Tent repair kit-Always be prepared for outdoor emergencies

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So you’ve taken your family and friends to the wild outdoors for a leisurely weekend of camping. Maybe you weren’t paying attention. Or the weather suddenly took a turn for the worse. But what you did end up with was damage to your precious shelter, your home away from home, your tent. Maybe a tree branch punctured it, maybe you gashed it when you dragged it over an unassuming piece of glass. Whatever the reason might be, emergencies like these can happen at any moment. That is why we always recommend carrying a basic tent repair kit with you whenever you take your tent out.

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Multi Room Tents: Why Should You Be Using Them

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What is the point of camping if you cannot take your friends and family with you once in a while? Yes, there are a large number of single camping tents out there in the market. But it is absolutely no fun when every single member of the family has to carry their own separate tent when going camping. Besides, buying a number of single tents is, of course, going to be a lot more expensive than buying multi room tents.

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Best Gopro case-protect your camera

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GoPro cameras have a pretty solid reputation for being reliable and rugged video recording devices. Why then, you ask, do I need a case for it? Well, as rugged as GoPros may be, they are not indestructible. Over time, natural use and normal wear and tear builds up on the device. It doesn’t happen overnight, but one day you discover that your lens has a scratch, or that the standard housing has developed a scratch or warp. Finding the best GoPro case will take care of your camera. This enhances its longevity and lets you get the most out of your expensive camera equipment. Best of all the cases are not expensive.

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Inflatable sup pump – get on the water fast

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There’s nothing more enjoyable than a day out at sea on your inflatable stand up paddle board or SUP board. Even just spending a quiet evening lounging on your inflatable in the pool can be great. Inflating manually can be tiring. So a good Inflatable sup pump is the way to go.

Inflatables are great in that they provide portability and convenience with no heavy lifting required. Just imagine trying to haul a 10 foot long paddle board onto the roof of your car. Then unloading again at the beach. It doesn’t take long to understand why inflatable devices are so popular.

An Inflatable Sup pump makes it easy

Now, the single most important accessory that will make your life easier if you have an inflatable is an electric pump. Be it a paddle board or pool set or towable item, the same issue exists.

Most inflatables come with an included hand pump but as any person with experience knows, the last thing you want to do when you are in the mood for getting on the water and having fun is to spend twenty minutes pumping (or even more). It’s not easy to do; as the inflatable gets larger, pumping more air into it becomes progressively more difficult. This can easily tire you out enough to make you want to abandon ship and get back home.

It’s not easy to do; as the inflatable gets larger, pumping more air into it becomes progressively more difficult. This can easily tire you out enough to make you want to abandon ship and get back home.

The Best Electric Pump for Inflatables

This is why having an electric pump with you is awesome. Electric pumps are small, portable, and fast. They do not take up much space when thrown into the boot of a car, so you can take them anywhere you can take your inflatables. They are pretty cheap and last a long time so no major cost involved which is always good.

Usually running off 120 volts of mains electricity. They can run off the mains or usually from a plug in your car.  These air pumps do a great job in rapidly inflating your favorite inflatable to full size in a few minutes. All that you have to do is connect the pipes and flip the switch. There are a number of pumps for inflatables in the market; We have reviewed three of the best options for you to consider.

Kwik Tek AIRHEAD AHP-120 Air Pump

Airhead Air Pump, 120 volt
List Price: $31.76
Price: $31.76
Price Disclaimer

The AIRHEAD from Kwik Tek is a canister style air pump that is perfect for light use. A variety of included connectors and universal valve fittings mean that you can use the pump to inflate just about anything around your home, from backyard pools and pool toys to air mattresses. The pump also comes with an ergonomically designed handle and a 10 feet long power cord so that you can operate the pump in an open space away from any power outlets.

The Kwik Tek AIRHEAD AHP-120 Air Pump works off a 120 volts mains AC power. Pumping at a rate of 300 liters per minute, the device draws a moderate current of 1.45 Amps. Because of the variety of nozzle fittings that come included with this device, you can also find a number of other creative uses for an air pump. It works perfectly as a blower when equipped with the smaller nozzles.

Additionally, because the pump is designed to run off domestic power, you must have a power inverter if you are planning to take it outdoors to the beach. The pump will not work from a car battery. So invest in a good quality inverter above the 200 Watts mark.

Kwik Tek AIRHEAD AHP-120HP Hi Pressure Air Pump

Airhead Hi Pressure Air Pump, 120v
List Price: $47.55
Price: $47.55
Price Disclaimer

Our second entry from Kwik Tek. This pump is the big brother to the AIRHEAD AHP-120 pump we discussed previously. While identical in almost all aspects except power consumption and fill rate, this pump is designed for inflating much larger objects such as ball pits and watersports boards and rafts that sustain a much higher pressure.

This pump comes with seven included universal adapters, designed to fit all kinds of kayaks and boards as well as regular home inflatables. There is a pressure release valve that limits air pressure to 1.4 psi for over-inflation protection. This prevents you from accidentally pumping an inflatable beyond its designed limits, which can cause poor performance or puncture.

The AHP-120HP Hi Pressure Air pump draws a current of 6.3 Amps off a standard 120 volts mains outlet. That amounts to a power draw of about 720 Watts. Pushing 460 liters of air per minute, the AHP-120HP is not designed to be run off a car battery. If you are planning to take this pump to the beach or any place where access to wall power might be difficult, we recommend you also purchase a power inverter that can deliver at least 800 watts of power.

The pump is listed on Amazon for USD 69.99, but is current on sale at USD 39. If you are in the market for one, we suggest you hurry.

Sevylor SUP and Water Sports Pump

Sevylor SUP and Water Sport Electric Pump, 12V, 15-PSI
List Price: $69.99
Price: $46.99
You Save: $23.00
Price Disclaimer

The Sevylor is the only pump on our list that works from a 12-volt DC power output such as your car. This makes it the perfect companion for when you are thinking about taking a few inflatables to the beach for some fun. The Sevylor is portable enough that you can keep it in the trunk of your car at all times and not notice it when you don’t need it.

The pump can deliver a maximum 15 psi of pressure, making it perfect for inflating boards and floats to full rigidity. It also includes an adjustable auto shut-off system. An integrated LCD display that automatically stops pumping when a set pressure is reached. Units like psi, kPa, and bar are supported.

Quick tip

Keep in mind that this pump is a high power device. Such immense pumping capacity does not come easily. It can draw up to 15 Amps of current from your car outlet, which can be dangerous if your car is not designed to deliver that. Check your car manual or with the manufacturer to confirm this is ok. Additionally, always have your engine running when using the pump to inflate. You can easily deplete your full battery if you are not careful so do be vigilant.

One thing that we did not like so much is the quality of the hose attachments and the hose itself. While the pump itself has no problems, the hose is really disappointing and can barely sustain about 7 to 8 psi of pressure. You can either opt to replace the hose or get yourself some heavy duty silicone or rescue tape to fix the leaks yourself. There are a number of adaptors included with the pump, so this device is actually quite versatile.

The Sevylor 12V Pump is listed on Amazon for USD 69.99, but is currently available at USD 39, a stellar deal.

 

 

Ozark Trail Tents review

ozark trail tents

Ozark Trail is an adventure and outdoors oriented products brand. They sell a whole range of products under the Ozark Trail brand including but not limited to flashlights, utensils, portable kitchens, tents, sleeping bags, canopies. Portable furniture like cots, chairs, and stools, drinks coolers, backpacks, inflatables, etc. In this article, we take a look at the Ozark Trail Tents.

Something to look out for

The first thing to note when it comes to Ozark Trail is that it is a brand name and not a company. This means that any tent manufacturer can sell their products under the Ozark Trail branded label. While this is not necessarily bad, it also means that there is no guarantee of the quality remaining constant across different product offerings.

Ozark Trail tents sell for considerably lower prices than products from other manufacturers like Coleman or MSR, and there is a reason for that. This is also why you see that there are almost too many types of Ozark Trail tents available in the market.

However, you might also land a good deal if you do choose to go the Ozark Trail route. If you only occasionally go camping outdoors, an Ozark Trail tent will not fail you. The tents are reasonably good in quality and will satisfy most casual campers.

Because they are a good deal cheaper than the competition, you may not mind that the tent will likely not last as long as a similar product from other manufacturers. Experienced campers and outdoor enthusiasts ought to steer clear though; something higher spec is the way to go for you.

Ozark Trail tents construction

Ozark Trail tents are typically made from nylon or polyester. Nylon is definitely the cheaper material being used in tent walls as it is less durable and more prone to leaking under heavy rainfall. However, the floor is of the bathtub type, which prevents moisture from seeping in through the seams. The poles are made up of fiberglass and not metal. Metal poles provide durability and greater wind resistance. Fiberglass poles are light weight but are not as strong; it is not uncommon for fiberglass tents to get bent out of shape in heavy winds.

The lack of a rainfly is probably the most bothersome aspect of Ozark Trail tents, next to the lack of a ground sheet. Both of these issues result in Ozark Trail tents allowing water to leak inside in case of a  very heavy rainfall. While no tent is completely waterproof, a rainfly and a waterproof footprint go a long way in ensuring that the inside remains dry.

So far we have discussed the potential concerns you should keep in mind when looking at Ozarks Trail tents. However, if you have read this far, it means that you are aware of the caveats and are still interested in purchasing one. If that is the case, then let’s get into some of the more general guidelines you should be aware of when looking for a tent.

Sizing & Features

To get started, consider the tent’s size. A 4-person tent should do nicely for four people, right? Not always so. What the manufacturer means by an X person tent is that the floor is large enough for X number of sleeping bags lying side by side. Any reasonable person would agree then if space is a concern, you should buy a tent that is rated for at least one person more than necessary.

Also keep an eye out for the “height” of the tent; ideally, you would want a tent that can accommodate an average adult standing up comfortably without having their head brush the tent ceiling. This not only provides you with greater mobility inside the tent but also goes a long way in preventing you from feeling claustrophobic on long camping trips.

Mesh provides ventilation and transparency while keeping insects and mosquitoes out. A mesh roof is a godsend if there are any stargazing enthusiasts inside. However, they also need waterproofing, so check that any mesh areas on your tent also come with zippers and covers that can seal the ports when needed.

Options & Personal Preference

Beyond this, we move into the area of personal preferences. Some people really like a porch, which is a space immediately outside the main entrance of the tent. A porch works really well as additional storage and also for keeping things like umbrellas and shoes (things that you do not want to bring inside) safe. This, however is an optional extra. One additional thing that we like is pouches on the inner wall; they really make a difference.

So now that we have covered most of the possible options, let’s look at some trail tent models.

We are going to look at three tents in this review:

  • The Ozark Trail 10 Person 3 Room XL family tent
  • The Ozark Trail 12 Person 3 Room Instant Cabin tent, and just for some context and comparison
  • The Wenzel 8 Person Klondike tent

Ozark Trail 10 Person 3 Room XL Family Tent

A caveat up front: The Amazon page for this product explicitly states that this product cannot be purchased by residents in the state of California due to state laws.

The tent measures 11.6 in. x 12 in. x 27.5 in. and is dome shaped. The dome shape is important because this design does not let water stagnate on the roof surface and build up leakage pressure. The tent is spacious enough to fit 3 queen sized air mats. Great for comfort on your camping trip.

There are two removable dividers that can be put in place to create 3 separate rooms, each with its own entrance for added privacy. Six windows ensure adequate ventilation and outdoor visibility from inside.

The fly seams are completely taped to prevent outer rainfall or dew entering the tent. The inner walls even have built-in pouches to store toiletries or phones. The center hook is a great place to attach a lamp for indoor illumination.

Currently priced at around the USD 170 mark on Amazon, the Ozark Trail 10 Person 3 Room XL family tent has a 4.5 / 5 rating from 184 reviews. People are quite satisfied with this product, and odds are any casual camper will be as well. Unless you are a true enthusiast, this tent will do perfectly.

Pros

Affordable
Spacious
Clever design
Separate doors for each room
Rain fly included in price

Cons

Seams leak in anything above light rainfall
Setting up the tent requires at least two people

Ozark Trail 12 Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent

The Instant Cabin line of tents from Ozark Trail is so named because setting up this tent takes all of 2 minutes. Since all required poles and support are already connected to the tent fabric, there is no assembly needed. You just need to unfold the tent and extend the poles.

The Ozark Trail 12 Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent is no exception. Measuring a massive 16 ft. by 16 ft., this tent is certainly one of the more spacious tents you can buy while still calling it a “tent”. Using the removable dividers, you get three rooms each measuring 8 ft. x 8 ft. However, the lamp attachment is present only in the center room. The ceiling is quite high and can comfortably accommodate people above 6 ft. tall. The tent can house 3 queen size beds.

A power outlet is also present that allows you to electrify the exterior of the tent and keep predators like bears away in the wilderness. A front awning allows for easy relaxation under the shade.
The tent is currently priced at around USD 340 on Amazon, and is rated 3.8 / 5 based on 67 reviews. For this price, you cannot complain, especially considering the value you are getting.

Pros

Spacious interiors
Electrifiable exterior
3 room design with separate doors for privacy
Rain fly included

Cons

Large size makes it more vulnerable to wind blast
Venting with the rain fly is problematic

Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent

Wenzel, unlike Ozark Trail, is a company that specializes in outdoor camping gear and accessories. Therefore, you can reasonably expect that Wenzel products will deliver an overall better quality than Ozark Trail, price differences notwithstanding.

The tent houses 8 people and the dome shape helps to keep rain out. The outside is constructed with strong polyester fabric coated with water repellent polyurethane. There is a full mesh roof option available, which is great for warm weather and stargazing. The double staked power corners ensure stability in wind.

Measuring 16 ft. x 6.5 ft. x 11 ft., the tent is quite spacious. The screen room and the main interior are protected from ground moisture by the bathtub style tent floor which keeps the seams raised off the ground.

A weatherproof top is included with the tent, but it does not hold up well in heavy or torrential rain. A coating of waterproof sealer on the rain fly is definitely recommended.

The Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent costs USD 230.08 on Amazon, and has a rating of 4.2 / 5 from 922 reviews, implying almost universal satisfaction. People really like the spacious design and stability in moderate winds.

Pros

Great value for money
Sturdy construction
Stable in moderate winds
Good water resistance

Cons

Rain fly is not very functional
Large design reduces wind stability at higher speeds

Hopefully this review sets you on your way to an awesome campaign experience. Remember that it is not always necessary to buy the best one; sometimes, you need only buy enough to get yourself out the door.

Best 4 person tent reviews

Camping is fun, there’s no doubt about it. What’s not to like about hanging out with people you like and soaking in the natural beauty of our surroundings like we were meant to? If you’re planning on traveling as a group your gonna need the best 4 person tent for the job.

Camping is also combined on a regular basis with a host of other interesting activities like stargazing, birdwatching, hiking, or even just as a fun way to spend a few days without spending a fortune on a hotel.

What are the options?

While individual tents provide you with privacy and comfort, we believe that a 4 person tent really gives you the space and flexibility you need when it comes to camping. After all, you out there in the outdoors to enjoy each other’s company, so what better way to do so than to snuggle in together under one roof?

best 4 person tent

Family tents that house four people comfortably are perfect for this. They provide you and your companions or family members with ample space so that everyone can relax and stretch out while at the same time they are small enough to provide a sense of closeness and intimacy that fits perfectly with the overall experience of camping in the great outdoors.

What to look for in the best 4 person tent

There are a number of factors to look at when you are considering the purchase of a four-person tent. A good tent should be light; there is only so far a car can go. Most campers tend to take their gear at least a few hundred feet from their vehicles, so a lightweight tent will tend to tire you out less at the beginning of the day.

Even if you are not planning to venture deep into the wilderness and camp close to your transportation, a lightweight tent is faster to set up as well as collapse and pack up. You do not need a professional quality ultralight tent with high-tech components like carbon fiber or Kevlar; you just need one that is light enough.

Weather & Conditions for 4 man tents

The local weather is also a key thing to keep in mind when you are looking for the best four-person tent on the market. Find something that can withstand moderate winds and rain. These tents are usually pretty affordable. Most tents are waterproof, but look for a product that has a rainfly or covers on mesh areas that can be zipped up as soon as it starts drizzling.

There are products out there that are purpose built for stormy weather and can resist even hailstorms, they are usually intended for professional mountaineers and are typically a lot more expensive. In general, though, any tent that has fairly steep walls and coated zippers would do just fine at keeping you warm and dry in moderate rainfall.

What size is the best 4 person tent

Also keep in mind the size of the tent. Do not just assume that the number is always right. A four-person tent is only a  4 person tent if all four people are tucked inside sleeping bags and lie hip to hip. In reality, that is not really a very comfortable scenario. So consider buying a tent that is marketed for one additional person. If there are four or five people, consider buying a six-person tent.

Also, focus on the tallest dimension; ideally you want a tent that can permit an average adult to stand up comfortably. This is important, especially if you are out with your family and there is a cranky baby who needs to be rocked to sleep.

Other things to look for

Think carefully and consider some other miscellaneous things that you might not always consider when looking for a tent. Some of which can actually make your camping experience a whole lot more enjoyable. If you are camping in warm weather, we really like a mesh roof that not only keeps the tent cool and the mosquitoes out but also does a fabulous job if you and your companions like stargazing and astronomy.

Many tents also have mesh “windows” that provide outward visibility. However, do keep in mind that any section with mesh is also a likely to let water in. So ensure that your tent of choice has zippers and covers that can seal the mesh up for when it is needed.

Budget & Practicality

Beyond all of this though, all that is needed to pick out the perfect tent for you is your budget and basic common sense. For instance, aluminum tent poles are easy to set up and super light. But they will not hold up against strong winds and rain as well as steel poles would. Also keep in mind that not all tents have floors, so you should definitely plan ahead and bring extra covers or ground sheets.

Even if your tent does have a floor, setting up your tent over a ground sheet will do a lot to prolong the life of your tent. Look for small things like pockets on the inside walls and coated zipper flies that will prevent water getting through the seams.

A tent with a porch is also great to have as it will provide you with a nice shelter to keep your gear without having to actually stash them inside the tent. Porches are also great when you want to hang out inside the tent but enjoy a nice breeze and take in the view. Porches are not must-haves though, and they do contribute to a fair bit of weight increase to the whole tent package, so choose wisely.

So now that you know what to look for, read on for our comprehensive review of some of the best 4 person tents available right now:

  • The Coleman Hooligan 4
  • Coleman Sundome 4 Person
  • The Coleman 4 Person Instant Cabin

Coleman Hooligan 4 Person Tent

The Coleman Hooligan is a great budget tent that offers a ton of features without costing a ton of money. It has Coleman’s patented WeatherTec system that features welded floors and inverted seams for superior water resistance.

The outer covering is made with polyester tested to withstand up to 450 mm of water pressure, ensuring that rain never gets inside the tent. The floor is made with 1000 D polyethylene, giving it superior strength and weather protection.

The fiberglass poles are specially designed to be sag free and can be set up within minutes. The tent is quite spacious, measuring 9 ft. by 7 ft. floor area, with the maximum center height at 4 ft. 10 in.

There is even a porch in the front that gives you additional storage space. The porch can also be zipped up for protection from the elements. The tent is made of fire retardant materials and comes with a standard 1-year warranty.

For the list price of USD 115 on Amazon, you really cannot complain about the Hooligan 4. The tent has a 4.1 / 5 rating on Amazon from 683 reviews, most of them positive. People dislike the fact that the side vents cannot be closed off, making it impractical in cold weather. Additionally, the low height means that you cannot stand up straight inside the tent. For the price though, some trade-offs are to be expected.

Pros

  • Affordably priced
  • Has a porch
  • Good construction and water resistance
  • Zippers cover porch opening

Cons

  • Fiberglass poles cannot resist heavy winds
  • Not tall enough for the average adult to stand up inside

 

Coleman Sundome 4 Person Tent

The Coleman Sundome 4-person tent is another budget offering from Coleman if you are looking for slightly easier setup than traditional cabin style tents. Domes have better water resistance thanks to their sloping sides, but this does mean that inner spaciousness takes a hit.

The Sundome 4 has Coleman’s WeatherTec system that comes with welded floors and factory inverted seams, which reinforces the joints. This means better wind resistance and a lower change of water seepage.

The outer layer is made of polyester, tested for up to 450 mm of water pressure. An electric access port makes it easy to route power inside your tent from a car or other power source. The bathtub style floor is made of 1000 D polyethylene that is extremely durable.

The tent measures 9 ft. by 7 ft. by area and has a center height of 4 ft. 11 inches. 8.5 mm diameter fiberglass poles offer adequate rigidity without being heavy.

Depending on the color option you choose, the Coleman Sundome 4 starts from USD 59 on Amazon with a 1 year limited warranty. It has an excellent rating of 4.5 / 5 from 1592 reviews, so suffice to say that buyers are more than satisfied with this product.

Pros

  • Easy to setup without help
  • Good construction and water resistance
  • Spacious enough to fit an air mattress

Cons

  • Sloping sides reduces inner space
  • No porch

 

Coleman 4 Person Instant Cabin Tent

Another Coleman product, the 4 Person Instant Cabin is a cabin style tent that is perfect for casual outdoors camping.

An integrated rainfly provides you with protection against rain without compromising on ventilation. The 150 D polyester taffeta gives this tent extremely sturdy construction. Along with the WeatherTec system that features welded floors and inverted seams, this tent is completely protected against the elements. Steel poles offer excellent wind resistance.

Measuring 8 ft. by 7 ft. and a center height of 4 ft. 11 inches, this tent is smaller than the competition, which is why we recommend this only on solo expeditions or with a maximum of two people.

Coming in at an extremely affordable USD 99 on Amazon, the Coleman 4 Person Instant Cabin is a great buy, provided you do not take the product at its description of being a 4 person tent. Rated 4.6 / 5 stars on 496 reviews, this product offers great functionality but loses out on spaciousness.

Pros

  • Steel poles give rigidity and wind resistance
  • WeatherTec offers great protection against water seepage
  • Easy to set up design with pre-attached poles

Cons

  • Not spacious enough for 4 people
  • Heavier than similar dome tents

Conclusion

Hopefully this guide helped you in your quest to find the best 4-person tent. Any purchase will bring compromise. You need to ask yourself about your camping habits and intentions in order to make an informed purchase. Happy shopping and happy camping.

 

Best kayak brands reviews

best kayak brands

So you are looking for the best kayak brands on the market. However, going name brand is not necessarily a sure-fire way to end up with the best kayak product. When it comes to kayaks, there is a long list of things that you should probably consider before you make a purchase. Choose wisely, and you will land yourself a kayak that will last you years and reward you with a ton of fun and enjoyment.

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