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I have owned this tent a little over a year now and have used it in a variety of venues during Alaska's late spring, summer and early fall. First off let me say I think the concept of the Hoopster is great, but it needs modification/refinement. After much angst and contemplation, I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase this tent. I rarely purchase unproven technology/system designs, and this tent reminded me why. There are some good aspects to this tent, it is very roomy and the material is very strong. I was never concerned with the strength of the center pole or hoop. In May of last year I sat on the side of a mountain for two days straight with my 4 yo son in 40+ mph winds and temps ranging from the mid 20's to low 40's, and the tent took it like a champ. However, the downsides to the tent are significant and they are ease of setup and waterproofness; with waterproofness being the biggest downfall. As far as setup is concerned, the tent is not easy to setup solo, especially with cold fingers, and the colder the ambient temp the harder it is to get the hoop inside the fabric ring. Add wind and cold and it can be VERY difficult, reference the side of the mountain in May. Concerning weatherproofness, in the past year I have endured about 20 nights of moderate to heavy rain in this tent and not once was I dry. MH ships the tent with seam sealer, but only states that one of the seams needs to be sealed, this is not true. All the seams on the fabric ring need to be sealed by the user, and the one tube that they send is not enough. That though is really not a big deal, what is the issue, is that to truly get a waterproof tent one has to actually seal the tent fabric itself about two inches below the fabric ring, which is a very large surface area. It is not difficult to get the hoop in the fabric ring, but without fail I noticed as the temp drops at night the ring slides out of the pvc/fabric ring and onto the tent fabric, which causes the tent to leak, on your head, all night. Additionally, I purchased the seprate floor, this is a waste of money. It is not tight enough and allows moisture to flow in the tent due to a drooping wall. In its current state I would not recommend this tent.
I do not recommend this product.
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