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The 9 Best Camping Tents of 2021

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.


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$299.95

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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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Big Agnes Big House 4

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One of the best ways to experience the outdoors is with the company of others. And what better way to make that a reality than with a Big Agnes tent that can fit you and all of your friends or family? The Big Agnes Big House 4 Tent is accurately named as it brings some spacious home digs sized shelter to the outdoors. With a head height of 70” you can stand up while changing with ease, and the large floor area gives plenty of room for rainy day activities in addition to being able to spread out while sleeping, making this one of the best large camping tents.

Two large doors featuring windows allow for plenty of customizable ventilation. Removable corner bin pockets keep the inside of the tent clean and in order while the extra-large welcome mat on the front door keeps dirty shoes in order outside. Shelter Mode also lets you pitch it as a covered shelter without the tent body for added useability. Just because the tent is big doesn’t mean it will be a struggle to transport as it comes with a backpack-style carry bag for easy moving from the car to the campsite. With this setup, you may want to bring the kitchen sink, you’ve got room for it after all.

SeasonsCapacityWeight Original Price
3 Season4 People12 lbs$379.95

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EXPED Outer Space 3

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While this tent may not technically give you the ability to camp on Mars, it’s certainly able to handle any setting your throw at it on Earth. While people most often were concerned with the amenities on the inside of a tent in the past, what features it offers outside have been a growing trend. This is where the EXPED Outer Space 3 Tent excels as it boasts heaps of customizable shelter outside of the tent. Its vestibule is a massive 40.0 ft2 which is big enough for three people to sit in camp chairs, make food, and eat a meal around a small table.

The time to enjoy this tent’s outside feature is lighting quick as well. EXPED’s Exostructure poles which are on the outside of the fly provide a rapid and dry set-up. The inner tent can remain attached to the fly when you are stowing the setup so teardown time is shortened as well.

SeasonsCapacityWeight Original Price
3 Season3 People7.3 lbs$479

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The North Face Homestead Roomy 2

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The North Face created their Homestead collection with an emphasis on smart design and vibrant looks, and comfort-enhancing features. Its Homestead Roomy 2 Tent is a two-person tent that brings durability and water-resistance to the campsite while being easy-to-pitch. Oh, and did we mention it has about 50% more room than a typical two-person tent?

With an interior decked out in amenities including side “nightstand” pockets, a gear loft that you can use for tablet viewing, and a lantern hang loop, you’ll be living in luxury inside. Things get a little soggy during your adventure excursions during the day? Internal drying lines are included with the tent so you can dry out back at the homestead.

SeasonsCapacityWeight Original Price
3 Season2 People6.9 lbs$229.95

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Mountain Hardwear Aspect™ 3

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For those who like to travel further, higher, and lighter, Mountain Hardwear comes to the table with their Aspect™ 3 Tent. A 3-season tent coming in at a svelte 3.67 lbs, this backpacking tent provides numerous features while keeping weight to a minimum. The industry-leading DAC Featherlight™ NFL poles help keep the weight down while its unique canopy-to-pole attachment system improves compressibility for easy packing.

With an interior decked out in amenities including side “nightstand” pockets, a gear loft that you can use for tablet viewing, and a lantern hang loop, you’ll be living in luxury inside. Things get a little soggy during your adventure excursions during the day? Internal drying lines are included with the tent so you can dry out back at the homestead.

SeasonsCapacityWeight Original Price
3 Season3 People3.67 lbs$479.95

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Burton x Big Agnes 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$499.95

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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 camping tent choice.

SeasonsCapacityWeight Original Price
3 Season2 People6.25 lbs$249.95

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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$499.95

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