The Qomotop is a four-person tent that’s popular for its freestanding design and impressively fast set up time. In terms of features, it’s pretty basic, but it does have a reputation for being durable, beginner-friendly, and offers above-average airflow, which is a big deal if you’re looking for a model that can handle summer campouts. This isn’t a model that comes with a wide variety of amenities, in fact, it’s pretty basic as far as design goes. Yet, it has an excellent reputation for its ability to maintain comfortable interior temperatures, whether you’re camping out in the summer or early fall.
Our Verdict: This is a fairly basic tent. It doesn’t come with built-in storage or an impressively high ceiling. Instead, this design focuses more on functionality. The shorter ceiling of just under five feet may be a deal-breaker for some, but this shorter design is pretty common with most low-priced tents. The windows aren’t quite as large as most campers would prefer, however, they do let in enough cool air to keep the interior nice and comfortable. The fast setup and break down design allows you to set up or pack up camp in sixty seconds, which is a huge selling point for most campers. Durable, reliable, and perfect for camping adventures in the spring and summer months, I’d recommend this model to any family on a tight budget in search of a model that’s both beginner and budget-friendly.
Overview and Features
If you’ve never set a tent up before, then you’re probably dreading the lengthy process that will involve you scrambling to quickly assemble a variety of poles, use ropes, stake the tent, then watch as the tent collapses in on itself just as a storm quickly approaches and soaks you and all of your gear.
Fortunately, this is the best cabin tent for the beginner. Due to its fast setup design, you won’t have to worry about your lack of wilderness experience. In fact, this model offers a foolproof way to put your new model together in just sixty seconds which is pretty amazing.
However aside from the ultra-fast setup time, this model is lacking in terms of space. It’s designed to accommodate up to four campers, but the lower ceiling, which comes in at just under five feet, can make this model a poor choice for taller campers.
The freestanding design means you don’t have to stake the tent to the ground. This also gives you more options in terms of where you can set up camp since you won’t have to worry about hammering stakes into difficult terrain.
This model comes in at eight feet by eight feet, with a ceiling of four feet, eleven inches. As you can see, this is a pretty small model. However, the manufacturer claims it can sleep up to four people. But if you don’t want to sleep in a pretty cramped space, then this model is a better option for a total of three campers, if you use sleeping pads. If you want to use a queen-sized airbed, then this tent is a better choice for two people.
The built-in rainfly will protect you from light to moderate rainfall but it’s not a good choice for the rainy season. While it can handle an hour or two of heavy rainfall, it’s not designed for prolonged exposure. The rainfly features a tiedown design, which means if you want to expose the night sky through the small mesh panels in the ceiling, you’ll have to head outside and untie it. This can be a drawback, especially considering there are other models in this price bracket that feature a more convenient zipper style rainfly option.
There are a total of three medium-sized mesh window panels that can be securely closed via a zippered panel or left open to allow in fresh air. There is another mesh panel located on the door. These windows are somewhat on the small side, but they’re still large enough to promote air circulation and let in the cool evening breeze.
This model comes with just a single entryway, which is rather large. It features a mesh panel that you can leave unzipped at night for improved airflow without exposing yourself to pests. The fact that it comes with only one door means you’ll have to step over other campers to get in and out of the tent, which is definitely a drawback.
This is a three-season model. This means it can handle camping out in the spring, summer, and fall, but it’s not a good choice for winter camping since its walls are not thick enough to retain heat. Because of the smaller design, it does do a pretty good job of keeping the interior nice and cool during the spring and summer and makes camping out in the colder fall months tolerable. However, the thinner material cannot handle prolonged exposure to snow and rain. For a three-season model, it does a better than average job of maintaining just the right temperature even compared to some higher-priced models.
Like many models of freestanding tents, it doesn’t do well in high-wind conditions. Fortunately, it comes with a set of stakes, which will come in handy in the event the wind begins to pick up.
Electrical Cord Port
This built-in port will provide users with fast, simple electrical cord access. When not in use, you can secure and close the port.
Even though this is a freestanding model, it comes with a set of stakes, which you can use to increase the stability of the tent. I recommend using the stakes if the wind starts to pick up. While this can add to the assembly process, it can make all the difference when it comes to high-wind conditions and coming back to camp to find your tent has blown over.
There’s no available information regarding the weatherproof rating, however, this model features inner seams that are fully taped using PU tape. The rainfly also features PU fully taped seams. The tent cannot handle exposure to high winds or several hours of heavy rainfall, but it can manage light to moderate rainfall like a champ. Considering it’s a three-season style model, it’s not designed to withstand heavy downpours or snowfall. The thinner walls and ceiling do a fair job of retaining heat, but for winter camping you’ll definitely want a four-season model which comes with a better rainfly and thicker walls that work to retain heat.
For ultimate durability, the manufacturer has included a PE tub floor complete with welded corners. This will prevent damage to the tent’s floor caused by people, cots, and sharp objects.
The included two ground vents boost this model’s airflow significantly. These vents can be opened wide to allow cool air to flow through the tent, or you can close them completely if the weather turns chilly or it begins to rain. When secured in place, the vents will not leak, even in heavy rainfall.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Ground vents
- Three windows
- Durable flooring
- Faster setup time
- Low price
- Single entryway
- Not designed for inclement weather
- Low ceiling
Qomotop Versus Core 9
The competing model, the Core 9 isn’t one of the flashiest tents on the market, but it’s well-built and offers a much more spacious interior that can accommodate up to nine campers. It also comes loaded with larger, mesh-paneled windows, complete with zippered flaps that will allow you to lock up the windows tight once the temperature drops or in the event of rain.
It also has a much higher ceiling, which will be a bonus for those taller campers who want to be able to walk around the tent freely, without hunching over. While it does indeed offer an overall more spacious design that’s more accommodating than the model by Qomotop, it also comes with a much higher price tag. If you don’t need much space and you’re simply looking for a tent that will protect you from the elements and keep you nice and cool during the summer months, then stick with a tent that works with your budget.
Conclusion and Rating
This low-priced model by Qomotop sleeps up to four campers and features a pretty basic design. It comes with a single door, three medium-sized windows, and a rainfly. The low ceiling may be a poor choice for taller campers, while the cramped interior can make it difficult for four campers to sleep comfortably. Considering the low price, it comes as no surprise that this model doesn’t come with many amenities. However, it does provide the type of durability you need for spring and summer camping out in the backcountry. If you’re looking for a tent that’s functional and not feature-packed then this model can be a great option, especially if a faster setup process is a priority. I gave this model a rating of four and a half stars out of five.