OWNER REVIEW - Greatland Backpacking Dome Tent
- GREATLAND BACKPACKING DOME TENT
BY ERICH ROETZ
October 27, 2007
NAME: Erich Roetz
LOCATION: Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
WEIGHT: 170 lb (77.10 kg)
Backpacking Background: I started backpacking when I was Boy Scout
over 27 years ago. I do mostly medium weight backpacking but am
doing more lightweight backpacking now that my son is a Scout. We
camp one weekend a month all year round in temperatures from very hot
(Virginia summers of 100 F/38 C) to very cold (Pennsylvania winters -
below freezing) from sea level to about 2000 ft (610 meters)
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Manufacturer's Website: www.target.com
Listed Weight: 8.5 lbs (3.9 kg)
Measured Weight: 6 lbs 10.1 oz ( 3.01 kg)
Tent Weight: 3 lb 5.5 oz (1.52 kg)
Fly Weight: 14.5 oz (0.41 kg)
Weight of Poles: 1 lb 15.9 oz (0.9 kg)
Weight of Stakes: 6.2 oz (0.18 kg)
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Description: Two person backpacking tent. 9'Lx7'Wx48"H at center
(2.7m L x 2.1m W x 1.2m H. Inverted U-shaped door with double
zipper. The door has a zip up window about half the size of the
door. An inverted U-shaped window with double zipper is opposite
door. The four other panels are mesh vents that can be covered by
the rain fly. The tent is supported by three fiberglass shock corded
poles, seven 2 ft (0.61m) sections that expand to 14 ft (4.27 m).
The rain fly is secured with bungee corded hooks that are hooked to
the base of the poles and reinforced with Velcro tabs that wrap
around the poles. The tent is secured to the ground with six steel
I have used this tent on five camping trips over the past seven
months. I bought it because my son just started in Scouting and I
did not know how well he would like it. Luckily for me, he loves it
and I am able to do some real backpacking and camping with him. We
have been to Moorefield, VA, Goochland, VA, Ft. Story, VA, and Little
Creek, VA. We camped mostly in a pine scrub environment, with the
exception of Moorefield where we set up in a grassy field.
Each trip, I set up the tent and stayed in it solo, but it is roomy
enough for two adults or for three children. It is very easy to set
up, it only takes about 10 minutes to set and take down. As for
comfort, it is okay for me and my gear with a little room to spare.
I can kneel in the tent and have no problems getting around. The
tent comes with a mesh shelf and a hook to hang a lantern. I have
seen that some tents with these hooks are reinforced to the support
poles. Without this support, I am hesitant to hang anything heavier
than a flashlight.
On my first trip with this tent, I put it up at night in a grassy
field. With three poles and a fly, it was very easy to put up at
night. It only took about 10 minutes. I am glad that it wasn't
raining, as the tent has mesh vents along four of the six panels.
This tent's flooring is a little thin, so I put down a ground tarp.
On the second night, we received about 2 in (5cm) of rain and about
22 MPH (36 KM/HR) of wind with no leakage. I kept warm inside with
temp of 40 F (4 C).
My second trip was during the summer in Goochland, VA. By removing
the fly, was able to keep cool in the 80 deg F (44 deg C) nights.
The next two trips with the tent were similar to the second: hot and
humid. I sealed the seams after the second trip. I didn't notice
any leaks, but the owners' manual recommended it and I was negligent
in doing it earlier. It was easy to apply and adhered to the nylon
well. I do recommend doing this in a well ventilated area because of
the sealer. The stakes included are standard steel stakes, but are a
little flimsy and tend to bend in the clay surface of the Virginia
Summary: A little heavy for a true backpacking tent, but it would a
comfortable weight if split up between two people. As the flooring
is a bit thin, it does require a ground tarp. It is a good price for
someone just introduced to backpacking. It is a good tent for the
heavy weight camper or beginning backpackers.
THINGS I LIKE
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
Heavy for backpacking
What I would add:
Support for hang hook
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