Ozark Trail 1-Person Hiker Tent

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Ozark Trail 1-Person Hiker Tent

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  • Gear loft
  • 2 organizer pockets
  • Sleeps 1-2
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  • Gear loft
  • 2 organizer pockets
  • Sleeps 1-2
  • Customer Reviews
    4.3 out of 5 Stars
    1-5 of 160 reviews

    Good value for those on a budget.

    I picked this tent because it was a cheap tent. The reviews were decent, and for the price I decided to give it a shot. I received it about a week before a backpacking trip. I was excited to not have to borrow a tent. Anyways, I set it up in the backyard to give it a "test run" the set up, and to see if it could hold up to my hose drenching it. It did. Totally dry inside. Whether it will withstand a rainstorm I do not know. Where this gets special for me is that when drying it out I was sitting inside making sure my sleeping pad was in good working order when my ailing cat climbed in with me. He had a sniff around and then laid down looking out the doorway with the sun warming his fur. My cat died from his battle with cancer a few days later, a day before my trip. I guess this tent now has a soft spot in my heart, that my cat gave it his nod of approval, I will have that peaceful warm memory for the rest of this tents life. So my hope is that it lasts me a good long while. Long story short. For backpacking this tent was suitable for my needs. It was light, easy to set up, and withstood a little snow flurries (no rain, just some light snow). So, far so good.
    My backyard (didn't take any pictures while backpacking)

    Best bang for buck

    This is easily a top 10 item. I purchased this tent in 2012 as an expensive, ultralight tent had kicked the bucket. I've spent on the order of 150 nights in this tent. There are many cons for a backpacking tent (charging port, cheap zippers, heavy for it's size) but the cost also means you can treat it with more disregard than a $400 ultralight tent from a name-brand. This tent has seen me through cross-country bike tours, backpacking in Olympic National Park in heavy rain, and numerous other climes. If you don't mint a heavier load it's a great tent. Water treat the seems occasionally. It does have condensation problems but every tent does. If they say otherwise they are lying. It's also freestanding which is nice. Eventually the poles broke. They survived long with some duct tape. It also fits two if you're small people that love each other. It finally died a couple months ago. I've upgraded because I have more disposable income, but my new tent isn't as great of a value.

    Excellent value

    I had been looking for a small tent to use for solo motorcycle camping and decided this would be a possibility. The tent arrived complete and I set it up so I could seal the seams and spray it with waterproofing spray. Set up was extremely easy and quick, the directions were correct, and everything fit the way it was supposed to. The tent is roomy enough for one person and some gear. I've never seen a two-person tent that would work for two people, but my wife and I both crawled in this one. There would be no room for gear, though. I gave it a real life test on an overnight fishing trip last night and it worked beautifully. It didn't rain, so I can't say if there are any problems with that. I fit nicely with my bag and helmet in the tent. I set mine up in the same time it took the person at the next site to put the rain fly and stake it down on his dome tent, and that was only the second time I set it up! It is not an all season tent, but it is fine for Spring/Summer/Fall. It is probably a little bulky for any serious backpacking, but for an overnight trip or for a motorcycle tent it is not a problem. Taking it down is even easier and everything fits in the zippered bag with no effort what so ever. I was pleased with the performance.

    Fantastic design

    When I saw the design of this tent I couldn't resist trying one out. So I purchased one, and used it immediately with no prep. Took it out for a night on the Ocmulgee river in Georgia. It's pretty easy to set up, and fast even for just one person if you know how to do it. Even with a light rain and no prep, it worked fine and did not leak. I would recommend this as a ONE person tent. Yes, you can fit two people in it, however there won't be any room for gear. As a one person tent, it is SPACIOUS for such a small footprint. Pros: Weight/Packability - It is what I would consider moderately lightweight for backpacking(<2lbs being ideal, >5lbs being unsuitable - it comes in around 4 lbs). The tent and rainfly can be rolled and put into a dry bag ending up about the size of half a football if done correctly (minus poles). This compressibility makes it ideal in my opinion for a good backpacking tent. Internal Space - Ideally, its a one person tent. With one person there is plenty of space for a full hiking backpack, and whatever other gear you have. The shape of the footprint, allows you to put your gear beside you, instead of at one end making access easier in the night. I am 6'3" tall, and the tent is tall enough for me to sit up in it without bumping my head which gets it super bonus points. The gear pockets and loft placement is excellent, and nice for putting away small things like sunglasses, flashlight, or waterbottle. Ventilation - Without the rainfly on, ventillation is SUPERB. With mesh over nearly the entire top half of the tent, it's perfect for summer months. With the rainfly on, it gets a bit warm inside during the summer months, unless you unzip and tie up the door mesh cover. In rain, it stays pretty comfortable inside with it all sealed up in any temperature. I'd say its multi-season, with either the addition or deletion of the rainfly. Rain resistance - Obviously you should seam seal and treat the rainfly in any new tent purchase. However there are some really nice features for this tent. First off the rainfly covers the entire tent all the way to the ground, with the exception of the door. With waterproofing treatment, its gonna be extremely waterproof due to this design. The only weak spot would be the door. It is equipped with draft/rain collars around the zipper, so with proper treatment, it should not leak. I've had no problems even without treatment. Ease of Use - The tent utilizes a two pole design. You insert the pole ends into grommets on the tabs from the base, and then using clips, raise the tent and clip to the poles. I've found that even for one person, you can have it up in 4 min or less. The rainfly simply hooks to plastic d-rings on the base tabs. If you want a more solid attachment, the rainfly also has tiedowns and velcro straps to ensure it stays put even in heavy winds. Cons: Stakes - those horrid cheap bendable wire-bent stakes. Ditch em, and get some aluminum tri-stakes like the ones from coleman. E-port - I'm not a big fan of the e-port. It was designed for use with an electrical corded device such as a fan or heater at a campground. If you spend most of your time in a campground, this might be a good feature for you. I however call it a "bug-port" because it makes absolutely no sense to mesh and seal up a tent bug proof, and then put a giant porthole on the side of the tent that allows them in. My suggestion: If you dont need it for electrical appliances, glue the thing shut. Its not a big deal though. Overall, I'd highly recommend it for someone looking for a low-cost backpacking tent with high-end features for one person.

    Not a bad little tent for the money

    It goes without saying that when you spend upwards of $30 on a tent, you are expecting only the finest in workmanship and materials, and the Ozark Trail 2-Person Hiker Tent certainly delivers on these lofty ideals. All snarkiness aside, this really IS a surprisingly well-designed tent that is betrayed somewhat by the cheapness of its construction, but which will likely fill a niche for folks who want an inexpensive -- essentially disposable -- shelter for short back country in-and-out pack trips. This was exactly my motivation in seeking out the Ozark. I am not a "camper" by nature. For me, overnighting in the back country is a means to an end, getting me close to secluded streams earlier in the morning than the fishermen who are hiking in that day. I will be, at most, an hour's hike from my vehicle and will not be out for more than a single night at a time, so I was looking for a smallish tent that was easy to set up and could be packed quickly. Weight is not a critical issue for me, beyond being able to carry it comfortably 2 or 3 miles. The Ozark comes packed in a nylon bag roughly the size of two footballs laid end-to-end. Altogether, it weighs about 5 pounds, which is on the heavy side for a true hiking tent of this size, but perfectly okay for my limited back country use. The bag contains the main tent envelope, the rain fly, a long nylon bag containing the collapsible poles and a smaller nylon bag containing six metal tent stakes. I glanced at the instructions, but, honestly, if you have any familiarity with tents, whatsoever, it will be pretty obvious how it goes together. Basically, you snap the two long poles together, place the ends in the grommets on the envelope and attach several clips which pull the envelope into shape. If desired, you can then stake the tent down at the four corners and in the center of the long side using the provided stakes, and attach the rain fly. From bag to fully-erected tent took me about 10 minutes on my first try, and I'm suspecting that having put it together once now, that timeframe will be more like 5 minutes in practice. My initial thought when removing the parts from the bag was that the construction was noticeably flimsy. Well, duh... it's a $30 tent. In particular, the material the floor is made from seems far less durable than other tents I have owned or used. It's not going to take much of a rock or stick to wear through that material, so you will need to be really careful in preparing the spot where you pitch it, or possibly even use a pad or tarp under it. Also, unsurprisingly, the stakes are of the cheap metal wire variety, and you will probably want to replace them with a sturdier stake. As is typical of this type of tent, the entirety of the top of the main envelope is mesh for breathability, with the rain fly offering protection from wind and rain. It's actually a pretty good design, with several interior pockets for storage. Although listed as a "2-person" tent, if you are planning to share it with someone else (I'm not, just me and my dog) I hope you know them REALLY well. Also, with two sleeping bags, there would be almost no room for any additional equipment in the tent. It took me another 10 minutes to pack the tent back into the bag, and while it was snug, it did fit. I'm going to go ahead and rate this tent 3 out of 5 stars. It's a good enough product for the purpose I have in mind for it, but I question how well it would hold up to heavy or repeated use. My sense is that you are likely to get about a dozen nights out of this tent, but for many of us, that's a couple of years worth of use, and I'll take that for the price and not feel at all bad about disposing of it at the end of its life.
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