Trekking Pole Tent 4-Person
*Note: When Trekking Poles are purchased with this tent they come with an extension allowing you to combine two trekking poles into one long pole, making it possible for the tent to have a peak height of 6’8″. Normal Trekking Poles are not tall enough to use with this tent.
Introducing the River Country Products Trekker Tent 4 – the ultimate backpacking tent for groups of up to 4 people. Our latest addition to the Trekker Tent line, this lightweight tent weighs only 4lb 10oz with stakes, and 4lb 4oz without, making it easy to carry on your outdoor adventures.
Setting up and taking down this tent is a breeze, and can be done in minutes, even by beginners. Simply stake down the four corners and extend the specially designed trekking pole in the middle of the tent to set up. No more complicated instructions or lengthy assembly processes – this tent is all about simplicity and ease.
The Trekker Tent 4 boasts a large floor space measuring 7’2″ wide by 9′ long, making it perfect for families or groups of friends who want to enjoy the great outdoors together. And with an outer vestibule, you can easily store your gear or other items, keeping them safe and dry.
But that’s not all. The tent also features a back mesh wall vent and large mesh door to reduce condensation and allow for optimal ventilation. To set up this tent our trekking poles with the trekking pole extension are recommended. If ordered without poles we will include the trekking pole extension piece, which works with many different trekking pole brands, but is not guaranteed to work with your trekking poles. The extension allows you to attach two trekking poles together, allowing the tent to reach a height of 6′ 8″ at the peak.
We’ve thought of everything, so you don’t have to. The Trekker Tent 4 comes with all the guy lines pre-attached and all the stakes you need, so you can hit the trails with confidence. No-Poles – No-Problem, If you forgot your poles at home this tent has a loop on the outer peek so that it can be set up without any poles by staking down the 4 corners of the tent and attaching the peak to an overhanging branch with paracord (peak guyline is not included).
We recommend purchasing this tent with our River Country Products Trekking Poles featuring an extra extension for joining together two poles.
We believe this is our best 4 person tent available for either backpacking or camping, and we know you’ll agree. Don’t just take our word for it – check out our video to see how easy it is to set up and use.
So why wait? Invest in the Trekker Tent 4 today and start making memories that will last a lifetime.
Mark Mills (verified owner) –
SUMMARY: I like this tent a lot. I can (barely) stand up in it, and it looks great. It doesn’t breathe very well, though, so I had to mod it with clamps. Between that, and having to significantly waterproof it, I gave it four stars, but now I have it exactly the way I want it.
This is a huge tent, per the stated dimensions. But a free-standing tent’s walls are much more vertical than a trekking-pole tent, as their poles concave outward, and the edges of the tent walls are attached to the poles to help increase the interior volume. A trekking-pole’s tent walls will at best be a straight line from the stake to the top of the pole, and will probably even sag a little bit, which compromises headroom. So with less floor space and headroom, a free-standing tent can feel larger than a trekking-pole tent. (For this tent, pull the floor edges tight and extend the pole as much as you can to get the wall edges straight; don’t think you can just pull the sides to get the tent to expand.) In addition, every tent by every manufacturer is advertised to hold more people than they can comfortably accommodate. The general rule of thumb is to get a tent for one more than how many people will be in the tent (for example, two people in a 3-person tent). That way you have elbow room, as well as have space to pull things out of your backpack. But with this tent, we have a pole taking up space in the middle. So how roomy is this tent?
I measured this interior floor to be 106″ x 86″, and 77″ interior height (advertised dimensions are 108″ x 86″ x 80″). This means you have 106 / 2 = 53″ on one side, but accounting for the pole, it’s actually 52″. So that means that two sleeping pads 26″ wide will fit on one side of the pole. But to ensure that the wall of the tent isn’t in your face, two 22″ pads would work much better. Of course, that’s sleeping shoulder-to-shoulder. My wife likes a 28″ x 78″ pad, and my son and I use a 30″ x 76″ pad. With my wife along the 86″ width, and my son and I along the 106″ length, it works. So, therefore, three people can comfortably sleep in this tent. Even with only two people, you probably would want both to sleep lengthways. So no cuddling.
It seems that very few tents are totally waterproof. Some of the expensive ones even tell you you’re going to have to waterproof it yourself. Even if it is waterproof, you’ll still have to waterproof it over time. It’s just something you should be prepared to do.
This tent is mostly waterproof. It says the seams are taped, but it looks like only at the floor. I sprayed it with a hose for a few minutes, and didn’t have any leaks, but there were some puddles after a sustained rain. So I guess the hose test isn’t a very thorough test.
Get seam sealer ($5) and silicone spray ($8), just apply a little at a time, and every few minutes, check for excess running down, as it will consolidate and harden to white spots if you don’t wipe it up. Plan on applying the silicone spray twice, after the first coat dries. Also turn the tent upside down and apply both to the outside of the floor. Give the tent at least 24 hours to dry, especially in high humid areas.
This tent only has one vent. It goes the whole length of the back, but most of it is laying on the tent wall, so there is just a small opening. The vestibule walls go all the way to the ground, so no significant airflow there.
Using a carbon dioxide monitor to measure air flow, with only one person sleeping in the tent on a night with no wind, my CO2 monitor measured 3,500 ppm. That’s high. For reference, the outdoors is less than 450, and your house feels stuffy at 1,200. At 5,000+, you start getting headaches. This lack of airflow helps explain why some people consider the tent to be hot. I bought some tarp clamps and cord ($15) and three tent stakes ($3). I used two clamps to open the vent the whole length, and pulled out the vestibule so there would be a gap of a few inches. This isn’t going to breathe like a two-door double-walled tent, but these modifications made a huge difference. No matter how cold it is, I want to breathe, especially if I’m not in the comfort of my house. But I might not want to use this tent where it doesn’t cool down at night.
The advertised weight is 4 lb, 10 oz, but the tent requires trekking poles, but not the handles, but also a pole connector, and it’s not clear if the weight includes the poles or not, because if you were going to use trekking poles anyway, you probably wouldn’t include that in your tent weight. Per my scale:
Two poles with no handles, no connector: 14 oz.
Connector: 4 oz
Two handles: 7 oz
So that means the minimum weight you need to take are the two handle-less poles (14 oz) plus the connector (4 oz), which sums up to 18 oz.
If you would take trekking poles anyway, then just add the connector (4 oz) to the weight of the tent.
The weight of the tent, plus three extra stakes, two plastic clamps, and three extra guy lines for the previously mentioned ventilation, plus a fourth extra stake to hold the wall down with the loop provided in the middle of the door, is 5 lb, 4 oz.
So the minimum you would have to carry with my mods is 6 lbs, 6 oz. I also waterproofed the tent a lot, so that could also account for a few ounces.
DOORS & VESTIBULES
Only one door and only one vestibule, but the vestibule large.
OUTSIDE TOP LOOP
Some reviewers said they didn’t get a loop on the outside at the top, where you could loop a guy wire over a tree branch, so you wouldn’t need to have the pole in the center. Mine had the loop.
It looks really cool. The color is an attractive army green that blends in well with the surroundings, and the shape looks historical. I call it my teepee.
Jake Apple (verified owner) –
great tent, on my 3rd season, I use it in western wa, it keeps the water out, holds up great, has room for 2 people over 6 feet tall and gear. floor is worth the weight, excellent 3 season tent in my opinion.
Nate Swenson (verified owner) –
By far the least expensive lightweight tent of its size. Easy setup. I particularly like the stakes and the vestibule. I am planning to use the tent for myself and 3 boys for backpacking adventures.
Tonja Rogers –
We are wilderness camping for the first time in the Bitterroot Selway area in Idaho at Elk Point Campground and decided to go with this company.
Great tent at an excellent price!
The tent went up easily in 5 min., the first night I set it up in my yard for testing there was a steady rain that evening and there was water in each corner as well as the 2 side pockets. So I went the next day and purchased waterproofing and seam sealer, left it up for 3 more days until it rained again. Next morning after raining all night we opened the tent and there was not a drop of water inside. I did have issues with the trekking poles continually sliding down even after tightening. I contacted Customer Service and asked for a phone call so I could speak with a live person concerning the waterproofing and the poles. Katy replied that they really don’t really have a customer service number asked if there was something specific she could help with and sent a link to youtube on setting up the tent. I’m kinda old school and would prefer speaking to a live person but I went ahead and corresponded with an email then email again after a week when I did not get a response. So currently it appears Customer service is not the best. I did watch the video before setting up btw. I did figure out on my own that you have to open the clasp on the trekking pole tighten the screw up and play with it until it is almost too tight to close without breaking the clasp and it stays tight.
So take away is this it’s a great tent for the money, material is sturdy and breathable, trekking poles are sturdy enough after you figure out how to use them, seal the seams and waterproof tent to insure no water inside, which company recommends sealing the seams.
I would give the tent 5 stars and Customer service 4 stars. In my opinion all companies should have the ability to personally contact people using or purchasing products.
BJ (verified owner) –
This is an awesome backpacking tent for the price! I tried it out on a recent turkey hunting trip and we had a thunderstorm at night and didn’t have one drop of water in the tent. I can’t wait to try it on a multi-day backpacking trip later this summer!
Mark Judge (verified owner) –
I received my new Trekker 3 tent and hiking poles. I am impressed with the weight of the material used and the construction of the tent. I had no problem adapting the hiking poles to the center pole for the tent. The company was recommend by fellow campers who use the trekker 1 tent in rain, sleet and snow conditions. When I saw how the tent held up and kept them dry I decided to go with River County for a product I could use with my grandkids.
Nathan Kern –
Quality seems to be good. Great size to fit me and two of my kids and a dog. I have not got to use it yet but I have used one of there other tents the 2.2 and have had no issue with the rain.
Evan Tooley –
Good product at a great price point.
Went up in just a few minutes. Sturdy with the trekking poles as support. The guy lines really made a difference when strung out tied to a tree or used with a tent stake. Had more than enough room to stretch out.
Louise Benjamin (verified owner) –
This tent was suggested to me by Pete over at 1822MC adventures and more over on youtube. I am disabled and in a wheelchair. I needed a tent that not only fit my cot, but also my wheelchair, and was easy to set up by me alone.
This tent provides that in spades. Even in a wind I was able to set it up today, and staking out was simple and easy.
The pros: Simple and easy set up. Great construction, high quality, and easy to take down and roll up back into its original bag. It’s roomy enough for both my wheelchair and my cot. I will be getting seam sealant before the spring camping season begins, but you have to do that with all tents.
The cons: None to be found here.
Works exceptionally well for my needs, and I look forward to using it this fall yet when I need to get out of the house and away from my spouse.
Thank You River Country Products, I can’t believe how good this tent is.
Jonathan (verified owner) –
I have the Trekker Tent 3. Its hard to beat for the price. I have slept in it several times with the family. It sets up easy and is surprisingly spacious. I would give it five stars, but the webbing on the rear vent pulled away from the seam and tore the fabric. I can likely patch it and it will be fine, but it may need reinforcement in that area. Otherwise, great tent for a pretty incredible price. Definitely offers a good value.
Christopher (verified owner) –
Pretty good – I’m super grateful that a budget option exists so I can slowly ease into backpacking with my young kids (4, 5, and 7). We’ve used this on two separate trips. My main complaint with it is that gets really hot – I really wish this thing had better ventilation. Maybe some small vents on the two solid sides? Other than that, this thing is great.
James burri –
TREKER 3 TENT WANTED TO GIVE 5 STARS
BUT HAD BAD EXPERUNCE WITH TREKING POLES THEY WOULD JAM ONCE PULLED APART TO ASEMBLE CENTER POLE TRIED TO CONTACT COMPANY (NOTHING) SO I TRIMED OFF FINGER CUP FOR BETTER CLEARENCE NOW THEY FIT TOGEATHER AT LAST
MUCH FRUSTRATION IF THIS HAPPENED OUT IN THE WOODS OH MY.
TENT STAKES ARE CRAP BENT AND SNAPED OFF BETTER TO CUT SOME WOODEN ONES.
HAD TROBLE GETTING ALL SIDES TIGHT ????
NOW HOWEVER I LIKE IT OVERALL ONCE YOU OVERCOME PROBLEMS COMPANY NEEDS 1800 CUSTOMER SERVICE NUMBER
Very well made product for the price very easy to set up I’m very lightweight for four-person backpack tent I’m weathering the first rain in it right now and dry so far so good absolute amazing tint for the price can’t beat it
Peter P. (verified owner) –
This tent weighs the same as advertised. For a 4 person tent it is super light for the price point. Set up is quick and easy, but may be hard on rocky ground in the alpine as pegging the corners is far better than tying them out to rocks.
We had it shipped to Canada. There were no extra brokerage fees with the Fedex shipping method and the tent arrived in 4 days. All around great product.
Paul Henderson (verified owner) –
On a 4400 mile motorcycle trip over 16 days, I used this tent every night to camp. It goes up in about 5 minutes, and the single pole design is superb. The back wall has a ventilation panel which keeps the tent airy. It has plenty of room for my air mattress and sleeping bag on one side of the center pole, and plenty of room for all my gear (helmet, riding clothes, dry bags) on the other side. With minimal gear, it can hold two people easily, but with all the gear I bring on a motorcycle, I don’t see how it could hold two. The “portico” flap design is ingenious. In a truly powerful thunderstorm in Arkansas, it held up without any leaks. It comes down by just removing the one center pole, then fold it up and pack it away. Takes a few minutes! That’s really important when one is on the move everyday.
Cassandra Wyatt –
So far so good. Easiest pitch I’ve ever had. Solo pitch time 6 minutes including guy lines and pole connection. I wanted something that I could set up fast and have room to stand, as well as enough room for my 6 foot husband to sleep without the foot box against the wall. We are a family of 5 with two dogs and this is going to be a great cost effective addition to our tent collection. Gotta say I love the single wall design1 and the vent and net door leading to the vestibule appear to provide adequateventilation. I am water proofing as a precation because these will be used mostly in the Sierras. First practice pitch was done at night in 15 mile per hour winds. No breeze could be felt from the inside and the interior was quite warm. Will be taking this on the High Sierra Trail in June 2021 and will post a follow up after the trip.
Barb Schoenherr –
The tent is great. Good thickness of nylon. Suggest different stakes that have a J or T shaped top or the loops pop off of the stakes. The ones that came with it did not work well.
I put a small ball at the top of an extension pole that I had to lessen wear. Ta da.
My summer road home is complete!
Michael Moss (verified owner) –
Got my tent in the mail. Shipping only took 5 days, which isn’t bad for free shipping. I was lucky enough to get the last blue on in stock! I currently have this set up in my back yard and am impressed with the overall quality and can’t wait for warmer weather to actually camp in it. For the price and the weight this is a good option for my family of 5 and can’t wait to try more products.
Michael Philpot (verified owner) –
The Trekker Tent 3 is the perfect size for my wife and I. With it weighing 4lb 10 oz, it makes overnight hiking enjoyable. I will be recommending River Country Products to my friends and family! 🤠
Ian (verified owner) –
This is a great tent. I am 6’3, and so I have trouble finding a backpack tent that I fit in. This is lightweight enough that I can pack it but large enough I fit with gear and a kid or two. When I got it, late October, I put it up in the backyard. That night a windstorm came in caused it to snow. The tent did great! One of the biggest signs of good equipment came at the end. The tent fit easily back into the storage bag. So many tents are a fight to fit in the bag, but this one packed in easy and small.
Just received my Trekker 3 today and early I might add which is super cool. I took it out back and set it up with the trekking poles it came with and it’s super easy to set up. And the room you have for the weight of this tent is awesome. Like I always do with new tents I set it up not only to check it out but to spray it and seam seal it. This is a must with all tents. I plan on doing a trial run with the tent this weekend but I don’t see any issues. And you can’t beat the price. Highly recommend the combo pack. Cool tent!!!
Dustin Atkins –
Just got this tent for an upcoming trip. Was extremely happy with the quality when I received it. I really like the design, huge for the weight. Very excited to put it to use.
I set the tent up in the yard just to double check everything. Somehow managed to break a clip off the trekking pole. Could very well have been operator error. Emailed support and they immediately responded and rushed my replacement parts.
Couldn’t speak more highly of the tent or the support I’ve seen .
Kevin Balcer –
Trekker 3 is exactly what I was looking for to pack on my Harley. I have a lot of tents but this one is a favorite already. It’s no fun getting stuck in a mini tent for hours or days in bad weather. I have a butane stove and butane lantern, either one will quickly heat the tent up safely with all the ventalation, I do have a battery operated CO2/CO1 detector but doubt there will ever be a problem. Even in the summer Alaska nights can get cold, I’m snug in this tent and feel like king s*it with the stove or lantern on low, can,t wait to see how it heats up at colder tempertures. It has taped seams so I only sprayed the out side with silicone water proofing. I made my own center pole that breaks down into 16 inch sections. I,m afraid to mention the rediculiuosly low price, they might relize how much a tent like this could sell for befor I get another one.
TDR (verified owner) –
Received my Trekker Tent 3 today. Amazed by the quality. I have a large malamute dog so this is ideal for backpacking. Thanks River Country for a quality product and fair pricing. Thanks!
Seems like a good tent, went up quick and seems of good quality. It’s better than I expected for the price point! Weighs in exactly as stated, and arrived with everything it should have.
Martin Sefl (verified owner) –
Review for Trekker Tent 3
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Alisha Raines (verified owner) –
Great system easy set up. We thought about it after and wished we would of recorded ourselves setting it up. Probably took a total of 15 mins for our first time.
John Wimer (verified owner) –
This tent checks all the blocks! 1) Be able to stand up in. 2) Solo set-up in under 15-20 minutes. 3) Big enough to accomodate my cot. (Bonus points for being light enough to backpack with. ) I set it up in my yard and slept there (for Covid-19 reasons). I soaked it with the sprinkler since there isn’t going to be much rain in the near future. There 2-3 drops of water at the door that I probably brought in with me. This is the 2nd pyramid tent I have owned; so the set up was a breeze, and will only get easier. This will be my go-to tent for many years to come.
John Alberti (verified owner) –
I own the Trekker 1. Great tent. I needed more room so I just purchased the Trekker 3. Seam sealed and sprayed with waterpoofing spray, I do this to every tent I buy. Sets up quick and easy. Windy day and the tent handles it very well. Lots of room. Standing up in your tent is so nice. I’m going elk hunting for 10 days in the backcountry. This tent is coming with me. Great tent! Thanks for making a quality tent at a great price!
Bruce (verified owner) –
Just set mine up. I love it. Very well made. As an extra precaution I did spray a silicone rain proofing treatment as I am doing to all my tents.
Anita Hilliard (verified owner) –
Great tent for backpacking. We have 2 dogs and this tent is very roomy! It is also lightweight. Exactly what we were looking for in a backpacking tent for the price. If you are new to backpacking or are on a budget, you won’t be disappointed. Great product and great price!
Ken Hartman –
Haven’t had a chance to try yet. Quality appears to be excellent. Very easy set up/tear down.
Karla S Fisher (verified owner) –
Received my trekker 3 tent two days ago and have it set up in my yard in the rain right now. So far dry inside. I will leave it up another night to be extra sure. I want to give a special shout out to RC customer service for making sure that I had the newest version of this tent. It looks as if I will not have to do any seam sealing at all. (I did spray the outside though)
I bought this tent for just me and my dog for an upcoming cross country road trip. I wanted the smallest tent I could get that I could have a cot in and stand up in and this fits the bill. I am especially pleased with how small it folds down so it doesn’t take up much space in the car. The folded tent is only 14×7 inches. That is tiny for such a large footprint.
This is my first pyramid style tent but my first pitch was easy and turned out okay. I expect that it will get better with practice. Honestly though it goes up easier than dome style tents I am used to using.
Can’t wait to get out to the camp grounds with this now that I see it will take care of me.
R Brady –
Really happy with the tent so far. Goes up quick. Good sewing and fabric quality. I like the weight of the fabric, not too lightweight with a nice durable floor. It came with just the right number of good quality stakes. We set it up without a center pole by using rope, trees, and the top tent loop. We were not able to achieve a super taut pitch that way but that was not due to any flaws with the tent. It ending up being perfect for me, my son, and our dog. Later, we pitched it in the yard with a center pole and it was super easy and much more taut. Overall, a great value tent. I’m super pleased.
Joe Bailey –
I purchased the trekker 3 for an upcoming hunting trip in the mountains. I am very impressed. It has a ton of space! Very simple and easy to set up. I did it by myself in a matter of minutes. I set it up in my front yard, an had two thunderstorms come through. The tent was bone dry inside. I love the trekking poles! I have been using them in the morning while hiking with a 55lb pack to train for my upcoming hunt. I have had no problems with them so far. I am looking forward to using this tent in CO in September and will submit another review on my experience when I get back home.
John Sanders (verified owner) –
Received this tent with the RCP trekking poles today as promised. After reading the instructions I set the tent up and it was very easy and quick. The trekking poles made it simple. Both the tent and poles appear to be very good quality. I was amazed by the size and at 5’8” I was able to stand up which will make it much more functional than my dome tent that takes two people to set up but is too small for two people to sleep in. This tent has plenty of room for two people plus room for their gear. The stakes are very high quality and should not bend like many. The instructions are simple and accurate. I will not have a chance to use it much until fall so will try to do a follow up review later.
Kevin Miller (verified owner) –
I just received and set up the trekker 3 tent and first impressions are very good. It has quite a bit of room for the weight and I fit width wise at 6’3. Always wanted to try a pyramid style tent and the side tieouts make steep walls making the footprint very useable. Very nice expesiouly for the price. Construction all looks good. Plan to follow up this fall after a season’s use. Extra tieouts in the 4 corner seams about 2 ft up like the side tieouts to prevent material flapping, if you may camp above treeline, may be warranted for very high winds. I have seen high winds above treeline that most will never see that broke aluminum poles on good backpacking tents to give perspective. River Country products has been very responsive and customer focused from my interactions with them. Worth buying.