Best Camping Tents of 2020

We review this year’s best camping tents, from major brands to hidden gems, to help you pick the right one for any budget.

REI Kingdom 6 Camping Tent

A top camping tent is user-friendly, has lots of space, and a wide array of features. They can turn a night in the wild into a somewhat luxury activity. Many of us have memories of camping nights gone bad. From tents that need a team of engineers to set up, snapping poles, leaking tents, to lack of space, we’ve all been there. Those nightmare camping nights should be in the past when you own the right tent.

This is where we come in. We help you buy a camping tent is spacious, user-friendly, feature-packed, and weather-proof. We go through the many options on the market to help you pick the best for any budget.

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Best Camping Tents of 2020

1. REI Kingdom 6 (Best Overall Tent)

REI Kingdom 6 Camping TentSuggested Retail Price: $470 (Check Today’s Best Price)
Sleeping Capacity: 4P, 6P, 8P
In Our Review: 6P Tent
Total Weight:  21 lbs. 6 oz.
Floor Space: 83.3 square feet

Likes: Very roomy and can be configured into separate living quarters. High walls with room for standing. It has loads of pockets for storage, and two doors make it easy to bring large items into the tent. It’s color-coded for easy setup. It’s easy to transport with the included backpack case.

Dislikes: The height of the tent makes it vulnerable to high winds. However, you can neutralize the effect of wind with guylines.

REI is well-known for producing high-quality camping gear, and the REI Kingdom is no different. This is our best-rated tent in 2020. This tent gives you enough room to sleep up to 8 people (our review looks at the 6-person) and still have space for many helpful features. The design of the poles makes the walls almost vertical, giving you nearly 75 inches of height in no matter where you stand in the tent (unlike dome-shaped tents).

A lot of thought has gone into making the REI Kingdom with lots of built-in storage space, including space for storing your wet and dirty gear. The two large doors located on either end make it easy to enter and exit the tent and bring large items into the tent. You also get a divider to create two separate quarters.

There’s an easy-to-access rainfly that can roll back to give you spectacular views on those clear starry nights. This is one of our favorite features of the tent. This large tent is easy to transport with the included case with comfortable shoulder straps.

2020 saw a few updates to this tent from REI. The floor space and other dimensions remain the same, but the pole has been re-designed to be a bit sturdier. There’s also a slightly re-designed brighter rainfly.

We recommend a few accessories to give you extra space if you need it. There are the Mud Room and a Porch extension that some people may find useful.

As our top tent pick, we guarantee you won’t be disappointed in this one if you plan to camp out as a group.

 

2. Coleman Sundome 6 (Best Budget Pick)

Coleman Sundome 6 Camping TentSuggested Retail Price: $110 (Check Today’s Best Price)
Sleeping Capacity: 2P, 3P, 4P, 6P
In Our Review: 6P Tent
Total Weight: 16 lbs. 10 oz.
Floor Space: 100 sq. ft.

Likes: Affordable, fast & easy to erect, compact & easy to carry, comes with all the required stakes & guidelines.

Dislikes: Can only stand up in the center of the tent, build-quality is a bit lacking, rainfly does not provide full coverage, the zipper may snag sometimes. The seams are not fully taped, and ventilation can be limited.

Camping is a casual summer activity for most people. Most of us pick one or two clear nights to camp, so we don’t have to contend with the cold or wind. You don’t need a high-end camping tent like our above pick. The Coleman Sundome 6 is an excellent option for those who don’t want to pay a lot of money for two nights of camping in a year. This polyester tent has room to sleep a good size family comfortably and provide protection from the summer elements.

This is an inexpensive tent that is great for basic comping in fair weather summer months. It’s one of the most popular tents on the market, but this may be because it’s cheap and people buy a new one when they go on their next camping trip to replace their (most likely broken) old one.

Every part of the tent, from the fabric and stakes to the clips, feels cheap. We also found that the coverage of the rainfly was inadequate. It provides good coverage for the top part of the tent but exposes the sides. You shouldn’t experience any problems in fair weather, but this may become a problem in windy and rainy conditions.

This is still an excellent tent for this price despite all the shortcomings we’ve pointed out. It is an excellent camping tent for most casual campers and earns its place on our list.

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3. REI Half Dome 4 Plus (Best for Backpacking & Camping)

REI Half Dome 4 Plus Camping TentSuggested Retail Price: $349 (Check Today’s Best Price)
Sleeping Capacity: 1 Plus, 2 Plus, 3 Plus & 4 Plus
In Our Review: 4 Plus Tent
Total Weight: 7 lbs. 10 oz.
Floor Space: 58.7 sq. Ft.

Likes: High-quality, affordable crossover backpacking and camping tent for a small group. It’s easy to erect and has plenty of storage pockets. The tent is well-ventilated with a rollback rainfly.

Dislikes: More expensive than the older model.

The Half Dome is a popular tent from REI and has undergone a slight redesign in the past 12 months. The Half Dome only comes in the “Plus” model, which used to be larger versions of their regular-sized tents. Another new feature is the near-vertical walls made possible by the new poles. The interior now feels roomier and well-ventilated. They’ve maintained the high-quality construction and other features that have made it a favorite with camping enthusiasts over the years.

This is an ideal tent for people who like to combine camping with backpacking. It is lightweight and compact. The Half Dome feels at home in adverse weather conditions. It’s long-lasting, easy to erect and take down.

The Half Dome can comfortably sleep the recommended number of people for the tent size. We recommend that you buy the right size because there’s plenty of room for the recommended number of people. You don’t want your group carrying more weight than necessary when backpacking. However, you can buy a larger size tent if you plan to mostly camp and do very little backpacking.

 

4. Tepui Tents Kukenam Sky 3 (Best Tent For Car Roof Camping)

Tepui Kukenam Sky 3 Camping TentSuggested Retail Price: $1,699 (Check Today’s Best Price)
Sleeping Capacity: 2P, 3P
In Our Review: 3P Tent
Total Weight: 130 lbs.
Floor Space: 37 sq. ft.

Likes: Very practical and user-friendly, strong & sturdy, high-quality material protects you from the elements in all seasons.

Dislikes: Quite heavy at 130 pounds (packed weight), a bit pricey and cumbersome.

The Kukenam Sky is the ideal tent for those of you who want an off-the-ground tent to sleep in when camping. You pitch it right on top of your car roof and enjoy a comfortable night outdoors.  This type of tent is great for combining two favorite summer activities, road-tripping, and camping.

Tepui Tents are leaders in the manufacture of rooftop tents and have an impressive lineup in this niche, including their impressive explorer series. As impressive as their other offerings are, we believe the price, durability, and features of the Kukenam Sky 3 makes it an ideal option for those looking for a tent in this category.

The Sky 3 comfortably sleeps 3 people and comes with a built-in 2.5-inch sleeping mattress. It is straightforward to pitch, but Tepui provides a video guide to help if you face any difficulties. The rainfly provides excellent protection, and the durable alumina stakes keep the tent steady in windy conditions. This tent will keep you warm in low temperatures and dry when raining (even if you forget to set up the rainfly correctly).

You can’t stand in this tent, but there’s plenty of room for sitting comfortably. You also get 4 large storage pockets for your valuable gadgets.

As with most rooftop tents, the cost may be prohibitive for some people. You may have to buy an optional rack to pitch the tent if your car rack doesn’t cut it. Then again, if you plan to drive around the nation and camp at some spectacular locations, it’s worth investing in a high-quality tent like this to make your trip more comfortable.

It’s well-built with high-quality materials that can withstand all seasons. It is relatively inexpensive for its category and our top recommendation for rooftop tents. This is one purchase you’ll not regret making.

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5. Eureka Space Camp 4

eureka space camp 4 camping tentSuggested Retail Price: $369 (Check Today’s Best Price)
Sleeping Capacity: 4P, 6P
In Our Review: 4P Tent
Total Weight: 12 lbs. 10 oz.
Floor Space: 60 sq. ft.

Likes: Standing room if you’re 5 feet 6 inches and under, built with high-quality materials, protection from the elements, 2 doors, storage pockets, user-friendly, loft to store your gear, and spacious interior.

Dislikes: Standing room is limited to people under 5 feet 6 inches.

This 4-person tent provides near-vertical walls which give you plenty of room to move indoors. Eureka is known for making high-quality tents, and this 2020 model is no different. It provides ample space to sleep four people comfortably. You also get storage space to protect your gear from the elements. You may use it as a 2-person tent to get extra room to move around and room for larger gear and clothing.

It’s easy to erect and take down, and if you get stuck, there are instructions available on the side of the carry bag for quick reference. It’s lightweight and compact, so It’s ideal for hikers who need to camp overnight (see our guide on the best hiking boots). It’s may not be ideal if you’ll be traveling over long distances. The carry bag is nice and will make your tent last longer.

The near-vertical walls give you much more headroom than a standard dome. You can buy the Space Camp 6P if you need extra headroom for taller users. The rainfly is very effective at keeping water out when it’s raining. You get excellent ventilation even when the rainfly is down.

One downside of the Space Camp is the breathable fabric roof. It’s not ideal if you want to do stargazing while lying down indoors. You can see from either of the 2 doors, but most of us would rather lay on our back and watch the night sky through the roof.

We highly recommend this tent because of the build-quality and practicality. It’s a good value for your money.

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6. Marmot Limestone 4P

marmot limestone 4P Camping TentSuggested Retail Price: $399 (Check Today’s Best Price)
Sleeping Capacity: 4P, 6P, 8P
In Our Review: 4P Tent
Total Weight: 11 lbs. 11 oz.
Floor Space: 60 sq. ft.

Likes: Near-vertical walls, 2 doors, high-quality build and materials, storage pockets, color coding for easy pitching, spacious interior, excellent protection from the elements.

Dislikes: Not enough headroom for standing

The Marmot Limestone 4P sleeps up to 4 people. However, we feel like it’s a bit cramped with 4 people sleeping in it. We recommend the 4P for 3 people. It’s made with high-quality material and poles that that keep it steady in moderate winds. The full-coverage rainfly keeps the water out while letting air in for ventilation.

At a maximum height of 5 feet 1 inch, there isn’t much headroom for standing, although the near-vertical walls make the interior feel spacious. You can buy the 8P model, which has a higher headroom if that’s what you’re looking for.

There’s a door either end of the tent, but one door is much bigger than the other. The smaller door uses a non-transparent fabric, which gives you adequate privacy if you’re camping with other campers.

The rainfly provides excellent protection from the rain, and you can remove it on clear starry nights for stargazing if you’re into that. The Marmot limestone is more suitable for summer camping than the other seasons. For a Marmot that is more suitable for 4-season camping, you should take a look at the Marmot Halo. It is built to withstand higher winds and provide better protection from the cold. Although the Limestone and Halo are excellent camping tents, we picked the Limestone because we believe it has better value for money.

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7. Cabelas Alaskan Guide Model 6P (Best 4-Season Tent)

Cabelas alaskan guide 6p camping tentSuggested Retail Price: $499 (Check Today’s Best Price)
Sleeping Capacity: 4P, 6P, 8P
In Our Review: 6P Tent
Total Weight: 33 lbs.
Floor Space: 121.30 sq. ft.

Likes: Integrated vestibule, incredibly stable even in stormy conditions, spacious, full protection from rain and snow, high-quality design and materials.

Dislikes: Heavy and not ideal for backpacking

Cabelas is a household name in outdoor gear. They are known for high-quality, and this tent is no different. Their tents are favored by professional outdoor guides, forest rangers and other people who need a comfortable shelter in the wild.

The Alaskan Guide has been proven to work in all kinds of weather. 50 mph winds are no match for the strong poles and durable fabric. You can also open windows and use the mesh vents to make it comfortable for hot summer nights. It comes with plenty of storage pockets for organizing your gear and a large integrated vestibule with full fly coverage. At the height of 6 feet 1 inch, there’s ample standing room for most people. There’s also plenty of floor space to move around.

There isn’t much of a downside to buying the Alaskan Guide tent. The only thing we can critic about it is the weight. At 33 pounds, it’s too heavy to use as a backpack and may, therefore, limit where you can camp. However, if you don’t mind strapping 33 pounds on your back, this is one of the best camping tents you can buy.

 

8. REI Grand Hut 4

REI Grand Hut 4 CampingTentSuggested Retail Price: $319 (Check Today’s Best Price)
Sleeping Capacity: 4P, 6P
In Our Review: 4P Tent
Total Weight: 14 lbs. 2 oz.
Floor Space: 58.3 sq. ft.

Likes: Mesh canopy good for stargazing, near-vertical walls make the room more spacious, 2 doors, non-transparent lower wall sections for privacy, waterproof vestibule, plenty of storage pockets, chimney effect ventilation, plenty of headroom for standing.

Dislikes: Additional stakes may be needed to cover all guy-out points depending on the pitching area. Not ideal for windy conditions unless thoroughly guyed out. Not great for cold weather camping.

The REI Grand 4 is a spacious tent with plenty of headroom (at the height of 6 feet 2 inches) for most people to stand in. It’s ideal for a camping trip for a small family. The rainfly is highly effective, and the vestibule provides additional dry storage. Don’t expert the Grand Hut 4 to perform well in high wind conditions unless you guy it out properly. You may need to buy additional stakes and guylines to secure it. Once guyed-out properly, it can handle most windy conditions.

It features an effective rainfly that keeps water out even in heavy rain. Ventilation is excellent on the Grand Hut 4. We do not recommend using this tent for winter camping because the large space is not effective at trapping heat. This makes it ideal for camping in humid summer temperatures.

We liked the upper-level mesh and lower level non-transparent fabric design. It allows for ample ventilation while providing good privacy when needed. The REI Grand Hut 4 is also ideal for sleeping tall people. It is spacious and can comfortably accommodate people over 6 feet tall and still provide room around you. You can easily fit a couple of air mattresses in there and still have plenty of space left.

Pitching and dismantling the Grand Hut is very easy for people of all experience levels. It is a durable tent and should last many uses. We rate it highly.

 

9. REI Co-op Base Camp 6 (Best 3-4-Season Tent)

REI Coop Basecamp 6 Camping TentSuggested Retail Price: $499 (See Today’s Best Price)
Sleeping Capacity: 4P, 6P
In Our Review: 6P
Total Weight: 20 lbs. 10 oz.
Floor Space: 84 sq. ft.

Likes: User-friendly (color-coded), excellent rainfly coverage, very stable in windy conditions, 2 doors, adjustable vents, 2 vestibules, reflective surfaces, plenty of headroom in the middle.

Dislikes: Dome design limits headroom

This is virtually the dome version of the REI Kingdom we mentioned earlier. It is designed to offer better stability in windy conditions, although you can achieve this stability by properly guying-out the Kingdom. They have similar built-quality and features.

The REI Base Camp 6 is surprisingly spacious despite the dome design. You should be able to fit plenty of gear in there and still have room to sleep 3. It can sleep 6 people comfortably without your gear. However, 2 vestibules provide additional storage when needed. There are also additional storage pockets throughout the tent. There’s good headroom for most people to stand and move freely inside the tent.

Color-coded poles and instructions written on the bag make it very easy to set up. You can also take it down easily and fold it back neatly into its case. You can regulate airflow and, therefore, temperate by closing and opening vents when needed. The vents have been designed to provide a chimney ventilation effect, which helps control humidity. This tent is waterproof and should stay dry inside, even in heavy rain.

You don’t need to size up with the Base Camp 6. It really can sleep the recommended number of people with room to spare. We highly recommend it.

 

10. Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8P

Kodiak Canvas flex bow 6 Camping TentSuggested Retail Price: $849.99 (Check today’s best price)
Sleeping Capacity: 4P, 6P, 8P
In Our Review: 8P Tent
Total Weight: 79 lbs.
Floor Space: 140 sq. ft.

Likes: Plenty of headroom at 6 feet 6 inches tall, high-quality & long-lasting weather-resistant materials, user-friendly, very spacious, stable in high-wind conditions.

Dislikes: Heavy

The Kodiak Flex-Bow is made with high-quality, and durable canvas, which lasts for many years of regular use. The stakes are made from steel and work well in keeping the tent in place in high wind conditions. The fabric is waterproof and keeps the interior of the tent dry even in heavy rain. It also fairs well in cold and warm conditions.

The quality of the Kodiak Flex-Bow is visibly evident. From the design and build to the materials, you can tell why it costs so much.

A peak height of 6 feet 6 inches and a 140 square foot floor space gives you plenty of room to stand and move about. Two large doors at either end of the tent give you easy access and good ventilation. Four meshed windows provide extra ventilation. The mesh is designed to keep prying eyes out so you won’t have to worry about privacy.

Obviously, this is not a tent for everyone, but it’s an excellent investment if you can buy it. You may not need this kind of tent if you only camp ones or twice but you should consider it if you want a big, spacious, comfortable, and waterproof camping tent.

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Buying Guide For Camping Tents

 

High-End Camping Tents

Tents are meant to provide basic shelter when you’re out in nature, so we feel a bit weird using the term high-end to describe one. The amount of money that goes into research & development, the premium materials, and the quality design of these tents justify our use of this term.

Premium Camping Tent - REI Co-op Kingdom 6

Premium Camping Tent – REI Co-op Kingdom 6

The tents that fall into this category maximize the use of space by providing room dividers, large vestibules, and pole designs that provide near-vertical walls.

They incorporate plenty of mesh material into the tent walls to provide good ventilation in warm and sticky weather. The rainfly on such tents provide excellent coverage and vents in them keep the tent dry by removing moisture that might otherwise accumulate in the tent. These premium tents perform better in high-wind and heavy-rain conditions than their cheaper counterparts. These high-end models typically have stronger fabric & poles, perform better in adverse weather, are 100% watertight, and provide better ventilation.

Premium materials and features cost money, so it’s no surprise that a tent such as the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow 6 (reviewed above) has an MSRP of $849.99. Such high prices may be prohibitive to some, but their comfort, convenience, and long-lasting nature make them an excellent investment for anyone that camps multiple times a year.

Budget or Cheap Camping Tents

Coleman Sundome Budget Camping Tent

Coleman Sundome Budget Camping Tent

Most budget camping tents fulfill the function of a tent providing basic shelter in the outdoors. It’s unclear when to classify a tent as budget or mid-range, but we consider any 6-person tent under $220 a budget tent. Budget tents tend to use non-premium fabrics and poles. They typically do not perform well in windy weather and, therefore, only good for camping in fair weather. A budget tent typically gets flooded indoors or gets broken poles when a storm passes through. A budget tent is suitable for people new to camping and those who only camp out when the weather is nice. We don’t recommend that you use it in unpredictable weather.

Backpacking/Camping Hybrid Tents

Buying a tent can be an expensive expenditure for most of us. This expenditure can significantly rise when you have to equip yourself for both backpacking and camping. A camping and backpacking tent hybrid may be a good solution if you want to practice both activities at the same time. The REI Co-op Half Dome we reviewed above is one such offering. It’s made of lightweight materials and has enough room for four people.

Tents that achieve this hybrid usage typically give out a few trade-offs. Their lightweight material may not provide the best protection from the elements, and they usually don’t offer enough headroom to stand upright in. However, this type of tent may be a good investment if you plan to go on an extended backpacking journey.

REI Coop Half Dome Tent

Camping/Backpacking tents like the REI Half Dome need to be lightweight and compact

Canvas Tents

Canvas is a tough, durable material that is long-lasting. Tents made from this material perform incredibly well in adverse weather and are great for all-weather camping. However, they’re usually heavier and more expensive than those made from other materials. However, a canvas tent is an excellent investment that will give you many years of use without needing a replacement.

Rooftop Tents

A recent trend in camping is the use of rooftop tents. Here is the basic concept: You buy a tent and attach it to the rack system on your vehicle’s roof or the bed of your pickup truck and fold it down when traveling. You unfold the tent, lower the ladder ,and climb in for the night once you arrive at your destination.

A rooftop tent makes it easy to camp in almost any location, including places with uneven ground. You also get a comfortable integrated cushion mattress with most rooftop tents, unlike the sleeping pads used in conventional tents.

A Vehicle Rooftop Camping Tent

Rooftop camping tents let you go camping just about anywhere

Rooftop tents are typically expensive – costing more than $1,000 in most cases. You may also have to fork out for a new roof rack system if you don’t have one already and in some cases, your vehicle’s rack may not be suitable for mounting the tent. Another drawback is the amount of space a rooftop tent can take. In typical usage, you can’t mount a rooftop tent and use other accessories like a bike rack or utility box. However, some manufacturers like Tepui are trying to solve this problem. Tepui’s 2020 HyBox 2 incorporates a tent and a roof box.

Some Factors to Look Out For When Buying A Camping Tent

Sleeping Capacity

The model you end up buying should be determined by the number of people going to sleep in the tent, and whether or not you’ll have to store a lot of gear. You should consider pets and also take into account that there’s no standardized definition for “a person.” People come in different sizes, so what comfortably sleeps 6 people during testing may not sleep 6 people comfortably in the real world. You should always assume the tent rating is a tight fit for slim people. It’s always good to go a couple of sizes up just to be certain. Upsizing should always be taken into consideration when you share a tent with people who are: on the larger end of the scale, restless sleepers and claustrophobic. You should also upsize if you have pets and bring a lot of gear that needs storing indoors

sleeping capacity of a tent

The sleeping rating of some tents may be a tight fit. You sometimes need to size up

Tent Space – Floor Area and Headroom

Some listings will provide floor space area while some will give you the floor dimensions (width & Length). Listings will always give you the peak height, which is the height of the highest point from the floor to the roof. The peak height is typically located in the middle of the tent. These measurements tell you whether you can fully stand upright and move freely in the tent.

Although tent size is not standardized, the floor space of tents of similar sleeping rating falls within a certain range. For example, most 6-person tents will have a floor space between 75 to 85 square feet. Premium tents can offer a much higher floor space. Tents with near-vertical walls tend to have more room than dome-shaped tents.

Cabin-style tents like the Copper Canyon from Eureka and the Grand Hut from REI offer the most interior space because of their vertical walls. Marmot Limestone and the REI Kingdom have near-vertical tents and offer more interior space than traditional dome-shaped tents.

REI Kingdom 6 Standing Room

Are standing room and floor area important to you? – REI Kinding 6 Shown

Tent Doors

Tents typically have one or two doors which may also have built-in windows. Large capacity tents should have two doors for a couple of reasons. It allows you to enter and exit the tent at the nearest exit and avoid having to step over your tent mates. It also helps with increased ventilation when you zip them open – especially in the hot summer months.

REI Kingdom 6 2 Doors

The two doors on the REI Kingdom 6 camping tent help with ventilation.

Quality of Materials

Unlike most products, you can see a noticeable difference between a low-cost and a high-end tent. The gulf in quality between them is very high. High-end tents are usually made from premium materials, and the construction quality is excellent. They usually last much longer than their cheaper cousins. But if you’re like most campers who only go camping a couple of times a year – and in calm summer weather conditions – then you may find paying for a premium model a bit too much.

However, most seasoned campers prefer shelling out for a higher-end model because they typically last several years. Higher-end models usually have better features – such as full-coverage rainfly, pockets to store your valuables, and spacious vestibules for extra storage or additional sleeping quarters if needed.

The Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow, REI Co-op Kingdom 6, and the Cabela Alaskan Guide are our favorite premium tents. Our favorite budget option is the Coleman Sundome. You can get a budget option if you plan camping once or twice a year and in fair weather only.

Cabala's Alaskan Guide Interior

Premium tents are made from high-quality materials and well-designed interior

Vents and Ventilation

Adverse weather condition isn’t limited to rainstorms and high wind but also include hot sticky conditions and cold conditions. You need a tent that can circulate cold air through the tent cabin in hot conditions and trap warm air in when camping in cold conditions. You should consider buying tents with plenty of mesh to let in air but can be covered in cold conditions to trap warm air in. You can get a tent that can do both or buy one that is designed specifically for each condition.

Tents with vents in the roof area and the lower section of the wall create a chimney ventilation effect. Warm air is expelled through the roof vents and cold air drawn in through the lower vents.

Camping tent ventilation

Meshed doors, windows, and vents provide ventilation and keep bugs out

Storage and Vestibules

The vestibule is extended space outside the door of the tent. This space can be created with a full-coverage rainfly or an optional attachment sold separately. Vestibules may be used as an additional sleeping space or to store gear that needs protection from the elements. They’re ideal for storing muddy boots and dirty clothes and gear. A vestibule could also act as a small sleeping area for your small child or a pet. Most high-end tents will come with an integrated vestibule but may be optional for budget tents.

REI has taken the vestibule and set it on steroids with its Kingdom Mud Room. This can give your tent an extra 60 square feet of indoor space or outdoor terrace space.

REI Kingdom 6 Vestibule

REI Kingdom 6 with a large vestibule for storage or an extra sleeping area

Packed Weight and Size

Weight comes into play, depending on how you get the tent to the camping site. It wouldn’t matter if you drive to the site but you don’t want to walk a long distance with a heavy tent strapped to your back.

An 80-pound tent may still be a problem – even if you can drive to the campsite – if you have to pitch it on your own.

You should also consider the size of the packed tent. Will it fit into your vehicle with all your other gear? Will it fit into a small case for backpacking? These are some of the questions you need to answer before buying a tent.

Most tents will come with some kind of duffel bag with shoulder straps for carrying them around. Some also have special bags for the poles and other accessories.

packed camping tent

Packed weight and size can affect how you’ll transport the tent to the site

Guy-out Loops and Guy Lines

High-end tents have several loops on the outside of the tent for guyline attachments. Guylines are looped through several hoops on the outside of the tent, and secured to the ground with stakes, to keep the tent sturdy in high-wind conditions.

Some tents do not provide enough stakes to cover all the guy line attachments so you may have to buy additional stakes guy-out the tent properly.

3-Season vs. 3-4-Season vs. 4- Season Tents

We can’t control the weather so we need a tent that is capable of handling anything mother nature throws at us. Some people are only mild weather campers so they’re unlikely to ever face inclement weather conditions. There are tents designed to cope with conditions from all seasons or a particular combination of seasons.

3-season tents are the most popular type of tent. They’re designed to cope well with the relatively warm conditions of summer, spring and fall. They’re usually lightweight and have plenty of mesh panels to help cool the tent. These panels can protect against insects but let in plenty of dust if you’re camping in a dusty area. 3-season tents come with rainfly that can protect you from rainfall and light snow but may not be a wise choice for protection from high wind, heavy snow and violent storms.

3-4-season tents are also known as extended-season tents. They’re built for extended camping in the summer months, and moderate length camping trips in the Spring or Fall, when it may snow moderately. They usually have a few extra and stronger poles than their 3-season counterparts. 3-4-season tents also tend to have fewer mesh panels. These tents can hash conditions in the summer and spring months but are not built to handle the severe winter conditions of the 4-season tents.

3-4-season camping tent

The REI Basecamp 6 is one of the best 3-4-season tents

As the name suggests, 4-season tents are designed and built to withstand the harsh conditions of all four seasons. They can withstand substantial snowfalls, gale-force winds, and torrential rainfall. They’re best for camping high up in the mountains and mainly in the winter months. 4-season tents are made with high-strength and heavy fabrics and use stronger poles than the other types of tents. They typically have dome-shaped designs to minimize drag, prevent the accumulation of snow, and shed water quickly. They use a full-coverage rainfly that offer protection from the elements and help trap warm air in the tent.

4-season camping tent

The Cabela’s Alaskan Guide 4-season camping tent is of the best

Additional Camping Tent Accessories to Consider Buying

You can buy a few items to make your camping tent more comfortable to sleep in. You’ll need camping mattresses or pads if you want to sleep comfortably. You may also want to buy a gas stove, floor mats for interior and exterior space, seam sealers, portable fans, a portable camping heater, cooler, and camping chairs.

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Whats the major difference in Nylon and Polyester tents?

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