There was a point in time where I could easily recommend Snugpak and their products but that changed after a major drop in quality.
Years have passed since I have reviewed anything from the company and that changes today; in this episode I am comparing the old version of the Snugpak Ionosphere to the newest one and will be performing a quality inspection.
Will there be problems? Has Snugpak improved since my last review?
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Snugpak Quality Comparison – Ionosphere Tent
What this is all about :
Back in October of 2013 I put up my video review of the Snugpak Ionosphere tent and it was a glowing review. The Ionosphere was a fantastic shelter and at that time the company Snugpak had a very good reputation.
Going forward in time to 2018 my positive opinion of Snugpak began to change; product failure after product failure, quality issue after quality issue –
issues with terrible seam taping, so bad that a product was unusable.
There were issues with leaking sleeping mats, hardware failures and so on.
It got to the point where I had a very hard time recommending a Snugpak product and when asked about them, I would suggest that if a viewer was to buy one of their products they do so through Amazon or through a store that had a very good return policy. Also, as soon as the individual received a product, they needed to inspect it closely for issues.
What was the change that took place at Snugpak? The company moved their manufacturing to China.
Since the company began having issues with their products and quality, I personally made the decision to stop supporting them and have purchased anything from the company since then. That changes today!
More on this in a moment.
When it comes to reports from others, over the years I have heard both good and bad from viewers concerning the company. Also, reviews online are a bit all over the place; there are plenty of good reviews assuming they are real and at the same time, there are more than a few reports of poor quality; also assuming that they are real.
I did notice that there are some reviews on YT that were done within the last year where users had issues with quality and leaking. A shout out to Grunt Proof for keeping it real and honest – with so many YT channels lying and selling products it’s good to see a channel like mine where the host gives it to you straight!
Why I purchased this tent? :
My plan for 2022 is to reevaluate Snugpak and it begins with the Ionosphere. Maybe the company has turned things around but then again, maybe not!
I loved the design of the Ionosphere and I would like to be able to confidently recommend it to my viewers but I won’t be able to do that until I have not only closely observed the quality but have also tested it out.
With my testing and evaluations, it begins in this episode where I am going to set up this tent and take a close look at it. Also, I’m going to compare the new version to the old tent that I purchased back in 2013. Yes I still have it and I use it all the time.
The next test that I will be doing will be in regards to waterproofing. The old version that I have has never let me down and it has been through crazy amounts of rain.
Retail Price is virtually the same : $230 – can be found at a lower price on Amazon. I paid $180 for this tent recently.
New Model Weight : 3.65lbs
Old Model Weight : 3.56
Dimensions Stored New : 19” x 6”
Dimensions Stored Old : 19” x 6”
These don’t seem to have changed over the years according to the company
210t Polyester RipStop PU with a 5000mm rating
190t Nylon with Polyester Mesh
Bathtub Style 190t Nylon w/5000mm PU coating
DAC Featherlite Poles made from TH72M aluminum
All of this matches my notes from many years ago.
A few things I noticed –
The new version doesn’t feature the same level of stitching on the storage bag –
The compression straps are substantially shorter with the new version
What comes next :
Waterproof testing is next; are there going to be any leaks or issues? Find out soon here on TOGR
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