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Spacious and weather-resistant, the Wenzel Great Basin 18-by-10-foot dome tent sleeps up to nine campers in its two
rooms, making it ideal for large families or smaller families with lots of gear. The Great Basin is made of rugged,
weather-repellent Weather Armor polyester with a polyurethane coating for reliability, helping it keep water out and
warmth in. The sonic-sealed polyethylene tub-style floor, meanwhile, is welded and not sewn, eliminating needle holes
that might otherwise attract water seepage. And campers will love the variety of ventilation points--including two mesh
back-to-back D-style doors and two polyester mesh windows--all of which are aided by an updraft ventilation system that
improves the overall airflow.
The Great Basin is also easy to set up, with a shock-corded fiberglass frame and a pin-and-ring system. And when it
comes time to hit the sheets, you can either create one huge sleeping room or roll down the divider curtain to create
two separate rooms. The rooms can function as individual bedrooms for the campers or as a sleeping room and living room.
Other details include two gear lofts for storage, two hanging pockets, a removable fly with a hoop frame over the door,
and a storage duffel.
* Base: 18 by 10 feet
* Center height: 76 inches
* Area: 159 square feet
* Capacity: 9 people
* Stakes: Steel and plastic
* Carrying weight: 24 pounds
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 buy 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 specifically designed for summer backpacking or other activities. Many premium
tents will also feature pre-sealed, taped seams and a silicone-impregnated rain fly for enhanced waterproofing.
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 and Tunnels
Tents are broadly categorized into two types: freestanding, which can stand up on their own, and tents 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 floorplan 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 lighter. 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
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 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.