So you have an active dog (or in my case, dogs, plural) that you like to take on adventures with you? They love tearing it up on the trails, swimming in lakes and streams, playing in puddles. That’s the fun part right? Getting dirty, rolling around in the stinkiest things you can find? YES!
The downside to this? Getting back to the campsite to relax after a long day of adventuring and your tired, happy (read muddy & stinky) pup wants to snuggle up in your tent, in your sleeping bag even, for a nice nap.
We all want our dogs to have a comfy place to rest and recharge after a long day on the trail, but sometimes we’d prefer that place not be the same place where we’re going to sleep that night. Especially if you have a dog like mine that loves to roll around in goose poop. Or horse poop. Or dog poop. Okay, any poop really. The answer? The Alcott Explorer Tent!
As Alcott ambassadors, we were sent one of these tents try out and review and the dogs LOVE IT! We thought we’d share our thoughts with you.
Well, I’ll let our pack speak to that. After running and swimming and.. rolling.. This is where they want to be. When it’s hot, they go in it to seek shelter. When it gets cold in the evenings sitting around the fire, they’re snuggling together in their tent for warmth. They honestly use this tent way more than I expected them to. Like ALL the time.
The size of the tent is perfect for our crew.
Both Ringo and Roxie can snuggle up in the tent together, which is adorable, and great for cooler evening temps. The bigger dogs fit in it well too. They have to duck a little on their way in and out of the tent door, just like they would with a doggie door at your house, but that doesn’t seem to phase them at all. Once they’re inside, they have plenty of room to curl up and take a nap. Boomer and Helo are 62 and 55 lbs respectively and are probably at the top end of the sized dog that will fit comfortably in this tent. The only thing I would recommend is for Alcott to make a slightly larger version of this tent for large breed dogs above 60ish lbs, which is the ONLY reason why I’m giving it 4 and not 5 stars in this category.
This little tent packs a lot of punch! I was really impressed with how much thought went into the design of this cool little tent. It is basically a small version of a dome tent for us humans. The pup tent is small and lightweight, perfect for any camping or backpacking trip. It assembles easily with just 2 poles and some stakes (if you need them). There are 4 windows that can be zipped closed to keep out the elements or opened to provide airflow, one on each side and one in the door. The tent is the perfect size to hold Alcott’s sleeping bags (which my dogs also love) or a medium sized dog bed or pad. There’s even a rain fly! They truly thought of everything.
The quality of this tent is impressive, especially for the price (retails for $39.99) I honestly would have expected the price tag to be higher for the quality of this little tent. The flaps on the windows roll up and clasp nicely, the zippers are good quality. The bottom of the tent is a thick plastic tarp material that keeps out dampness from the ground and is easy to clean when your dogs have been having fun in the mud! It’s easy to set up and take down, rolls up nicely back into its carrying case. Two paws up!
Would we recommend this to a friend?
Yes, absolutely! If you have a small to medium/large dog that you like to take out adventuring with you, this tent is perfect. Our dog love having their own space to rest and relax at the campsite. Even if you don’t camp, this tent would be great to take to the beach, on a picnic, to set up at your backyard bbq, anywhere where your pup might want a nice cozy place to relax.
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