The Best Pop Up Tents

The Best Pop Up Tents
After a strenuous day of hiking, the last thing anyone wants is to pitch a complicated tent in fading light. Even when there's plenty of time, a sudden shower can change things in a hurry. That's why a new breed of tents, known as pop-up or self-erecting, has appeared. The more common and affordable type is thrown into the air to uncoil a spring inside the fabric. The second design opens up like an umbrella, with the walls and floor attached. Turbo Tents lead the pack by combining convenient, self-erecting frames with the portability and ruggedness of conventional designs.

Innovative Design

Four easy steps, and less than a minute, is all it takes to pitch a Turbo Tent. Just unfasten the straps, stake the corners, lock the pole joints, push up from inside and you're done. The anatomically modeled pole joints keep the poles together.

Cutting Edge Materials

An aircraft aluminum frame, with heavy-duty, tear and waterproof, poly-cotton fabric, gives these tents incredible durability. The poly-cotton blend reduces this fabric's weight by 50 percent while giving it twice the strength of regular cotton canvas.

Bulletproof Construction

All seams are heat tape sealed and the fabric is polyurethane coated for maximum weather resistance. The frame has alloy feet and joints, and the center hub is steel reinforced for maximum strength and minimum weight.

Attention to Detail

A liner, on the fabric's inside surface, screens out shadows and reflections cast by interior lighting, to keep your nightly activities private. Guy-line zipper pockets on the rain fly keep the guy-lines organized for easy and convenient setup.

What's Missing

As good as these tents are, they're only single-walled designs. The best tents have an outer skin that blocks weather, and an inner layer that stops bugs and allows air to circulate. A double-walled design also prevents condensation, which you'll appreciate when temperatures drop.

Article Written By Dan Eash

Dan Eash began writing professionally in 1989, with articles in LaHabra's "Daily Star Progress" and the "Fullerton College Magazine." Since then, he's created scripts for doctor and dentist offices and published manuals, help files and a training video. His freelance efforts also include a book. Eash has a Fullerton College Associate of Arts in music/recording production and a Nova Institute multimedia production certificate.

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