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- Nemo Aurora Tent w/ Footprint
- MSR Elixir Tent
- Eureka Suma Tent
- Eureka! Copper Canyon LX Tent
- Eureka! Midori Tent
- Black Diamond HiLight Tent
- Eureka! Tetragon NX Tent
- Big Agnes Blacktail Tent
- Nemo Aurora 3 Person w/ Footprint Tent · Olive Green
- Eureka! Summer Pass Tent
Nemo Aurora Tent w/ Footprint
This is a spacious 3-season tent from a high quality brand. It comes with an included footprint which will help protect the floor of the tent and extend its life, and its packed weight is 6lbs 8oz. It's perfect for using while backpacking and car camping alike!
Relatively lightweight, 3-season camping. More room and headspace than Nemo's ultralight models.
Backpacking trips or just a great all around multi-use tent.
MSR Elixir Tent
This is a great tent for the value. Its a basic, yet durable tent, and it holds up well in 3 season usage. As a bonus, it's easy to set up and break down!
Large double vestibule. Weather and wind proof. Easy to set up, and is relatively lightweight.
Camping in inclement weather. Includes a rainfly and footprint for easy set-up!
Eureka Suma Tent
Super lightweight and affordable 2 person tent! Ample space - 88" x 55" floor dimensions and a peak height of 42". Plus it has a mesh lining for those starry nights :)
A solid first tent, it won't break the bank but will still last a long time. This tent is decently lightweight, but has plenty of headroom.
It's lightweight, easy to use, and affordable! Great for camping, and not heavy if you ever want to take it out on the trails.
Eureka! Copper Canyon LX Tent
Highly rated and reviewed - Eureka is a brand that lives up to its name. This cabin-style tent can sleep up to 4, has 4 large zippered windows, a hanging gear loft, internal pockets for storage, and a 75 denier StormShield fly, making it durable and weather-resistant. 7' ceilings make this super roomy as well.
Casual camping, established campground camping, weekend trips, this is a remote barbecue workhorse! Great for the ability to drive up and have a quick shelter you can trust in relatively mild conditions.
Ideal for comfort camping close to the car. Accommodates air mattresses and cots with ease. Contains ample storage and high-grade materials to keep you safe and warm in the elements.
Eureka! Midori Tent
Increased headroom for great livable space, two large doors and vestibules for ease of entry as well as spacious vestibules for storing gear. Trail weight at just over 6 pounds makes this a great option for backpackers on a budget or not counting ounces but seeking quality, weatherproof design.
Great for backpacking or car camping for 2 people, or 1 person and a furry friend! This tent has maximum headroom and is made from durable fabric! Minimum trail weight for this set up is 4lbs13oz which is pretty great!!
Great budget, yet entirely functional option for the backpacker looking to keep the load on the light side.
Black Diamond HiLight Tent
Very protective tent for backpacking, when conditions might be a little rough and cold at elevation or during shoulder seasons.
4-season tent that holds up to storms. Good for winter backpacking as it is very lightweight for how warm/durable it is.
If you're on a budget and don't mind that it doesn't have a vestibule, this is a good move!
Eureka! Tetragon NX Tent
Need a great priced tent to get started? The Eureka checks off all the boxes. There's plenty of space for 3-4 people and it comes with a rainfly to keep out bad weather or dew but can be removed when you want to look at the sky.
This is a great budget option for a quality tent! It's durable and could stand up to a dog and children.
Good for casual car campers or those getting started!
Big Agnes Blacktail Tent
With a trail weight of 4lbs 8oz, this tent is nice and light and ideal for backpacking, although it's still durable and well made, being from a top of the line tent brand! 2 doors make exit and entry easy, 2 vestibules add extra space for gear and shoe storage. 33 sq ft of interior space puts it on the larger side of 2-person tents. All taped seams for waterproofing, full coverage rain fly included, and plenty of interior pockets for stashing smaller items.
Super solid option from Big Agnes, the Blacktail 3 gives you a great amount of space and comfort without being overtly heavy or cumbersome. Your packed weight comes out to 5lb. 11oz, and provides a 44 square foot floor area and 44 inch head height. Dual zippers on 2 doors with 2 vestibules make for plenty of convenience, ease of use and gear stashing ability. Two fly vents for better air flow and less condensation, tons of extra pockets.
A great value tent with spacious sleeping area, 2 side entry doors and vestibules to store gear. At a weight of 5lb. 11oz it is light enough for backpacking for most. It has a 1500mm water proof polyurethane coating. This tent will have two fly vents to increase air flow and reduce condensation.
Nemo Aurora 3 Person w/ Footprint Tent · Olive Green
Eureka! Summer Pass Tent
Nice mesh canopy to keep the bugs out and gives great views of the night sky. Two large vestibules provide dry storage for your gear.
2-person and 2-door tent that is really versatile! Great for car camping, backpacking, and everything in between!
Car camping and short-mid distance backpacking trips.
Coleman Skydome Camping Tent
This massive 6-person tent has 80 sq ft of interior space and a peak height of 6 ft, and it boasts nearly vertical walls to provide even more headspace then some of Coleman's other tent models, making it large enough for the whole fam or camping trips with friends! This tent offers plenty of waterproofing features, including a tub-like floor, welded corners, and inverted seams so you stay dry! Other features include internal pockets for small item organization, a large door for easy exit and entry, and Coleman boasts an easy 5-minute set up.
Vertical walls offer extra headroom and features like pre-attached poles for easy set up, a tub-like floor, welded corners and inverted seams keep you and your gear dry! This tent comes in a variety of sizes (2-8 person), we can find the perfect one for your situation! The specs for the 8 person are below:
- Dimensions: 16 x 7 ft
- Center Height:6 ft
- Fits 3 queen size air mattress
- Frame has been tested to 35 MPH winds
- Packs down to compact size for car camping
- Reviews confirm that this tent holds up great in wind and rain
Great entry level option for campground or car camping on a budget with plenty of livable space and Coleman trusted features and quality.
Eureka! Mountain Pass Tent
It's no joke that this tent is good in all four seasons. It's designed using the double layer system with panels that can be fully removed, or partially zipped for better ventilation during the summer. The 2 doors and 2 vestibules make this a perfect 4-season option for backpacking pairs.
A solid backpacking 4-season option. Double wall design makes for an easy set up and break down. Has plenty of headroom and is designed to withstand extreme weather. Super durable.
This is a more compact camping tent that can fit 2 people and has 2 vestibules for some outside gear storage. It is 7'4" x 4'8" in dimensions and a peak height of 3'5".
Coleman OneSource Camping Dome Tent with Airflow System and LED Lighting
I personally think this tent is pretty cool for the price! It has an integrated fan that refreshes the air 6 times an hour! Perfect for any summer humidity and heat. It also has integrated LED lighting throughout the tent! It comes with an interchangeable rechargeable battery. The bonus is that you can charge external devices such as your smartphone due to already having a power source!
Great car camping option for moderate weather conditions and ideally suited for families looking to keep occupants entertained and cozy without sacrificing creature comforts. Fits a queen sized air bed and has 4'11" center height.
This tent has an integrated fan and LED lighting throughout the tent, using a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged from wall outlets, vehicles or power packs.
Coleman Skydome Camping Tent with Dark Room Technology
Perfect for car camping as it has a quick 5 minute setup! Dark Room tech blocks out 90% of the sunlight so you can sleep in on those trips you're looking to escape it all. Nearly vertical walls give you about 20% more headroom than traditional tents. The frame is pretty durable and is rated up to 35 mph winds. Adverse conditions coming your way? The WeatherTec system has you covered for keeping you and your gear dry. Can fit 1 queen size air mattress.
Eureka! Solitaire AL 1 Person Tent · Jasmine Green, Mediterranean Blue, Dark Shadow
Excellent option for solo excursions. Very lightweight without sacrificing durability or protection from the elements. This 3-season tent is perfectly sized for one user, and their gear to fit comfortably within!
Eureka's Solitaire is the perfect first backpacking tent! It is 3 season, single person, durable, & lightweight. :)
Great option for you running solo. Super lightweight and most likely space for the pup!
Coleman Skylodge Camping Tent
This massive tent has an interior of 112 square feet and a peak height of 6 1/2 feet, making it large enough to fit 2 queen size airbeds- enough space to sleep the whole family or friends! The room divider creates privacy, or just keeps rooms separate and organized. The wide door makes getting gear (and yourself!) in and out of the tent easily, and ground vents create air flow and ventilation on warmer days while the rain fly and awning protect from rain. Other features include internal mesh pockets for small item storage and organization and color-coded poles for easy set up! An awesome, huge tent for a great price, and this tent also comes in a 10-person and 12-person size for even more space! And to sweeten the deal, this tent comes with a 1-year warranty!
- Nearly vertical walls offer 20% more headroom
- Wide door means easy entrance/exit and gear loading
- Tub like floor, patented welded corners and inverted seams
- Dimensions 12.5 x 9
- Center height 6 ft 5 in
- 1 year limited warranty
- Strong frame up to 35 mph winds
- Mesh storage pockets and gear loft keep for organization
Coleman Skylodge Instant Camping Tent
Sets up super quick using telescoping pre-attached poles, keeping things intuitive and simple. The WeatherTec system keeps you and your gear dry in all conditions you'll encounter. Fits 1 queen size air mattress, wide door makes it effortless to transport your gear in and out throughout the setup/teardown process. Stuff-and-roll carry bag makes it seamless to pack up your tent. Mesh pockets to organize your gear! Killer car camping option!
The North Face Stormbreak 2 Tent
The North Face Stormbreak 2 is a three season tent with about 30 square feet of floor area for two people. This tent comes with a vestibule and carrying bag. It is a free standing tent with a packed weight of around 5lbs 14.2oz. Two doors for easy access and airflow on hot nights with ground ventilation.
Eureka! Mountain Pass 3 Person Tent · Dawn Blue
This is a convertible 3 or 4 season tent designed to withstand harsher conditions. There are two vestibules to keep your gear nice and dry, as well as many internal pockets for gear storage and organization.
3 person tent built for heavy weather complete with a gear loft. The convertible design transitions between 3 season and 4 season durability!
It's a great year round, spacious option that is still light enough to be used on any backpacking trip at 6 lbs, 6 oz.
Coleman Skylodge Instant Camping Tent · 8 Person · Blackberry
Tons of interior storage space, large door awning, welded corners and inverted seams - this tent is bombproof in rain and wind up to 35 mph!
- Easy set up
- Dimensions 12 x 9.5
- Room divider
- Wider door
- Large awning
- Mesh storage pockets
- E-port for extension cord access
- Center Height 6.5 ft
- 1 year limited warranty
The Coleman SkyLodge Instant cabin fits two queen sized mattresses inside. With floor to ceiling mesh windows, this tent provides breathability and great ventilation.
Coleman Skydome XL Camping Tent
Under 5 minute setup time with 2 people, thanks to pre attached poles, can fit 3 queen airbeds and includes a room divider along with 2 wide doors. Equipped with Coleman's WeatherTec system providing a tub like floor, welded corners along with inverted and taped seams on the rainfly and tent body to keep water out. Rated to resist up to 35 mph winds. Ground vents keep things breathable in the warmer months along with large door awnings to maximize ventilation. Mesh pockets to keep gear organized along with an e-port for access to an extension cord so you can bring you electronics inside! 16' X 9' with a 6.5' center height. Comes with an expandable carry bag for easy packing.
Nemo Aurora Highrise 4 Person Tent · Turquoise/Blue
The crazy popular Aurora with a new highrise option. This is key for general camping where you want the height to stand and move around. The tent has full waterproof protection, backpacking quality material, a big vestibule and lifetime warranty.
The North Face Wawona 4 Person Tent
The North Face Wawona 4-Person Tent is a great option for families or friends looking to spend a few nights in nature without compromising all comforts. The tent uses DAC MX poles which are strong and light. This 3 season tent is more oriented for car camping and can suit novice to expert campers.
Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL
As Big Agnes' lightest, 2 door, 2 vestibule backpacking tent, this single pole design is best suited for fast and light ounce counting without compromising on quality and livable space. DAC Featherlight poles, a super airy tent body, taped seams, fast body setup and gear storage with space for three. Perfect at 2 pounds 15 ounces all in.
Coleman Peak1 Backpacking Tent
The Coleman Peak1 (3P) is durable, albeit a bit heavier for its size, coming in at 7 lbs 8.7oz, but this tent is going to be a quality shelter for most of what mother nature has to offer. The 2 door, 2 vestibule design offers ample room for gear storage, and ability to get in and out without crawling over interior components (or humans). The integrated WeatherTec Plus system ensures protection from the elements, and the aluminum pole structure is capable of withstanding winds up to 45mph! A bonus feature is the exclusive Star View Window - an interior window that unzips from the inside of the tent, and offers a screened viewing area of the above night sky, plus works as an extra option for controlling airflow and internal tent temps. This tent comes with Coleman's 5 year warranty, an included footprint, and is outfitted with reflective guy-lines and logos for better visibility in lowlight conditions.
Coleman PEAK tent can withstand winds up to 45mph, waterproof fabric and taped seams to keep the water out. At a minimum weight of 4lbs 15.4oz, It has two wide doors and vestibules that makes it easier to store extra gear. It includes the Footprint and has a 5 year limited warranty! A tent for backpacking that can tackle it all.
Nemo Aurora Highrise 6 Person Tent · Atoll/Oasis
Incredibly spacious tent with plenty of livable space. The Aurora has large rain protected windows for extra ventilation and amazing views! Offering two large doors for ease of access. Nemo made sure this tent was build with high quality fabrics that meet flame retardant standards without use of harmful chemicals. Intuitive design makes it easy to setup, comes with a duffel storage bag to pack.
Specs for the 6 Person Nemo Aurora Highrise Tent
Packed weight 18 lb, 10 oz
Peak height: 77in / 196cm
Floor Dimensions: 100 x 120 in/ 254 x 304.8cm
Coleman Skydome XL 10 Person Camping Tent with Dark Room Technology
Camping doesn't have to mean waking up at sunrise! The Darkroom tech on this tent reduces heat and blocks 90% of sunlight so you can sleep in. Massive interior fits 3 queen-size airbeds and set up in about five minutes.
-DIMENSIONS: 16 x 9 ft
-PEAK HEIGHT: 6.6 ft
-E-Port - Bring electrical power inside
-STORAGE - Gear pockets and loft keep small items organized
-1 year limited warranty
-DOORS: 2 wide doors make gear loading, entrance and exit easy!
Very large 10p tent that can hold three queen size beds, has two large doors, a room splitter that forms two rooms, and has DarkRoom tech that reduces sunlight by 90% inside the tent, allowing for more restful sleep as well as less heat penetrating the tent in warm climates. 6'6" center height. Easy 5 minute setup with color coded parts.
Coleman Skydome XL Camping Tent with LED Lighting
Nearly vertical walls for great headroom, easy 5 minute setup with 2 people, a large door and door awning to keep out the weather, an e-port to bring in extension cords for interior power, mess interior pockets for storage and a great rainfly.
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