The Ozark Trail Dome Tent Series is available in the 2-person, 3 person, 4 person, and 6 person sizes to accommodate to a wide range of campers needs. They are highly popular choices for outdoor camping in mostly warm weather, but with the right preparation campers have used them in cooler conditions.
They are known for their great low prices, where you’re still getting top quality compared to other ones on the market in this cost range. With slightly different designs for each one, they all offer something different in terms of features, specs, and of course, color options.
Being in the same series of tents, they stick to the modern approach with some variances to accommodate to the different capacities.
But the real question is, what truly makes these such much-loved models? Despite being on the lower price end, are they still worth your money?
Today we’re uncovering every detail about these models and showcasing why these are some of the best dome tents on the current market.
Ozark Trail Dome Camping Tent – Full Review of All Sizes
Our First Thoughts
We love this line of dome tents because they are all similar, yet each one has an individual feel to it to establish the differences between the capacities.
Firstly, the 2p has a more rectangular design, where it’s quite lengthy. This gives a lot more space to stretch your legs when you sleep. The fly on this one has a roof vent plus a vestibule, so you’re getting excellent value here for a smaller size.
The 3p has a squarer base, providing added storage space. It’s great for couples or even a lone camper, and we love the protection you’re getting. This one looks perfect for warm weather camping, as the mesh roof has large panels compared to the other ones. The door is huge, so it feels like there’s more space than there actually is.
For the 4p, this is clearly the most standout fly because it has the front storage locker, and the rear folding feature. We love how you can control how much mesh you want exposed and ventilation levels, making this a smart choice for both warm and slightly milder weather.
Lastly, the 6p again has a different design, also with a cool rainfly construction. We’re loving the look that it gives, with the exposed pole framework. It isn’t something you see all the time, so it’s a nice design choice.
Important Specs at a Glance
92“L x 56“W x 44“H (2p)
84“L x 84“W x 42“H (3p)
102“L x 96“W x 48“H (4p)
120“L x 108“W x 64“H (6p)
4.95 lbs (2p)
5.64 lbs (3p)
7.8 lbs (4p)
13.8 lbs (6p)
2 People (2p)
3 People (3p)
4 People (4p)
6 People (6p)
18.9” L x 8.27” W (2p)
Approx. 20” L x 8” W (3p)
22.75” L x 8.6” W (4p)
45.2” L x 7.87” W (6p)
Polyester & Mesh
Fibreglass Poles (2p) (3p)
Steel Poles (4p) (6p)
Low to Medium Rating
2-3 Season Use
Overview of Features
- 2,3,4,6 Person Sizes
- Rainfly with hooded vents & small awning
- Shock-corded fiberglass frame
- Freestanding design
- Full mesh roof
- Large rear vestibule
- 2 triangular doors
- E-port access
- Mesh storage shelf
- Lightweight under 5 lbs for easy transport
- Carry bag & stakes included
What We Love – Our Top 3 Features
Discover what we think makes these tents unique from others on the same market. We will mention which feature relates to each model, or if there are certain aspects that relate to all the sizes.
GOLD QUALITY – Spacious for All Sizes
Thanks to the very well-done dome designs, these tents all feel incredibly spacious and comfortable to spend time in. We can definitely see ourselves comfortably hanging out inside, reading a book or playing cards, when the weather isn’t great outside. The walls don’t sag or droop, and you can easily kneel and stretch without feeling claustrophobic.
SILVER FEATURE – Door Protection
On all models in this range, the door protection is excellent. Each on has a fly with small awnings that extend over the door. In light to moderate rainfall, the water gets guided away from the door so that the water can’t get into the stitching.
Since this part can be quite a weak spot in terms of leaks, we love that each model considers this, as the rainflies aren’t full coverage and you need that protection.
BRONZE HIGHLIGHT – Plenty of Storage
We think this an important aspect to mention because you can never have too many storage options while camping. You’re probably nodding your head in agreement as I say that things can get pretty messy while camping, especially trying to figure out where to put all the bits and bobs.
You want your valuables and emergency items at easy reach, like your phone, torch, first aid, map, drink bottle, and so on. In all sizes of this series, each one has great storage options. At least 2 mesh pockets can be found in each one, with the 4p and 6p increasing to 3 or 4.
Main Overview – Breaking Down Every Detail
As mentioned in the above Top Features section, the rainflies on each model are very well-designed. They all have mini canopy parts that stretch over the front doors and prevent any leaks that could form in the door stitching and zippers. There are a few models, though, that have some different aspects within their fly covers.
The first is the 2p, which has a rather large vent at the very top, with a hood to keep you dry inside when it rains. Also, this version has a rear vestibule, which is super handy for storing your gear to leave more space inside for comfort.
The 4p has one of the most individual designs that we’ve seen, due to the rear folding system and the small outer closet with the mat. While the locker part isn’t actually connected to the fly, we thought it relevant to include it in this section as it works best when the fly is on.
At the back, the fly separates into 2 flaps. You can control how much mesh is left open, allowing you to let more or less airflow through. The small locker can be access from both the inside and outside, and it’s so convenient for keeping dirty shoes and other items away. The triangle mud mat lets you store other things, while they are protected from light rain with the fly awning.
Finally, the 6p also has an interesting rainfly. It’s already built-in on the rest of the tent body, leaving the upper frame exposed. Since the poles are steel, they’ll remain durable against winds and other elements. Plus, you don’t need to fuss with constantly taking the fly on and off.
The awning is very pointed, so it shields the door well. On the other hand, it may get a little hot inside if you’re summer camping because you can’t take the fly off, so consider this before camping in the middle of a heatwave.
The 2p and 3p are both perfect weights and sizes for backpacking, hiking, and bicycle camping, even if you’re on your own. Even though they’re not the most ultra lightweight on the market, it’s important to consider how much protection you’re getting at affordable prices compared to premium models.
These aren’t meant for extremely rough back country camping, but they’re some of the best in the low to mid-range competition. Even the 4p and 6p can be used for backpacking and so on, but you should share the load with your camping buddies.
All models use highly durable polyester for the tent body, with slightly thicker polyester for the fly and flooring as they need the most durability. Plus, the rainfly on each edition has completely sealed seams for increased protection. This makes this tents waterproof, but only to a small degree. Due to the lower prices, you can’t expect extreme protection here from highly intense weather conditions. These tents are made for 2 to 3 seasons, with mild to moderate weather.
In terms of wind resistance though, these all do well, and this is mainly due to the aerodynamic nature of the dome. They all sit quite close to the ground, and both fibreglass and steel poles withstand a good amount of wind. Obviously, the steel frames in the 4p and 6p versions will be more robust, but fibreglass still does well for the smaller sizes.
Most Asked Questions – We’ve Got You Covered
Is the framework strong?
Fiberglass is used for the 2p and 4p, so they are strong but not as durable as the robust steel that is used for the larger sizes.
Can you fit a queen mattress?
All sizes in this range can only fit one queen air mattress. In the 4p and 6p though, you can comfortably fit 2 single or twin airbeds for added comfort.
Our Final Thoughts
For all these sizes, it’s clear to see that you’re getting fantastic quality at very reasonable prices. Even though the 6p does jump quite a bit when you compare it to the difference in cost of the others, you’re obviously getting a much bigger floor space with room for storage as there is more people and more gear.
Utilizing high-quality materials for dependable weather resistance, innovative rainfly designs, heaps of storage solutions, and a spacious feel, these Ozark Trail Dome Tents are clear winners. For occasional camping on weekends or casual vacations, these are all top choices.