This Russian-Bear Hot Tent with Stove Jack is an incredible instant-setup double-wall structure, unlike any other tent on the market, suitable for all seasons and climates, with 2 doors and 2 windows, as well as many other features.
Key features and advantages
- Tent with two walls.
- 2 Doors.
- There are two windows.
- Windows with five layers.
- Doors with three layers.
- Setup is done in an instant.
- The stove jack is built-in.
- All-season tent.
- Tent for extreme weather.
- The door is hinged and removable.
- Solid windows.
- The area that has been darkened.
- The awning is included.
- External flap for the ground.
- Loft for gear.
What the title implies – what this Russian-Bear tent is all about
This tent has numerous characteristics, and it’s challenging to develop an appropriate and appropriately short title that adequately describes it. They sell it on Amazon under the label, but you should know that this is about three tents of varying sizes, so you have:
- Three-person tent with no stove. This is also known as the UP-2 Mini.
- UP-2, a 5-person tent without a cooker.
- UP-5, an 8-person tent without an oven.
To be precise, this is referred to as the UP tents series. They have a few more tents, but the ones mentioned above are available globally and on Amazon-US, and you can get them all in one place on Amazon; see them here. The floor plans of the three tents are shown below in the same order as mentioned above:
The terminology may need to be clarified because the 5-person tent is the UP-2 tent, while the 8-person tent is the UP-5 tent.
The images above depict the floor plans used in the following configurations (from left to right):
- Cots, a camping table, and a cooker are included.
- With only cots.
- Without anything but floor pads.
- The corresponding peak heights and diameters are also shown in the fourth column.
All the tents have the same external shape but differ in size.
However, they have accessories (more on this later in the text) and sell some of the same tents. So you have them:
i) with an included wood-burning stove
ii) with an insulated floor layer.
You can see this version here and all three sizes mentioned above.
In what comes next, I will go over the fundamental setup that is the same in both links provided above, namely, the tent with the stove jack, using the 5-person tent (UP-2 Tent) as an example. The following is a cross-section of it:
An overview of the features
To begin with, this is a single-room dome-style tent that is also completely self-contained. But it includes guyout points, guylines, and numerous stake points and stakes, so remember to secure it to the earth’s surface. I have every reason to include it on my list of the best dome tents.
This tent additionally serves as an instant setup tent, which means the frame is already attached to the tent, and you open it like an umbrella. One person can easily set this tent up in minutes, which applies to All three sizes. As a result, I’ve included it in my list of the most effective instant tents for camping.
In the best logical sense of the word, this Russian-Bear Hot Tent with Stove Jack is also a fully 2-wall tent. So you have an outer shell as well as an inner tent. With all of its features, including the wood-burning stove, this is one of the best examples of a cold-weather tent and an actual winter tent.
An external ground flap is built into the tent’s perimeter on the earth’s surface. It’s there to press it with snow and keep draughts out from underneath the tent.
Windows with five layers
This is the first time I’ve seen something like the design of your windows in any other tent. As a result, the windows have five layers in total, which include the following:
- There is one Velcro flap on the outside. You’ll notice that you’ve added a stiffener (a support bar) to raise and support this flap while remaining open as a vent.
- Another translucent solid window with Velcro closure is located beneath it. Roll up the mentioned external flap and secure it above to get sunlight directly. Toggle switches are provided for this purpose. After that, the solid PVC window is accessible. This solid window is also Velcro-enabled, and you can roll it up to access the third layer on the inside.
- It should be noted that the PVC window can also be stiffened and used as a vent. This transparent polyvinyl chloride layer can withstand temperatures as low as -58° F (-50° C).
- As a result, the third layer is made of fabric and has a zip. This third inner layer must also be rolled up to get sunlight through the mentioned solid window. But there’s more to it than that.
All three layers stated on the windows are part of the external shell tent. When you enter the tent, however, you have the inner tent, and the windows have two extra layers:
- As shown in the image below, the first layer on the window from the inside is a zippered liner.
- When you open the innermost layer, you’ll find a zippered bug net layer like the one shown below.
Remember what I said earlier: this is truly amazing, and I have never seen anything like it. With this layout, you have two windows.
A detachable awning with toggles on the top of the tent allows you to remove it in windy conditions. The roof can also be rolled to the side of the door.
The entrance doors
The doors are equally impressive, and you have two of them, one on each side. Every entrance is a three-layer structure. As a result, you have:
- Zipper closure on the outer panel. It is safeguarded by a flap all the way around, which is made of elastic. This is a section of the tent’s outer shell.
- A full-size zippered mesh door is also included.
- Finally, there is a zippered taffeta inner layer.
The inner tent includes the last two layers. All three layers have zippers.
But this isn’t all about the door structure…
Hinged door: Each of the three layers can be rolled to the side and secured with toggles. The package includes a folding and removable hinged door that you can prepare in seconds by unfolding and pressing. Its structure contains four pre-attached poles as well as a semi-rigid handle. This is yet another fantastic detail.
This hinged door is Velcro-attached to the door opening, and the previously mentioned flexible flap that wraps around the space protects the hinged door from the elements. The images below demonstrate this. As a result, I’ve added this tent to my list of tents with hinged doors.
The following image shows the same hinged door open:
Jack for a stovepipe
The image below depicts the stove jack from its interior. What you should be aware of is as follows. This is a dual stove jack, which means you have one from the outside and one from the inside. This is due to the tent’s two distinct walls. The tent is safe up to 1200 degrees because a fire-resistant material surrounds the opening. The rings are made of stainless steel.
There is also a Velcro-secured panel from the exterior that you can roll up and secure with straps and toggles when using the pipe, as shown in the image below. The diameter of the hole is 3.54 inches (9 cm).
The image below depicts the view from inside with the door open, one of the windows visible, and a detachable fire-retardant material attached by Velcro beneath the previously mentioned cooker jack. This silicone-impregnated fabric is capable of withstanding temperatures of up to 1200 degrees.
It’s worth noting that the floor has a zip that goes around it, allowing you to unzip it entirely or partially to allow for extra ventilation.
This tent is extremely simple to set up. This quick design has all the structure already attached to the tent. So you spread the tent, unzip the door, and step inside with the tent on the floor, raising its central bar and sliding the roof along it like an umbrella.
When the tent is pitched, unscrew the main bar and replace it with the previously mentioned knob (included in the carry bag).
Stake and guyout point
The tent is octagonal, with one stake-point on each of its eight corners. There is also one stake point in between, for eight stake points.
Tens of guyout points with guylines are located on various levels from the base to the top, allowing you to fix the tent and keep it stable in any weather. They can be found on each pole and between the two poles.
- There are two small removable zippered pouches that Velcro to the wall.
- There are also two large organizers with removable and Velcro-attached pouches with and without zippers.
- You also have a gear loft above your head (see image).
- The inner tent has a series of hooks where you can hang strings to dry your clothes and keep them off the ground, as well as a lantern. See the image for a series of hooks within the equipment loft. Another set of hooks is located lower on the wall.
What’s in the carry bag?
Like everything else about this tent, the carry bag is exceptional, made of strong material, and equipped with two extensive adjustable carry straps that allow you to carry the tent as a backpack. It also has straps around it to help compress it. There are also dual compression buckles on both ends.
The extended zipper opens the bag, making it simple to repack the tent. The hinged door is located on the inside. There is also an inner pocket with the detachable tent pouches previously discussed and a separate small bag with 24 steel J-shaped stakes. You also use a knob to remove the tent’s central pole. There is also a bag containing repair parts.
If you missed any of the mesh openings on the tent, here is a list of them:
- The zippered mesh on both doors is full-size.
- Both windows have mesh zippered layers.
- There is also a separate low vent with mesh and an inside panel with Velcro. If you get cold, you can close it.
It’s worth noting that all mesh parts are detachable, allowing you to wash them after the camping season. I mentioned that the floor can be unzipped to allow maximum ventilation, but this is not ideal because insects can get in.
There are no roof vents, but the two windows are intended to function as such. You’ve probably noticed that they have stiffeners (support bars), so you can keep them open as vents with the fabric panel, the PVC panel, or mesh without the stiffener.
Who is it intended for?
Concerning the area, as you can see, there are three tents in the series, and the capacity is determined by what you use in the tent. The floor plans are already visible above. In the case of the UP-2 Tent (5-person), it can fit two cots, a camping table, and a wood-burning stove.
It has a capacity of 5 people when used without the stove and for sleeping on the ground. This 5-person tent has an area of 88 ft2 (8.17 m2). If there are 5 occupants, this equals 17.6 ft2 (1.6 m2) per person. This is sufficient space, but consider all of your equipment. My evaluation is based on the stated maximum capacity.
The same is true for the other two sizes; the tents can accommodate 3 and 8 people, respectively, so the capacity is realistic.
In terms of weight and packed size, this is a heavy and bulky tent, and my rating is low because I use the same criteria for all tents and apply them consistently for easy comparison.
The UP-2 Tent weighs 55.1 lb (25 kg) and measures 55.12 x 11.81 11.81 inches (140 x 30 x 30 cm) when packed. This is intended for locations with car access, but its weight and packed size are justified; this is an incredible structure. See the specifications for more information.
In terms of climate and seasons, this is a tent for all seasons and almost all weather. When used in a warm environment, you have various ventilation options.
Because of its multiple stakes and guylines, the tent is aerodynamic and well-secured, and it can withstand much wind or snow pressure. With all of the features listed above, it is clear that it can be used in the most severe weather conditions. This is simply an amazing structure.
The stakes and poles
With a diameter of 8 and 10 mm, you have a combination of steel rods and aluminum 95T1 alloy. The stakes are made of sturdy but straightforward steel. Two additional aluminum rods are included for the awning.
The shell fabric is Oxford 300 with a PU coating and a waterproof rating of 4000 mm. Oxford 210 is used for the inner layer, which is also waterproof and has a 2000 mm rating.
1. Accessory vestibule
This is an excellent addition to an already excellent tent. It is available for purchase separately here.
As a result, this is an extremely functional space that includes the following:
- It includes an aluminum frame.
- A cover layer with a fire-resistant hole for the smoke pipe is present.
- There are two zippered doors, mosquito-netted windows, and a zippered canopy.
- A zipper on a unique canopy above the doors connects the vestibule to a UP-series tent.
- The walls have pockets.
- Size: 9.84 x 6.56 ft (3 x 2 m).
- 6.23 ft (1.9 m) tall.
- Weight: 12.46 kg (26.46 lb).
2. Russian-Bear Heat-Insulated 3-Layer Floors for UP-Series Tents
They make This three-layer heat-insulated tent floor for all three tents. It is designed for very low temperatures, so use it for ground insulation and to keep snow from melting beneath the tent if you use the stove.
The image above shows its two zippered openings, introduced here in case the tent is on a frozen lake and you need to drill fishing holes. The openings measure 28 x 16 inches (71 x 41 cm).
It also has two zippers that allow you to fold out one section of the floor where the stove is. Use this if you want to keep the stove on the bare ground.
The three layers mentioned include the following:
- First, Oxford 300 cloth.
- 2nd – Foil isolon heat insulator. This is a low-density material with a density of 26-45 kg/m3 that can reflect 97% of heat.
- Third, Oxford 300 cloth.
This floor has a temperature range of -76° F to +221° F (-60 to 105 C) and can be used in the following ways:
- Under the awning. All of its octagonal corners have special holes for the tent’s poles.
- Inside the tent, you can also spread the floor.
The data are proportional to their size. So, in the case of the UP-2 Tent (5-person), you have:
- Weight: 8.2 pounds (3.7 kilograms).
- Box weight: 9.2 lb (4.2 kg).
- Size of the package: 75 x 27.56 x 11.81 in (191 x 70 x 30 cm).
This floor can be ordered from Amazon or Russian Tents, so please check the link for shipping information.
3. Russian-Bear Caminus wood-burning stove
This is another exceptional design, with glass walls on both sides and numerous other features. It’s so good that I will go into more detail about it in a separate text. You can order this cooker from Amazon, but first read my in-depth review.
UP-2 Tent (5 person)
- Declared capacity: 5 people.
- Weight: 55.1 lb (25 kg).
- Diameter: 11.15 ft (3.4 m).
- Area: 88 ft² (8.17 m²).
- Area per person: 17.6 ft² (1.6 m²).
- Peak height: 6.23 ft (1.9 m).
- Packed size: 55.12 х 11.81 х 11.81 in (140 x 30 x 30 cm).
- The stove jack hole diameter is 3.54 in (9 cm).
- Tents and accessories are shipped from and sold by Russian-Bear, a US-based official distribution company. Shipping in the US and Canada is free.
UP-5 Tent (8 person)
- Declared capacity: 8 people.
- Weight: 63.9 lb (29 kg).
- Diameter: 14.4 ft (4.4 m).
- Area: 147.5 ft² (13.7 m²).
- Area per person: 18.43 ft² (1.7 m²).
- Peak height: 7.2 ft (2.2 m).
- Packed size: 55.12 х 15.7 х 15.7 in (140 x 40 x 40 cm).
- Declared capacity: 3 people.
- Weight: 36.4 lb (16.5 kg).
- Diameter: 8.85 ft (2.7 m).
- Area: 55.4 ft² (5.15 m²).
- Area per person: 18.46 ft² (1.7 m²).
- Peak height: 5.9 ft (1.8 m).
- Packed size: 53.11 х 9.84 х 9.84 in (135 x 25 x 25 cm).
Final thoughts, rating, pros and cons
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