Thursday, May 24, 2018

Tents: Compare


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Pros
relatively inexpensive family tent with 160 ft² of space; vertical walls offer more interior space; interior door offers privacy and great ventilation; ability to block windows in the screen room for additional privacy/weather protection; good water resistance; E! Power port
extremely lightweight; quick/easy to set up; offers great stability and protection in inclement weather; spacious interior and vestibule; Kerlon 1200 fabric is extremely durable (4-5x stronger than most so-called "expedition grade" tent materials)
Cons
screen room doesn't have a floor and the sod cloth didn't protect a few reviewers from insects (and even a small animal) from getting into the tent; cabin style tents are very unstable in windy conditions because of their high walls; flat top means water can pool on the fly if you don't use guylines to change the slope; pretty heavy
expensive; not freestanding; some issues with condensation inside the tent
Seasonality
3-season
4-season (but not designed for use in extreme weather or above the tree line)
Ideal Activities
Family, car, or base camping
Backpacking
Capacity
5-person
1-person
Price
$419.90
$465
Warranty
Limited lifetime warranty
Varies by region/country
Interior and/or Vestibule Space
It has 160 ft² of interior space that is divided equally between the sleeping room (80 ft²) and the screen room (80 ft²).
It has an 18.3 ft² sleeping room and an 8.6 ft² vestibule.
Interior Height (max.)
7'
3'
Weight
35 lbs and 6 oz
3 lbs and 8 oz
Design Type
Freestanding, cabin style tent
Stake down, tunnel style tent
Frame
Nine 12.7 mm & 16 mm fiberglass and 19.5 mm steel poles
Single 9 mm DAC Featherlite NSL pole (small fiberglass rods in the bottom corners of the outer tent provide extra height around your head when lying down)
Tent Body Materials
75D 190T polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated
Highly breathable fabric that has a durable, water-repellent finish.
Rainfly Material
75D 190T polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated
Kerlon 1200 (nylon fabric that has three coatings of silicone on both the inner and outer surface)
Floor Material/Design
75D 190T polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated (one-piece bathtub style design)
Kerlon 1200 (one-piece bathtub style design)
Mesh Material
68D polyester no-see-um mesh
No-see-um mesh
Ventilation
Features 6 large mesh windows, 3 mesh doors and a full panel mesh roof, all of which can be opened/closed based on the amount of ventilation needed.
The tent has a mesh panel on the door, a triangular mesh window on the opposite wall and two opposing vents on the other walls. All are fully adjustable and make it easy to regulate internal moisture and temperature.
Doors
3 doors (2 exterior and 1 interior)
1 door
Packed Dimensions
29" x 10" dia.
22.83" x 6.69" dia.
Vestibule/Storage
In addition to the 80 ft² screen room, the tent is designed with interior storage pockets and comes with 2 gear lofts.
Tent has one 8.6 ft² vestibule and also features an interior storage pocket.
Set Up
Two people can easily set up the tent in about 20 minutes thanks to its shockcorded steel and fiberglass frame, clip attachments, and ring and pin assembly. You won't need to use stakes or guy lines except in case of severe weather.
With its single-pole tunnel design and linked inner and outer tents, a solo traveler can easily pitch the Akto in 2-3 minutes. It comes with 10 stakes total but only requires 4 stakes for each of the guylines to pitch it. You can use the other 6 stakes if you want additional stability.
Extras
Designed to accommodate the Eureka! rope light if you want to purchase one ($20).
None
 
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