Review: 4 tents under scrutiny

Want to know what tent to choose? Guylain Bellemare, sales consultant at SAIL in Brossard tested four of them for you.

When it comes time to shop around for a tent, they will talk to you about several features which makes it easy to feel a little lost. Two doors, front or side entrance, dome or rectangular shaped, weight, size, durability, water resistance, living space, easy assembly… whoa!

We unraveled it all for you. Here are four popular tent models along with my evaluation of each one of them, made during my most recent canoe camping trip:

Assembly Time (alone)
4 minutes 40 sec
4 minutes 48 sec
4 minutes 20 sec
6 minutes 18 sec
Positives
Footprint provided
Good ventilation
Spacious
Aerodynamic
Gear loft provided
Footprint provided
Spacious
Guaranteed for life
Lightweight
Easy set-up
Footprint provided
Very compact bag
Luxurious & spacious
Repair kit
Legendary durability
Aerodynamic
Negatives
Pole system
A replica of the Limelight
Misplaced zipper
Average ventilation
Aerodynamic
Pole system
Average ventilation
Aerodynamic
Heavy
Poor ventilation
Longer set-up
Recommended Use
Expedition/Hiking
Camping
Expédition/Hiking
Canoe Camping/Family
Weight
6lbs 5oz
6lbs 9oz
6lbs 1oz
8lbs 14oz
Number of
Doors
2
2
2
2
Number of Poles
2 connected poles + 1
2 poles
3 connected poles
3 individual poles
Floor Area
3.8 m2
4 m2
3.6 m2
4.5 m2
Fly Material
68d Polyester 1800mm
75D Polyester 1500mm
75D polyester 1200mm
75D Ripstop 2000mm
MaPole Material
DAC Press-fit 9mm
Dac Press-fit
DAC featherlight NSL
Aluminum 9.5/11mm

To be honest, I would trust any of these four tents. Now, the Tungsten is really well-known for its easy assembly, surprising ventilation, aerodynamic shape, its durability and its price, which in my opinion, is very reasonable.

Remember that you can use the “Compare” option at SAIL.ca to compare product features. This tool can be especially useful when shopping for a tent.

“I have my tent, now where do I put it?”

Because even with a high-end tent, we can find ourselves with a wet bum if it is installed in a hole full of water. You have to know the best place to put it:

  • Sheltered from strong winds, but also in a place with good air circulation.
  • Avoid valleys: they are often damp and easily flooded.
  • Focus on durable surfaces: rock, sand and plant-free ground.
  • Identify your campsites on a map before you go. If you ever go back, you can easily find them or you can advise your friends.
  • Respect others, collect your garbage!

Happy camping!