Cotopaxi, a brand known for their beautiful products and humanitarian efforts, is in the tent game now. So I wasn’t too surprised when I pitched this tent and said, “wow.” The Techo 3 is Cotopaxi’s first attempt at making a tent, but don’t let that dissuade you. It’s roomy, open, versatile, and incredibly easy to pitch. And yes, it’ll make everybody at the campsite jealous of your beautiful tent.
This freestanding, three person, double-wall tent has a lot of great things going on for it. Perhaps most notably, it’s comfortable. It has an oblong shape that gives you almost 4′ of headroom, and has 42.5 square feet of floor space. Some tents can make you feel like you’re trapped—not this one. It has plenty of space for three people to sleep or just hang out. The oversized vestibules on either side are perfect for gear storage, which really helps to keep the clutter down inside the tent. It has two large doors and tons of mesh, so when the weather is nice you can take the rainfly off and enjoy the view. Another great benefit is that you don’t have to crawl over your camp partner in the middle of the night.
This was one the most intuitive tents I’ve ever set up. Even pitching this for the very first time, without reading any directions, only took a few minutes. The corners of the tent are color coded to match the colors of the tent poles. The main tent poles are essentially one piece, connected at a swiveling hub in the middle. Once the tent poles are secured in each corner, just snap all of the clips over the tent poles and that’s it. The rainfly is just as easy—toss it over, clip each corner into the tent poles, stake out the vestibules, and cinch it down. Even in really inclement weather it feels very secure.
The Techo 3 falls in the middle of the road as far as weight and packed size for three person tents. It’s certainly not so heavy or cumbersome that I wouldn’t hike with it, but I wouldn’t consider this a backpacking tent. Cotopaxi did address the weight issue—this tent can be pitched with the footprint (sold separately) and rainfly only, saving you almost two pounds. The rainfly itself is about 25% heavier than others that we’ve tested, but the benefit is durability. If you’re like me, and you want your gear to last, the extra 8 oz is probably a fair trade for a tent that can hold up for years to come. Here’s the breakdown on weight:
At the end of the day, this tent has a lot of great things going on for it—it’s spacious, open, easy to pitch, and stylish. It’s not super lightweight, but it’s also several hundred dollars less expensive than the high end tents on the market. It’s also worth mentioning that your dollar goes a long way with Cotopaxi. Their humanitarian efforts extend around the world, so you can feel good about your purchase. If you’re primarily car camping, or taking the occasional hike into the backcountry, this tent is a no-brainer.
Colors: Green rainfly, blue tent
Weight: 6 lbs 6.6 oz or 4 lbs 10 oz (see chart above)
Best Used For: Car camping, backcountry camping