Dome tents have a lightweight characteristic and simple method of erection. Even a family dome tent is quick to erect.
The basic shape bends flexible poles into half circles with both ends fixed to the base of the tent, often as part of the groundsheet. Stability is good in smaller models but, they can get less stable as they scale up in size. The term geodesic dome is used to describe a tent where the poles criss-cross over the surface, intersecting to form triangles, making it the most stable type of tent for extreme conditions.