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Tent Showcase: Vaude Division Dome

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9.90 KG
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8/10 from 5 reviews

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5 Reviews of the Division Dome

By: Stammie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 17/09/2012

Brilliant tent and very well made. We have got a big Bear Lake 6 for family camping, but wanted something easier to put up and manage when going for weekends and more trekking type holidays. We use it for overnights with two adults and three small children (6,4 & 2) and although snug, was very comfortable with the 5 of us (though any longer than a couple of nights and we would bring another small tent).

The porch is big enough to store all our kit, clothes, cooking equipment etc. Ventilation is excellent and temperature inside the inner tent perfect. Nice little storage pockets both inside and outside of the tent are handy for organising and self-supporting structure makes deciding where to pitch easier by being able to move the tent exactly where you want it. Enough headroom makes getting dressed easier, especially with the kids.

On my own took me 30min to pitch (only second time) including the comfort floor protector which is worth getting to protect the inner tent) and with the two of us about 20 min so should be able to do this quicker if needed.

All in all very nice tent and well worth the money. Had some very heavy winds on one of the trips and hardly noticed this at all in tent. Rain did not come in anywhere, so not sure if that is updated from previous models judging by some other comments.

Very pleased
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By: Stridstrider  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2012

This was our first foray into a family sized tent (2 adults and 2 kids in a 3 man hike tent - we didn't make it through that night!). However I wanted a tent that was basically my beloved geodesic hike tent scaled up.

This is not one of those Mansion sized tents, and we certainly didn't want one. However for a family of 4 we fit comfortably, and can get all our stuff in the front porch with a bit of space for sitting.

It is good and sturdy and the fairly geodesic design means you can shift it about once you've erected it should you want to (we often do).

I love that the bedroom divider zips along the bottom, we usually leave that undone so we can quickly check on the kids if needs be, without the noise of undoing a zip and waking them up.

My other half is 6'4' and the bedroom fits him, but only just. We'll probably sleep a bit more diagonally when the kids move out to their own tents eventually.

Getting it up and down is quick and easy (although we disagree with their pole ordering).

Our first trip in it was beside the sea in two nights of howling wind and rain. It was loud to sleep in with the back flapping about, but stood up to the weather keeping us warm and dry. The same trip did however send us to buy an awning. I personally don't cook inside tents (there's plenty of room if you do), and we couldn't figure a way to create a decent porch to stop being rained on during that trip.

All in all we've done 6 nights in it so far and love our purchase. I expect it to be keeping us warm and dry for many years to come.
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By: Hela  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 27/08/2011

We bought this as an additional quick erect tent for overnight/short stays. It is just that- quick to put up, can be done in less than 10 minutes. Ours came with the comfort groundsheet which is needed- you can't really use this tent with just the small groundsheet provided- especially in mud and rain. However, you can't use it with only the comfort only either on very boggy/stony ground. We bought a Royal groundsheet to go under it and it has made a huge difference. The quality of the elastic on the comfort groundsheet is rubbish, ours has come apart already. However, the quality of the fabric is great. The sleeping quarters is snug. It does not fit 5 people it fits 4 and if you're tall like we are it's very short. The inner also condenses a lot even with the fly screens open and the ends of our matresses/sleeping bags end up wet. They need to include a way to tie back the doors of the inner as they just flap about. On the plus side it doesn't condense that much inside the main tent due to the excellent ventilation. The other design flaw is the door. The zip gets trapped in the material and if it's raining as soon as you open it, it lets in lots of water. It could have also done with a fly screen on the door as well. The back vent has a habit of coming lose from the velcro esepcially if it's windy and as such if it's also raining lets in water. It doesn't let in too many beasties which is great especially if you have kids. It is however a very, very sturdy tent having endured a full on storm and torrential rain. Overall for a quick put up tent for a couple of nights sleep it great (though I've done 4); but although advertised as a family tent I would buy something larger if it's for a proper holiday.
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By: Intengu  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 02/03/2011

Having used this with my brother and the kids for some time now I am downgrading my rating to 6, or 6 and a bit, because it doesn't do so well in wet and wind - the back outside of the tent tends to push on the sleeping area if it's caught in a gust. Water doesn't come through, but it is unnerving.

One of the poles broke when it got driven over by a tractor, and even though it was not a manufacturing defect and entirely a stupid thing to let happen, Vaude replaced it free of charge. Very happy with Vaude's customer service.
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By: Intengu  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 11/05/2009

Being a small-i-can-carry-it-and-walk-quickly tent man, this was my first foray into a bigger tent ownership.

It is good for these reasons:

1. It went up in 20 minutes, single-handed, first time. It's a very intuitive put-up. Easy to shift when up but not pegged out. The poles are colour coded to mini-sleeves. The only technicality is getting the crossing order right on the 2 main poles, and a bit of fiddly sleevery, but nowhere near as hard or laborious as a typical Vango.

2. It has the engineering simplicity of a Landrover and the class of an Audi. Bit boring but sleek.

3. Good porch. Some may not like the porch since the groundsheet is open at the edges, allowing water/creepy-crawlies in, but it's big and povides proper shelter from showers.

4. Nice bedroom pod. Dividable. Suited well for 2 adults and 2 kids. Good baffle at front, ie 6 inches of raised wall. Separator wall comes right out.

5. Its possible to have a small table in the porch and use it. Might be possible to sit round it with the door closed even, but not really our scene.

6. Good ventilation (although as ever condensation on underside of fly in mornings).

7. Suits 4 grown-ups prepared to bunk up in a single-room tent. 5 grown-ups is a tad cosy however. Especially with a snorer.

8. Absolutely 100% weatherproof. Survived Exmoor in August 2008 without so much as drip or damp bit on the floor.

9. Not too bulky when packed, but not compact compared to a similar berth Vango suitcase package.

10. .But then it's easy to pack since you are not expected to compress it, or fold it a special way. It just stuffs in the generous packing sack if need be. It's designed for a car/boat. Some friends took it canoeing and split it 3 ways easily. Inner comes out first if you like (ie it's raining), but you can also leave it in.

Steepish price but I think it's worth the money.

My brother has a Khyam Wayfarer, but he's 'borrowed' the Division Dome semi-permanently and prefers it for quickie weekends away. Some people might find it a bit small for a family tent though

Better with a footprint.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Vaude Division Dome tent is a freestanding family tent with a large front vestibule and a wide entrance. Two large mesh windows that can be closed watertight from the inside ensure optimal air circulation. This family camping tent can be divided into two rooms by a removable inner wall. Leave the inner tent connected to the fly and your next pitch will go even faster. A tent footprint for the inner area comes with the tent (0.36 kg).

* Flysheet: 75D Polyester 185T, PU coated, 3000 mm hydrostatic head
* Inner: 70D Polyamid 190T
* Floor: 70D Polyamid 190T, Aqualine laminated, 10000 mm hydrostatic head
* Poles: Al 6061/7001;13mm / 12mm / 8mm
* 25 pegs, 12 guylines
* 1 entrance
* 1 vestibule
* Tall, asymmetric construction
* Extended vestibule with a big entrance
* Total weight:9.9kg
* Packed size: 67x29cm

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