Catoma Lone Rider Speed Dome Tent Review

Catoma Lone Rider Speed Dome Tent ReviewI have been trying out three tents from Catoma, a manufacturer of military and civilian tents. This model is called the Lone Rider Speed Dome Tent, which is just right! I was able to set this tent up in less than 5 minutes right from the bag including staking it down and guide lines which is one of the fastest setups I have ever done!

Catoma Lone Rider Speed Dome Tent ReviewThe beauty of this tent is that all poles are already in place. The poles are designed so that they fold while still in place on the tent and this is one of the reasons the tent sets up so quickly. All you do is pull the tent from the bag and straighten the poles till they lock into place. The poles also have spring-loaded latches that can be screwed over the joint to ensure that they don't come loose after the tent is set up. The small screw-in sleeves are probably the most time consuming part of the tent setup, but it has to be done or the joints can come loose in the wind.

Catoma Lone Rider Speed Dome Tent ReviewWhat makes this tent so easy to setup can also be a trade off, because I find the tent is larger in its bag than most tents – it's 27 inches long and 22 inches around, much larger than any bivi I have used. Remember though, the tent is also very large when set up and can fit 2 people no problem which you can't do with most bivis. For this reason I would call this tent a base camp tent, one that would be best used if you were traveling by truck or ATV and weight and size is not an issue.

Catoma Lone Rider Speed Dome Tent ReviewThe Lone Rider is designed to be a one-man tent for motorcycles, but I found the tent to have ample room for two people or one person and gear. On the inside of the tent they also have a large hanging mesh basket that can be used to hang lights and other gear you many need quickly like flashlights. You will also find mesh pockets on both sides, which can be used for smaller items that tend to roll around the tent in the night like flashlights, knives and watches.

Catoma Lone Rider Speed Dome Tent ReviewThe floor of the Lone Rider is standard 70D with a bathtub design floor, which is what you want when it comes to tents so you're not getting splashing into the tent from puddles that may accumulate overnight. Another nice feature of the Lone Rider is it has two doors giving you the ability to open them both for better airflow on those very hot days. This Lone Rider doesn't come with a rain fly that you need to put on separately and this is one of the reasons it sets up so quickly. It's all designed together but the Lone Rider still has a full mesh inner body to allow for good airflow.

Catoma Lone Rider Speed Dome Tent ReviewCatoma Lone Rider Speed Dome TentSome people like to take the rain fly off tents in good weather which you can't do with this tent, but I can tell you I have used tents my whole life and never once have I actually taken the rain fly off and I have friends who have told me that they have been caught in the rain when the weather changed in the middle of the night. This is why I would never take it off, so the fact that you can't is pretty much a non-issue for me!

Catoma Lone Rider Speed Dome Tent ReviewCatoma Lone Rider Speed Dome Tent ReviewIdeally if you want a tent that can be setup in very little time, is pretty much effortless to setup and weight and size is not a big deal because you're going to be carrying it by vehicle or bike, you want the Lone Rider! It's been one of the easiest tents to deploy I have ever used and is ideal for the person who wants a tent that can be setup in mere minutes after a long day of 4x4ing!

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