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This is the Ultimate TopNotch Review of the Texsport Tent 2023…
Perhaps you’re looking for the perfect tent to add to your emergency kit?
Or maybe you’re looking for one large enough to fit two campers and your gear, but find that most emergency tube tents are small, thin and have no doors – and if they do, they compromise on good ventilation.
Or perhaps you want your shelter to be a heavy duty camouflage tent.
If you’ve said yes to any of the above, you’re going to be very happy you joined us today.
If you’re thinking of picking up the Texsport Tent as an addition to your emergency kit or camping gear in general, we can tell you why you should go ahead and do it.
Because we’ve done the hard part for you.
We’ve researched the very best and narrowed it down to our Top 10 Tube Tents (try to say that 3 times fast!).
We gave the Texsport tent our award for Best Heavy Duty Tube Tent; it’s a real tank, and we appreciated its no-nonsense toughness.
And if it’s good enough for our expert eye (spoken with all modesty, of course) we believe it’ll be great for any outdoor enthusiast.
So if you’ve been searching for more information on this excellent tube tent, look no further – because we’re about to cover…
- If this equipment is worth the investment
- Set up hacks so you can get more out of this camouflage camping shelter
- Our expert recommendation for tent reinforcement
- A quick review of alternative versions of this tent
- Lots more…
Hang on tight!
- Window for ventilation
- Strong and reusable
- Great room space
- Can have a depression on the ceiling that you need to tighten
Our Verdict: Texsport Willowbend Trail Tent
This camouflage, easy to set up, 2-person tent is a camping winner!
The doors open wide for great ventilation. Just secure the outer fly with ties and let the air and sunshine in. And you can close it back up when the weather turns sour.
You can also tie back the square back window.
With both the window and doors open, we enjoyed a pretty good crossbreeze flowing through.
This little tent is perfect for a 2 person bug out shelter and a great option for car camping.
Ok, but what about the cons?
Well, the paracord isn’t as strong as we’d hoped. And for anyone who wants to replace it like we did, we recommend the TOUGH-GRID camo green paracord.
There are a few other minor issues that we had along the way, but we’ll dig more into that later!
However, our initial impression was so good we want to tell you more – like the fact it has aluminum poles which are much stronger and more resilient than fiberglass poles.
Now let’s see how this camping gear measured up to the other emergency tube tents in our metrics.
Related: 10 Best Tube Tents
Value For Money
Believe it or not, the Texsport Tent has been around for years – the manufacturers have been in operation for more than half a century.
The price does reflect the value of this bug out camouflage tent.
Yet, in comparison to similar tents on the market with the same design and quality, the Texport leaves you more in your pocket.
Value For Money Rating
Ease Of Use
I have a friend who gave a Texsport Tent to his indoorsy wife as a gift in an attempt to introduce her to outdoor adventures.
And it worked…
They set up the tent in their backyard and spent the night out – she was hooked, and learned to pitch the tent on her own in no time.
What does this mean for you?
Simply that the Texsport Tent is easy to set up.
Ease Of Use Rating
The only added complexity is figuring out how to pull out the walls and roof so they don’t sag in.
To fix this, there are tie-out loops on the side of the tent that you can string a paracord through, stretch out to the correct tension and peg down. This’ll give you more space inside.
It was because of the weak paracords that we gave the Texsport Tent an 8.5 for this metric.
Remember the steel tent I told you about?
Well, I had my friend join me when I was testing this survival shelter tent – she couldn’t believe how small it packed and how weatherproof it was.
She asked if she could borrow it.
She took it to a 3 day music carnival where she sold hot-dogs. While other vendors packed their stalls or food trucks up for the night, she put up her SE under the steel canopy and saved a ton of time setting up the next day.
This is one of the best pup tents that’s big enough for 2 people going car camping and small enough to consider an emergency tent if things go south.
A useful camping hack with paracords is to tie them to those extra ties on tents. Pull the walls out and peg them down. This’ll give you extra space inside.
Weather Resistance Rating
There’s plenty of room to fit your gear inside too since the aluminum poles only make up the structure for the entryway and the back part of the tent. This means that the material part of the shelter can be stretched out to make more room.
You have to deal with a downpour sometimes – the downside to this tent is that it isn’t waterproof – only water resistant.
So we recommend you use a sealer to seal your tent (this is also called spray waterproofing).
But here’s the thing…
This tent works best in very dry conditions.
But there’s more to weather resistance than keeping out the rain.
You can put a tent footprint at the entrance of your tent to wipe off excess moisture and dirt before you enter.
Seasoned campers also string up a tarp over their tents for reinforcement in the rain. We recommend the UST Tube Tarp, another great option for survival gear!
The great thing about the Texsport Tent is its durability in all sorts of weather and through extended periods of use.
Any outdoor enthusiast will tell you that if you take care of your gear, it will take care of you.
If done right, you can extend the durability of your Texsport Tent by following these tried and tested methods:
- Wipe down the surface of your tent to get rid of moisture.
- Check for rips and tears and fix them as soon as possible
- Use a silicone spray over your tent material to enhance waterproof rating
- Seal your seams with a seam sealer
- Air out your tent once in a while and check it through
- Fold properly back in its stuff sack and store in a safe, cool place when not in use
This tube tent certainly doesn’t have the smallest or lightest packed size on the market.
But we love how easy it was to attach it to a bug out bag and be out the door in no time.
However, if you’re specifically looking for a camouflage tent but want something on the lighter side, the Geertop Ultralight, 1-person bivy may be the tent for you.
We’ve even done a full review on it here.
Our Final Verdict: Texsport Tent
After completing the circuit of tests for all our camping tube tents, we can say that the Texsport Tent came out pretty low in our final ratings chart.
But! We had pitted it against the very best top 10 on the market.
On the plus side, we couldn’t believe the bargain we got for a tent for two.
Secondly, for a tent that screams TACTICAL, STEALTH, and all the other go-to-terms reserved for the elite in bushcraft, we love the easy setup that would make even the greenest prepper feel accomplished.
Conclusion: Texsport Tent
There you have it – all you need to know about the Texsport Tent, from tips for setup to our own experience with the tent.
Thanks for reading our Texsport Tent Review!
We’ve told you why we think this product is great value. And it’s so easy to set up..
And last but not least…
You don’t even have to be an expert bushcraft enthusiast to handle this survival tent like a pro! So if you’re looking for a fun tent to use in a survival situation, or just as a quick and easy trail tent, we’d definitely recommend this one.
We’ve finished our work – now we pass the baton to you to make your choice.
Before you go, we thought you might be interested in an even larger camouflage tent from Texsport, especially if you’re looking for a great camping tent, and not just one for emergency use.
Introducing the Texsport Tent 01113 Hide-A-Way Camouflage Hexagon Dome Tent!
This dome tent is one up on the Texsport Willowbend Trail Tent. It fits 3 people, has zippered storm flaps and still maintains the camouflage and cross-ventilation of the Willowbend Trail.
We’re loving the atrium effect that the domed mesh ceiling gives. You can enjoy some sunshine during the day or the stars at night. When it rains, just slip on the rain fly and stay nice and dry. If it gets too dark, there’s a hook on the ceiling to hang a lantern.
80″ L x 48″ W x 92″ H
Weight: 2.43 pounds