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The 6 Best Camping Tents of 2020

When you think of camping, what’s the first image that comes to mind? For many of us, it’s a tent, pitched next to a campfire. But which tent? These days there are hundreds of tents on the market, all with slightly different features, materials, and constructions. And with so many options, it can be really challenging to narrow them down to the cream of the crop.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best camping tents that we’ve found. These are the tents that stand out, that make us stop and go “wow!” Of course, there is no “best” tent, instead, there’s the best tent for you. Someone looking for a tent for ultralight multi-day backpacking trips will have a different set of priorities from someone who just wants to sleep at a campsite they can park at. So we’ve included a bunch of information to help you figure out which of these will be the best tent for you.



MSR Habitude 4

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MSR has long been renowned for their high-quality camping gear, if you’re looking for something to help you cook, play, or sleep outside, chances are that MSR makes it. Their Habitude 4 is one of their most spacious tents.

As the name suggests, the Habitude 4 sleeps four people, comfortably. But unlike many tents where the sleeping capacity is based on floor size alone, the Habitude goes out of its way to make sure there’s plenty of room for everyone whether you’re sleeping, or just hanging out. It’s tall, folks up to 6’ will be able to stand inside the tent, and the sides are nearly vertical, instead of sloping in aggressively. That means you don’t have to crouch over to change in the tent, and you have plenty of room for a few people to hang out and move around. If you’re looking for a tent with room for the whole family, the MSR Habitude 4 should be on your shortlist.

SeasonsCapacityWeight Original Price
3 Season4 People12 lbs$499

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North Face Eco Trail 2P

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The North Face’s “Eco” line puts the priority on sustainable materials and practices. The Eco Trail 2P tent uses recycled polyester throughout to cut down on its environmental footprint. That doesn’t mean it skimps on comfort or features though.

The Eco Trail is designed to be a lightweight but comfortable option for hikers and backpackers looking for something that has plenty of space, but isn’t too heavy - it has a nice balance. The real highlight of the Eco Trail though, is huge mesh windows and skylights. Without the rainfly, you’ve got a nearly 360° view of the night sky, while still being protected from bugs. But if it does start to drizzle, it’s easy to throw on the symmetrical rainfly and keep the elements out.

If you’re primarily camping close to your car, you don’t need the light weight of the Eco Trail, and you may as well get something that trades some weight for more room to move around in. But if you’re looking for a tent that packs down small, but still sleeps two comfortably, the Eco Trail is a great choice.

SeasonsCapacityWeight Original Price
3 Season2 People6.25 lbs$186

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Nemo Aurora 3P

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Plenty of couples love two-person tents, until they have a kid. Then the lack of space becomes very apparent. And with many manufacturers, tents jump from a capacity of two straight to four. Nemo has stepped up with their Aurora 3P tent. The Aurora is shockingly light for a three-person tent, and packs down small enough that it’s a great option for multi-night backpacking trips.

In order to stay light and packable, the Aurora doesn’t have as high of a ceiling as some other tents, it’s only 44” at the peak, but Nemo has maximized the space inside the tent with nearly vertical walls and smart pole placements. That means the Aurora sleeps three comfortably, but it’s still light and small enough that it’s not a bad call for groups of two who just want a lot of space. If two-person tents just aren’t cutting it anymore, but you still want a lightweight tent that’s comfortable covering a lot of miles, the Aurora 3P is our top choice.

SeasonsCapacityWeight Original Price
3 Season3 People5.31 lbs$299

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Marmot Tungsten 3P

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The Marmot Tungsten 3P tent is similar to the Nemo Aurora, it just trades a little weight for more space. It’s about a pound heavier, but has a bigger footprint and a higher peak, along with a full mesh ceiling for stargazing.

Those changes mean the Tungsten is ideal if you’re going on shorter trips (like overnighters) or you’re primarily camping out of some vehicle, be that canoe, car, or bike. It won’t be quite as easy on your back for long hikes as the Aurora, but if your top priority is everyone having enough personal space, the Tungsten is perfect. The overall balance of weight, size, and spacious layout combine to make it one of the best camping tents.

SeasonsCapacityWeight Original Price
3 Season3 People6.28 lbs$258

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Burton Rabbit Ears

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Some folks just want to go camping with the whole squad. If that feels like you, the Burton x Big Agnes collab Rabbit Ears is your ticket to a good time. The Rabbit Ears is by far the biggest tent on this list, with capacity for up to six people, and a 78” peak height. It’s less of a piece of camping gear, and more a mobile party hut.

The colab means it has a special graphic thanks to Burton, while still incorporating all of Big Agnes’s tried and true features like reflective guy lines and internal organization pockets. If you’re looking for a tent to haul deep into the backcountry, this is obviously not the right choice. Instead, it’s one of the best tents for families and groups that just want to spend quality time together outdoors.

SeasonsCapacityWeight Original Price
3 Season6 People12.8 lbs$499

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Kelty Sequoia 4P

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Kelty’s Sequoia 4P is one of the best car camping tents for people who just want their gear to last. It’s overbuilt, in the best way possible. It’s far from the lightest tent on this list, but the Sequoia has a ton of space, and is very durable. And it’s packed with features to make your camping experience more enjoyable and comfortable.

The Sequoia has a very high roof, at 78” so most people will have no problem standing up comfortably inside it. It’s also easy to put together, even though it fits four people, it’s easy to set up solo, so that the rest of your group can focus on setting up camp.

If you plan on spending a lot of nights in your tent, or just have a history of breaking or wearing out your camping gear, the Sequoia 4P is a perfect option to keep you sleeping outside for years to come.

 

SeasonsCapacityWeight Original Price
3 Season4 People12 lbs$329

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