Wanted to love this tent also
Took this tent on 2 road/camping trips. Each one was 30 days long. To keep my 4 kids, wife, and black lab warm and dry is my main goal. Here is how it held up:
Pros: love the design, color, general shape, and ease of putting up. Love the three separate rooms ( 3 people in one room, 3 in the other, gear in the middle), height is good, holds up in a strong wind (lots of guy line tie downs but get better stakes)
Cons: front door, huge problem. It's just a big flap with a zipper on each side but no zipper on the bottom. The bottom flap is not taut (this is where the door flap meets the bottom) so critters can get in and our dog escaped several times when she heard coyotes. Also, water can leak in during rain fall. Continuing on, water collects in a big puddle just above the awning cover and above the door flap. After a 8 hr, non stop rain in Yellowstone, I went to open the front flap, my head hit the puddle from the bottom and all the water rushed into our tent.
The foot print I bought with it did not perform well. Water soaked right through then into our tent.
Three tent poles broke on three separate occasions in the middle of our road trip. Ugh!
Overall, this is a fair weather tent designed for mild conditions. Slumberjack was awesome though, they replaced all tent poles, they even sent one express to a city near our campsite while on the road. GREAT customer service! All their products are good, just not this one