I received this rightline gear pop up tent in record time and just came in from setting it up for the first time, so here are the things I learned about this tent (and wish I’d known before ordering).
Before deciding on this tent, I researched several brands of “Pop-Up“s, and searched for video reviews that were actually ‘reviews’. It is VERY difficult to find an actual video REVIEW. Most simply show the tents quickly popping up and being taken back down…that’s about it. There is even a video of THIS particular tent showing the EZ up and almost-as-EZ put-away on that glorious TUBE site that we all know and love. So, yes, this tent sets up easily and after watching the video, I was able to put it away in its bag in less than three minutes on my first try.
The rightline gear pop up tent materials seems to be of good quality. I think the initial fear of breaking the poles while folding them back into a circle will be there for most people on the first try. The poles seem fairly flexible and (hopefully) will hold up well.
I did notice a few loose threads on the carry bag and inside the tent, but that wasn’t a big deal for me. Some careful snipping and all gone.
I also noticed that on one small section of the front ‘screen’ door zipper, the flexible seam tape overlapped the zipper teeth. I had to peel about two inches of it back from the teeth in order to zip the door closed. Again, small manufacturing thing that a tiny pair of scissors and some careful snipping can handle without problems.
The material of the floor is similar to those Poly “Tarps” and it seems fairly sturdy and waterproof, but I always use a footprint/tarp underneath any tent – just in case of sharp pebbles, sticks, thorns, etc. that I might not have noticed or removed when setting up.
The elastic “loops” used for pegging down the tent don’t really protrude from the bottom edges. You kinda have to slide the peg into the loop sideways and then turn it ninety degrees to peg it into the ground. I’m a bit concerned that with all of the stretching and twisting during set-up that this might cause the elastic ‘loops’ to detach prematurely. My solution- I’ll just tie some small loops through the existing ones (probably using 550 paracords) and use these as the primary stake-down loops. The included pegs are the inexpensive metal ones…I’ll recycle these and use sturdier ones.
None of the above-mentioned things are very problematic for me.
My one wish is that I’d had a chance to see one of these tents, (and try this rightline gear pop up tent on for size) before buying it. What I feared… and actually found, was that the actual “Sleep-able” space was smaller than I imagined. Keep in mind that the provided measurements of the tent are calculated, as most tents are, from tip to tip and side to side of the tent’s FLAT floor. With these “Pop-ups”, one has to consider the fact that the tent material “Slopes” down to the edges of the
floor, which cuts down on the usable space. (It seems like this would be common sense, because we can all SEE the picture and it obviously slopes down.. but for some reason when we read “sleeps two adults” it ‘feels’ big in our imagination, right? (or maybe I just have a larger than normal imagination, and things naturally expand to fill it?)
I measured the tent floor from the inside (all “Popped” up) and it was 90″ by 68″. From the outside, Including the space taken up by the flexible poles, it measured 91″ by 71″.
Tents such as these are usually pictured with one or two people sitting in the doorway, but I’ve never seen a video of a person who states exactly how tall they are getting in one and showing the usable space around them.
I’m 5’9″. If I lie down the CENTER of this tent with my toes JUST barely touching the slope at the backside of the tent, there is about 4 inches of space between my forehead and the closed door at the front of the rightline gear pop up tent. (Yes, I measured it with my handy dandy tape measure) I can’t quite do the same on a diagonal lay without my toes touching the tent. Taking these measuements into consideration, (and the fact that the tent is an Oval instead of rectangular), I’m not sure that two people of my size could comfortably sleep
side by side (on sleeping bags/pads) without brusing the sides (even if they were
pretty much shoulder to shoulder…especially if they ‘toss and turn’ while sleeping).
I could sit in this rightline gear pop up tent with plenty of space above me. I’m guessing three, perhaps four people of my size could SIT cross-legged inside with adequate headroom.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not knocking this tent. The floor measurements are pretty much spot on, and so far I REALLY like the tent. I’ll use it and love it will probably give it some Kick-Butt Codename (as I do with all of my gear). But because of the space, I’ll be using it alone. If there were a larger size of the same tent made by Rightline Gear, I’d buy one with no hesitation. I especially like the two side windows, which a lot of these Pop-ups don’t have, AND the rear condensation vent. With all of these open, the air-flow is fantastic!
The design of these tents is ingenous and a Pop-up tent of this size for this price is a very good buy. It’s a tiny bit larger than another Pop-up that I saw on a popular ‘bidding’ site for around twice this price!
For a quick nap in the park, a spontanous weekend camping get-away, or
festivals, you can’t beat it. I’m giving it four stars after one test-run in my yard and am happy with it so far.
NOTE: Although quite a few tents are advertised as water-resistant or water-proof, (and some are even treated with waterproofing during the manufacturing process), it is usually a good idea to AT LEAST seal the seams before first using them. I do a seam-sealing and waterproofing on every tent I buy. (There are also videos of how to do this on your favorite TUBE site).
After using the rightline gear pop up tent a few times, I realized that actually SLEEPING in the thing was more problematic than I first thought. There just wasn’t enough room to move around without my feet constantly brushing the sides, and I kept waking up and adjusting my legs to keep that from happening… which really interfered with the fun of camping. (Deducted a star from my original review for this). I ended up giving it to my nephew as a ‘Play Tent’ for his kids…. they love it. As I said above… if Rightline ever made a larger version, I’d probably buy one… but not before I saw it in person and tested it out to make sure it was roomy enough for sleeping.