When I'm not sleeping in a Grand Trunk hammock at night while in the woods, I will at times enjoy a peaceful sleep in a tent. When on a solo trip, I usually don't take a tent with me and tend to just go with a tarp and hammock setup due to weight and the small amount of space they take up in/on my pack. After working with the Teton Outfitter XXL Quick Tent, I have found the one tent that I can easily carry around and comes loaded with features.
First off, this little tent is only 4lbs when packed up and ready for action. Now considering it comes with a full rainfly, multiple ground stakes, attached guy-lines and integrated frame, 4lbs is well worth the tiny amount of weight you will need to carry out. The carry bag comes with an integrated handle and a drawstring closure and full instructions that are sewn into the inside of the bag. I have to say that after a full setup and take-down of the tent one time, I will never need the instructions again...this thing is a BREEZE to work with!
One you have removed the tent from the storage bag, it's a simple matter to lay the tent out flat on the ground and set aside the rain cover and bag of stakes. With the tent laid out flat, the first thing you do is to unfold the four arms on each corner. On the two longer arms, you need to also push them together after unfolding them so that they lock into place.
Once you have all four corners out, you simply pick up the center piece of tent by cord coming out of the top of the spreader base. With one hand, you apply enough pressure to the spreader base so that it stays in place, and with your other hand, you lift of on the cord.
You will then see the entire tent form on front of you with little to no effort at all. In the end, you should have something that looks like this:
That's literally all there is to it, you now have a shelter that will keep the bugs off you and one that offers you enough room from a full size sleeping bag and any other sleeping essential you may need. The dimensions for the tent itself are 6' 9"L x 3' 3"W x 2' 6"T. This offers plenty of space for one person to stretch out and relax.
The zipper on the door seems heavier than s standard tent zipper and as always, with Teton you get their easy-to-use zipper with an attached lanyard. (Sorry for the blurry picture)
The rainfly is incredible easy to attach to the tent. Just toss the fly over the tent, ensure you have the right side up (Teton can be seen on the side) and clip the four corners to the corners of the tent itself. Pull the straps to increase tension and you're done.
For added support, you can use the provided stakes to secure each of the four corners to the ground, as well as the provided guy lines. The front of the rainfly has a full length zipper and is also reinforced with a few strips of Velco to help keep water out and away from the zipper. The two flaps that make up the can be rolled up and secured to the door frame with the provided "hook and loop" system in place. The same method of securing the rainfly doors is also in place at the bottom of the main door, should you ever want the door to be wide open and out of the way.
Now, I'm a 6'3 guy and I hate feeling cramped. First inspection revealed that I had nothing to fear with the Outfitter XXL Quick Tent. I'm also to stretch out full on my back, as well as sit up full without touching the sides. If you have a small enough pack, it can probably fit beside you in the tent, but my Teton Outfitter 4600 pack is just too big to be in there with me. I could use it for a pillow I guess, but that's what pack pillows are for :-)
In all, I am extremely pleased with this single person tent so far and plan to give further field reports on it as I go. After one time of setup and take down, you can get this tent set up in a matter of seconds. It actually takes longer to get it out of the bag ;-) A super huge thanks goes out to Teton for allowing me to check out this tent. I'm hooked on their products because the price is great and the quality is top notch.
Here are the full specs of the Outfitter XXL Quick Tent, per Teton's website:
Dimensions: 6' 9"L x 3' 3"W x 2' 6"T
Pack Weight: 4 lbs
Capacity: 1 person
Shell: 75D Taffeta 2000MM PU
Pole System: Quick–up System III
Also, this is a great company video that shows the easy setup and take-down of the Outfitter XXL.
Note that the first night spent in this tent, it rained and not a single drop got inside. The rainfly did it's job perfectly!
Thanks for reading, let me know if you have any questions and keep an eye out for more updates and pictures of this tent in action.