This model by Alpha Camp sleeps up to six campers and comes with its very own screened-in porch, which is a huge selling point for any family who wants to spend an evening enjoying the night air without dealing with mosquitos, pests, and wildlife. This model is well-built, offers UV protection, and a durable design that allows you to camp out in total comfort. It may not be able to handle inclement weather as well as a four-season model, but it does a great job of keeping campers cool during the spring and summer months.
Our Verdict: This model is large enough to easily accommodate up to six campers if you use sleeping pads instead of a couple of air mattresses. It features a screened-in porch that can provide extra sleeping space, or it can be used to store wet and muddy gear, extra supplies, or it will make a nice space to hang out with family and friends in the evening. The mesh ceiling and several windows provide better than average airflow, so you’ll stay nice and cool during the winter months. However, the tent is a three-season model, which makes it a poor choice to use during the winter months since it doesn’t handle inclement weather well and offers poor heat retention. Additionally, the rainfly isn’t designed for prolonged exposure to heavy rainfall. If you’re looking for a model that’s perfect for spring and summer use, then this reasonably priced six-sleeper is a great option for your next family camping trip.
Overview and Features
This is one of the best cabin tents for families on a budget. It can easily accommodate up to six campers, however, if you use queen-sized airbeds, you’ll find that the tent can only comfortably handle two. If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly model, one that’s simple to set up, and comes loaded with some great extras, like a screen-in porch, then this moderately priced model is an excellent choice. The basic design allows you to set this model up in just one minute, which is pretty impressive and a big selling point for any camper who’s tired of wasting time setting up and breaking down camp. It also features stellar airflow thanks to the mesh ceiling and the several large mesh panel windows.
This model features an eco-friendly silver coating that’s designed to provide protection against harmful UV rays.
The screened-in porch is a totally separate space that doesn’t use the same type of flooring as the main part of the tent, in fact, it’s floorless. This space is perfect for storing wet and muddy gear, the equipment you don’t want to leave out overnight, or you can set up some chairs and take in the night air without the bugs. The is a great little camp porch that provides some nice protection from the elements and the sun.
The large D-style door and mesh panel windows provide more than enough clean fresh air to prevent condensation buildup, while keeping campers nice and cool during the hot summer months. Each of the windows comes with a zippered flap, so the windows can be zipped up if the weather turns chilly or if it begins to rain.
The tent is made with tough steel poles that help to increase durability and stability in high-wind conditions. The tent measures in at seventeen by nine feet, with a ceiling height of eight inches. The attached screen porch measures in at ten by six feet, which is a decent size.
This is a freestanding design, which allows you to quickly set up the tent in as little as a minute. However, it also comes with a set of stakes, which you can use if you’re camping out in windy conditions, for that extra level of protection and stability.
Inside, you’ll find a couple of large side pockets sewn into one of the walls. These storage compartments can help you keep your gear and supplies organized and off the ground.
This model is covered by a one-year manufacturer warranty. If the tent is damaged or missing parts the manufacturer will refund your money or provide a replacement.
As I mentioned earlier, the ceiling features a decent height of eighty inches. You can unzip the built-in rainfly and enjoy a completely mesh ceiling that will allow the cool night air in while keeping bugs out. This design allows you to fall asleep under the stars in total protection and comfort. If it starts to get chilly, you can easily zip up the rainfly for protection from colder weather or rainfall.
The tent has a faster setup time compared to other models thanks to the pre-attached poles. To set up, all you have to do is unfold it and extend the legs. This is a very beginner-friendly design that those who are new to camping will definitely appreciate. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t come with any room dividers, so there’s just a single large space inside.
In terms of feel, it’s nice and spacious and doesn’t feel cramped, unless you decide to try and fit a couple of airbeds inside. If you’re camping with four to six people, I recommend using sleeping pads instead.
In terms of how it handles the weather, this model is categorized as a three-season style tent. It can do well in hot and cooler weather conditions, but it can’t handle prolonged exposure to heavy downpours or snowfall. It does a decent job of retaining heat, but you definitely don’t want to camp out in it during the winter. Instead, you’ll be better off using a four-season model.
The tent features a total of five large mesh panel windows, with an additional window on the front entryway. These windows are large and wide and come with their own zippered flaps for use when the weather turns cold or in the event of rainfall.
The design provides partial coverage, however, it does have a high waterproof rating. This standard rainfly will do a better than average job of keeping the interior dry in the event of a heavy downpour, but since this is a three-season model, it’s not designed to withstand prolonged exposure to inclement weather. The rainfly features a twenty-five-millimeter waterproof rating.
This model is made out of a thick polyester and nylon material that makes it highly breathable. The floor of the tent is made out of thick plastic, complete with inverted, welded seams for increased durability.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Fast set up time
- High ceiling
- Mesh ceiling
- Built-in storage
- Spacious interior
- One entryway
- Not designed for inclement weather
Alpha Camp Versus QOMOTOP 4 People Easy Set Up Instant Cabin Tent
The competing model by Qomotop sleeps just four people, but it offers the same type of effortless, faster setup time of just one minute. The smaller tent isn’t lacking in terms of features. In fact, it comes with a large eight by eight-foot interior, however, the ceiling is rather low, which may be a deal-breaker for taller campers since it measures in at just under five feet tall. However, if you’re not looking for a larger tent and instead, prefer a cozier sleeping space when you’re traveling through the backcountry, then this model is a great choice.
It also handles rainy weather rather well, thanks to the PU taping on the inner seams in the tent and the included rainfly. The floor is extra durable, thanks to the PE tube floor, complete with welded corners. In terms of ventilation, it also scored well with the ground vents and mesh ceiling, which also allows you to camp out under the stars without dealing with mosquitos and other pests.
Overall, it can’t quite compete with this model by Alpha, but if you’re in the market for a more compact tent, it’s a great fit.
Conclusion and Rating
This tent by Alpha Camp can sleep up to six campers if you use sleeping pads instead of a couple of airbeds. Despite its smaller construction, the interior has a nice spacious feel, especially if you leave the rainfly unzipped to expose the mesh ceiling. This model offers better than average airflow, a fast one-minute set up time, a durable design, and decent built-in storage. It’s also available at a price that will work for most campers on a tight budget. The tent’s screened-in porch is a huge selling point, especially considering it provides some nice extra space for storage and allows the family to hang out outdoors and enjoy the night air, without worrying about mosquitoes, bugs, and wildlife. Versatile, beginner-friendly, and built to last, I gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.