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Rating and Summary
The Teton Sports 1-Person Vista Quick Tent is one of my favorite pop-up/instant tents, for many reasons. It’s reasonably priced, high quality, incredibly spacious, comes with a vestibule, is quite water resistant, and more.
But it does have a couple limitations though. The first is that one hour of heavy rain is the limit for this tent, and it doesn’t have a very high peak height (just 33 inches).
It’s still an incredible tent though. Read on to find out more about this, as well as the full pros and cons!
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- In the Box
In the Box
I bought my Teton Sports 1-Person Vista Quick Tent from Amazon, and got the tent inside the carry bag, 8 stakes in a separate bag, 4 pre-attached guylines, some marketing materials, and some instructions.
Note: I bought this 1-Person Tent back when it was called the Teton Sports Outfitters Quick Tent. Shortly after, it was rebranded to the Vista Quick Tent.
Here’s all the data (including my personal measurements) that I gathered on this Teton Sports 1-Person Vista Quick Tent:
- Peak height: 33 inches
- Length (Tent): 80 inches/6.67 feet
- Width (Tent): 36 inches/3.0 feet
- Base Area (Tent): 20.0 square feet
- Vestibule Width: 12 inches
- Vestibule Area: 3.3 square feet
- Total Area: 23.3 square feet
- Floor material: 75D 190T Taffeta
- Bathtub Flooring: None*
- Tent body material: 75D 190T Taffeta
- Rainfly material: 75D 190T Taffeta
- Poles material: Fiberglass (Pre-attached)
- Mesh: No-see-um
- Packed size: 28 by 9 by 5 inches
- Weight: 5.0 pounds
- Number of guylines: 4
- Number of stakes: 8
- Number of windows: 1
- Number of doors: 1
- Number of vents: None*
- Number of pockets: None*
- Number of gear lofts: None*
- Number of lantern loops: 1*
- E-port: No
- Black-out: No
*Note: Some of the data above is based on the older model (Outfitters Quick Tent), not the newer model (Vista Quick Tent).
I also did some testing on my own, and came up with this data:
- Pop up timing (without staking): 1.25 minutes
- Set up timing (with staking): 2.75 minutes
- Take down timing (without staking): 2 minutes
- Take down timing (with staking): 2.5 minutes
- Number of single sleeping pads: 1
- Number of full-sized mattresses: None
- Number of queen-sized mattresses: None
I go through all the above specifications in the sections below, in more detail, if you’re interested.
Testing and Performance
I put the Teton Sports 1-Person Vista Quick Tent through these 7 tests:
- Ease of use: Set up, take down, pack up
- Spaciousness: Base area, height, vestibule
- Comfort and features: Door, windows, storage
- Ventilation: Hot day ventilation, rainy day ventilation, condensation
- Weather protection: Rain test, wind ‘test’
- Quality: Material, mesh, seams, stitching, zippers, poles, carry bag
- Portability: Weight and packed size
Here’s how it performed.
Ease of Set Up
To set up this Teton Sports 1-Person Quick Tent, first take the tent out of the carry bag, then unfold the tent body until it lays flat on the ground. Do also unfold the side with the 2 longer poles, which is what I’m doing in the picture below:
Next, lock these 2 longer poles, by pushing this black mechanism together (pictured below):
After that, grab the drawstring at the top of the center locking hub with one hand, lift it off the ground, and use your other hand to push down on the locking hub.
This will make your Vista Quick Tent pop up, and takes just 45 seconds so far.
If you want to stake the Quick Tent out, you can push 4 stakes through these holes at the 4 corners of the tent.
Next, grab the rainfly, drape it over the Quick Tent, and fasten the 4 buckles of the rainfly to the buckles at the 4 corners of the tent, like so.
After that, make sure that the vestibule zip is zipped up, then guy out the Quick Tent with the 4 guylines.
Also, stake down the vestibule at the front of the tent.
This will take another 2 minutes, so altogether the entire set up will take about 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
Ease of Take Down
To take down this Teton Sports 1-Person Quick Tent, first remove all the stakes. Remove the rainfly as well by unbuckling the 4 fasteners/buckles as well.
After that, press down on these gray poles here. There’s a little sticker tab on the gray pole, showing you exactly where to press down on, like this:
When you press down on the gray poles, all the poles will fold down:
And then, your tent body will be flat on the ground again.
Unlock the 2 longer poles, fold them up, and your base should be in the shape of a square.
Then, pick up the 4 edges of the square and fold them towards the center locking hub, like this.
Then, lay it on the ground and push all the air out. This will take about 1 and a half minutes.
Ease of Pack Up
To pack up this Teton Sports 1-Person Vista Quick Tent, grab the top of the rainfly, place it on the ground, and fold it in half.
Lay the carry bag beside it, and fold the rainfly nicely such that it’ll be the perfect size for the carry bag, like so:
Put the tent on the edge of the rainfly, roll it up with the rainfly, and place it back into the carry bag. This will take just 1 minute.
Altogether, the entire take down and pack up will take 2.5 minutes.
For more info on the entire set up and take down process, you can check out this video that I posted on my YouTube channel.
For base area, this Teton Sports 1-Person Vista Quick Tent measures about 80 inches in length, and 36 inches in width.
When I fit my self-inflating Sea to Summit pad (72 by 20 inches) inside the 1-Person Quick Tent, there was plenty of space leftover for gear.
It could even fit 2 of me, but I think that’s pushing it a bit.
The peak height inside this 1-Person Quick Tent is about 33 inches.
The rest of this Quick Tent doesn’t have this peak height, the walls slope downwards in a dome shape.
When I sat on my Sea to Summit pad, which is about 1 and a half inches thick, I could sit up under the peak height of the tent. Notice that my head is almost touching the peak height of the tent, even though I’m sitting naturally with a little bit of slouch.
With the rainfly in place, I got a nice vestibule area, and the longest width of this vestibule area is about 12 inches. It was big enough to fit my footwear, along with other stuff.
If you want easier access into your tent if it’s not raining, you can tie up the fabric of the rainfly with these 2 latches right here.
Once you have the vestibule tied up, this will give you access to the single door of this 1-Person Quick Tent.
The door has a longest length of 44 inches, and a longest width of 26 inches. This door has 2 zippers, that can be opened and closed from the outside and the inside.
The door extends almost all the way to the ground when opened, which makes getting in and going out of the tent easier.
You can also tie up the fabric of the door with 2 latches. (These are near the ground, see the picture above.) I find these pretty loose though, and they always unravel for me, so I don’t typically use them.
The top of this 1-Person Quick Tent has 2 straps that you can tie together in a loop, and hang a lantern from.
Other than that, I didn’t see any other storage options, like pockets.
Note: But I bought this tent a few years ago when it was still called the Outfitters 1-Person Quick Tent. I think the newer 1-Person Vista Quick Tent comes with a gear loft.
Also, in addition to fitting a regular sleeping pad of 20 inches (width), you can fit plenty of other gear as well.
Hot Day Ventilation
On a hot day without any rain, you can first remove the 4 guyline stakes if you’re using them, unbuckle the rainfly fasteners and take the rainfly off entirely.
Once you do so, a good two-thirds of the Vista Quick Tent is made from mesh, so I got plenty of ventilation on hot days. It’s also great for stargazing at night, because you basically get almost unblocked views.
If you want to leave the rainfly on though, you can clip the front of the rainfly to the sides, and still get some ventilation from this huge mesh panel at the front length of the tent (see the picture below).
Rainy Day Ventilation
On rainy days though, you do need the rainfly to be in place, which limits ventilation.
There are no vents in this 1-Person Quick Tent, but I noticed that the rainfly doesn’t extend all the way to the ground, and leaves about 2 inches of space between the ground and the rainfly for some ventilation.
I was a little worried that the 2 inches of space not covered by the rainfly would leak in my rain test, but thankfully it didn’t, even after 1 hour of heavy rain.
To test for condensation, I slept in this Teton Sports Vista 1-Person Quick Tent on my own overnight, with the rainfly in place, the vestibule zipped up, and even the mesh door closed.
When I woke up the next morning to check for any condensation, I noticed that everything was dry. The mesh was dry, the yellow tent fabric was dry, the flooring was dry, so this Vista Quick Tent passed the condensation test with flying colors.
To rain test this Teton Sports 1-Person Quick Tent, I used a water hose to kind of simulate heavy rain. Also, I used a stopwatch to time exactly how long I was rain testing this quick tent.
The rainfly of the Quick Tent provides almost full coverage protection from the rain, and it also curves downwards, so water doesn’t collect at the top and instead drips down. I didn’t have any pooling issues with the Quick Tent.
At about 30 minutes in, I stopped the rain test for a bit to check in on the tent. I found that the tent was completely dry, which was very impressive.
At about 43 minutes into the rain test, I noticed a patch of water seeping in through the rainfly right here.
So, I stopped the rain test for a bit to check the underside of the rainfly. It was very slightly damp.
I continued the rain test until the 1-hour mark, and when I stopped the test, I noticed that quite a few spots on the rainfly were damp.
When I sat in the tent and ran my hand over the underside of the rainfly, I found that it was mostly slightly damp.
But thankfully, the inside of the tent was still dry. Even though the rainfly was a little damp, the water didn’t get on the mesh or the yellow tent fabric. Even this yellow tent fabric here that was not covered by the rainfly was dry.
The flooring feels quite thin, and looked damp to me, but when I touched it, I realized that it was not wet, which was great.
It isn’t very thick though, so I highly recommend using a groundsheet with this tent.
I didn’t actually test for wind protection, but I did notice a few things.
This 1-Person Quick Tent has 4 guylines on the rainfly. When I guyed out the entire tent and tried to shake it, I found that it was pretty sturdy. The side with the 2 longer poles is a little bit less stable, but the side with the 2 shorter poles is much sturdier.
The peak height isn’t too high as well, so it would be able to take wind pretty well.
For quality, I looked at the material, mesh, seams, stitching, zippers, poles, and the carry bag.
The tent body is made of 75D 190T Taffeta, which I found to be pretty high quality, and I was very happy with it, but I do wish that they’d make the flooring a little bit thicker. I thought it was pretty thin.
After my 1-hour heavy rain test, the flooring wasn’t wet, but it felt to me like it might have leaked pretty soon after.
Teton Sports says that the mesh is micro mesh, but to be more specific, it feels to me like no-see-um mesh. It feels really smooth and silky, and the holes of the mesh are really small.
The only seams that were sealed were the seams on the rainfly of the 1-Person Quick Tent, and also this seam connecting the tent body to the flooring.
But these are the 2 most crucial seams to be sealed, and was a big reason as to why my Quick Tent didn’t leak in my heavy rain test.
The stitching all around the tent was really consistent. Some were single-stitched, like these pole clip attachments here, but most were double-stitched.
I found no loose threads in this tent at all.
I don’t think the zippers are branded, but they’re very, very smooth.
The poles are pretty high quality, I think they’re fiberglass, and they’re a little thicker than most of my other pop-up tents.
The carry bag is high quality, can take a lot of tension, and it was super easy to fit the entire tent, rainfly and all the accessories back into the carry bag.
For portability, I looked at the packed size as well as the weight of the Quick Tent. I also looked at the ease of carry.
This Teton Sports 1-Person Quick Tent has a packed size of 28 by 9 by 5 inches. For a size comparison, here’s what it looks like beside a Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent, as well as a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle.
Notice that this 1-Person Quick Tent is a little bigger than a regular 2-Person tent with a more traditional set up.
This 1-Person Quick Tent weighs about 4.6 pounds for just the tent and carry bag along, without the stakes. With the 8 stakes and the compression strap, that’ll be another 0.4 pounds, so 5.0 pounds altogether.
Ease of Carry
The carry bag comes with a nice shoulder strap for easy carry.
Pros and Cons
For pros, I found this Quick Tent remarkably high quality for the price that I paid. I paid less than $100 bucks for this tent, and it even comes with a lifetime warranty.
This 1-Person Quick Tent is also super, super spacious, and has 20 square feet of space inside the tent, and another 3.3 square feet of vestibule space. It’s very generously sized for sure.
This Quick Tent is also easily my most versatile pop-up tent. You can stake down either side of the vestibule, because both sides come with these loops.
You can have the vestibule completely opened, partially opened, or completely closed, and you can also just take the rainfly off entirely for tons of ventilation on hot days.
This is not a common feature for pop-up tents because most of them have pre-attached rainflies, plus not a lot of mesh.
This Quick Tent also stood up to 1 hour of heavy rain, and many hours of light rain, while still being completely dry on the inside.
So, that’s a lot of pros for a very reasonable price.
As for cons, if you’re expecting your tent to pop open right out of the carry bag, well, this Teton Sports Quick Tent doesn’t do that. But even so, it takes less than 3 minutes to set up, and just 2 and a half minutes to pack up, so still pretty quick. And that’s including staking and guying out the entire tent.
Also, just take note of the couple of limitations of this tent. First, one hour of heavy rain is probably the limit for this tent, if you don’t waterproof it yourself. Second, the peak height isn’t very high at 33 inches, so you can’t have super thick camping mattresses in this tent.
Overall, I really love this tent. It saw me through a few thunderstorms, and I got plenty of use out of this tent over the last few years. It’s one of my go-to pop-up and instant tents, and I highly recommend it for its value for money.
Bonus: Must Read!
How does this Teton Sports 1-Person Quick Tent compare to other pop-up tents, or other instant tents? Well, don’t worry, because I’ve already done the comparison for you, in these blog posts:
- I Bought & Tested the 7 Best POP UP Tents (Teton Sports, Coleman, Quechua + More)
- I Bought & Tested the 7 Best INSTANT Tents (Teton Sports, Core, Caddis + More) (TBA)
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