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.
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 8:09 pm
Swiss Gear St. Alban Family Dome Tent Review
Swiss Gear St. Alban Family Dome Tent with rain fly
St. Alban Tent Size
The Swiss Gear St. Alban is a family sized tent that is large enough for most families. Measuring fourteen feet by eleven feet the St. Alban tent is designed to accommodate eight people comfortably. With 176 square feet there is more than plenty of room to move about. The middle height of the tent is 76 inches and if did my math correctly that is about six feet and four inches, so it should be tall enough for the majority of us to stand erect while inside without bumping our heads. If your are camping with less than eight people then you will have plenty of room for all your camping accessories or whatever else you might need storage room for. With the rain fly on you even get a little outdoor space that is shaded from the sun.
Swiss Gear St. Alban Set Up
The first time we set up the Swiss Gear St. Alban it took us about twenty minutes. we were able to shave some minutes off our time after a few experiences setting it up. we are now coming in under fifteen minutes, which is pretty quick. I am also now able to set it up solo, but the rain fly almost certainly requires a helping hand. The pin and ring system, and the eave hubs speed up the assembly process. Taking this Swiss Gear down is easy as well. I didn’t have a problem fitting it back in the storage bag which is rare with tents lately.
St. Alban Weather Features
Swiss Gear St. Alban Family Dome Tent w/o rain fly
The St. Alban comes with a water resistant sonic-welded polyethylene floor that works wonders at not letting water seep through the bottom of the tent during wet weather to ruin your trip. The fabric of both the tent and the rain fly are coated with water repellant to keep the contents of the tent dry. Also the seams are designed to not allow leakage. This isn’t the perfect tent for high winds, there will be some moving around, but we didn’t have a collapse and we didn’t blow away. The corners are designed to help in high winds though. The windows are large and provide plenty of air flow. If their is no chance of rain I recommend removing the rain fly. The mesh roof will add more air and a night view. the d shaped door is a nice touch. The built in floor mat is a nice feature as well, allowing you to easily clean your shoes and feet and keeping dirt out of the tent.
There are shoe storage areas near the door that have both inside and outside access. The attached floor may keeps the inside of the St. Alban clean. Ther is port for power cords so you can power your electronic devices without having to leave the door open. there are some handy storage areas. the mesh roof is a nice touch.
As usual with every tent I come across the stakes aren’t well designed, but I always have aftermarket tent stakes ready for any camping trip. They are relatively cheap for good quality.
At this writing the Swiss Gear St. Alban was 33% off at Amazon. Click to check current pricing. This a good deal for a quality family tent.
Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 at 2:25 am
Swiss Gear Montreaux Ten Person Family Dome Tent Review
Swiss Gear Montreaux Ten Person Family Dome Tent
Just returned from a three day camping trip and had the opportunity to stay in a Swiss Gear Montreaux Ten Person Family Dome Tent. It was a good experience. The assembly was quite simple. Swiss Gear says two people are required but I believe one could do it. The corded poles are part of what makes it so easy. It shouldn’t take more than 20–25 minutes to set up. The rain fly is the only part that may require a second person.
• Base: 17.5 ft. x 14 ft.
• Center Height: 84 in.
• Area: 177 sq. ft.
• Weight: 37 lbs.
The Montreaux is a very spacious tent. It is made to sleep up to ten people. We only slept five but we had room for storage plus extra space. The tent can be divided into two rooms to provide privacy or to use as a living area. The divider is easily positioned out of the way when needed. The height is nice. I was able to stand in most of the tent without slouching which is uncommon in a dome tent. The two smaller side rooms are a bit shorter though.
Swiss Gear Montreaux Weather
The Swiss Gear is supposed to be a good weather resistant tent. We only had a light sprinkle but we stayed dry. The rain fly is big enough to do its job. The tent is coated with a water repellent. The floor is also water resistant but you should use an under tarp anyway. The mesh roof is nice for air flow and star gazing without the bugs eating you up. The windows are large enough to get good air circulation or to help you keep an eye on the outside world.
There are plenty of slots and pockets for storing your items out of the way. The two side rooms are good for extra storage. The stakes could be better but that is the same with all tents these days. Overall the Swiss Gear Montreaux is a good tent that can be had for a good price.. It is currently 40% off with free shipping at Amazon. Click to check Amazon.