Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent: Definitive Review (2020)

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This is the TopNotch Ultimate Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent Review 2020…

Sometimes camping is the only time we get to sleep in late.

We go camping in search of rest and relaxation, but the glare of the morning sun can wake us up well before we’re ready sometimes.

With this 10 person tent, however, that’s not going to happen.

We loved sleeping in while testing this family camping tent…

And we know you will too!

In this comprehensive review we’ll cover:

  • Why it’s excellent value
  • How you can set it up comfortably for 10 people
  • Which seasons it’s best for
  • Lots more…

So if you want a tent that stays cool and dark late into the morning, you’ll love this guide.

Let’s get started…

Value for Money
9
Ease of Use
10
Durability
7
Weather Resistance
7
Comfort
8
Overall Score
82

  • Weight: 20 lbs
  • Dimensions: 78.00 x 165.00 x 120.00 in
  • Color: Dark Grey
  • Living Capacity: 10
  • Manufacturer: Ozark Trail

Bottom Line : A spacious and well-ventilated cabin tent, great for the family campout

Pros


  • Very, very light for its size
  • Easy setup features
  • Cool interior during the summer
  • Lots of windows and ventilation

Cons


  • Not very durable – tent wears down over time
  • Less insulation for colder nights

Our Verdict: Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent

The Ozark Trail 10 person tent is rated for 3-seasons but we experienced cold nights inside when testing during the spring and fall.

So you’ll be most comfortable in it during the warmest months of summer.

Because it doesn’t have a full coverage rain fly, you’ll also want to make sure the forecast is relatively dry before planning a trip.

That said…

…its large capacity allows you to fit two large families inside and room dividers create a sense of privacy for each individual family unit.

And if you’re camping with a smaller group, you can fit up to two queen sized air mattresses inside for a more luxurious sleeping experience.

But arguably…

The tent’s best feature is its dark room technology that reduces the glare entering from morning sunlight.

So…

“The Ozark Trail is the most comfortable choice for catching up on Zzz’s on your next camping trip!”

Related: 10 Best 10 Person Tent

Analysis Comparisons and Test Results

To review the performance of the Ozark Trail 10 person tent, we tested it in three seasons and a variety of weather conditions. We then stacked our results against our findings for the other top best large tents to bring you a clear comparison.

Value for Money

In terms of value…

The space and level of comfort you’ll enjoy with this model make it a great buy, especially at this price point.

But it can also serve as a reasonable wilderness accommodation for up to three families with its included room dividers.

Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent

Value for Money Rating

Wenzel Tent
10
Core Tent
10
Timber Ridge Tent
10
Tahoe Gear Tent
10
Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent
9
Mountain Trails Tent
9
Coleman WeatherMaster
8
Browning Big Horn Tent
8
Core Cabin Tent
8
NTK Arizona Tent GT
7

So…

You won’t need to buy and transport three separate tents when camping with multiple families.

The only reason that we knocked the Ozark Trail 10 person tent on value for money was its overall durability.

Which means…

If you’re looking for even better value then check out the Wenzel Timber Ridge.

Ease of Use

While setting up any tent is easier with more people, we during testing that one person can set it up pretty easily – in about two minutes!

This is impressive for the amount of space it takes up and we’ll go over the basic setup process right here.

Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent

Ease of Use Rating

Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent
10
Browning Big Horn Tent
10
Core Cabin Tent
10
NTK Arizona GT
9
Mountain Trails Tent
9
Coleman WeatherMaster
9
Core Tent
8
Wenzel Tent
8
Tahoe Gear Tent
8
Timber Ridge Tent
7

Because it’s freestanding and the frame is pre-attached to the body, this tent classifies as an ‘instant’ family cabin.

So…

You’ll just need to unfold it and extend the telescoping poles to create the basic structure.

Then you can position it as desired and secure the 14 stakes into the ground for added security.

Then…

Your last step will be to throw the rain fly over the top and secure it down to the tent’s main body.

The rain fly also has a total of six guy lines to help provide extra stability if you’re expecting high winds overnight.

This was a clear winner with a perfect score for Ease of Use.

Durability & Workmanship

The Ozark Trail 10 person family cabin tent features steel poles that are definitely more durable than fiberglass, even if they add extra weight to the design.

The fabric of the main body is polyester and the floor is made of polyethylene.

Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent

Durability & Workmanship Rating

Coleman WeatherMaster
10
NTK Arizona GT
10
Browning Big Horn Tent
9
Tahoe Gear Tent
9
Timber Ridge Tent
8
Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent
7
Mountain Trails Tent
7
Core Tent
7
Wenzel Tent
7
Core Cabin Tent
7

But…

Unlike most tents with this much space, the floor features a catenary cut instead of a bathtub design.

This means the floor and walls are two separate materials that are stitched together along the floor seams.

Because the seams aren’t advertised as welded, we had to move the Ozark down on our rankings for durability and workmanship.

So…

If you’re looking for an option with better durability, we recommend you try the Coleman Weather Master.

Weather Resistance

This Ozark Trail family camping accommodation is best suited to mild summer conditions.

It doesn’t boast a full coverage rain fly, which is essential for wet environments.

Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent

Weather Resistance Rating

NTK Arizona GT
10
Coleman WeatherMaster
10
Browning Big Horn Tent
9
Tahoe Gear Tent
9
Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent
7
Core Tent
7
Timber Ridge Tent
7
Core Cabin Tent
7
Mountain Trails Tent
6
Wenzel Tent
6

And while it does have enough guy lines to handle mildly windy conditions, we don’t recommend taking the Ozark on exposed ridgelines in high winds.

That being said…

This tent was actually better for preserving heat inside the space than many other summer camping tents.

This is because of the zippered panels on the roof of the main room. These panels covered the mesh on the ceiling to prevent heat from escaping out the top of this Ozark Trail family tent.

But…

If you’re searching for a more weather-resistant camping tent for 10 people, we suggest the NTK Arizona GT.

Comfort

There’s a lot to like about the comfort levels of this tent.

First of all…

Because it’s a family cabin the walls are nearly vertical – providing additional interior space.

It boasts a total of 140 square feet of floor space and a peak height of 78 inches (6.5 feet).

Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent

Comfort Rating

Kodiak Canvas Tent
9
Nemo Wagontop 6
9
The NorthFace Wawona 6
8
Marmot Halo 6
8
CORE 6-Person Instant Cabin Tent
8
Eureka Copper Canyon 6
7
Big Agnes 6-Person Tent
7
CORE 6-Person Dome Tent
7
Coleman Sundome 6
7
Coleman Weathermaster 6-Person Tent with Screen Room
6

This provides roughly 14 square feet of space per person if you do put 10 people inside.

And it also has a total of six windows that provide excellent ventilation on warm evenings.

But…

The Dark Room Technology used in its design is really what adds that extra level of comfort to this 10 person tent.

What does ‘Dark Room Tech’ really mean?

Simply put, the interior part of the fabric is made with a dark coloring. This reduces the amount of light inside and also lowers the interior temperature.

There are four skylight mesh roof vents that provide extra ventilation in addition to the six windows.

But these vents also contained zippered dark panels to cover them when we wanted to sleep in.

The room dividers also add comfort and privacy if you’re housing multiple families inside.

All things being equal…

The 10 person capacity that this tent is marketed for might be a bit higher than we’d prefer in reality if everyone is really going to enjoy enough personal space inside to be comfortable.

But…

“For 5 people with two queen sized air mattresses, the Ozark Trail 10 person is a TopNotch comfy cozy option”

Conclusion: Ozark Trail 10 Person Tent

If you want a tent with plenty of space for 10 people sleeping on the floor, The Ozark Trail 10 person tent will be a comfortable choice for you with plenty of room for each person to spread out. 

But…

…we’d recommend that five people with two queen sized air mattresses will be super comfortable in the Ozark. 

The 140 square feet of room inside this 10 person accommodation provides less individual room that many other large tents that are designed for ten people. 

That said…

Our favorite part about our review of this wilderness accommodation was experiencing the Dark Room Technology. 

If you’re camping with people that have a hard time sleeping in or don’t like too much glare inside their tent, you’ll love this selection from Ozark Trail

Other Versions: Ozark Trail Tents

But if you’re not quite satisfied with the features and specifications of this selection…

Check out these other models:

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Browning Big Horn Tent
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Coleman WeatherMaster