- Past OR future Camino
I came across the Big Sky Soul when we were talking about free-standing tents for albergue yards, about this time last year. I was so impressed by this review that I bought it.I'd be interested to know what the lightest dome you can find is. I had a really cheap dome tent after uni. It lasted over 20 years and was brilliant in all weathers. Totally agree about free-standing. Unless the weather was bad, I rarely needed to peg out the tent and very easy to set up on concrete etc.
I figured that even if I don't use it in the blowy Scottish highlands it'll still get taken on lots of other trips - like the camino.
What with everything going on last year I only slept a couple of nights in it. And TBH going back to 'legs in first' into a pod shape took some re-adjustment.. Also it is going to get wet at the head end if the entrance is opened in rain. If conditions look windy then you need to fix the internal ties to the poles - and this is very fiddly and not something you'd want to spending a lot of time doing in rain. But that's the only design negative I've been able to find so far. It is definitely much more stable than it looks, but I wonder if the 2-person, that weighs only 150g more (if the spec sheet is correct) - is the better all-round option, with the greater width creating more stability. Anyway there'll be more 'testing' on Dartmoor in the next month or so...