Hi folks. Today on the blog we’re taking a look at the Naturehike Cloud Up Tent. I decided to set this tent up on a sunny day and take a peek at what it can do. Note that I haven’t had the chance to actually go on an overnight trip with this tent yet, so I can’t comment on how it holds up in the elements! But stay tuned for a full review once I’ve had the chance to try it. Let’s dive in and take a look!
Overview & Specifications
What attracted me to the Naturehike Cloud Up in the first place was its design. It’s incredibly similar (read: virtually identical) to the well-rated – but very expensive – Big Agnes Fly Creek. The design of the tent involves a single-pole construction. One pole fits together in a Y-shape and clips into the rest of the tent, making it freestanding.
Size & Weight
The Naturehike Cloud Up 1 has a pack size of just 40cm x 12cm / 15.7″ x 4.7″, so pretty comparable to other Ali Express tents we’ve looked at on the blog. The outer tent / fly is 120cm wide x 218cm long x 110cm tall (47.2″ x 85.8″ x 43.3″). Inside , the actual sleeping area or inner tent is 104cm wide x 212.5cm long x 100cm tall (40.9″ x 83.6″ x 39.3″).
The tent has a stated weight of 1.2kg / 2lb 10oz. for the 1-man. As we saw with the Naturehike Taga, there is a 2 man version that’s a little heftier at an estimated 1.3kg / 2lb 140z. During our weigh-in, the 1-man came in more or less bang-on at 1234g / 2lb 11oz.
The Naturehike Cloud Up is made from 20D Silicone, with a 4000mm rated hydrostatic head – somewhat higher than average for tents in this price bracket. 2000mm certainly tends to be more common, so there is an instant waterproofing advantage there. The pole is made from 7001 Aluminium alloy, and – like the Taga – the Cloud Up 1 we got came with a separate included groundsheet.
First Pitch Of The Naturehike Cloud Up
Pitching the Cloud Up 1 was totally straightforward. It certainly helps only having 1 pole to worry about! The buckles on the fly clip right into the inner tent, and it only needed very minimal adjustment for a respectable first pitch.
Like with the Taga, incorporating the groundsheet didn’t feel very intuitive, although I did manage to get it done. But in all honesty, I’m not super hot on groundsheets most of the time anyway. My view is that unless you’re going somewhere particularly rough and rocky, you probably won’t need it.
Space & Storage
As you can see from the photo above, the Cloud Up 1 has only 1 entrance and vestibule. Although the vestibule doesn’t leave huge amounts of space for gear storage, it looks perfectly adequate for 1 person on a relatively short trip.
So, what’s the verdict after our first look at the Naturehike Cloud Up Tent? We went into this expecting to find a perhaps slightly lower quality (given the price) version of the Big Agnes Fly Creek. But to be honest, the quality of craftsmanship looks very impressive. I would say almost comparable to the Fly Creek itself.
The only downside I can see is the relatively limited gear storage space. Although the Cloud Up 1 is also a little heavier than some of the other tents we have reviewed, it should be kept in mind that it’s both double-skinned and also freestanding. Taking that into account, both the weight and price of this thing
That’s all we’ve got for now folks. I hope you enjoyed this first look at the Naturehike Cloud Up. Got any great tips or stories from using this tent? Let us know in the comments! And if you like this sort of thing then check out the rest of our blog for more tips, tricks, and gear reviews from the trail. Bye for now!