Camp Tents & Shelters

A camping tent is an essential part of your camping gear. When choosing a camping tent you will have quite a number of options to consider.

Capacity or Size 

Sleeping capacity means the number of campers that can sleep comfortably in the camping tent. Generally speaking I would add at least one or possibly two to the tent size. For example if there was two people sleeping in the tent I would advise you to look at four person camping tents. If it was for four people consider six person camping tents and so on.

As a general guide I would advise you to take note of the floor dimensions of each of the camping tents that you are considering in purchasing. This would give you an idea of how much space you have left over for storage after you take into account the amount of room needed for sleeping bags or other bedding and extras that you are considering placing in the camping tent.

You need to allow for plenty of extra space in your camping tent to store your camping gear and any other extras you want to allow for. The extra space should also provide you with plenty of room for everyone to be in the camping tent at the same time in case of wet weather.

If possible look for a tent with a vestibule. It is a great spot to store your boots, wet clothes and other gear, which means you will have more room inside the tent.

 

 

Popular Camping Gear - TWO - THREE PERSON CAMPING TENTS

 

Coleman Sundome Two Person Camping Tents

Dimensions -7'x5'

Weight -6.4lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.6

 

Kelty Salida Two Person Camping Tents

Dimensions -7'4"x4'7"

Weight - 4.6lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.4

 

Mountainsmith Morrison EVO Two Person Camping Tents

Dimensions -8'x4'8"

Weight -7.2lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.7

 

Coleman Sundome Three Person Camping Tents

Dimensions - 7'x7'

Weight - 8.3lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.6

 

Wenzel Alpine Three Person Camping Tents

Dimensions - 6'8"x6'2"

Weight - 7.8lbs

Customer Review Rating 3.9

 

Ohuhu Instant Three Person Camping Tents

Dimensions - 7.8'x6.7'

Weight - 8.6lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.1

 

 

 

 

Popular Camping Gear - FOUR PERSON CAMPING TENTS

 

Wilderness Lodge Four Person Camping Tents

Dimensions 9'x7'

Weight 13.5lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.4

 

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Four Person Camping Tents

Dimensions 8'6"x7'6"

Weight 7lb 9oz

 Customer Review Rating 4.5

 

Sundome Four Person Tents

Dimensions 9'x7'

Weight 11lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.5

 

Coleman Instant Four Person Camping Tents

Dimensions 8'x7'

Weight 18 lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.6  

 

NTK INDY GT Four Person Camping Tents

Dimensions 8'x7'x4.3'H

Weight 12 lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.3 

 

ALPS Mountaineering Taurus Four Person Camping Tents

Dimensions 8'6"x7'6"

Weight 10.3 lbs

Customer Reviews 4.3

 

 

Conditions

Summer camping tents are ideal if you are camping only during the hotter part of the year. The fabric is light and there is plenty of mesh which provides plenty of ventilation. They will also have a rain fly that allows for maximum protection and ventilation.

Three Season Camping Tents are suitable for the most of the year but will not handle heavy snow loads. They are designed to withstand heavy rain and strong winds as well as providing good shelter from the cold conditions. Three season tents are a good choice for people that do a lot of camping. They are a little heavier than a summer tent and should include heavier zippers and a full rain fly.

Four Season Camping Tents are heavier and designed to withstand the heavier snow falls and extreme weather conditions.

 

Popular Camping Gear - SIX PERSON CAMPING TENTS


Coleman Instant Cabin Six Person Camping Tents

Dimensions 10'"x9'x6'H

Weight 12.6lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.3

 

Coleman Sundome Six Person Camping Tents

Dimensions 10'x10'x6'H

Weight 16.3lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.3

 

Coleman Weather Master Screened Six Person Camping Tents

Dimensions 17'x9'x6'10"H

Weight 32lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.3

 

Coleman Waterproof Instant Six Person Camping Tents

Dimensions 10'x9'x7'1"H

Weight 26lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.8

 

CORE Instant Cabin Six Person Camping Tents

Dimensions 8.5'x8.5'x6'H

Weight 22.8lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.5

Coleman Montana 6 - 12'x7' Six Person Camping Tents

Dimensions 12'x7'x5'8"H

Weight 17.35lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.2

 

 

 

Rain Fly

A good rain fly is vital to staying dry and comfortable in wet weather. Invest in a tent with a FULL rain fly. The more the rain fly covers , the more weatherproof your camping tent will be. A full rain fly will keep your tent drier from the inside out as well as letting your tent breathe.

 

Popular Camping Gear - EIGHT PERSON CAMPING TENTS


Coleman Tenaya Lake Instant Cabin Eight Person Camping Tents

Dimensions = 14'x10'

Weight - 86.5lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.1

 

Coleman 2000018295 Instant Eight Person Camping Tents 14x10 Feet

Dimensions - 9.8'x9.8'

Weight - 41.5lbs

Customer Review 4.1 Rating

 

CORE Extended Dome Nine Person Camping Tents

Dimensions - 16'x9'

Weight - 20lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.5

 

Coleman Elite Montana Eight Person Camping Tents

Dimensions - 16'x7'

Weight - 29lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.1

 

Coleman Prairie Breeze Cabin Nine Person Camping Tents

Dimensions - 9'x9'

Weight - 37.6lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.5

 

Coleman Evanston Screened Eight Person Camping Tents

Dimensions - 15'x12'

Weight - 26.4lbs

Customer Review Rating 4.4

 

 

Tarps & Footprints

Before you set your camping tent up it would be advisable to put a footprint down to protect the tent from the ground. A footprint is a tarp that is placed under camping tents to protect them from any water or wear and tear.

When you place a tarp under the tent to prevent the bottom from getting wet, it must be slightly smaller than the tent floor. If the tarp hangs out from beneath the tent water will run off the wall of the tent and under the floor of the tent.

Another option is to place a larger tarp inside your tent. As the tarp is wider and longer than the floor of your tent, the edges will curl up preventing a wet night if it rains. Ideally, you could use both tarps, one as a footprint for wear and tear of the tent floor and the larger tarp inside the tent.

 

Popular Camping Gear - FAMILY CAMPING TENTS


Ozark Trail 10-Person 3-Room XL Family Camping Tents

Dimensions - 20'x10'/6.5'H

Weight - 31.4lbs

Customer Review rating 4.5

 

Columbia Sportswear Fall River 10 Person Instant Family Camping Tents

Dimensions - 15'x10'x7'H

Weight - 38lbs

Customer Review rating 4.7

 

Arizona GT 9 to 10 Person Sport Family Camping Tents

Dimensions- 17.4'x8'x6.7'H

Weight -26.5lbs

Customer Review rating 4.6

 

CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Family Camping Tents - 18' x 10'

Dimensions - 18'x10'x6'8"H

Weight - 52.6lbs

Customer Review rating 4.5

 

Ventilation

It is important that camping tents have plenty of ventilation, especially during the warmer months of the year. If you have the choice between single wall camping tents and double walled camping tents go with the double walled. It might cost you a bit more but it will be worth it in the long run.

 

 

Kodiak Canvas Tents

 

Flex Bow Deluxe 8 Person Tent

100% cotton duck canvas that is durable, watertight and breathable # Spacious 6'6" ceiling height # Two large D-shaped doors (front and back) with #10 YKK zippers # Four large windows with no-see-um mesh # Two funnel-flow vents help improve air flow and temperature management


Flex Bow Deluxe 6 Person Tent

100% cotton duck canvas that is durable, watertight and breathable # Spacious 6'6" ceiling height # Two large D-shaped doors (front and back) with #10 YKK zippers # Four large windows with no-see-um mesh # Two funnel-flow vents help improve air flow and temperature management 

 

Quick Tent 10'x10' With Tarp

100% cotton duck canvas that is durable, watertight and breathable # Flex-Bow Frame: Exceptionally sturdy. Keeps tent taut. Quick and easy, one-person, setup. # Two large D-shaped doors (front and back) with #10 YKK zippers # Spacious 6'6" ceiling height # Pack Weight: 68 lbs. (includes 6.5 lbs in stakes). Pack Size: Tent Length 30 in. Diameter 13 in., Poles Length 50 in. Diameter 5.5 in.

 

12'x9' Canvas Cabin Tent

 Spacious 7.5 ft peak ceiling height and steep walls for stand-up walk around comfort # Large D-shaped front door and side entry # Hydra-Shield 100% cotton duck canvas # Sturdy frame reinforced with welded corner braces # 5 Large windows with no-see-um mesh # Approx. Weight: 112 lbs. (Includes tent, poles, stakes, and storage bags).

 

Flex Bow Deluxe 4 Person Tent

Made with Hydra-Shield, 100% cotton duck canvas that is durable, watertight and breathable # Spacious 6'1" ceiling height provides walk-around comfort # Two large D-shaped doors (front and back) with #10 YKK zippers # Four large windows with no-see-um mesh # Two funnel-flow vents help improve air flow and temperature management

 

1 Person Canvas Swag Sleeping Pad

Roomy 6'8" long, and almost 3 feet wide # Comfy 2-inch foam mattress pad with flannel cover included # Zip-open windows at head and foot for air flow and temperature management # Made with Hydra-Shield 100% cotton duck canvas # Top unzips and rolls back converting into a screen shelter

 

Kodiak Canvas Truck Bed Tent

 Available in 2 sizes

1.   5.5 Ft  up  to  6.5 Ft     2.   8 Ft

 

 

 

Lightweight Hiking Tents

 

 

If you are backpacking, as opposed to camping, you typically need a good quality water proof lightweight hiking tent that weighs less than 5 pounds.

The size of the hiking tent that you will need will be either a one person or two person depending of how much room you would like inside the hiking tent. Check the dimensions of your proposed hiking tent to make sure it can accommodate you and your hiking gear comfortably.

A footprint, otherwise known as a tarp, to put under your hiking tent would be another good option.

 

 

 

Popular Hiking Gear - LIGHTWEIGHT HIKING TENTS

 

MSR Hubba Hubba NX Two Person Lightweight Hiking Tent

Minimum weight is 1.54 kg/3 lb. 7 oz.; two Fast & Light options from .97 kg/2 lb. 2 oz.

Head and elbow room throughout tent; two large side-entry vestibules to store gear

Two large StayDry doors with built-in rain gutters; adaptable, cross-ventilating rainfly

Unified hub-and-pole system with color-coded clips; ultra-compact compression stuff sack

20-denier ripstop nylon / 15-denier nylon mesh. Customer Review Rating 4.7

 

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx One Person Lightweight Hiking Tent

The Best Selling Lynx One Person Tent Provides Easy Assembly and Great Ventilation

Easy One Door Entry, One Vestibule for Extra Storage, Half Mesh Walls Increase Ventilation

Factory Sealed Fly and Floor Seam Provides Weather Protection

Includes: 7075 Aluminum Stakes, Guy Ropes, Mesh Storage Pocket, Gear Loft

Dimensions: 32x90x36", Total Weigh: 3.94 lbs. Customer Review Rating 4.6

 

 

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Two Person Lightweight Hiking Tent

The Best Selling Lynx Two Person Tent Provides Easy Assembly and Great Ventilation

Easy Two Door Entry, Two Vestibule for Extra Storage, Half Mesh Walls Increase Ventilation

Factory Sealed Fly and Floor Seam Provides Weather Protection

Includes: 7075 Aluminum Stakes, Guy Ropes, Mesh Storage Pocket, Gear Loft

Dimensions: 60x90x46", Total Weight: 5.81 lbs. Customer Review Rating 4.6

 

 

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4 Person Lightweight Hiking Tent

Base size: 7 feet 6 inch x 8 feet 6 inch, height: 4 feet 4 inch, depth: 35 inch

Easy Two Door Entry, Two Vestibule for Extra Storage, Half Mesh Walls Increase Ventilation

Factory Sealed Fly and Floor Seam Provides Weather Protection

Includes: 7075 Aluminum Stakes, Guy Ropes, Mesh Storage Pocket, Gear Loft

Provides Easy Assembly and Great Ventilation. Customer Review Rating 4.6

 

 

ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Person Lightweight Hiking Tent

Free-standing two-pole design with shock corded fiberglass poles. 75D 185T polyester fly

Easy entry with two doors and "single-zip operation", Great ventilation with two zippered windows and large side mesh panels

Weatherproof fly with a ridge pole provides an awning over each door, Storage pockets Gear loft

Base size: 5' x 7'6, center height: 4', Tent area: 38 sq. ft, Trailweight: 6 lbs. 2 oz.

Factory-sealed fly and floor seams provide best weather protection. Customer Review Rating 4.6

 

 

Kelty Salida 2 Person Lightweight Hiking Tent

Backpack-friendly compact folding poles, Gearloft loops, Color coded clip and fly attachment

Roll top cube carry bag, Easy set up, Free standing, Fabric/mesh tent walls

Kelty hug clip, Easy entry D door, Internal storage pockets, Fully seam taped construction

Floor area: 30.5 ft² / 2.83 m², Vestibule area: 10 ft² / .93 m²

Seasons: 3, Number of doors: 1, Number of vestibules: 1, Customer Review Rating 4.4

 

 

2 person Person Double Layer Waterproof Lightweight Backpacking Tent

Perfect for Camping, Hiking And Backpacking: 6 x 4 x 5 feet (W x H x D)

Lightweight 4.05 pounds,Fit 2 adults and one child or 2 adults,Has plenty of room for gear.

4 Season Tent - Waterproof,Windproof,Anti-Tear,Breathable,Moistureproof

2 D-style windows for great ventilation and views. B3 net makes you safe away from insects

Shock-corded aluminum alloy frame for quick and easy set-up # Customer Review Rating 4.1

 

  

Big Agnes - Copper Spur Backpacking Lightweight Hiking Tent- 1P 2P 3P 4P

Three season, free standing, ultralight backpacking tent featuring eco-friendly anodizing.

Fly is ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating

Tent body is ultra lightweight nylon and polyester mesh. Mesh body offers excellent ventilation.

Tent body has single  door. Single vestibules with single stake out and storm flap over zipper.

Seams taped with waterproof  polyurethane tape.Gear loft loops. Customer Review Rating 4.6

 

 

Winterial 1 Person Backpacking Lightweight Hiking Tent

Two hoop design makes this 3 season tent very simple and quick to set up. Sets up in minutes!

Ventilated roof mesh is perfect for summer nights, while the included full coverage rain fly is perfect for rainy/colder nights.

Packed weight: 3.8 pounds. Packed Size: 22" x 7" x 6" Open Dimensions: 40 x 30 x 92 Inches.

Large zippered door for easy access. Customer Review Rating 4.3

 

 

TETON Sports Mountain Backpacking Lightweight Hiking Tent  Footprint Rainfly

Easy one person set up; Built to last; Available in 1, 2, 3, and 4 person tent sizes

Durable Oxford footprint protects your tent floor; Extra-high waterproof bath tub floor is made of strong 150D Oxford canvas.

Reinforced/heat taped seams and anchor points; Lightweight aluminum poles outlast carbon-fiber.

Rainfly has built in cut away vents so you don't get condensation build up like other tents.

Great ventilation with or without rainfly. Lightweight, packs tight. Customer Review Rating 4.4