Unlike the other tents on our top 5 instant tents the Hui LingYang Outdoor tent is something quite different. The others require a setting up process and have instruction manuals which require at least 2 people to properly execute all the instructions and at least one to two hours of set up time. This one, on the other hand, requires your one hand to throw it on the ground and wait around 5 seconds for it to “pop” up. That’s right – this model belongs in the pop-up tents category and is by far the best tent for people who do not have time to set up a camp or are out in the woods alone.
Our Verdict: Need a tent for an overnight trip during the summer months, but you’re on a tight budget? This is a pop up tent, which means it’s not going to have the same type of waterproofing and insulation standards as a regular tent. It struggles in winter weather and windy conditions, it’s snug inside, so it’s a better option for three people as opposed to the marketed four, and it’s not made out of the most durable material. But if you need a tent in a pinch and don’t have much of a budget to work with, then the Hui LingYang tent can fill that void.
There are a lot of design peculiarities here, even for its low price point so let’s check them all out.
Product Overview And Features
Do you want a tent the kids can use for camp outs in the backyard? Is there a music festival coming up and you and your friends need a tent that’s highly portable and easy to set up and tear down? Do you plan on going hunting this weekend and need a tent that you can easily take with you, one that’s lightweight yet big enough to house you and your hunting buddies? Then look no further, this Hui LingYang tent is the perfect fit.
This is a tent that’s more designed with convenience in mind. The design leaves out the waterproofing, insulation aspect that most tent designers focus on because it’s not meant to be used for an extended period of time.
Before we go any further, we have to mention that all that setting up convenience comes at a price. This tent, unlike its bigger brothers like the REI Co-op Kingdom 8 Tent, is only a 4-person tent. And that, in our opinion, is a bit stretched. We tried it out and in short – yes, it can handle four people but in reality, the moisture build up from that many people breathing in such a tight space, as well as the general lack of floor space to move around makes it more of a 3-person tent for us.
Overall Construction Features And Material Quality
Pretty much everything in this tent is made of polyester (polyurethane coated) which is nice since this material has some nice properties to it. There are two windows on both sides of the tent which are covered in mesh. This allows for good ventilation during both day and night and prevents moisture build-up. If you want to close them there is a solid nylon flap for that purpose.
There are also two double doors on both sides. When opened the tent literally becomes a well-ventilated tunnel and is ideal for those hot summer days. The doors have mesh covers as well if you want to keep the bugs out.
The seams on this model surprised us with their quality. They are very durable even though in the most extreme conditions they give in (a seam sealer can fix all that). The zippers are also surprisingly sturdy for the price that this tent comes at. Overall, the tent doesn’t seem like your typical one-season tent at all. It rather seems like a cheap alternative to a far more expensive tent that usually can last you at least a couple of camping seasons. Perhaps only time can answer this question.
A very cool feature we loved is that the window covers can be turned into a rainfly by attaching the guy lines to the loops below the window flap. The guy lines and pegs are included in the package you are getting.
Setting It Up
If you’re filled with dread at the idea of spending over an hour setting up your tent for your overnight camping trip, it’s time to make the switch to a tent that’s designed for impressively fast set up and break down times. This tent design is also beginner-friendly. The included instructions will walk you through the process, but the design itself is pretty self explanatory.
Setting up this tent is nothing short of amazing. You just take it out of its cool-looking contrast bag, you throw it on the ground, and wait for the magic to happen. Its flexible poles are designed to make the tent pop up on its own after it’s released from its packaging. This tent will literally make you forget about complicated construction instructions, tent poles, or having to waste minutes of other people’s time to help you raise a tent.
Putting it back in its package is as easy as taking it out. There are instructions printed on the tent which show you how to fold it properly so that it forms a circular shape which then enters its package. The end form is quite compact and lightweight which allows you to carry it around easily. There are straps for your back as well.
As you’ve gathered by now, this is a pop up style tent, not your traditional, sturdy, stake in the ground tent that you can use for several weeks at a time year-round. Clearly this tent can’t measure up to a heavy-duty tent, but it’s not meant to. These tents are perfect for beginners, can be used as an emergency shelter, and they’re a great choice if you want to spend one night in the woods before moving on to a bigger and better campsite. The beauty of this tent is it’s ease of use and convenience. This tent allows you to quickly set up or tear down your camp in minutes. No, we don’t recommend taking this tent on your summer camping trip, and yes, it would be a disaster in a heavy downpour or other types of inclement weather. But for what it is, this pop up tent is well-built, incredibly easy to use, and can save you plenty of time and frustration if you don’t want to spend hours putting together a more permanent structure.
This is the perfect tent for a day at the beach, at music festivals, background camping, use as an emergency shelter, or any other outdoor event you can think of that could be make even better with the use of a pop up tent.
But aside from it’s ease of assembly, the tent also offers excellent ventilation, thanks to the two doors and windows. When left open during a hot night, the air is allowed to circulate, so you can enjoy a cool breeze. Additionally, this design also does a great job of preventing condensation buildup, which is a huge plus for any camper. During a light rain, you can use the included rainflys to prevent rain from getting inside the tent, via the windows.
While it may not be the sturdiest tent on the market, it’s clearly one of the leading pop up tents around and one that you’ll find yourself using more frequently than your expensive standard camping tent.
Now it’s time to check out some of this tent’s most important pros and cons:
- Super fast to set up
- Lightweight and really easy to carry around
- Beautiful looking nature-inspired design
- Great ventilation for this price bracket
- Good weatherproofing
- Can accommodate a queen sized air mattress
- Cannot hold more than 3 people in our opinion
- Can have leaks in very watery conditions
- Isn’t ideal for cold weather
- Materials can feel cheap at places
- Cannot handle moderate or high wind conditions