The Slumberjack Aspen Grove 8-Person 2-Room Hybrid Dome Tent is an extensive dome framework with two entrances, a large porch generated by the fly, and a stargazing setup.
- Type of extended dome.
- 2 Doors.
- Points of entry that are not wet.
- 2 Rooms.
- Loft for gear.
- Configuration for stargazing.
- Port for an ethernet cable.
- Excellent value.
What’s in a name?
I’d begin with the words ‘hybrid dome.’ This translates to an extended dome tent without the fly, as shown in the image below. As you can see, it has a pair of additional loops on the sides that allow for extension.
Because of this looping, the tent must be staked to function, which is why it is not self-supporting. However, remember that the tent has an additional pole supporting its porch, as shown in the picture below where the fly is in place.
So now you have a place to keep your gear. This space is relatively high, so I prefer to call it a porch rather than a vestibule. This part is comparable to their Slumberjack Riverbend 10-Person Tent.
The tent has two identical doors, but the back door lacks a porch. There is a small brim, so this is another dry entry point, as shown in the image below. These features are appealing to me.
The detachable divider in the pictures above creates two asymmetric rooms. Look for a gear loft attached beneath the central dome.
Configuration for stargazing
As shown in the image below, the fly allows for stargazing setup. As a result, this is yet another fantastic detail in the design of this tent. You can use this when the sky is clear, and you are not cold.
The poles: You have an entire of six fiberglass poles. Even in much more costly tents, this material is commonly used. Everything is color-coded for an easy setup. Plan on about 20 minutes.
The fabric: The fly is made of polyester taffeta and has a water-resistant evaluation of 1200 mm. The flooring is made of polyethylene. So these are all common materials for low-cost family camping tents. See how the carry bag looks with handles and loops.
- The gear loft has a lantern loop.
- E-port for easy access to electrical cords.
- You have a mud mat attached.
- In the dark, reflective guylines increase visibility.
- A carry duffle that expands for easy repacking and storage.
You’ve already seen how much mesh is on the roof of this tent. The image below also depicts how it appears in the camp. So far, so good, with a lot of surface space for air exchange.
However, there are no floor vents here, and as you can see, the side wall is relatively high, so having a few additional venting options would be helpful when the fly is on. The fly also lacks vents, but the back door has a high brim, allowing vapor to escape.
Who is it intended for?
In terms of space, the tent is officially designed for 8 people. You have 144 ft2 (13.4 m2) of space on the ground for this. This equates to 18 ft2 (1.7 m2) per person. The porch adds 20 ft2 (1.9 m2), which is alright. However, limiting it to at most 5 people is best. However, remember that this is still far more than The North Face Wawona 8 Tent can offer.
In terms of best use and climate, there is no doubt that it can be used for 3-season camping. The lack of vents makes it difficult to recommend it for a hot and rainy climate. However, when the sky appears clear, you can enjoy it by watching the star’s features.
With a peak height of 72 inches (183 cm), the tent is moderately tall, and its aerodynamics are not bad. However, because of the rear door brim and the fly that does not go to the ground, it is unsuitable for highly windy conditions.
With a weight of 23.3 lb (10.57 kg), this is a lightweight tent, and I give it a high rating. The packed size is also excellent; the figures are listed in the specifications below.
The price is simply amazing, representing excellent value for money.
- Official capacity: 8 people.
- Weight: 23.3 lb (10.57 kg).
- Dimensions: 192 x 108 in (488 x 274 cm).
- Floor area: 144 ft² (13.4 m²).
- Floor area per person: 18 ft² (1.7 m²).
- Porch area: 20 ft² (1.9 m²).
- Inner peak height: an in (193 cm).
- Peak height: 72 in (183 cm).
- Packed size: 24.5 x 9.75 x 11.5 in (62 x 25 x 25 cm).
- Warranty: According to the Slumberjack website and Amazon, the tent has a 10-year warranty. This sounds incredible for such a low-cost tent.
Final thoughts, rating, pros and cons
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