Have you ever wondered if an inflatable tent is a gimmick or a legitimate camping genius? That’s what we set out to find out in our Dometic inflatable tent review of the Stradbroke 4 TC Air. Dometic has become a household name in Australia for anyone who loves 4×4 adventure, van life and camping gear. Known for its impressive range of refrigerators/freezers, RV accessories and cooking equipment, the century-old brand has recently begun expanding into a range of tents, with an emphasis on freestanding, rooftop and vehicle-mounted. One approach they pioneered is the concept of inflatable tents designed to withstand tough conditions. We’ve heard a lot about Dometic’s inflatable tents, but we’ve never had a chance to test one out until recently. The company contacted us and wanted to know if we’d be interested in trying out the Dometic Stradbroke 4 TC Air inflatable tent. Since we had just sold our motorhome and had been downsized to a 4×4, we were looking for great camping gear that was comfortable, durable, versatile, and innovative. Will Stradbroke live up to the hype? Read on for our full Dometic inflatable tent review to find out. Wondering if the Stradbroke 4 TC Air is right for you and your family? Read our inflatable Dometic tent review to find out! Dometic Inflatable Tent Review – Is It Worth It? We grabbed our inflatable tent and headed straight into the great outdoors to see what it would be like in the real world. Dometic likes to push the “Mobile Living” mantra, so in the back of the 4×4 the tent went in and soon we were parked and ready to camp. We strongly believe that all of our camping equipment should be able to be set up or set up with one person, so Alisha worked on camera while I tried to set up the inflatable tent for a good night’s sleep. Check out our detailed video review here! While the bag and tent itself are heavy, at 25kg, the wheels and handles made it easy to move it into position from the back of the vehicle. Unzipping the bag everything was ready to go, including the instruction manual, which was really helpful. The way the tent works is that instead of regular tent poles, Dometic uses a revolutionary system called the ‘AirFrame’, with 4 inner tubes inflated to form the frame. I disassembled the tent, pulled out the hand foot pump, put on the first valve and started pumping away. The tent started forming pretty quickly, and with one airframe pumped up, I moved on to the next. All in all from being flat on the ground to being fully inflated took about 7 minutes, which impressed me considering it was the first time I’d ever seen the tent, let alone set it up. The tent was set up with all the guy ropes. Now that the tent was raised, I had a chance to take a proper look. There are three rooms, two fully enclosed and one outside section, with the back room also able to be separated into two different bedrooms – perfect for a family or friend who wants a bit of privacy. The inside height is just over 2m so there is plenty of standing space for these tall people. The material was robust Weathershield™ TC (Technical Cotton), which was heavy duty with fully sealed seams against rain. There are plenty of windows and doors to provide excellent ventilation (perfect for the hot Australian summers), and the windows have fly screens to keep mosquitoes and other insects out. Plenty of storage is found everywhere, including mesh nets for hanging shoes, food, and other gear. I opened the whole back room. On the ground, the tarp was thick and waterproof, making it feel like it could handle most terrain. Although, to be honest, I’d probably throw an extra rag under it just to be safe on rough terrain. After I inspected the inflatable tent, I walked around and finished tying all the guy ropes. And damn, there were a lot of them. The QuickPitch™ system made it very easy to secure the tent using the provided tent pegs and a hammer, you just need to clamp the bottom tightly and then use the buckle to apply the necessary tension to the rest. It took a long time to tie all the ropes, but under normal circumstances, not everyone would need to be extinguished. Once everything was tight I walked around and gave the tent and its airframes a good shake, and it held up to violent violations pretty well. Finally, the pack came down, worked the other way around, and the Dometic inflatable tent simply folded away and, much to my surprise, it stowed into the carrying bag without too much trouble. The Stradbroke 4 TC Air is pretty hefty in size, at 2.1m high, 5.4m long and 3.2m wide, which means it’s not exactly the kind of product you’d take with you if you only have space in your caravan, RV, 4×4 or motorhome for smaller tents. But the biggest part is a small price to pay for a massive family tent designed for the outdoors, with room to stand, multiple compartments and heavy-duty materials to protect you from the elements. Considering who the Dometic Stradbroke 4 TC Air was designed for (and not for people who like light weight or need a tent for hiking), we think it’s a great product. Overall, we give it an 8.5/10 in our inflatable Dometic tent review. The tent is next to the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado for size comparison. Who is the Dometic Stradbroke 4 TC Air for? The Dometic Stradbroke 4 TC Air inflatable tents are for people who love to go car camping, set up a base at a campsite and then go on adventures from there. It’s not for people who need a tent for hiking, have limited space in their car (or can’t store the tent on the roof), or need something lightweight. This tent is really for families or groups of friends. In our opinion, it’s overkill for a couple, unless you plan to live apart from him for an extended period of time. Also while it’s fairly painless and quick to set up and pack up, it’s not a tent we’d recommend for people who are likely to be commuting camping every day. Instead, think of it as an epic base camp if you’re planning to stay somewhere for a few days, go to a music festival, or just need plenty of space to heat up, rest, and dry off. PROS is very easy and quick to set up considering its very spacious size for a 4 person tent. Great for couples or small families Highly durable material The air frame is strong and durable Easy to pump up rooms using the supplied foot pump Strong tie straps to hold the tent in place when there are windy nights Large windows for ventilation. We like that no poles are required so they can’t come apart or break. The inner tent is made of dark material so it blocks sunlight and is dark for sleeping You can remove the inner tent to make the tent wider for more people to sleep Cons When it’s packed away it takes a lot of space to store and transport It’s a very large footprint when setting up, not ideal for small campers Not the cheapest Inflatable tents are out there, but they’re still actually more affordable than our heavy-duty carry-on rooftop tent – at 25kg it’s fine for a strong person, but a smaller person might struggle to maneuver on their own. QuickPitch Features – Line the bottom strap taut and adjust the buckle to apply tension. WeatherShield – This specially formulated material helps reduce condensation and regulate interior temperature. HIGH QUALITY FLY SCREENS – Designed for Australian conditions with high quality fly screens to increase breathability. Multipoint Inflation – The durable air columns are individually inflated for the simplest setup and deflation. IMPROVED AIRFLOW – Large oversized windows and gussets improve airflow and ventilation. Cable entry points for 12V and mains cable access. Higher internal dimensions for adults to stand on. Weather protected entry – keeps the rain out What’s in the bag? Here’s what you’ll find inside the carrying bag: Inflatable tent Inner tent (ground cover attached to front entrance. Disclaimer: Dometic provided us with a Stradbroke 4 TC Air tent for review purpose. All thoughts, opinions, and restful nights spent camping are, as always, our own .
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