01 May 24 Best Camping Tents To Explore The Great Outdoors
No matter how old we get or how wrapped up we are in the perpetual ongoings of our daily lives, there are few things that bring us back down to reality other than unplugging and dashing towards the forest for an extended stay. Be it with the entire family, old friends, a special someone, or just yourself, camping helps you get back in touch with the world we left behind so long ago in favor of LED screens and high-rises. It’s time to reacquaint yourself with an old friend, time to ditch the cell phone and the email notifications. It’s time to embrace the wilderness.
No matter what your experience level in the outdoors, odds are you understand the need for shelter. And in this particular instance, the need for a tent. But not just any tent. Because in this world, you truly get what you pay for. Now, that budget tent might have felt like a great purchase while it sat cozily on the store shelf or stored away in the garage, but what happens when the weather turns, poles start bending, and the zipper to your mosquito net starts to snag?
Don’t fall victim to those “best deals” out there for tents. There’s nothing worse than having what was supposed to be a weekend of rest and relaxation descend into rage and regret. If you’re worried about what’s out there, don’t be, we’re here to help. In fact, we’ve assembled a list of the top 24 best camping tents around to ensure that remaining comfortable at night is the least of your worries while unwinding in the wild.
Capacity: 1 Person
Sometimes it’s best to go at it alone. Or at least sleep at it alone. Because really, who want to listen to someone snore all night long? So for these lone wolves, the ALPS Lynx 1 is the tent to pick up. It’s free-standing, two-pole design with 7000 Series aluminum poles ensure quality and durability, a factory sealed fly and floor seams boast the best in weather protection, and its vestibule for gear storage and extra weather protection makes this home away from home your right-hand-man in outdoor protection. The tent also features 20 square feet of floor space.
Capacity: 8 Person
If you’re looking to bring your entire house with you on a weekend camping trip then the Coleman Red Canyon is calling your name. Measuring 17-by-10 feet, the tent is spacious enough to sleep eight campers and also features removable privacy walls allowing dwellers to create up to three separate rooms within the tent. Its Weathertec System is guaranteed to keep campers dry if the sky happens to open up during the trip and, despite the size, setup is easy thanks to shock-corded poles and easy-to-follow instructions. There’s also a Cool-Air port and Variflo adjustable venting system that enables you to adjust airflow and access all your gear when needed.
Capacity: 1-2 Person
Just because the weather gets a little colder doesn’t mean that the desire to camp should head into hibernation as well. Winter camping can be a great time to get away without the worry of crowded campsites. All you need is the proper gear. And as far as tents are concerned, the Black Diamond is the real deal. Its two-and-a-half-pole design provides twice the strength and features a drip-free awning. There is also a mesh window on the door and back wall for ventilation, a 2000mm floor for warmth and optional ground cloth for additional comfort. The canopy fabric is made up of ToddTex3L and the Easton Aluminum tent poles reassure us that this tent is built for life-long use. Total interior floor space measures 27 square feet as well.
Capacity: 2 Person
Type: 3-Season Backpacker
Here’s a spacious two person tent build for those who like their space at night. It’s fully seam taped and waterproof and built from lightweight materials because, of course, the Losi is the backpacker’s best friend. The unique pole structure contributes additional sturdiness and space and thanks to the tent’s two doors, two vestibules, and a mesh canopy, you and your camping partner will have independent access to a well-ventilated tent for three-quarters of the year. Interior floor space total 32 square feet and, here’s the kicker, the whole thing weighs in at just under 5 pounds when packed up.
Capacity: 2 Person
For those couples looking hit the hills for a hike or extended excursion through the wilderness, they’d be hard-pressed to find a more sturdy and reliable 3-season tent for this price point. Featuring an awning design that surpasses the vestibule at the tent entrance, you’ll keep dry when the weather turns and won’t feel claustrophobic thanks to Sierra’s new design that reduces redundant material inside the dwelling. Also, for those warmer days, the mesh hybrid walls provide additional airflow through all sides of the tent. The front door is wide enough for two to sit side-by-side and interior floor space totals 29.9 square feet.
Capacity: 2 Person
Introducing one of the only tents that’s name actually depicts the emotions we feel toward the item. The “hubba hubba” packs down next to nothing (just over three pounds) and the 30D nylon ripstop bathtub floor protects you from the cold-hard reality you’re sleeping upon. A combination of DWR and 3000 Durashield PU coatings keep the water outside when it rains and vents on all four sides of the tent create a nice cross breeze to help air out the Hubba Hubba during those warmer days and nights. What’s unique here is the rainfly-vestibule interaction where the zipper lies along the side of the fly, tucked underneath the rain gutter, protecting the entrance to your tent. The tent is also made up of a 20D ripstop nylon and 15D nylon micromesh body, a 20D ripstop nylon rainfly, and features 29 square feet of floor space.
Capacity: 6 Person
Be the provider that you are and bring the whole family or group of friends outdoors. Contribute shelter and food. Show them you mean business when it comes to outdoor excursions. Just as long as they bring the beer. This base camp camping tent comfortably sleeps 6 people and features a mountaineering-inspired geodesic dome structure to make everything as roomy as possible. Sleepers have access to two doors and each door is made up of solid fabric for privacy and mesh for ventilation. There are also two vents on the roofs, a large pole-supported vestibule, and smaller stake out vestibule to provide additional covered storage as well. It also features a full coverage polyester rainfly and coated 150D polyester oxford floor that is abrasion and puncture resistant. Total floor space measures 86.8 square feet.
Capacity: 6 Person
Despite its three-season categorization, the Marmot Limestone tent manages quite well in cold and stormy weather. It features a door mat and hanging organizer for any and all gear, a full coverage fly, heavyweight Oxford 150D floor, and two D-shaped doors with two vestibules for coverage. Assembly is simple; the tent sets up in minutes and the roomy interior offers an inviting space to rest after a long day out and about. The rainfly is made from 68D polyester ripstop and total floor space measures 83 square feet. If you’re looking for a light and easy tent, made for those spontaneous camping trips this summer and fall, then this tent is an obvious choice.
Capacity: 3 Person
For those alpine ascenders, there’s little out there that will provide better security and warmth than the XT. Its four-pole geodesic dome is strong, lightweight and offers substantial living space. There’s also a 14-pocket organizer wall, four gear loft loops, and one flashlight loop offering storage and organizational perks for extended stays on the mountain, or while you wait out the storm with your buddies. The poles are made from 7000-Series aluminum, the fly is made from 75D StormShield polyester ripstop with a PU coating of 1800mm, the body boasts 70D nylon-taffeta composition and 40D “no-see-um” mesh, and the floor is comprised of 70D nylon-taffeta with a PU coating of 3,000mm. Interior dimensions total 52 square feet as well.
Capacity: 8 Person
Head out year-round with up to seven others thanks to the construction of this sturdy shelter. The dome design and pole structure make it ideal for windy conditions and the huge rain fly and vestibule make whatever rain or snow falls a laughing matter. There’s also a zippered internal door to extra protection, and the whole thing can set up in minutes. The floor is made from polyester with a 1500mm waterproof polyurethane coating, and the main tent is breathable polyester ripstop with nylon mesh windows. For the rainfly, Big Agnes provides campers with a 1500mm waterproof polyester coated offering. Total floor space also measures 112 square feet. It’s a fantastic family tent that’ll withstand the elements. And for the price, it’s hard to beat.
Capacity: 3 Person
The North Face doesn’t mess around. Used on K2 expeditions and cold-crack tested to -60 degrees F, this four season tent is made for whatever nature plans to throw its way. Featuring a polyester ripstop fly with 1500mm PU coating and water-resistant finish, a canopy made from nylon ripstop, and water resistant finish, “no-see-um” mesh, and a durable nylon taffeta floor with 10,000mm PU coating, you will be the only one who doesn’t need a heated tent this winter. It’s also spacious to boot with 48 square feet of room. Use it year round too thanks to Summit Gold’s adjustable flaps that prevent heat from building up on the inside.
Capacity: 4 Person
Some campers don’t mess around. For them, the elements are minor speed bumps in their way as they pursue the ultimate outdoor adventure, whatever the cost. Hilleberg identifies with these diehards and their flagship tent, the Keron 4 GT is an outstanding hard use, all-around wilderness tent. Featuring extremely strong Kerlon 1800 outer tent fabric and 10 mm poles, this is one of their strongest models around. A two door two vestibule configuration and exceptional strength to weight ratios allow these tents to excel in year-round use, especially above tree line or exposed terrain. The floor is made up of 70D nylon triple coated 10,000mm PU material, the rainfly is Kerlon 1800 40D ripstop nylon and the total floor space measures 47.3 square feet.
The Coleman Sundome 4 Person Tent is part of the classic Sundome series of tents from Coleman. The Sundome 4 sleeps 4 happy campers and includes a large door for easy entry/exit with a hooded fly to provide ventilation even in rain. A large rear hooded window also provides airflow for cross ventilation. Mesh vents on the roof provide additional ventilation and the rugged 1000D polyethylene floor is a bathtub style (wraps up the sides) for extreme weather protection and has welded seams, even in the corners, to guard against a leaky floor. The coated polyester fabrics on the fly and walls are rugged and durable. Like all Coleman Sundome tents it is easy to set up or take down and features an Electrical Access Port, a ground vent and an interior mesh storage pocket. Freestanding design is easy to set up and take down. 2 windows and roof vents for maximum ventilation and comfort. Mesh roof aids in ventilation and reduces condensation. Shockcorded fiberglass frame for easy set up. Polyester fly is tough and durable and won’t stretch when wet.
Make your camping adventure a pleasant and memorable one by bringing the 2-Person Dome Tent by Wakeman Outdoors. This compact and lightweight two-person tent is great for hiking, camping, and outdoor festivals. Offers you the right combination of useful features and simple operation so you can get on with enjoying the outdoors!
The Coleman Montana 8 can sleep up to 8 happy campers. The 16’x7′ floor size is generous with room and is still simple to set up. The shockcorded fiberglass poles go through continuous color coded sleeves and clips for the best of 2 systems. The waterproof instructions are sewn to the bag for your convenience. The big wide hinged door is so simple and easy to use that it’s almost like being at home. Great ventilation is provided by 3 windows and a mesh ceiling. The rugged poly floor will never let you down and the taped fly seams will keep water outside where it belongs. The front porch extends beyond the door to give you a dry clean place to leave your shoes or to just sit and relax with the family and friends. Set up is easy with shockcorded fiberglass poles, color coded continuous pole sleeves and simple clips.
Explore the outdoors with the latest in tent technology from CORE Equipment! This nine person instant cabin tent features stress-free setup in 60 seconds! The poles are pre-attached to the tent- just unpack, unfold, and extend. Core H20 Block Technology combines water repellent fabrics with active bead technology for faster water runoff paired with sealed seams and rain-resistant door/window seals. Additionally, the fully-taped rain fly is removable in warmer weather to expose panoramic mesh windows and ceiling. The advanced venting system uses the adjustable air intake vent designed to draw in cool air from the ground while the mesh ceiling allows hot air to escape keeping you comfortable all season. The CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent 14′ x 9′ also features zippered privacy panels on doors and windows and has a large double door design for convenient and easy access to the tent. Gear stays close at hand in the hanging storage pockets, and the included room divider creates a two room tent for separate living and sleeping spaces.
Adventure is moments away when you set up the Coleman Instant Cabin. Pre-attached poles make setup a simple matter of unfold, extend and secure, so your cabin and the integrated, vented rainfly are ready in about 60 seconds. If it rains, the WeatherTec system and its patented welded floors and inverted seams will help you stay dry. Inside, there’s enough room to stretch out on two queen-sized airbeds, and two storage pockets help to keep small items organized. When it’s time to head home, the tent easily packs up into an expandable carry bag with a rip strip until you’re off on your next adventure.
Pops open into a read-to-use form (auto-setup) in a blink & proves easy to fold into a compact form – Abco Pop up tent is ideal for casual camping and accommodates 1-2 persons. Like a beautiful spot enroute? Setup your tent instantly! With double doors on both left and right side, it’s easy to step out from either side. Moreover, a combination of inner zippered screen plus outer zippered nylon layer give an ability to easily switch between high breathability and complete privacy. Two mesh windows on the front and back add further to the air circulation while the solid nylon flaps over the windows allow for privacy. Not only breathability, you can just open everything and enjoy the surroundings too. Comes with a carry bag that’s ideal for storage and carrying it along, and in addition, a small bag for accessories to keep them organized – occupies little space in your car trunk or even when stored at home.
The Toogh 2-3 Person tent is Super easy to set up and take down in only 60 seconds with a unique and fantastic design. Inner tent with dual doors can accommodate at least 2 adults and one child. Includes tent, rain fly, tent stakes,wind rope and carry bag for easy transport. Rain fly can be used separately as a wayside pavilion with the groundsheet, fishing awning, canopy. The fourth generation hydraulic technology, upgrade the speed open system, a lift can automatically open, a pressure symmetrical short pole can close. Toogh tents use water resistant fabrics and seams that are thermally heat sealed to keep water outside where it belongs. Seals around the door and windows assure rain will run off without sneaking into your tent. Front and rear door curtain can be rolled up, easy to enter and exit, all kinds of beauty panoramic view.
With a center height of 72-inches, the ALPRANG 6 Person Dome Tent can comfortably fit 2 queens sized air mattresses and sleep up to 6 persons! (It is larger and more spacious than the camping dome tent offered by our competition). 1000D heavy duty polyethylene with sealed seams & fully taped rainfly, offers superior protection from the elements. One large, centralized door for easy in/out and adjustable ground vent for air circulation. Love it and have a sweet sleep! Extremely easy to erect in just a few minutes thanks to the simple pole design and quick clip system. It offers plenty of room to sleep, interior mesh storage pockets to keep items organized and a lantern hook to light up the tent at night! Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a first-time camper, this 6-person dome tent is for you. It is suitable for family getaways, festivals, campsites, etc. Each package includes rain fly, tent stakes, and a carry bag for convenient travel and storage!
This Amagoing 3-4 Person Family Camping Tent is a must on your next outdoor adventure. Ideal for outdoor families and extended camping trips, this dome tent offers a full feature set for a fun family camping experience. Classic dome design and automatic opening system contribute to an extremely fast set up. No assembly is required since the steel & fiberglass poles are pre-attached to the tent, and it sets up in less than 60 seconds! It could be used as a camping tent and offer an excellent weather protection.
The CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent 16′ x 9′ features Core H20 Block Technology- water repellent fabrics with active bead technology for faster water runoff paired with sealed seams and rain-resistant door/window seals. The fully-taped rainfly is removable in warmer weather to expose panoramic mesh windows and ceiling. The advanced venting system uses the adjustable air intake vent designed to draw in cool air from the ground while the mesh ceiling allows hot air to escape keeping you comfortable all season. This nine person dome tent also features zippered privacy panels on doors and windows and keeps your gear organized with the included gear loft with lantern hook and organizer pockets.
The Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent is a spacious 8-person, 2-room tent designed for quick assembly. Poles come pre-attached to tent, ensuring setup in 1 minute or less. All you have to do is unfold, spread out, extend poles, click and lock into place. It is that simple. Features the Exclusive Weather Tec system with thick waterproof walls and welded floor 2 doors and 7 windows for full ventilation and a removable divider between rooms. Base measures 14 by 10 feet; center height of 6 feet 5 inches; 1-year warranty.
Great for camping with family or friends, the Wenzel Klondike measures 16-feet by 11-feet. The Klondike sleeps eight, five in its 98 square feet of interior space, with room for sleeping three more in the 60 square foot screen room with its zip up walls. 6.5 feet of head room lets you stand up straight while inside the tent. The attached screen room can also be used as sun shelter, a picnic room, a gear room or a room just to relax in. A full mesh roof and two mesh windows keep bugs out and let the breeze in. In addition a rear mesh vent creates ground breeze. Weather Armor polyester fabric with a polyurethane water resistant coating protects from top to bottom. Double-stitched, lap-felled seams through out the body of the tent provide a shingle effect against water. All threads, zippers and webbing are treated with superior water repellency applications to enforce these critical areas. The Klondike has a fiberglass frame and uses Power Corners that increase the tent’s stability in high winds