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Moss StarDome II Tents Review

Moss StarDome II


Description
2-person, 4-season


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Weight
8 lbs. 8 oz.


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Review Date
November 12, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Pete ,  Backpacker

Summary:
One of the best tent designs ever. The hooped vestibule alone is worth the cost of entry. Just came back from a trip in Olympic National Park where we were buffeted by 40 MPH winds and driving rain for three days, and stayed snug as bugs. It's a bit heavy by today's standards, but worth it if you plan on going up high. Though they stopped making these long ago, you can still find them on EBay. And the workmanship was so good, and the coatings so thick, that they hold up well. It's also worth noting that some former Moss people run a tent repair shop in Camden, ME, so they can pretty much fix anything that goes wrong, even put in a new floor

Customer Service:
Moss is defunct

Similar Products Used:
North Face Oval 25


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Review Date
June 24, 2009

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Value Rating
 2 of 5

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Reviewed by: DONALD WALTER ,  Backpacker

Summary:
Bought about 10 years ago, use in cycle camping primarily.Have been in torential rains and 80-90 km/hr winds and survied, dry. Poles have broken way too easily. Very heavy packed and big (10lbs with foot print). Have also camped in winter and works well.Not easy to set up especially in the dark. The red color from floor leached out when tent was packed wet and now rest of tent is "pink", still works though.

Customer Service:
Replacement poles took 3 months to get all the way from west coast to east coast.

Similar Products Used:
Kelty Tents, Morpho AR Tent


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Review Date
February 10, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Value Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: imtrk ,  Car Camper

Summary:
I have one of these for sale in mint condition if anyone is interested. Original USA made one. Was purchased back in 1995 by a family member who passed and it has NEVER been used. I was told it was purchased for over 400$ Canadian. Email me if interested: imtrk at yahoo.ca


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Review Date
March 26, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: pgander ,  Mountaineer , from Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Summary:
I puchased my Stardome in the summer of 2000 after a fairly extensive review of various tents and manufactures. The 2000 Stardome was the last year Moss tents were made in the USA. I chose the Stardome over the TNF Mountain Tent (which was my second choice) for the following reasons. The Mountain Tent is over a pound heavier and has a smaller floor area. In addition the over all internal volume of the Stardome is greater (due to the cathedral ceiling) and as a result more livable. Upon closer inspection the attention to detail on the Stardome was clearly superior to that of the Mountain Tent. The quality of the workmanship is truly second to none. Although the Stadome utilizes one less poll then the Mountain Tent (which contributes to it's lighter weight) the geometry of the polls creates and extremely stong design more than capable of handling anything one should encounter. The tent has withstood and performed beautifully in all my Sierra, Rockies and Cascade mountaineering trips in all seasons. Most recently I was caught in a late fall snow storm at 12,400' with high winds 50-60 mph and received 2' of snow over an 8 hour period and the tent was completely unfazed. My partner and I were safe and comfortable through the duration of the storm. The only improvement I can suggest would be the installation of a small peak vent thru the fly, which would work well with the existing mesh ceiling window to aid in the escape of excess heat/moisture paticularly during a torrential downpour when venting through the doors is not a viable option. I couldn't be happier with my purchase and can recommend the Stardome to anyone in need of a sturdy weatherproof four season shelter. However, good luck in finding one as the tent can no longer be found in its current incarnation. MSR has taken the basic design and removed one of the doors and the tent is now called the Fury. Although I prefer two doors the changes MSR made has reduced the weight by about a pound. That's not a terrilbe trade off for the loss of a door.

Customer Service:
I had a few to many one night and while milling around my tent I trip over one of the guy lines and fell into the tent snapping two poles and puncturing the pole sleeves in two places. Moss customer service repaired the sleeves at a small cost and gave me two new poles free of charge. Excellent service. Cheers!

Similar Products Used:
SD Meteor Light (Good Spring to Fall tent)
SD Light Year (Great tent for solo trips)


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Review Date
May 28, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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 4 of 5

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Reviewed by: John ,  Skier , from Not sure

Summary:
The StarDome is an excellent, versatile tent. I bought one about four years ago and I've use it for all types of trips.
I've taken it backpacking, climbing, sea kayaking, and skiing and it has been great in all instances. It holds up very well in heavy rain and is bomb-proof in wind and snow. I bought this tent specifically because it has two doors and a hooped vestibule. This makes for better ventilation in warm weather, easy access to your gear, and extra space in the event that you find yourself stuck inside for a few days.
Keep in mind that it's not a big tent and it's a little heavy for its size. It's also expensive ($350 was a sale price) but you get what you pay for.

Customer Service:
No problems yet.

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North Face Arrowhead
Sierra Designs ??


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