The best family camping tent in 2017 summer should give you plenty of room, shed rain, handle some wind, and be reasonably easy to pack for car or RV camping. Better yet, the best canvas tents for you should fit your budget – but also be reasonably long-lasting.
We always recommend that you don’t pay attention to a cheap tent because you don’t want it to break when you’re finally going for camping. No matter what your experience level in the outdoors, odds are you understand the need for a shed. And in this particular instance, the need for a ultralight tent. But not just any tent. Because about shopping, you get what you pay for.
The best family camping tents are usually dome tents or canvas/cabin style tents because they’re simple to set up and can supply usable spaces. In addition, the best camping tents are waterproof tent that usually have a separate full-coverage rain fly. You want a good waterproof tent because you don’t want wet sleeping bags and crying kids. If you have to hang out in your tent during a long rainstorm, the best tents pretty much always are those that have a separate rain fly cover. (As for single-wall tents, stick with high-end versions or you’ll be sorry.)
The majority of car campers take only a few trips a year, usually during the peak summer months, and even the cheapest tents on this list will perform well for this type of use. For tougher weather conditions or as a long-term investment, consider springing for a better-built and more expensive model.
There have a lot of camping tents for family camping in 2017 but when forced to recommend for some quick reviews of camping tents, we obviously have some good suggestions.
- Up to 33% more water-resistant than a Comparable standard Coleman tent
- 2 windows for great ventilation and views
- Included rainfly for extra weather protection
- 9 x 7 ft. Foot print, 4 ft. 11 in. Center height
- 1-Year limited warranty
Carry bag – the tent comes neatly packed in a carry bag, with tent, poles, rain fly, ground stakes, door mat, and instructions.
Setup – Easy. Set up by myself, with rain fly, in under 15 minutes. Didn’t have to look at the directions. Only suggestion would be to put the word “front” somewhere on the rain fly to indicate which way it goes. However, a quick glance at the packaging will tell you.
Materials – the tent material seems to be of good quality, and should hold up well when taken care of. The zippers are not heavy duty, but i see no issues with them. The floor is heavy duty tarp material.
Screens – the tent has large screen panels on the “ceiling”, which makes for a great view when the rain fly is not on. There is an additional window, and screen on the door for extra viewing and airflow.
Floor Vent – there is a vent near the rear of the tent, which allows for additional airflow.
Cord access – there is a small zippered panel in the front corner, that let’s you run an extension cord into the tent.
Navy/Grey tent, the colors are cool. Got some compliments from the neighbors on it. I like that the rain fly comes with the guy lines already attached. Took it on a three day canoe trip down the Buffalo river. Very easy to set up. It did not rain, but extreme dew collected on the rain fly and we were very dry and comfortable.
Stakes – the stakes are just ok…they are the generic skinny steel ones. I would recommend spending an extra $10 bucks and buy some good ones.
Footprint – the tent doesn’t come with a footprint, though I imagine this helps keep the cost so low. Not a big deal, I use a tarp anyways.
Door Screen – the upper half of the door can be unzipped to reveal the screen window. I really would have liked if the entire door could be screen, not just the top half.
- Easy One Door Entry, One Vestibule for Extra Storage, Half Mesh Walls Increase Ventilation
- Dimensions: 32x90x36″, Total Weigh: 3.94 lbs.
- Great tent. Especially for the price. Lightweight yet roomy enough for one person to sleep comfortably in any position
Recommendations for this tent:
– For those who plan to go solo
– For those who accept that no space goes to waste
– For those who want simplicity
Recommendations if you buy this tent:
– Forget folding up this tent nice, purchase the Alps Mountaineering medium compression sack and stuff it into there, cinch it, and put it into your backpack. (Roll it neatly if storing for long periods of time)
– Purchase the fitted footprint for this tent. A tarp is versatile, but not light. Also, you can replace the footprint, not the tent floor.
– Set it up, have fun knowing that this is your tent, there are many like it, but that one is yours
- 2-room dome tent that sleeps up to 4 people
- Removable divider splits the tent into 2 rooms
- Double D door for easy entry and exit
- 3 mesh zippered windows and mesh ceiling
- Measures 10 x 6 x 8 feet (W x H x D); weighs 13.65 pounds
Pros: It was roomy; I can easily stand up in it with room to spare (I am 5’8″), and there was plenty of room for 2 adults, one young teen, and ALL of our gear. All the doors/windows zip shut (some small screen vents at the very top that do not zip, but they are completely covered and then some by the fly). There are several well-placed gear pockets, and nicely placed windows and doors.
- Minimum Weight: 4lbs, 4 oz
- Floor Dimension: 86 x 55 in
- Number of Doors: 2
- Packed Sized: 22 x 6 in diameter
- Frame Description: 4 DAC 8.5/9.0 mm Featherlite NSL
This is a spacious tent for two people, suitable for night, like their own space. It is closed completely and waterproof, lightweight material construction, because of course, Pelosi is a backpacker’s best friend. The unique structure of the rod provides additional robustness and space, and because the two door of the tent, two vestibule and a net cover, you and your partner will be able to enter the camp well ventilated tent independence, 3/4 a year.
- 20-denier ripstop nylon / 15-denier nylon mesh
- Minimum weight is 1.54 kg/3 lb. 7 oz.; two Fast & Light options from .97 kg/2 lb. 2 oz.
I love this tent. Here’s why:
1) It’s light and very compact tent. The compression bag is a great addition.
2) The freestanding unified pole system is light, strong, and takes seconds to configure.
3) The ventilation is awesome which will reduce or even eliminate condensation.
4) With our without the MSR Hubba Hubba NX-2 footprint (not included), the assembly of the tent is intuitive and easy with only one person.
6) It’s very spacious for one person and will fit two average size people with no problem. Don’t expect to put two NFL linebackers in this thing.
7) I spent ~6 months researching new tents and I kept returning to this tent due to the best bang for the buck. At approximately three hundred dollars, this tent is a great buy.
- Nylon taffeta
- Includes: 8 Steel Stakes, Mesh Storage Pocket, Gear Loft, Guy Ropes
- Dimensions: 120x120x72″, Total Weight: 14.88 lbs.
Be your provider and bring the whole family or group of friends outdoors. Contribute housing and food. Tell them this means business in the field of outdoor tours. As long as they bring beer. The REI camping tent comfortably sleeps 6 people and features a mountain inspired geodesic dome structure that makes everything as spacious as possible. Sleepers can enter two doors, each door made of sturdy fabric for privacy and mesh ventilation. There are two vents on the roof, a large pillar, the vestibule, and a smaller lofting vestibule to provide additional coverage. It also has a polyester coating and Hyla full coverage of 150D polyester Oxford floor, abrasion resistance and resistance to puncture. The gross floor area is 86.8 square feet.
6-pole cabin style tent with 10×10 floor space and 7′ center height sleeps 6 comfortably.
Large D-style door, with half window, allows easy entry/exit
Buy this tent if:
-You want to be able to stand up and walk around while inside (even if you are around 6′ tall).
-You like easy setup and tear down (without needing to be an expert)
-You want something that will last you a long time without having to baby it
-You need something for family camp outs that won’t stress you out (I personally recommend 4 people tops in this to be totally comfortable)
-You just like to have a ton of space for yourself or as a couple (I fit a Queen-sized air mattress in there with my wife and had tons of room)
- Four season, free standing, deluxe car camping/base camp tent with double door and vestibules with D-shaped doors on tent body. Front vestibule door has vertical zippers which may be staked out as a shade using trekking poles.
- 22 x 14 x 6 inches
- 17.94 pounds
– lots of space!
– good rain protection. (You really need a tent with a fly that approaches ground level if you want to stay dry.)
– Lots of tie points to anchor to the ground.
– Decent size vestibule at the front door. (Helps to support the ‘no shoes in tent’ rule.)
– Weight. It’s a big tent. It will never go backpacking.
– with all of the poles and sleeves, it’s a bit of work to pitch. Again, bit tent…
- Kelty Trail Ridge 6 Tent$399.5
- Packaged Weight 14 lb. 12 oz.
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 96 x 120 x 72˝
- Number of Poles: 4 Type: DAC DA17 Aluminum
- Freestanding design
The Kelty Trail Ridge 6 is a truly outstanding value in a spacious, no-compromises family tent. The $200 price range may seem high to the uninitiated, but trust me, this is more than twice as nice as what $100 will buy you (see my review of the Coleman Ara 6-person for comparison), and it shares the most important features and details of tents that run all the way into the $500 range. After looking carefully at more than two dozen 6-person tents, I’m convinced this is the single best value for the performance that you will find in a 6-person family tent.
- Two-room tent sleeps up to six campers comfortably thanks to 17-by-nine (W x D) footprint and 6 ft. 10 in. center height
- Floor-less screened room provides extra ventilation on warm days, great place for meals and gathering, rain or shine, and protected storage space
- Proprietary WeatherTec System with series of interworking features guaranteed to keep you dry and comfortable
- 75-denier polyester taffeta fly, 68-denier polyester mesh inner tent, and 1,000-denier polyethylene floor; 11-millimeter fiberglass poles
Pros- nice and big. I want a tent, my son and I (perhaps one of his friends) can sleep, and if we are attacked by heavy rain or hail, we can go out to play. Probably all summer in Colorado. This tent has plenty of room for us and our equipment, as well as space to play and play cards or board games.
And a lot of standing rooms. I hate trying to put on a small dome. Most people are sure to stand up and move about in the tent. I think even a 6 year old husband can walk in this tent without bending over. It seems waterproof. I wandered down the top and side for one or two minutes without any leakage. When you RainX your window, the water rolls just like.
5., separate the room so that clothes or sleep when there is privacy. Inside the tent is a removable wall – a nylon with a zipper in the center that you can hang up from the ceiling to create a separate room or leave and have a large tent.
- attached to the screen room. You may put a chair and a cooler in this small screen room and stay away from bedbugs. I can stand up in this room, but my husband probably will come down a bit.
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