The Ozark Trail 12-Person Base Camp Tent with Light is a low-cost freestanding dome framework with 8 windows and 2 doors for summer camping.
- Completely self-contained.
- Poles made of fibreglass.
- Structure with a single layer.
- There are eight mesh windows.
- 2 Doors.
- LED string built-in.
- Port for an ethernet cable.
- Large organizer for the wall.
- Extra-large tent.
What is the point of this?
This 12-person Base Camp Tent is part of the brand-new series, including tents for 9 and 6 people built in the same style. This is an easy single-room framework with a diameter of 16 feet. On their website, the manufacturer refers to the tent as the Ozark Trail 16 x 16 Sphere Tent.
As you can see from the photos, this is a fully freestanding and dome-style tent, with poles added from the outside and no additional fly. As a result, this is a one-layer structure. It’s also worth noting that the peak height of this tent is 92 inches (234 cm). There are a few taller tents on the market.
This is the most enormous dome-style tent on the marketplace. I’ve never seen a giant dome tent before. As a result, it has been added to my list of extra-large family camping tents.
LED lighting system built-in
As a result, this built-in lighting system is a huge plus. A Universal Power Bank or batteries power the system with high, low, and medium light settings. The image below depicts the surrounding environment. I’ve added it to my list of lighted tents because of this feature.
Ozark Trail 16 x 16 Sphere Tent – Who is it for?
Capacity-wise: The tent is appropriate for 12 people, but this number is unrealistic for a real camping trip because there is no storage area. However, the total floored area is enormous, 201 ft2 (18.7 m2), which equates to 16.7 ft2 (1.56 m2) per person if shared by 12 people.
So, if used for camping, it can accommodate 6 – 7 people. However, a group of friends in the summer festival or an open-air concert could fit 9 pads on the floor. Because of its size, it can easily fit three queen air beds.
Season-wise and climate-wise: This tent appears to be some expedition tent regarding seasons and climate, but it is not. Here is a summer camping tent for calm weather with little rain. The manufacturer describes it as a three-season tent, but this is not something I would take seriously.
The structure has many poles that cross each other numerous times, making it firm against pressure from any direction. As a result, it will perform admirably in windy conditions.
However, a full-coverage fly would make a significant difference. With so many seams and zippers on windows and doors, this tent should not be used in the rain.
Weight-wise: With a weight of 49.08 lb (22.3 kg), this is a heavy tent with an Area/Weight ratio of 0.84 m2/kg, which is unsurprising given the number of poles. You’ll see how it compares to other tents in the same size range.
One thing is sure: with such a tent, you would want to keep your camping location the same. There are numerous poles and sleeves in this area.
Materials and construction
There are ten fibreglass poles here. This is why the tent weighs so much. Six form the dome, and four go around to add equilibrium, resulting in many traverse points. Everything is colour-coded, and the poles and sleeves come in three shades.
The fabric is polyester, which is about all the information the manufacturer provides. This could be better. There is no indication of a water-resistant evaluation, and as previously stated, it is best to avoid rain.
All of the windows and doors have mesh panels. Unexpected zippers are on all boards, which is unusual for such a low-cost tent. However, this was required due to the dome structure; otherwise, panels on the curved windows would not close the space.
This tent has many windows with mesh and panels, but when it rains, you must keep them covered with boards. So it must rely on vents, which you have here. There are four total: two-floor vents and two ceiling vents, one pair on two opposite sides, and one-floor vent shown above. They are made of mesh and zippers (you must unzip the mesh to raise the Velcro stiffener), so there are no complaints.
- A carry bag is included.
- There are 26 steel tent stakes included.
- See the graphic above for an organizer with a media centre and multiple pockets.
- There are several mesh pockets on the walls.
- The ceiling has a lantern loop.
- An electric cable port is located near one of the doors.
- Type: dome tent, freestanding.
- Declared capacity: 12 people.
- Weight: 49.08 lb (22.3 kg).
- Diameter: 192 in (16 ft; 488 cm).
- Area: 201 ft² (18.7 m²).
- Area per person: 16.7 ft² (1.56 m²).
- Peak height: 92 in (234 cm).
- Packed size: 29.1 x 11.4 x 11.4 in (74 x 29 x 29 cm).
- Warranty: 6-month limited warranty.
Final thoughts, rating, pros and cons
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