Ozark Trail 2 Person 4 Season Tent Review
For the past month I’ve been testing the Ozark Trail 2 Person 4 Season backpacking tent, and by testing I mean living out of it. I’m still camping instead of renting an apartment. Mostly because of the website and needing to constantly use the products I’ve been reviewing. I went to Walmart looking for an inexpensive tent to handle the rainy season of May and came home (to the campground) with this tent by Ozark Trail for only $50.
Ozark Trail is Walmarts name for their camping and outdoor supplies. I’m not really sure of the dynamics behind Walmarts jump into the camping industry but I’ve always found their supplies to be of high quality. For example, I really like Anna’s Ozark Trail drinking pack compared to my more expensive name brand version, but that’s another review. Back to this tent.
The first thing that impressed me upon opening this tent was the size of the rainfly. It’s massive. It also seems to be very well constructed. This makes sense since a four season tent should be able to handle snow and more severe conditions compared to a three season.
The rainfly features two velcro closable vents as well as backpack style plastic buckle snaps at each of the four corners to easily attach the rainfly to the tent. I prefer this over the Colman style hooks which can inadvertantly slip off the tent.
The rainfly fully envelopes the tent all the way to the ground. with both rainfly doors fully zipped it can get quite stuffy inside. Trapping heat is kind of what you want in the middle of winter but definitely not in the middle of summer. If it’s not raining you can simply unzip both rainfly doors and get a nice breeze through the tent (if there is one) while remaining protected from bugs. Another great thing about this rainfly is you can touch the tent fabric without getting wet while its raining. The rainfly takes care of all moister and doesn’t contact the tent.
Unpacking and setting the tent up went fairly easily. I did need to refer to the directions for the proper orientation of the rainfly. That could be a sign of my ineptitude and not a strike against the tent. Actually it’s quite simple. The top of the rainfly door zipper simply needs to line up with the orange crossmember (photo to the right). There are two doors, one on each side of the tent, and it makes no difference which rainfly door goes on which side.
This tent also features snap on pole guides instead of the fabric tunnels of most tents. This means instead of fishing poles through the fabric and getting stuck multiple times along the way, you can simply lay your poles against the tent and snap on the plastic clamps. I’ve found this to be a huge advantage over the fabric tunnel design of most tents. Breaking the tent down is also much easier with this design. I no longer have to fish the pole all the way through the fabric will getting the pole stuck by a rock, or the ground, or my car parked next to the tent. Simply unsnap the clamps and fold up the poles.
The tent has three poles. Two long supporting poles and one short crossmember. The tent is freestanding once the crossmember is in place.
Since this is a backpacking tent it’s meant to be lightweight. The fabric of the floor seems to also be very lightweight and made of almost the same fabric as the tent walls, though a bit thicker. I was concerned at first that the floor would not keep out a heavy rain although my rain test seemed to suggest otherwise. An hour in a heavy rain produced no water on the floor of the tent. I also had a tarp between the ground and the tent, which usually makes matters worse since water gets stuck between the tarp and tent. I’m very happy with the results. I recommend putting a tarp or other tent saver material down before setting up this tent. The floor fabric can definitely tear on rocks or other debris. But again, this tent is made for backpacking and therefore needs to be lightweight.
This is a two person tent. That means it will sleep one or maybe two comfortably. I fit myself and an Ozark trail cot in the tent and was touching each side of the tent fabric. You could also sleep two on the ground or with a small air mattress. With that said, there’s not really any getting around the fact that this is a small tent. You kind of have to crawl in and out of it.
Below is my video review of the tent:
Go to Walmart and buy this tent! Where else can you find a lightweight 4 season tent with such a massive rainfly for $50? I have no complaints about the tent. It’s been doing a great job of keeping me dry.