Arctic Oven Tent Review……..Defy The Cold!
It’s definitely no secret how fond I am of a canvas wall tent. I still am, but in researching I have found another style tent that gives you much of the advantages of a wall tent with easier set up, less weight and the technology of new fabrics.
If you're looking for the best cold weather tent, Alaska Tent and Tarp has developed what is known as the Arctic Oven . But don’t let the name fool you. Even though it is most likely the finest tent that money can buy for extreme cold weather, it is considered a four season tent.
The tent is made with special materials that eliminate condensation inside the tent and that’s definitely a big deal. This means you and your gear stay warmer and drier. This cold weather survival shelter is built with stove pipe openings that allows you to use a sheepherders stove in them. Special ventilation tubes are standard so that you can regulate the flow of fresh air in and out of the tent.
The rain fly also serves as the vestibule, giving you extra space to store your gear or fire wood outside the tent. The rain fly extends to the ground and even a little more to insure that no snow or rain blows under it.
This lightweight, extreme cold weather shelter weighs around 78 pounds which makes it packable on horse, vehicle or atvs. The down side of the Arctic Oven is that it weighs too much to be backpacked in.
The 12’4” foot version has 152 square feet in the tent and 46 square feet in the vestibule area. The Arctic Oven is easy to set up and has aluminum poles that are shock corded. Set up is 10 minutes or less which helps when you arrive at a campsite late.
The 12’4” will sleep four to five people with a stove and the peak height is 7’2” which gives you plenty of head space. The walls are pulled outward by the rain fly which gives you a lot of useable space. Cots can be put closer to the walls which gives you more floor space for the stove, firewood and gear bags.
The inside of the tent has a large ventilation window in the front door and the back of the tent. Loops have been sewn into the inside corners so that you can attach 550 cord and use it as a clothes line to dry your wet gear. That’s definitely a big plus when it comes to keeping your clothes dry. The floor is a heavy duty tub style to keep out the water.
Be sure to check out these two videos to get an idea of just how awesome these tents are. Definitely worth the investment.
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