Hammocks are great, and nothing beats sleeping under the stars, but if you can’t see the stars and you’re about to get wet, you’re going to want a dry, comfortable place to call home for the night. Even though you might be tempted to rough it for the night, a tent will keep you dry, protected from the elements, and keep out any unwanted bugs or critters. If you’re trying to find the best camping tents for your adventures, focus on 3 things: size, location (where and when you’ll be using it), and cost.
If you’re like us, you’re probably looking for something that’s:
- Big enough for you and a lady-friend (or man-friend, and maybe the dog).
- Light enough to take on a backpacking trip, but still makes a nice sturdy shelter from the elements.
- Waterproof, but still well ventilated to prevent condensation buildup.
- Easy to set up and easy to tear down and pack away.
We searched high and low, and taking these factors into account, here are the 5 best tents we found.
The 5 Best Camping Tents of 2017
-ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 – Buy it now for
- Mesh walls for maximum ventilation and temperature regulation in muggy weather.
- Sealed fly and floor seams prevent water from sneaking in.
- Two vestibules, interior mesh storage pockets, and a gear loft allow for ample gear storage
- Two doors so there’s no need to climb over your partner to get in or out.
– The MSR Hubba NX – Buy it now for $400
- Offset rainfly zipper protects the entrance of your tent in foul weather.
- Only 3 and a half pounds.
- Bathtub style ripstop nylon floor.
- Seam taped fly and mesh body to keep you cool and dry.
- 3 year manufacturer’s warranty.
-The Eureka Midori 2 – Buy it now for $160
- Constructed with durable ripstop polyester.
- Fully taped seams to prevent leaks and drafts.
- Mesh walls and hooded vent on fly to keep you dry and comfy.
- Great entry level price point – basic, but budget-friendly.
-The Mountain Hardware Tangent 2 – Buy it now for $500
- If you’re looking for the best-in-class, all-season, cream-of-the-crop tent, you just found it.
- Burly nylon ripstop fabric with DWR, PU, and silicone coatings (you’ll stay extra dry, and the walls are breathable)
- Vestibules for both doors – more space to store gear out of the elements.
- Trident corners keep the tent extra stable in high winds and heavy snow.
- Plenty of internal pockets and storage.
- Lifetime warranty.
-The Marmot Limelight 2P – Buy it now for $200
- The best bang for your buck!
- Built burly with coated ripstop nylon.
- Specifically designed for foul weather conditions.
- Footprint included for a fast-pitch option.
- Extra large double-door and D-shaped rear door.
- Color coded clips and poles for simple setup.
- Also comes with a lifetime warranty.