Comfy but no good in rain
Bought 2 of these as an improvement on climbing in and out of a pop up tent. Definitely more comfortable! Easy set up. Very poorly designed for rain though. Water pools no matter how tightly the foot of the fly sheet is pegged down. Disappointing as everything else is fine.
Purchased in January 2021 for $200.00.
Almost a must have camping product !
The Oz trail Stretcher tent is almost there as a dominant camping must. I really like the product idea but no one as yet can make a decent QUALITY product. The Oz tent version didn’t really offer any advantage to me (heavy, Pricy, not canvas). Their cotton lightweight canvas is covered in a rubber type material removing breathability and making it hot as soon as direct sun hits it. Based on this I went the cheapest option. My number one camping rule is travel small and light. The Oztrail stretcher tent is the smallest and lightest available if ...you call 12.5KG light. The product should be made out of aluminium with a proper canvas option or upgrade. The videos of setting up on beautiful green grass or on carpet are false advertising in my opinion. Putting the unit on its side on dirt and sticks etc (a proper camping site) will almost guarantee to put holes in the fly mesh…The first time I set mine up was on the beach and the beach sand went through the mesh. Pros Folds up to the size of a large chair using minimal space (fits behind the back seat of a car) Comfortable to sleep on (with a quality air mattress) Water proof (from experience it works well in moderate rain) Can sleep with mesh only or waterproof fly over Your off the ground making getting up in the morning easier
Excellent for fair weather camping - hopeless in the rain.
I bought mine last year as I was going on a 9- week (December to early February) camping trip (Perth - Brisbane -and back across the Nullarbor. I’m female, have a small sedan car, and travel alone. My camp set up included an awning attached to roof racks on the car, the Stretcher tent, 2 solid walls for the awning and a ground sheet.
I had had a 2-week trial run with the Stretcher tent before, in October 2016 - to the Goldfields - and I realised I would need some sort of mattress and bought a single, self-inflating mattress.
Now the ...Stretcher tent: on the first night crossing the Nullarbor and free camping I decided to do the “quick thing” and just use the Stretcher tent - no awning or complicated camp set up. In the early hours it started to rain. And it didn’t stop for the next 5 days! That 1st night the water pooled at the foot end so much that the canvas stretched and was low enough to touch my toes. That broke the water seal. No solution. It kept on raining and the tent kept on leaking. Everything was wet. I packed up in the predawn greyness and left. After that I made sure I set up under cover - the Awning plus sidewalls - at any sign of rain. But that’s a hassle I had hoped I might avoid. So rain ?? Not so good ❌ How about when it’s cold? Well the air circulation is really good but - on the first trip I had some very cold nights. There was a lot of condensation on the inside of the fly. After two overcast days and cold nights my sleeping bag started feeling decidedly damp. Drying my sleeping stuff became an issue. What about heat? In 40 degrees and high temp nights I found it impossible to sleep with the fly on. So ended up pegging cotton shawls to the sides for privacy and whatever breeze was around and slept (almost) under the stars. My little battery operated fan was a godsend. The “no seeum” mesh keeps everything (except the rain) out.
I've been trying a few different camp setups over the last few years with a desire for quick and simple. I've tried instant tents, pop up tents and swags. I love the Blitz tents for room and sturdiness and still have one in my collection but the size and weight are prohibitive. I have a 3 man "popup" tent for when the better half travels with me but I hate crawling on the ground. This is also the reason I tried and failed the swag along with the horrible thin mattress and cumbersome packing up. This Easy Fold stretcher tent is how it sounds. By...the time you figure out what you're doing, it's up. It can be a little fiddly fitting the fly until you figure out to unzip the end flap. There's no mattress so I add a single air bed or self inflating mattress for comfort. I've had it wet and have had no leaks although not directly in a downpour. I set up under an awning and had quite a bit of rain blow in fully wetting the fly to the point of pooling on the top. I can enter and exit on the side quite easily without crawling on my knees. It is small but I don't find it claustrophobic, and it's small when packed up. If I had to pick negatives it would be that the zippers can be a little difficult with a mattress fitted and the toggles that hold the flaps open can be a little fiddly in the middle of the night to close up in a hurry. Cheap purchase price as well. $199 on special.
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Great for a quick trip
Love my stretcher tent.
Easy to set up, comfortable,.
No quality issues so far, haven't tried it in the wet yet.
Questions & Answers
Why do my kids Easy fold strecher tents leak with no more than a light dew?, 1 unit is 12 months old the other is brand new
Don't know. Mine hasn't leaked. Did you season the tent?, read the instructions.
The poles are very flimsy, and as a result one of the angular joints has broken while I was putting it up,on a windy afternoon, are replacementvpoles available?
Go to your local oztrail dealer or contact oztrail online. They sometimes carry spares from other warranty claims. Is yours still under warranty?
Is this stretcher tent midges proof?
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