The easiest tent you’ll ever own: Review of the Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent

Here’s the first full review from my Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Adventurers.
Check it out, and stay tuned for the rest of the reviews!

Picture this: You’ve finally arrived at your campsite – and it’s now 2:30 AM. You’re exhausted from the drive, but your car is too jam-packed with adventure equipment to allow for sleeping comfortably in it. What’s the last thing you want to do right now? Spend ten minutes fumbling with tent poles and hooks in order to snag a wistful few hours of sleep before waking up and deconstructing your tent all over again.

Major bummer, dude.

Now picture this: Same late-night camping scenario, same levels of I-just-want-to-sleep, but now you’ve got a Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent. You grab the bright yellow sack that holds your tent, unroll it, and within about 45 seconds, you’re ready for bed. You snuggle up in your sleeping bag while your buddies fumble around with their clunky tents.

Niko sets up our Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent at Grandfather Mountain Campground in NC.

Major victory, dude!

When Niko and I received our Outfitter XXL Quick Tent, we were elated – even more so when we managed to go from a sealed package to a set-up tent in less than three minutes. And that was our first time EVER setting it up. We were both instantly impressed, but the real test came when we took the Teton Sports tent on its first adventure to North Carolina for the Hound Ears Triple Crown climbing competition.

After keeping us cozy through misty mountain mornings, light afternoon rain, and some pretty gnarly wind gusts – the Outfitter XXL Quick Tent passed our camping test with flying floors.

Here’s what I love about the Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent:

  • It is the easiest tent I have ever camped with. Both set-up and take-down are simple tasks that take less than a minute.
  • It packs down extremely easy, and the roomy stuff sack doesn’t require a battle to get the tent packed away. With a weight of only 4 lbs, it’s light and easy to carry.
  • The tent was designed as a topper for camping cots, but the waterproof base and sturdy structure makes it an ideal tent for ground camping as well (I have only used it directly on the ground).
  • Where many tents offer a small window or two, the Outfitter XXL is entirely wrapped with see-through mesh, so if the weather allows you to go without the rain-fly, you can wake up surrounded by natural beauty.
  • When the rain-fly is up, there is an ample vestibule area for keeping your dirty hiking boots sheltered from the elements without dragging them into the tent. Plus, the rain-fly is easily assembled with four simple clip-ons.
  • While a larger person may find this to be a one-man tent, Niko and I fit perfectly together in it. This is a great tent for adventure couples.
  • It’s my favorite color – and it totally matches my big yellow van.

Peek-a-boo, that's me creeping inside my Teton Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent.There is only a single caveat I have with the world’s easiest tent: there are no pockets. But what I love about Teton Sports is their amazing receptiveness to user feedback. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if their next tent release features a pocket.

The bottom line: I would highly recommend this tent. It retails at $100, but could easily sell for upwards for $200. The value can’t be beat, but it’s the impossibly simple set-up that will win you over instantly.

Don’t believe my rave reviews about how quickly this tent sets up? Check it out for yourself:

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Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Adventurers

During this season of gift-giving, there is no task quite as daunting as finding the perfect present for an adventurer. Unlike your cousin Betty, who is thrilled at the sight of yet another Bath & Bodyworks gift basket, outdoorsy folks seek practical and useful souvenirs from holiday exchanges. (Although, judging by the way we tend to smell, some heavily scented grooming products might serve us well, haha!)

Simplify your search for the ultimate gift for the outdoor explorer in your life with this holiday gift guide for adventurers – (the best part? All of these items are totally living-in-a-van worthy. But really, I’m taking ALL of these items on my yearlong trip, so they’re the real deal):

A Holiday Gift Guide for Outdoor Adventurers

  1. Columbia Sportswear Powerfly ($220) This down insulated Omni-Heat thermal jacket should be a stable of every adventurer’s wardrobe. It is suspiciously lightweight, and even comes with a tiny stuff sack for backpacking purposes, but this jacket is big on comfort and warmth. The Omni-Heat reflective lining uses your body temperature to amplify heat, making you up to 20% warmer.  Equipped with an Omni-Shield exterior to repel moisture, the Powerfly is versatile, protective, and the ideal companion for adventuring.
  2. Big Agnes Helinox camp chair ($89.95) If there is one item I have been coveting all year, it’s a camp chair. Often overlooked as an essential, having somewhere to park your rear end after a long day of adventuring is crucial to healthy levels of campsite content. The uniquely designed chair folds down into an impossibly tiny carrying case, eliminating the usual inconvenience of toting along camp chairs.
  3. Colcasac laptop case ($40-65) Any gift that delivers sustainability and planet-pleasing materials is a guaranteed winner for adventures. While a laptop case may not qualify as an outdoor essential, adventurers enjoy documenting and sharing their explorations almost as much as the experience itself. Made from hemp, bamboo, and jute burlap, these minimalistic sleeves are a fantastic off-the-trail item. (And they’re available for iPads, MacBooks, Kindles, iPhones, and even shoulder bags).
  4.  Tetonsports XXL outfitter tent ($100) This tent sets up in less than 30 seconds. Need I say more? No, no I don’t. Gift someone this tent, and they will forever think fondly of you as they pull up to a campsite at 2 AM and don’t have to worry about the hassles of setting up their tent. Automatic brownie points for life. | Check out my full review here.
  5. ENO SingleNest hammock ($54.95) When adventurers aren’t adventuring, we’re napping. I’ve had many a hammock in my day, but none have initiated a deep sleep quite as quickly as the ENO SingleNest. I opened up my new hammock, set it up between two trees, and woke up two hours later. They’re sturdy, light, and easy to pack into the attached compression stuff sack. Featuring quick-dry nylon, a 400 lb carrying capacity, and a tiny weight of just 17 ounces, these hammocks offer the perfect place for napping on the go – or in your backyard.

While these five items top my list of gift ideas for outdoor adventurers, other products worthy of mention include the Triple Aught Design Valkyrie hoodie LT, the Columbia Sportswear Reactor 35 sleeping bag, and the incredibly comfortable sleeping pads from Teton Sports. To impress the climber in your life, check out Mammut’s sweet Realization shorts.

Stay tuned for full reviews of
the Columbia Powerfly, Colcasac sleeve, and Big Agnes Helinox camp chair!