Walmart: Ozark Trail 12′ x 12′ Instant Canopy $45

There may not be many bells and whistles, but we don’t think it’s necessary here. The feet areas of the legs are also something to mention, as they are shaped like pads instead of a simple pole. This adds to the stability as the weight is more evenly spread. The first is to generate an element of airflow when you’re standing underneath. Yes, it is a completely exposed structure with open walls, but when the hot rays of the sun are beating down, it makes things more comfortable when you have a concentrated breeze flowing through.

In any case, I have included this tent in my list of tents with a screen room. The picture below shows how the tent is divided in two parts, the rooms are the same size, around 7 x 10 ft each. What better way to enjoy a ballgame, picnic, or any outdoor activity than with a little bit of shade!

Weight-wise, with its 32.6 lb (14.8 kg) this is not a lightweight tent, but this is a normal weight for such a steel construction. You will see in the comparison table below that it is lighter than some of its competitors. Seasons-wise & climate-wise, I see it best suited for summer camping without much rain and winds. This is a tall and boxy structure so it is best to use it in a quiet area. But I have seen some users reporting of using it in the winds of 50 mph.

With the massive influx of instant canopies taking over the market, it can be hard to find one that lives up to its claims. Ozark Trail Instant Cabin Tent with Built in Cabin Lights is a 10-person 2-room freestanding easy to use pleasant summer camping tent with a great price tag. Getting our hands dirty with the top-rated 9×9 Neso Grande lightweight beach canopy tent. Overall, we think the Ozark Trail canopy serves its intended purpose – a value brand 10×10 instant shelter that caters to price conscious consumers looking for an affordable shade option.

So you simply spread the tent and extend its telescopic poles. You have to add the fly as well, so it is best to have somebody to help you. This is why I have added it to my list of best instant camping tents. So the walls are steep and straight and the peak height along the main axes is 78 inches (198 cm).

ozark trail instant canopy

The benefit of the slanted legs is that these tents are more stable laterally which can increase the stability of the frame and make it less prone to toppling, an important benefit if on a windy beach. Although we always recommend using anchors such as weighted sand bag or stakes with guy lines attached to the top corners. The Ozark Trail canopy very well might be one of the best selling 10×10 tent brands of all time. The easily recognizable logo has been seen by nearly everyone at youth soccer tournaments or beach vacations in recent years. We love this feature because it won’t nip at your fingers and you can do one leg at a time.

And compared to some of the tents in the EZ-Up lineup, it sells for almost a 70% discount. One could, in theory, purchase a new Ozark canopy every year (which they might need to!) and still come out ahead over the years vs. purchasing a more expensive alternative. The frame is sturdy and can be customized to your preferred height. For those extra scorching hot days, the peak roof vent creates additional ventilation.

With this model, you receive a free carry bag with wheels for easier transport, and 4 stakes and ropes to tie and secure it down. It can stand on its own, but we always recommend that you lock it down, so it has no chance of blowing away. We appreciate that the frame has been made of tough steel, as this ensures that it will stay stable throughout moderate winds.

We don’t find that to be a noteworthy drawback as the nylon handles and shoulder strap work just fine in carrying the tent. The legs are locked into place with old school metal push button locks, something you won’t see on many modern pop up tents now-a-days. These push locks get very difficult to use over time, especially if the tent is used on the beach and exposed to sand and saltwater, causing rust build up. Many newer tent brands like EZ-Up use revolutionary thumb lock sliders or larger easy to release buttons, which are a much better user experience when setting the canopy up or taking it down. With the push buttons you need to worry about pinching fingers or not being able to release the button when it gets rusted, which is never a pleasant experience.

The poles are steel and the structure looks strong and stable. Digging our toes in the sand under one of the best full-overhead coverage beach tents on the market. Benzene has been used in the manufacturing of this ozark trail straight leg canopy product to meet CPAI-84 fabric fire retardant standards for the tent and canopy industries. You can choose steel or aluminum frames, and the color variations available for the canopies are practically endless.