Field & Stream Estate Series 4 Person Dome Tent Review
Today I'm reviewing the Field & Stream Estate Series 4 Person Dome Tent which I purchased from Dicks Sporting Goods Goods for around $60.00. This tent measures 8x12ft when you include the vestibule, and 8x8 feet inside.
Anna and I used this tent on our recent trip to Codorus State Park in Pennsylvania. The first thing we noticed about this tent was the difficulty setting up. It wasn't that it was overly complicated, but instead the fact that this tent can't stand on its own and requires at least 4 guy wires to keep it from falling over. I prefer tents that can stand on their own once the poles are inserted. If a strong wind pulls out the stakes of the guy wires this tent will collapse.
The second problem with this tent was waking up wet the next morning. I think water was coming in the bottom seam of the tent. I'd recommend waterproofing the seams.
There's a hole in the tent for electricity but I feel this is a way for bugs to get in. I'd rather use a tent that doesn't have this feature and then simply zipper the door snug against an extension cord if I wanted electricity.
The tent has great ventilation due to the fact that the side windows do not zipper at the top, thus leaving the top open and breezy. This is great in the summer but not ideal for cold nights. I'd rather have windows that were completely closable when I wanted them to be.
- Spacious design
- Front vestibule for keeping tent clean of shoe debris
- Unstable without guy lines (Not free standing)
- Cannot fully zipper windows
- Seams may leak
On the third photo above you'll notice that the front pole bows out awkwardly.