|Prospector Moonshadow 8- by 8-Foot Dome Tent
|List Price: $59.99
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Ideal for weekend camping trips with friends and family, the Prospector Moonshadow 8- by 8-Foot Dome Tent is large enough to sleep up to four people yet compact enough to fit conveniently on a backpack. The footprint measures eight feet long by eight feet wide and offers a center height of four feet, six inches. Two D-style doors feature built-in windows and provide easy access to the tent as well as providing air flow and ventilation throughout the tent.
The Moonshadow's frame is composed of shock-corded fiberglass poles that allow for quick assembly. The three-quarter rainfly is fully seam-taped and is constructed of water-resistant polyester to keep you dry in wet conditions. No-see-um mesh on the interior will keep bugs away for a comfortable camping adventure. When packed up, the tent weighs a compact 10 pounds and can be easily toted around in the included carry bag. Additional features include a gear loft to keep your equipment organized and out of the way and inner pockets to stash small items.
- Footprint: 8' x 8' x 4'6" (L x W x H)
- Weight: 10 pounds
- Fly: 3/4 rain fly, seam taped pole seam
- Fly Material: 800mm water resistant polyester
- Interior Material: 800mm polyester, No-See-Um mesh
- Floor Material: PE, 1000mm horizontal
- Shock-corded fiberglass poles
- Two D-shape doors with storm cloth zip covers
- Two guy rope attachments and guy ropes
- Inner pockets and flashlight loop tie
What's in the Box?
Tent, rainfly, shockcorded poles, guy rope attachments and guy ropes, carry bag
Amazon.com Tent Guide
Selecting a Tent
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tents for weekend car campers, Everest expeditions, and everything in between. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
Expect the Worst
In general, it's wise to choose a tent that's designed to withstand the worst possible conditions you think you'll face. For instance, if you're a summer car camper in a region where weather is predictable, an inexpensive family or all-purpose tent will likely do the trick--especially if a vehicle is nearby and you can make a mad dash for safety when bad weather swoops in! If you're a backpacker, alpine climber, or bike explorer, or if you like to car camp in all seasons, you'll want to take something designed to handle more adversity.
Three- and Four-Season Tents
For summer, early fall, and late spring outings, choose a three-season tent. At minimum, a quality three-season tent will have lightweight aluminum poles, a reinforced floor, durable stitching, and a quality rain-fly. Some three-season tents offer more open-air netting and are more specifically designed for summer backpacking and other activities. Many premium tents will feature presealed, taped seams and a silicone-impregnated rain-fly for enhanced waterproofness.
For winter camping or alpine travel, go with a four-season model. Because they typically feature more durable fabric coatings, as well as more poles, four-season tents are designed to handle heavy snowfall and high winds without collapsing. Of course, four-season tents exact a weight penalty of about 10 to 20 percent in trade for their strength and durability. They also tend to be more expensive.
Domes and Tunnels
Tents are broadly categorized into two types, freestanding, which can stand up on their own, and those that must be staked down in order to stand upright. Freestanding tents often incorporate a dome-shaped design, and most four-season tents are constructed this way because a dome leaves no flat spots on the outer surface where snow can collect. Domes are also inherently stronger than any other design. Meanwhile, many three-season models employ a modified dome configuration called a tunnel. These are still freestanding, but they require fewer poles than a dome, use less fabric, and typically have a rectangular floor-plan that offers less storage space than a dome configuration. Many one- and two-person tents are not freestanding, but they make up for it by being more lightweight. Because they use fewer poles, they can also be quicker to set up than a dome.
Ask yourself how many people you'd like to fit in your fabric hotel now and in the future. For soloists and minimalists, check out one-person tents. If you're a mega-minimalist, or if you have your eye on doing some big wall climbs, a waterproof-breathable bivy sack is the ticket. Some bivy sacks feature poles and stake points to give you a little more breathing room. Also, if you don't need bug protection and you want to save weight, check out open-air shelters.
Families who plan on car camping in good weather can choose from a wide range of jumbo-sized tents that will accommodate all your little ones with room to spare. A wide range of capacities is also available for three- and four-season backpacking and expedition tents. Remember, though, the bigger the tent you buy, the heavier it will be, although it's easy to break up the tent components among several people in your group. It's also helpful to compare the volume and floor-space measurements of models you're considering.
- Sleeps up to four campers
- Measures 8 feet long by 8 feet wide with a 4 feet, 6 inch center height
- Shock-corded fiberglass poles allow for easy setup
- Two D-shape doors with built-in windows allow for easy entry and exit and provide excellent ventilation
- A gear loft will keep your belongings organized and out of the way
- Family Tent?
I know it is kinda small for a family tent, but we are a family with two small children so we are cozy. So far, we have only set up the tent in the living room for family movie night (we wanted to practice with the tent). Easy set up in theory - much more difficult if you are the wife who read the intructions trying to watch the husband who didn't, (I am quite sure my tongue was bleeding a bit from having to bite it). We live in a mild weather climate so I think this tent will be just right for us....more info
- Not Recommended for Unusual Weather
I took this tent with me to Burning Man 2007. There was a sandstorm.
The seams of the tent ripped and the zippers jammed. If it wasn't for some baby pins, this tent would have been useless.
The price is great, but think about a worst-case weather scenario when buying a tent....more info
- 8 by 8 Foot Dome Tent
because of too many missing pieces, we end up improvising....the rod is also broken..there's a hole in a mesh. bought the item a month before its going to be use and that's when i realized all these problems is during set up time. thought about returning but since its been used and putting it back together is a little tough.
would never buy stuff from these company......more info
- You get what you pay for
If it weren't for the really low price, I would give this tent one star. I paid very little and that is what I got back. I bought two of these tents as supplemental tents for a boy scout troop. On the very first use, one zipper completely failed. Duct tape kept that door shut. A 15 mph gust of wind caused one of the fiberglass poles to break on the second day. Despite the low price, I want a tent I know I can count on for multiple uses in less than ideal conditions. I will definitely upgrade to a better value on the replacement....more info
- Great Price & Easy To Set Up
I bought this tent for a backyard hideout for my 7 year-old. The price was exceptionally reasonable for the quality of the product. Setting the tent up was a breeze, requiring such minimal effort that I, alone, had the Prospector Moonshadow assembled and staked in the ground in less than 15 minutes. The interior is very roomy, easily accommodating an adult-sized cot, camp chair, table and a mess of toys. ...more info
- received used tent
I thought I would be receiving a new tent. Nowhere in the amazon.com listing did it say that I was ordering a used tend... What can I do to get what I really wanted? I "new"... "unused" tent.
Guy rope is missing, inside zip is broken. ...more info
I bought this tent to go to RenFest. We camped out 2 nights and it was freezing cold both nights. Once when I woke up, my fiance's feet were wet and freezing because they had been up against the tent wall. There was dew all over the outside of the tent and every time we moved, some shook down on our faces!! I'm not talking damp, but the walls were saturated. Also, it made me nervous changing in there because i could see people through the mesh. It was just big enough to fit a queen size air mattress, but not much else. I have no idea how 3 or 4 people could fit in this. The zippers worked really well though, and the height wasn't bad, even with a double sized air mattress....more info
- low quality zippers and pegs
I bought this one knowing that I shouldn't expect top quality from a tent this price, however after try it I'm rather disappointed. First, the six pegs included with the tent are too weak to stand against the slightest wind and I should forage for some wood sticks to fix the tent, so you better buy a separate set of heavier pegs before leaving for your first trip. Besides, the second time I set it up the main zipper for one of the doors broke down and I had to spend the rest of the day with this door open, mend it back at home and use just one door from then on (until it fails too I guess). Consider spending twice as much if you can and prefer to stay free from this headaches....more info
set up tent in my backyard and so far it seems to be a good product... setup would not be easy for a beginner, but i know the tricks to get it up i like the dual exit/entrance doors in my mind so far, 100%...more info
- Exactly what we had in mind
I purchased three of these tents for my cub scout pack to loan out to families who wanted to camp but didn't have tents. These were an excellent choice. They were very easy to set up, have lots of floor space and best of all are cub scout colors! I couldn't have asked for a better deal for the money. My cost was under $100 for all three. The tents will be used for years to come. ...more info
- DO NOT BUY THIS TENT
I bought three of these.
The zippers are total garbage. Very very light weight heads (or whatever you call the thing you pull). One of them broke in half even with careful use--our entire trip, it seemed, was about the zippers on the tents--making that tent useless. The other two tents had to have the zippers fixed over and over again--we had to coax them back on their tracks, painstakingly and time-consumingly.
Material is flimsy in the extreme--a slight wind kept us cold all night. Rainfly is preposterously small.
The clips (attaching tent to poles) are made of very cheap, very brittle plastic. They are also quite small and inefficiently designed. I broke one on the first set-up, and I was being ridiculously careful as it was already clear that the clips were fragile. Another one shattered when we struck camp.
This was an easy, car-camping short trip in nice weather. The tents didn't stand up at all.
It's not a bargain if you have to throw it away. I bought mine when they cost $33 and change, and I wouldn't take one now if you paid me that much to do so. They are not worth the room they take up.
It doesn't deserve the one star I had to give it. Amazon: we need a NO STAR option. Actually, we need a Negative Star option....more info
The tent worked out perfectly for my wife and daughter on there girl scout camp out. She said that it was very easy to put up, and take down, and was alot bigger than we had thought....more info