You’ve found our Ultimate TopNotch Moose Outdoors Inflatable Tent Review 2020.
In this comprehensive guide we’ll cover:
- An overview of everything you can expect from the Moose
- How the Moose stacks up against the best inflatable tents
- Where we felt this tent excelled… and where we were left wanting more
- Lots more…
What is the best value inflatable tent, and what does that even mean?
Let’s cut to the chase… we tested the top 10 inflatable tents on the market and the Moose Inflatable Tent really caught our eye.
Want to know why?
Well we’re going to cover why this tent is a great one for folks on a budget and how you can get the most out of your next camping experience without breaking the bank.
So if you want a cheap, reliable tent for some casual camping with friends, you’ll love this guide!
Let’s get started.
- Very light
- Easy setup
- Great price point
- As with many others, you’ll need to waterproof this tent
- Not hugely durable
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Our Verdict: Moose Outdoors Inflatable Tent
In some cases camping has become something of a luxury in the last decade, dominated by high-tech single-person backpacking tents that cost an arm and a leg, and pricey McMansions with enough space to house an army.
But what about the average camper?
Have they been left out to dry in this era of marginalized camping?
Do you need thousands of dollars to hit the woods with a cooler and some friends?
Certainly not: and that’s where our TopNotch Best Value award comes in.
In this case, the Moose Outdoors offers a solid 4-man tent at a very reasonable price. Campers can expect to enjoy their next camping outing without having to shell out too much in the process.
The fact that it’s also an inflatable tent – which typically end up on the pricier side of tents – gives this tent an even better bang for your buck.
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Analysis Comparisons and Test Results
Ease Of Set-Up
The biggest draw for even the best inflatable tents is that they are incredibly easy to set up.
Indeed, half of the top 10 inflatable tents we tested netted a perfect score in this metric.
When testing this metric, we sought out both experienced campers and novices.
Ease Of Set-Up Rating
The tents they managed to set up (both with and without directions) were ranked higher, while complex or counterintuitive tents took lower spots for this category.
In this case, the Moose Outdoors Inflatable Tent took the top spot on our list, giving campers a super quick and easy, intuitive setup.
For our part, we were really pleased with how easy the pump system worked.
The designers at Moose Outdoors Inflatable Tent kept the tent to its bare essentials.
The pump is manual, which is a bit of a downer especially considering how many of these tents feature electric pumps.
But that keeps the tent lighter and prevents any tech issues when you’re far out in the woods.
Overall, we really couldn’t find anything else to complain about.
No two campers will rate comfort the same way.
Just like their mattresses at home, some folks prefer more rugged accommodations, while others prefer plush and luxurious tents, such as the Wenzel Klondike Tent.
But when it comes to tents, most people can agree that more space, head room and ventilation can go a long way in making an enjoyable night in the woods.
For this metric, we looked for tents featuring those three factors (and more!).
As I’d mentioned previously, the Moose Outdoors Inflatable Tent is a great tent… for its price.
And part of the reason the manufacturers were able to keep that price so low was because they cut back on some of the extra features that define the more expensive tents.
For better or worse, the Moose Outdoors Inflatable Tent is a simple tent, and that means scant windows, mediocre ventilation and low head clearance.
To be fair…
…the tent does come with ample space for its four-man rating, which we really appreciated.
There have been plenty of tents that advertised four-people but barely fit two comfortably.
But beyond that, this tent sticks to its utilitarian roots and is proud of it.
Weather can absolutely make or break a camping trip.
I’ve spent plenty of nights gazing out at the stars through a mosquito-mesh roof.
…I’ve spent just as many cuddled in the center of my tent, watching the rainwater slowly creep towards my sleeping bag.
Weather Resistance Rating
When testing water resistance, we mostly look at rain and wind, the two biggest threats to any fun camping expedition.
As you can imagine, the tents that hold up the best will take our top spots.
This was one category where the Moose Outdoors Inflatable Tent really fell short a little.
In a word or two, the tent wasn’t very waterproof. When testing it during a heavy rainstorm, we were initially pretty happy with how the tent was holding up.
However, as the rain persisted, water began to leak through the corners of the tent, pooling at the lowest points of the floor.
Now, this could just be our personal experience – many online comments sing the praises of this tent’s weather resistance.
We would ‘always’ recommend you waterproof any new tent yourself, just to make triple sure it’ll hold out.
Though weather is the most prevalent issue campers face when they head out to the woods, there are plenty of other hazards along the way. From falling branches to rips and tears from bikes, or stones, or cooking gear, you want a tent that can tackle the rugged outdoor life.
For this metric, we performed puncture and tear tests on our tents, as well as simulating falling branches and other heavy objects.
Tents that withstood our assault and prevented campers from getting hurt reeled in the best scores.
I’d like to preface this by saying that this is the metric where our Best Value gear can tend to fall short.
There is a reason for that; it’s unfair to expect a cheaper piece of gear to compete with something that costs two or three times its value.
So it should come as no surprise that the Moose Outdoors Inflatable tent didn’t do very well here.
It’s a lighter tent as well, which is great for versatility and portability. But that means when a heavy branch falls in its canopy, the tent won’t hold up as well.
If you buy this tent, you won’t be taking any expeditions up the Himalayas.
But that’s the price you pay for a cheaper tent. And in that case, replacement parts and pieces won’t cost nearly as much as they might with other models.
Avid campers seek out tents that can be taken and used across a wide range of environments and trips.
To accomplish this, you need a tent that’s lightweight and portable; this saves room in your car and your pack (very, very important for backpackers) and means you can camp as far from or as close to home as you want.
On this one, we simply looked at weight and packed size.
One of the by-products of this tent’s simplicity and low price is its lightness. Many of the more expensive tents on this list go overboard with their accommodations, creating large and ungainly tents in the process.
However, the Moose Outdoors Inflatable Tent skirts around this, resulting in a tent that can be carried just about anywhere, weighing a meager 15 lbs.
Though this weight puts the tent above the weight for standard backpacking tents, it’s not by much, and the 4-person capacity scales this tent up to be very lightweight per-person.
So you can easily take this tent on an overnight hike or two, taking turns carrying it, or separating out the components.
Conclusion: Moose Outdoors Inflatable Tent
And there you have it! Our special roundup of this special little tent.
So how would we summarize our experience with the Moose Outdoors Inflatable Tent? It would run something like this:
“It’s a great tent for its price, but runs into most of the issues of other low-price camping gear.”
But would we recommend it to others?
This is an amazing starter tent, especially if you are trying to introduce your kids or friends to the camping life.
As long as you’re prepared for your weather, and you bring an extra tarp and/or groundsheet, or you waterproof your tent at home, you’ll be just fine through all the rain and wind.
Plus replacement parts (or a whole new tent) won’t cost you very much at all.
So throw this tent in your pack and let’s get going!