Welcome to my Tent Review Website!
I have grouped my tent reviews into 4 main categories:
- 3 season tents which are suitable for spring, summer and autumn,
- 4 season tents which are ideal for winter camping (and also summer)
- large family tents and
- backpacking tents which are lightweight and pack up small
For each of these categories I have then grouped them according to how many people they are suitable for (e.g. 3 person tents, 6 person etc.). This should help you to find the tent you are looking for quickly.
In addition I have included popular camping accessories for you to look through and I have also written some great camping tips that I hope you will find helpful.
Why Read My Reviews?
If a tent has problems then I let you know about it!
Features to Check
Many tents now come with one or two vestibules to store equipment away from the sleeping area. This is especially good for keeping walking gear in if its been raining!
- Ventilation is really important and you should check that the tent has plenty of vents to encourage air circulation. If you have separate sleeping compartments then make sure they each have vents.
- The preferred pole system is a personal choice. I like the carbon fibre self assembly rods (quite and easy!). If you are going backpacking then make sure you have lightweight aluminium poles so that the overall weight is low. You will definitely want an ultralight tent.
- The tent material should have a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating and also check that the seams taped with waterproof material. The last thing you want is a leak! However it is worth noting that if your tent does leak then it may be due to setting it up incorrectly. This has happened to me a few times and I haven’t quite got the tension right.
Please note that some manufacturers provide a limited lifetime warranty so check the details.Buying a tent should be a fun and exciting experience so knowing a review site that gives you all the information you need will help you know beforehand that you are purchasing the best tent for you.
Family Tent Reviews
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I have classed a family tent as one that is suitable for 6 or more people. There are now lots of great family tents that are really huge but not too expensive. Most have plenty of head room too and also it is possible to purchase tents that have separate sleeping areas which is ideal for a family. These are the top 3.
Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow
Everyone loves this tent. As with all canvas tents it is expensive but it will last a lifetime. If you think that canvas tents are difficult to setup then think again. This one is very easy to set up and take down and there is no trying to stuff it into a bag afterwards! This is suitable for 8 people and is an all season tent. [read more]
Coleman Red Canyon
If you want a large family tent that will be stable and durable (quite a few positive reviews after 5 years of using the tent) in bad weather but don’t want to spend too much then the Coleman Red Canyon will do the job. Probably best suited for 6 rather than 8 people. This is a very popular tent. [read more]
Eureka Copper Canyon 1312
The Eureka Copper Canyon 1312 is a huge tent for up to 8 people. It is really a luxury tent. Eureka is a very good brand name and produce quality tents so you would expect this one to be a top of the range family tent. The seams are secure and poles are very sturdy. [read more]
1 Man Tents
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Solo or 1 man tents are generally used by backpackers and will therefore be lightweight and easy to carry while walking from one site to another. You should also find that they are quick to set up and take down. If you are looking specifically for quality backpacking tents then check out that category instead below.
2 Man Tents
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You will notice that although some tents are officially classed as 3 man, I have considered them more suitable for 2 people and therefore I have classed them under the 2 person tent category. Similarly I have found that some 2 man tents are not that large and are probably better classed as a luxury 1 man tent so you will find them under that category.
3 Man Tents
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If you have any comments or reviews then please let me know.
4 Man Tents
Some 4 man tents are big enough for families and so you might want to check these reviews out if it is for a family. However most families prefer to have a tent with more room so that there is plenty of storage space.
- Kelty Grand Mesa 4 Man Lightweight Tent
- Sierra Designs Moken 4 Man Separate Bedrooms
- Big Agnes Big House 4 Person Tent Review
4 season tents can be used all year round and can cope with snow and ice. They tend to be more expensive but if you want to camping in winter then you must have a tent that can cope with extreme temperatures and conditions for your own safety. It is really important to check reviews for these tents.
- Bestselling Winter Tents 2011
- MSR Storm King Tent: Large Capacity
- Nemo Nano Elite Great Winter Tent
- Big Agnes Royal Flush 3 Man Winter Tent Review
- Kelty Gunnison 2.1 Pro With 2 Vestibules
- Big Agnes String Ridge Winter Tent Review
- 4 Season Tents – Winter Tents
Best Backpacking Tents
I have reviewed these tents in their own category rather than under the 1 man section as they are the best for backpacking and therefore designed for more extreme weather conditions and rugged camping.
- Best Backpacking Tents
- Is MSR Mutha Hubba the best backpacking tent?
- Nemo Obi 2 Person Ultralight Backpacking Tent
- Big Agnes Copper Spur ul 3 Man Backpacking Tent
- Nemo Espri 3P More Suited as 2 Man Tent
- Big Agnes Seedhouse 2 Man Backpacking Tent
Brands Reviewed so Far
Nemo, MSR, Kelty, Terra Nova, Big Agnes, Sierra Designs, Coleman, Columbia and Eureka