Connect Tents – These are Awesome!
It takes a lot to impress us at amazingoutdooradventures.com when it comes to tents. We have been camping for so long we have seen the development of instant tents, cabin tents, party tents, and everything else in between. That is why we have to give a shout out to Ozark Trail and their line of ConnecTENTs.
We have heard them called a few different things like connect tents, connecttents, connect tent or the proper Ozark Trail brand name of ConnecTENT – but whatever you call them, they are really freaking cool and we are really big fans of what they bring to the table.
Ozark Trail created a way to have separate tents for you to sleep in, but have those tents all connected together. Some of these connect tents create awesome social spaces, while other versions help give children an independent sleeping space that is still connected to their parent’s tent – just in case they need something.
Here is some additional information and pictures of connect tents – we hope you find them as cool as we do.
Ozark Trail 4-Person ConnecTent for Canopy
This is a really fun tent for any situation where you want a private space at night, but a big outdoor social gathering space before bedtime. How this tent works is really simple, you clip the hooks that are located at the top front part of the tent to the top of the canopy (there is a built in slot for you to hook into).
The bottom front part of the tent has hooks that connect to the bottom of the canopy poles. Once the front of the tent is connected, you stretch out the tent and one pole is placed into the slots located in the back part of the tent. Stake the back corners, and bam – you have a 4 person tent that is attached to your canopy.
It is really important to note that the canopy IS NOT sold with the tents. This tent works with the 10 x 10 Ozark Trail straight leg canopy. An adjuster is available if you already have the Ozark Trails 12 x 12 Canopy and would like to attach tents to it. We recommend contacting the Ozark Trail customer service department if that adjuster is needed.
You can attach one, two, or three tents to the canopy, which can sleep up to twelve people if you don’t need much space inside the tents.
The tents themselves have a floor size of nine feet by seven feet, with a center height of 66 inches. Setup time is really quick, normally 5 minutes at most. The tents have two large windows and a mesh roof.
There is an attached rain fly that can be quickly rolled up to open up the mesh roof, providing great ventilation during the day and an awesome view at night. There are even a couple of storage pockets built into the tent itself. We can’t stress this enough – these tents do not work without the canopy, and the canopy is sold separately.
There is a lot to love about this type of tent. It is great for camping, music festivals, tailgating, partying with old friends during an outdoor reunion, basically any time you want to create a big social space. Below is a pictures of 3 of these tents attached to the canopy. To create that setup you need to buy 3 of the 4-Person Connectents and 1 10 x 10 canopy.
Ozark Trail ConnecTENT 10-Person 3 Dome Tent
This is the perfect tent for people that want separate sleeping areas at night, but want all those sleeping spaces to be connected. I love this tent for families that have younger children.
When you children want some privacy, they can sleep in the side tents. If they get scared at night, they can come back into the main sleeping area. I can also see this tent being good for a group of friends that use the center tent as a social space, and the side tents as a sleeping space.
Setup is simple as well. You start by setting up the larger, main center tent. You than setup the two side tents. There is a tunnel on the side of each main tent that zips into the side tents connecting them all together.
After that, setup the rainfly and canopy and you are ready to go. It is normally a 10 to 15 minute process to set everything up. You can only setup one side tent if you wish.
The tents themselves are very roomy. The center tent is the biggest with a space of 10 feet by 9 feet and the two side tents having a space of 7 feet by 5 feet. Each tent has its own window and door. There are also plenty of storage pockets available. There is one consistent complaint with this tent is that the connect tunnels do not fully close, allowing a space for bugs to get into the tents.
Ozark Trail 8-Person Dome ConnecTent with Canopy
Ozark Trail also makes a connect tent that has a canopy built into it. Unlike the first option listed in this article, since the canopy is built in it doesn’t have to be purchased separately.
Setup is relatively easy. The first thing to setup is the canopy, which is basically locking the poles into the correct connectors. Since the canopy can be big and awkward to move on your own, we do recommend having two people during the setup process.
Once the canopy is upright, you can attach either one or two of the tents. The tents snap onto the canopy base, and a pole is placed into the back part of the tent to erect it. Stake down the corners and you are ready to go with a completely set up tent, complete with hangout and outdoor shade. Not a bad deal at all!
The tents themselves are not free standing, so if you want to pitch them you need to setup the canopy. You can move the tents into different positions on the canopy, either creating an L shaped layout or having them be across from each other. If you want to, you can setup just the canopy without the tents.
Each tent is 10 feet by 10 feet so it is rated to sleep four people, but that would be a little tight if it was four adults. Each tent has two windows and a mesh ceiling that can be covered with the pre-attached rainfly.
Ozark Trail ConnecTent 8-Person 2 Dome Tent
For the family that doesn’t need three separate tents connected together, Ozark Trail also has an option to connect 2 tents. It is really similar in concept to ConnecTent previously listed, except you are only connecting one side tent to the main center tent. You will have plenty of room to sleep eight people, and this tent comes with all the standard features like storage pockets. There are also numerous doors and windows for ventilation that help with keeping the tent cool.
If you love the look of these tents, but need something bigger, or want to stick with something a little more traditional, I encourage you to click on our article about the best family tents!
Hopefully this connect tent review helped introduce you to a different type of tent that many people aren’t even aware exists. These are really the best connect tents available right now on the market and provide a great alternative to some of the more standard dome and cabin style tents. We would love to hear any feedback from people that are having great or not so great experiences with these tents, so please feel free to leave a comment.
Below is a video showing how the ConnecTENT locks into the canopy.