Published on August 11th, 2014 | by Greg0
Ticla Tortuga 3 Tent: A Car Campers Best Friend
A home away from home- that’s all campers ever want. But so many tents cram you in like sardines, blow down in a stiff wind, take quite a while to setup, and let in water when it’s barely raining outside. It doesn’t have to be like this- and a new brand has appeared on the horizon to help make life easier for car campers.
The Ticla Tortuga 3 Tent isn’t a lightweight, backpacking shelter. It’s not meant for you to throw in a bag and carry up a mountain. Instead, it’s the belle of the ball, the queen of the prom, and rewards a little attention and effort. This is the tent for anyone who wants to go into the wilderness without too many compromises, the sorts of trips where you have a solar panel and a car. At eleven pounds and four ounces, this two-door, three-season tent has plenty of space (50 square feet), is impressively comfortable, and offers plenty of features that made us happy to take it on the road.
For starters, we really liked the pack kit, far superior to the impossible bags that come with so many competitors- they call it the G.O.O.D. system, or Get Out Of Dodge. And instead of requiring you to lie head to toe, this one has enough room that you don’t need to cuddle with everyone (or their feet). If you’re a guy over six feet tall, you can still squeeze in this model, which is quite rare. And there are a few nice tweaks and details, from the antique white color, oyster grey, to a rainfly that allows both ventilation and still decent views. It’s not a full-coverage fly, so we wouldn’t take it in a serious storm, but it’s good enough to withstand some light summer drizzle.
We didn’t end up using the Ticla Tortuga 3 with kids or pets, but they claim the materials are built to withstand both, and we saw plenty of reasons to believe it- we dropped, rolled over, and set up the tent on some rocky ground and it held up well. The poles were way above most that we’ve seen. If you need more space, they offer a larger four-person version as well (which is available from Amazon for $350), or you can purchase the Ticla Tortuga 3 directly for $275.