Advantages of this dome tent are its size (enough room for 2 persons and their equipment), a large vestibule with two doors and aluminum tent poles. It also has a modest packing size and acceptable weight.
The tent has been used for a quite some years now and it starting to show signs of wear. So it is time for a good replacement. Unfortunately this model isn’t produced anymore. Besides we got more demanding. So the search for a good alternative has started.
The only disadvantage is that the entrance is less accessible compared to the Bardani and the MSR Mutha Hubba HP. But compared to the Bardani the last one is 10cm shorter in both ways. We think, this is too small for us, taking into account the kind of trip we would like to make with it.
Right now we have bought this tent as you can read in this post.
Last weekend we bumped into the Vaude Monolith Ultralight, which got us reconsidering the MSR Holler. For a lightweight tent the vestibule area is enormous. Which really is something we are lacking at the moment. The sleeping bay isn't that big, but if you only use it for sleeping it probably is ok. Though, we'll have to figure out if our Exped matresses fit. The major drawback is that it isn't a free standing tent. So it's NOT usable on hard surfaces or as a mosquito net. However during rain, it allowes to pack everything underneath the fly, without getting wet. Which in fact is an advantage. We'll just have to reconsider the pros and cons of both tents.
You will all already know that we went on our trip with our Vaude Monolith tent, a nice tent but the disadvantages are still that it is not free standing, it cannot really handle wind and that Marianne has to climb over Sander to leave the tent. Also setting up the tent, after 9 months Africa it took still 20 minutes. We could continue with this tent but then we saw this one: