on April 21, 2008
We took this tent camping in the FL Keys for a week in April. We set it up in the backyard and waterproofed it before we left. It's pretty easy to set up - my husband did it by himself - just needed help getting the fly over the main room.
The tent is extremely spacious with plenty of head room for dressing. We put a tall queen sized mattress in the back room and had a couple feet of space all the way around it. We had two twin mattresses in the main room with lots of space left for storage and a wide path down the middle. We loved the hanging shelves for storing ditty bags, small electronics, chargers, sunscreen, bug spray, etc. The little front porch was great for a bit of shade in the afternoons. The HUGE windows allow for plenty of ventilation.
Our first night we were awaken at 4 am by gale force winds of about 40-50 mph. Our screen room (separate) was destroyed, but this tent survived! The second night we were awaken at 2 am by a horrific storm that stalled on top of us for about 2 hours. We were inundated with thunder, lightening, strong winds, and torrential rains. We did get a bit of water inside, especially from the side windows in the main room. Also, the fly for the small room lays on the tent in the center and that allowed water to accumulate and drip in on us - although not in any great amount. Most importantly, this tent survived!
My only other complaint is that the floor is a bit thin. There was large gravel on our site and it made small holes in the floor. I suppose next time we will sweep all the gravel away before we set the tent up.
Overall, we were very pleased with this tent. And yes, the weather was fantastic after those first two nights!
on March 13, 2015
I bought this tent at Sam's Club because Nordic Cross is a known quantity and the price was right. It was not easy to set up. It took a friend and myself an hour and a half or two hours to get it set up. The instructions were not exactly concise. I bought a set of colored tape from Wal Mart to color code the poles to make it easier to figure out where they went. It still required some figuring out, though. Once erected it made a fine shelter during dry temperate weather. It is roomy and airy. However, the least amount of rain will permeate through the fabric and dampen the interior. Heavier rains mist right through. I had to seek shelter from a normal rain storm by ducking inside my sleeping bag. Following a night of rain, there were large puddles of water in the floor. I haven't gone camping since my last rain-soaked misadventure and am currently shopping for a new and better tent.