This is the Ultimate TopNotch Gazelle T4 Tent Review for 2021.….
The downside of many large wall tents is that they take FOREVER to set up.
This can really dampen the mood when you’ve just arrived at a campground and everyone is much more excited to explore than they are to set up a tent.
We’ve canvassed (pun intended!) the market to find one that sets up quickly and provides ample space for up to eight people.
In this comprehensive review we’ll cover:
- How you can pop it up in 90 seconds or less. Yeah, you read that right.
- Why it provides good weather resistance for three-season use.
- Where it stacks up against other large tents on capacity and livability.
- Lots more…
What’s the best large pop up wall tent, you ask?
Well, let’s cut to the chase…
We tested the top 10 wall tents on the market and our Editor’s Choice is the Gazelle 26800 T4 Plus Portable Camping Hub Tent.
And in this review…
We’re going to tell you exactly why!
So if you’re looking for a plus-sized wilderness accommodation that earns its moniker by having one of the fastest setup times of any large tent on the market today, you’ll love this guide.
Let’s get started.
- 90-second pitching
- Integrated poles
- Good headroom
- Internal walls
- Floor may leak
- Hard to pack up
Gazelle T4 Plus Pop Up Tent
This large wilderness accommodation is our Editor’s Choice for the best large pop up wall tent because it sets up super quickly and offers exceptional room for up to 8 people.
The construction features higher quality materials than the competition, which means it’ll hold up for multiple trips each year without breaking down or degrading from UV exposure.
It’s also a super versatile design that allows you to customize your ideal living space when camping.
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Analysis Comparisons and Test Results
Our testing process for the Gazelle T4 Plus involved us using it in hot and rainy weather conditions. We checked the level of protection against rain and wind, as well as how well it stayed ventilated on warm summer evenings.
We also inspected the workmanship and durability of the materials and assessed whether or not it’s really comfortable when filled to its advertised capacity.
All of our results were then compared to results from similar testing on other large pop up accommodations to let you know how the T4 Plus compares to the competition.
Livability refers to how comfortable you’ll be using it for several days at a time.
This includes when you’re sleeping and also just going in and out during the day.
And as you can see from our table below, the 26800 T4 Plus ranks ahead of the competition on this metric.
One of the reasons we found it super comfortable was the total number of storage pockets that allow everyone to have an individual space for their personal belongings.
This includes two side storage pockets, four wall-mounted pouch pockets, and a removable gear loft at the peak for additional storage or the placement of a hanging light like the Black Diamond Moji Lantern.
The total floor dimensions of the sleeping area measure 14’ x 7.8’, which equates to about 110 square feet of room for up to eight people to get comfortable.
This provides just under 14 square feet of space for each person if you fill it to capacity.
We found it’s better suited for a maximum of 6 people, which then gives everyone more than 18 square feet of individual room for sleeping and storing gear.
In spite of the fact that the rain fly on this portable camping hub tent doesn’t fully cover the entire main body, it still boasts excellent weather resistance and we had no issue with leaks or excessive condensation build-up during our testing.
The fly and the wall material are both heavy-duty 210-denier Oxford weave shell.
Weather Resistance Rating
This material has a waterproof rating of 2000-millimeters. This indicates the amount of water pressure a fabric can handle before it starts to leak.
And when you make your way down to the floor, you’ll find an even thicker 300-denier Oxford weave shell with 5000-millimeter waterproof protection.
Even the material on top of the screen room provides great protection against gentle rain, but the large mesh areas sometimes allowed sideways rain into the front room.
This screen room is where we stored a lot of our gear overnight and not all of the people on our testing trips were happy with the possibility of the large mesh areas on the screen room allowing their stuff to get wet overnight.
So that’s why we just slightly knocked this pop up down a point for weather resistance.
If you’re looking for an even burlier option with better protection against wind and rain, check out the Coleman Prairie Breeze.
Value For Money
Let’s just talk about the elephant in the room right off the bat here.
This isn’t the cheapest pop up, plus-sized tent on the market.
But if you’re looking for a hub tent with zero hassle-set up and quality workmanship, you’re going to be shopping in at least a medium-tier price range anyway.
Value For Money Rating
And amongst other pop ups in this price range, this hub tent offers great value and TopNotch durability.
The quality of the components used make this a great value because you can trust it’ll last for years to come.
Even if you use it quite frequently during the spring, summer, and fall months, it can withstand the elements and provide a safe wilderness accommodation for all your family camping trips.
If you’re looking for something a little more affordable, we recommend the Browning Big Horn.
This model ranked high on our durability scale because of the thickness of the materials used and the quality of the construction overall.
With 210 denier thickness for the walls and fly and 300 denier thickness for the floor, this plus-sized pop up tent is made with more durable fabric than many of its competitors.
This fabric also offers a UV50+ sun protection factor so you don’t have to worry about the material degrading quickly if you leave it out for extended periods of time.
The fiberglass poles are much lighter than steel poles and also plenty strong enough to hold up against moderate winds and rainfall.
All of the doors and windows boast beefy YKK zippers, which are among the toughest and most durable zippers on the market.
The carry bag that everything fits into when it’s broken down helps to protect everything from damage when you’re storing it between trips.
Ease Of Use
The 90-second setup time is certainly a head-turning aspect of this design.
And while it’s definitely achievable with multiple people who have previous experience setting it up, you shouldn’t expect to pop it up in less than two minutes on your first attempt.
That being said…
It does feature a pre-attached frame that makes it much easier to pop the main structure up in a matter of seconds once it’s laid out.
This is not, however, a freestanding tent, which means you’ll need to stake it down properly to retain the structure.
And in addition to the pre-attached frame, there are four more fiberglass poles you’ll need to secure in place to open up the pop-out structures on either end.
When you have the main body set up, the fly is easy to pop over the top and secure down.
The fly secures both to the poles and with guy lines to provide better coverage than other large tents with partial fly setups.
And once the tent is set up…
There are various elements that make it super easy for multiple people to use comfortably.
There’s an attached room divider with zippers that allow you to create a front room and back room for added privacy.
There are also two doors that give people multiple entrance and exit options so you’re not stepping over people to relieve yourself in the middle of the night.
While it’s rated for up to eight people, this is a super versatile option for customizing your ideal sleeping and lounging arrangement in the woods.
We used it on a three-person testing trip and simply converted the front screen room into our lounge area for afternoons when thunderstorms rolled in.
And because of the attached room divider, it’s a nice choice for small families because you can set up separate rooms for parents and kids.
Another interesting feature is the removable floor. Velcro tabs around the perimeter and hooks in the corners of the tent allow you to remove the floor completely if you want to sleep directly on the ground or just use it as a screen room or shade structure.
But when it’s installed…
The floor keeps bugs out and actually raises you about three to four inches off the ground and further away from ground moisture.
Our Final Verdict:
Gazelle T4 Review
We recommend the best use for this design is summer car camping or “glamping.”
It’s super versatile for groups of all sizes and the front screen room was a really nice space for storing extra gear or setting up a lounge area if you use it for a smaller group.
Your only challenge with the versatile elements of this design will be paying close attention to how everything comes out of the carry bag so that you can fit it all back in when you pack up!
Because the carry bag has large dimensions of 63” x 11” by 11” and weighs 47 pounds, you probably won’t want to carry it out for a backpacking trip.
Gazelle T4 Tent Review
If you’re looking for a high-quality wall tent with a large capacity and excellent workmanship, the Gazelle T4 Plus Pop Up Wall Tent is our Editor’s Choice!
We loved the versatility it provides for comfortable living whether you fill it to capacity or just use it for a two-person glamping getaway.
And it’s clear that it’s manufactured to last and the quality of the materials chosen more than makes it’s higher price tag worthwhile!
Over to you – do you fancy one of these beauties for your next trip – time for you to make your choice.