time for car camping.
Date published: 2009-05-08
Rated 4out of5
by OldSchoolfromThis is a keeperI chose this tent for desert and mountain car camping. I use other tents for more intense situations, although it would probably do reasonably well. One reason I chose this tent was that it did not have vestibules. I have found that vestibules can harbor yucky bugs and things in desert environments. The only complaints I have are that the tent is unnecessarily tall, but I knew this going in, and that the door nets do not go low enough to see out without sitting up. Sometimes I like to keep an eye on things while laying down and you have to unzip the door(s) a little to get a look out while laying down. This could let those pesky carnivorous gnats in. The tent sheds water like a duck. It's maiden voyage was in a sustained rain. It was so bad we almost slept in the car but decided it (and we) had to get wet and muddy sometime. We were nice and dry and ventilation was great. Mild winds were no problem; have yet to set it up in a real ripper. It also has an unusually pleasant and unobtrusive color scheme. REI's colorist designed a beauty! Get the matching footprint to go with it.
Date published: 2009-06-14
Rated 4out of5
by able3pilotfromExcellent Car Camping TentWife and I bought this particular tent (on sale) specifically to use in our car camping adventures as our "base camp" tent.(We are both avid wilderness backpackers and have other specific gear for that discipline. This is NOT a backpacking tent...too heavy)
Maiden voyage for the tent was a 14 day trip throughout the deserts, mountains and beaches of CA. Used in sun, wind and rain.
Tent was extremely quick and easy to set up, in the daylight or darkness. Working together the two of us got it completely setup, consistently, in less than 4 minutes.
With and without the fly, ventilation is outstanding. From a size perspective, it is more than adequate for two people with gear, and probably three. Four peeps without gear would make for a tight fit.
Definitely waterproof, and resists condensation very well. Quality of tent and fly construction seems very adequate. We both liked the dual doors, versus the single door entrance found on other comparable tents.
Cons include what others have said about the poles. While ours did not "bend", it is clearly evident there is potential if left up in place for a prolonged period of time, or inadvertently bent during setup/takedown. We had it up for two days, in the same spot, on two different occasions. The poles went back to their original position once broken down, but it was noticeable they had an inclination to retain the set-up state.
The other con, was the open ended, plastic snap link on the top of the tent, in which the poles are attached to for setup. It would make more sense, and much easier to facilitate setup, to use a "closed gate" snap link. We made a field modification of breaking off the plastic one, and attaching a small aluminum "closed gate" carabineer. Made setup MUCH easier.
Would definitely recommend this tent for car camping, etc., where size and weight at not an issue.
Date published: 2009-09-26
Rated 4out of5
by prescottfromMaybe the last guy just had bad luckQuality in the fabric, seams, poles, and a great rainfly design. No problems. It has to be noted you must plan on buying two additional stakes for the fly ....minor inconvenience unless you're out in the boonies when you make that discovery.
Date published: 2009-09-27
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