When you're trekking miles into the backwoods or making your way up a mountain, every onceof gear weight counts, and you often must balance comfort against practicality.
Overland hiking or mountaineering means using the most compact, lightweight tent that suitsthe conditions.
Luxuries like enough space to sit up are sacrificed to keep your pack weight down.
When you're car camping, on the other hand, you only need to haul your gear a short distancefrom the back of your vehicle, so go ahead and bring along a big, bulky tent with allsorts of special features.
Before we get started with our video detailing the best tents for camping on the market,we have included links in the description for each product mentioned, so make sure youcheck those out to see which one is in your budget range.
Starting off with the best overall camping tent we have the Coleman Carlsbad Fast PitchDome Tent.
The Coleman Carlsbad Fast Pitch Dome Tent is a superlative tent for the family of campersfor one reason above all others: adults and kids usually have different sleep schedules.
This was very much the case just last weekend when my son and I went camping.
I tucked him into his sleeping bag (after several books and lots of snuggles and a bitof negotiation) before sunset, yet thanks to Coleman's Dark Room technology walls andrainfly, the interior of the tent was plenty dim enough for slumber.
On hot days, that same Dark Room tech can reduce interior temperatures by more than10% when compared with other tents, and that can mean a notable several degree difference.
Another reason this tent is great for families is thanks to the screened-in vestibule thatsits outside the main tent door.
You can fit a pair of camp chairs into this bug-free zone, enjoying time technically spentoutside while staying near the sleepers within.
And by the way, you can fit two queen air mats or five twin sized mats within the tentand still have a bit of room for gear.
I single-handedly set this tent up in less than 10 minutes, and breaking it down again,including folding the tent and rainfly up and tucking it all into the bag, which I wasable to zip shut, took just over 12 minutes.
(Yes, I timed myself.
)Not bad for a shelter that kept me and the kid bone dry in a downpour.
The Coleman Carlsbad Fast Pitch Dome Tent earns the Fast Pitch part of its name thanksto pre-attached poles, an easy Instar-Clip suspension system, and an elegant simplicityof overall design.
If you have set up even two or three tents in your lifetime, you won't need to use thedirections to pop this baby into shape.
Also worth noting is the small zippered slot through which you can pass a cable and thepair of hanging pockets for sundry items.
With nearly 150 reviews posted on Amazon at the time of this writing, the Coleman CarlsbadFast Pitch Dome Tent has a solid 4.
2-star average rating.
A customer named Lizzy admonishes people to "buy this tent now," noting how "beautifullyit held up in the rain" and wind.
A gear tester from Outdoor Gear Lab called the Coleman Carlsbad an "affordable tent"that "stays cool and dark in the sun" and that is "easy and fast" to pitch.
You can also read our full review for more details.
Next up we have the best car camping tent for foul weather which goes to the Kelty Gunnnison4 Tent.
I can pitch my Kelty Gunnison 4 in about five minutes, and I've done so as rain began tofall at what proved to be the leading edge of a long storm.
Being tent-bound is no fun, but being tent-bound and soaked is miserable.
When you and your camping buddies are nestled down in this rugged dome tent, you'll staywarm and dry within even as the storm rages without.
I recommend you tuck a maximum of two additional people beside yourself into the Gunnison 4.
The Kelty Gunnison 4 is constructed primarily out of rugged polyester but with a mesh upperthird that promotes fresh airflow.
The tent's rainfly sits several inches above the primary dome, so any condensation thatcollects will flow well outside of the tent and will stay off of you and your stuff.
Breaking the Kelty Gunnison down is every bit as easy as setting it up, and it packsinto a bag you could fit into a larger hiking pack should that ever be necessary.
5 pounds, this tent is a bit too heavy to use on any appreciable distance trek, butit sure is a fine choice for car camping or for short hikes into your campsite.
A fellow Kelty Gunnison 4 owner named Michael said the tent was of "outstanding quality"and noted that it kept him dry in "torrential downpours," which is exactly what Kelty designedit to do.
In their Gunnison review, the folks from Backpacker called it able to "take on challenging weatherand withstand strong winds.
"Up next we have the best low-cost car camping tent which goes to the Wenzel ShenanigansTeepee Camping Tent.
Yep, you can get a five-person tent for about a hundred bucks.
And while the standard disclaimer that Wenzel's tent is best used with one fewer campers thanspecified applies, overall this is a roomy, comfortable tent.
In fact, thanks to its tepee design, full-grown adults can stand up in this tent.
That same height paired with venting around the peak allows heat to rise and keeps thetent cool in the summertime, though the design also means this isn't a great cold weatheroption.
While this also probably isn't the best tent if you're expecting a downpour, it's a greatchoice for camp outs in mild weather or for setting up at the beach, the park, or at amusic festival.
Or, if you're my son and me, it's a fine tent to pop up in the backyard and then fill withstuffed animals.
Large square windows provide additional air circulation and a nice view, as does the generouslysized two-panel door.
I can get our Shenanigan Teepee erected in about five minutes including staking it down,and the breakdown process is even faster.
Also, there's that price.
While not a rugged backwoods tent that will get you through a blizzard or a big storm,given that pint-sized price, this is a tent that's worth buying even if you'll only useit a couple times a year.
A Digital Trends review called the Wenzel Shenanigan "ridiculously easy to put up" thanksto its single center pole design.
Up next we have the best three-season car camping tent which goes to the SlumberjackRoughhouse 4-Person Tent.
When I go camping in the fall or early spring, my Slumberjack Roughhouse often comes withme.
That's because during autumn and springtime you can count on large temperature fluctuationsthroughout the day.
I know can count on this tent to keep me warm inside when its rainfly is zipped down tight,or to let in plenty of fresh air and keep things cool during the hotter parts of theday.
I also know my Roughhouse will keep me dry in a downpour thanks to the reliable rainflyand is stable in the wind thanks to its low-profile design.
The interior of the tent feels pleasantly roomy thanks to nearly vertical walls, whichallow you to actually make use of the living space.
With a pair of hiking poles propping up the shade awning, you can enjoy some covered outdoorspace as well.
It takes a few more minutes to set this tent up than do some of the others on the list,but it's worth the effort when the Slumberjack Roughhouse keeps you protected from the elements.
A gear reviewer from Bass Master appreciated how the Slumberjack Roughhouse's "sturdy.
low profile" allows it to effectively "fight the wind.
"And for our last pick we have the best car camping tent for large groups which goes tothe Ozark Family Trail Cabin Tent.
Granted, if you stuff 10 people into the Ozark Family Trail Cabin Tent, it's going to bea tight squeeze, but you could fit that many folks if you needed to.
A better idea, though, is to pop in three queen-sized air mats and let six campers enjoytheir outing in comfort.
And they can do so with privacy, too, as a pair of zip-in, zip-out walls can create threeinterior rooms in this jumbo-sized tent, each room featuring its own mesh windows and doors.
As you might expect, a tent this large is heavy and bulky even when properly packedup, and it takes a good amount of time to get the thing pitched, especially if doneby one person.
But once you have your Ozark Family Trail Cabin Tent ready, you will have a capacioustent that's great for use by large groups or for the prolonged camping trip where youwant to store plenty of gear inside and away from the elements.
With the rainfly in place and thanks to the tent's taped seams, you and your camping buddieswill stay nice and dry in this roomy tent even in steady rain.
With nearly 250 reviews posted online, the Ozark Family Trail Cabin Tent enjoys a 4.
A buyer named Anne reports that it kept her family dry despite rain that fell "nonstopfor a week straight.
"Another owner called it a "high-quality tent at a very affordable price.
"In their write up, Outside Online called this "massive tent" an ideal choice for "a groupof friends" and noted the convenience of its three doors.
So that sums up our top camping tents of 2019.
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