The conical is a very basic form of tent. I am positive that it goes back at least to the 12th century in Europe, but suspect it is much older than that.
With only 1 pole, conicals are extremely easy to pitch, especially if you have a fitted floor(to help guide stake placement). They are probably the most wind resistant of all tents.
All my conicals have at least a little bit of stand up room, but due to the slope of the roof, they don’t have much, even in large sizes. A small conical will be a cozy home for 1 or 2. A large one can sleep a whole fighting squad (head at center, feet to the outside), though perhaps not in luxury. In any case, this is on-the-floor living, not with beds, tables and chairs.
As with all my tents, two doors are standard. A splice in the center pole is not standard, but is available and makes for extremely compact packing.
Please note that the photos at left show the tent with the optional floor and sod cloths.
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