There is nothing more relaxing and rejuvenating than spending a night in the outdoors. Camping trips create great family memories and provide peace and quiet. A good tent makes the difference between an idyllic camping experience and a soggy nightmare.
The volume of different tents on the market makes shopping for a tent overwhelming. There are some questions you need to ask yourself before buying. Will I be car camping or carrying the tent into the woods? How many people will be sleeping in the tent? How much money do I want to spend? What kind of wether am I likely to be facing? Answering these questions will help you narrow down the type of tent you need. This list of the top 10 tens spans a variety of uses to help you make the right choice.
1. Coleman Sundome Tent
Coleman quality shows through in this dome tent. It comes in four sizes: two person, three person, four person, and six person. Set up is easy and quick with a two pole, continuos Insta-Clip design. Mesh panels provide ventilation. The panels have zippered covers for privacy or inclement weather. The tent comes with a polyester taffeta 75-denier rain fly for maximum weather protection. Extras include mesh bags for storage and an electrical cord port.
2. Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent
This massive tent is designed for luxury camping with the whole family. The tent poles stay attached to the tent for easy, one-step set up in minutes. The tent walls are made of thick weatherproof material. It has seven windows for ample ventilation and a removable room divider to allow a two room set up. A center height of six foot, five inches allows plenty of room to stand and walk around.
3. Wenzel Alpine Tent
This three-person tent is lightweight and easy to set up. The shock-corded fiberglass poles and pole pockets make set up a breeze. This tent features two mesh windows and D style door for cross ventilation. A gear loft and mesh pockets help keep your gear organized and an integrated mud mat with drainage strip keeps the interior of the tent clean.
4. Coleman Weather Master 6-Person Screened Tent
Bring the whole family along with this well designed tent. There is ample room for six people to sleep and an additional floorless screened room allows a perfect place to eat or lounge. Vented mesh panels and a mesh roof allow for adjustable ventilation and a patented hinge door allows for easy in and out. This tent was designed to withstand the elements and allow camping in comfort.
5. Stansport “Scout” Backpack Tent
This lightweight tent uses the classic A line pup tent design with modern features to protect you from the elements. The tent features no see um mesh doors and polyurethane coated nylon tent body to keep out the bugs and the rain. Strong aluminum poles and guy wires make for quick and sturdy set up. This inexpensive tent is lightweight enough to take out into the woods backpacking.
6. Coleman Montana 8 Tent
This tent is the perfect family camping tent. Plenty of interior room and a 74-inch center height leave plenty of room for sleeping pads, gear, and walking around. The tent is a modified dome structure for wind stability and ease of set up. The polyethylene floor and polyester taffeta rainfly will keep you safe from the elements.
7. ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 Tent
This one person, three season tent is light enough for backpacking adventures into the woods. The two-pole design allows for simple set up and the polyester rain fly and polyurethane coated taffeta floor protect you from the weather. Screen mesh sides allows for ventilation. A vestibule, gear loft and mesh pockets provide storage space for all of your gear.
8. Coleman 8 Person Red Canyon Tent
This tent was designed to fit the whole family. The 17 by 10 foot footprint and 74-inch center height allow plenty of elbowroom. Two room dividers allow for a three-room set up. Cool Air Variflow venting systems allow you to adjust ventilation for extra comfort. Shock corded poles allow for simple set up. Coleman’s Weathertec system will protect you from rain and wind.
9. Coleman Pop-Up Tent
For spur of the moment camping trips, you can’t beat the Coleman pop-up tent. Preassembled poles allow for set up in seconds. The weather resistant adjustable rainfly and taped floor seams keep out the elements and allow for ventilation. The tent folds flat for easy storage. Inexpensive and lightweight, this tent is perfect for all of your last minute adventures.
10. Wenzel Klondike Tent – 8 Person
This tent is a roomy 16 by 11 feet with a center height of 6.5 feet. An attached screen room with floor allows extra space. Made of polyurethane coated polyester, this tent offers excellent protection from the weather. A mesh roof option is available for superior ventilation. The Klondike is the perfect family car camping tent.
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