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Shelter Systems has been supplying Expedition Tents, and Geodesic Yurt Domes™ for groups exploring the world for over 30 years. We manufacture a wide range of sizes and styles to fit the needs of the adventurous. Our Expedition Tents, and Yurt Domes™ are spacious enough for your whole group to gather in for group dining, logistics planning, and progress reviews.

Shelter Systems’ 16′ FREEDOME used as the base camp tent for a 1981 American Mount Everest expedition attempt to climb the east face. The FREEDOME was used as a gathering place for up to 20 people on the trek and during the climb. “Hi Bob! Big Dome has been wonderful at base camp – we had a good windstorm & snow yesterday – solid as a rock! Thanks again, it has been great.” George Lowe

“Have been using your 18′ ES Yurt Dome up here in Alaska on the Glacier for a hang out spot for the crew. I love your product. I can put it up my self in 30 minutes. We had to do some repairs and and I just used part of the wrapper it came in to make a patch. The dome, being white blends into the glacier and does not distract from the beauty of the place. It is really spacious inside, good for getting out of the rain, a relaxing space. Kids love it and think it is a big igloo.” Tori, City of Skagway

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Light and Fresh Air

Shelter Systems’ Expedition Tents, Yurts, and Domes are light filled and well ventilated. Our 14′ (4.2m), 18′ (5.4m), and 20′ (6m) Expedition domes have four flap doors evenly spaced around the dome. The door coverings close automatically so you can enter and exit quickly and don’t have to fumble with zippers. For maximum ventilation, the walls themselves can be rolled up, transforming the domes into an opened-arch form.

Sturdy Design

Shelter Systems’ Expedition Tents, Yurts, and Domes are stronger than any other structure made of the same materials. Because of its curved shape with no corners, there are no weak points. Our patented structure is drum tight, waterproof and wind-resistant. The cover is made wholly of a superstrong, woven ripstop film, that will not mold or mildew. The frames are constructed of strong, long-lasting Class 200 PVC tubing. Shelter Systems’ own patented Grip Clips join the dome’s cover to the frame. Grip Clips provide greater strength than sewn seams or any type of grommet because they do not puncture the cover. Each panel is shingled over the next so that the domes breathe yet are completely leakproof!

Easy Set Up

Shelter Systems’ Expedition Tents, Yurts, and Domes can be set up by most people in 30 minutes without tools. Insert the interchangeable poles into factory-attached connectors spaced evenly over the cover. The poles bend slightly when inserted, tightening the cover into a wind- and waterproof shelter. The cover is freestanding requiring no guy lines and can be moved into the desired position or location without disassembly. The dome can be taken down in 5 minutes: just remove the poles and roll up the covering. Setting up a Shelter Systems’ Dome. 

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Shelter Systems’ Expedition Tents, Yurts, and Domes come complete with stakes, guy lines, vent tubes, spare parts and an Instruction Manual for information on set-up, storage, repairs, wood stoves, etc. Shelter Systems also offers accessories including floors, net doors, porches and liners to make your shelter more comfortable

Shelter Systems’ domes being used on rafting expeditions in Mongolia. “The big attraction of the tent for me is that it provides a level of security and comfort in remote regions when traveling with a large group. The difference between huddling under a tarp in the rain and being in the dome is all the difference in the world.” – Kent Madin, Boojum Expeditions Uncommon Adventures