This is the Ultimate TopNotch Alvantor Pop up Screen Tent Review 2020…..
In this comprehensive review we’ll cover:
- Why this tent is great for casual campers…
- Some of the unique features that set this tent apart from the rest of the field
- How the Alvantor Tent stacked up to some of the other instant tents on the market
- Lots more…
So if you’ve been looking for the lowdown on an easy, affordable and star-friendly tent, you’ll love this guide!
Let’s get started.
- Very cool design
- Great for backyard stargazing
- Very easy to set up
- Not very durable in different environments
- Not very weather resistant
Our Verdict: Alvantor Pop Up Screen Tent
We were initially pretty skeptical about this tent. After all, it looks like the only thing separating you from the great outdoors is a sheet of plastic wrap!
However, despite some of the drawbacks that we’ll point to later in this review, the Alvantor really exceeded our expectations in many of the metrics, and we can happily say we were sold on it by the end of our trial run.
So what makes this tent stand out?
Well, first and foremost, we should stress that this is an excellent choice for casual campers who have a little extra cash to hand,
The tent is by no means cheap, but there are plenty of other tents on the list with much higher price points. And the money you spend on the Alvantor all comes back to you in great quality and a cool, innovative and ultimately well-conceived design.
To dig in a bit more…
This tent is completely translucent, which may seem like more trouble than it’s worth at first. But the truth is, if you have a good backyard away from the city lights, or a favorite camping spot with a few stars, you’ll understand why we liked this tent so much.
The tent is also really easy to set up, even when it’s compared to other inflatable or instant tents. Add in the fact that there’s plenty of room for two people (at least!) and some decent floor space to boot.
None of these factors sell a tent on their own…
But together they can make for a truly memorable experience.
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Analysis Comparisons and Test Results
The Alvantor Tent Winter Screen House is a translucent semi-dome tent with high walls and ample overhead space.
The tent measures 10’x10’ and 7’ tall, and is rated to comfortably fit up to four people (though we had the best room with just two people), and weighs just 18.5 lbs.
The tent uses its flexible design to create a very simple setup process. When packed, it can be unpacked and fully opened in a matter of seconds, and can be refolded and packed just as easily.
As far as design material is concerned, the tent is made from translucent PVC, with flexible fiberglass poles for support.
Ease Of Set-Up
Whether you’re throwing up the old family tent with some friends in the woods a mile from your house, or you’re trekking hundreds of miles across the Appalachian wilderness, a confusing design or difficult-to-setup tent can really ruin your adventures.
And given that this list is filled with the best inflatable and pop-up tents, you would have thought the Alvantor definitely had its work cut out to compete.
Ease Of Set-Up Rating
As you can see though, this little tent had no trouble standing up to the others on the list.
While half the tents took a perfect score in this category, that shouldn’t downplay the accomplishments of the Alvantor for being able to hang with some of these other superb tents.
Many that scored this highly were only able to do so because they included complex pump systems.
On the other hand, the Alvantor managed to take a ridiculously simple design – just plastic and fiberglass – and create a tent that can be easily and intuitively unpacked and repacked.
In other words, the whole process is very, very easy.
And when you’re out in the woods, looking for a relaxing weekend in a clearing among the stars, that’s all you can ask for.
No hassle and a setup as easy as undoing the retaining strap.
Floor space, headroom and helpful amenities make up the general category of “comfort”; basically, we’re looking at anything that makes your life easier and more relaxing during your stint in the woods.
Once again, the Alvantor Tent really impressed us, though not quite as much as its lightning fast setup in the previous category.
For this metric, we really enjoyed the ample floor space – which gave us plenty of room to store our kit – combined with a great ceiling height (especially for a 4-person tent).
We also had to give the tent bonus points for its trademark clear plastic, as this really added to the feeling of luxury while we were in the woods. Our first night with this tent, we kicked back in a camp chair – the ceiling vents opened for a cool breeze – and felt like kings.
Naturally, the weather often decides how well (or not) your camping trip turns out. A few nights of solid rain and flooding – or unseasonably cool temperatures and maybe throw in some snow – and it can really put a damper on the mood.
When we first saw this tent, we knew weather resistance might be an issue. And we weren’t wrong.
Weather Resistance Rating
The Alvantor is marketed as being a deceptively weather-resistant tent. And that’s true, to an extent.
The tent is completely waterproof, and held up well in both the wind and rain, remaining flexible enough to avoid any tearing.
However, in case you somehow missed it, the tent is completely translucent.
Which means it has absolutely no means of keeping out the sun.
If you’re in the cool shade of the forest, this might not be an issue. However, if you’re trying to get the most out of this tent’s awesome stargazing potential, make sure to look for a clearing, or somewhere without too much canopy over.
And of course…
That means the daytime sun, especially during the summer, will come straight through and heat up the inside of the tent like a greenhouse. Expect to sweat if you take this one out during the summer months.
Camping comes with its trademark set of hazards and dangers. Beyond worrying about poking holes in your expensive tent, damage to your tent outdoors can result in very real dangers for campers inside that tent.
For this metric, we really pushed each tent to its limit, attempting both puncture and tear tests, as well as simulating falling tree branches and other common dangers.
The Alvantor didn’t fare well.
Though the Alvantor was topping the list a few metrics earlier, its durability left a lot to be desired.
First and foremost, the tent’s lightweight materials gave in easily when subjected to some of our more aggressive tests. In particular, the “falling object” test caused the entire upper canopy of the tent to collapse in on itself.
In all honesty, this wasn’t too surprising.
The tent got its excellent Ease of Setup score because of its flexible, lightweight design; the tent is built to fold in on itself.
However, this doesn’t help its durability
Versatility typically represents how easily you can take the tent on a variety of different camping adventures – how well the tent will serve you in different scenarios.
Weight and size are the most important factors, but other complications can also harm a tent’s versatility rating.
Once again, the Alvantor Tent failed to impress.
Given the tent’s issues with sun exposure (which is pretty common when you’re camping) and its durability, we didn’t feel comfortable taking this tent on too many trips in the wilderness.
After all, if the tent can’t be used very well unless it’s in the shade – and putting the tent in the shade puts you at risk of falling branches – you have a bit of a Catch-22.
Our Final Verdict: Alvantor Pop Up Screen Tent
So we’ve had some highs and we’ve certainly had some lows with this tent, but where did we land on it overall?
Let’s take a look.
I suppose it’s fair to start by saying that some dude had to take the bottom spot.
But in all truth, this list was stocked with tents that performed far beyond our expectations, and the real story is in the number itself. While the Alvantor Tent did take the lowest rung on our list, a score of 70 is by no means embarrassing, nor does it mean that this tent isn’t worthwhile.
Truly, we were impressed by this tent’s design and by its excellent internal room and generous headroom. Its ease of setup was as good as any other tent on the list, even though this tent didn’t come with all the tech some of the other tents had.
But this tent really lacked in durability and versatility, and that hurt its score enough to place the Alvantor at the bottom of the list for us.
Conclusion: Alvantor Tent Pop-up Screen Canopy
So the Alvantor Tent joins our list, trailing the rest of the pack by a few points. We had our highs and our lows with this little tent, but we’re very happy we had the chance to test it out.
While the tent had some clear drawbacks, all of which we’ve pointed out already, it also had plenty of great features we’ll definitely look for in other tents we review in the future.
So if you’re looking for a casual tent that’s great for a romantic weekend, a casual campout with friends, or any other light camping trip, this is still one of the best choices on the market.
Because the truth is, camping isn’t about the low points; it’s about the really memorable moments.
And when you are relaxing in the woods with your close friends or loved ones, gazing up at the endless stars, you’ll sure be happy you went with the Alvantor.
Other Versions: Alvantor Tent Winter Screen House
Alvantor Tent makes both winter and summer screen houses in different sizes and proportions. The screen house we reviewed was the standar 6-wall variety. Other versions include:
- 8-Wall Winter Screen House – 12’x12’x8’
- 10-Wall Winter Screen House – 15’x15’x8.5’
- Summer “Screen House” versions of all three sizes.