When I arrived home from work, my new tent was sitting on the porch waiting for me. I didn't really have a chance to even open the box because I had to head out to clean out our Cub Scout Pack's camping trailer.
It was dark by the time I got home, and I immediately opened up the box to check things out. I was disappointed that it was already late at night and I wasn't able to go outside and set it up. And they were calling for rain the next day so I wouldn't be able to set it then either.
So I did whatever any crazy camping person would do, I decided to set it up in my bedroom.
The only real negative review on this tent was about the ability to set it up. They said it was confusing and impossible. Other reviews contradicted the negative ones explaining it was actually pretty easy. So I spread it out and put the poles together and made an attempt. 10 minutes later I was nearly in tears and was certain I had made a huge mistake. Then I looked down and realized that not only were the corner grommet tabs color coded for pole placement, but there were actually color coded lines on the tent showing you where to place the poles. So I realized I had to flip the poles over and then it took maybe 2 minutes to set it up. I felt like an idiot, but at least I figured it out. I haven't had time (or room) to put the rain fly on, but I'm sure it's no problem either.
This is the tent my mom is thinking about ordering as well. My cousin gave it high marks. She said there was a lot of heavy dew in the morning all over the rainfly, but inside the tent was bone dry.
Now we're hoping we have a chance to test out the tents on an actual camping trip before we hit the trail!