If you need a large family camping tent for 3-season camping, this NTK Super Arizona GT Tent Review is for you. This is a reliable tent with a full fly for a guaranteed weather protection.
Key features & benefits
- 2 rooms.
- Full coverage fly.
- Full protection.
- A lantern with batteries included valued 14.99.
- Awning configuration.
- Great price.
What kind of tent is this
The Super Arizona GT tent is the largest of the tents from the Arizona series, hence the word Super in the name. You might want to know that they have recently launched their Arizona GT 7/8. The Arizona GT 9/10 you can see here. They all are quite different in style.
So this is a non-freestanding and 3-season tent, and it is a double-layer type. This means that you have an inner tent plus a full-coverage fly. This fly is what makes a big difference between this tent and many other tents of this size described here in the site. The Super Arizona tent provides a full and complete protection from elements.
By its shape, the tent looks like a tunnel type, see the picture below, but this is more a dome extended asymmetrically on the two sides.
The tent is designed with 2 rooms, again rather asymmetric in size. The divider is shown in the picture below, as you see you have a central zipper, and the divider is not sewn in. Many things are asymmetric in the design, including the 2 doors which are completely different in design; one is a side door and the other is on one of the front section of the tent.
Who is it for
Sizewise, the manufacturer’s declared capacity of the Super Arizona GT tent is up to 12 people. So let’s see the numbers: the floor area is 210 ft² (19.5 m²) and this gives 17.5 ft² (1.63 m²) per person if used by such a number of people. This is hardly enough although the floor area is indeed large enough to accommodate 12 sleeping pads side by side, but this is by following the backpacking principle.
As I argued in my text about the tent’s capacity, if you want some normal comfort, divide this number by 2, as simple as that. So in the case of a family with kids, this is for parents with up to 4 kids.
Seasons-wise, this is a true 3-season tent. By this, I mean that it will definitely protect you regardless of the weather conditions in a normal 3-season use. I have a full confidence in its full coverage fly.
However, this is a Brasilian company and the tent is designed for a warmer climate. This you see from the mesh which you have everywhere around. This is all normal and you have it in most of the tent described here in the site. Such a mesh is excellent for air flow, but the tent does not preserve warmth, so I would not use it in a cold environment.
Regarding the weight and the packed size, you have 42 lb (19 kg) and the bundle is 28 x 16 x 14 in (71 x 41 x 36 cm). So clearly this is for places with a motorized access, you would not carry such a tent anywhere.
Materials & construction
The inner tent is 50% polyester mesh which protects from all insects and mosquitoes. The rest is taffeta panels. The floor is a heavy duty fully bathtub style waterproof anti-fungus seamless polyethylene with an inner silver coated layer.
In one of the pictures above you have seen a divider which is with toggles attached to the walls, so it is removable and it looks like a curtain, but it gives some privacy. Note that the two rooms created this way are not the same size, so the smaller can be used by parents and the bigger by kids.
All the materials used here meet CPAI-84 flammability requirements.
There are 5 tent poles plus 2 shorter for the awning setup. The material is fiberglass which needs some care. You also have an aluminum pin-and-ring system for an easy and quick setup.
There are two external doors on the inner tent and on the fly. Mesh is everywhere for ventilation and protection and you can see this in the picture below.
The tent is equipped with 3 vents and you also have mesh around on the walls, on windows, and on the doors. So ventilation should not be an issue in this tent.
Setting the tent up
There are many poles and the tent takes time but you need to get familiar with the procedure. Here are people who have just unpacked it and are setting it up for the first time, have a look:
Good and less good features
Here is my short summary:
- Very interesting design.
- 2 doors.
- Great views.
- Several bonuses.
- Very good ventilation.
- Reasonable price.
- No electric cable port.
As of the moment of writing this text, the Amazon price for this tent is $340. It may look expensive, but this is a quality tent. See the price from the following perspective: it costs around $10 per square meters. This sounds very reasonable to me.
When you check on Amazon, you will realize that this tent has received incredibly positive reviews. In fact, the average rating is unbelievable 4.8/5, which is more than what its smaller cousin Arizona 9 tent has received. See how I rate it:
My rating breakdown of the NTK Super Arizona GT Tent
Area per person - 8/10
Area/Weight ratio - 8.1/10
Packed size - 8.2/10
Reliability & protection - 9.6/10
Ease of use - 8/10
Comfort & features - 9.3/10
Price - 9/10
User Review( votes)
- Type: non-freestanding 3-season tent.
- Capacity: 12 people.
- Weight: 42 lb (19 kg).
- Dimensions: 20.6 x 10.2 ft (247 x 122 in; 628 x 311 cm).
- Floor area: 210 ft² (19.5 m²).
- Area per person: 17.5 ft² (1.63 m²).
- Peak height: 6.9 ft (83 in; 210 cm).
- Packed size: 28 x 16 x 14 in (71 x 41 x 36 cm).
- 2 doors.
- 2 rooms.
- Included is a heavy-duty carry bag with compression straps.
- Gear loops and pockets inside the tent.
- 6 months manufacturer warranty.
NTK Super Arizona GT vs Competitors
The best way to realize the features of a tent is by comparing it with other tents from the same size range. So here it is, side by side with two other 12-person tents. The other two tents are cabin type and it is obvious that they provide less space. The NTK is with a full fly, so it offers a better protection. Please follow the links in the table to see more.
COMPARE PACKAGE FEATURES
Weight, lb (kg)
Floor size, sq ft (sq m)
Peak height, in (cm)
Packed size, in (cm)
Payable Every Month
28 x 16 x 14
(71 x 41 x 36)
Payable Every Year
51 x 12
(130 x 30)
Payable Every Year
28 x 10
(71 x 25)
I would conclude this NTK Super Arizona GT Tent Review by stressing that this is a very reliable tent which offers a complete protection with its full-coverage fly. On the other hand, its inner tent is with lots of mesh, so this is a ventilated design very suitable for a warmer climate.
The floor area is small for the declared number of users, but you have seen in the comparison table that it is much better than its competitors. The users’ experience is exceptionally positive. In fact, I do not remember seeing a negative review of this tent. I have included this tent in my list of best 12 person camping tents.
This site is all about family camping tents so if you still need something else, just look around and check in the Categories above. You might want to check their new NTK Omaha GT 6 Person Tent which is a dome-shaped structure with a full fly. If you need an instant setup tent, check this Ozark Trail 11 Person 3 Room Instant Cabin Tent and also this CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent (New Structure).
Thank you for reading. Please use the comment box below if you have any comment or question. Have a nice day.