Camping Tents

Camping Tents

A view from inside the best camping tent

Best Camping Tents of 2018

 

Our team does its best to break down your home away form home in the up and coming glorious 2018. We do our best to cover all levels of camping tents, from premium to budget. Camping tents are built and designed for a more of a luxurious outdoor experience.  Some are so big that offer enough space for tables, chairs and even cots. If you guys are car campers, even the cheapest tents on the list will do the trick. Tougher weather, more rugged terrain and a desire for a long term investment will call for the more expensive models on the list.

To complete your camping kit, make sure to check out our guides for: Sleeping bag, Mattresses, Stoves and Headlamps.

 

Coleman Evanston Screened Camping Tent

 

Coleman Camping Tent
Coleman Camping Tent

Floor area: 10 x 9 ft.
Doors: 1.
Weight: 19 lb.
Other sizes: 6P, 8P.
Pros: A super easy setup, shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes.
Cons: Needs better insulation for extreme conditions.

This spacious tent has enough room for 2 queen size air beds. This roomy tent offers a separate screen room that will keep the bugs away while you are free to lounge in your “front porch”. The screen room does have a floor- same type of plastic floor as the main portion of the tent. The windows on the inside of the tent have zip up flats, but the screened in portion at the apex of the tent does not. Overall, the tent is a great size and shape and the small entrance area is very useful. The tent poles have an elastic rope running through the middle, which makes for an easy setup.

We camped in 40-50 degree weather and it was fine, although quite cold in the morning. The tent also didn’t offer much in the way for insulation but we can see how it would have good ventilation in hotter climates. Zippers could have also been placed better.

Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin Tent

 

Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin Camping Tent
Coleman Tenaya Lake Fast Pitch Cabin

Floor area: 13 x 9 ft.
Doors: 1.
Weight: 35 lb.
Other sizes: Cabin only.
Pros: Very roomy, comes with a closet. Rainfly works really well. strong durability in extreme weather.
Cons: Not a fast pitch set up, but simple for a big tent.

When we first tested this tent it stormed + 60 miles per hour winds. There were 4 other tents in our camping party, none had survived. Very strong and very dry. Rainfly works really well and has the ability to have the outriggers adjusted to different angles for water diversion. The door swings open and close which is a huge bonus.

As for set up, it’s an easy one but we did a practice run which was necessary because there is a certain step by step you must follow.

CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent

 

CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Camping Tent
CORE 10 Person Cabin Camping Tent

Floor area: 14 x 10 ft.
Doors: 1.
Weight: 35.5 lb.
Other sizes: Cabin only.
Pros: Water Resistant Exterior with an advanced venting system. The straight walls make for a more spacious interior.
Cons: A tall tent which is not ideal for windy weather.

This tent is almost like having a country house outdoors. Very spacious and will fit 10 people although we fill like 8 is the ideal for this camping tent. Equipped with an advanced venting system that helps to cool warm evenings by drawing cool air from the ground and pushing hot air through a large mesh ceiling. A cool feature we liked is a room divider that essentially creates a 2 room tent.

Standing tall at 86 inches, the CORE tent might encounter issues at windy weather. Although we have yet to test it at such weather.

CORE 11 Person Cabin Tent with Screen Room

 

CORE Cabin Camping Tent with Screen Room
CORE Cabin Camping Tent with Screen Room

Floor area: 17 x 12 ft.
Doors: 1+1.
Weight: 25 lb.
Other sizes: Cabin only.
Pros: No problem standing upright in any part of the tent. The screens actually allow air flow which is an added bonus on hot days.
Cons: Will need better tent stakes.

This CORE offers excellent interior space without losing on the essentials. The cabin design allows for a very spacious experience with a very competitive price. Because of its impressive height (86″), make sure to stake the tent out completely and to use all included lines. Houses up to 11 adults in sleeping bags or up to 3 queen air mattresses. A quick unzipping of the front windows allows for a panoramic view.

As stated above, due to its impressive height, the CORE will need to be staked out.

Kelty Trail Ridge 6 Tent

Kelty Trail Ridge 6 Camping Tent
Kelty Trail Ridge 6 Camping Tent

Floor area: 10 x 9 ft.
Doors: 2.
Weight: 15 lb.
Other sizes: 2P, 3P, 4P, 8P.
Pros: By far the best rainfly mechanism we have encountered, coupled with the best panoramic vision on this list.
Cons: Could have been designed a bit better.

The Kelty Trail Ridge is one of the promising players in the car camping scene. 2 large doors offer easy entry + exit, roomy interior and lots of mesh use on the body that allows for excellent visibility. The stargazing fly allows for an amazing view of the starry night. If weather conditions are good it’ll be hard to beat this one. Setup is easy but you’ll need help to get the poles attached. Very tall when setup, if you are under 5′ 8″ you should put the rainfly on before you raise the tent. We loved that the rainfly could be pulled up on one side without getting out of the tent.

Price is a bit steep, while quality and overall features of the Kelty Trail Ridge 6 are not up to par with the price.

MSR Pappa Hubba NX Tent

MSR Pappa Hubba NX Camping Tent
MSR Pappa Hubba NX Camping Tent

Floor area: 8 x 7 ft.
Doors: 2.
Weight: 6.5 lb.
Other sizes: 3P, 2P, 1P.
Pros: Lightweight while made with quality products.
Cons: Design creates cramped interior.

MSR continues their legacy of quality and craftsmanship. The Papa Hubba takes up the same amount of space as a 2-man tent. It has great headroom, but is not so tall that strong wind will blow it away. Breathability is good, but obviously better when you have 1-2 people vs 3-4. The mesh and vents are really well thought out and maintain decent airflow in most conditions while the popup Velcro tabs assist in this process. The MSR Pappa Hubba is a suitable option for backpacking families as long as those families don’t require lots of space.

Standing up might be a bit uncomfortable but the lower height does help in windy weathers.

Big Agnes – Big House Deluxe Tent

Big Agnes - Big House Deluxe Camping Tent
Big Agnes – Big House Deluxe Camping Tent

Floor area: 9.4 x 8 ft.
Doors: 2.
Weight: 13 lb.
Other sizes: 4P, 6P.
Pros: Big, roomy and very spacious.
Cons: Not for harsh weather.

Aptly named, the Big Agnes – Big House Deluxe has 12 large interior pockets and a front door welcome mat. Along with high end architecture that provides steep walls and excellent living space. Great build quality as expected from Big Agnes. The  Big Agnes has a new cabin like design  which is quite tall and allowed for more space. Ventilation is good due to panels made of mesh and polyester on the tent’s body. Adding a vestibule is recommended as the standard rainfly is not big enough to cover the entire tent.

For those of you that prefer roomier tents than this one is for you. As the Big Agnes is not best suited for harsh weather.

Marmot Halo 6-Person

Marmot Halo 6-Person Camping Tent
Marmot Halo 6-Person Camping Tent

Floor area: 10 x 10 ft.
Doors: 2.
Weight: 19 lb.
Other sizes: 6P.
Pros: Premium weather coverage and stargazing.
Cons: Expensive.

The Marmot Halo 6P will withstand most extreme weather, very much like other Backpacking tents we have reviewed. With strong and rigid poles, it can take on serious winds. The circular poles along the top will provide for the perfect stargazing experience. The halo design also makes it more reinforced at several places like corners and also allows for more space. The side air vents are useful, the vestibules are quite spacious for equipment and there are tons of pockets. Poles are thin for the tent size but are sturdy, which makes the tent very resilient to wind. Just make sure not to abuse the poles as they will bend.

The Marmot Halo 6P expensive. Although some would deter from that fact, others will see that as an investment in a good tent that offers backpacking standards.

Eureka Copper Canyon 6 Tent

Eureka Copper Canyon 6 Camping Tent
Eureka Copper Canyon 6 Camping Tent

Floor area: 10 x 10 ft.
Doors: 1.
Weight: 26 lb.
Other sizes: 4P, 8P, 12P.
Pros: Very cozy and spacious.
Cons: Not suitable for harsh weather.

The biggest pro of the Eureka Copper Canyon 6 Camping Tent is by far its size. 6 adults could easily walk around in this spacious tent. Excellent choice for families, cot people and those who prefer queen size mattresses. One of our reviewers is 6’2″ and had no problems walking in and standing in the tent. Air circulation is great due to the full mesh roof. Large D-style door, with a half window that allows easy entry/exit. Metal poles on the sides met our expectations. We were worried about the two fiberglass poles on top, but were pleased to find that they were much thicker fiberglass than you see on cheaper tents.

Although the the tent is successfully waterproof, the rainfly will only cover the mesh roof. A fact that makes using the Eureka in extreme downpours a problem.

ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek 4-P

ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek 4-Person Camping Tent
ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek 4P Camping Tent

Floor area: 7.6 x 8.6 ft.
Doors: 1.
Weight: 26 lb.
Other sizes: 4P, 6P.
Pros: A well designed tent with an easy setup.
Cons: Not too durable.

ALPS Mountaineering has made a well designed tent. The Camp Creek has got plenty of room and allows for a 6.5 ft adult person stand up straight. The big windows along with the height make a very spacious feeling. Its good design and reasonable materials (Fiberglass poles), plus that fact that its equipped with mesh storage shelf, stakes, guy ropes and four large windows, make for a very good tent for the its cost.

Zipper durability is a bit questionable. The fabric around  the door zipper was tight like a drum when zipping. Will most probably be the first to go.

Completing Your Camping Gear Kit

While camping, although its true that tents are likely to be the costly choice, there are more items that are required to make your campaign experience complete. Depending on the characteristics of your trip, there are other essentials that would make it complete. Check out these guide to help you on your choice: