Clam Outdoors Quick-Set Escape Review
Cons: Complex design, hard to carry
Manufacturer: Clam Outdoors
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Our Analysis and Test Results
With 94 square feet of floor space and 7.5 feet of head clearance, this tent can hold the whole family and the picnic table. The rounded design makes the interior feel even more spacious than its square counterparts. The pull-away netting allows for a wide, welcoming entrance that can be easily zipped back up to offer full bug protection. There is only one entrance, which limits access but increases the durability, stability, and protection provided by the shelter. The doorway has two foldaway poles which give the entry form and stability.
Ease of Setup
Clam boasts a 45 second setup time, which is possible although the first few times you may be more likely to come across a 15-20 minute time. The instructions came on a hard to read, black and white collection of printer papers, but we suggest you read them thoroughly as this tent does not utilize a common tent pole system. This shelter relies on a series of pull tabs which, when angled correctly, pop out each tent side making setup straightforward even for a single person. There are times, however, if the starting orientation is askew when it will seem impossible to untangle corners from one another, which three of us learned during our first 18 minute setup time. Once familiar with the design, however, setup will be much closer to the 45 sec to 1 min mark, and tent poles will seem like a thing of the past. This design not only allows for quick setups but also make packing this tent away much faster.
At 32.5 lbs, this shelter is much more resistant to the wind than lightweight camping canopies. Its weight in addition to its guy-lines and stakes make it a much more dependable option in windy conditions. Rather than bending the poles, any severe wind may just collapse one of the sides, which can be corrected by a shove in the opposing direction (detailed below).
Made of a 210 denier poly-oxford fabric with 600 deniers in the center section of the roof and 50+ UV guard protection, this tent will protect from wind, sun, rain, and bugs. Each corner is triple-layered to increase durability and leak resistance. The six tent stakes and guy-lines provided make this durable tent even more stable, and because the sides rely on a pop-out system, any wind strong enough will just pop in a side rather than bending or damaging poles. This can be corrected by simply pushing that collapsed side from the inside of the tent.
This tent is heavy compared to other camping canopies and would be easier to transport if it weren't for the lopsided design and mediocre travel case. The case itself only comes with hand straps, which dig into the hand due to the high weight. One tester had to carry this tent about a quarter of a mile and complained the entire way about the lack of a shoulder strap or wheels. Mobility-wise, there are better options. Once erect, however, due to the large front opening, this tent is easy to readjust or place over picnic tables.
Due to its durable nature and quick set up, this tent excels at protecting groups of six or less from insects or the elements. We'd recommend at least two people to set this one up initially, but once you understand the design, it can be set up remarkably fast. Best for campgrounds, this shelter can easily fit over most picnic tables.
This tent is certainly an investment. However, if your family likes to car camp and you want to protect them, and your food, from all that nature throws at you, this may be a good buy. Due to its strong materials and stability, this is an excellent shelter to rely on. Built to last.
The fast setup and impressive durability of this shelter make it an excellent choice for any campers who are looking for protection from the weather, sun, and pesky bugs. The unique design, though occasionally a hassle, makes this tent durable, spacious, and easy to use. A great camping option, with the longevity to keep your family protected for many years to come. Our testers found a few flaws but still enjoyed using this tent overall.
— Michael Wood