In general the tent was good, the pitching instructions inside the bag means that if you only pitch the tent 1x year then the intructions are easily accesible. The external ridge pole certainly makes it easy to erect and if required it gives the added bonus of being able to put a tarp over the top. The tent was roomy for two(double air bed) plus extra gear . The porch area with the added sunroom is quite small. Not really enough room to have cooking bench and eating area although I now see that they have extended this on the newer tents. That would make the area so much more usable for long term camping.The heavy duty canvas definitely sheds the water and the heavy floor stops any water coming up from underneath however do not underestimate how much weathering is required for the canvas for a new tent. While it is OK for light rain we still find that for more continuous rain the seams still seep through and then drip onto our bed. This should improve however just be prepared and have a tarp handy until the tent has time to weather.