Looking for a lightweight one-person tent that sets up fast? This time, I’m reviewing the Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent. It could just be the gear you’re looking for.
There’s several options out there right now for 1 person tents, and I’ve slept in quite a few. Not many of them set up quite like this one, and the optional cot for the Outfitter XXL is pretty unusual as well. So – on to the review.
This tent weighs just 1.9 kg (4.3 lbs) and costs just about $89 on Amazon, which puts it right in the center of the price range as one person tents go. The weight is a bit high for a 1 person tent, and we’ll talk all about that in a minute. First, the manufacturer specs:
- Dimensions: 82″ x 39″ x 32″
- Packed Dimensions: 25″ x 8″ x 5″
- Pack Weight: 4.3 lbs
- Shell: 75D Taffeta 2000mm PU
- Capacity: 1 person
- Doors: 1
- Color: Yellow / Orange
- Pole System: Quick -up System III
- Rainfly included
- Ground cloth *not* included – and required
As you can see, the bright yellow tent fits loosely in the bag (always nice to have extra room – especially since you’ll need a groundcloth), and it’s the same height as the Teton Sports Hiker 3700. This makes for pretty good ergonomics when strapped on the side of the pack like that. It’s not cumbersome or unwieldy, and therefore it gives you a pretty good packing experience.
When it comes time to set up camp this tent is fairly unique. It’s closer to setting up a bivvy than a regular tent on account of Teton Sports’ Quick-up System III. Basically, you unfold the “arms”, then just pull up on the cord at the top. That’s about it – a fully erected tent in moments. To unfold, you carefully push down where indicated and pull up on the cord and the tent collapses quickly down and you’re back in the bag in no time.
We naturally loved this feature on our testing, despite nearly getting caught in the mechanism a few times. It’s clever – perhaps too clever, but nothing is fun without a few risks.
This tent includes a rain-fly, of course, and that was also pretty easy to attach. Nothing really to make a fuss over.
For a 1 person tent, there was excellent space. Our testers are both about 6′ tall, and neither had issues with the tent. It doesn’t feel constrained inside, and there’s even room for a full size pack and your boots if you don’t mind sacrificing some leg room. I felt the tent could stand to be a little longer, since my head and feet were in contact with the material and would certainly get a bit damp if there was more than just a bit of dew.
Here is where I feel Teton Sports falls a bit short with this tent. There is no “loft” at the top, no pockets inside for the usual small items such as a mobile phone, GPS, or glasses, and it feels like all the cost is basically just for the quick setup. The bottom is not reinforced and so you’ll need to have a good solid groundcloth every time you use this tent.
When you look at various 1 person tent options, you’ll see that it runs from about $60 to $280, with a few crazy tents on the far edges. The average is about $150. At $89, the Teton Sports Outfitter XXL is on the lower end of the price range and has competitive features. As usual, Teton Sports punches above their class with their gear.
That said, I don’t feel that this tent is an especially good value. I would recommend you either go up a bit to the Mountain Ultra 1/Mountain Ultra 2, or go with a bivvy. The Mountain Ultra 1 is lighter, packs smaller, and is only slightly more expensive at $128. This tent is mostly novelty… unless you have the cot.
So, let’s talk about the cot for a moment. The Outfitter XXL camp cot is actually pretty impressive. It has just about the best strength to weight rating of any camp cot I could find, it’s surprisingly large when set up, and of course has this neat tent designed just for it. This is not a piece of backpacking gear, however. It weighs almost 12kg (26lbs) and is a fairly enormous size when packed. Taking up the entire back of my Jeep with one cot is quite a luxury. I would be in favor of this cot for any long-term base camp though. It’s really comfortable. It’s $110, which is a great price for a long-term usage cot.
There are some issues. The rainfly doesn’t adequately protect the cot, so you’ll wake up in a puddle, and it will seep into the tent floor. There’s no way to keep the airflow out from underneath it, so it get very cold at night, colder than being on the actual ground.
If you’re building a long term site – say, for a hunting expedition – this cot is the way to go. Perhaps with the Outfitter XXL tent – perhaps not.
UPDATE! Teton Sports now has a full rainfly that will keep the tent and cot dry! $30 add-on that will help you build a great long-term camp experience