Core 9 Person Extended Dome Tent Review
Below, we have a detailed review of the Core 9-person extended dome style tent. We have reviewed this family camping tent based on several factors. These factors are tent setup, tent structure, person capacity, ventilation, the material used, seasonality, additional features, packed size, and weight. So, let’s get started…
1. Tent Setup
The tent setup is an essential factor to consider when investing in any tent. When you are planning for a camping trip with your family or friends, you will need a tent with a fast setup. No one likes to waste half of the day just pitching the tent instead of spending quality time out there. The Core 9 person dome tent comes with a total of five poles. These poles are fiberglass construction. So, you will need to be a little careful while handling these poles.
The two main flexible poles create an X-shaped structure. These poles create the central dome area. The two additional poles create the side extended part of this dome tent. The remaining pole is short in length, and it is used for the small brim above the door. Therefore, it becomes essential to properly stake down this tent to the ground because it is not a freestanding structure.
As per our experience, pitching the Core nine-person extended dome tent takes around fifteen to twenty minutes. If you get familiar with the tent setup, then you will take less time. You can also reduce the first-time pitching this tent by practicing it in the garden before heading to the camping ground.
2. Tent Structure
On tent setup completion, you get a huge and modern looking tent. This tent seems eye-catching in the orange color. It is also available in the wine color option. The door is available on the front. This door comes with good quality zippers for easy operation. A window is also available on the opposite side of the door. Another good thing is that the ceiling is all mesh. Hence, you will be going to enjoy stargazing at night with your kids.
The central height of the Core 9 person extended dome-style tent is around 72 inches, or we can say 183 cm. Kindly note that it is an extended dome structure. The tent height decreases when you move from the center to the sides.
Still, you will get the right headspace to move inside the tent. This tent comes with a partial-coverage rainfly that covers the mesh sections of the tent. As per our experience, structure-wise this tent will perform very well in a hot summer climate.
3. Person Capacity
The Core 9-person extended dome-style tent is considered as a family camping tent. The tent base dimensions are 16 feet x 9 feet. This tent offers you 144 sq. ft. i.e. 13.4 sq. m. of total floor area. The declared person capacity of this tent is 9 person.
Hence, you get 16 sq. ft. or we can say 1.48 sq. m. of floor area per person. The company has described the person’s capacity for this tent based on how many sleeping pads can fit on the tent floor.
However, when you are camping with your family or friends, you will have bags, camping gear, essentials, supplies, and other elements. This stuff will consume some floor area Inside the tent.
Moreover, it is a single-room extended dome style tent. It will be better to say that this tent is best for up to 5 people in a group of friends or parents with up to three kids (for family camping).
The company has also declared that the Core 9-person extended dome family camping tent can fit up to three queen-size beds. This is very true, but not much space will be left after inserting three queen-size beds. For a better experience, two beds can be inserted, and still, you will have good space to store your camping bags and easily walk around. You can check out some best 8 person family tents here.
As we already mentioned that structure-wise, Core 9-person extended dome family tent is best in hot summer camping. This tent will be going to perform very well in ventilation. There is a window available on the door. Another window is available on the opposite side of the door. These windows are right in size, and they are double-layer structure. These windows come with mesh and zippered panels. You can keep open the windows without worrying about blood-sucking mosquitoes and bugs.
Apart from that, the entire ceiling of the tent is mesh. This mesh ceiling will also let you enjoy stargazing at night with your loving ones. You can sleep under the stars without leaving the tent. An air-intake ground vent is also available opposite the side of the door and below the door. Therefore, the ground vent and windows will intake the cool air inside the tent. The hot air will rise and leave the tent from the mesh ceiling.
Resulting, these openings will maintain proper air circulation throughout the tent. The condensation build-up issue is common in most camping tents, but due to excellent ventilation, you don’t need to worry about it. When it is raining, you can put the rainfly over the tent. You can keep opening the window on the door because of a small brim or awning above the door.
5. Material Used
Good quality materials are used in this tent. Very durable 68D polyester is used as the tent fabric. The company has not given any information about the waterproof ratings of the tent, but they have mentioned the Core H20 block technology. This technology includes water-repellent fabrics, and all tent seams are sealed. It also contains active bead technology.
The fly is also waterproof. This tent includes a partial-coverage rainfly which means it doesn’t cover the tent entirely to the ground. The tent fabric is also water repellant and not waterproof. You can use this tent without worries in the summers. This tent can correctly handle little drizzles. But, we highly recommend not to use it in a heavy downpour or extreme weather conditions.
As per the above dissipation to this point, it is obvious that the Core nine-person family camping tent is for summer camping. This tent has several openings along with mesh sections. It will perform very well to provide good air circulation throughout the tent. As we already said that company had not given any information about its waterproof ratings.
But, this 9 person family camping tent from Core comes with H20 block technology. It has sealed seams and also features active bead technology. It will perfectly keep you dry in light rainy weather but make sure not to use it in heavy rainy conditions. The tent poles are of fiberglass construction which is not a very durable material. You have to be careful while handling it.
7. Additional Features
The Core 9 person extended dome style family camping tent also comes with several additional features. It includes an electric cable port. Hence, you can get access to an electric cord and use gadgets like a laptop in your tent. A gear loft is available on the center ceiling of the tent. This allows you to keep your small belongings and stuff safely.
A lantern hanging hook is also available under the gear loft. You can light up your tent with a lantern. There are several storage pockets also available on the tent walls. These allow you to keep your small stuff like smartphones, keys, torch lights, lighter, etc.
8. Packed Size and Weight
The packed dimensions of this tent measure 27 in x 9 in x 9 in or we can say 69 cm x 23 cm x 23 cm. The packed dimensions are good such that you can easily transport this tent to the camping ground even on a two-wheeler like a motorcycle.
Talking about the packed weight, it weighs around twenty pounds only, or we can say 9.07 kilograms. Despite its huge assembled size, this tent comes with a reasonably packed size. The tent poles are of fiberglass construction which is a lightweight material. The tent package includes a gear loft, a carry bag, a tent, a rainfly, poles, stakes, and a lantern hanging hook.
Does Core 9 Person Extended Dome Tent Worth It?
Yes, it is entirely worth to invest your valuable money in this tent. You don’t need to buy a new tent every year because it is a very durable tent that will last for decades. The Core nine-person extended dome family camping tent offers 144 sq. ft. of total floor area.
You can easily fit up to three queen-size air-beds on the floor. This tent provides 72 Inches of peak height. You get good headroom space inside the tent. Pitching this tent is also quite easy and takes around fifteen minutes to set up.
There are five fiberglass poles included with the tent. There is a window available on the opposite side of the tent. A window is also available on the front door. All windows are with mesh and zippered panels. A floor vent is also available opposite the front door. The entire ceiling is with mesh. This tent will perform very well in terms of proper air circulation.
Good quality materials are used in the tent. The tent fabric is 68D polyester. It also comes with Core’s patented H20 block technology. It includes active bead technology, water-repellent materials, and all sealed seams. The fly is partial coverage and creates a small awning above the front door.
Therefore, you don’t need to close the window on the door when it is raining outside. An electric cable port, several small storage pockets, a gear loft, a lantern hanging hook are the advantageous additional features of this tent.
The packed size and weight of this tent are also perfect despite its huge size. All these useful features are packed in this tent very innovatively. Price-wise, the Core nine-person extended dome tent is an unbeatable option as a family tent for summer camping. If you’re looking for something different, check out Coleman Evanston 8 person camping tent review.