Portable Geodesic Domes
Shelter Systems Geodesic Domes are our most popular portable Geotensic shelters. Known for their lightweight construction and
strength as well as for the large amount of light they let in, they are made
with a strong, tear-resistant fabric and non-puncturing tarp fasteners. They
are truly portable and guaranteed to be leak proof. These Domes have served
as family living spaces, camping tents, emergency shelters, studios, playrooms,
retreats, fair pavilions, expedition tents, research tents, and more. Note that on this site we use the terms domes and yurts interchangeably.
Shelter Systems' portable geodesic domes have been used as Yurts, Domes, Portable Geodesic Greenhouses, Disaster Relief Shelters,Tents,
Portable Classrooms, Cabin Tents, Hot Tub and Spa Covers, Pool Covers, Guest
Houses, Ski Huts, Base Camps, Youth Camps, Eco tourism Cabins, Camping Tents,
Mobile Offices, Shade and Solar Structures...
Easy Set Up
Our 14', 18' and 20' Domes can be set up by one person 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.
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.
Shelter Systems' Dome structures have the poles on the outside with the covering suspended under the frame via Shelter Systems'
own Grip Clip tarp fasteners. The frame and the covering are not in direct contact.
The important benefits from this design are that the covering is under constant,
even tension so that the tent will not flap or shred in the wind. The poles
cannot rub against the covering, thereby wearing holes in it. Water and leaf
debris do not get caught in dips between the poles since the covering is tightly
suspended under the poles. The poles and covering are not touching, so there
is no temperature buildup to degrade the fabric at contact points.
The shingled panels of our domes overlap each other by 6", making the structure stronger
and completely leak proof. The shingling also allows the structure to breathe.
The buildup of moisture is driven out through the overlapped panels by vapor
pressure and does not condense inside the tent.
Shelter Systems' patented Grip Clips tarp
fasteners join the dome's cover to the frame. Grip Clips also fasten the shingled
panels together, providing greater strength than sewn seams or any type of grommet
because they do not puncture the cover, which would allow rain to enter. In
addition, the Grip Clip grips a large surface area of the material which prevents
the wind from tearing the tent.
Shelter Systems' Domes are made wholly of Shelter Systems' super
strong, tear-proof, woven rip stop film which
will not rot or mildew. The covering effectively excludes rain, dampness, wind,
cold, leaves and other debris. The completely waterproof covering and the shingling's
breathability make a rain fly unnecessary. The covering is manufactured in three
layers which are heat bonded together. It is UV-stabilized to withstand up to
3 years of full sun exposure. The white color of the covering defuses the sun
and provides 40% shade.
The frames are constructed of strong, long lasting, resilient,
UV-stabilized, Class 200, 1 1/4"-diameter (3.5 cm.) PVC tubing.
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Light and Fresh Air
Shelter Systems' Portable Geodesic Domes are light filled and well ventilated.
The translucent white covering creates a bright interior, transmitting 60% of
the light. YurtDomes come with four translucant windows above the doors.
Shelter Systems' domes have four flap doors evenly spaced around the shelter
for good cross ventilation and light. The door coverings close automatically
so you can go in or out quickly. There are no zippers to fumble with or break.
Since the panels of our domes are shingled, overhead ventilation is easily
attained by inserting "ventilation tubes" between several panels (two vent tubes are
included with each shelter). When the vent tube is removed, the panels snap
shut and are watertight. For maximum ventilation the walls themselves can be
rolled up, transforming the domes into an opened-arch
form (see 30 Dome at right in its open-arch form).
Shelter Systems' domes are winter ready. They do not require a fly or liner
for winter use. They are completely water tight and will not leak. Yet because
our their shingled construction moist air is driven
out through the shingling by vapor pressure. Shelter Systems' Domes being dome
shaped have a minimal surface area for their volume and are thus easy to keep
warm with a stove (installation instructions are included with each tent).
The dome shape has other comfort features: The interior can be divided
into "rooms." The tent has more volume than a flat-sided one and therefore
feels, and is, more spacious. The shape is more heat efficient because less
fuel is needed to heat it plus the heat circulates more evenly. The cover of
the Domes are easily cleaned with a damp cloth.
A Shelter System
Shelter Systems' Geodesic Domes come complete with poles, 12" long
high quality Durapeg stakes, guy lines for extreme wind settings, ventilation
tubes, spare parts (Grips Clips and pole connectors) and a Shelter
Systems' Instruction Manual that details floors, site selection, anchoring,
cooling, winterizing, and stove installation. Our covers are ideally suited
for most climates; however, they can be further adapted for use in extreme climates.
For the extreme cold, where fuel is in short supply, we offer a full liner.
For extreme heat, we offer net doors and a sunshade which blocks one hundred
per cent of the sunlight.
Accessories include: Clear Vinyl Windows, Floors, Net Doors, Sunshades,
Liners, Porches and more.
Shipping and Storage
All Shelter Systems' Geodesic Domes are shipped by UPS and pack up into compact packages that one person can handle take as
baggage on a plane, transport in a car or store in a small space.
Geodesic Dome 30 Diameter 30 'x 11' High, 706 sq', Weight 190 lb. $2140
Geodisic Dome 31 Diameter 31'x16' High Weight 270 lb. $3130
Geodesic Dome 20 Diameter 20' x 10' High, 314 sq', Weight 70 lb. $990
Geodesic Dome 18 Diameter 18' x 9' High, 254 sq',Weight 60 lb. $840
Geodesic Dome 14 Diameter 14 'x 7' High, 154 sq', Weight 40 lb. $690
Geodesic Dome 10 Diameter 10 'x 5' High, 75 sq', Weight 21 lb. $518
Geodesic Dome 11 Diameter 11' x 6'4" High, 95 sq', Weight 20 lb. $378
Geodesic Dome 8 Diameter 8 'x 7'4" High, 50 sq', Weight 20 lb. $312
Note the Dome 11 and 8 are Special Orders and are Not Returnable.
Size Photo Index
The 10' is the top of the BubbleDome 10.
The 14' is the photo above with the woman sitting in the door way.
The 18' can be seen on the shelter page and the set up page.
The 20' photos are the two photos with flags at the top of this page.
The 30' is photographed above with the truck, below with three people and on its own page.
Note that the 11' and 8' are constructed using a different geometric shape that has less panels and only one door. You can see the shape of the 11' near the bottom of the Archeology page and the 8' shape at the bottom of the GroDome page (Note that this 8'er would be made out of white not clear). The 14, 18, or 20' each have four doors. The 8 and 11 do not have any windows.
Note that you get a lot more volume for your money as you go up in diameter. When you step
inside the 18' dome after being in the 14' , the 18 ' er feels twice as
big. Like wise the 20' feels twice the size of the 18' . This is because
the extra feet in diameter extends out in all directions (including up) creating
a large increase in volume. Since the surface area of the covering does not
increase as rapidly as the volume, the larger domes are less expensive for the
space you get. Our drawings effectively illustrate
the different sizes we offer.
Happy Customers: Tell about their experiences with
Shelter Systems' domes. Photo rich.
1 1/2-YEAR GUARANTEE. If for any reason you're not completely pleased with your purchase, return it in original, dry and clean condition within 30 days of receipt for a full refund or exchange as you wish. All items in this catalog have a warranty against defects in materials and workmanship for 1 1/2 years. Should any product prove defective we will repair or replace it at no cost to you. Special Orders are not returnable. Read Snow and Wind Warnings.
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