BUY IT ONLY FOR DRY WEATHER CAMPING!!!
Well, I owned this tent a few times, buying a new one every other year. First of all, i would like to mention all good things about it. First and foremost it is an inexpensive, spacious, and easy to setup tent. I personally used it as a 2 person tent, with queen size inflatable bed inside, and a whole lot of available space for all our gear, rods, and all other comfy things, even a mini coffee table. Few times we did fit in a third person, but had to give up on the queen size.Once we was 4 bodies total, with sleeping bags, but it's kind of not comfort driven.However, the "Four Buddy" setting was comfortably Next to each other, not on top of each other.
Anyway, we was all happy with the tent in nice dry summer trips to PA, and NJ. I did recommended my close friend to buy one also and he did. The "positiveness" lasted up until we went for another 3 day car trip do Delaware Water Gap into well expected 3 day thunderstorm/rain conditions. That was BAD! The 450 fly coating of this tent's fly successfully survived only the first day of light rain and no wind , but then was a heavy rain night! Oh Lord...In the middle of the night i found myself, alongside to my "significant other" wet, cold and extremely unhappy with our dripping tent.Same applied to my buddy and his Gf in their(but identical)tent. The rain fly, indeed, could have been lower on the sides, because the winds was blowing that rain water right in from below,the zipper leaked through, and 450 mm rain fly was definitely not ready for heavy rain/wind condition. Condensation, in turn, was also the issue in between the rains. I had to build an improvised tarp from 30 gal. black garbage bags, but it did not stood a chance at a first wind blow. We had to scoop out the water from inside after each time it rained heavy, and not to mention that all our stuff was soaking wet. At times, it felt like our (all wet) queen size bed was floating on the water inside of the tent. We was drying our necessary outfits on the campfire during the day, and at night we was all soaking wet again because of leaks and condensation in the tent(s). That was some unforgettable experience.
Well, my dear friends campers, it's a time for the conclusion.
If you want an inexpensive tent for base camping, car camping or a day-beach camping for VERY comfortable 2 person stay in dry and warm weather - this is a good and very inexpensive choice.BUT, If you are expecting moderate-to-heavy rain with some wind, then this is definitely NOT a good choice. Humidity is also an issue as this tent tends to collect/accumulate condensation very well.Since then, I am always buying something within $200-300 USD, that will perform better, last me a few years, able to accommodate up to 4 bodies next to each other,and will handle north-eastern PA-NJ-NY weather conditions. And most of all, remember, it's not always "what you paid for that's what you get! I have owned a couple of tents with well over 350-400 USD price tag and they truly was not worth a dime so i was forced to return them, and i had a tent for a fraction of that and i was very happy with it. Perhaps I will need to buy one this summer, and The Coleman Sundome will not be on my list.