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This is the Ultimate Crua Tent Review 2023…
In this comprehensive review we’ll cover:
- A general overview of what you can expect from the Crua Core
- Unique features we loved about this tent
- Our ratings for this tent… and where it stacked up against the competition
- How you can have a unique and memorable camping experience with your Crua Tent
- Lots more…
So if you want to find out more about this simple, comfortable and otherwise excellent tent, you’re going to love this guide.
Away we go!
Let’s just start off by saying that quality isn’t the easiest thing to find on its own. Quality at a good price?
Very rare indeed.
Which is why we always keep our eye out for any tents that exhibit great quality – especially if it’s at a reasonable price.
To this end, the Crua Core Dome 6 Person Tent (they don’t make it easy on us) definitely caught our attention.
We’ll just have to get onto that, won’t we?
Let’s learn a little more about the tent.
- Excellent waterproof rating
- Multiple entrances
- Customizable setup with other tents
- High price point
- Bulky when packed
Our Verdict: Crua Tent (Core Dome 6 Person)
The most remarkable thing about this tent is just how effortless it makes the entire camping experience.
This, of course, is coming from a bunch of campers who’ve spent nights outdoors in hammocks, tents, homemade shelters, and even under the stars. We understand just how difficult camping can be.
But that doesn’t include this 6 man dome tent.
As you’ll see, it scored perfectly in both Ease of Setup and Comfort – both of which really, really matter if you’re hoping for a relaxing weekend in the woods.
However, most tents that are this convenient really fall flat when it comes to more intense conditions. When the wind starts howling and the rain starts falling, those luxury tents tend to leak somewhere along their expansive floor space, or billow out and shake the entire night long.
Not the case with this one – weather resistance, too, scored very highly for us, creating a nicely insulated tent in the process.
Finally, and this really blew us away, the tent can be modified extensively. Crua sells several “modular tents” that cleanly attach onto the doors of the Crua Core, creating an entire camping compound in the process. No other tents have really tried this, and the originality is amazing.
But no tent is perfect, and we’d be remiss to not mention some of the less attractive qualities of these Crua tents.
First and foremost, this tent isn’t very versatile.
This is mostly unavoidable, given the tent’s ample internal space, and rugged durability and weather resistance.
33 lbs isn’t terrible for a tent of this size, but you won’t be taking this one backpacking; it’s more suited for a couple nights at the local campground.
But let’s see how it matches up against the field.
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Our Analysis, Comparisons & Test Results
Ease Of Set-Up
The one thing every tent has in common is that it has to be set up (you might argue otherwise with some inflatable tents, but that’s just splitting hairs).
To that end, getting your tent prepped and ready for sleep is usually the first challenge new campers have.
Finding a tent that’s both affordable and easy to set up can lead to stress-free camping right off the bat.
Ease Of Set-Up Rating: Crua Tent (Core Dome 6 Person)
As I mentioned before, the Crua has an incredibly easy setup, as is the case with many of the other inflatable tents on this list.
With a process as simple as turning on the pump, there really isn’t much to say. The mechanism is easy enough that both our group and a group of youngsters on their first campout were able to figure it out, both with and without the included directions.
Comfort may be subjective, but everyone can appreciate a good night’s sleep and plenty of space.
With that in mind, those two factors were at the forefront of our comfort rating. Tents that didn’t provide enough internal space, or created a claustrophobic, sore or otherwise uncomfortable sleeping experience were given poor marks.
Comfort Rating: Crua Tent (Core Dome 6 Person)
Once again, the Crua took home the gold, along with a few other notable tents. Space, in particular, was a great feature for this tent, and something that set it apart from some of its competitors.
Though the tnet’s internal space wasn’t particularly astounding, its covered front porch provides an excellent place to store your extra gear, giving you more breathing room inside.
But that’s not all.
We also got one of our best night’s sleep in the Crua tent, thanks in part to an interior that stayed cool in the evening and remained warm through the early morning chill. This tent’s rainfly also provided blackout conditions that let you sleep in while camping.
Rain and wind has ruined many a good camping experience, forcing us to bail water out of the tent like we’re at sea, or duct tape together poles that have shattered after a particularly vicious gust.
Finding a tent that can stand up to the elements means you can camp on, regardless of what’s happening outside, and without having to fear for your comfort or safety.
Weather Resistance Rating: Crua Tent (Core Dome 6 Person)
Though just missing it’s hat-trick for perfect ratings, the Crua still does an amazing job of keeping the weather outside, where it belongs.
Weather resistance may be the single best reason to shell out a little extra money when you’re camping; whether your tent holds up or not can completely make or break your camping experience.
In this case, the extra money you spend on the Crua goes towards a completely impenetrable rain fly and air poles that can’t break in the wind, and even hold the same structural integrity of a traditional tent
The only tiny gripe we had was the lack of a floor on the front porch, which could potentially invite some flooding.
Nothing major to worry about, though.
It makes sense that durability and weather resistance would be closely related; however, you need your tent to hold up to more than just the weather the next time you go to the woods.
From falling branches to kid-related onslaughts, there are plenty of avenues that can cause damage to a tent without proper durability.
We tested for pokes and punctures, tears, and heavy falling objects.
Durability Rating: Crua Tent (Core Dome 6 Person)
As with weather resistance, this tent held up well to just about everything we threw at it.
More than anything, it’s tough!
Any tent that holds up well to the wind – tends to hold up well to tear tests, and the Crua tent was no exception.
However, its air beams, which were so good at handling moderate winds, did give way a bit more than we had hoped when we tried the “falling object” test.
All-in-all, the tent still received excellent marks for this metric, only falling one step behind its previous excellent performances.
Tents are not only valuable for their toughness, space and comfort – weight and portability also play a huge role.
Let’s be honest, no one likes carrying heavy things for long distances. And no one likes sacrificing space in their bag or car for something that’s larger than it needs to be.
Versatility takes these (and more) into account.
Unfortunately, this was the one metric where the Crua really, really suffered.
And it makes sense why.
Any tent that sinks so much effort into resilience, comfort and space is going to weigh more, and is, well, going to take up more space.
At 33 lbs, this isn’t the heaviest tent on the list, but it’s definitely in the upper bracket. However, this tent’s space – which is so luxurious when inflated – is bulky when taken down and packed.
It really was a shame.
Conclusion: Crua Tent (Core Dome)
So there you have it: the Crua Core Tent!
As a final caveat, we’d like to mention this tent is one of the best-built models we’ve ever tested.
The team at Crua have put hard work and effort into almost every feature, only making sacrifices where completely necessary.
However, all of that comes at a cost.
Literally… it’s a bit costly.
But if you’re looking for a great long-term investment; if you go camping often and you’re tired of cheap tents breaking and needing to be replaced, you’ve found the perfect tent for you.
And at the end of the day, if there’s one thing worth paying extra for, it’s quality and longevity.
Which this tent has in spades.
So go on, treat yourself to one of life’s true luxuries: a great night in the woods, away from weather, bugs, and early morning light shining in your face.
Go on, treat yourself.
Campers can attach other modular tents onto the main cabin Crua Core, creating either a Crua Duo Tent or a Crua Tri Tent.
The package can be bought separately or as the “Crua Clan”.