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Old 09-17-2011, 03:27 AM
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Ozark Trail 9' x 8' Dome Tent

Rating: 5 out of 5
  • Currently 5.0/5.0

We purchased this tent as a second sleeping area for our family camping trips. We wanted a small, light-weight tent that we wouldn't take up much space when it was packed and that would set up quickly. The case for this one is about 6 inches square by 24 inches long, making it easy to pack into the trunk of the car.

This tent is surprisingly roomy for such a small tent. The ceiling clearance is low and you do have to crouch inside, but the floor area is quite large. We comfortably slept two adults and one child without being crowded on top of each other, plus bags and extra pillows. There are several low-ceiling corner crannies extend beyond the normal sleep area, making a great space for stuffing totes and extra blankets.

Despite the fact that we are not the most cooperative couple, we are able to get the tent completely assembled in 30 minutes or less on most trips. The rain fly goes on easily and is very effective both as a moisture deterrent and an added insulator. We haven't had any problems with moisture leaking through unless you are actually touching the sides, and even then, it's less than we've had with our other tent.

The zippers run smoothly and we haven't had trouble with binding. The door opens almost to the floor, which is very helpful when I'm trying to sweep out dirt and debris that the kids track into the tent.

This tent is warm enough for late spring, summer, or early fall with normal blankets. The floor does get chilly, so a sleeping pad or air mattress is a good idea. In hot weather, we keep all of the windows open and the rain fly off as much as possible or it does turn into an oven inside the tent.

At a price of $32, this tent was an outstanding value. We spent considerably more on the other tent and this one is just as effective for our use habits. When the other one has to be replaced, I'll likely buy this one again.

Review by professional reviewer, Aug. 25, 2011
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