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Camping

Best Tent

Tents are one of the most handy and versatile pieces of recreational equipment you can own. Need a quick and relatively inexpensive shelter during your motorcycle trip down the coast? Pack a tent. Want to explore some backcountry wilderness where few have set foot? A lightweight tent will add comfort and protection to your trip. The tent market is brimming with options to meet the many diverse needs of outdoor enthusiasts, from the lightest shelters imaginable to a polyester and mesh mansion big enough to fit a brood of twelve. This list is designed to minimize your work in sifting through all those options and help find the best tent for your individual needs. Numerous criteria have been considered to find the best options in each category and rest assured that every option is backed by positive consumer reviews. Best of luck during your search and cheers to your future adventures!

Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6

The Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6 offers an exceptional combination of space, comfort, and reliable weather protection. This mansion of a tent offers 95 square feet of space, with an additional 26 square feet of space in the vestibule. In the larger portion of the tent, the peak height reaches a respectable 5 feet, 6 inches, providing more than ample headroom (although full standing range is limited for taller individuals). The large and small portions of this tent are separated by a zippered fabric divider, giving you the option to fully separate or unite your tent space. You can even leave half of the partition up while stowing the other half. Sidewall vents and patches of mesh wall paneling help the tent breathe while also giving you adjustable control over the temperature of your tent. Setup is simplified by color coding, and since this tent is freestanding, it can be moved around the campsite until the most desired position is achieved. Considering the epic size of this tent, be sure to determine the dimensions of your prospective campsite beforehand as this tent may not fit in all designated areas.

REI Base Camp 6 Tent

REI Base Camp 6 Tent

The REI Base Camp 6 is an all around excellent choice for a tried-and-true camping tent. Consumers are repeatedly pleased with the durability of this tent and its incredible resistance to inclement and even severe weather. The loads of mesh paneling allows for great tent ventilation while ceiling vents keep condensation under control. All that mesh paneling will afford you great views on a clear night, but you can't zip it up so privacy is limited when the rainfly is off. Two doors make entry and exit easy with multiple campers, and both are covered by vestibules which offer a total of 38 roomy square feet for storage, cooking, or even lounging in lawn chairs. The tent interior offers 83 square feet of space and a peak height just over 6 feet, making this one of the tallest tents on this list. The Base Camp 4 is a smaller version of this tent if your camping needs require less space.

The North Face Tadpole 23 Tent

The North Face Tadpole 23 is an excellent choice if you want your camping tent to last through years, even decades, of use and abuse. Considering this is a lightweight tent that fits one to two people, it is best suited for backpacking or lightweight camping expeditions. This tent is exceptionally breathable and well ventilated, with overhead pockets to store your necessities and color coding for easy setup. Both the frame and overall tent design are extremely dependable, and are built to handle a broad range of weather conditions from mild and easygoing to relentless and unforgiving. You can sprawl out and relax in the 26 square feet of floor space, store your gear in the 9 square feet of vestibule space, and stretch out your arms and neck under the 41-inch ceiling.

Coleman 14x10 Foot 8 Person Instant Tent

If easy, spacious, mild-weather camping on a budget is more up your alley, the Coleman 8-person instant tent is definitely worth considering. This tent has a fantastic space-to-cost ratio, and practically sets itself up since the poles and tent body are pre-attached. Once erected, it offers 140 square feet of floor space - the largest amount on this list - and can be divided into two separate rooms if you so choose. It also features a ceiling over 6 feet tall, two separate doors, and seven windows. All this helps foster a roomy, airy camping experience with plenty of opportunities for outdoor views. This tent also incorporates Coleman's WeatherTec system to help keep you secure from foul weather, but be advised that it lacks a rainfly and the more advanced weatherproofing technology offered by other tent options.

Kodiak Canvas 10x14 ft. 8-Person Flex-Bow Canvas Tent

If you tend to prefer more luxurious amenities during your camping trips, the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Canvas tent will not disappoint. For starters, it boasts a 6-foot-6-inch ceiling height, spacious awning, and large front and back doors for easy entry and exit. If that isn't enough to excite tall campers, the 10-by-14-foot dimensions allow for loads of interior space, so feel free to pack extra large cots and other large camping comforts. The Flex-Bow frame is easy to assemble considering the tent’s large size and provides an extremely sturdy and supportive structure during inclement weather. The 100% cotton duck Hydra-Shield canvas offers insane watertight protection while no-see-um mesh windows help control condensation and keep the tiny flying critters out. Take note that this is a heavy tent, but many campers consider the weight to be a fair trade for the superior quality and strength of the tent materials.

Eureka Copper Canyon 12 -Person Tent

With a 7 foot high center ceiling and 168 square feet of spacious wiggle room, the Eureka! Copper Canyon 12 is ideal for a family looking to enjoy their camping quarters as much as their outdoor adventures. The tent sleeps up to 12 people (if the participants are agreeable to a snug fit) and would more than adequately provide comfortable space for a family of 6 to 8 people. The frame and tent body are refreshingly easy to assemble, making set up a breeze and freeing up more time to go explore your new outdoor wonderland. Numerous side pockets and gear lofts will help you store all the supplies and trinkets that will undoubtedly accompany your vacation, while a removable center curtain allows you the freedom to divide or unite your tent space as you see fit. You can even have electrical cord access to power appliances in your tent with the E! power port. After a fun day of rugged outdoor adventuring, this tent will provide a roomy, dry, and comfortable haven for you and your family.

REI Kingdom 8 Tent - 2012

REI Kingdom 8 Tent - 2012

The REI Kingdom 8 is aptly named considering it can act as your virtual camping kingdom during your adventures. The tent features two rooms, each with its own entrance and separated by a zippered divider. The front room is smaller and ideal for gear storage while the rear room is larger and can serve as a roomy sleeping space. Tall vertical walls peak at a height of 6 feet 5 inches, minimizing the risk of constantly bumping your head as you change or move around. Loads of mesh pockets and loops allow for easy gear storage and accessibility of frequently used items. The rain fly is full coverage which will keep you dry with the added bonus of keeping the tent nice and warm on cold nights. Although it is advertised as an 8-person tent, it would most comfortably fit a family of four or five people. This tent also has the added bonus of being lightweight, although it is still a little on the heavy side for more rigorous backpacking trips. A handy garage can be purchased separately and used for additional gear storage or shelter for a pet. As always, it is a good idea to consider purchasing the footprint to protect your tent investment.

Kelty Parthenon 8-Person Tent

This tent offers perks to keep everyone in the family happy during a camping trip. Set up is simple and even has color coding to further simplify the process. Since the tent is freestanding, it can easily be moved around in your campsite during set up to find the most smooth spot before anchoring down. Of note, the stakes that come with this tent are not as sturdy and durable as some people would like, so you may want to consider bringing along a stash of more hefty stakes. The interior offers 143 square feet of roomy space while the vestibule offers an additional 28.7 square feet for storage or simple shoe space. The Parthenon also features Kelty's infamous ArcEdge floor to keep you extra dry and protected. If you have family members that tend to use the bathroom in the wee hours of the morning, the noiseless zipper pulls will reduce noise and help keep other family members comfortably snoozing.

Coleman 14x10 Foot 8 Person Instant Tent

If easy, spacious, mild-weather camping on a budget is more up your alley, the Coleman 8-person instant tent is definitely worth considering. This tent has a fantastic space-to-cost ratio, and practically sets itself up since the poles and tent body are pre-attached. Once erected, it offers 140 square feet of floor space - the largest amount on this list - and can be divided into two separate rooms if you so choose. It also features a ceiling over 6 feet tall, two separate doors, and seven windows. All this helps foster a roomy, airy camping experience with plenty of opportunities for outdoor views. This tent also incorporates Coleman's WeatherTec system to help keep you secure from foul weather, but be advised that it lacks a rainfly and the more advanced weatherproofing technology offered by other tent options.

Wenzel Klondike 16 X 11-Feet Eight-Person Family Cabin Dome Tent

If you and your family enjoy the campsite amenities of a roomy interior and tall ceilings, the 158 square feet of space (including the screen room) and 78” center ceiling height of the Wenzel Klondike will serve you well. This tent makes it easy to keep your gear and accessories separate from your living space if desired, or to simply have unique tent spaces for different purposes. The attached screen room is great for breezy afternoon naps or bug-free picnics, while zipping up that screened space can also provide additional sleeping space or a weather-protected gear storage area. Set up may require a little extra care considering the size and height of the tent; having two adults handy would be ideal. Laying a footprint under the tent to increase its water-protective capabilities is also a good idea (this is a good rule of thumb in general).

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 Tent

The Copper Spur UL1 tops this list, albeit at a hefty price tag. Although it is the most expensive tent on this list, you definitely get what you pay for with superior design and features to other tents on the market. The trail weight of this tent is a miniscule 2 lbs 6 oz with an impressive floor area of 22 square feet. The height is far from lacking as well, giving you 37 inches to twist around in. A side door makes this tent very easy to get in and out of and mesh paneling provides top-notch ventilation while minimizing condensation. This tent even has a small vent window with an awning to keep the rain out. All in all, if cost is of no concern to you, this tent is arguably the best single person tent on the market.

MSR Hubba One Person Tent

If you're looking for an ideal combination of maximal space, minimal weight, exceptional protection from the elements and easy set up, the Hubba will serve you well. The 86 inches length of this tent allows campers (even the extra tall ones!) to sleep with gear at their feet if they choose, while the 40 inches peak height allows for plenty of interior space. The full weight of everything that comes with this tent is 3 pounds 4 ounces. Depending on your preference of tent set up, this weight can be reduced to the minimal trail weight of 2 pounds 13 ounces. The full-size vestibule offers incredible protection from the elements and can also keep heat locked inside your tent on colder nights. The vestibule can also be attached directly to the poles if you prefer a minimalist approach to your campsite. A mesh canopy keeps your living space well ventilated and will act as a solid barrier to unwelcome bugs and critters. An optional gear shed can be purchased with this tent, offering the benefits of additional storage space.

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 One Person Tent

When considering a cost to weight ratio, this tent is a surefire winner. The packed weight is 2 lbs 8 oz which can be reduced as low as 2 lbs 1 oz for the trail, the lightest weight of any tent on this list. The interior has a roomy 22 square feet with a 38" head height, but the vestibule is on the smaller side. As such, this tent is more ideal for trips where less gear is involved, unless you are fine with your pack and gear being unsheltered outside the tent.

Sierra Designs Light Year 1 Person Tent

The Light Year 1 is a perfect tent for trips where packing light and packing fast are a priority. This tent basically sets itself up with two poles, elbow connectors to keep the poles from twisting, and an easy clip-on tent body. When you're ready to head out, it quickly packs up to be a skinny 19 inches long. Twenty square feet of interior space make this a roomy tent even for campers upwards of 6-foot, 5-inches. The small amount of vestibule space, however, may leave something to be desired in the arena of gear storage if you plan on leaving your gear outside the tent. This tent also has a reputation for holding up against rainy and undesirable weather.

Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Tent

The ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 has a solid reputation for extremely reliable weather protection and roomy head space where your head actually spends a lot of time (aka closer to the end of the tent rather than the center). Total carrying weight is less than four pounds, pole clips make set up fast and easy, and this bad boy is freestanding to top it all off. The cross-pole frame design allows for plenty of room to sit up and change while inside the tent. In fact, most consumers find the twenty three square feet of interior space to be plenty roomy. The vestibule offers a good amount of storage space for gear and mesh walls keep the tent interior well ventilated.

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Tent

The Big Agnes Cooper Spur UL2 is the #1 pick of this list for many reasons. For starters, it has a great space to weight ratio, giving you 29 square feet with a packed weight of just 3 pounds and 7 ounces (which can be reduced to as low as 3 pounds and 1 ounces depending on which tent components you choose to carry). The tent is also extremely easy to pitch, freestanding, and has two vestibules for gear storage or cooking should the weather drive you inside your tent. Two tent doors make it easier for you to get in and out of the tent with multiple campers, while mesh pockets and a separately sold wall gear loft help maximize your interior space. All in all, this tent offers an ideal home away from home in an exceptionally small package. This series also offers a three person tent which may better serve the needs of two backpackers as the two person version would be a snug fit.

Nemo Equipment Meta 2-Person Ultralight Trekking Tent

For the minimalist backpacker, the NEMO Meta 2P is a sure top pick. This tent is a trekking pole tent, meaning your trekking poles support the tent body. Once properly tensioned (be sure to purchase grommets to lock your poles in place), this tent is extremely sturdy and will withstand wind and rain while maintaining good air circulation. Since this is a single walled tent, it may be somewhat less warm than its double walled counterparts and you may get some condensation, but various venting options keep this potential issue to a minimum. Best of all, this tent offers a combined 58 square feet of space with the tent interior and two vestibules, a huge amount of space considering this tent weighs in under 3 pounds.

MSR Hubba Hubba Tent

If you like your backpacking tent to come with plenty of configuration options, the MSR Hubba Hubba will keep your creative juices flowing. You can set this tent up with just the tent body, just the rainfly, the tent body with the rainfly, or the footprint with the rainfly. As is pretty standard these days, the footprint is sold separately but worth the investment. The hubbed pole set of the Hubba Hubba makes for super fast setup and teardown since the interconnected poles snap into place with little effort on your part. The mesh canopy allows for great star gazing and ventilation on hotter nights, while the rainfly will keep you dry and warm on colder nights. The Hubba Hubba is freestanding but taking the extra time to stake out all four corners will maximize your internal floor space since the edges of the tent tend to lift up otherwise. Two side doors makes entry and exit easy without having to crawl over your partner. There are multiple gear pockets for storage and you also have the option of purchasing a gear shed if you want even more storage or space options.

Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Tent

The Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 is designed for those daring to tackle the more rigorous alpine environments. This tent is essentially frill free and focuses more on protecting you from harsh elements. To achieve a lighter weight, this tent has no vestibule and limited storage space and ventilation options. An internal pole set up helps you set up camp quickly and efficiently in case you get caught in an unexpected snow storm. Although this tent has little to offer in terms of luxurious amenities, it is certainly well equipped to withstand insane winds and snow storms and will keep you and your gear safe even through more lengthy storms.

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent

The Fly Creek UL2 is one of the best ultralight backpacking tents on the market. Fully packed, this tent only weighs 2 pounds and 12 ounces and can weigh as little as 1 pound and 11 ounces if you choose to travel with just the tent fly, poles, and footprint (note that the Fast Fly footprint is sold separately). This tent is technically freestanding but bring the stakes along to really maximize the interior space and increase durability during inclement weather. Near impeccable waterproof protection (no leaky seams!) will keep you and your gear dry, while ample mesh on the tent body provides adequate ventilation. On warmer nights, forgoing the fly altogether will leave you staring through the mesh ceiling at a night sky as if you were outside, minus the annoying bugs. Note that this tent is a very snug fit for two backpackers and the vestibule is considered relatively small by numerous consumers, so consider upgrading to the Fly Creek UL3 or even UL4 if you require more space to meet you backpacking needs.

Hilleberg Nammatj 4 Season Tent

Hilleberg Nammatj 4 Season Tent

The Nammatj tops this list as the best 4 season tent due to its all-around high performance and versatility. This double wall tunnel tent has a stellar reputation for being exceptionally weatherproof and providing comfortable, durable shelter through intense wind and snow storms. The true beauty of this tent lies in its ability to be both an indelible fortress in unforgiving weather as well as a comfortable cavern for your less extreme camping adventures. Each pole is the same length and set up is intuitive, fast and easy, which you’ll appreciate if you get caught in an unexpected storm. This tent has one doorway with one vestibule to shelter your gear and free up space inside the tent. In fact, the vestibule offers 13 square feet of space, enough to house three decently sized packs. The two-person version offers 30 square feet of floor space with a peak height of 38 inches, so consider the three-person version if you need a little more space.

The North Face VE 25

The North Face VE 25 is notorious for quality and longevity. If you want a tent that will last for years and handle the many abuses you plan on putting it through, this one is a sure bet. Not only does it have a lifetime warranty, but it is backed by almost impeccable user reviews. The full coverage rainfly will keep your gear safe from the elements, while two doors and two vestibules make entering and exiting camp easy and weatherproof. The windows have even been cold crack tested to -60°F, a handy (and insanely cool!) feature that conveniently increases the amount of weather conditions and locations where you can pitch a safe and protected base camp. This tent is relatively heavy, which is expected considering its durability as well as the 48 square feet of floor space and 16 square feet of vestibule space it offers.

Marmot Thor 3P Tent

The Marmot Thor 3P tent is aptly named as it is, quite frankly, a mountaineering beast. Although it is slightly bulky in terms of weight and packed size, this tent will offer you a spacious interior that feels even roomier due to the steep, vertical tent sides. The vestibule is huge and pole supported, offering your gear extra protection and providing ample space to cook in if need be. Handy features such as a vestibule window, D-shaped doors, multiple inside pockets and a bathtub floor add multiple levels of convenience to your camping experience. The ceiling even has two wall vents for ventilation as well as temperature control; these vents are multi-layered and can be adjusted to expose the mesh netting or act as an open vent to the outdoors.

Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 Tent

The Mountain Hardwear Direkt 2 is designed for those daring to tackle the more rigorous alpine environments. This tent is essentially frill free and focuses more on protecting you from harsh elements. To achieve a lighter weight, this tent has no vestibule and limited storage space and ventilation options. An internal pole set up helps you set up camp quickly and efficiently in case you get caught in an unexpected snow storm. Although this tent has little to offer in terms of luxurious amenities, it is certainly well equipped to withstand insane winds and snow storms and will keep you and your gear safe even through more lengthy storms.

Black Diamond I-Tent

The Black Diamond I is perfect for quick high-altitude trips with minimal carrying weight. This tent has a trail weight of 4 pounds 11 ounces, a tiny load to carry considering the waterproof and weatherproof protection it offers. The two pole internal setup is a breeze and the Todd-Tex tent body fabric protects you from inclement weather while maintaining breathability to minimize condensation. Its narrow design and small footprint (sold separately) allows more extreme adventurists to set up camp practically anywhere, although the overall tent size may prove uncomfortably small for those over six feet tall (the El Dorado is a more spacious version of this tent). You can purchase the optional vestibule if you have extra gear storage needs or simply want more space.

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Tent

The Big Agnes Cooper Spur UL2 is the #1 pick of this list for many reasons. For starters, it has a great space to weight ratio, giving you 29 square feet with a packed weight of just 3 pounds and 7 ounces (which can be reduced to as low as 3 pounds and 1 ounces depending on which tent components you choose to carry). The tent is also extremely easy to pitch, freestanding, and has two vestibules for gear storage or cooking should the weather drive you inside your tent. Two tent doors make it easier for you to get in and out of the tent with multiple campers, while mesh pockets and a separately sold wall gear loft help maximize your interior space. All in all, this tent offers an ideal home away from home in an exceptionally small package. This series also offers a three person tent which may better serve the needs of two backpackers as the two person version would be a snug fit.

The North Face VE 25

The North Face VE 25 is notorious for quality and longevity. If you want a tent that will last for years and handle the many abuses you plan on putting it through, this one is a sure bet. Not only does it have a lifetime warranty, but it is backed by almost impeccable user reviews. The full coverage rainfly will keep your gear safe from the elements, while two doors and two vestibules make entering and exiting camp easy and weatherproof. The windows have even been cold crack tested to -60°F, a handy (and insanely cool!) feature that conveniently increases the amount of weather conditions and locations where you can pitch a safe and protected base camp. This tent is relatively heavy, which is expected considering its durability as well as the 48 square feet of floor space and 16 square feet of vestibule space it offers.

MSR Holler Tent

The MSR Holler is a great tent to own if you have many diverse camping interests. It can be used as a spacious base camp during car camping trips, or as a durable backpacking tent that weighs a little over 3 pounds when split between two people. Since this tent is freestanding and has a low carrying weight, you can get a little more creative with your terrain and pitch it in many different types of places. With 47 square feet of floor space and 17 square feet of vestibule space, you and one or two others have room to pile in your sleeping materials and stow your gear. If windy or stormy weather is in your camping forecast, this tent’s DuraShield coating, sturdy frame, and bathtub floor will keep and your campmates safe and dry while you play card games and sing catchy tunes.

NEMO Losi 3P Tent

The NEMO Losi 3P tent will pleasantly surprise campers who prioritize quality and attention to detail. Having two doors and two vestibules is practically a must when camping with multiple individuals to spare gear from being trampled and avoid having to climb over one another. The LOSI 3P also boasts the added bonuses of reflective guy outs (we’ve all tripped over them more times than we are willing to admit, so being able to see them at night really helps), a removable gear caddy to free up floor space and keep everyone organized, and almost completely vertical walls to extend the amount of useable space. The mesh canopy is ideal for sleeping without the rainfly on warm summer nights. Sleeping with the rainfly will help hold heat inside your tent on cold or stormy nights. Oh, and did I mention the 50 square feet of floor space? That means this tent offers a total of 74 square feet of space for you, your buddies, your gear, and even pets if you have them. Optional purchases such as the footprint and Pawprint will help protect your tent floor and keep your sleeping pads from moving around.

REI Half Dome 2 Plus Tent

REI Half Dome 2 Plus Tent

This tent is easily one of the most versatile tents available, not to mention one of the most cost-effective options on this list. With a packed weight of 6 pounds 6 ounces, it is a possible tent option for both camping and backpacking. You could even use it for ultralight backpacking if just the rainfly and footprint (sold separately) are used. The poles are lightweight, strong, and color coded to avoid confusion during set up. The erected structure forms taut, nearly vertical walls which enhance the interior space and offer sturdy weatherproof shelter. Bathtub/sealed-seams flooring adds further waterproof protection. A no-see-um mesh ceiling keeps the tent well ventilated and offers panoramic views of your surroundings. Two large vestibules, corner stash pockets, hang loops, and roof pockets are also a big plus for organizing your gear. If you don’t need the extended space of the Plus version, consider the standard version of the Half Dome 2.

NEMO Losi 3P Tent

The NEMO Losi 3P tent will pleasantly surprise campers who prioritize quality and attention to detail. Having two doors and two vestibules is practically a must when camping with multiple individuals to spare gear from being trampled and avoid having to climb over one another. The LOSI 3P also boasts the added bonuses of reflective guy outs (we’ve all tripped over them more times than we are willing to admit, so being able to see them at night really helps), a removable gear caddy to free up floor space and keep everyone organized, and almost completely vertical walls to extend the amount of useable space. The mesh canopy is ideal for sleeping without the rainfly on warm summer nights. Sleeping with the rainfly will help hold heat inside your tent on cold or stormy nights. Oh, and did I mention the 50 square feet of floor space? That means this tent offers a total of 74 square feet of space for you, your buddies, your gear, and even pets if you have them. Optional purchases such as the footprint and Pawprint will help protect your tent floor and keep your sleeping pads from moving around.

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Tent

The Big Agnes Cooper Spur UL2 is the #1 pick of this list for many reasons. For starters, it has a great space to weight ratio, giving you 29 square feet with a packed weight of just 3 pounds and 7 ounces (which can be reduced to as low as 3 pounds and 1 ounces depending on which tent components you choose to carry). The tent is also extremely easy to pitch, freestanding, and has two vestibules for gear storage or cooking should the weather drive you inside your tent. Two tent doors make it easier for you to get in and out of the tent with multiple campers, while mesh pockets and a separately sold wall gear loft help maximize your interior space. All in all, this tent offers an ideal home away from home in an exceptionally small package. This series also offers a three person tent which may better serve the needs of two backpackers as the two person version would be a snug fit.

Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6

The Big Agnes Flying Diamond 6 offers an exceptional combination of space, comfort, and reliable weather protection. This mansion of a tent offers 95 square feet of space, with an additional 26 square feet of space in the vestibule. In the larger portion of the tent, the peak height reaches a respectable 5 feet, 6 inches, providing more than ample headroom (although full standing range is limited for taller individuals). The large and small portions of this tent are separated by a zippered fabric divider, giving you the option to fully separate or unite your tent space. You can even leave half of the partition up while stowing the other half. Sidewall vents and patches of mesh wall paneling help the tent breathe while also giving you adjustable control over the temperature of your tent. Setup is simplified by color coding, and since this tent is freestanding, it can be moved around the campsite until the most desired position is achieved. Considering the epic size of this tent, be sure to determine the dimensions of your prospective campsite beforehand as this tent may not fit in all designated areas.

The North Face Rock 32 Tent

The North Face Rock 32 will not only serve you well as an insanely reliable three season shelter, it will continue to serve you year after year if you take good care of it. This three-person tent weighs only 6 pounds 7 ounces with all of the included components, making it ideal for a backpacking trip with several people (split the tent parts between group members to carry even less weight). Setup is color coded and is intuitive enough to forgo the instructions. A front and rear vestibule offer a combined 18.6 square feet of space for boots and backpacks, while the gear attic is handy for keeping your phone and other frequently used items easily accessible. Once pitched, the frame will strongly support the tent body and rainfly through unfriendly wind and rain storms. In fact, consumer reviews repeatedly commend this tent on its top notch performance in a multitude of weather conditions. The taped bathtub floor provides excellent protection against standing water and when fully staked, this tent can handle some serious wind. Most consumers also note their appreciation for the exceptional longevity of this tent.

REI Base Camp 6 Tent

REI Base Camp 6 Tent

The REI Base Camp 6 is an all around excellent choice for a tried-and-true camping tent. Consumers are repeatedly pleased with the durability of this tent and its incredible resistance to inclement and even severe weather. The loads of mesh paneling allows for great tent ventilation while ceiling vents keep condensation under control. All that mesh paneling will afford you great views on a clear night, but you can't zip it up so privacy is limited when the rainfly is off. Two doors make entry and exit easy with multiple campers, and both are covered by vestibules which offer a total of 38 roomy square feet for storage, cooking, or even lounging in lawn chairs. The tent interior offers 83 square feet of space and a peak height just over 6 feet, making this one of the tallest tents on this list. The Base Camp 4 is a smaller version of this tent if your camping needs require less space.

REI Base Camp 6 Tent

REI Base Camp 6 Tent

The REI Base Camp 6 is an all around excellent choice for a tried-and-true camping tent. Consumers are repeatedly pleased with the durability of this tent and its incredible resistance to inclement and even severe weather. The loads of mesh paneling allows for great tent ventilation while ceiling vents keep condensation under control. All that mesh paneling will afford you great views on a clear night, but you can't zip it up so privacy is limited when the rainfly is off. Two doors make entry and exit easy with multiple campers, and both are covered by vestibules which offer a total of 38 roomy square feet for storage, cooking, or even lounging in lawn chairs. The tent interior offers 83 square feet of space and a peak height just over 6 feet, making this one of the tallest tents on this list. The Base Camp 4 is a smaller version of this tent if your camping needs require less space.

Kodiak Canvas 6-Person Flex-Bow Tent

In addition to being a 100 square foot tent mansion, the Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow is a solid 4-season tent that will envelope you, your camp mates, and your equipment in warm, secure bliss regardless of whatever storm may be brewing outside. This tent is not freestanding, but set up is surprisingly easy for a tent of this size and quick in most weather conditions. It is also exceptionally easy to tear down and roll up at the completion of your adventure. Even with a towering ceiling height of 6 feet 6 inches, this tent stands strong against wind thanks to the sturdy and reliable flex-bow frame. The awning offers plenty of shade for lounging, the front and back doors make entry and exit easy, and the superior quality canvas and seamless floor will keep you dry during even the most persistent of rainstorms.

NEMO Asashi 4P Four-Person Tent

The Asashi 4P tent is ideal for campers and backpackers who enjoy a high-quality shelter with a multitude of options. First off, the interior and vestibule areas offer a total of 80 square feet of space and the ceiling peaks at 5 feet. The pole design creates taut, steep walls to give you more useable room inside the tent. The sturdy foundation has been reported to withstand 50 mph winds. Mesh pockets help keep your tent floor tidy, and light-diffusing pockets allow you to use your headlamp or an LED lantern to keep your space well-lit. Some optional space-enhancing add-ons include a garage vestibule that adds 57 square feet of space, as well as the Asashi Link which connects two Asashi tents together and adds 33 square feet of space. These covered areas can shelter larger gear, pets, bicycles, or even a person in a pinch.

The North Face Bastion 4 Expedition Tent

If you are a mountaineer who routinely braves alpine weather and terrain, the North Face Bastion 4 is one of the best 4-person, 4-season tents available. This tent is pricey, so don't waste your money if you don't camp in the severe types of situations that this tent's cutting edge technology was built to handle. Kevlar guylines anchor the rainfly during severe storms, and high/low venting generates sufficient air flow throughout the tent. The aluminum DAC NSL poles are lightweight, and offer maximum strength and durability. When split between four people, the tent components will add close to 4 pounds to your pack weight. Glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls and reflective guylines add welcome convenience when maneuvering around the campsite at night. The ample internal mesh pockets and attachment points within the tent provide enough space and options to keep everyone happy and organized.

Eureka Copper Canyon 6 Tent

This tent, aka portable cabin, is designed for campers whose equipment includes items like cots, chairs, and game tables. Even the tallest member of the party will happily avoid bumping their head on the seven foot tall ceiling while moving around the 100 (yes, you read that right - one hundred) square feet of floor space. Shock-corded poles make setup quicker and more intuitive while the zippered E! power port allows you to power appliances inside the tent. A bathtub floor and efficient rainfly will keep you, your party, and your gear dry and sheltered during a storm.

Cindy J.
Eat. Sleep. Backpack. This creed may as well hang over every window and doorway in our home. The coffee table is laden with the latest editions of Backpacker magazine. My email is overflowing with daily updates on the latest and greatest gear. Having a room or space large enough to fit all of our backpacking equipment is a requirement when deciding on a place to live. If you're ready to talk backpacking, let's talk backpacking.

My husband and I have backpacked through diverse terrains ranging from the rugged wilderness areas of Yosemite and King's Canyon to the more beginner friendly paths of Lake Tahoe. Next year we are even planning to undertake the glorious 200+ miles of the John Muir Trail. We have hiked 12,000 foot passes, traversed rushing rivers, set up impromptu camps on everything from solid snow to granite outcroppings, and seen the wonders of hidden pristine lakes and patches of snow that remain year-round. Our experiences with wildlife including bears, deer, rattlesnakes, and bugs that we didn't even know existed have helped us refine our gear list to be as prepared as possible in the most light-weight, compact way. We have near perfected the art of campsite setup and teardown and can literally create a home away from home in mere minutes and pack it back up in the same amount of time. My husband's insatiable need to be in possession of the latest technological backpacking advancements has allowed us to experiment with many different types of equipment and even varying editions of the same piece of equipment. Even our honeymoon was a 55-mile backpacking adventure. Let's just say it's an obsession.

I look forward to helping you sift through the many options in the backpacking world to find the gear that will help make your trip (and many more to come!) unforgettable. Happy trails!
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