Eezi-Awn Releases Two New Hard Shell Tents

If overlanding had a pop-culture magazine, hard shell tents would be plastered all over the front page. These quick to deploy, easy to stow sleep systems are all the rage right now, and we continue to see newer and better models released every day. The latest comes from legendary tent manufacturer Eezi-Awn, and they’re called the Blade and the Dart. After the success of their Stealth model, the South African-based company decided to unveil these two additional options for customers looking for different features and price points.

Blade

The Blade is extremely similar to the Stealth, but with a few key differences. The biggest is that the Blade hinges as a wedge on one end instead of the four scissor-lift struts used on its big brother. This reduces weight, but also foot room. The Blade also packs an attractive two-tone color scheme and a ladder that can be stored inside the tent instead of underneath the shell. The bedding can be stored inside as well, and the tent walls are constructed from the durable rip-stop canvas you would expect from Eezi-Awn. The roof and floor are insulated against whatever weather you throw at them, and the entire shell is made from powder-coated aluminum for corrosion resistance.

MSRP is set at $3,700 USD, and more information can be found on the Eezi-Awn website here. 

Blade Features
  • Triple entry with privacy mesh panels
  •  270-degree viewing
  •  Low-profile aerodynamic design
  •  Automated setup and takedown
  •  Hook and loop solid and mesh panel management
  •  Internal storage pockets
  •  National Luna LED light on interior roof
  •  12V power supply socket (supply cord included)
  •  Two handles
  •  Lockable stainless steel latches
  •  Assistance strap for lowering roof
  •  Internal gas struts
  •  Rear rainfly opening with spring steel rain fly rods
  •  Insulated roof and floor
  •  Elevated roof rear accommodates bedding storage
  •  Built-in double-size mattress
  •  Includes XKLUSIV ladder with built-in extension (stores inside tent and can be used on all three entryways)
  •  Includes ladder bag
  •  Accommodates two adults

Blade Construction

  • Lightweight aluminum body
  •  Powdercoated matte black
  •  Stainless steel hardware
  •  260-gram, Teflon-coated, polyester ripstop material
  •  80-millimeter-thick laminated mattress
  •  Four mounting rails on bottom of tent
  •  Four-point DIY mounting hardware set
  •  Patented anodized aluminum extension ladder
  •  YKK© zippers

Dart

The Dart is the most affordable Eezi-Awn hard shell yet. It retails for $3,400 USD and is the company’s first foray into fiberglass tents. Don’t let that fool you though, because it looks to be just as high quality as their other products. Like the new Blade, the Dart is a wedge-style tent with two front hinges for an easy opening and closing experience. It also features the same ripstop canvas fabric, mattress, 12V power outlet, ladder, zippers, and more. The fiberglass shell is insulated for temperature management in both hot and cold conditions and is coated in a UV protective layer to ensure longevity even when left on the roof of your vehicle. The Dart comes preequipped with an internal National Luna LED light, two storage pockets, and three entryways with privacy mesh.

To learn more, visit the Eezi-Awn website here. 

Dart Features

  •  Triple entry with privacy mesh panels
  •  270-degree viewing
  •  Low-profile aerodynamic design
  •  Automated setup and takedown
  •  Hook and loop solid and mesh panel management
  •  Internal storage pockets
  •  National Luna LED light on interior roof
  •  12V power supply socket (supply cord included)
  •  Two handles
  •  Lockable stainless steel latches
  •  Assistance strap for lowering roof
  •  Internal gas struts with screw-in strut lockouts
  •  Rear rainfly opening with spring steel rainfly rods
  •  Insulated roof and floor
  •  Elevated roof rear accommodates bedding storage
  •  Built-in double-size mattress
  •  Includes XKLUSIV ladder with built-in extension (stores inside tent and can be used on all three entryways)
  •  Includes ladder bag
  •  Accommodates two adults

Dart Construction

  • Lightweight white fiberglass body
  •  Stainless steel hardware
  •  260-gram Teflon-coated polyester ripstop material
  •  80-millimeter-thick laminated mattress
  •  Four mounting rails on bottom of tent
  •  Four-point DIY mounting hardware set
  •  Patented anodized aluminum extension ladder
  • YKK© zippers

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Chris didn’t receive a real taste of the outdoors until moving to Prescott, Arizona, in 2009. While working on his business degree, he learned to fly and spent his weekends exploring the Arizona desert and high country. It was there that he fell in love with backcountry travel and four-wheel drive vehicles, eventually leading him to Overland Journal and Expedition Portal. After several years of honing his skills in writing, photography, and off-road driving, Chris now works for the company full time as Expedition Portal's Managing Editor.

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