The Pop up camping tent is becoming more and more popular, mostly due to the convenience and ease of setup. There are some important things to know about buying and caring for your pop up tent.
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Pop Up camping tents are a camper’s dream. Just undo the bag and give the tent a shake out and voila, your tent is set up. There’s no fussing with poles, though it’s good to know the features of pop up tents to ensure this is the setup for you.
Pop up tents are ideal for the camper who wants less setup and has space for a larger tent bag. The mass may not actually be larger but because the tent poles in pop up tents are generally longer than your usual dome tent and many come in round packaging so it’s awkward to carry on a backpack but really easy to fit in a vehicle.
The feature that allows the pop up tent to be so easily put up is the set of flexible poles. Many are made out of fiberglass, though you will find some other types of materials out there, including EPE’s which are explained later. The way that these poles are sewn into the tent and the construction of the tent itself allows it to be twisted back into a small package and packed back into the bag. One word of caution though, be nice to your tent. Because the poles are sewn into the tent, if you snap or crack them you’ll find it’s a huge deal to repair it and your tent will never function the same.
The best pop up tents are easy to put back and have all the same material, waterproofing and fire resistant features that a regular dome tent has. There are national and international manufacturers alike that make great pop up tents in a variety of price ranges.
EPE (Explore Planet Earth) makes more expensive pop up tents, but you get what you pay for. Explore Planet Earth’s Speedy tent series are easy to put up and take down. They’re higher end than something like Oztrail’s and they’re more durable. Their SpeedyFlex resin poles are stronger and more flexible than regular fiberglass poles which helps with the setup and take down of the tent. Pinnacle is another brand to check out for higher end pop up tents.
The Caribee Pop Up Camping Tents for 2 or 3 has a twin skin for serious campers. It has an outer shell plus a polyester inner skin makes the tent very durable, reliable and very water resistant.
Oztrail’s Eco Series and Engel’s pop up tents are better for those on a budget that don’t require a top quality tent. They’re still good quality, with waterproof flies and strong, flexible poles. Once you’ve practiced take down is no problem with these tents. The Oztrail pop up tents are more attractive looking and offer a good mesh window that will even keep no-see-ums out.
One thing you may hear from people are complaints about putting pop up tents away. They’re so easy to pop up that many people don’t think about how they were stored and therefore don’t know how to compress them back down. For many it’s simple. Take both ends of the tent and pull them together. Then all you have to do is twist the tent underneath itself until it’s compressed back to its original state. Watch this video on YouTube to learn how to do it yourself.
If you like convenience while camping then a pop up tent is your tent. Once you’ve got the setup and take down process practiced you’ll never go back to regular dome tents.