Your Tent is Your Castle
To survive in a tent, you don’t need fancy backpacking gear. Sturdiness, coolness, simplicity, and durability are your new friends. Get a size larger than you think you need. The playa is tough on fabrics so prepare your tent to be forever-dusty.
For the Coleman or Cole-woman
Count the amazing features:
1. Poles are sewn in so you can’t lose them.
2. Windows zip all the way up to keep dust out.
3. External “skeleton” allows you to clip on a shade cover (tarp, camo-netting, or whatever).
Lab update--personal experience dictates you WILL need to use the included guylines for wind stability in this tent. So get a few extra rebars or lagbolts.
This tent is very handy, but has only 1 door, so maybe not the best for cranky tent-mates. Get the extra rainfly--it can rain in the desert! It comes in two sizes.
The mega-size 10-person “Dark-Room” version looks intriguing but it has not been Playa-Tested yet! If you try it please let us know.
Delicious deluxe, at a price to match
Start a tent fight
Disposable but gets you through the week
This no-name dome tent is quick and dirty, just like you. The mesh zips closed on nearly all the panels (except a little window up top) and it's roomy for a single. The little patio at the front door holds your boots and water jug. This baby will probably not last too many burns, but it'll do the job for Bob.
Don't eat the candy canes
Just buy a 20-pack and call it done, would you? Are you really going to cut and bend metal at home? Who are you, Superman?
The pre-made rebar stakes are perfect for tents and small shade structures. For anything load-bearing, you need longer 14”+ stakes or lags, read our other post.
Do me a solid and get this liquid lube. Keeps your tent zippers running smooth and works on the bike too.