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The way that tent makers size their tents is with only people inside and all gear outside. Therefore a 4 person tent, can be very small. To me floor space is less important than height. I like to be able to stand up inside when I dress. I look for a tent that is at least 6 feet tall inside. You would probably want one even taller. That much height will mean that you will have a large floor foot print. As far as floor space you will want to have a length of at least a foot longer than the tallest person. If you are sleeping in the rain and you touch the sides of the tent with either your feet or head water will tend to come through it. If you use a cot that might be a foot or so off the ground and you have a dome tent with slanted side you will have to add more floor space to compensate for that as well.
That being said the most important thing is will you be camping in a campground or in the back country. If you are going to have to carry the tent you will want a smaller and lighter tent. I also own a small lightweight backpacking tent. It weights about 1/4 of the larger tent. Keep this in mind when you purchase.
This is also dependent on the type of camping that you do. The most important thing for a larger tent, is whether to get a bathtub bottom or a plain bottom. A bathtub bottom takes the place of a ground cloth, it is not fabric, but instead made out of plastic. This takes less maintenance, you can usually just set it up. If your tent has a fabric bottom, it is suggested that you pick up any stones, pine cones and anything else that could cut through the fabric. You should also place a ground cloth under a fabric bottom tent.
3) Also, what kind of sleeping material should we buy (sleeping bags etc?)
For summer, you can get a light sleeping bags, for fall, winter, and spring you should probably get a mummy bag. You might also get some kind of a sleeping pad or a cot. Adults usually sleep much better when not on the ground.
You might also want to get a bear bag if you are going into bear country. This is a bag with a long rope on it to be pulled into a tree which will store anything with a smell to it. Also you should never put food or a smellable into your tent. The smell can be in t cheap nike air max here from a past campout and still dr cheap nike air max aw a bear (or even a raccoon) even if there are currently no food in the tent at the time.
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I hope this answers your question, if you need a more specific answer, let me know and I will be glad to answer.
I think that the tents are pretty much the same, I am sure that you will find some advantages with either over the other. I would think that height is more important for you than anything else. I would not second guess myself and just enjoy the tent. I read through the reviews and two things seem to stand out, one is that it tends to collect water at the top, because of the relative flat top. The other is that the tent is not good in the wind. It looks like the first might be valid, but any tall tent is going to perform poorly in high wind.
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Further, how many of the last 10 Academy Award winners did you see before they won the award. I know that I have not seen very many of them. I seldom trust a critic, usually if I see great praise for a movie, I know that I am not going to see it.