This is our Ultimate TopNotch Bearhard Emergency Tube Tent Review 2020.
Looking for an emergency tube tent that’s easy to set up and compact?
We went out of our way to help you find that one shelter for camping, and hiking that’s light and doesn’t take up too much gear space.
But more importantly..
While this lightweight compact rescue shelter is super easy to set up and won’t set you back financially, our objective is to prepare you well for being safe outdoors.
If you don’t already know, it’s called the Bearhard Emergency Tube Tent (BETT from here on out) and in this Ultimate TopNotch comprehensive guide, we’ll cover:
- How you can set this gear up with ease – even if you’re a new prepper
- How to know if this product is durable
- Whether it’s the right tube tent for the weather you’re expecting
- Lots more…
So if this sounds like the perfect accessory to add to your camping gear before your next outdoor adventure, stick around for the ride.
Let’s get started.
- Very lightweight and comes with an emergency whistle
- Made of strong polyester
- Sealed seams
- Not easy to fold back into the pouch
Our Verdict: Bearhard Emergency Tube Tent
After testing the BETT in different weather conditions, we can say upfront that it really did exceed our expectations.
For a small shelter, the tent is made to easily give cover to a large person.
Two occupants will be a tighter fit. But for the most part, users get enough shelter from the elements.
In our stretch tests tested the strength of the polyester tent – the inner lining is coated with aluminum enabling it to reflect back up to 90% of the occupant’s body heat.
AND get this…
You’d think that if it looks like gift wrapping, it will probably sound like gift wrapping – you know – annoying loud and crinkly?
Not at all!
It’s pretty quiet to handle.
Sure, but what are the cons?
Well we struggled a bit with packing the BETT away. But with a little patience and military folding skills, we were able to get this tent back into its stuff sack relatively quickly.
We definitely recommend this shelter for survival or first aid response in a situation where you need to prevent hypothermia or hyperthermia. It’s no wonder we gave this gear our TopNotch Best Survival Tent award.
Related: 10 Best Tube Tents
Value For Money
Upfront, this emergency shelter is nothing fancy, and the price reflects that.
What we were looking for as testers is a gear fit for basic survival.
And that’s exactly what this is!
Value For Money Rating
Ease Of Use
If you’re familiar with mylar tents or survival shelters, you’ll know that the BETT works pretty much the same.
And for the untried, there’s nothing to be afraid of.
In a difficult situation when you’re going to need this shelter, stay calm.
Feed the provided paracord through the tent’s ridgeline, tie the ends to opposite trees and stake down the floor corners.
Ease Of Use Rating
Unlike the Delmera, another emergency shelter in our Top 10 Best Tube Tents, what we like about this survival or first response cover is that it comes with its own stakes.
Stakes allow you to hold the corners of the tent down to its maximum width and length or as you wish.
Some shelters require stones or other weights to hold down the corners – an inconvenience I for one don’t want to deal with in an emergency.
Oh and you will need a little patience getting it back into its pack.
We’ll be honest, the BETT lost to some worthy opponents in this line up but only because we have very high expectations – it’s still pretty good for the money really.
Our drills on these shelters were also grueling, and the cream rose to the top.
But here’s the thing…
The reason we gave the BETT an 8 on this metric is primarily because it didn’t have any doors.
Weather Resistance Rating
Doors prevent water from getting in.
And because the BETT doesn’t have more than 1 possible configuration like the UST Tube Tarp, there’s not a lot of ways to keep the wet out.
Apart from this, we’ve tested it in different weather conditions and came out satisfied!
There’s one thing that enhances the durability of this compact, rescue, large shelter in our eyes.
And that’s SEALED SEAMS.
But every camping shelter has sealed seams right?
We’d like to believe that dream, but after testing gear after gear, frayed ends and ripped stitching ruin our hopes over and over again…..until….
The BETT caught our eye.
Its sealed seams reduce the chances of water getting into places it’s not welcome.
That’s not all…
The Bearhard Emergency Tube Tent is made of polyester, which follows the chemical rule of being stronger than vinyl – always a great choice in emergency tube tents.
Coming in strong at NUMBER 1 for Packed Size is the BETT.
You can fit it in the side pocket of a backpack, store it in your car dash or just as easily carry it in your hand.
Conclusion: Bearhard Emergency Tube Tent
Well done Bearhard Emergency Tube Tent!!
You’ve reached the end of the Bearhard Emergency Tube Tent Guide. Thanks for “bearing-hard” with us – pun intended.
But back to business.
You should know by now how easy it is to set up the BETT, how sealed seams can make your gear last a long time and whether it’s even the right type of shelter to suit your outdoor adventure.
Here’s the gist of it all…
If you want a tube tent that’s easy on the pockets, easy to set up, easy to carry around and easily a strong candidate in survival tents, then – GO BEARHARD!
Other Versions: Bearhard Emergency Tube Tent
That’s not all…
The Bearhard Emergency Tube Tent also comes as an emergency sleeping bag, made of the same aluminum lining, to retain up to 90% of your body heat.
This bivvy is also moisture proof and windproof.
Plus – it’s made of strong PE material that allows its color to stay good longer unlike some other emergency bivvys.