Well I’m finally getting around to writing my first tent review. Thought I’d start with one of 5 tents in my quiver, the Crua Duo two man tent. With a bonus review of the Cocoon insert. I was given this tent through an ambassador program with full permission to give feedback to the company good or bad. So here is my honest opinion.
Two person tents are by far my favourite. Small enough to fit in a pack but big enough for a friend. This tent is no exception.
With three camps down, I’ve had a to get to know the layout. So here we go.
She weighs in at 2.2 kgs or 5 lbs and has no problem fitting into a 50L pack with 6 beer (and your camping gear). Some people might unpack their tents separating the material, poles and pegs into different compartments, but I like to keep it all together and haven’t found it makes much difference in space savings. Would love to hear your feedback on your preference.
I’ve found this tent really easy to pack and unpack out of its bag. Setting it up is no different. Once unrolled, setup is super simple with three poles. Two crossing over the top feeding into holes at each of the four corners and a third for the vestibule. All constructed the footprint comes in at 9.8 feet long by 4.9 feet wide. Sleeping area is about 7 feet long leaving plenty of room for gear inside for the average height person. And the un-floored vestibule adding lots more space for footwear and even a dog. Inside the height comes in at 4.1 tall, perfect for sitting and playing cards once the fire has gone out.
The Duo is one of the few tents I’ve seen with no fly. Crua’s claim to fame is their layered tent walls that are water resistant, breath, insulated and keep the light out, so you can sleep better. I won’t get into the tech, but it works and the rain stays out. They have all the deets on their webpage. The part I like most is how dark it is inside. I slept in each morning I’ve camped so far. Not having a fly does have its down side though. There is a lack of screen, so sleeping under the stars is a no go and the small vents have to be just perfect to keep condensation away.
On the outside you have seven guy lines. My first couple camps, these were under used. But once above the Alpine where winds are high, these lines are lifesavers. The Duo didn’t budge in the wind. The pegs might be my favourite part of this tents. Red anodized aluminum alloy that are super tough. No more bent pegs, I hate that.
When it’s crazy cold or crazy hot we also have the Cocoon insert. Think of it as a tent shaped sleeping bag that matches the Duo. This baby is an air frame and weighs about 15lbs. So it’s restrained to car camping. But wow does it keep you warm on a cold night. It also adds comfort and warmth to the ground making it easier to move around on a cold morning. Just remember to open the vents on the outer tent. The Cocoon breathes, making a wet layer between the Cocoon and the Duo making clean up a little more work.
Small and light to pack
Easy set up
Spacious for two and gear
Good size vestibule
Lots of long guy lines
Super water resistant
Dark walls for good sleep
Optional Cocoon insert
Not much screen
Condensation if not set up right
I love this tent, and sleep great in it. Really happy with the space it takes in my pack and ease of set up. I would strongly suggest it to anyone looking for a quality built tent that would hold up in any weather.