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Tent Showcase: Zempire Aerodome III Classic

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9  (more 9 berth tents)
36.00 KG
1,600.00
3
Fully Sewn-in
Inflatable
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9/10 from 3 reviews

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3 Reviews of the Aerodome III Classic

By: Becsmum  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 06/02/2016

After much research last year we bought an aerodome III. Like a previous reviewer we previously had a large khyam tunnel tent, which we had been pleased with, and were looking for something a similar size, with separate sleeping areas, but also something that wasn't so heavy as to be unmanageable, or so big that it wouldn't fit in the boot of the car.

We are very pleased with the Zempire, it is a good quality tent, with ample living space. At the moment we use 2 of the sleeping pods, but don't use the third inner, so have extra living space. I like the option of having the third sleeping area as the children get older and need more room.

It is quick and easy to erect given its size, although does take a bit of time to get pegged out correctly particularly if on uneven ground due to it being a cross shape, but we are getting the hang of it!

The ventilation system is excellent and really makes a difference when camping in hot weather, but equally is not draughty in cold, windy weather. Condensation was also kept to a minimum.

The front porch is quite small, although big enough to store shoes/ chairs etc, so is handy, and I like the fact the door tucks away neatly into the pocket. We are considering buying the additional porch for use on longer trips!

My only small criticism is that there is only one entrance/ exit door, it would be good to have an additional one at the back for when not using all the sleeping pods, but otherwise a great family tent.
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By: Alpjim  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 24/08/2015

I was recently lucky enough to borrow an Aerodrome 3 and thought I would leave a review of it for others to read. This is the largest of 3 designs based around the same inflatable dome (all other inflatable family tents are based on a tunnel system).

Despite it''s size it was remarkable quick and easy to pitch once you had worked out the system. We pegged it out and then methodically inflated each tube to the recommended PSI with a large pump. We found the tubes needed another person to wiggle them as they inflated as they seemed to fold over on themselves. We sent our daughter inside the deflated tent to hold up the dome as it was blown up. Even though it was windy the tent flapped a little but pegs kept it in place and didn''t move as we inflated it. I have always found this a problem when threading long poles. The poles (tubes) just bent when the wind caught them. We guyed out thicker webbing straps and the rest of the pegging loops and the tent stabilised, they're were plenty more guys which we didn't use. Each end of the tent has 2 low guy ropes which open mesh vents and made the sides a lot more taught. We were glad of the ventilation during our holiday but I can imagine these vents causing unwanted draughts on british colder nights / days. The 3 pods have more pockets on them than we knew what to do with and there was plenty of hooks and loops to hang lights from at night. Tthe entrance porch kept the rain off the carpet and was a handy place to store shoes and hang wet coats.

Downsides - It took us a couple of rolls to get all of the air out of tubes and fly sheet before we could get the tent anywhere near the size to fit back into the bag. Again this might just be inexperience and something we''ll get better at. My only bug bear of almost all large tents is the cheap heavy pegs.

Following the loan of the tent we have ordered an Aerodome 2.
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By: FreddieBear  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 31/07/2015

Having had a Kalahari 10 we decided it was time to upgrade to an inflatable tent but nearly all the ones we looked at had the bedrooms at one end of the tent then a living area then a porch. Having had bedrooms at opposite ends with the Kalahari 10 we like the 'privacy' that comes with having them separate and when we saw the layout of the Aerodome III we immediately liked it.

There is a square, central lounge area and then a bedroom of three of the sides of the square. The final side of the square is the porch exit.

As the design is influenced by the New Zealand market rather than the British market there are some bonuses.

The canvas feels thicker than many British makes. Apparently this is because tents tend to burn up quicker in New Zealand due to a hole in the ozone layer above the islands. This made it feel warmer on the chilly nights we had.

There are many more vents than you tend to find on UK tents - due to the fact that New Zealand is much hotter than the UK.This is a great advantage on hot days as you can unzip the back of each bedroom inner, undo the full height curtain and then unzip the vent at the back. When we first pitched it was very warm but within a few minutes of opening each bedroom vent it was comfortably cool.

Other features of the tent.

There is a canvas square which hangs from the cross point air vents of the inner square and it is a great place to hide things like keys, matches and other items you don't want youngsters to get hold of.

There is plenty of hanging pocket space both inside and outside the bedrooms. Ideal for the items that you lose unless you have a nook to put them in.

Access to the inflation points is via little flaps making it very easy to inflate and you don't have to try and get into little nooks and crannies. They can also be used as extra vents if needed.

Guy ropes have reflective strips wound into it making them easy to spot in torch light.

The carpet and bedrooms are kept in place by a tent peg system within the tent which then has drawstring clips on them to ensure that the ground is hidden away along with the tent poles. Quite ingenious really.

During recent high winds and rain storms it stood up very well with very little movement from the air poles. We were very pleased with this fact as several other tents on the site struggled a lot more.

De-pitching is very easy and took us all of ten minutes to take down and put away. Simply undo the caps and let the air whoosh out.

One big advantage of the putting away is the bag. Unlike many UK tents the bag is much larger than the tent which means putting the tent back into the bag is so much easier. You can even leave the bedrooms clipped in, fold away the tent, roll it into the bag and then use the straps on the bag to tighten it up around the tent. Much, much easier.
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Manufacturer's Description

Aerodome III Classic is a similar layout and design to the Aerodome III Pro but with a lighter fabric and slightly smaller footprint. Aerodome III features 3 large format rooms located around a central living area. This layout allows all rooms to have their own entry / exit and creates the ultimate privacy for a large family.

The Aerodome III layout features 3 rooms on each side of a central living area. The rooms (or privacy pods) can also be removed to create a large open plan living space.

The front wall of the central living area can completely zips open. This creates a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor living areas of the tent.

The front vestibule area is an ideal outdoor indoor space providing protection from the sun and elements, while the two large windows offer light while blocking wind and rain. The vestibule area also creates a transit zone during wet weather allowing you to remove your wet and sandy gear before entering the tent. The large front door can be closed keeping wet gear safe and secure.

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