Feel like finally dipping your toe into the world of outdoor camping? Or maybe you already love camping but know you won’t go more than once or twice each summer? In cases like these, it seems silly to splash out on loads of high-tech gear.
That’s why brands such as Ozark Trail (often referred to as simply Ozark) have done so well in recent years. Ozark is known for producing entry-level camping gear that covers all the basics yet won’t break the bank – perfect for first-time or occasional campers.
That’s no to say their no-frills approach skills out on all the fun bits – their gear still has loads of quirky features that we love – it’s just not designed with extreme conditions in mind. One of the things we like best about Ozark’s tent range is its variety, although this can make choosing the right tent for you a little daunting.
To try and save you a little time, we’ve brought you the best Ozark tents currently on the market and weighed up their pros and cons – enjoy!
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Best For Glamping
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The 10P Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent sleeps up to ten people and is jam-packed full of features that we love.
First up, it features Ozark’s Dark Rest technology, which blocks out sunlight to keep the interior cool even in sunny conditions – perfect if you want a few more hours sleep when the sun comes up or you fancy an afternoon nap. Don’t worry though, if it starts to feel a little gloomy in there simply make use of the 8 large windows to soak in the surrounding scenery.
The cabin-like style of the tent features near-vertical walls which, combined with the 6.5-foot center height, maximizes interior space (although 10 people are pushing it). There’s also an optional room divider that lets you divide the interior into two rooms, but it’s lacking a porch area.
The divider sits in between the large door and features dual zippers, meaning that when the divider is in place, each room has its own entry point to the outside world, although it would be nice if there were a door on the other side for times when the divider is not in use.
We also love that the set-up takes no more than a couple of minutes thanks to the pre-attachment of the poles to the tent, so you can say goodbye to family bickers over what pole goes where.
Overall, this spacious tent has some very cool features and we’re surprised that it doesn’t come with a higher price tag.
We just can’t get enough of the 12P Instant Cabin Tent thanks to its quirky L-shaped design and homey touches.
The ‘L’ itself can be separated into not two but three separate rooms (two of which have their own door to the outside), making this a fantastic option for larger groups of friends or families. The ‘rooms’ are all spacious thanks to the vertical cabin walls, and each can fit a queen-sized bed comfortably.
Although you could technically squeeze four people in each section, we recommend no more than three if you like some wiggle room. Alternatively, you could even opt to have two bedrooms and make one room a porch area – the choice is up to you.
Despite its unique shape, this tent takes no time to set up thanks to the pre-attached pole system – you never need to worry about losing the instructions again, phew. And we love that this tent has an E-port too so that you stay hooked up to the campsite mains.
Unfortunately, the design does make this tent prone to catching the wind, so if it’s looking blustery out there, remember to pack some tape in case you need to repair a pole at some point. The ground isn’t the thickest we’ve seen either, so if you have a spare tarp lying around we’d recommend taking it with you.
Overall, this 12 person tent offers a huge amount of space and gives you the option to divvy it up as you please – time to get creative!
Ozark may be known for its larger tents, but that doesn’t mean it can’t pull a smaller tent out of the bag when it needs to – and the 4-Season 2P Hiker Tent is a great example.
Unlike many of Ozark’s tents, this one is designed for couples who like to camp all year round. One of our favorite things about this tent is that, despite its small size, it features dual doors and vestibules. This is perfect not only because it means you can slip in and out of the tent without waking up your buddy, but you’ve got somewhere to stay your (potentially) soggy, dirty gear away from your sleeping area.
We were pleasantly surprised to see that it features a fully closeable E-port too – something often lacking in smaller tents. Similarly, there are four storage pockets on the interior, which is a decent amount for such a small tent, so you can keep your bits and bobs orderly.
Our main complaints with this tent come down to the poles – they’re a little stiff when it comes to inserting them into their holes during set-up, slowing the process down, and have been known to splinter prematurely in a few cases. Other than that, for a bargain price, you’re getting a 4-season tent that’s light enough for backpacking (just – if you split it between two) and has an unexpected amount of homey touches.
The 10P Family Cabin Tent is another excellent choice for larger groups that comes with some extra features designed for wet weather.
The vertical walls combined with a center height of over 7 feet make this one spacious tent, and the interior can be carved into two to create dual sleeping areas or a living and a sleeping space thanks to the optional room divider. We do wish it had another door though.
It comes with an included flysheet and we love the super-thick welded bathtub floor that will stop any pesky leaks making their way inside. On top of that, the sealed seams are another great way of keeping the rain out.
Other homey touches include an E-port for electrical access and a central gear loft for added storage. The set-up will take a little longer than some of the other options we’ve looked at but, with a helper or two, shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes. We were pleasantly surprised to see that although this tent sleeps up to ten people, it isn’t as heavy as we’d expect it to be.
If you like camping in larger groups but want decent weather protection that won’t break the bank, then this is one of the best tents on the market.
Is that an aircraft from outer space on the other side of the campsite? Oh no, it’s just the 8P Hexagon Cabin Tent.
This quirky-looking tent uses a hexagonal design to deflect wind yet maintain a large interior space. It’s built to accommodate up to 8 people but bear in mind that there are no room dividers so you’ll all be sleeping together. The pre-attached poles will save you heaps of time during set-up too, which you’ll appreciate if the weather takes a turn for the worst when you step out of your car.
With a large window on seven of the eight walls and a huge door on the other, this is an exceptionally light and airy tent. Adding to the homey feel are two organizational pockets plus a gear loft to keep your possessions nice and tidy. There’s also a handy clip for you to hang a lantern at night and an E-port for anyone that likes to stay hooked up.
Overall, this wind-strong design makes a great little base for camping expeditions, and it comes with tonnes of homey features too.
Looking for an enormous tent with heaps of access, storage, and room options? Then look no further than the Base Camp 14P Cabin Tent.
This gigantic tent features a ‘+’-shaped design to give you the option of creating up to five individual areas, accommodating up to 14 people in total. You might worry that things would get a little steamy with so many people inside one tent but, fear not, the 12 mesh window and 4 doors provide plenty of fresh air when you need it. Plus, you can remove the fly if you fancy an extra breeze or a chance to gaze at the stars.
Camping in this tent really does feel like living in a mini-mansion thanks to the incredible amount of interior storage options – 4 wall pockets, 4, dual section pockets, 1 gear loft, and 2 gear hammocks, phew! Oh, and there’s also a media pocket and an E-port in case you fancy bunkering down and having a movie night in your temporary abode.
The poles aren’t pre-attached on this one, so set-up can take up to half an hour, but that’s not too bad for something this size. The stakes aren’t the strongest we’ve seen either, so it might be worth taking a spare or two because this tent needs a lot and a couple might end up bending out of shape.
If you’re looking for a way to make a tent a home, then you won’t do much better than this.
And now for something a little different, Ozark’s 1P Instant Cot. This unique tent is the perfect choice for any solo campers looking to add a touch of comfort to minimalistic camping trips.
Its major selling point is definitely the fact that it lets you sleep 16 inches of the cold, hard ground in your own cozy little pod. The steel frame supports you and your gear (up to 300 lbs in total) while the interior padding assures you a good night’s rest – say goodbye to waking up with aches and pains.
On top of that, the set-up will literally take you seconds – simply unfold it and sort of the telescopic poles and, hey presto, you’re done! And for once, disassembly is just as easy. It also comes with an included rainfly that can handle some pretty soggy weather and, for nicer weather, there are three meshed windows and doors for excellent ventilation as well as viewing your surroundings.
The main drawback of this design is the lack of any kind of porch or vestibule area, although we were pleasantly surprised to see that something so minimal does have some internal storage pockets. It’s also pretty heavy, so don’t plan on taking this on any backpacking trips.
This quirky tent certainly won’t be for everyone, but if you’re a solo camper looking for somewhere comfortable to crash out at the end of the day, then it’s definitely worth considering.
Fed up of trying to find your tent in the dark? Or just looking for a way to create a cozy campsite vibe? Then the 6P Instant Cabin Tent With Lights is the perfect answer.
The LED-lighted tent poles really make this tent stand out from the crowd and add a touch of ambiance to your evening. And we absolutely love the fact that they have three brightness settings so you can create your perfect setting. Plus, the poles are pre-attached, so you can assemble this 6-person tent in a couple of minutes.
The D-shaped door opens rigidly to stop you from getting slapped in the face by soggy fabric on your way in and out of the tent, and we love that it’s covered by an awning to stop you from getting drizzled on too. Plus, the three large windows plus oversized ground vents will remove condensation and stop you from cooking in hot weather.
Although the center height of 5.5 ft is slightly smaller than Ozark’s usual cabin tents, the vertical walls make sure the interior remains nice and spacious. On top of that, we were very happy to see that, despite its 6-person capacity, this tent features hanging roof storage, a media pocket, and an E-port – someone grabs the popcorn. Alternatively, if you prefer to be entertained by nature, you can whip off the fly for some fantastic stargazing.
It might be slightly more expensive than other Ozark tents this size, but if you want the perfect den for a weekend of glamping, then it’s totally worth the investment.
Clearly, Ozark tents come in a range of shapes and sizes, and each tent has its own quirky features that make it stand out. But what should you really be looking for in an Ozark tent?
As we’ve seen, Ozark tents can range from tiny solo options to mini-mansions. But, floor area aside, there are loads of ways to make a tent feel more spacious. How tall is the center? Are the walls vertical? Is there a porch or vestibule for gear storage? Can the central space be divided? All of these are things to consider when deciding what size tent to go for – it’s not all about the advertised capacity.
Interior storage is a great way to keep your tent clutter-free, especially if camping in larger groups. Wall pockets are easy to access, but gear lofts are a great way to keep things out of the hands of children. Also, if you plan on doing lots of, potentially muddy, hiking, you might want to find yourself with a porch or vestibule so you can keep the living space a mud-free zone.
Ozark tents aren’t made for extreme weather, which is why the price shave stayed so reasonable. Having said that, they do offer some 4-season tents, and their 3-season tents vary in terms of weather resistance. Bathtub floors and inverted seams are great for soggy weather, but remember that if you find your otherwise perfect tent, it’s always possible to do some extra waterproofing yourself before you head off on any adventures.
And now the fun bit… extra features. E-ports are becoming increasingly common and, when paired with a media pocket, can make all the difference your weekend if you get stuck inside because of bad weather. Lantern hooks are a small feature, yet you’ll definitely appreciate having one. LED lights and Dark Rooms are more features that are becoming increasingly common but, as much as we love them, be aware that they will increase the price.
Still struggling to decide which Ozark tent is the one for you? Let’s see if we can help – here are our top three:
Our top tent for anyone camping in a large group has to be the Base Camp 14P Cabin Tent.
We just can’t believe it’s possible to have a tent with not one, not two, but five separate spaces?! Even if you don’t fill the tent to full capacity, it’s very cool to have the option of making multiple sleeping spaces, hang out areas, and storage spots.
Plus, we’ve never seen so many internal storage pockets AND it has a media pocket and E-port so you can entertain yourselves no matter the weather.
With tonnes of windows and doors to boot, we won’t be surprised if you forget that you’re actually in a tent…
But what about our top Ozark tent for glamping? It has to be the 6P Instant Cabin Tent With Lights of course! The LED lights not only make for one cozy campsite but they also mean you’ll always be able to find your way back to the tent.
But it’s not just the lights on this tent that dazzled us… we also love the rigid door and protective awning, the pre-attached poles for super speedy set-up, and the storage and media pockets – what better way to ease yourself into the camping lifestyle?
Finally, our best allround Ozark tent has to be the 10P Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent.
We just can’t get enough of the Dark Room technology – you can sleep to your heart’s content in the morning and nap in the afternoon no matter how hot the sun is, yay.
On top of that, the vertical walls and tall center height make this one spacious tent, plus you can create two rooms thanks to the include room divider.
The poles are pre-attached too, making set-up incredibly easy, and all of this at a very reasonable price – what a winner!