Here I have a. I have a article on YouTube. It’s one of my first articles. I ever did on the junior scout temps that you get at Walmart. It’s basically a low cost small tent meant, for you, know, Boy, Scouts and whatnot, but a lot of people use it for backpacking and at the time I didn’t have a lot of money to invest in gear.
So I just picked it up and gave it a go, and I really liked it a lot, but you know over the years kind of got ran down it’s time to replace. I actually have a really good tent now for backpacking, but for my kids I wanted them to be able to have a you know, small tent, that they can go with me on these trips. So this is the three-person 7 by 7, dome tent by Ozark Trail. That you get at Walmart. I picked this up on sale for 24 bucks, so the price is right when it comes to that they’re between you know 25 to 35, depending on, if you get them on sale or not, but this one looks a little bit better.
It has a much more generous rain fly than the junior Scout tent, so I’m going to set this up and we’re going to kind of look at it and I’m going to tell you what I think of it. Well, I got the tent set up. It only took about five minutes, just like the instructions said, and this is just pretty much like the junior Scout 10. It’s just a little bit. You know deeper, it’s equally as wide. I think the junior Scout tent was 7 feet by by 4 and this is 7 by 7.
So it’s just uh a little bit bigger the weight on this I’d say it’s sub 4 pounds and there’s some areas that you can. You know shave off some ounces. This a little mat right in the front. They call this a welcome mat to me. It’s just added material and added weight. You can cut that right off as long as you don’t cut into the scene and shave off a couple ounces there. Now, if you want to cut this off, this holds back, you know wraps around.
It holds back your door. You can shave off a little bit there as well. Also, there’s a couple plastic attachments on the ends that everything hooks into you could cut those plastic pieces off as well, because there is a loop right here and you could just go straight into the loop, but the plastic pieces, I don’t think, add too much weight. But this is a double stitched in all the areas that will receive stretch and all the areas that there’s no strain such as this flap.
You got a single stitch. The the flooring in this is that coated flooring, that’s kind of loud you kind of got to put up with that, but that’s not that big of a deal there’s good ventilation in here. I like it a lot. You got a gear loft up in the top. It’s pretty generous and also gear locks here on the side, so you know it’s just your basic tent, but if it is, you know if it’s an issue with cost.
I think this would be a good place to go. You know good choice for you. The the rain fly on here is a lot bigger than the junior Scout tab. The junior Scout only went down to rent right here. I wouldn’t call this a double wall. Tent buy anything means I’d still say it’s a single wall tent, but it’s a lot better for rain coverage than the junior Scout. It comes in red and blue, so I chose the blue one, but all in all it’s a pretty good little tent.
I have a Kelty tent that I sleep in, so it’s not going to be my tent, but I went with a Walmart Ozark Trail tent for many years before I got a better one. So you know if you’re looking for something inexpensive. This was, you know, 24 dollars plus tax on sale at Walmart. So I think this would be a good option for you, and I think this would serve you well, if you’re going to choose to do it, you might want to do a waterproofing on this, and I have a article on that I’ll leave the link to that See how you can do that for low cost as well, but anyway, that’s my quick review of this tent.
God bless happy trails.
I know that I keep mentioning Spunks, but I like these pumpkin seeds and you should try them too! They are just great for camping and other fun activities. The video below is a little bit of a look into the shop that makes Spunks.