Let me preface this blog article with the following disclaimer:
I am not an outdoorsy type of guy. I NEVER go camping, much less by myself and I am what people might refer to as an “avid indoorsman”. My idea of roughing it is a hotel with no room service.
Which is why I am perfectly qualified to review this tent. If an outdoor novice like me can use it, then anyone can use it. Also, down below I have a video showing me putting it up and taking it down so you can see how easy it is. There is also a link to purchase the tent if you like it. (That link opens up to Amazon and is an affiliate link, meaning I will get paid a small commission if you make a purchase. Purchasing through my link doesn’t cost you anything additional and you absolutely do not have to purchase from my link if you don’t want to.)
For whatever reason, I got a hankering to go camping a few weeks ago. Maybe it was because I feel like I am cooped up working from home all the time or just wanted to get up into the mountains and chill a bit, but whatever the reason, I made the decision to go. We have a tent, but it sleeps 6, is an absolute nightmare to put up and take down, and just wouldn’t be a good fit for what I wanted to do.
(As an aside, I don’t know who the sick bastards are that created the tent and tent bag, but was it really necessary to make the tent bag much smaller than the rolled up tent itself? This seems contraindicated in my opinion and causes me no small amount of grief as I wrestle with the tent, trying to shove it back into ridiculously small tent bag while my family watches me sweat and curse. Anyway, back to the review…)
So, I went online to search for a tent that would do the trick. I wanted a small, 2-person tent that was easy to set up and take down, would keep me dry, and was high quality but not too expensive.
Out of all the choices I found, I decided to go with the ABCOSport Pop Up Tent. I was a little worried about it being high enough quality and sturdy enough for my needs, but the reviews were good and it was only $69.99 so I decided to roll the dice.
My first impressions were that it came packaged up kind of weird. I guess I expected it to be rolled up, but it came packaged flat and round. After extracting it from the packaging, it made sense why. The tent poles are built into the tent itself and are collapsible so that you can fold it up easily.
When I took it out of the package it was contained in a zippered pouch with straps for carrying it. It is extremely lightweight and easy to handle, if a bit awkward. But, it fit in my car fine.
At the campsite I unzipped the pouch and pulled the tent out. You are supposed to simply fling it in the air and it “pops” open, fully assembled. As I let go of the tent it did indeed pop open just as a gust of wind came in through the campsite. That gust threatened to carry my tent away with it as I scrambled to grab it before it went heading down the side of the mountain leaving yours truly in a bit of a pickle, so to speak.
Anyway, after that bit of excitement, I was able to get it all staked down and secured. The inside was surprisingly roomy and seemed bigger than it was. It can fit 2 people easily.
The inside has some sort of UV coating that reflects heat and keeps the inside at a pleasant temperature. Two mesh windows on either side allow for a cross breeze if needed.
As I bedded down for the night, it got really cold up in the mountains, but the UV coating played its part and keep it relatively warm inside. In fact, I had brought an extra blanket in case I got cold, but didn’t end up needing it at all. It was surprisingly comfortable inside.
The next morning I awoke, expecting to be damp from the dew, but it was dry as a bone inside. No problems whatsoever. It was also a testament to how well the tent retained my heat, because stepping outside the next morning it was a good 10-15 degrees cooler outside than inside.
Taking the tent down was almost as easy as putting it up. With just 5 simple folds, I got the tent collapsed and put back into its pouch with minimal effort. It was actually enjoyable to go camping this time without having to worry about the tent situation.
Overall, I was very pleased with the functionality of the tent as well as how easy it was to setup and take down. If you are looking for a reliable, sturdy, inexpensive tent that you can manage easily by yourself, give this one a shot.
To see it in action, check out the video below…