As the weather starts to warm up it’s time to start planning the first camping trip of the year and the most important consideration is your tent. It is vital that you get a good tent that will stand up to your needs as well as the elements because roughing it doesn’t have to mean being uncomfortable. There are a host of tents to choose from but how do you separate the good from the bad? Well, let’s make it a little easier for you and give you a collection of the ten best to act as your guide.
1. REI Kingdom Tent
This adjustable tent is a great option for the family of campers as it can sleep up to 8 people without too much of a struggle. You have an option with this tent to set it up to be a two room tent or a single large living space which means it is really good for a larger base camp kind of set up. It is not a light tent as it has a packed weight of a little under 20 pounds. Once you have this tent set up though you have a 12ft 6 inch by 8 ft 4 inch floor space and a 6 ft 5 inch peak space. It is a double door tent which has a sturdy waterproof design making it suitable even when the weather gets hairy.
2. Mountain Hardwear Trango Tent
If you are looking for something a little smaller then the Trango may be for you. This 4 person tent has a packed weight of just under 9 lbs and is designed for all season use. A lifetime guarantee comes with this model so you know it was made to be tough and last. It has undergone high altitude testing in some of the worst weather conditions you could imagine and passed with flying colors. So for the campers who really want a challenge this is just the ticket.
3. Coleman Instant Tent
Calling all impatient campers who don’t like having to spend time pitching that awkward tent, Coleman has your answer. This tent is designed to be set up in little more than one minute, now you can’t very well beat that, can you? The poles of this tent are already attached to the canvas so all you do is pull it out of its carry bag and extend the poles until they click into place. The result is an 8 person 10×9 ft, tent which stands 6 ft and can be separated into two rooms. It is a two door tent with 7 windows for added ventilation This is also a tough tent that can handle most weather conditions meaning spring, summer and fall are open to your camping fun.
4. Marmot Limelight Tent
When lightweight is a consideration then the truth is you wont be buying a 4-season tent that’s just how it is. The thing is there’s nothing wrong with that because lightweight tents are just fine as long as you are not going to get hit with terrible weather. The Limelight is just such a tent featuring enough space for 4 people and a total packed weight of 5 lbs 15 ounces. It is a comfortable 2-door tent which can handle a little bit of rain although a storm might give it a challenge.
5. Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Canvas Tent
This tent from Kodiak is a tough son of a marquee offering serious element protection for up to 8 occupants. Weighing in at 68 lbs this is serious camping accommodation with 10×10 ft of floor space and 6ft 6 inches peak space. It is basically more like a cabin than a tent thanks to its heavy duty weatherproofing and abundant space.
6. Kelty Parthenon Tent
You can’t call something Parthenon without it being impressive and Kelty sure is not blowing smoke. This is a pretty great tent: roomy, durable and extremely practical, the Parthenon sure shows that Kelty has been making tents since the 1950s. With 143 square feet of floor space and 6ft 4 inches of peak space this secure tent can sleep 8 people. It has specialized gear, storage loops in the ceiling, silent zippers and well ventilated mesh wall panels. Weighing around 26 lbs it doesn’t hinder you too much but brings a lot of comfort to your camping trips.
7. Marmot Thor Tent
Another great tent for the more adventurous explorers, the Thor from Marmot is a tough little tent for all year round camping. Sleeping 2-3 people this option offers 38 square feet of floor space and weighs just 7 lbs 10 ounces. It is made from nylon ripstop material which makes it tough, rugged and waterproof. This is basically the perfect tent for those hiking a long distance who really just need a place to sleep and protection from the elements.
8. Black Diamond Mesa Tent
Those looking for simplicity with quality might find this small tent from Black Diamond ideal. It is a 2 person tent that weighs just 4 lbs 9 ounces making it very portable. It will keep you protected in mild weather conditions and acts best as a place to sleep on longer nomadic trips. It doesn’t have a lot of fancy features but then again you don’t always need very much.
9. Hilleberg Nammatj 2 GT
Designed solely with extreme campers in mind the Nammatj 2 GT would still be great for a light weekend camping trip. It can take pretty much anything nature can throw at it weather wise and is considered a 4 season tent. Its low weight of 6 lbs 9 ounces make it easily transported so on those extreme hikes you can fit more important supplies in your pack thanks to the weight loss. This tent can sleep 3 people thanks to a roomy interior and is just basically very solid.
10. MSR Hubba Hubba NX Tent
The NX series features a 2,3 and 4 person option of tents all with cute names like Hubba Hubba, Mutha Hubba and Papa Hubba. All three are relatively lightweight and offer good rain resistance thanks to inbuilt gutters. Thanks to a color coding system these tents are designed for ease of construction and an abundance of built in pockets make for plenty of vital storage. Unlike bigger tents it does not have much height to it so you will probably only be inside to sleep or shelter from the elements.