How to Choose a Tent & Tent Reviews

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hey welcome to the ultimate tent reviews
video we have 13 tents here of every
shape size price range in color and
we’re gonna walk you through how to pick
the right tent for you despite what some
people say you don’t need to spend a lot
of money to get a good tent but there is
a time and a place to spend four or five
six hundred dollars on a tent I just

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want to make sure that you spend money
only when you need to spend money so
first off let me start you off with the
basic three man tent this tent right
here is the Walmart brand Ozarks trail
three man dome tent it costs only twenty
five dollars and this is a perfectly
good tent it does a lot of things really
well they say it’s a three man tent it’s
really two adults or an adult and two
kids you can put three people in here

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but you’ll have no room to move and no
room for your gear it’s a very tight fit
they’re also surprisingly durable I’ve
had this patent used it many times and
just I’ve had no problems with it if you
go to Walmart or you go online you’ll
find a bajillion companies that sell
seven foot by seven foot three man tents
and they range from 25 to 50 bucks
they’re all pretty much the same design
with few variations and they’re all

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perfectly good tents this one I bought
for 30 like 17 years ago they’re between
five and a half to six and a half pounds
and they’re just good all-around tats
and my attitude is that you should start
with one of these tents unless there’s a
good reason not to and there’s only a
few reasons why you need anything more
than this one is you need something

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bigger you just got more people this
isn’t going to fit your needs or maybe
your of an age where you’re just sick
and tired of having to crawl into a tent
and hunched over when you get dressed
these also are not that great in winter
they’re okay

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but not great and in really harsh
conditions these tents don’t hold up
that well there’s a couple things to
look at with these tents first off is
the rainfly how much of the tent is
covered by the rain fly the further down
the rain fly goes the better this is
going to hold up in extreme conditions
and in cold weather

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additionally look at the bottom the
material on the wall should not be the
same material as the bottom you want
like a tarp like material on the bottom
so if you don’t have a really thick
sturdy bottom you’re going to need to
buy a ground tarp and lay that down or
you’re just going to have moisture come
up through the tent or you’re going to
tear a hole in the bottom of your tent
so these nice cheap tents come with
reinforced bottoms so you don’t need a
grand ground tarp there’s also a couple
little features that I really like to
see in these tents this Ozark Trail tent
has a little spot where you can run a
power cord in and out of your tent
additionally on the roof

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I like to see
these little loops so you can hang stuff
you can hang a lantern up here hang a
little mesh bag up here to store stuff
because there’s not a lot of room in
this tent you should have a little pouch
so you can hold stuff look I found one
of my old DSL batteries I wonder where
that went have you put your keys in your
cell phone and things like that so
you’re not rolling over them in the
night and some of these tents have
windows and some of them don’t this one
is just 25 bucks there’s

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no window so if
it’s really hot out you’re not going to
get much ventilation this little Swiss
Sport has two pouches
one for each person to hold their stuff
and it has a rear window so a little
slightly different features but kind of
pick and choose what you care about when
it comes to picking a tent a lot of
people think that more expensive Ted’s
or higher quality or their more durable
and it’s really not the case most of
these tents are made out of pretty much
the same material and they’re all really
durable this $30.00 tent it’s lasted be
17 years and I have abused this thing
I’ve never really had a problem with any
of my tents the only thing that ever
seems to break is the bag the tents come
in when you spend a lot of money on
tents what you’re getting is features or
performance that you don’t get with
these smaller

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cheaper tents
you’re getting a Tet that can handle the
cold you’re getting a tent it has more
room you’re getting a tent it’s super
lightweight you’re getting a tent that’s
designed to do something that these
tents don’t do oh but you’re not getting
a tent that’s higher quality or more
durable I have never really noticed a
big difference in the brands of tents it
seems like you get the same thing
whether you buy a name brand or a
no-name brand or you get a Coleman or
fielding stream or Eureka in our Ozark
Trail it doesn’t make much of a
difference I suspect most of the tents
are made in the same factories in China
anyway these small cheap three-man dome
tents are wonderful I’ve got three
sleeping bags three mats

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three pillows
and a three-man tent with a stove in
some food all in this little bag
everything me and my boys need to camp
right here in one little bag and this
entire kit cost me about $300 there’s a
lot of three-man tents that cost a lot
more than 25 bucks but generally there’s
only a few reasons you should pay more
money for a three-man tent one is
lightness you want a backpacking tent
and you want it to be as light as
possible

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but a general rule of thumb is
it you’re gonna spend a hundred and
fifty bucks for every pound you shave
off your tent so this is a five point
six pound tent for 25 bucks if you want
a three pound tent you’re gonna spend
about 400 bucks you want a one pound
tent you’re gonna spend about 800 bucks
so if you want a lighter tent you’re
gonna pay dearly for each pound that you
shave off that tent another reason to
buy an expensive tent is so that it has
more insulation and better endurance in
extreme weather this tent right here is
a good example of that
this right here is the REI area at ASL –
it’s a two-man tent that costs $400 its
5.5 pounds so only a tenth of a pound
lighter than the $25 Walmart three-man
tent behind me why is this so expensive
well this is designed for cold weather
high wind extreme rain one behind me not
so much the main difference is the rain
fly covers the entire tent which
protects it from rain and adds a better
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layer of insulation that keeps the heat
in better there’s also extra poles to
keep it from blowing around or
collapsing if it’s got snow on top of it
or wind and that sort of thing the
stakes are really rigid they don’t bend
and they’re just this really strong
superlight material what do you think of
this tent this is cool thing this tent
is the same length as the cheap $25.00
tent it’s just not quite as wide it’s
really a one-man tent with a little bit

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of extra room or a very cozy two-man set
this tent has a vent in the top there
and event there that you can zip open or
close to let heat out if it’s too warm
but there’s no windows in here you can’t
get much cross ventilation in this tent
so it’s going to be really stuffy if
you’re in hot weather
additionally the floor in this tent is
kind of thin they recommend you use a
ground tarp with this tent which is an
added expense which is added weight you
can get by without it but you increase
the chance of wearing out the floor of
your $400 Kent and it increases the
chance that you get moisture up through

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the floor the only reason you should buy
this tent is if you are going to be an
extreme wind cold and rain if you’re not
that kind of camper get the $25 tent
this tent is not more durable or
longer-lasting through the twenty five
dollar tent it’s the same thin stuff if
you poke this with a stick you will put
a hole in it if you step on the poles at
night you will break them just like the
twenty five dollar ten
this is the Alps one-man mountaineering
tent it’s about a hundred dollars and
it’s basically a small portable coffin
it is small smaller tents are warmer
tents the less volume of air you have
inside your tent

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the more your body heat will warm it up
so this smaller one-man tent will be
warmer than an equivalent three-man tent
if you just got one person in it this
isn’t a particularly expensive tent it’s
about a hundred dollars and it’s got
pretty decent insulation and extreme
weather protection not as good is the
four hundred dollar REI tent but pretty
good if you’re looking for a compromise
between the $25 Walmart tent and the
$400 REI tent something like this Alps
mountaineering tent would do the job
you’ve got a rain fly that goes all the
way to the ground that increases your
resistance to rain wind and cold by a
huge amount this has a lot more

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ventilation than the REI tent and you
can’t close off the vents in here like
you can with the REI tent so that’s
going to make it suffer a little bit in
cold weather but make it a little bit
nicer in warm weather because it’s a
one-man tent you get a lot less weight
for less cost really that’s the only
reason you ever buy a one-man tent is to
get something that’s lighter without
paying a gob more money alright this is
the inside there’s just barely enough
room to lay down in and just enough room
to sit up in but that is it if you have

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to store your backpack under the rain
fly because there is no room inside
there it’s all mesh here up in the top
and you can’t seal this off so without
the rain fly you have no privacy and
unlike the $400 REI tent you can’t seal
off the vents to make it warmer and
there’s even a little peekaboo window so
you can see if there’s a bear attacking
it or something all right now let me
show you a couple specialty tents these
two tents behind me are carpfishing
Vivi’s made by an English company called

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Fox this is the Fox R series – man vivvy
that’s the Fox Royal one man Bibby these
are specifically designed for fishermen
who want to fish day in and day out for
multiple days and they want to camp by
their rods and they want the ultimate in
for season ruggedness and luxury if you
want to be comfortable no matter what
the weather these are the ultimate temps
and while these are specifically
designed for fishermen you don’t have to
be a fisherman to appreciate a lot of
these features these are versatile
durable and always comfortable look at
this thing this is what fox calls a

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two-man vivvy this thing is massive I’m
almost six and a half feet tall and
that’s that’s spacious one of the things
that’s nice about these Vivi’s is the
doors and windows are extremely
versatile you can get rid of the whole
front of the baby if you want I’ll open
up these back windows and get tons of
airflow in here and this is a nice cool
place to get out of the heat if it’s
really hot but you have bugs we can do
this fine mesh over the windows and
doors or if it’s cold you can replace
the mesh with this clear vinyl door and
that way you can see outside at what’s
going on in your fishing rods while
staying warm inside or if you prefer
privacy you can put on the solid door
and then you can open it up letterbox
style and you can just there you go

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just have a it’s slightly opened so you
can still see what’s going on without
letting too much hot air out
the nice thing about these tents is the
doors are designed with Velcro and
zippers so you can burst out your tent
very quickly if you need to run to get
to your fishing rods these Vivi’s are
designed to be used with cots if you
like to sleep on a cot get a sleeping
bag that attaches to the cot this one
has a strap around the middle and it’s
got this part up here it slides over the
top and over the foot and it keeps the
bag attached to the cot so when you roll
over you get in and out you don’t have
to constantly adjust your bag but it
will do more to improve your sleep than
anything else the floor of this baby is
removable and I almost never use it I
find it really annoying because you just
track dirt into your busy all the time
and you have to clean it out the stakes
on these babies hold really well and a
really beefy these babies have a lot

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more stake down spots this one comes
with 16 stakes and 16 spots to stake it
you don’t need any guy wires and this
makes it very strong even in very high
winds other than their size these are
almost the identical bivy the only
difference is this one has rear windows
and this one does not
these babies are really durable I’ve
owned this one for over six years
it’s never given me any problems very
versatile very good for season
all-weather cancer – the Eureka Copper
Canyon eight-man tent but in our home we
refer to it as tent tropi ‘less come on
in this tent has the highest ceiling of
any tent I’ve ever seen it’s 7 foot 4
inches tall I’m 6 foot 4 inches so I
wanted something with Headroom and we
got it this thing is amazing it comes
with a little divider that you can put
here to make it into two rooms if you
want kids over here mom and dad over
there you can do that it’s got tons of
Windows every wall has a window

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down and you need it because if it’s a
kind of a hot day it gets really stuffy
in here pretty quick this tent has loads
of ventilation which makes it great when
it’s hot in the summertime but it makes
it a lousy wintertime tent this tent
also has a little zipper here so you can
run an extension cord out of the tent
and hook it up to a generator or
something the ceiling of this tent has
about a half a dozen of these little
hooks and grommets up here it’s great
for hanging lanterns and bags and
keeping stuff off the floor and out of
the way the tent comes with this little
awning here which is kind of useless in
rain but it’s good for keeping the Sun
off you if you want to sit in the chair
in front of your tent if it rains the
water goes and drains back this way and
then comes off the awning straight into
the tent so you don’t want to be using
the awning like this if it rains if you
pitch the poles down low then you can
make the water drain off but then the
awning is kind of in your way I love
this tent it’s been a great tent for our
family but there’s a couple big
drawbacks first off it’s over $400 it’s
not a cheap tent secondly it’s 39 pounds
and it takes up a lot of room so if you
put this in the trunk of your car it’s
gonna fill up a good chunk of it also
this tent is not good in cold weather
and finally this tent is very
susceptible to high winds it’s a massive
profile I once was camping with this
with a troop of Boy Scouts and a gust of
wind pick this tent up and threw it 40
feet even though there was 200 pounds of
gear inside the tent the stakes that it
comes with are just the standard little
tent stakes you get real cheapo things
get bigger thicker longer stakes also
the bag that comes with this tent is
really flimsy and frankly too small so I
went and bought this duffel bag and use
it instead and it works great I’ve also
seen people use rollaway bags and that’s
freaking brilliant
the Coleman 10 man instant cabin it’s
almost the same price and almost the
same dimensions as the eight man Eureka
Copper Canyon however it’s got the
pop-up feature which is definitely more
convenient quicker the problem is it
makes it wobbly it wants to tip over all
the time and you have to use the guide
wires even in calm weather like today
you get convenience with this but the
downside is its handles wind not nearly
as well as the more sturdy
Yurika so it’s a trade off one of my
biggest pet peeves is tent bags that are
too small and too flimsy the coleman
tent bag is actually pretty functional
and it’s pretty easy to get the tent
back in the bag and it has this strip
you tear it off and the bag gets bigger
and so now it’s like a full-size duffel
bag and getting the tent into this bag
is super easy so I really like that
another thing I appreciate is that the
Coleman instant cabin comes with the
larger beefier tent stakes with a big
tent like this you need that the Coleman
also has a little zipper so you can run
an extension cord through the tent so
you can see here you’ve got mesh on the
entire ceiling like you do with most of
these big tents and you also have
windows on all sides which are great in
the summer time for more ventilation and
cooling it down not so great in the
wintertime and with most fair weather
tents the rain fly only comes to the top
of the wall so this part the lower part
of the wall will get wet if it rains a
lot and you’ll get moisture soaking
through which is pretty typical I do
like that the guide wires have
reflective material in them so at night
these glow really brightly so you don’t
clothesline yourself walking around in
the dark it’s a nice little feature this
field and stream
eight-man cross vent tent has only a
slightly smaller footprint than the
arica Copper Canyon or the Coleman
instant cabin it’s a very large tent the
biggest difference is the ceiling height
the door is about the same height in the
same size as the coleman instant cabin
so it’s pretty easy to get in and out
and have to duck a little bit this
eight-man tent is the same length as the
coleman and Eureka tents I showed you
earlier it’s just
narrower and has a lower ceiling that
means that you’ve got a lot less
headspace but also a much better tent
for cool weather you have fewer vents up
here it’s about half vents instead of
full vents like the other tents and
there’s just less air in here to have to
warm up so if you’re in a cooler
condition this tent is going to be a lot
warmer than those big drafty box tents
the rain fly on this tent comes down a
little bit lower on the walls it sticks
out a little bit more so it’ll keep the
rain off the walls slightly better than
the big box tents additionally because
it’s domed and has this sloped sides
this is going to handle high winds much
much better than these massive box tents
that have these big profiles there’s
just a lot less surface area for the
wind to push against these large
eight-man dome tents are great they’re
about 1/4 the cost of the big box tents
they can handle cold weather rain and
wind a whole lot better and they’re
lighter and smaller you can see here a
good size comparison of the eight-person
cross vent by Field & Stream versus the
10-man instant cabin from Coleman the
cross vent is half the weight half the
size and it’s a fourth of the price so
it’s a great option if you don’t need
just tons and tons of space this model
like a lot of them has a couple
downsides though the bag it comes in is
ridiculously tiny and you need to be an
origami master to get the tent back into
this bag additionally the stakes that it
comes with are these tiny little dinky
camping stakes you really should upgrade
to some better higher quality stakes but
at $100 you’ll have a lot of leftover
money to buy an extra bag and buy some
better stakes
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all right coleman claims this is a four
band pet I got to tell you I have a hard
time not falling in love with these
pop-up tents okay they’re kind of small
but they’re cheap and they are so
convenient I bring these along when I go
fishing with the boys if the weather is
kind of iffy and if the boys get tired
or they get cold I can just pull this
thing out throw it up in the air and
poop there’s a tent for them to play in
I mean how convenient is that if you
hate setting up tents get yourself a
pop-up tent
there’s just they just really are
awesome enough room for Nathan to roll
around in they got a little pouch but
there’s no windows so this is gonna be a
little bit stuffy in hot weather not a
ton of room for a four man but it’s a
spacious three-man tent and that’s it
there’s no hooks on the ceiling it’s
just really really bare-bones but oh
it’s so crazy easy to set up and it’s
cheap if you guys are looking for a
cheap easy small little tent you might
want to check this out look at that
hop on in there boy
it’s got enough room then I can lay down
and sleep and I could probably fit the
two boys in here in a pinch but it’s a
tight three-man it’s a tight reMed well
this tent doesn’t have a rain fly so
it’s not gonna hold up well enough and a
downpour but it’ll do okay in a light
rain it’s got these little velcro
windows on the ends and it’s got a
zipper window right here so you can go
and unzip this side as well and get a
lot of ventilation so this is a good
good one in in warm weather but I mean
how simple and easy is that okay the
most challenging thing about these tents
is putting them away the trick is you
pull it together like a taco okay
you got your old taco here then you put
the end of the taco on the ground and
you grab this part then then squish it
down on itself and it kind of makes
these circles these rings and then you
just go and stack the rings on top of
each other and boom and then you just
put it away in its little bag these
little pop-up tents are super light this
three-man tent here weighs about as much
is a $400 backpacking tent the only
thing that’s weird about it is it’s kind
of this awkward disc shape but if you
can strap it to the outside of your
backpack it’s a really good inexpensive
option for lightweight camping alright
guys let me show you a bit of a
specialized tent here this is the Peapod
bike KidCo
it’s a toddler popup pen now the reason
why I’m showing you this fun little Ted
is because it is great for sleep
training kids this tent comes with a
mattress that’s inserted into it unlike
the other tent so you have a built in
pad that’s in there you’ve got windows
on all four sides the fun thing about
this tent is it’s great for sleep
training kids you get them used to
sleeping in this in their own bedroom
and camping in that in the basement and
then when you travel or go camping it’s
not scary for them because they’re used
to sleeping in the tent you can go
anywhere you want

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the tents a familiar place additionally
it kind of keeps him contained so if
your kids roll around a lot you can put
this on a bed and they won’t fall off
and if your kids like to get up and
wander the zippers kind of help keep him
contained a little bit so it’s a nice
little option if you’re trying to travel
or camp a small kid if you’re looking
for an ultra lightweight super cheap
camping setup look at hammocks this
two-person hammock is $16 on amazon.com
right now
it weighs 1.1 pounds additionally when
you sleep in a hammock you don’t need a
sleeping pad and that saves weight as
well you can save weight by using nylon
straps instead of rope which is better
for the trees and you can get little
tarps and mosquito netting that can go
over your hammock that’s really light
and affordable as well the only problem
with hammocks is that they are no good
in cold weather but their weaknesses are
also their strength hammocks are
exceptionally great in hot weather you
get all that circulation and air all
around your body through the hammock and
around you so if it’s really hot and
muggy it’s hard to beat sleeping in a
hammock one of the most unique tents I
have here is the three man hammock tent
the stingray it’s also one of the most
expensive it’s a little under 600 bucks
but it is a load of fun the kids kind of
think it’s like a portable trampoline
and it allows you to camp in places you
normally couldn’t camp on hills or bogs
wherever you want as long as you’ve got
trees you can set this thing up so that
makes it really nice but at 19 pounds
it’s not exactly a backpacking tent I

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