Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 at 8:05 pm
Mountain Trails Grand Pass 2-Room 7 Person Family Dome Tent Review
Mountain Trails Grand Pass
The Mountain Trails Grand Pass is one of the cheapest family sized tents I’ve seen lately. But I’m talking about the price, not the quality. You can easily find better large tents, but you will rarely find one at such a low price. The only other quality tent for this cheap that I can think of is the Coleman Red Canyon.
The Grand Pass is large enough to accommodate up to seven people. Six is a more comfy fit. It measures to eighteen feet of length by ten feet of width. The center height is 76 inches, so standing in the tent is possible, but there is a dome shape so only the center area is tall enough to stand. I don’t do much standing in tents anyway, I prefer to just use them for sleeping. There is a divider curtain that can separate the tent into two rooms. This is always a welcome feature on tents of this size.
Mountain Trails Grand Pass
The set up difficulty for the Mountain Trails Grand Pass is about average for a tent of this size. A single long person can get it done with a little time, but two people make it a lot easier. It took me approximately 25 minutes to get it up alone. There is a pin and ring system that you see on many tents these days, to help simplify the set up process. One of the best features of the Grand Pass is how it fits into its duffel bag. Once the tent is rolled up, you simply wrap the duffel around the tent, as opposed to trying to squeeze a loose tent back into a tight bag. This can save a few nightmares.
The rain fly seems to do a good job keeping the place dry in light rains. The floors didn’t seep either, but we had a heavy duty tarp underneath the tent. I haven’t seen the Grand Pass tested in hard rains. I have heard from fellow campers that the tent has stood up in 25 mph winds, but have also heard a complaint that the center pole gave in during 25 mph winds. I have seen it withstand 15 mph, but haven’t seen a Grand Pass in more severe weather. A mesh ceiling and end windows seem to offer enough ventilation to avoid stale air, while offering good views of what’s happening outside of the tent.
The Mountain Trails Grand Pass has two D shaped doors that make access in and out of the tent easy. No crawling in is necessary. Each door also has its own door mat to help keep mud and dirt where it belongs, outside of the tent.
The Grand Pass doesn’t have all the features available on modern tents, nor is it made of the highest quality materials. It is what it is , a decent tent that is available at a great price. Pick up a Mountain Trails Grand Pass Family Tent from Amazon today! Free shipping is available!
Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 at 9:57 pm
McNett Seam Sure Water based Sealer Review
McNett Seam Sure Water based Sealer
Protecting your tents seams from water is very important. While most tents made today offer weather resistance,some can still be leaky if caught in a hard rain, especially if your rain fly is not installed properly. Extra protection is always a safe bet.
Also once tents become aged, their sealants applied from the manufacturer may wear away.
Sealing your tents seams is an important part of general tent maintenance.
The McNett Seam sure water based sealer does a good job of protecting your seams. If applied properly, it will prevent rain from coming through your seams, even in persistent heavy rain. The brush on the tube is supposed to make the application a smooth process. The sealant itself is a little runny, so you should take some precautions to keep it from getting on you and all over the tent. Also, the brush is a bit stiff for use on some fabrics, such as lower end tents. This problem is easily overcome. My suggestion is to pour a little of the sealer in a container and then apply it to the seams with a sponge. Therefore you avoid the hard brush and the runny mess.
McNett Seam Sure Summary
The McNett Seam Sure Sealer is a really good product that will keep you dry. The built-in applicator brush is far from perfect, but you should not let that stop you from using a quality product. Pick up your own tube of McNett Seam Sure Water based Sealer at Amazon now!
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 at 10:43 pm
Swiss Gear Élite Series 12 Person Huge Family Dome Camping Tent SG33151 Review
3 room tent
The Swiss gear Élite Series 12 person tent comes with enough room to sleep the largest of families. Equipped with a cloth divider that splits the tent into three separate rooms, the Élite series has much to offer in the way of privacy. Also, both of the back rooms have their own door so if you are up later or earlier than your fellow campers, you do not have to crawl over or disturb them. The nineteen by nineteen foot base provides enough space to allow all three rooms to fit a queen size air mattress. The middle room has screened walls that can be zipped up to allow you to turn it into a sleeping area. If not sleeping in the middle room, the walls come down to let in the fresh air and give you an area for eating, playing, or storage. The center height is around six feet and ten inches so unless you are a NBA center, you should be able to walk around inside of this tent. This tent might be too big for some tent pads that are present at some campgrounds. If you are searching for a huge tent that is in an affordable price range, this one will surely satisfy your special needs.
Swiss Gear Élite series Set Up
Setting up the Swiss Gear Élite Series is pretty straight forward. Nothing too complicated. The size of the tent can make it a chore though. One person can assemble the tent alone but it will not be easy. Two people will be able to get it up without a problem. With a tent this large, it is important to follow the directions carefully and not skip any steps. Color coded pole and sleeves make things a little easier to figure out. Set up is time consuming. The few times we’ve set up this tent, we were never able to get it up in under twenty five minutes. That was with two people. But if you need the space, it’s worth it. Taking the tent down can be a bit of a time sink as well, just make sure you fold it up properly and carefully or it will take up more space than it did before.
Swiss Gear Élite Series Weather
The Swiss Gear Élite Series 12 person is fully weather resistant. It is coated to keep out the water and is designed to be wind resistant. That being said, a heavy rain can allow for some leaks if you don’t apply the rain fly properly. You should treat the seams and apply a sealer before taking the tent out as well. This will ensure you stay dry during wet weather. I’ve only seen this behemoth in low to mild winds, so I haven’t personally seen it wind tested.
The Élite Series 12 person is equipped with an e-port that allows for access to electrical cords without having to leave the door open. Private doors to avoid other sleepers. The green color is nice in a wilderness setting.
Cons of the Swiss Gear élite series
I’ve read reports of the material tearing on a few occasions, but I believe this is due to improper handling during set up. Most likely from inexperienced people trying to set it up by themselves or not following the directions properly.
Élite Series Summary
This isn’t the best tent on the market, but it does offer a lot of space at a reasonable price. Click here to check the current pricing at Amazon.