The Core 6 Person Dome Plus Tent with Vestibule 10′ x 9′ is a ventilated 3-season car camping tent, easy to use, reliable, and very affordable.
Key features & benefits
- Dome style tent.
- 1 Door.
- E-cable port.
- Floor vent.
- Great price.
What this is about
This Core 6 Person Dome Plus Tent with Vestibule 10′ x 9′ is from their recent series that includes also a 9-person tent. The word Plus in the name is used at the brand’s site. This is just about pre-bent poles that create a bit more volume than what you would have in a classic dome style tent. You can see this detail in the picture:
But this extra volume is not really drastic, and this is a feature available in many tents on the market. You can see it also in the Coleman PEAK1 6-Person Dome Tent and the Cabela’s Big Country 6-Person Cabin Tent. The latter is with the pre-bent poles that make it almost like a cabin tent.
The base size is the same as in their another Core 6 Person Lighted Dome Tent with Full Rainfly. Below you can see how the tent looks without its fly, so you realize that this is still almost a simple dome.
On the other hand, the word Vestibule is a part of the official name, but this is not really a vestibule. It is a porch that creates a dry entry because the only door is fully covered and protected. See how it looks in the picture below. Clearly it offers a bit of rain protection so you might store a few things there, and you can also use it for sitting under the shade.
If you really want a vestibule, check their tent mentioned above which is with a full coverage fly that indeed creates a vestibule.
The mentioned porch is supported with an extra pole, and this is why the tent is not fully freestanding when the fly is on. So it must be staked to be functional.
The tent has a rear window shown in the picture below. One more is on the door. You also have a cable port to pass the power cable if you have such an option in the camp, see the picture.
Inside, you have several pockets for storage of smaller items and to keep them off the ground. There is also a lantern hanging loop on the ceiling.
The poles: You have already seen a few details about the poles, so you have them three and this is a fiberglass material standardly used in budget camping tents. They attach to the base through grommets, and on the canopy you have clips and sleeves.
The fabric: They use a 75D polyester fabric that resists wear and tear, ensuring that it can withstand all your outdoor adventures. They call this the H20 Block Technology, and it combines water-repellent fabrics with a fully taped rainfly and sealed seams. The waterproof rating is 1200 mm, and this is quite enough.
The floor is a 115 gsm polyethylene, note that this is catenary cut and not a bathtub style. The tent comes with a full set of 12 stakes that are 7 inches (18 cm) long, plus all necessary guylines.
You have already seen that there is plenty of mesh on the canopy, and the same is on the two windows. But they have also added a floor vent which you stake out as shown in the picture below.
Note that the vent is fully closable, you have a zippered panel from inside, see below how it looks. This is a great detail which is not so frequent in tents.
Who is it for
Regarding the area, the tent is officially for up to 6 people, and for this you have 90 ft² (8.36 m²). So this is the same area as in the mentioned Cabela’s tent. This implies 15 ft² (1.39 m²) per person, which is not much. Below you can see how they think you can use the space.
Regarding seasons & climate, I see it as a true 3-season tent, it is ventilated for warm weather camping, and some of its openings are closable if you feel cold.
The tent is low profile, the peak height is 66 inches (168 cm) and it is quite aerodynamic. But such a partial coverage fly and porch are not the best option for very windy places.
Regarding the weight, the tent is moderately light with its 18 lb (8.2 kg), but this is not so important as this is a car camping tent. More important is its packed size and the tent can be described as a bit bulky. See how it looks when packed into its carry bag.
Regarding the price, this tent is a true bargain, a great value for the money, and you have such a renown brand behind it.
- Weight: 18 lb (8.2 kg).
- Official capacity: 6 people.
- Dimensions: 10 x 9 ft (305 x 274 cm).
- Inner area: 90 ft² (8.36 m²).
- Inner area per person: 15 ft² (1.39 m²).
- Porch area: 10 ft² (0.9 m²).
- Peak height: 66 in (168 cm).
- Packed size: 27 x 9 x 9 in (69 x 23 x 23 cm).
- Warranty: 1-Year Limited Warranty.
Final thoughts, rating, pros & cons
Overall, the Core 6 Person Dome Plus Tent with Vestibule 10′ x 9′ is a functional and well-built tent that offers great value for the money. It is an excellent choice for those who want an affordable option from a reputable brand without compromising on quality.
Whether you’re embarking on occasional outdoor adventures or looking for a reliable car camping companion, this tent meets the requirements with its practical features and affordability.
Below you can see how this tent stands against my standard rating criteria that I apply consistently to all of them here in the site so that you can easily compare:
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