The Core Dome Tent Series Review – Want to Buy a Family Tent?

Core Dome Tent Series (3-9 person)

Core Dome Tent Series (3-9 person)
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Size and Comfort

7.0/10

Weather Proof

8.0/10

Weight

7.0/10

Ease of Set Up

9.0/10

Dismantling

9.0/10

Accessories

7.0/10

Durability & Quality

9.0/10

Pros

  • Very affordable price
  • Highly water resistant
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Impressive panoramic views through the mesh sides and roof
  • Very easy to set up and disassemble

Cons

  • Core 6 and 9 are quite heavy
  • Low-quality zippers
  • Have been some complaints about the pole quality

If you’re looking to buy a family tent in a range of different sizes that provide superb weather protection then the Core Dome series could be just what you need. This range of tents has a number of sizes to choose from, making them suitable for both solo trekkers and family campers alike.

In my research into family-sized tents, what really made the Core Dome series stand out was it’s patented H20 Block Technology. Although it’s far from being hurricane proof it can take quite a beating and still leave you dry in the morning. It does this through a combination of water-resistant fabric and active bead technology for faster rain runoff. The Core series comes in four different sizes that are all highly affordable. Beginner campers and more serious trekkers will find something to love in this tent series.

Size and comfort

The Core Dome tent series comes in four different sizes. The specifications for each one is as follows:

Core 3

Floor Size: 6.5Ft x 7Ft 
Center Height: 19 inches
Weight: 7.1 Pounds

Core 4

Floor Size: 7Ft x 7.5Ft 
Center Height: 24 inches
Weight: 9.5 Pounds

Core 6

Floor Size: 7.5Ft x 8Ft 
Center Height: 26 inches
Weight: 16 Pounds

Core 9

Floor Size: 16Ft x 9Ft 
Center Height: 6ft
Weight: 20 Pounds

Each tent comes with a removable rain fly that when removed exposes panoramic views through their mesh windows and ceiling. An advanced venting system is designed to draw in cool air from the ground while hot air escapes from the mesh ceiling. This makes for a comfortable tent in all weather conditions.

Overall the comfort level isn’t bad with this tent series. It will hold up well against most downpours and strong winds making it a solid investment.

Ease of Set-up

Instructions for set-up are very straightforward and can be done in under 10 minutes with practice. Even the larger versions like the Dome 9 can be set up in little time by just one person.

Dismantling

When breaking camp, it’s just as easy and each tent fold up nicely in its storage/carry bag with no stuffing or awkward bulging. Even if you’re not a serious camper you’ll have no trouble figuring out how to set it up and dismantle it.

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Durability and Quality

This tent series is made from high-quality materials that can stand up to a lot of wear and tear. The patented H20 block technology ensures that you’ll stay dry even in a torrential downpour while the adjustable air vent means you can get plenty of ventilation even when you’ve got it almost stuffed to capacity.

The zippered privacy panels on the doors and windows allow you to keep your gear organized while the mesh bags, which includes an overhanging ‘hammock’, give you plenty of space to store any extra gear. Reviews so far have been very positive on the durability of these tents with no complaints or major issues yet.

Best Applications

How best to use these tents depends on which size you go for. Depending on what your height is you may want to get a size bigger then you think you need. Being a very affordable range of tents though this shouldn’t be a problem. The Dome 6 and 9 are great for families, providing lots of space and the views from the open mesh make for beautiful mornings if you’ve chosen your camping spot carefully.

Seasoned campers and beginners alike will find that this tent holds up to most weather and environment conditions with ease. Even if you’re expecting bad weather the H20 block technology should ensure a good night’s sleep with no fears of wet or damaged belongings in the morning.

Customer Experiences

Reviewers have loved its waterproofing and ease of set-up. not to mention the great views through the wire mesh and roomy interior if the right size is chosen. The ventilation is another great plus that people are loving, thanks to the mesh ceiling and adjustable air intake. Those in warm climates though may find that it gets quite hot in the morning due to the open mesh but that can be avoided by camping in the shade.

Some reviewers have complained about the quality of some of the materials, most notably the zippers and plastic poles which are not of the best quality. Provided it’s still under warrantee you should have little trouble replacing these but it’s still a nuisance.

     

Manufacturer

Core equipment started out in the Midwest with a dream to bring the joy of the great outdoors to everyone. As a privately owned and founder-led company, they strive to bring great service to their customers and innovative products each year. Their product range includes tents, lights, chairs, sleeping bags and all the other gizmos any outdoors enthusiasts could need.

Accessories to consider

Series campers will find these few extra pieces of kit really useful, especially if you head out regularly.

Image Portable LED Camping Light with Ceiling Fan

The Core series provides some incredible views through its wire mesh sides and roof but that same mesh can also cause a lot of heat buildup in the morning. This part camping light part ceiling fan by Image can help you deal with that. Constructed with military grade materials this dandy piece of kit can be easily installed by a hook to the hammock style mesh net on the top of any Core tent. No stumbling around in the dark for your flashlight when you’ve got this.

 

Kotap 10 x 16 Ft Heavy-Duty Tarp

This heavy-duty Tarp by Kotap serves as a great footprint for the Core 9. Depending on which sized Core tent you chose its recommended that you get a good tarp to go with it. It will provide an extra bit of protection against rips or tears while also keeping it nice and clean. This model by Kotap can be easily fitted into the Core 9’s carry bag and when spread out provides just enough space that the tent pegs won’t interfere with it.  

Coleman Tent Kit

Broken pegs rarely happen at convenient times. It’s far better to be safe than sorry when it comes to camping so ensure yourself against nasty surprises with this tent kit by Coleman. Four 10-inch steel pegs will ensure you get a firm grounding which can be secured with the rubber mallet and removed again with a stake puller. The nesting hand broom will allow you to keep your tent clean which will be especially useful when packing up.

Features

  • Core H20 block technology provides superior water protection
  • Adjustable ground vent for good ventilation
  • Electrical cord access port (fully closeable when not in use)
  • Sealed seams and fully tapered rain fly
  • Interior mesh pockets on the walls and ceiling

Pros

  • Very affordable price
  • Highly water resistant
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Impressive panoramic views through the mesh sides and roof
  • Very easy to set up and disassemble

Cons

  • Core 6 and 9 are quite heavy
  • Low-quality zippers
  • Have been some complaints about the pole quality

Conclusion

The Core tent series has some great family tents to buy from that are both affordable and show good weather protection. Their rain resistant abilities and superior ventilation allows them to earn a high place among many reviewers those some complain about their poor quality poles and zippers. Still, given the price tag, even for the Core 9, these are some great tents that can hold up against some pretty tough conditions and provide great comfort.

The 360 panoramic views are enough for it to win my praise on a good camping trip. Just be sure you choose the right size. The Core 6 and 9 are quite heavy and even the Core 3 still weights over 7 pounds which is no easy weight to carry on an extended trip. Once you get it in place though, the rain resistant protection and 360-degree morning views will have you loving it every morning.


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