I’m just going to start off by simply saying; If you want a 2-person tent for car camping that’s inexpensive, spacious, sturdy, simple, and last you many years (if properly taken care of), this is it. Look no further – Get this tent.
Now let’s get into this review.. Setting this tent up is very quick and easy. Simply lay it out, attach the four corners to the ground, and use the single pole to lift it up (after sliding it in via middle compartment). This is when you have a choice to a) sleep under the open sky (highly recommend during good weather), b) cover the tent partially (so you can have 1 side protecting you from the sun, wind, and/or neighbors), or c) cover the tent fully and utilize the entrance storage for shoes or bags.
This tent is big for a 2-person tent compare to other in the market. You can easily fit a regular queen size mattress in it and still have room for bags. You can either pump the mattress inside or do it by the car and squeeze it through the door which is big enough! Please note queen size high air mattress will not fit inside the tent… ask us how we know ;)) At one point we had 3 adults and 2 medium size dogs sleep in it. It was snug but also warm (mid fall upstate gets wee bit chilly at night).
This tent calls itself “backpacking” which I find rather silly considering its weight and size. I do not recommend this tent for backpacking unless it’s from the parking lot to the camp site a feet away. It’s just too bulky to hang from your backpack (it will swing.. a lot) and it takes up far too much real estate inside a bag. Best option is to carry it in your hands and who wants to deal with that for hour on end?
Another flaw is actually what makes it unique – 1 pole system. This tent relies to be attached to the ground via 4 spokes in order to work. This means if you are camping on a giant boulder, you’re out of luck. The tent will not stay up unattached to ground.
The big door opening and big window across allows a great amount of breeze to keep the tent dry and fresh. However, because the way the tent is shaped, you’ll end up shutting both of them during rain and that’s when some condensation may occur. Overall, if you’re in the market for an inexpensive 2-person backpacking tent – keep looking. But for car-camping, yes, get it!