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Today we’re going to be looking at the AmazonBasics Tent. This comes in 2 sizes but we’ll be looking at the smaller one the 4 person tent. Most people who buy a 4 person tent tend to buy it for 2 people so it’s big enough to hold them and their bedding and all of their bags too. We’ll be checking that out for you with the help of customer reviews to see how easy it is to use and if it’s good in bad weather.
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AmazonBasics Tent Review
- 100% Polyester
- Dome-style, 3-season, 4-person camping tent; Ideal for weekend car camping or short backpacking hikes
- Durable and water resistant with coated-polyester fabric and welded 1000D-polyethylene floor with inverted seams
- Removable rainfly; cool-air port for fresh airflow; interior mesh storage pocket
- Shock-corded poles; Storage bag for tent, poles, and stakes
- Measures 9 x 7 (LxW) feet with 59-inch center height for room to move around
This AmazonBasics Tent is made from a coated polyester fabric which helps it to be more water resistant and it has a thicker base layer. It’s designed in a dome shape which makes for easier assembly. The floorspace is 9 x 7 and the height is just short of 5 foot so you won’t be able to stand up unless you’re shorter than that without bending over. The color is gray with an orange rainfly. If you want to compare it with another similar sized tent check out the Sundome 4 person tent review.
The setup of this AmazonBasics Tent is relatively quick around 10 minutes or less. Spread out your tent and make sure it is facing the direction that you want it to. There are 2 main poles which are shock-corded to hold together, assemble these and thread them through the pole sleeves on the tent. The poles will go diagonally and attach to the ring connectors on each corner of the tent. Stake it down. With the poles attached it will give you the the dome feature. The rainfly fits over the top and attaches to the rings in each corner of the tent. There is a pole that goes front to back which holds the fly out over the door. Fasten down the guy ropes. Voila!
The floor of the tent is not a bucket type but all the seams are inverted to prevent leaks, the rainfly comes down the tent about three quarters of the way and because of this most people found it to be rainproof. It can also handle 30-40mph winds. You can just fit a queensize airbed inside so it’s not really suitable for more than 2 people, maybe 3 at a push with just sleeping bags.
The ventilation on the AmazonBasics Tent is mainly from the mesh sides which are covered by the rainfly and the mesh window in the door which can open halfway. The door is a D shape which zips all round with a small rain protecting flap to keep it waterproof. There is an opening that you can feed in an electric cable on the front which sits under the rainfly so shouldn’t let anything leak in. On the sides there is a mesh pocket to hold small items and there is also a small net hammock that fits at the top of the inside so that you can also store bits up there or you can take it down and use the ring above to hang a light.
You don’t need a tarp below your tent but if you want it to last it can give added protection against tears in the bottom of the tent from anything with pointed edges and it also gives an additional layer from ground water. You might also want to invest in some heavy duty tent pegs which most people find work better than most of the tent pegs that come with a tent because they are longer.
Because the AmazonBasics Tent is so easy to assemble with only a few parts makes it easy to take down too. The hardest part if there is one is to make sure that you push the poles through the sleeves as if you pull them they can come apart and make it a bit more difficult to get out. The only other difficult part you might find is folding up the tent to fit back into the bag. It’s worth checking how it’s folded when you open it the first time so you need to know how many folds it needs before you roll it up. Don’t forget to unzip the door to let the air out before you fold it up.
Most people who have used the tent have found it able to withstand wind and rain and to be worth the money paid. They have found the tent to be comfortable and easy to put up in a few minutes. Many have used it multiple times with no issues and it even fits back inside it’s bag reasonably well when the holiday is over.
The negatives found on this tent have been that some people had the poles snap or the shock-cord that holds the poles together snaps. You can buy spare poles and cord to repair your tent if you buy the Coleman Replacement Tent Pole Kit, the poles and cord can be cut to size. People have also had problems with the zip sticking or breaking.
If you’re looking for a cheaper tent to take away for a few days then you should consider the AmazonBasics Tent. People have found it to be easy to assemble even for one person and it easily has enough room for one or two people to sleep comfortably. It can hold the ground in windy conditions and is rain resistant. It’s not too heavy to carry around or pack in the car and customers recommend it.