Dome Tents - A Popular Choice of Backpackers
Family Dome vs Cabin Tents
Dome tents are now some of the most popular tents on the market. These days it is not just backpackers who are opting for the dome style but families are also choosing this style over the traditional cabin style option.
The increase in the popularity of the dome tent is due to a number of factors. Firstly, they are lighter than cabin styles because of the light weight aluminum or fiber glass poles used. They pack down well and take up very little storage space which makes them easier to transport.
Single or family Dome tents are relatively quick and easy to erect and strike. The Khyam flexi-dome tent can be erected in approximately 20 seconds which makes them a very attractive option if you have to put it up in the pouring rain (they also dry quickly due to their polyester fabric).
In terms of price, they are usually a lot cheaper than cabin models and they don’t require as much care to look after them. Some of the larger tents also give you the option to attach extra pods if you need more space or conversely remove pods if the extra room is not needed.
One of the downsides of the dome is the fact that the living areas are not as spacious as a cabin styles due to their irregular curved walls.
Some of the most popular dome style tents are manufactured by Coleman, Columbia, Ozark, Wenzel, Kelty, Hillary, Sunncamp, Outwell, Vango and Aztec.
If you’re like the look of the dome but you want more of the space and comfort of a cabin tent, a good compromise is the Cabanon Cancum which has large windows, aluminum poles and uses polyester fabric.