• Dome-style tent sleeps up to three
• Rain shingle layer provides enhanced weather protection and superior water repellency
• Gear loft organizer with mesh utility pockets to stash your stuff out of the way
• E-port for electrical cord access, protective fly
• Flex style door and two windows with inside zippered storm flaps
Gear loft/organizer. E- port. Shockcorded fiberglass frame. Zippered duffel carry bag.
Amazon.com Product Description
Enjoy the great outdoors with the affordable Swiss Gear Cheval three-person tent. It has a polyester taffeta with double pass polyurethane coating tent body. The tub style, polyethylene ripstop floor features a rain shingle layer for enhanced weather protection and superior water repellency. It has a Flex style door and two windows with inside zippered storm flaps.
For storage, use the gear loft organizer with mesh utility pockets to stash your stuff out of the way. Other features include an E-port for electrical cord access, protective fly, and shockcorded fiberglass frame. When packed up, the tent weighs 9 pounds, and can be easily toted around in the included carry duffel.
Size: 7 feet by 7 feet by 48 inches
Area: 49 square feet
Weight: 9 pounds
Fabric, exterior: Polyester taffeta with double pass polyurethane coating
Fabric, bottom: Reinforced polyethylene
Amazon.com Tent Guide
Selecting a Tent
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tents for weekend car campers, Everest expeditions, and everything in-between. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Expect the Worst
In general, it's wise to choose a tent that's designed to withstand the worst possible conditions you think you'll face. For instance, if you're a summer car camper in a region where weather is predictable, an inexpensive family or all purpose tent will likely do the trick--especially if a vehicle is nearby and you can make a mad dash for safety when bad weather swoops in! If you're a backpacker, alpine climber or bike explorer, or if you like to car camp in all seasons, you'll want to take something designed to handle more adversity.
Three- and Four-Season Tents
For summer, early fall and late spring outings, choose a three-season tent. At minimum, a quality three season tent will have lightweight aluminum poles, a reinforced floor, durable stitching, and a quality rain-fly. Some three-season tents offer more open-air netting and are more specifically designed for summer backpacking and other activities. Many premium tents will feature pre-sealed, taped seams and a silicone-impregnated rain-fly for enhanced waterproofness.
For winter camping or alpine travel, go with a four season model. Because they typically feature more durable fabric coatings, as well as more poles, four-season tents are designed to handle heavy snowfall and high winds without collapsing. Of course, four-season tents exact a weight penalty of about 10 to 20 percent in trade for their strength and durability. They also tend to be more expensive.
Domes, Tunnels and Sacks
Tents are broadly categorized into two types, freestanding, which can stand up on their own, and those that must be staked down in order to stand upright. Freestanding tents often incorporate a dome-shaped design, and most four-season tents are constructed this way because a dome leaves no flat spots on the outer surface where snow can collect. Domes are also inherently stronger than any other design. Meanwhile, many three-season models employ a modified dome configuration called a tunnel. These are still freestanding, but they require fewer poles than a dome, use less fabric, and typically have a rectangular floor-plan that offers less storage space than a dome configuration. Many one and two-person tents are not freestanding, but they make up for it by being more lightweight. Because they use fewer poles, they can also be quicker to set up than a dome.
Ask yourself how many people you'd like to fit in your fabric hotel now and in the future. For soloists and minimalists, check out one-person tents. If you're a mega-minimalist, or if you have your eye on doing some big wall climbs, a waterproof-breathable bivy sack is the ticket. Some bivy sacks feature poles and stake points to give you a little more breathing room. Also, if you don't need bug protection and you want to save weight, check out open-air shelters.
Families who plan on car camping in good weather can choose from a wide range of jumbo-sized tents that will accommodate all your little ones with room to spare. A wide range of capacities is also available for three- and four-season backpacking and expedition tents. Remember, though, the bigger the tent you buy, the heavier it will be, although it's easy to break up the tent components among several people in your group. It's also helpful to compare the volume and floor-space measurements of models you're considering.
Customer Reviews: Read 2 more reviews...
5 out of 5 stars It's great deal. We love it. March 22, 2006
7 out of 7 found this review helpful
We just use it while we camp at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.
It's very easy to set up and it's also roomy for 3 people (2 adult and one teenager).
This product has a 10 year warranty and it's only weight 9 lbs.
I strongly suggest you to buy this tent for weekend backpacking trips.
5 out of 5 stars Quick set-up, good quality March 20, 2006
10 out of 10 found this review helpful
Set-up's a snap with two people; not bad at all even with one. First night of camping, arrived about 10 minutes to sunset, and had Swiss Gear tent up by myself before dark with time to spare. (Note: Did a practice set-up at home before leaving - it helped).
Quality of stitching and zippers seems good, tent held up in some fairly strong winds. Breaks down and fits easily into the nice carry bag, which has tent set-up instructions sewn inside, not that you'll need them once you've done it the first time.
The window zips closed. The dome of the main tent is screened and cannot be closed. The rain fly goes over top of that.
Very pleased with the Swiss Gear tent after my first three-day trip with it.
5 out of 5 stars Swiss Gear 3-Person 7x7 Sport Dome Tent February 21, 2006
8 out of 8 found this review helpful
I purchased this tent because of the price, it was very reasonable. The tent is perfect. I was able to set it up with my young daughter w/o any problems. The quality is great, the size is perfect and you can definitely fit three people and gear in it.
5 out of 5 stars Great Value February 15, 2006
8 out of 8 found this review helpful
I was very impressed with the quality and comfort of this tent for such a great price. The tent is very big on the inside, I put a queen size air mattress in and had room to spare. I love the mesh gear loft, it has zipper pockets so you don't have to worry about your cell phone dropping on your face in the night. Great buy!
5 out of 5 stars Really excellent value! October 18, 2005
19 out of 21 found this review helpful
I have two other, much more expesnvie tents -- a North Face expedition, and a Bibler. I bought this one for casual weekend camping.
This is a really nice tent! It sets up easily, is spacious, and appears VERY well made and designed. I'm delighted for the price.