MONARCHTENT vs. mightyTENT: Which Pop-Up Tent Is Right for You?

You’re tired of replacing cheap tents.

You want to invest in 100% American craftsmanship.

But you’re still unsure which pop-up tent you need: A heavy-duty tent?

Or a medium-duty tent?

If this sounds like you, we can help!

TentCraft manufactures two types of pop-up tents — a heavy-duty model we call MONARCHTENT, and a medium-duty model we call mightyTENT. While the two share similar features, some key differences can help you make the best possible purchase for the needs of your business.

MONARCHTENT vs. mightyTENT: Key Differences

Don’t have time for the entire article? Here are the key differences between our main pop-up tent models:


  • All-Aluminum Framework and Connectors
  • Custom-Printed Peak Flag/Peak Banner
  • Heavy-Duty Staking Kit
  • Certified Wind Ratings
  • Multiple Head Clearance Options
  • Collection of Canopy Designs and Several Sizes
  • Compatible with Peak Flag/Banner
  • Lifetime Frame Warranty & 7-Year canopy


  • Aluminum Frame with Engineered Plastic Connectors
  • Medium-Duty Staking Kit
  • Two Rooftop Canopy Styles
  • Limited Sizes
  • 5-year Frame Warranty & 7-Year Canopy Warranty

Cut to the Chase:

If you’re concerned about wind, need a more creative tent design, or want the peace of mind of a lifetime frame warranty, go with the heavy-duty MONARCHTENT. Some of the world’s most recognizable brands, along with agencies representing those brands, trust this solution for their most important events.

Now, if you’re looking to upgrade from a cheap, recreational-grade pop-up tent but simply need a solid, American-made solution, the medium-duty mightyTENT is a perfect option that will last a REALLY long time.

Breaking Down MONARCHTENT vs. mightyTENT


These specifications break down the main differences between our medium-duty and heavy-duty pop-up tents.

Tent Height


When it comes to standing out at events, height matters.

The heavy-duty MONARCHTENT features a peak of 11’ 10”, which is the tallest in the industry. The total height can be as tall as 17’2” when you install a peak flag, which allows event attendees to see your tent from far away with ease.

mightyTENT tops out at 11’4”, which is no slouch when it comes to peak heights. But there’s no option for a peak flag, which can really help a tent stand out.

Tent Weight


A 10x10 MONARCHTENT with the canopy weighs in at 78lbs., which is an adequate weight for a single person to transport (with included wheel kit) and set up on their own. When properly anchored, the weight of MONARCHTENT allows it to withstand winds of up to 35 mph.

The 10x10 medium-duty mightyTENT weighs in at about 65lbs, making it slightly easier to transport. When properly ballasted, mightyTENT can withstand normal winds, but it does not come with a certified wind rating.



MONARCHTENT is an all-aluminum framework, including the connectors, for ultimate durability. The aluminum we build our frames with is anodized, which makes the oxide layer nearly as hard as diamond. (You can learn more about why we use aluminum over steel over here).

mightyTENT also uses anodized aluminum for its frames, but we reduce costs by using engineered glass-filled nylon plastic connectors.

Leg Design & Diameter


The legs of MONARCHTENT feature an octagonal profile and a diameter of 2 inches. That’s a pretty beefy leg that grips its surface area better than the competition.

mightyTENT features a similar profile — it actually is made using the internal leg of MONARCHTENT, so it’s only ever-so-slightly smaller in diameter.

Super-Strong Custom Canopies


MONARCHTENT and mightyTENT share one major element: They use our proprietary fabric, Duranti, specifically designed for rugged outdoor use. This canopy material is specifically tested for professional-grade tensile strength, so you don’t need to worry about water pooling and destroying your canopy.

We customize our canopies using the dye-sublimation method of printing, meaning the ink literally becomes part of the fabric. In return, you don’t need to worry about your logo and art cracking or peeling.

Designs, Sizes, and Layout: MONARCHTENT vs. mightyTENT


One of the biggest differentiators between MONARCHTENT and mightyTENT is the collection of design possibilities that you can create with our heavy-duty tent.

In addition to the traditional peaked canopy design of MONARCHTENT, you have access to a collection of six other designs, including a gable, flat roof, and storefront. These types of tents stand out in a crowd and differentiate your brand in a sea of bland tents.

mightyTENT is still an excellent option for those who simply need a traditional canopy tent, but we also offer mightyTENT with a flat roof option, which is perfect for use indoors where there may be height restrictions.


Gallery: Creative Pop-Up Tent Designs That Stand Out

Which Tent Is Right For Me?



  • You and/or your clients are expecting durability that comes with a lifetime frame warranty and 7-year canopy warranty.
  • You’ve experienced the frustration and regret of having to replace a cheaper solution.
  • You’re looking for something different to help your brand stand out.
  • You’re setting up in regions with heavy winds and rain.
  • You’re an experiential marketing agency trusted to represent world-class brands.
  • You don’t have the time or patience to deal with pop-up tents that break easily.
  • You want something that’s customizable and heavy duty.
  • You’re setting up tents several times a month or year.
  • Pop-up tents are the main footprint for your business.
  • You’re working with a short timeline and need something fast.
  • You have inexperienced users setting the tent up and need something battle-tested.
  • You’re looking for something that can be tailored for a specific use application, such as food service, product display, drive-thru, etc.
  • Your organization has a lengthy purchasing process that you can’t afford to start all over again.
  • You need a non-standard head clearance.
  • You need better protection against costly or time-consuming damages.
  • You are focused on ROI when you purchase assets for clients or your own business.
  • You need a non-standard head clearance.
  • You need the absolute best solution.


  • You’ve experienced the frustration and regret of having to replace a cheaper solution.
  • You value quality and want some customization but don’t necessarily need the top model.
  • You need a standard size tent custom printed to match your brand.
  • You prefer an American made product over one that is sourced overseas.
  • You’re looking for a one-person setup that balances weight with durability.
  • You’re working with a short timeline and need something fast.
  • You have a team member setting up the tent that would struggle with a solution weighing more than 60 lbs.
  • You have budget constraints but still believe you get what you pay for.
  • You and/or your clients are expecting durability that comes with a 5-year frame warranty and a 7-year canopy warranty.
  • You don’t have the time or patience to deal with pop-up tents that break easily.

Choose Your Tent

MONARCHTENT and mightyTENT owners share a common sentiment when they’re shopping for their next custom solution:

They’ve experienced the frustration and regret of having to replace a cheaper solution. They’re now looking to make a true investment.

If you’re still not sure which direction to go, send a note to our tent experts, who will reach out and walk you through the process.