Monday, January 13, 2014

Gear Review: Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent and Outfitter XXL Cot

For nearly a year, I have had the Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent sitting in my garage. Over and over I have told myself to get it out and set it up. I finally decided that in the middle of Winter I would set it up. Now, I must make it known that 'middle of Winter' in Southern California means cold, but not frigid. My daughter asked me about going camping and I figured, why not! The Outfitter XXL is a single person tent, but with an almost five year-old I decided this would be a great opportunity for us. December 27, 2013 was a great day to set up camp in the backyard with my little adventure girl. 



Why did I wait so long? I am not 100% sure. Maybe I was afraid I would have to take more than a half hour to set up a single-person tent. Or maybe I thought I'd like it so much I would begin planning solo hunt after solo hunt. No matter what, it was time to face the music and test it out.

The Outfiter XXL Quick Tent is exactly that - it sets up super fast, but before I get into all of that, here are some details about the tent.
 
  • Dimensions: 82" x 39" x 32"
  • Packed Dimensions: 25" x 8" x 5"
  • Pack Weight: 4 lbs
  • Capacity: 1 person
  • Shell: 75D Taffeta 2000MM PU
  • Doors: 1
  • Pole System: Quick–up System III
  • Color: Yellow–Orange

The tent weighs 4 lbs. but I wouldn't have guessed that. I thought it was lighter than that. It will sleep one person very comfortably with room for your clothing or a few spare smaller items inside. I am 5' 9 1/2" and I had a little more room for my head and feet inside. I used my regular pillow from my bed which took up a lot of room. I would definitely like to try out a smaller camp pillow for extra room in the future.

Connecting the tent to the cot via six bungees was super easy.

Wanting to get some elevation when hunting in rattlesnake country, Teton Sports recommended I utilize their Outfitter XXL Camp Cot for use with the tent. So I had the luxury of setting up the tent on the Outfitter XXL Camp Cot. The cot itself weighs 26 lbs., so it is not ideal backpacking gear, but if you travel into camp via ATV or vehicle, this will suit you well! For backyard camping and gear reviews it's even better! I have had a few questions about support, structure and weight limits (up to 600 lbs.). To answer those questions, here are some details about the cot that might interest you.

  • Dimensions: 85" x 40" x 19"
  • Pack Weight: 26 lbs
  • Bed: Heavy–duty 600D Poly Canvas
  • Frame: Aluminum top surround
  • Legs: Steel Leg Assembly
  • Color: Black
  • Storage: 600D Canvas Carry Bag with Drawstring Closure

Tell me that doesn't sound awesome to you? A cot that can not only support a larger bodied person, but also allows you to connect the tent to the cot easily and comfortably is a must-have! The tent and cot can accommodate a person who is 6' tall or under - comfortably. Anything over that and you are probably going to want to look into a larger/longer tent. I am 5' 9" tall, and the tent still had a few inches to fill on either end. If you are over 6' tall,  you can probably fit, but your toes may be pushing against the far tent wall.

As you have seen in the video above, the tent is easily set-up and attaches to the cot very easily.  After sleeping in it for a couple nights, there is definitely only room for one person to sleep comfortably, which is what was expected. My air mattress and sleeping bag fit perfectly from end to end. I slept well on the second night, even with my daughter in the tent.


We kept the rain fly on both nights and I am glad we did. The first night it was very cool, but clear and we had no condensation around. The second night it was incredibly foggy and our tent was covered in moisture. Even the inside of the tent had some condensation, under the rain fly, which I wasn't too happy with. I am researching how to avoid that in the future. I left the rain fly attached to the tent to dry for a short while. I then unclipped one end, flipped it over and allowed the underside to dry. Don't forget that part or you'll end up with mildew on your tent. Once that dried, I folded it up prior to the tent take-down.



Taking the tent down was just as easy (if not easier) than the set-up. Normally, putting everything away seems like such a chore, but the Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Tent folds back up, slides into the bag and is ready to attach to your pack in a matter of just a couple minutes. That was very cool in my eyes because if you are hunting and need to move camp quickly, this is the tent you want to use.

The cot is more of a luxury, but it is a very nice addition if you have kids, want to be elevated, and have some patience with the set-up. Overall, the cot was nice and most of the set-up went very well. The final stage of getting the end bars attached got a big two thumbs down from me. I am a strong guy, and I had to horse it to get it to clip in. I mean REALLY horse it. I hope Teton Sports works up some improvements on that. My recommendation to anyone who gets one is to set it up a dozen times prior to going camping to see if the connecting points wear down a bit to allow an easier fit. I would certainly use the Outfitter XXL Cot while camping with family, and even on hunts where I have a vehicle nearby because at 26 lbs., I am not throwing it on my back. 

The Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent retails from $129.00 - $85.00 online and I think it's an excellent price for what you are getting and for how easy it is to use. The Outfitter XXL Cot retails for $149.99, but you can find it around for less than that. The cot at Sportsman's Warehouse is selling for $99.99 and the tent $89.99 (and I understand those are everyday prices). Like I said, the cot is a luxury item for me and I am not sure $149.99 is a great price, but for bigger people, it's one of the strongest ones out there. I know that Teton Sports has some new things coming in 2014 and I am excited to hear what hey are and what improvements they have made to their gear. If you are looking for a tent that packs easily, sets up quickly, and protects you from the elements, the Outfitter XXL Quick Tent is a great buy.

6 comments:

  1. This was a timely post. I have been using the Teton cot pad for a couple of years (one size down from the XXL pad). I just upgraded to a larger cot to accommodate the sleeping pad. I tried the Cabelas XXL cot which is just like the Teton. I had the same problem with the end bars. I ended up laying on the ground and using my foot to push it into place. I'm sure it would get easier with repeated us as the material stretches. I ended up exchanging it for their Alaskan Guide Cot which fit my cot pad perfectly AND it's easier to install the end bars. Absolutely love the comfort level of having a big cot for a big guy with a thick pad. When you're 250 pounds and sleep on your side you need maximum padding. Now that I am older we mostly camp near a vehicle so I have chosen comfort over reducing weight. All those nights on the ground in my 20s took a toll. Now I sleep well and wake up ready for the day. I love Teton's products though. Not the cheapest but very well made.

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  2. Riley is the star of the show!!! Great review as always my friend!

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    1. No kidding! She loves doing gear reviews with me and I love it, too.

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  3. I had some serious rain issues when I used my set up. The rain fly, when used with the cot, does not cover the cot, the XXL pad under the tent or the organizing pouches. When it rains, the water runs down onto the cot soaking the pad. The organizer, which I used to hold books/magazines and TP was soaks through.
    I now run a tarp over the set up, which adds to the set up time. I still like it, just needed to devise a system to keep rain off IF on the cot.

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  4. My son took this XXL cot and pad along with 3 friends and their cots along with my Eureka Titan 6 tent to a 3 day music festival last week in northern Michigan, which turned out to be a very rainy venue in a very muddy pasture. They were one of the few who stayed dry and my son said sleeping on this cot and pad was as comfortable as his pillow loft mattress at home. It's a big cot, but he said they still had plenty of room for all + their gear and it took them about 20 minutes to set up everything. I'm glad I bought the higher end tent and this cot and pad for my husband's fishing trips. Now I have to buy another cot and pad for me before we snowbird it in south Texas by Mexico way this winter.

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