In my personal experience from reviewing tents throughout the years, I’ve seen some really bad ones.
It will be a different story if there was only one or two, but the brands I talk about below all have consistent flaws.
About 80% of their tents have all been bad and the reason why I’ve included it in this list of tent brands you should avoid.
Stay away from them or experience a bad camping trip my friend, it’s as simple as that.
All of their tents leak and struggle to stay standing in the wind.
They are very low quality and made out of the weakest materials possible, hence why the prices are so low.
The only real upside is that they are fairly lightweight, but again that’s not going to help keep the rain out or keep the tent standing in the wind.
If you’re an avid backpacker and don’t mind carrying a tarp with you, these tents might work in your favor as long as you know how to get the most out of them.
If you do not, you’re only asking for trouble.
Wenzel have tents that are good bang for your buck, but the fact of the matter is that they are not strong nor will they guarantee you a comfortable and safe nights sleep.
I’ve found more Wenzel tents than I care to admit that have waterproofing flaws and are made of materials found around the home (not literally of course, but that’s where you’d think Wenzel got them from!).
They can be used in conditions where there’s no rain and no wind, but other than that your best bet would be to stay away from Wenzel and save the hassle later on.
Columbia tents are on the expensive side and I’m surprised they are still getting sales.
Not many people are enjoying their purchases and there’s a good reason why.
A Columbia tent I reviewed last year had weak materials, bad zippers and the customer service was shocking!
I mean, some of these CAN be tolerated but when you experience bad winds you need a tent with strong materials that are capable of handling such conditions.
The Columbia brand cannot offer that.
Note: Columbia do not manufacture their tents anymore, so you will be redirected to a new company if you experience any issues with your tent. This new company (TorgUSA) also have bad customer service and don’t even have the required parts to fix any issues.
Slumberjack definitely do have great tents, however, you’re really taking a gamble with this brand.
You are very limited on the information about this company and how their tents actually perform in the wild.
The ones I’ve reviewed have all had major quality issues and design flaws, such as the weak poles and floor material and they never provide enough ventilation.
There are also reports of Slumberjack having bad customer service. They aren’t willing to take responsibility for any mishaps.
Guide gear are well known for their uniquely shaped tents, however…sadly, appearance means nothing when the rain’s pouring down and the wind’s battling the walls.
These tents may be a good idea in the summer but then again thunderstorms happen in the peak of summer too, so you can’t be 100% certain that Guide Gear tents will keep you safe and dry.
For these reasons, this brand has made my “no good” list, unless of course you just want to use it at home or a family event.
Mountain Trails are one of those brands that are good for festivals or simple excursions.
Basically…easy trips where there won’t be heavy rain or strong winds, as they do not handle such conditions well, and of course they don’t last long.
Yes, the materials are THAT low quality.
There’s complaints about condensation buildup, support rods snapping, leakage, and more importantly…cheap materials.
And that’s with ALL their tents, not just one or two!
These are 6 tent brands you should avoid at all costs.
They have consistent flaws and have all proven to be bad in more ways than one.
Well thanks for reading.
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