Our Favorite Tents
|Tent||Coleman Instatnt 8 Person||Kodiak Canvas 8 Person||Coleman Red Canyon||Wenzel Klondike||Coleman Weathermaster 6|
|Size||14x10 ft. 6'6" high||11x14 ft 6'6" High||17x10 ft. 6 ft High in center||16x11 6'6" high||17x9 ft. 6'10" High|
|Set Up Difficulty||Super Easy||Medium||Easy||Medium||Medium|
|Color||Brown||Off White||Various Available||Taupe||Brown|
|Weight||43 lbs.||84 lbs.||21 lbs.||24 lbs.||32 lbs.|
|Cost||Under $250||Over $ 500||Under $150||Under $200||Under $200|
|Our Rating||5 Star||5 Star||4.5 Star||4 Star||4.5 Star|
The 3 Best Tents Under $150 :
Price is probably the biggest factor for most shoppers. If you are camping on a budget then you should be happy to know that there is a plentiful selection of high quality family sized tents available for under $150. Budget limitations will not stop you form having a great time. You wont have to skimp on features either. These are the tree we recommend in this price range.
It offers plenty of space and good weather protection while not breaking the bank. It can often be found for a little over $100. It offers rather easy set-up and ample ventilation. There’s a reason it’s been a Best Seller for years and will remain one for years to come. Read the full Red Canyon review!
The Montana is built to Coleman’s usual high standards with a very solid frame. It will sleep eight as is obvious in it’s name. but what isn’t obvious in the name is the quality and comfort you will get at a fair price.
Wenzel has delivered a great tent at a great value. Ample space for the whole gang and then some. One of the best bang for your buck tents you’ll find!
Best if Price Is Not A Factor: Kodiak Canvas Flex Bow
The Kodiak Canvas Flex Bow offers all the needed space, the best weather resistance, and it will last for several decades. They have been making these tent for a while and are proven to last. This is a good tent for serious and habitual campers. This one is good for most seasons as well. Read The Full Kodiak Review
Best Starter Tents For Beginners: The Coleman Instant
The Coleman Instant is by far the best for beginners that may have some concerns or butterflies in their stomach about the whole camping experience. It can be set up and taken down in a matter of seconds once you are used to it. It performs well in wet weather and earned its name by doing just what it says: Instant Set Up. It is also available in several sizes, including a six person and a four person. Read the full review of the Instant Tent
Our Recommendation for Fall Camping: Coleman WeatherMaster Screened 6
One of the best Weather Resistant tents available this Coleman can withstand the severest of weather. It has many extra features that keep the weather out. Read The Full Review
The Eureka Copper Canyon 1512 is a finely crafted tent made by a quality manufacturer. This tent is huge and cavernous and built to a higher quality than most tents these days. Read The Full Copper Canyon Review.
How To Choose A Tent
A Buying Guide
There are many factors to consider when shopping for tents. We’ll cover a few of those factors right now. You want to make sure you buy one that fits your needs while delivering quality at the same time. There are also several major brands to pick from, but most of them are similar in what they have to offer.
Quality and Price
Most of the tents on the lower end of the price scale will be no good for repeated use. You’d be unlikely to find a multiple person tent for under $100 that will survive more than a single camping trip. And even the one trip would be at risk for failure. But there are plenty to choose for a little over $100 that are made well. Make sure the tent is made of quality materials, especially the floor as to avoid tears. Make sure the seams are well hemmed to avoid leaks. Also check the zippers, as poorly manufactured door and window zippers are a common source of leakage.
Another important factor is the size. There are many tents that will sleep large groups in sleeping bags. This may be fine if you plan to spend little time inside the tent but if you need space for air mattresses, storage, furniture, or would like the ability to stand upright and move freely then look for tents that are made for groups larger than your own. And if you’d like head room, maneuverability, and walkability then look for cabin tents. They are built to give you room to stand. Also think of the size it will take up while in storage and being transported in your vehicle. The weight may also be something to think about if you have a long trek to the campsite from your car.
Ease of Set Up
Sometimes tent assembly can be complicated. Although most modern tents are becoming more and more simple to get up many can still be a chore, especially for the inexperienced and can take a few people to get done. This is something to keep in mind before making a decision. If this is important to you the consider the Instant Tents. When it comes to setting up a tent, the instant tents are by far the easiest and fastest to assemble. It can literally be done in a minute or two once you get the technique down. They come with pre-attached poles so you don’t have to worry about losing them or trying to figure out how to attach them together. These tents pretty much pop up with minimal effort. Ozark trail and Coleman both have really nice ones available now and both are available in various sizes ranging from 4 person to 12 person. Finding one to fit your personal needs should be easy.
Privacy: Multi Roomed Tents
If you desire a little privacy while camping in large groups then a multi roomed tent is for you. The are ideal for several situations like trying to avoid a snorer, trying to give the kids a little independence, or just enjoy a bit of camping hanky panky. They come with room dividers but some of the dividers offer a little more privacy than others due to the quality of the divider and how it attaches. Our favorites are the three roomed tents, sleeping in the end rooms while using the center room as common area for storage and furniture. If three bedrooms is too much then maybe try a two bedroom version.
One last thing I’d like to mention before you make a purchase is the weather in the area you’ll be camping could have an effect on what features you need to look for. This may not be a big deal for some, but many parts of the country can get unexpected rainfall all year round. So at least be sure there is a rain fly and good leak protection. A good rain fly will be large enough to cover the entire tent including the windows and entry ways as these are the most common areas for leaks. It is always a good idea to water proof your tents prior to use. There are many cheap water proofers available. Another aspect of weather than can ruin any trip is the wind. Some areas can get quite windy so a more aerodynamic tent with strong poles may offer a good solution. In general aluminum poles are more durable than fiberglass poles. Aluminum will break less, last longer, and perform much better than fiberglass in strong winds. A bathtub floor is a nice feature as well. With a bathtub floor the seams are higher up the side which will keep out water better. The summer heat can be a big problem in most parts of the country. It’s probably the season when most people can find the time to get away. If you intend to do much summer camping make sure that your tent is well ventilated. Air circulation is important. They do make fans and air conditioners to remedy the heat, but make sure to never leave pets or children enclosed in the summer, especially in direct sunlight. There are tents made for all seasons but regardless of the season at the very least consider the rain and wind.
There are several major varieties of tents that are commonly used these days. I would like to go over a few so that readers will be more familiar with the options that are out there. They all have positive and negative attributes.
Dome tents get their name from their unique domed roofs. The main benefits are weather related. The domed shape helps prevent water from pooling, which can sometimes be a problem with flat roofs. The rounded aerodynamic shape can also help maintain stability in winds. Where a tall flat wall catches the brute force of the wind, the curvature of the dome helps wind flow over the roof. One downside to domes is the height is rarely maintained throughout the tent, leaving you crouching and crawling in the corners. Of course this isn’t always the case.
Cabin Tents usually have a square shape and a flat pitched roof allowing for maximum maneuverability throughout the interior. These are great for folks that have trouble stooping and crouching. These aren’t ideal for high winds because their shape doesn’t allow for good exterior air flow.
The term instant is obviously indicative of how easy it can be set up. These are best if you’ll be pitching by yourself or you don’t want to spend your time with a difficult to pitch shelter.
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