10 of the Best Tents Reviewed | December, 2019
Tents come in various shapes, sizes and styles. From the backpacking to the 2 person tent and much more, there are many variations when it comes to capacity and livability. We have reviewed the 10 best tents of the year based on factors like number of persons + gear accommodated, livability, size, weight, capacity, vestibules, mesh covering, number of poles, seasons, easy assembly and more. Read on to find out more about the benefits, drawbacks and features of each of these best tents for your camping, trekking and hiking needs.
This Coleman 10 person tent has a polyester taffeta 75D 450mm PU coating, patented hinge doors for quick entry or exit and rainfly for protection from the weather elements. The mesh roof offers sunlight and the WeatherTec System technology patented welded floors and inverted seams keep rainwater out. With continuous pole sleeves and color-coded poles, this tent is easy to set up. It can fit up to 3 queen sized airbeds. The 6 feet 8 inches center height offers enough room to stand and move easily. The tent comes with a 1 year limited warranty.
Polyester taffeta 75D 450mm PU coating
Patented hinge doors for quick entry or exit
Difficult for one person to put up
Model#: WeatherMaster 10 Person
Weight: 31 pounds
This Coleman polyester tent sleeps 8 people with footprints of 15×12 feet with a 72 inch center height. The well screened front porch wards off the bugs and flies, while 4 large windows offer quality ventilation. This tent is designed for an easy set up and the weathered system ensures dryness. The form factor is domed and the item weight is around 26.3 pounds. The tent comes at a maximum height of 72 inches and 1 door. Occupancy is as many as 8 and the tent scores high on both capacity and livability.
4 large windows offer quality ventilation
Designed for an easy set up
Screened in portion at the close of the tent covered by rainfly
Weight: 26.3 pounds
The Coleman Sundome is a tent which can accommodate up to 4 people and has 8.5mm thick fiberglass poles. It has a 59 inch center height and a Floor 1000D polyethylene with an electric access port. The tent is 11 lbs in size approximately. The Coleman Sundome includes a large door for easy entry and access to provide ventilation in the rain with a hooded fly. Mesh vents on the roof offer additional ventilation as does a large, rear headed window. The polyethylene floor is bathtub style for extreme weather protection and welded seams which protect against leaky floors. Coated polyester fabrics on fly and walls offer rugged durability. Increased ventilation and comfort interior storage pocket offer unique benefits to the buyer. This tent has an easy convenient clip and continuous pole sleeve construction pin and ring pole to body connection that is quick and simple.
Easy entry access through two doors
Quick ventilation through hooded fly
Does not have a double hub in the ceiling
Weight: 11 lbs
Winterial offers this 2 person backpacking tent which is as good as, if not better than Coleman and Alps Mountaineering. This tent comes with 4 metal stakes and easily holds two persons. Its rainfly, vented roof, and two durable metal tipped tent poles screen and solid zippered doors offer complete protection. It is suited for camping, backpacking or hiking trips. It is lightweight and compact lys foldable into its custom carry bag. The two person camping tent is lightweight and can fit an air mattress. With a waterproof bottom, this nylon tent also has a two-layer door. Its size, weight and packability offer value to the buyer.
Equipped with 4 metal stakes and easily holds two people
Rainfly vented roof, solid zippered doors and metal tipped tent poles screen
3 season tent only
Model#: 2 Person Backpacking Tent
Weight: 5.1 pounds
This ALPS Mountaineering Meramac tent has a 75D 185T polyester fly and a freestanding two pole design. What’s unusual are the shock corded fiberglass poles. There is a 1500mm coating on the fly which resists UV radiation and stays taut. Factory-sealed fly and floor seams provide top weather protection. The 75D 185T poly taffeta floor comes with a 1500mm coating too. There’s extra large #8 zippers on each side for extra durability. This 2 person tent offers easy entry with 2 door and a singular zip operation. Two zippered windows and large side mesh panels offer ventilation. Weatherproof fly with ridge poles offer awning over every door. Mesh storage pockets, gear lofts, 8 inch steel stakes and guy ropes are inclusive. Its aluminum ferrules hold the tent’s poles together and never rust. The lightweight strong polyester fabric is lightweight and the side walls are uncoated to offer breathability. The fly uses a pole in the top. Consequently, there is an awning over the door for excellent rain protection. Fly is full length on the sides for excellent protection from the elements. Seams and sealed along with the fly for repelling water.
75D 185T poly taffeta floor comes with a 1500mm coating
Anti-rust aluminum ferrules hold the tent’s poles together
Footprint needs to be purchased separately
Weight: 3.9 pounds
The ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr is an easy-to-assemble, freestanding tent with a 2 aluminum pole design. It has a factory sealed fly and floor seams provide weather protection. There’s optimal ventilation with mesh walls, two doors and vestibules. With 7075 aluminum stakes, mesh storage pocket, gear loft and guy ropes, the total weight of this tent is 4.75 lbs. For warding off muggy nights, this tent is simply the best. Walls are made of mesh, permitting top ventilation and fresh air. This 2 pole design provides headroom to sit up without feeling a loss of space. Aircraft alloy aluminum poles of this tent are strong and light. The fly buckles to the tent, offering more secure attachment as opposed to an elastic cord. Maximum ventilation, excellent head room and lightweight, this is one high quality tent.
Easy to assemble, 2 pole design
Fly buckles to the tent offering secure attachment
Tent footprint is just a square tarp
Weight: 4.75 lbs
Kelty Salida 2 is a two-person, light, side entry backpacking tent with compact folding poles, gearloft loops, color coded clip and fly attachment. The roll top cube carry bag is a portable feature. Its easy set up, free standing pole, mesh tent walls, kelty hug clip are useful. The east entry D door, internal storage pockets and fully seam taped construction add further to the value. This is a 2 person, side-entry backpacking tent with gear storage and mesh for excellent ventilation. This tent’s free standing dome set up uses two compact, shockcorded, DAC Presfit aluminum poles.The easy to pack tent has a Hug pole clip for fast secure set up. Full coverage, non stretch UV resistant polyester fly, this tent has large no-see-um mesh panels for optimal privacy and stargazing whenever you want. The noiseless zipper pulls are perfect for high wind conditions while the freestanding design is a cinch to set up.
Color coded clip and fly attachment
Non stretch UV resistant polyester fly
Footprint has to be separately purchased
Weight: 5.6 pounds
Mountainsmith Morrison has come up with this 2 person polyester tent with a two door/two vestibule layout. There is a 2 person layout and a three season, free standing tent. There are also tent fly ventilation windows and a bathtub floor construction. This rugged, multi-featured tent is versatile and a solid addition boasting greater than 35 square feet space, excellent light and optimal ventilation because of the large mesh wall panels. The Morrison model also has a taped seams on a bathtub floor so you remain dry as can be in stormy weather. This tent can be easily set up courtesy its 2-pole, freestanding design. Double vestibules make an addition of dry storage space to the tune of 14 square feet and removable canopy shelf offers easily accessible perch to stock up on small essentials. This is a 3 season tent with reflective guylines for tri-glide cord adjustment.
Double vestibules offering storage space of 14 square feet
2-pole free standing design
Does not come with a footprint
Weight: 5.5 pounds
Teton Sports mountain ultra tent offers a lot of value at affordable prices. The micromesh tent is perfect for taking in your natural surroundings while the rainfly wards off not just rain, but snow and wind too. High end features, excellent design construction, and cost efficiency make this tent worth your while. The full screen tent is made with soft, long lasting micro mesh fabric which wards off bugs and offers the best 360 degree view. It offers excellent ventilation with or without the rainfly. The tent is easy to set up with only one pole and there are cutaway vents so condensation build like other tents is warded off. This tent is lightweight, packs down well and offers portability. Build to last from the floor up, this durable oxford footprint protects your tent floor. There is a floor made of extra waterproof strong 150D oxford canvas. The seams and anchor points are heat taped and reinforced. Extra strong acetal buckles secure the tent and ensure rainfly remains secure. An extra high waterproof bathtub floor and a one man setup are not the only benefits. The rainfly vestibule has an anti-drip action while this tent is also extremely well built and water resistant. This lightweight tent comes with a footprint too.
Extra-high waterproof bathtub floor
Micromesh offers scenic views while rainfly wards off the elements
Can accommodate only one person with gear
Weight: 4.5 pounds
The Big Agnes nylon Cooper SpurUL 4 person tent has a single door and vestibule. There are storm flaps on the vestibule zipper to prevent drips. UL 2,3 and 4 feature double doors and vestibules. Steep wall construction and cross over pole improves the interior tent living space. Media pockets located above the sleeping area ensure clean ear bud cord for routing from smartphones and other connected devices. The tent and the mesh on it is fashioned from breathable nylon or polyester. The mesh body design offers quality ventilation. Oversized stake out loops and free standing structures reduce the number of stakes interior mesh pockets for the organization of gear. Gear loft loops include footprints extending the durability of the tent floor and can be tried in a fast fly set up option on certain models. The interior living space of the tent is improved by the steep wall construction and cross over pole. Excellent ventilation is offered by mesh pockets and there’s waterproof coating on the fly and floor fabrics.
Waterproof coating on fly and floor fabrics
Storm flaps on vestibule zipper prevent drips
Gear Loft Loops for Triangle Gear Loft not included
Model#: Copper Spur HV UL2
Weight: 4.8 pounds
The Best Tents of 2017 Review Criteria
The basis on which the best tents of the year have been reviewed includes the number of people, gear and traveling companions the tent can accommodate. Lightweight portability is another criteria on which tents are reviewed. When your back is sore from carrying gear, the last thing you want is a heavyweight tent. Another important criteria is whether it is a 3 season or 4 season tent. The advantage of the former is that they are lightweight and have twin doors for air flow. 4 season tents handle snowfall, wind and weight. Backpacking tents have undergone changes in style. Livability is a concern with modern materials and fabric to increase capacity. Another criteria is the volume which can be gauged with the pitch of the tent walls, while width and length measurements provide an estimate of floor space. Height, tent wall shape, single or double wall, the number of vestibules, and weight are all important considerations. Trail weight, speed of pitch and packaged weight all need to be taken into consideration. Ultralight tents or bivouacs and car camping tents are the different kinds. The best brands include ALPS Mountaineering, Kelty, Big Agnes from Colorado, Teton Sports from Salt Lake City, Utah and Coleman.
What is the best size and weight of tent for your needs?
The best size and weight of tent reviewed for your needs is an important consideration. Backpacking tents may be made for 1 person, 2 persons or more. The basic internal space varies, with a big question mark on whether gear can be fitted too. So, you have consider two plus gear by looking at the square feet the tent occupies, for example. Backpacking tents range from 13 to 18 square feet space for each person. At the lower end, you are cramped which makes it fine to save weight or add value for couples. The more people, though, prefer spacious tents. One person tents range from around 15 to 25 square feet. The biggest factor in tent weight is the model with less extra room to shed more pounds. Choosing the 2 person variety ensures lightweight portability and capacity as well. When it comes to weight, the primary factor is people and gear accommodation capacity. The greater the floor space, the bigger and heavier the tent. For the best tent, look for high square footage and low weight. Height is secondary. 2 season 2 person tents are 3 to 5.5 pounds with 25-35 square feet of floor space. More heavier tents are the 4 season ones from 4.5 to 9 pounds with roughly the same square feet of space. So choosing according to size and weight preferences is important. There is minimum trail weight which includes the weight of the tent body, rainfly and poles. Packaged weights include additional add-ons like stuff sack, poly sack, stakes and more. Packed size is how easy the tent can be to carry. Classic backpacking tents have double wall design. Single wall design also makes a difference to the weight. Length and width measurements indicate the capacity and floor size. The floor area is the total square footage of floor level space. So both size and weight are based on your camping location, size of the hiking party and other such considerations.