In many parts of the world, the 2018/2019 winter season is about to be left in the dust. For the avid outdoorsman, that means one thing: Camping Season. If you’re thinking of upgrading some of your gear before you head out on your first excursion of the year, keep in mind that your tent is the most important piece of gear you can invest in. Here’s a look at the top tent recommendations for the Spring 2019 season.
Top Pick Overall
REI Co-op Kingdom
The REI Co-op Kingdom is our favorite platform when it comes to multi-person tents. They come in a variety of sizes, from a 4-person option all the way up to 8. Regardless of which size you get, you’ll find that these tents have a lot of space and they can be configured to create a couple of different “rooms” on the interior if you need a little extra privacy. The new models of this tent have sturdier poles that past models, and you get more mesh for better breathability and visibility on those star-filled nights. It’s not the cheapest tent on the market (the 6-person will run around $470) but it’s a quality piece of gear for the price.
Top Budget Pick
If the idea of spending nearly $500 on a tent makes you cringe, here’s our top pick in the budget category. Coleman has been making quality outdoor products for a long time, and their Sundome line of tents is a great option for folks looking for a good tent without breaking the bank. The sizes range from 2-person to 6-person and the biggest can be bought for less than a hundred bucks. It’s a great tent for those folks who only plan to get out a few times in the spring or summer, but it’s not going to hold up to a season-long stint of camping. The construction isn’t nearly as robust as more expensive models, but it’s a great option for the occasional adventurer.
Best Backpacking Pick
REI Co-op Half Dome
If your idea of camping doesn’t involve packing most of what you own in the bed of a pickup truck, we’ve got a suggestion for the backpacking camper, too. REI’s Half Dome line offers some great tents that range from 1-person all the way up to 4-person, so the bigger models are a great pick for families that are doing some backpacking with kids. REI redesigned this tent for this year and they’ve managed to squeeze in more space on the interior. However, the price has gone up over last year’s model, and you can expect to pay around $180 for the smallest model.