TOMOUNT Keep 8-Person Tent is a freestanding tunnel type 2-room tent with one door and five windows, suitable for summer family camping.
- Tunnel tent.
- E-cable port.
- High waterproof rating.
- Single door.
- 5 Windows.
- Fiberglass poles.
- Very affordable.
Where to buy
This TOMOUNT 8-Person Tent is available on Amazon, so please follow the link to check shipping conditions. Note that they sell several of their tents at the same link, this is the largest they have currently.
What type of tent is this
Here you have an interesting design, the tent is tunnel type with 4 poles that create the usual arches, but there is yet another ridge pole that crosses the arches and attaches to the tent at the two narrow sides of the tent. So this addition is what makes it freestanding. This is visible in the picture below which shows the roof structure of their blue tent:
The picture above also shows the windows organization, you have 4 separate windows plus one on the door. All of them are double layer construction with mesh and zippered panels.
The tent is with a partial coverage fly so this allows you to have unobstructed views around. It is quite high, the peak height is 72 in (183 cm). There is a divider so the tent is formally a 2-room structure.
Note that this is Amazon’s Choice product, and this implies it is highly rated and well-priced, and they can ship it immediately.
Who is it for
Capacity-wise, the tent is officially for 8 people. They write it is ‘roomy for 8 adults’ but let’s see what this tent really offers. The dimensions are 14 x 9 ft (427 x 274 cm) so it is indeed possible to place 8 sleeping pads on the ground. The area is 126 ft² (11.7 m²) and in the case of 8 users this would give 15.7 ft² (1.46 m²) per person. So this is far too small and it is best to downgrade it to 4-5 people.
Seasons-wise & climate-wise, I see it as a tent for warm weather camping, so a 2-season tent for late spring, summer, and late autumn. The roof is all mesh and this is not the best option for a cooler environment.
The declared waterproof rating is high, and all the reports seem to confirm that it is very reliable and will not leak. But the tent is with a partial coverage fly, with many zippers on the windows, and this means many chances for leaks. The tent is also very high, so all in all, I see it best suited for calm weather (see more below about the fabric).
Weight-wise, with its 17.64 lb (8 kg) of weight, this is a lightweight tent, you will see how it compares with some other tents of this type, there is a comparison table below. The area/weight ratio is excellent.
The packed size 26 x 8.3 x 8.3 inches (66 x 21 x 21 cm) is also very good, so you can transport this tent even on a motorbike. The setup is simple, and you can make it ready in 10 minutes or so. So if you are on a motorbike tour with your friends, this might be a tent to consider.
They do not provide any info about materials, but the poles are fiberglass and you have them 4 for arches plus one short for the brim above the door. The usual pin and ring system is in place for connecting the poles with the tent’s base.
The fabric is polyester, this single word is all they provide. But there is also a statement about 4000 mm waterproof rating. There is no info available about the floor material and its waterproofness. One could assume it is the same but in such things, I do not like to guess, the floor is an important part of every tent.
So I asked them and got this reply: “Our tents are designed to protect you under the light rain and the gusty wind of grade 8”. This answer makes no much sense to me, ‘the light rain’ and the mentioned 4000 mm rating for the fly just do not fit together, such a rating is supposed to be perfectly enough even for hurricane-type rains. So perhaps the given rating should not be taken seriously.
This tent has plenty of mesh area, the whole ceiling is mesh, plus all the windows with mesh. So this looks very good, but I miss seeing floor vents. They are necessary in the case of prolonged rain when all the windows must be closed. Though the two windows on the opposite narrow sides are partially protected by the fly, so you can keep them at least partly open with mesh. This will create at least some cross flow of the air.
- The tent has an electrical access port shown below.
- There are a couple of small storage pockets on the wall, far from enough, pity they did not add them more.
- They offer a 1-year full replacement or refund warranty.
Good and less good features & rating
Here is my short summary:
- Great price.
- Large windows.
- High waterproof rating.
- Freestanding tent.
- Too small area for the declared capacity.
- Not enough storage elements.
- No floor vents.
The price & rating
This tent is on the market with the price tag around $160 and this is a true bargain. As mentioned above, they sell it on Amazon together with several other tents, there is a rating by customers but it is far from clear which tent it is for. But the rating is exceptionally high 4.8/5.
My own rating is a bit different, I use the same criteria for all the tents in the site and apply them consistently, so you can make an easy comparison. Have a look at how I rate this tent:
My rating breakdown of the TOMOUNT 8-Person Tent:
- Declared capacity: 8 people.
- Weight: 17.64 lb (8 kg).
- Dimensions: 14 x 9 ft (427 x 274 cm).
- Area: 126 ft² (11.7 m²).
- Area per person: 15.7 ft² (1.46 m²).
- Peak height: 72 in (183 cm).
- Packed size: 26 x 8.3 x 8.3 in (66 x 21 x 21 cm).
TOMOUNT Keep 8-Person Tent vs Competitors
A nice way to understand the features of such a tent is to compare it with some other tent built in the same or similar style. So in the table below I give two, the Slumberjack Overland 8 and Wenzel Blue Ridge 7. Both are tunnel tents but the former is a single-layer type, and I choose it on purpose, to show that the Tomount Tent is lighter although it is a double-layer tent.
Note that the Tomount Tent is bigger of both tents yet it is still lighter. So as I said above, this is indeed a lightweight tent for such a big structure.
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Floor size, sq ft (sq m)
Peak height, in (cm)
Tomount Keep 8
Payable Every Month
Wenzel Blue Ridge 7
Payable Every Year
Slumberjack Overland 8
Payable Every Year
fiberglass & steel
So as you realize, this TOMOUNT 8-Person Tent is a remarkable structure, lightweight, very packable, and with some unique features. The tent is new on the market but it is gaining popularity, no surprise when you see its price. Note that they also have a nicely designed cabin tent for 6 people.
This site is all about family camping tents, so just look around if you need a different option, you will see them in hundreds. You might want to check also this Ozark Trail 16′ x 9′ Modified Dome Tunnel Tent which is a hybrid type as the name suggests and freestanding as well, and with the same type of ridge pole which makes it self-supporting.
Note that I have no business relationship with this brand, and this is not a sponsored text. What do you think about this tent? Please share your views, there is a comment box below. Have a nice day.