One name two different tents! One GREAT, one TRASH!!!
I believe I have stumbled across the disparity in the ratings of this tent. Let me start out by saying that I bought one of these tents last year. If you look at the pics in the Kmart ad, there are two different tents under one advertisement. One has a grey bottom strip, and one doesn't. While the one with the grey bottom strip keeps any ground water out, the overall tent is garbage! It doesn't have the side ridge poles, the fabric is inferior, and the lack of side ridge poles and the poor leg system makes this tent basically unusable. The fabric rips, the loops tear, the legs bend (if they don't come that way already, and due to the lack of side ridge poles, the whole tent sort of slumps and is not taught and beautiful. This tent comes in a red bag. The tent that comes in the black bag, has side fabric that goes all the way down to the ground. Now if you are exposed to a monsoon, you may get ground water inside, but under normal conditions, you should be fine. This tent has side ridge poles that make for a nice taunt set up and a beautiful and very sound structure. Having had the later set up through high winds and rain, I know that it holds up to the element. Wanting a second tent, we ordered one online. When it came, it was in a red bag. I thought that was strange, but who cares about bag color. Setting it up was a nightmare. The fabric tore, the tabs ripped out and the legs bent. I couldn't get it to stand up and look nice. When my son came over and a small wind came up that took it down, he was helping me put it away and he noticed the lack of side ridge poles that I had not noticed. These poles make for all the difference in the world. Calling Northwest Territory she asked which model number we had as there are several manufactures of the family cabin tent. I guess they don't give the manufacturers their specifications, but allow them to build any tent that looks the same. So, if you want a GREAT tent, buy the one in the black bag that has the fabric going all the way to the ground and you will be very happy with your purchase. If you see a red bag, run the other way as quickly as you can!
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