Best camping tents & shelters according to redditors

We found 1,593 Reddit comments discussing the best camping tents & shelters. We ranked the 686 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/sooner_or_later · 100 pointsr/DesignPorn
u/Soul_xDD · 25 pointsr/streetwear
u/vocatus · 22 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I still have my "Cold Weather Sleep System" that the Army issued me, and I'm telling you the thing's indestructible. It has a 30 degree bag, -30 bag, water proof shell, and the whole thing compresses down to the size of a soccer ball. I use it for hiking and camping a lot.

You can get them new on Amazon or used on Craigslist pretty cheap.

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u/xiaodown · 17 pointsr/camping

It's really not too hard to get started - just go where there's no buildings, and then stay there!

I like to find places that say "primitive" camping, which just means "less likely to be trashy people". I don't like to be at a campsite with 93 different tent sites, 92 of which are occupied by people playing music and drinking their bush beer at 3am and burning their styerfoam coolers. This may mean you get a campsite without restroom facilities, or with only a "vault toilet" (permanent porta-potty) - that's OK, you can go a day without a shower, it won't kill you. Be conscious that this is slightly more difficult for girls, if you have to pee in the woods, though.

Embrace the solitude; look up at the stars.

What kind of gear do you already have? You can get started super cheap if you're just doing some car camping and you don't want to get really involved in it.

There are a lot of posts and discussion all over the internet about how to shed weight so that you can go long-haul backpacking and do cool things way out in the wilderness, but cost scales like this with lightness. If you're just doing casual / first time / car camping, just go with some inexpensive gear until you decide, for you, what kind of camping you want to do.

For example, a three season sleeping bag will do you just fine for $23, for casual use. You may only get 20-30 uses out of it before you wear it out, but it's cheap. It's also good to have a sleeping pad; the old classic thermarest for $20 has worked just fine for people for 20 years, or an inexpensive inflatable pad at $25 makes a great choice. I usually don't bring a pillow, I usually wad up my clothes or jacket or both and use that as a pillow.

You typically want to have a tent that advertises (number of people actually sleeping +1) if you're doing simple / beginner camping, so for 2 people, get a 3-4 person tent. This is so you can fit all your gear in the tent. See if you can borrow one from a friend, or if you want your own, a 3 person tent or a 4 person tent will do just fine at $50.

It's a good idea to have some way to see in the dark, so bring a flashlight, or a mini lantern, or better yet, a head lamp is super useful.

You'll want to also remember to bring trash bags and toilet paper, in addition to the things you'd normally bring for an overnight trip (change of clothes, toothbrush, etc). Bring warmer clothes than you think you need, too - just in case. I can't count the number of times I've been camping, and thinking "Oh, it's only going to get down to 50 tonight", and because I'm far away from the city that the forecast was for, it actually gets down to 30 and I'm cold. Bring a jacket, bonus points for water-proof (in case it rains). Also, grab a small first aid kit (some bandaids, gauze, travel size hand sanitizer, neosporin, and a compression wrap should be able to handle most of what you'd need).

Bring water - especially if you don't know if there'll be potable water at the campsite. Just grab one of these things at the store is the easiest way. Bring a couple of disposable plates and some plastic cups.

Bring a folding chair! Don't bring anything that plays music! (annoys other campers).

For making food, I wouldn't bother with buying a stove or anything - just bring some charcoal and make a camp fire, and do "pocket dinners" or "hobo packs" - a great way to make a meal that is personalized to your tastes, and super easy. Grab some kielbasa or pre-cooked sausage, some onions, potatoes, brussel sprouts, bell peppers, mushrooms, whatever, make a big-ass sheet of aluminum foil by taking two big ass pieces of heavy duty foil and folding the edges together, dump the veggies in, wrap it up except for one end, put in about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water, then just put it on the coals for 20 min, flipping halfway through, and then when ready, grab it with some tongs, put it on a paper plate, open it up, and eat right out of the foil. Makes clean up easy - just throw the whole thing away. For breakfast, poptarts or energy bars or bagles (toasted on the fire on a marshmallow fork!). My favorite camping breakfast, though, is hard-boiled eggs with bacon salt sprinkled on them. We boil the eggs ahead of time, but it does mean you'll have to fit them in a cooler.

At night, make sure all the food stuff is back in the car, or in a secure (bear-proof, which really mostly means racoon proof) location. Same thing with the trash - put it in the dump location, or put it in your trunk to pack it out. Before you go to bed, also fold up your camping chairs, and put them in the car, or under the picnic table, or whatever, so that they don't get the dew on them.

And lastly, but very important, remember to read all of the state, local, and federal regulations about where you'll be camping. Some places won't let you have fires, some will let you have fires only in established fire rings, some make you sign a thing and print it out and bring it with you, etc. In California, we have to have a shovel and a bucket of water. Some places, you have to sign a wildlife / "crumb-clean" pledge, some places you have to pay in advance. Most places don't want you to bring firewood because of pest infestation risks, so plan to either gather firewood at the site or buy it from the rangers if they offer it. Some places will have restrictions on where you can park and how many cars are allowed, or how many people per site, etc. Some places allow dogs; most don't (?). A lot of places have specific regulations about alcohol, and some have regulations about smoking. Just be aware of all of this ahead of time.

Hope this helps! Dunno if it's what you're looking for, but ... well, there it is!

u/campgrime · 16 pointsr/Ultralight

Okay, I got this.

G4Free 40L backpack - $18.99

Paria Sanctuary Sil Tarp - $79.99

Polycro ground sheet - $7.98

Sleep pad - $16.79

Down throw - $31.95

Ultralight, summer set up straight from Amazon for about $150.

edit: oops, you said no tarp. You could add the bug net for $65 and be at ~210 for an ultralight, modular set up. Could also subtract the polycro sheet and save a few bucks if you buy the inner net.

u/ItNeedsMoreFun · 15 pointsr/Ultralight

If you don't want to go the DIY route or the compromise route (Something like the Kelty Cosmic Down), you could get a synthetic quilte like the EE Prodigy

  • SMD 2014 Fusion 50: $100/36 oz
  • EE Prodigy 20 reg/wide: $180/32 oz
  • SMD Deschutes: $165/13 oz
  • Sea to Summit Nano Mosquito Net: $50/2.9 oz
  • Polycro ground cloth: $9/1.2 oz

    Grand total: $504/85.1 oz

    Alternatively, go full Jardine!

  • Ray Way Pack: $82.75
  • Ray Way Tarp: $79.35
  • Ray Way Alpine Quilt: $118.95

    Throw in the sea to summit bug net and polycro from above and a lot of free time, and you'll have just gained some serious trail cred showing up in home made gear!

    Not bad!

    You could save a few more bucks with a flat tarp like Sanctuary SilTarp from Amazon.
u/davidigital · 14 pointsr/Coachella

Things I've bought on Amazon and highly recommend:

u/captainkurt1 · 14 pointsr/camping
u/-RAS · 12 pointsr/BuyItForLife

its bifl tough, but comfort to me is staying warm... which for home use???... would be super warm unless your heat goes out when is -20 or less out.

u/ajb160 · 12 pointsr/Ultralight

1.5 lb, two-person net tent - $40

1 lb, 8x10 tarp with guylines and stakes - $80

Total - $120 and 2.5 lbs for a non-free standing setup (need hiking poles). Enjoy!

u/yurnotsoeviltwin · 11 pointsr/Frugal

For 3 season car camping? No way.

  • Sleeping Bag - $30.25 - that'll get you down to 30-50 degrees. I saw a 5º rated bag on Amazon for under $40. Or for you, here's an extra long 30º bag for $33.99
  • 3 person dome tent - $49.99 - plenty of space for a couple and their gear.

    That's literally all the specialized gear you need for camping, and it's Coleman stuff which isn't high end but it lasts just fine. Everything else you can find around the house—a knife (any will do), some matches, sunscreen, and bug repellant. OK, if you never go outside you might need to buy those last two. You don't need to buy a first aid kit. You have basic medical supplies around the house, right? Toss a few of each item in a ziplock.

    I've just outfitted two people for $110 without even shopping around. If you want extra comfort, add an air mattress for $40 tops (unless you can borrow one or already have one for guests). You're still at less than the cost of two nights in most hotels.

    Granted, if you want to do backpacking you're going to want to invest in some lighter weight items. But for car camping? No need, the cheap stuff does fine.
u/sneevley · 10 pointsr/CampingGear

No experience with this exact model, but I have this Coleman tent and I absolutely love it. It's held up great for a few music festivals and car camping. It's a three person and fit two of us and our gear comfortably, so I would think a 5 person would be enough for you two and your smaller dogs! I'm very happy with the Coleman brand; everything I have from them has served me well.

u/crispybrowne · 9 pointsr/camping

I have this one. Really can't get any easier to set up and break down. Highly recommend.

u/thirtynation · 8 pointsr/Coachella

Garden Sprayer+Misting Hose+Binder Clips+Canopy

Get hot? Just turn on the "AC." It's easy to go through a ton of water if you are blasting it constantly, but periodic 10 second bursts are really all you need. We never used more than one tank per day, if that. Detach the misting hose and the sprayer then doubles as a camping shower, just invest in a cheapo privacy tent.

We also use one or two tapestries for shade, just make sure to clip them with about a foot off the ground to maintain the breeze.

u/Oreoloveboss · 8 pointsr/CampingGear

Spend the extra $20 on a Kelty tent if only for their customer service. My gf, myself and our dog fit in a Grand Mesa 2 we got for $125 CDN on Amazon. It's 4lbs even and the design is smart, I have nothing but good things to say about it.

There is the Salida 2, I believe the difference between it and the Grand Mesa 2 is that the door on the Mesa is by your head rather than the side, so you can slide out instead of having to crawl over your partner.

For car camping I have a cheap-o $40 Walmart 4-5 person tent that can fit a double air mattress, and a bunch of packs. It's whatever the equivalent to Ozark Trail was 7 or 8 years ago. Super simple design but it's been dry through rainstorms as long as you stake out the fly. We use it several times per year, it takes like 5 minutes to set up.

We wouldn't want to use the backpacking tent (or sleeping pads) when we don't have to, so it's worth it for us to carry around the extra tent and cheap $10 air mattress but YMMV.

u/Cualer · 8 pointsr/hulaween

My go to set up is a

  • Canopy ($50 from walmart, but more expensive ones will probably last longer)

  • Tent (4 person tent works for me, I bought this one on Amazon when it was on sale for $50 IIRC)

  • Air bed (standard queen air mattress, but set up your tent a few days before the festival to make sure the air mattress will fit inside the tent)

  • Bedding, blankets, pillows: Put this stuff in your car after you wake up each morning (or in a Ziploc. I use a large vacuum bag). If the nighttime temperatures drop too much the temperature deviation will cause condensation to form on everything in your tent.. aka your blankets will be wet when you come back to sleep.

  • Aside from that, some LED lights (I have a flashlight and headlamp) for walking and some LED lighting for your campsite. The guy next to me hung up 10 or so of these LED Camping Lights on the horizontal bars of his canopy, and it was great for chilling at the campsite at night

  • I have a ENO Hammock as well as the Air Hammock. The latter is what I slept on alot during Okee. I put my phone and everything in the car and just had my keys in my pocket. With a a pillow and heavy blanket I slept maybe 2 nights and several naps like that
u/BigT2011 · 7 pointsr/motorcyclesroadtrip

I went with a ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent for sleeping with a Camp Solutions Lightweight Self-Inflating Air Sleeping Pad. Had a 40 degree bag/quilt from Walmart since I was traveling in August time frame.

Took this chair that really came in handy Moon Lence Outdoor Ultralight Portable Folding Chairs with Carry Bag Heavy Duty 242lbs Capacity Camping Folding Chairs Beach Chairs

Cooking set I used was 12pcs Camping Cookware Stove Canister Stand Tripod Folding Spork Wine Opener Carabiner Set Bisgear(TM) Outdoor Camping Hiking Backpacking Non-stick Cooking Non-stick Picnic Knife Spoon Dishcloth. It was good enough for the 3 weeks on the road and im still using it to this day.

Seat cushion which was good but I needed something much thicker by the end of the trip MadDog GearComfort Ride Seat Protector


I just put all that into a waterproof 45L bag I had and then shoved my clothes into a backpack on top. Jerry rigged a canvas bag on the side for quick access things like tools and such. The net thing on top of my bags was very very helpful as well. I used these hammock straps to tie everything down on the bike since I could use them again PYS outdoor XL Hammock Straps Heavy Duty 20FT & 40 Loops&100% No Stretch (Set of 2) Fits All Hammocks

Other than that it was miscellaneous stuff...

u/Raptor01 · 7 pointsr/motocamping

This is a good relatively cheap tent that packs small because of the short pole lengths (short poles are hard to find in a tent): That's the cheapest short-pole tent I was able to find when I was looking.

Any Amazon inflatable sleeping pad will do for Summer camping. For winter camping, if you don't want to freeze, get a good insulated inflatable pad.

Any 'ole pillow.

This stove:

A chair like this one:

The complicated part is the sleeping bag. I spent big bucks on mine because I wanted a zero degree down sleeping bag that packed small but wasn't a mummy bag. For your first kit, just look for something that packs small and is rated for 15 degrees less than what you'll think you'll encounter on your trip.

u/Lakestang · 7 pointsr/CampingGear

The Coleman Sundome would be a great choice. Entry level price, decent quality. Mine is five years old, used dozens of times and holding up pretty well. They have fiberglass poles and a tarp for a floor, but, hold up to a bit of wind and are pretty much rain proof. Make sure to use the stakes for the guidelines, they add a lot of support

I would avoid the instant up models, as they use a lot of easy to break plastic fittings and just add weight. The regular tents are very easy to set up.

If you want to spend a little more, Alps makes a nice tent, for the price, although I do not have any experience with this model.

If you have a bit more in your budget, look at the REI brand tents, they are a step up.

u/SidehowRaheem · 7 pointsr/Ultralight

Doing a week long trip in glacier national park in a couple of weeks. A friend is joining us last minute who is going to use our smaller quarterdome tent. That leaves me with a 20+ year old Eureka timberline. It's a great tent for car camping and short overnights but way heavier than I want for longer distance hiking.

On such short notice I was considering a Paria Outdoors tarp tent:

However it'd be the first tarp tent for me and even with the inner mesh net they sell my girlfriend is freaking out that the tent will blow away or somehow magically attract bears.

Is there another model tent out there under $200 I could get quickly? Or am I better off trying to convince my girlfriend that tarp tents are fine and this is the one to get?

I think shes worried about being exposed to the elements and not having any privacy within the group while using this tent.

u/Tymanthius · 6 pointsr/motocamping

Yea, spend more. I bought mine online, but I don't recall where now.

It's designed similar to this one, but is classed as 2 man. It is, if you snuggle. But good enough for me & gear. It rolls up to about 18" long, 6" diameter. Probably a little smaller.

I saw a similar one for $20 when I was browesing, but no idea how good it is.

What you want are 'backpacking' tents.

u/real_parksnrec · 6 pointsr/CampingGear

I've been very happy with the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1, which is less than $100.

However, since you have the van for when the weather gets rough, why not get an inexpensive 2-person tent at Walmart or Target? If you look at these links, you'll see some decent ones for around $50 or less. It would certainly be roomier for you and your furry pal. :)

u/tupperwhatever · 6 pointsr/bicycling

[kelty salida 2 tent](Kelty Salida 2 People, Grey

[kelty cosmic 40 bag](Kelty Cosmic 40 Degree Sleeping Bag, Regular, Smoke/Dark Shadow

re ipad

on this trip i got a friend visiting who is gonna be renting a bike, so gonna be packing some of his stuff too.

u/TheMaineLobster · 6 pointsr/Ultralight

Honestly, I would just save up your money and get something that is silnylon or silpoly. 25 oz for a tarp is really heavy. Look into Etowah Outfitters and maybe warbonnet (I think they have one ground tarp). The price will be higher, but if you could get a more packable, lighter tarp for $100-130 it'll be worth it IMO

Edit: here are some good alternatives, keeping price in mind:
Sanctuary SilTarp 10 x 8:

Same weight, cheaper: Equinox Egret Tarps (8 x 10-Feet)

u/Tylerb4955 · 5 pointsr/bonnaroo

The Coleman Instant Cabin is one of my favorites. After a couple practices you can set it up in under 3 minutes. No bullshit rods because they are preattached to the tent. The tent stands up tall so it has plenty of headroom as well as 4 big windows for good airflow. Reasonable prices too!

Edit. 3 windows.

u/Drowning_Trout · 5 pointsr/camping

I recently purchased this tent and really enjoy it. I'll link to the 6 person tent that is 150ish however I got the 8 person and really enjoy the extra space. All the windows zip far down for lots of ventilation. However I got the 8 person which can be a little more expensive but really worth the extra space. When we were attacked by the rush of mosquitoes in the evening we had plenty of room to keep our bedding as is and still move our camp chairs and coolers inside the tent comfortably and hung out for an hour or two until it got dark and they backed off. Also setup and take down is super easy and fast.

u/cwcoleman · 5 pointsr/CampingGear

I would recommend more than a 1-man tent if you plan to live in it for an extended time.

What is your budget?
You can get a cheap tent from Amazon for $50. like this:

u/RoboNinjaPirate · 5 pointsr/camping

For 2 adults and a kid car camping, I'd look for just about any 6 person tent from a major retailer. Coleman is probably a good starting point - I'd shy away from Ozark Trails, or other "store brand" types.

Here's one for about $100, just the first one I saw on Amazon. (It looks like if you buy any amazon gear for $100 or more, you get 20 back, didn't know that was going on...)

You can spend a lot more than that if you want, but you don't need to.

u/psychophil · 5 pointsr/camping

Coleman Sundome 6 person tent:

Should give you plenty of room. We user the 4 person version in our Scout Troop (2 Scouts per tent) and they hold up remarkably well.

u/r_syzygy · 5 pointsr/CampingGear

$100 tent is hard to come by, especially a backpacking size one, especially one that will be used daily for over a month.

I would check REI garage, classifieds/craigslist, /r/geartrade, ebay, etc. Otherwise your money won't go far.

This is about all I can recommend, but I'm not necessarily recommending it.. Kind of the lesser of all evils

I have a Kelty tent and it's fine, but the stitching has come out in places, the fabric can rip more easily than a nicer tent, and it isn't my favorite thing to set up. The price can hardly be beat for a new tent though.

u/MacGrubR · 5 pointsr/CampingGear

Couple of different ways to go about it. You could get multiple tents or get one big one. I have a Coleman Tenaya 8 Person tent and it's pretty fantastic for two people and a dog. Not sure what your budget is, but with Black Friday coming up it might be on sale.


I love this tent because it's enormous. First tent I've been able to stand upright (I'm 6'0") and walk around. Has enough room for two full air mattresses and sleeping bags as well. Selling point for my girlfriend was it came with a closet (she had never been camping before we met). Floor of the tent is substantial enough that I don't feel the need to put a tarp down. One of my favorite parts is the top of the tent. The rain fly is substantial and has good coverage. But if the weather is good, you can remove it and the entire top of the tent is mesh, leading to some fantastic night time views.


One of my favorite sayings is "I'm too poor to buy a cheap pair of shoes." I'm usually willing to spend a little more to make sure I'm happy. The issue with cheap tents are many of them lack water proofing and sometimes the bug mesh is less than stellar.


Happy Camping!

u/AnticitizenPrime · 5 pointsr/Ultralight

I'm 6'5 and went with this, for under $55:

Comparable in weight to the TarpTent Rainbow.

Note that it does not have poles, and requires either trekking poles, sticks, or convenient trees + cordage in order to pitch it. But that's true about tarp/bivy setups too. (You could always just pick up some collapsible tent poles from REI or somewhere, too, if you're not a trekking pole guy).

Their 2.0 version is basically the same price, and provides better ventilation, at the expense of a few ounces of weight:

Check out reviews for both, overwhelmingly positive. Great for the price.

Edit: One thing I'd like to add that I like about it are the vertical sides where your head is. I don't care for dome tents because they usually slope over your face, which can feel claustrophobic. Especially when it rains, because that pitter patter of rain happens inches from your face. Much prefer 'pup tent'/A-frame setups to dome style tents.

u/Suspendedskinnykid · 4 pointsr/CampingGear

what is your main goal here? Do you need a cot? or are you looking at this saying comfortable, and offers protection? You could get a cot and pretty decent tent for that price. That thing is 25 lbs. My 8 person tent weighs the same and it's humongous. Depending how tall you are, you can get a pretty decent cot for $50, and a really nice tent for $120. it'd probably even be lighter, and just more practical. You could go this route. I think even this, a cot, plus a sizable tarp would probably be plenty of shelter, or orrrr strap this on top of a cot.

u/pheoxs · 4 pointsr/festivals

So basically you want to look for backpacking equipment. REI (US) / MEC (Canada) are really good starts but are on the pricey side. Mountain warehouse is really cheap and decent.

You want a basic 4 person dome tent like this:

Get a small thin air mattress like this. Skip the pump, you can either blow it up with your mouth (as a backup, takes 5 min) or just ask people around you and chances are someone will lend you a pump

Bring a minimal sleeping bag, it'll be warmer than a blanket:

For a pillow you can actually just stuff some of your clothes or a hoodie into the sleeping bag case and then use that as pillow. Maybe bring a pillow case so its softer against your face.

Thats about it, I usually skip the cooler and just accept I'll spent more $ on food that weekend but you can pickup a lot of food that doesn't need to stay cold. Pop tarts, nuts, PB&J sandwiches, fruits, etc can all be picked up when you land and get you through the weekend.

I usually skip the chair, just bring a nice little blanket and sit on the ground (though if its gonna rain thats not so much of an option)

u/KindGrammy · 4 pointsr/daddit

The tent in this picture appears to be the kind that just has 3 flexible poles. This is an example. Really easy to set up. Camp in a campground. State parks are usually pretty nice. Your car will be right there. They often have pay phones and camp hosts if you run into problems. They usually sell firewood too. Make yourself some Fire Starters, this can be a fun activity by itself. Or buy some. Pack a cooler, something to cook on and something to cook in. Here is a good link to camping food. Check out this kid camping guide and maybe go over to r/camping. Have so much fun! Camping is amazing. I have been doing it my entire life, all of my kids and their spouses camp, so far my grandkids love it too. So many amazing memories to be had.

u/foolishrobot · 4 pointsr/camping

That's the one I purchased a few years ago. Still use it today! I had to seal the seam where the gray tarp meets the green material, especially in the corners. The rainfly is 100% waterproof out of the box.

My first time using it, I was caught literally in a flood with some friends. We had monsoon style downpours every day. Didn't seal the thing one bit because I didn't know sealing tents was something you needed to do lol. There was some water puddled up in the corners during the downpours, but I was the only person there to stay dry during the whole trip!

u/Hotsauceeverywhere · 4 pointsr/CampingGear

I can't comment on the MSR but I figured you wouldn't mind someone else's comment about their gear. I use the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx and have been nothing but happy with it. Of course since the top is a mesh you need a very warm bag in the winter, but it's light, freestanding, and has kept me dry in the rain.

Unfortunately, the only vestibule for gear is a small hanging pouch that came with it. But it's actually on sale for about 90 bucks on amazon if you want to check out some other reviews.


u/tony3011 · 4 pointsr/bicycletouring

I completely ditched my rear panniers. I went from this to this. If I can do it, so can you.

Having space constraints has been the biggest help for me. Simply forcing yourself to take fewer panniers will quickly force you to make the best use of the space you have.

The specific products that I bought were a compromise on packability and price. Tent was $80, sleeping bag was $40 ($60 now?). Bottom line is your don't have to break the bank to upgrade your equipment.

u/uneakbreed · 4 pointsr/motocamping

It's the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent. Got it on amazon for a good price. Fast set-up, mostly mesh for ventilation but has a waterproof fly you can put over very quickly.
If you're on a budget, fantastic tent.

u/4schwifty20 · 4 pointsr/ElectricForest

Intex Portable Solar Camping Shower, 5 Gallon Capacity

GigaTent Pop Up Pod Changing Room

Both for under $26

u/dannyx9 · 4 pointsr/CampingGear

River Country Products Trekking Pole Tent, Ultralight Backpacking Tent, 2 Person All Weather Tent

u/coolkidx · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

Not a great tent from what the reviews say but a tent...
Stansport Scout Backpack Tent

u/worldDev · 3 pointsr/motocamping

I'm cheap so I got this pup tent. It packs small enough when you separate the poles and the tent, but you'll want a tarp if it rains. You can spray it with waterproofer, but I would avoid doing that if you ever camp below freezing (breath snow will form).

u/SilentBunny · 3 pointsr/bikepacking

For some reference I fit my entire sleeping system into a Regular Handlebar Bag which consists of:

Tent not freestanding $90
Sleeping Pad $50
Sleeping Bag $114
Silk Liner $40? can't remember

Picture of bike packed up, I can fit some clothes in the front as well. Everything else goes into the saddle bag.
Running drop bars will limit how worthwhile the handle bar bag is unless you pile stuff on top of the drops then you'll have ton of carry capacity.

u/travellingmonk · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

What's your budget? And is this a one time deal? Is the tent purchase going to spend the next few years forgotten in the back of the closet? Do you have any gear at all?

If you don't have any gear, and probably won't use it until the next solar eclipse... you might consider renting gear. See if there's an REI near you where you can rent a tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad. You might want to rent a backpack if you have to walk a bit from the bus to the camping area, it might make things easier.

If you plan on doing this a few times a year, then it's probably worthwhile purchasing gear.

REI has a Festival camping checklist.

It's a pretty good list. Since you're flying you may have to pick lighter (and less comfortable) options; a couple of full-size air mattresses and a tent that fits them is great for car camping, but you might not want to go over the weight allowance of the airline. You'll have to do some homework and see which combination of tent, mattress or pads, and sleeping bags, gives you the most bang for the buck while still remaining under the weight allowance.

The title says "family" but you didn't mention the size of your family. If it's a family of 4 with two small kids, you can get away with a nice 4P tent. Two older kids and you probably want a 6P tent. I usually recommend the Coleman Montana 8 or Montana 6 for cheaper car camping tents... however at festivals space may be limited, and thus a larger tent may be a liability. Probably worthwhile asking previous attendees if space was an issue, in which case you may want to get a smaller tent.

Good luck!

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/preppers

Get an MSS and you're good for pretty much anything.

u/IM_THE_DECOY · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

Eh, I'd suggest just going outside to smoke, but if you absolutely can't...

I have this one. Yeah, it says 8 person, but my girlfriend and I use it all the time just the two of us and it goes up and down in no time with two people.

You could easily unzip the windows in the front section and smoke there. The roof of both sections is mesh, so you wouldn't have to worry about it getting trapped in. Obviously, that only works with the rain fly off, but what I usually do, it attach it on the backside and roll it from the front to the back and secure it while rolled up. That way if it does start to rain, you can quickly and easily roll it to the front and attach that end too.

Not sure what kind of camping you plan on doing, but this definitely isn't a hiking tent. It weighs 27 pounds so its pretty much car camping only.

Either way, it's a great tent. I have a few friends that have bought the same exact one after seeing how much they liked mine.

u/amesaroni · 3 pointsr/paradisofestival

Coleman Sundome 4-Person Tent, Green this one is super roomy and durable, me and a friend share a 4 person which is only like $50 and its suped roomy and nice for such a cheap price

u/CupcakesAtWork · 3 pointsr/Seattle

It may not be what you're looking for, but I have an 8-10 person dome-top tent with a tarp-bottom in good shape. It's very much a summer-tent (great when it's hot, but zero warmth provided), but it's about 6'1" tall in the middle so most people can stand up, and is about 10' x 10' square. That said, as you're offering $50 to rent it, and I think I got it for $80 (was on clearance) at Big 5 a few years ago, I imagine you're looking for something nicer / warmer / bigger.

If you're really just needing a simple camping tent though, let me know. I would have to make sure it has all the pieces, but I would be happy to help you out if that works for your needs. Again, it does not provide any warmth, but it's waterproof and can be set up incredibly easy (can be assembled by 1 person, but only if absolutely necessary. 2 people suggested).

Found a reasonably similar product on Amazon for reference, although given the price, I would suggest that if one of you has the room to store it in the off-season, it might be better just to buy one new. That's assuming you have Amazon Prime though, and can get it in time. Otherwise check Target, they may have them on clearance for end of the season.

EDIT: Just realized you're looking for mid-september, not this weekend. If the above fits your needs, I would suggest getting an inexpensive one brand-new, as it'll give you the piece of mind to not worry about it missing pieces or leaking. Plus having one already will potentially inspire you and your friends to go camp more often next summer.

u/crick2000 · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

This tent weighs around 8 pounds. If you are ok with the weight, then you can go for it. Alps Mountaineering has some really decent and well priced products. If you think you can manage with 3 season tent, then consider the Lynx.- cheaper and lighter.

u/iamprobablynotjohn · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

I use the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1. It's 3 pounds 8 oz and only $78. Not the absolutely lightest, but I've used it for dozens of nights camping in all conditions and it has never let me down. I also have an ALPS 20 degree mummy bag that is fantastic. I love their gear

u/tesla_100 · 3 pointsr/AppalachianTrail

I'd recommend a light weight small 1 person tent. The lighter the better. Some people get larger tents to fit there stuff waste of weight in my opinion.

Next comes your budget, you can spend a lot of money on a tent. Just like buying a car you can get a 1990 Honda or a new Ferrari.

If your on a budget I hiked the PCT with this tent:

Alps mountaineering Lynx 1-person tent. Used ones going for $78. 3.8 pounds. Held up does the job.

If you got a little extra money, you get what you pay for. These tents are lighter and some of them are lighter and a little bigger. You are fighting between size and weight. Some tents are bigger but weigh more, some weigh less but are too small for some people. This is a preference and only you can pick the right answer. Everyone has a different opinion. Here are some awesome tents Ive seen hiking:

Big agnes copper spur

NEmo Hornet (My personal favorite. )

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These style tents are very light but are very expensive. They are also a pain to set up and break easily. As a begginer id stay away. They are for rich people who backpack all the time.

Hyperlite has a similar style for a stupid

You can also use a tarp, or a hammock. I stay away im a tent person.

A lot of backpacking is what you like! Its personable, if you go with any of the middle tents you cant go wrong! Just recomend finding a light one person tent! let me know if you need help choosing a style! Happy trails!!

u/roadalum · 3 pointsr/Ultralight

I'm in the same boat. I had not seen the Zephyr, but I was looking at the ALPS Lynx. Any idea where the price difference comes from?
p.s. Nice sleeping bag! It's on my list! :-D

u/daneelo · 3 pointsr/CampingandHiking

This has served me well so far, been on a few backpacking trips with it now, held up well and not too heavy

u/emilystarr · 3 pointsr/IFParents

I have seriously considered getting this: -- a pop up changing/potty tent, for such things. But haven't pulled the trigger yet.

u/OhBeardlessOne · 3 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking

I'm a big fan of my Kelty Salida 2 plus the footprint brings it to a little more than $150.

u/Lornesto · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

For that price range, here are a few I’d consider, if I was buying.

Eureka Amari Pass 3 Person Tent Lime/Grey Green One Size

Kelty Salida Camping and Backpacking Tent

Cabelas brand tent.

For a few bucks more, I’d go with:
Eureka Suma 2 Backpacking Tent - 2 Person

u/daessa · 2 pointsr/canada

Stansport Scout Backpack Tent

BESTEAM Ultra-light Warm Weather Envelope Sleeping Bag, Outdoor Camping, Backpacking & Hiking - Fit for Kids, Teens and Adults (Dark Blue)

Used these two for solo camping trips, they worked really well. I would suggest seam sealer for the tent though.

u/fingerinurbutt · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

I use a modern pup tent for backpacking. Weighs about 3lbs. 'ish (can reduce by replacing the shitty tent pegs). If you get this particular one, Scotch guard the hell out of it. Oh, and it is not really a three season tent. Late spring, summer and maybe early fall. Depending on your location.

u/SocraticSwagger · 2 pointsr/camping

I think it would be interesting to throw you into the ultralighting scene immediately, but I know in my heart it would be cruel.

Tent: [$25] (

Nalgene water bottles: Get 2, ~$8 = $16

Sleeping bag: $50

Backpack: $35

Stove: $18

Cookset: $11

Flashlight: $6

Knife: $8

That all comes out to around $169. These are items to get you started. Everything will eventually be upgraded as you understand yourself as an outdoors(wo)man.

Cheers, SS. Eagle Scout. 800+ nights camped.

u/CedarWolf · 2 pointsr/Shoestring

Hey, you can also make quite a bit of your own gear if you're feeling up to the challenge. Check out /r/myog for more information about that.

Fancy, fold up cook kits can run you $20 to $70 or more, plus fuel, but you can also make your own cook kits real easily from soda cans, cat food cans, and grease pots. You can get one from Walmart for $7, and an aluminum pot handle from any outdoors store for a couple of bucks. Here's a basic one for $4, but you can find them for $2, too. You can also use a folded bit of aluminum foil as a wind break around your stove.

The best part about those is not only are they light and cheap to replace, but your can stove and your aluminum handle should fit neatly inside your grease pot. Depending on how tall you made your windbreak, you might be able to fit it inside your pot, too. If not, it's just aluminum foil; it'll fold up.

It really depends on what your budget and your conditions are. You can grab a cheap, fairly light tent for $50 or $60. (If you want to go crazy cheap, there are $20 tents that you can set up between two trees or support with trekking poles.)

I wouldn't suggest depending on a cheap tent for the long term, but use them as something you can test out, beat up, and not be too heartbroken over. They're just the basics. often has sales on camping gear, including backpacks, light blankets, sleeping bags, and hammocks. Decent backpacking hammocks usually run about $15 to $25 online, don't stress about getting one that's really expensive and has a lot of features. They're pretty much all parachute hammocks. Worry about investing in the expensive stuff later.

My advice, though? Don't stress about your gear at first. Get some cheap starter gear, read about it, test it, make a plan. Drop on by /r/trailmeals and find some simple recipes that you like. Find a nice state park nearby and look at their maps. Find a camp site and see what's there: Do you have trees available for hammocks? Is there a fire pit already set up? Do you have wood available for fuel? (You probably won't need much more than your cook pot and utensils if your campsite has a firepit with a grill, for example.)

Make your plan and execute it. Let people know where you're going, and what you're up to. Invite a friend if you can. Put your comfy shoes on, toss your crap in a backpack, go out for a weekend, and test your gear. Get some experience with your new stuff, see what works for you and what doesn't. Learn where you want to focus if you want to shed weight, and check your reviews. Go to places like REI: they'll often let you see or set up any tent you're interested in, in advance, so you can check out how easy or how difficult it might be on the trail, in the dark. That last part's important. You can have the fanciest tent in the world, but it doesn't mean a hill of beans if you can't set it up in the dark. (Because at some point, you will be setting up your tent in the dark, in the rain, in some sort of adverse conditions. It happens. Be prepared.)

Practice with your gear, learn your gear. Learn your limits and your preferences.
Knowledge is easy to acquire, useful to have, and doesn't weigh anything, so pack a lot of it.

You're gonna want to get that experience on your cheap stuff, so you can learn and make mistakes without ruining some high-end piece of kit that's really gonna cost you. Get your experience in and add the expensive, fancier stuff as you go. I like to focus on pack, shelter, and shoes. They're going to be your main sources of weight and your big comfort items. Bad shoes and ill-fitting packs hurt. Insufficient shelters suck. Upgrading those early on, or starting with some mid-tier gear if you can afford it, is handy.

And if you decide that maybe this isn't for you, that's okay, too. You can back out without having dropped several thousand dollars on all the latest gear. It's easy to spend hundreds on fancy gear. Try to avoid falling into that trap.

It's probably ultralight heresy, but I often bring a cheap paperback book with me. Sure, it's sort of heavy for a luxury item that I don't need, and if it falls in a creek then my book is destroyed; I get that. However, for me, you can't beat hanging out in a comfy hammock under the trees with a good book. That serenity is why I go hiking and backpacking in the first place.

I also tell myself that if things ever go incredibly sour, a cheap book or a trail journal is also a good source of tinder and toilet paper. Not that I would do such things, but if I was ever stranded somewhere and I had to, the option is there. Similarly, you can signal other hikers or other people in your party if you have a trail journal - just pull out a page and leave a note for them.

Oh, and it's also wise to bring a couple of trash bags along with you. Get the big, kitchen sized ones.

They're great for:

| | | |
| holding trash | separating wet clothes | good laundry bags |
| dirty shoe mat | tent hole repair | emergency ponchos |
| emergency pack covers | food bag | extra warmth |


Oh, and remember the simple principles:

Pack it in, pack it out. - Any gear (or people) you bring, you're responsible for getting it (or them) back out.

Leave no trace. - You have a responsibility to leave your campsite as you found it, or better than you found it. Any trash you bring, you pack it right back out with you. If someone before you has been an asshole and has left a bunch of trash all over the campsite, try to clean it up, even if you can't pack it all out.

Hike your own hike. - This means that you can have all the excellent advice in the world, but how you do your hike is up to you. No one else can tell you how to live your life, and if you want to carry a little extra weight for a luxury item, or if you prefer a bit of kit that isn't quite in vogue this season, or if you can't afford the high-end, cuben fiber this or that, don't stress about it. You're out there to enjoy yourself, focus on that.

Be prepared. - This is the Boy Scout motto. Things will happen that you're not going to expect. Don't go overboard and don't get too crazy about it, but have a plan and know how to execute it. Learn the area you'll be at and know what sorts of conditions to expect. If you get hurt, know who you can call. If you're in a state or national park, those phone numbers are always on the freebie trail maps they provide - grab one at the ranger station or the trail head and keep it with you or keep a photo of it on your phone. Are you going to need extra batteries? Is your phone going to have service? If you can, sign up for a first aid course or a trail-specific first aid course. That's information you'll want to know if you ever need it.

u/whiskeythief · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

Reminds me of this "tent" I was considering for a while. I decided to go with a bivy instead, mostly for the reasons that LeTiger already mentioned, especially not being able to sit up inside. Also, without a rigid center line I would foresee drooping and water or snow pooling on top creating places for condensation to drip on you or water to seep through the fabric.

u/ATElDorado · 2 pointsr/CampingandHiking

I've had a Eureka Solitaire for several years.

It's light and cheap. I'll admit, its weatherproofiosity has not been tested in my case, but did I mention it's light and CHEAP.

u/vishbar · 2 pointsr/camping

A hammock setup can be REALLY cheap. I use a Grand Trunk'll run you ~15-20 dollars on amazon.

If you'd rather stay on the ground, how about a Eureka Solitaire?

I've never used one, but the reviews seem solid and the price is right.

u/nicodemus055 · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

Based on your choices, it seems like you're concerned about budget. This is a better sleeping bag for $40 or $50 depending on zipper side (bummer- I bought 2 when they were at $30. Even at $50 it's better than most bags twice as expensive: compresses smallish, weighs in under 3 lbs, and has a better temperature range than what you link.)

Here's a decent actual tent for $100- Eureka Apex 2 weighs under 6 lbs. The Solitaire is under 3 lbs if you want a solo tent.

u/dubman42 · 2 pointsr/collapse

This is the pack I use.

This is the tent I use.

This is the sleeping bag I use.

Total weight for the sleeping bag and tent is 5.8 lbs. Total volume for both is 860 cubic inches. My pack has a sleeping bag compartment located at the bottom of the bag. If you look at the link I have posted in my OP there is a pic of my bag fully loaded - the tent is strapped to the outside just in front of the sleeping bag compartment. I also have my machete strapped there.

u/RedditWhileIWerk · 2 pointsr/motorcycles

I'm back and forth on this. The rest value of a proper room can't be overstated, but given good weather, I think I could get a decent night's rest in a tent.

A campground with showers would be great. Bonus points if it also has laundry facilities, so I can wash stuff every few days. I'd plan on having to wash clothes every 2-3 days, but be prepared to go longer.

There are tents that pack up small enough to not take up an entire side case, and are fairly light. For example, this one at Amazon

I already have an REI sleeping bag that compacts well.

On my last road trip, I took too much stuff. Now that I have a better idea what I don't need, I think I could reasonably take enough stuff to camp, but not so much that I run out of room in my side cases.

u/Vegall_st · 2 pointsr/motorcycles

i have this.

the poles are kind of a pain to get into the sleeves but the tent is hardy and packs small.

i'm going on an xc trip on my shadow next month, that's the tent i'm bringing.

u/macetheface · 2 pointsr/bugout

Maybe something like this?

u/Ryanlynn2004 · 2 pointsr/camping

I just bought this last week and used it this weekend. It was big enough to hold all of our belongings, 1 cot, a futon mattress and 5 sleeping bags. It stretched the length of my 99 Tahoe.

It was me, the wife, 11yo, 3yo and 2yo.

u/soccern00b · 2 pointsr/CampingandHiking

Where do you set up camp? Next to your car or do you hike in some? I have a huge tent that is great if you're pitching the tent next to your car. It's going to be a pain in the butt when I go camping in a couple months with my girlfriend who wants to hike in to a place.

u/SqueakyMouse · 2 pointsr/BurningMan

This is the tent I'll be using this year. It comes pretty recommended from several BM blogs I read while googling around before the purchase.

u/RumpleAndBelle · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. Pasta shells, my husband makes the best damn stuffed shells I've ever had. They are cheesy and delicious! They are a bit fattening though so we do not have them often but when we do the house smells amazing and the food tastes even better. We usually make cheesy onion bread with it as well. Yum!

  2. We love camping, fishing, hiking, ect as a family. My kids love being out doors if it were up to them they would never come in the house.

  3. I would bring a art kit for each kid, and add some stickers a book and a few extras to keep them happy, quiet and calm.

  4. How to train your dragon it is a great family movie that we all enjoy!

  5. Before my dad passed on he used to make chili all of the time, it was spicy but sweet at the same time we couldn't get enough of it. Anytime I smell or make chili now I always think of him and memories of sitting around the table with my siblings passing the corn bread around on chili nights.

    I am going to guess 9! Thanks for the contest :) Sandra Bullock was great in the Proposal.
u/HazenThorne · 2 pointsr/ElectricForest

Huge Coleman 8 person tent for $67.99 for you Good Lifers out there!

EDIT: Looks like the price is over despite the 17 hour timer I saw this morning.

u/hossalicious · 2 pointsr/CampingandHiking

Coleman Montana 8 Tent

$100 + shipping

This tent was purchased new from Amazon last May, and has been used only once. It's nice, and quite spacious, but turned out to be larger than what we needed for just me, my wife, and our dog. If you've got a larger group and are doing some car camping, this is the tent for you. We fit the two of us with sleeping cots, our dog's bed, and had a large area at the opposite end of the tent where we brought in our camp chairs and stowed our packs.

Here's a photo, and the link to the Amazon product page. I found the Amazon photos to be pretty representative of how it looks when set up. Unfortunately, I don't have a space to set it up right now, but if you have any requests, let me know and I'll see what I can do.

u/swtnsourchkn · 2 pointsr/CampingGear
u/VaqueroJustice · 2 pointsr/homeless

There is no such thing as a completely waterproof tent. A good tent with additional
tarps will prolly be your best bet. Ground tarps can be pretty important, as can air mattresses or cots.
A good propane heater, used safely, will be more efficient than a campfire.
A very good sleep system, like
will be a really big help.
As far as raccoons getting into his food, trash pandas are smart and persistant.
A locking, hard sided box of some sort would be his best bet. It should be suspended above ground, in general, but the little bandits will not be deterred by that
There isn't much that will outright deter them except killing them, or capture and relocation.

u/LAteNutz · 2 pointsr/vagabond

I've seen travelers use them, but I think that kind of died out. I personally like the wool blanket. I like anything wool. I have the Military Modular Sleep System, though. I've slept comfortably in rain storms, and snow. All together it's 2 synthetic sleeping bags and a Gortex bivy. If it's hot out I just peal away bags/layers. It comes with a stuff sack and weighs 10 lbs? It's kind of heavy, but, imo, worth it. I can go almost anywhere without worrying how well I'm going to sleep.

I haven't run into many travelers, but the ones that seem to have their shit together carry more than just a wool blanket.

u/OneStandardCandle · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

I found mine used on Amazon. I got the "very good" condition from the seller AmmoCanMan, and it looks brand new. It was $130 there, which isn't terrible for what you're getting. It's a solid sleep system, versatile and durable. Only downside is the weight.

u/Puntas13 · 2 pointsr/camping

I bought this awesome setup

You can spend more and get it new or buy a used set for cheaper. I picked up a used-like new set and it was in fantastic shape.

It comes with a cool weather bag and a cold weather bag that can be put together to make a really cold weather bag. The bivy cover is supposed to serve as a shelter. Comes with a real nice compression stuff sack too.

u/FalseHope4All · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I just want all the gold!

not sure how i managed to go this long without any gold

ive decided you have to have this tent dont ask why but yea

u/madlyfoxy · 2 pointsr/camping

I'm just going to share my tent and mattress because I love them. I dont think the tent is quite what youre looking for.

Wenzel Klondike Tent - 8 Person

Coleman 2000020270 Cot Queen

This mattress rocks! My partner (200lbs) and I (160lbs) sleep on this thing together with no problem. It has a battery powered air pump that is not attached to the mattress. Ive noticed the ones that come attached to the mattress seem to leak more. We just pump it up so it's super firm before bed and when we wake up it's a comfy slightly deflated. No feeling the cot underneath. I chose one with a cot underneath incase something happened to the mattress; my partner has a bad back and cant sleep on the floor. The mattress is tough though! Our German shepherd tried jumping on there a few times and it never got any holes. Very happy with it

u/barelagang · 2 pointsr/CampingandHiking

Here's an 8 person tent by Wenzel.
Wenzel 8 person tent

Where do you plan on camping?

u/nootay · 2 pointsr/camping

This Wenzel Klondike tent is considered an 8 person tent, but isnt huge and also has a nice "screened in porch area". Also has an $18 coupon on Amazon right now.

u/eyesontheskydotcom · 2 pointsr/camping

I would say go to an REI and poke around their clearance item bins. I found an REI Taj 3 tent for $40 last weekend. Granted, I'm sure I got REALLY lucky with that, but there were other options I'd been seriously looking at before I scored that deal:

Ledge Sports Tarantula 2 - Before finding the Taj 3, I was leaning towards getting this to use for a season or two before upgrading to something better. Looks to have a full rainfly and decent options, but I don't know how well built it really is.

Slumberjack 3P Trail tent - This was $80 a few months ago; for me it shows up as $109 now (Amazon does goofy stuff with pricing). But it's fiberglass poles, so for the price, I preferred....

Mountainsmith Morrison 2P - Aluminum poles, full fly, looks to have nice options like pockets (and IIRC, a gear loft) and zippered mesh windows, so this might have been my "upgrade" tent as some point, unless I decided to go "good" and get the....

Kelty Grand Mesa 3P tent - which is only 30% more dollars for 50% more space than the 2P version, has aluminum poles, and the good Kelty name brand.

Just my thoughts as someone who got a fair amount of advice elsewhere and look for a LOT of different options. Aluminum poles will definitely last you longer (fiberglass breaks), and the better materials will last longer as well. Oh, and I'd also recommend the book Camping's Top Secrets by Cliff Jacobson - I learned TONS of great things in there.

Sleeping bags depends on what temps you plan to camp in - there's some decent deals in the Outlet section of REI, but they aren't exactly cold-weather bags. But there's some 3-season ones that are $50 - $60 that should be good.

Hope that helps - I'm no expert, so if others chime in with poor experiences on anything I've listed, feel free to defer to their expertise. But that should help point you in some useful directions to consider.

u/UseUrMind · 2 pointsr/backpacking

This one is the one im considering, being in a similar situation to yourself. The reviews are great, and its ~$50 cheaper than its competitors...

u/haigins · 2 pointsr/CampingandHiking

All valid points, my wife likes MEC and those were the ones she brought to me. Doing a little more investigation any thoughts on these?

u/Relleomylime · 2 pointsr/camping

My husband is 6'7" and loves to primitive camp. He got the Mountainsmith 2 man 3 season tent on Amazon and loves it. The two of us are able to share it though he really got it for himself for when he does solo trips. It weighs about 4 lbs 11 oz.

Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person 3 Season Tent (Citron Green)

We have yet to find a sleeping bag he's 100% satisfied with so feel free to share if you find one!

u/JohnnyKonig · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

I just used this one on a 900 mile ride in warm-cool weather.


  • Having a two person tent is great, it let me keep my gear inside without being cramped.(
  • The tent goes up very easily and quickly.
  • Great price
  • Held up well the whole trip
  • Has two doors. I liked using one of them to put wet clothes and such outside of tent overnight as both doors have good coverage from rain.
  • Packs up well with the included compression bag.


  • A little rain got inside a couple of times. I attribute this to not having sprayed the tent as I should have.
  • While the tent held up in strong winds by being tied down, it would make a better sail in the wind.
  • The floor is a bit thin, I would not recommend for very cold or very wet rides. It worked fine for me in heavy rain, but still there is better.
u/Gr_enius · 2 pointsr/camping

This is pretty much exactly that tent but with a different rainfly sold separately.

u/capilot · 2 pointsr/BurningMan

Here's a better link:

I would be hugely skeptical of bringing a Coleman tent to Burning man, for several reasons:

Coleman has cheaped out excessively on their design and outsourced construction to China. Presumably to keep selling to Walmart who value cheap over quality. I very much doubt that a Coleman tent would survive a major wind storm.

Every Coleman tent I've looked at in the last decade could not be sealed against dust. They all have open mesh windows that can't be sealed.

Note that this isn't specific to Coleman. I couldn't find a tent at REI that could be sealed either.

Springbar and Kodiak make good tents for Burning Man. However, they're expensive and heavy.

I've been using a Eureka Equinox successfully for many years.

u/sapper_464 · 2 pointsr/CampingandHiking

Coleman 4-Person Cabin Tent with Instant Setup | Cabin Tent for Camping Sets Up in 60 Seconds

This tent is cheap and durable. Sets up in seconds and is waterproof without a rain fly. I have one and works well in the weather.

u/srcarruth · 2 pointsr/BurningMan

I've used a Coleman Instant Cabin for a few years. It's spacious (8x7 with a 4'10" ceiling) but being made of not canvas is much lighter and smaller. It's held up pretty well and has no permanent venting so dust is easily controlled. You can buy a separate rain fly but it's not required.

u/bad_tenet · 2 pointsr/BurningMan

I used this however I am going to go with a 6 person Coleman.

u/adambobadum · 2 pointsr/financialindependence

Not really, we live in Idaho which doesn't get a whole lot of rain. We do use a tent of course, for that I also recommend getting something big and roomy (this is all just for car camping, backpacking is a different story). We got this one years ago from Costco for $100 and have used it probably 100 nights by now with no complaints. It holds up well in light rain but maybe not a downpour. Coleman 6-Person Instant Cabin

u/Physics_Prop · 2 pointsr/camping

I assume your car camping, so weight dosent matter that much.

An advertised 2 person tent is gonna be 2 people "sleeping mat to sleeping mat" and no room for gear.

So I would recommend the coleman 6 person tent. Might be a little big for 2, but your gonna need the space if you want cots or an air mattress or something like that.

u/atetuna · 2 pointsr/camping

When is your trip? These tents go on sale occasionally. I got this six person Coleman cabin for $100, but right now it's selling for $130. If you can wait, I suggest keeping an eye on Slickdeal. Also set up a camelcamelcamel alert on Amazon.

u/ansiz · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

For the mattress, hard to beat this price - Intex Inflatable Fabric Camping Mattress with Built-In Pillow, 72.5" x 26.5" x 6.75"

I've used them and they are quite comfortable. And only $8!

For the tent - $60

Technically only a 4 person but 9x7 is pretty roomy for just four.

For the sleeping bags - All Season Mummy Sleeping Bag [87x32in] - Comfort Temperature Range of 32-60°F. Constructed with a Ripstop Waterproof Shell, Woven Polyester Liner & High-Loft Fill. Comfortably Fits Most up to 6'6. $42

u/BunsenBurnerButt · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

a tent would make springtime more enjoyable by letting you sleep outside in the nice cool spring air.

my favorite part of spring is the smells of the new flowers and budding trees

u/Hart2375 · 2 pointsr/festivals

FUCK YES to making festivals a larger part of your life. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made :) I don’t know about the best shoes for dancing, but I always wear Vans to shows and festivals and I’ve never had an issue with my feet hurting. I think they’re a great option :) As for things to take the night of or after partying I would recommend a multivitamin, tylenol and a smoothie. The best thing you can really do to help yourself out is to eat lots of fruits and veggies in the days leading up to an event (or all the time!). Also constantly drinking water. I’ve tried a lot of extra supplements and misc. vitamins but they all are kinda extra and not needed to me. Also I constantly eating Cliff bars at festivals even when I’m not hungry. I feel better usually when I really really load up on calories. Healthier ones though!

Just bought this air mattress this year so haven’t tested it longterm, only used it for one festival so far. It stayed inflated well for the first 2 days and then we just topped it off with some more air for the remaining days and it worked great for us. Super comfy and it’s nice being higher off the ground. We put the air mattress in the tent before we inflate it, way easier. No air pump needed we use a car plug adapter and an extension cord. Its super easy to run your car for 5 minutes to inflate it. Make sure you pay attention to the number of prongs on your plug so you don’t buy the wrong adapter or extension cord too! For camping without a car nearby this method won’t work obviously but we always have the car by us.

My boyfriend and I purchased this tent 2 years ago and its made it though a decent amount of festivals. No signs of wear or damage. I know you mentioned a black out tent. I’m assuming to help sleep once the suns up? The heat usually gets me out of the tent before the light, it gets so unbearably hot once the suns up. You said you’re not new at this though so I’m sure you already knew that! :)

For staying cool I would recommend a cooling towel. Get it wet in your cooler ice water and it’s great to keep around your neck. Also small hand fans are a GAME CHANGER for guys and girls. It’s shocking how much they help honestly. Sitting with your feet in a small pool, bucket, or cooler when you’re hanging out at the campsite is super nice too. Just fill with water and some ice cubes and it really helps cool your body down!

Hope this info helped you out!

u/hargenshnargen · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

If you're really just wanting a tent for easy car camping, go with a Coleman Sun Dome 4 Person from Amazon. $65 bucks for the green model. I have this exact tent and bought it for this exact reason.

Took it to burning man twice, held up great. Took it to a car camp in the Sequoias, hailed on us hard, no rain leakage at all. Road tripped in September with it--Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, Mt Hood--worked great in every scenario.

Sets up quick and plenty durable. Only real issue is the weight, but that shouldn't be a problem for you. I'm pretty sure a queen blow up can fit inside.

u/Lftshrk · 2 pointsr/ElectricForest

This is the perfect tent for you, I promise. I have been using this tent for years and it has been to four festivals with me. The 4 person size is ideal for sleeping 2 people actually, and is still only $68. It is super easy to assemble, and super easy to pack up. It has a durable bottom and has survived multiple rainstorms, although I always suggest spraying tents down with a sealant as an extra layer. Seriously, I can't recommend this tent enough especially for your first purchase. Happy camping!

u/Kovoo · 2 pointsr/camping

Thank you! Any particular pad you'd recommend for a tenth? We bought this one after the advice we got here

u/johbeewahn · 2 pointsr/lockn

This is the tent you should get.

Coleman Sundome 4-Person Tent, Green

You can get it at any target. $60.

Anyone who went last year will tell you about the TORRENTIAL rain. This little workhorse kept me bone dry. Worth shipping home once your done.

u/BlueKnight8907 · 2 pointsr/soccer

Use Camel Camel Camel. It's a website that will notify you when the price of the product you are looking for has a price drop.

All you have to do is enter the URL of the exact product you want and enter the price you want it to drop to and your email so you can be notified. Great thing is, they don't spam you with junk emails in between the notifications!

Polo and Izod shirst are pretty cheap, I got a couple for work at about $17, they are usually about $40. I

This is something you don't need, but they are super fun to throw around the office. A shitload of styrofoam planes for less than 10 bucks!

This tent, I actually got it for $48 when I bought it.

u/aedinius · 2 pointsr/TXRenaissanceFestival

Camping gear does have a startup cost. Basics are: tent, sleeping bag, and something to put under the sleeping bag. The under and sleeping bag can obviously be substituted somewhat: sleeping bag or blankets/quilts, air mattress or cots, etc. A decent tent will cost at least $50. $69, 4 person, good for two+stuff. A good sleeping bag is $20-$80. $30, 0F rated. Cots can vary, if you can find them cheaper, it's worth it. $30. MILSURP is good for cots, they're incredibly simple and very much worthwhile. Most of this stuff will last for a while, especially if well taken care of.

u/futMAMEdePSD_isti · 2 pointsr/Romania

Omu a intrebat despre experiente cu agentii de turism. Dar cum romanul se pricepe la orice, incepand cu politica, fotbal...

Pe viitor daca vei deveni 0,5% mai flexibil, iti recomand asta

u/decay92 · 2 pointsr/bonnaroo

It's actually a tiny bit cheaper right now on

u/Hawk427 · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

Coleman Sundome? (3 person)

EDIT: Nvm, mine is the older version which had zip up windows and a rain fly. Sorry OP :(

u/AT2017 · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

Here are a couple options. Alps Mountaineering 2P or the Kelty Salida 2P I have a featherlight FL version of the Seirra Designs Lightning 2P and its an awesome tent but the budget version.. maybe not so much at 4.5 lbs. For a little more money you can get nice weights and features.

u/M_Mitchell · 2 pointsr/MTB

I have the Lynx 2 person tent and like it.

The Lynx 1 person also looks like a fantastic option.

Only thing I don't like is their performance in the wind. If the wind hits the sides it'll blow into you a little but if you are not in a field you should be more than fine.

Are you trying to put your bike into it too? I just ran a chain around a tree and through the bike and then ran one of the tents supports through and made it supported by the bike so noone could remove it while I was sleeping.

Here is something that kinda includes your bike but it's not going to shield your bike if that's what you want.

My personal recommendation is to go with one of the lynxs and then use the rest of your budget for a decent flashlight/lantern, and a sleeping pad.

This is my sleeping pad and while nice, I would recommend getting something a little bigger because I would roll on the edges pretty frequently.

u/telpnar · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

Can’t help with sleeping bag but just picked up this tent and really like it.

Also that’s such a fun trail ! Make sure to bring a front light for the pawpaw tunnel.

u/smashwell · 2 pointsr/Dualsport

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1

Overall pretty happy with the tent. Sometimes I wish I got the two person version but then I see how much smaller it packs compared to my friends' two person tents and I'm reminded why I got this one.

u/Middle_Eats · 2 pointsr/camping

Keep it simple at first. Find an easy loop (less than 10 miles so you don’t have to plan for water) near you. Alltrails is a good app that will help you start doing that.

There’s no need to start with car camping unless you already have the gear for that. Part of the fun of backpacking is gradually figuring out what gear you do and don’t need, what to bring, and what to leave behind. So release yourself to that journey. There is a joy in the ignorance of starting a new hobby.

That being said, your “big four” items are going to be a sleeping bag, tent, sleeping pad, and cooking system. For a cooking system, I would say an MSR Pocket rocket is absolutely the best go-to. That, plus fuel, and a lighter will be enough for you to get dehydrated meals made. I like to bring a measuring cup if I’m using dehydrated meals. That little bit of precision is really worth it.

To start fires at your campsite, you can put cotton balls in a plastic bag and soak them in isopropyl alcohol. Lint from your dryer also helps to start campfires.

Not sure what your budget is on gearing up, but absolutely avoid Walmart/Coleman brand stuff. Speaking from experience on that point.

You can find affordable, entry level stuff on amazon. A good starter tent for one person is here:

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent

High quality sleeping bags that are warm and lightweight are going to be pricey, but you can find some inexpensive ones on amazon that will get the job done.

I really like the Big Agnes sleeping pad. Been using that for a while now. Also, Osprey backpacks are very much worth the price tag.

u/BigJewFingers · 2 pointsr/bicycletouring

The REI backpacking bundle is too heavy for a single person. You can do better for about the same price:

This tent is only $100 and almost 2lbs lighter than the one in the REI bundle:

The Kelty Cosmic 20 is lighter and warmer than the REI bag and can be had for $120:

Klymit Sleeping pads are great for the price. Their insulated one is lighter than the REI bundle one and can be had for ~$80:

u/fruntbuttt · 2 pointsr/backpacking

I hike the mountains in MT multiple times a month. Mostly day hikes but I also do 1-5 day trips whenever possible. I prefer the cold so my gear is oriented to that. I won’t give full descriptions but I’ll link you what I use very comfortably. You can check the items out up/downgrade as needed. At least you’ll have an idea of what can work.

Also, the bulk of my gear money is spent on comfort clothing, not the main items I list below. All wool. Head to toe. Can score nice wool at the good will/thrift store sometimes. Good luck!

Tent – 110.00 got mine on sale for 75.00 so look for deals

sleeping bag – ICW 84.95. I’m certain I paid less so shop around

backpack – Tenzig 2220. 149.95. Most comfortable pack I’ve owned. Currently year 2 of using it. I think I paid 200 so this might be a good deal

Boots – for day hike I use Field Blazer – 100ish bucks for above 0, and Woody Elite – 200ish bucks for below 0.

For multi day trips with no snow I use Ventilator – About 100ish bucks. They have low and mid. I own both but prefer the low.

My kit is always evolving but these are some things I always carry no matter what -

--My knife + ferrocerium rod. (I put hundreds of dollars into my knives - but you can carry a mora for 10.00)

--A lifestraw. (10 bucks?)

--My own medkit (pieced together based on needs over the years) (10-25ish bucks?)

--Extra socks. (Good wool socks - 6-15 bucks)

--Day hike - plastic military canteen. (buck or two at thrift) Multi day - Stainless steel cup/bottle system (40-80+ bucks, or can go aluminum for short term and half the price)

--Paracord + tarp. (15 bucks or less for both and in good weather + fire the tent isn't even necessary with these. If the bears are out I always use a tent though)

--Pocket fishing kit I made with extra fishing line. (5 bucks)

What's in my pocket - Bic lighter, phone, compass, chapstick, whistle, hand warmer packx3, instant coffee.

This is for me, solo hiking in the mountains. I often carry much more depending on what i'm out to do, but these are items that in my experience will never leave my pack. I also always carry my Alaskan.

u/EDMCapricorn · 2 pointsr/LostLandsMusicFest

My personal recommendation would be to skip the showers and have your group invest in a portable shower. We’ve had ours for a few fests now. You can shower any time of day. Super convenient and private.

Privacy tent: GigaTent Pop Up Pod Changing Room Privacy Tent - Instant Portable Outdoor Shower Tent, Camp Toilet, Rain Shelter for Camping & Beach - Lightweight & Sturdy, Easy Set Up, Foldable - with Carry Bag

Portable shower: Solar Shower Bag Portable Heating Camping Shower Bag with Upgraded Removable Hose and On-Off Switchable Shower Head for Summer Camping Beach Swimming Outdoor Traveling Hiking-20L/5 Gallon (Army Green)

u/TripAndFly · 2 pointsr/ElectricForest

something like this

paired with this

and you're set for like 30 bucks

or you could just bring a black 5 gal bucket, fill it up in the morning and let it sit in the sun to warm up and just dunk a washcloth in there to wipe down and use wet wipes on the naughty bits. that would cost you like 4 dollars.

or, you could skip the tent part all together and just plop that bag on the roof of your car and spray yourself down in your underwear/swimsuit or naked if that's your thing...

edit: never tried the shower trailers, heard they aren't too bad though.

u/metarchaeon · 2 pointsr/vandwellers

We poop outside, if we have to we put up this

u/ficus_deltoidea · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

I came here to post a similar question. I hope you don't mind if I piggyback with my questions since I am looking for very similar specs.

I've been looking at the featherstone, TNH, and the Kelty Salida 2-person tents. I've gone though a lot of the reviews on amazon's site, but I'm hoping reddit can point me in the best direction of these (or if there's another that is superior).

u/matjam · 2 pointsr/motorcycles

I just bought a whole bunch of camping stuff for the bike. Basically, I focused on a two things; Pack size and weight. I'm aiming to fit everything in some hard cases, and I think I have enough space for all of this plus food and clothes for a week quite comfortably.

The thing I realised is that the tent and sleep system will cost the most. The tent you can skimp a little on if you're ok with it wearing out after a few seasons.

So, I was able to save a lot by getting a Kelty tent; they make some great 2-4 man tents that are super portable. The Salida 2 might be the most appropriate for you. I'm able to set up the Salida 4 in about 5 minutes. It's not quite as easy as the "pop-up" tents, but its pretty damn light and packs down into a manageable size. $113 and you'll want the footprint $32

Self inflating mattresses seem to take too much space. So I went for a Therm-a-rest all season mattress. There's a new model coming out I think but the one for $109 seems fine. Yes, expensive but I think it will be worth it - it improves the temperature rating of the bag and will fit inside the sleeping bag I got.

Get a warm sleeping bag. Something like this Big Agnes $179 is good. It will accept the mattress so that you don't fall off it during the night. It will back down tight and unlike a down sleeping bag it will stay dry longer and will perform well for longer. Down is "the best" but unless you need to sleep through sub freezing temps you should be ok. Can always stick one of these underneath $22 to improve things.

This is an awesome stove for $14. Fits on standard camp stove bottles and is very wide and stable. You need to buy the gas at a camping store.

You'll want other stuff:

  • Cook set. Lots of single person/2 person cook sets out there that are great on a small stove.
  • Cutlery and plates. I have a lightweight aluminium plate set and some cutlery for it.
  • A collapsable bucket thing so you can wash your stuff when you're finished, and also so you can carry water from a water source.
  • A water filter if you're counting on drinking water from a water source.
  • A tool kit for your bike.
  • A first aid kit.
  • Paper maps of the areas you will ride through.
  • LED rechargeable lanterns/lights etc so you can find stuff in the dark.
  • A multitool, a nice big camping/hunting knife to cut stuff with when you're bored, a camping axe and a shovel so you can bury your excrement if needed.
  • Some way to start a fire if needed, matches, lighter, etc.
  • Inflatable pillow.
  • This seems to work great for coffee.
  • dry bags/sacks to store stuff in.
  • Something to store food in.

    And you'll want some motorcycle specific luggage that fits to your bike. I'm a fan of Kriega system bags for sports bikes as you can strap a whole bunch of the bags together to store everythign you need nicely. A bit expensive but when you start looking at the options you might find it's hard to fit everything you want on the bike without investing in some good luggage for the bike.

    People may disagree with some of the things I've said, thats cool. I just went through all of this myself so figured it might help. YMMV etc.
u/kshucker · 2 pointsr/FireflyFestival

I use this tent.

We didn't have a single drop of water in our tent when it rained last year and it's pretty damn roomy.

There's only one real downside: Since you have to park your car within your campsite boundary, a car and this tent will take up ALL of your campsite so You almost need to buy another campsite to have room for activities, cooking, and hanging out. But to be fair, any 6+person tent will take up the majority of your camping space.

u/MindlessSir · 2 pointsr/camping

I just sold my tent that I used about 6 times for $80 because it was too big, but it fit every requirement you wish for. I loved it, but for just me? It was too boujee. Perfect size for a couple with one queen mattress with enough room to make a small "living room" with two chairs, etc.

I live in Florida and it would survive torrential downpours with zero leaks. Winds gusting 30+ with zero issue. It took me about 5 minutes to setup alone. It will fit two queen air mattresses with room to spare. Everything is color coded. Every window has a zip up rain fly.

u/UrbanSurvivalNetwork · 2 pointsr/preppers

I'd suggest keeping it simple and getting a normal tent:

If you need something that will last longer term, you could go for a heavy duty canvas style tent compatible with a small wood stove. A heavy duty canvas tent will last you long enough to make something more robust if required.

u/orngchckn · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

Somebody posted this a while back. Great deal. 8x10 would be good for two people.

u/rtothewin · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

Current plan is something like this to start. Ive got 4 kids and my own expensive hobbies to budget for. If she really likes it we will upgrade.

River Country Products Trekking Pole Tent, Ultralight Backpacking Tent, 2 Person All Weather Tent

u/Rmsuchy · 2 pointsr/GearTrade

Have you looked at this? I’ve seen some pretty good reviews of it.

u/interglcticspacehero · 1 pointr/CampingGear

Yeah, i got the tent for my first ever trip (superbloom 2005 in death valley) and wasn't really thinking about weight at the time. But i'm the worlds cheapest man so since then i've just sucked it up and humped it but i have been thinking about replacing it.
Was thinking about getting an A-Frame like this:

Any thoughts?

Ive really only done summer trips so far, but definitely want to start doing 3 season so you're definitely right about the bag. Was thinking about going the old school route for cold weather and getting a queen and twin size 100% wool instead of a bag. Not sure if anybody has any experience with that.

Thanks brother

u/rottenpossum · 1 pointr/GearTrade

One of my coworkers just mentioned this one to me. He's used it for a while with the BSoA.

u/nayrlladnar · 1 pointr/CampingGear

I have a Eureka Solitaire. It's a nice little tent as long as you aren't claustrophobic. I'm 6' and hefty - I fit but it was cozy. Also, I'm sure I looked silly as shit getting in and out of it.

But, if all you want is a small, easy to set-up, single person tent, it's a good option.

u/Texaz_RAnGEr · 1 pointr/camping

I appreciate all the answers everyone has given me. You guys definitely gave me options for next summer. Despite what everyone has said up till now about not cheaping out, I think I'm going to go with this Eureka! Solitaire - Tent (sleeps 1) Next year when I hopefully delegate more time for the Adirondacks than I have this year, I'll get a nicer one. The reason I'm not looking into bigger tents is, I already have a 4 person for those occasions. I also recently bought a hammock I've used a few times that I really dig, I just have to figure out a rainfly for it and I'll be set. Thanks again everyone, keep any other suggestions coming!

u/theKiltsbaneMan · 1 pointr/travel

Have you considered going ultralight? A tarp and trekking poles will serve just as well as a tent and pack down much smaller. I did Besseggen Ridge last June, and while I didn't camp there I did in other parts of Norway. A flat tarp folded half under me as a ground cloth, as well as over me with a trekking pole to hold it up kept me dry and sheltered through rain, sleet and wind. 1.6lbs tarp, stakes and trekking pole.

These fit in carry-on nicely ->

There are many flat tarps to choose from, the super high end ones will run you ~$300 us.

Or go for something like a one person tent like this ->

It's small enough for carry on as well and won't break the bank.

u/mainlydank · 1 pointr/camping

for low to mid price range....I love coleman tents for their waterproofness from the factory.

Some require sealing of the seams for complete waterproofness, but the last 2 I have owned havent. They have been thru some very severe rain storms and only ended up with few drops in the tents and that's after 15-20 uses. They are nothing fancy and only really good when its above 40 degrees, however for the price you cant go wrong.
That is our current one, got on an amazon/slickdeal sale for $79 shipped

The older one is 10.5x10.5' and paid about the same. The older one we have taken to multiple music festivals where dozens of tents were uprooted and blew away, ez ups snapped, etc from severe rain storms and it survived and was relatively dry inside each time.

Gotta get the 10" long, heavy duty tent stakes for whatever tent you get and severe storms.

u/TheOriginalVaj · 1 pointr/hearthstone

Make Her Sushi!

Go Camping!



Hopefully I helped a bit! <3

u/unclebillscamping · 1 pointr/CampingGear

This is the first big tent i ever bought and it has great reviews. Buy some seam sealer and water test it before your trip. Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent,204" L x 120" W x 72" H

u/wilk8940 · 1 pointr/ElectricForest

Save your self almost 200 dollars and get a coleman. I bought this one 5 years ago, it has made it through 9 festivals, at least as many camping trips, and is still 100% waterproof. No need to purchase anything extra other than a tarp to put it on if you really, really want to. It is tall enough to stand up in (I'm 6'2), has enough floor room for 2 queen size beds (3 if you put them side-by-side-by-side), has two sections that you can divide off as little rooms (comes with the dividers as well), and has an impeccable rain fly. The only water that's ever gotten in mine is from people walking in with wet shoes or leaving the door open when it starts raining.

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u/wpjackson · 1 pointr/camping

Thanks, i had a look at them but i think they are a bit out of our budget. I'm thinking of going for an 8 man coleman tbh, so i hope it lives up to the reviews i have read.. I'm thinking about going for the Coleman 8 canyon tent: Have you had experience with that one?

u/ZubinJohnson · 1 pointr/camping

The Montana is 96 bucks if you have Amazon Prime (the link is different now)

u/radioman1981 · 1 pointr/camping

I have the Coleman Evanston 6 which is pretty spacious and has a screened "porch" area that I like. It is square, so I don't know if it would be big enough for your group.

I see the Coleman Montana everywhere, Costco sometimes has a version, videos of it make it look very spacious.

u/riseupagainst · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I am saving up for a nice, New, roomy tent. We currently have a really old and tiny tent that does not work very well for my tall husband and is very cramped with the two of us and the dog. It also does not keep moisture out very well. I am trying to decide between [this one] ( and this one. If anyone has advice on which is better, that would be great too. Saving Private Ryan!

u/bbernzy · 1 pointr/Coachella

I bought this tent for last year. Personally I was not a fan and bought another for other festivals. We fit 2 people in this tent and it was tight. I also did not like that I always had to bend down in it (it is not tall enough if standing). For the price, this is the most economical... But if you want space and the ability to stand I would not suggest it. I ended up buying the following and love it... we sleep many ppl in it:

u/pigchickencow · 1 pointr/homeless

If you live in a climate with harsh winters, get yourself a military sleeping bag system, such as this. Sleeping naked, it will keep you alive down to -40F.

u/dhyde79 · 1 pointr/Hammocks

This is cheaper than I paid for mine...because I decided that I'd "lost" it and paid for it when I got out...

u/Mister_Chief_ · 1 pointr/camping

I bought myself a military modular sleep system and it is the best camping thing I ever bought.

The sleep system consists of 3 parts: 30 degree (F) sleeping bag, -10 degree (F) sleeping bag, and goretex bivy cover

Whats great is it is modular so you can tailor it to your environment, camping in the summer? leave the -10 degree bag at home. camping in literally arctic weather? bring them all and combine it! (good for -50 degree weather).
The 3 parts all have separate zippers and snap together nicely.

My favorite part is the waterproof goretex bag (100% waterproof and breathable). Last time I went camping it rained and I woke up sleeping in a big puddle, the sleeping bags (and I :D) were completely bone dry.

Cons are it is a bit pricey (kind of offset by long lasting durability), and it is heavy by sleeping bag standards (10 pounds for the whole thing)
If you have one, you don't technically need a tent, but everyone needs their own

Edit: Link

Double Edit: Also got this ruck which I absolutely love for its gigantic capacity and the fact that it and the sleep system were made for each other. Con being that it is also heavy (12 pounds), so with the sleep system it is pushing 22 pounds, and fully loaded for my last trip was right at 65 pounds. most of the weight was water though. Bring lots of water

u/Fwob · 1 pointr/homeless

Wherever you want with the right gear. I have the US military modular sleep system which is basically 2 sleeping bags (a heavy and a light) as well as a waterproof goretex bivvy bag. I could sleep in 6 inches of water in -20 degree weather and be warm and dry. It's rated down to -60.

There are of course down sides. It's bulky and heavy at 10lbs, but it comes with a compression bag, so it fits in my pack. It's not cheap either, I paid $160 at a surplus store, but they're $230 on Amazon.

u/Wilson2424 · 1 pointr/Survival

-25 degrees Farenheit. No tent, just scraped a hole in the snow down to ground level. Army sleeping bag and shitty air mattress. Slept in polypropylene long underwear, wore a wool cap and wool socks. Cap came off my nalgene. It was kind of cold.

u/PabstyLoudmouth · 1 pointr/camping

I would suggest a used Military Modular Sleep System 4 Piece with Goretex Bivy Cover and Carry Sack in very good condition. Sure it is 8lb but it will last you forever and you can use the first layer in the summer and add them as you need them and can get your weight down to 2.2lbs using the lightest sack.

u/pawildernessskills · 1 pointr/Survival

I use a military Modular Sleep System MSS. I'm glad I got mine when I did though, it was only $89. I would recommend shopping around if you are looking at an MSS.

u/HonorRose · 1 pointr/ElectricForest

This is our tent, here, pretty massive, but I did that math and it fits into the allowed space with room to spare. I think you''ll be fine.

u/MicahHerfaDerf · 1 pointr/CampingGear

One of the reasons I ended up with the turbo tent was because I went cheap for my first tent. I bought a Wenzel brand, 8 person tent for something like $100.

It lasted all of 2 trips before the one of the poles broke, the zipper tore and something else I can't recall failed.

After the second trip it went straight into the trash at the camp ground.

I don't think you'll run into that problem at the price point you're looking at but do keep in mind that the large, cheap tents have to cut corners somewhere. Unfortunately that somewhere is likely the quality of the materials.

That said, if I was looking for a cheap tent something like this Wenzel might fit the bill for a season or two.

u/pandas_mom · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

If I was saving for something for funsies and not melodramatic life stuff... it would be a vacation... or This SunShade so my son can sit outside this summer... or The Dream Tent for summer camping! :)

u/Just-IN · 1 pointr/CampingGear

I bought my sister this tent. They've loved it!

u/thoughtofficer · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

The mountainsmith has a tent that is very fast to put up and take down. I timed myself for their 4 person variation and I got it up in 3 minutes and 20 seconds. Their 2 person variation goes up much faster, I'm sure.
It's a nice tent too. Bathtub bottom, titanium rods, and plenty of mesh for the summer nights.

u/Chernoobyl · 1 pointr/CampingGear

I use one of these for car camping, light enough and plenty of room - great quality for the cost too.

u/StormRider991 · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

Yeah, I ended up doing more research on the tents because to be quite honest I just picked a random one. How does this one look? This was on a list of budget lightweight backpacking tent options and it seems decent enough.

On the matter of sleeping bags, does this one seem alright? This is another one I found on a list of budget options for sleeping bags.

I'll definitely buy that sleeping pad, that seems like a lot of value for not much more price.

Thanks for your help!

u/RonnieTheEffinBear · 1 pointr/motocamping

Haha, We might be overpacking a touch...

  • Rain Jackets & waterbottles in the tank bag
  • 2 sleeping pads (1 on top of each saddle bag)
  • tent on top of the dry bag
  • in the dry bag - 2 sleeping bags, some clothes, camping stove & pot, freeze dried meals, toiletries and a towel. Couple paperbacks to pass the time.
  • tool roll nestled under the luggage rack
  • saddlebags are mostly empty at the moment, couple odds & ends.

    It wouldn't seem like much in a car, but it adds up on the bike! About 35 pounds of gear on the rack.

    Tent is a nice little mountainsmith 2 person.
u/Tokiface · 1 pointr/bicycletouring

I really like my MountainSmith Morrison 2-person. It's super spacious but I've taken it on many bike camping trips and it's less than $150. I've had it in all sorts of weather and it has only leaked once, which was sorta my fault.

This is the one I have:

u/johnhoneycutt_ · 1 pointr/CampingGear

I researched and studied this exact issue last year. It boiled down to either the Kelty Salida, the Alps Mountaineering, or this one:

The Mountainsmith Morrison is the one I went with, and I have not a single regret.

u/pkvh · 1 pointr/Birmingham

Get an REI or a Kelty tent.

It's just generally you could buy 3 coleman tents for the price of an REI tent, and the quality is 90 percent there.

I did a large car camping trip with my marmot backpacking tent. Worked okay, but lots of setting up and such.

I plan on buying this eventually:

for car camping.

u/letslearnthingz · 1 pointr/camping

You guys sound like you're bragging about setup time so let me tell you about this dude.

I don't backpack camp so the weight isn't an issue, and most importantly my wife wanted something that she could easily help with if I wanted her to come camping with me.

u/Craysh · 1 pointr/occupywallstreet

Tents like these are spectacular.

u/theseekerofbacon · 1 pointr/BurningMan

Non mobile link.

If you can get some coverage and/or wind breaks, it should be fine. But with the flat sides, you basically have to ask, "Can I run full force into the side of it and have nothing break?"

u/k_princess · 1 pointr/MegaManlounge

Holy shit! That thing is bigger than my parents cabin that they built! This or this is what I'm looking at. Small enough to pack in the car, but big enough to move and stand up in. Of course that's just for me.

u/astinkytoilet · 1 pointr/bonnaroo

Has anyone had any experience with this tent? Price looks reasonable but Ive never gone camping before so dont really know what to look for.

u/WhiteMountainsMan · 1 pointr/CampingGear


I like this stove, if you are car camping, as you can use gasoline and don't need to carry around propane tanks.


As others said, leverage the REI beginner packs such as:





Is a fantastic starter tent.


As others said, totes are your friend. Remember to bring TP and sanitizer. Water storage is useful too


Do some research on fire starting to save yourself some headaches. Try to save up some newspaper or packing paper to make your lives easier.


Good luck and have fun. Sounds like an amazing trip!

u/Rando_Thoughtful · 1 pointr/CampingGear

I recommend this one:

Amazon Deal of the Day, normally $65 on sale for $40 today only, tons of good reviews. I'm getting one.

u/TheBest1233 · 1 pointr/CampingGear

Trust me when I say you don't want to cheep out on your tent, I learned it the hard way haha.
But if you are looking for a new tent I recently bought this one and I'm pretty happy with it.
I took it for a spin last week and I can say that it's very roomy and it stayed dry and warm even though it was raining all weekend.

u/Tornainb0w · 1 pointr/camping

Thanks so much for your advice! I will check out REI. One of my friends mentioned Coleman and I found the Coleman Sundome 4 on amazon for fairly cheap. Would something like this Coleman be enough? Or should I just bite the bullet and get an REI half dome 4 that grantizzle suggested?

u/johnfoof · 1 pointr/okeechobeemusicfest

If you're not trying to sleep too many people

Is a good tent for the price. Make sure you have a cooler and some solar chargers too. Gum, gold bond, baby wipes, comfortable shoes are all a must.

u/theone1800 · 1 pointr/ElectricForest

Depending on who you're gonna be sleeping with and whether or not you feel like cuddling with them, a hard and fast rule is whatever the tent says it sleeps on the package, half that number is the ideal.

My Coleman tent made for 4 slept 2 comfortably. Had room for an air mattress and our duffles. Caught it crazy cheap on Amazon by using CamelCamelCamel

u/gooberlx · 1 pointr/CampingGear

$149 Kelty 6 person @ REI: 5'11" peak height.

No experience with it, and I wonder how wind worthy it is. The great REI return policy allows for some peace of mind though.

The Juniper lake you linked is only 4'2" at peak, and the 4 person Instant Cabin is only 4'10", too low for comfort imo. I think you're pretty much looking at 6+ person tents if you want to be able to stand. Maybe just a Sundome 6 would do, or Evanston 8. Both have 6' peak height.

u/The_Great_Fapsbie · 1 pointr/camping

I don't have the exact tent as the one you have listed under edit 2. But I have one very similar

Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent

It's a nice tent, roomy, I can fit 2 queen size beds easily and have plenty of room in the middle. I love the door, makes it easy with kids around to keep the bugs out. However the tent is a pain to put up, you really need 2 people to do it.

I just picked up this 6 person tent. I shied away from the instant tents, I saw a number of bad reviews on these things saying they collapsed in high winds. Figured a normal pole tent wouldnt have that problem and all the reviews were pretty good on this one. I'm 6'2" and I can stand up straight in the center and walk with a slight hunch all around the perimeter.

Coleman Sundome 6-Person Tent

Edit: Just wanted to add the 6 person tent went up pretty easily 2 poles and a rain fly with a smaller pole and your done. Got it up in less than 10 minutes on my first try with a little help from my small kids. Probably would have had it up quicker without their "help"...

u/justhisguyouknow · 1 pointr/CampingGear

I got a Mountainsmith Genesee 4 for less than that, and it's 6 pounds. You can get one on Amazon for 134. I like the full cover fly; I went to an aircraft convention where we camped, and the tent I brought ripped and flooded and it was a disaster, spent a lot of time fixing it that I could have been seeing aeroplanes, and that's when I got this badboy, which I camped in, and it was pretty good. I would highly recommend a full tent rainfly, you can always open it up, but it's hard to water proof it more. Plus the mountainsmith you can open up if it's not going to be wet and you have mesh sides and can sleep under the stars.

Edit: Here's a link-

or if you really want one you can stand in, that's very cheap, that you're only going to bring not too far, Coleman isn't a bad option-

Edit 2- Actually the Coleman is only 8 pounds which is not too bad. The one you have is a behemoth it looks like. Then again you may need a 6 person tent, I don't know.

u/regalia13 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

There is a tent on my camping list that I would really appreciate. My husband is recovering from a very painful surgery that was very stressful (he bled way way more than the surgery was supposed to so his recovery is very stressful in case he starts bleeding again, he could drown in it). And while I'm supposed to be watching and caring for him, I get a flat tire. I go to get it replaced and after what was supposed to be around $800ish tire replace, it turned into over $4000 of repairs I needed. At this point I would just love a vacation. A week away from cars and people just relaxing with my husband after he's fully healed so I can just unwind. Camping makes me calm and I'd just love a break. Also no one can see you burst into tears in the woods >.>

Edit: Thank you for the contest. Mondays do suck.

u/Fivecent · 1 pointr/BurningMan

I've taken this one out for two years and it's suited me just fine. I roll a tarp around it all to use as a groundcloth and it all fits into the storage bag. I also try to bring as much in on my back as possible (also coming in from the east coast) and this takes up one side of the outside of my camping bag with my sleeping pad taking up the other.

Just a note: Put the rain fly on (tuck one side under if you want), stake it down as low to the ground as possible. Do not EVER open the vents and keep the fly closed unless you're actively getting in / out of the tent. Do not suffer the same fate as me, sleeping through my first dust storm and waking up with like a quarter inch of playa in my ear

u/patrickeg · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

If I'm not mistaken its an ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 or 2. The weight is 3 pounds 12 ounces and 5 pounds 13 ounces respectively.

I have the lynx 1, so Im reasonably sure this tent is one of those although it could just be really similar colors/design.

u/Socializedintrovert · 1 pointr/motocamping

I'll help. That's an Alps Mountaineering tent, probably a Meramac model. I have the two person version of this and really like it. As a 6'3" guy who seems to enjoy camping in the rain, this tent has served me very well for 2 years so far.
Edit - like someone posted earlier this seems to be the Lynx

u/FattPatricia · 1 pointr/Ultralight

I have the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 person tent. It is great, it has doors on both sides, it’s easy to set up and it has a nice rain fly.

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent

u/Huskie407 · 1 pointr/CampingGear

I would not recommend this. choices differ between if you are backpacking/hiking to a camp or just driving in/car camping. Gear can be expensive or reasonable but If you are just starting out, I would not recommend buying expensive gear before you know what provides you value. Everyone's different so some questions only you will be able to answer once you go a few times. I would recommend going conservative on cost to start out until you know what you prefer (Checking out other peoples gear on camping trips/ REI browsing sessions are a gold mine)


Sleeping Bag depending on what the night time low temps are (based mostly on how high the elevation youre going to be sleeping at this time of year) you don't need a sleeping bag, I would instead recommend a light packable down quilt like the one from Costco or This cost: $20-$40


pricier sleeping bag option



Sleeping Pad Basic sleeping pad : $35-$40


I personally use the Klymit Static V, You can get them refurbished for very little on Amazon/Ebay


Tent Lots of options here, a few of them good for a low price. Decision is if you're going to be going solo or taking company (Size) and again how light you want to go on the weight. Freestanding tents generally provide more shelter but can be hotter in the summer and generally heavier. Some people choose only a light tarp setup for ultralight backpacking. its a personal choice but I would definitely take some time to think what suits your need on this. A few options.


(requires trekking poles) light


Freestanding option $112


Cheaper $95



For the tent I would recommend spending a little more if you are strictly buying for car camping, itll have more longevity and youll be using it for a few years. This is my car camping tent. $260



I would highly recommend investing in some permethrin/bug spray, a good hat and a Head Net to go along with it.


Happy trails.

u/schmuckmulligan · 1 pointr/WildernessBackpacking

You've got a few of these, but just in case you want to hit the trail soon, these are Amazon available. I'm emphasizing lighter but similar gear to what's in the package. I think buying ultralight gear when you first start backpacking is questionable. It's expensive, there's a learning curve for a lot of it, and it's hard to know what you like until you've done some actual backpacking. My "bundle" weighs in at 7-ish pounds and costs $180.

A 2.5-pound sleeping bag of similar rating to the Siesta one:

A 14-oz standard sleeping pad that's less comfortable than the one in the bundle but will serve decently well and can act as an adjunct to an inflatable as your needs evolve (I still have one in my winter kit):

For a tent, I'd grab the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 instead:

u/jehoshaphat · 1 pointr/camping

Something like this could work

As for the water, you should be drinking a lot per day, so you need to have a water source. Be it that stream, or something else. A stream is more likely to have issues with water. So make sure to boil or purify.

The issue isn't really weight, but space. Even freeze dried stuff (which requires even more water) takes up a god amount of space.

As someone said above, maybe shoot for a rustic site, that has a short walk to get there. Then you will have closer access to your car in case of emergency.

u/Durkbeef · 1 pointr/motocamping

Sorry for the late reply. I've been in the woods

u/ConsciousCourtney · 1 pointr/CampingGear

I have this tent in 1 man and 2 man and they're both awesome! Top notch qulity for the price. Just read the reviews for yourself. Don't sleep on amazon. Plus you'll have extra money to spend on other camping gear that you'll need.

u/GremlinDoesThat · 1 pointr/AustralianShepherd

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent, Clay/Rust

First solo tent I’ve ever purchased has done me wonders in three seasons and got me through a 3 day hike in the Colorado Mountains in October.

The second is what we bought before we got the dogs, also great for 3 seasons. Definitely heavier than I’d like but for short excursions it does the job.

Both are on the cheap side but have done well for what I need.

u/thomasjordan717 · 1 pointr/CampingGear

Here are a couple options with brands that have a bit better of a reputation. Ultimately it’s your choice, but I would recommend going for a company that has a bit more of a following:

Kelty Salida 2:

Kelty Acadia 2:

Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1 (also has a 2 person available):

I don’t personally own these tents, but I know the quality should be there and the price point is in line with what you were thinking. Hope this helps ✌🏻

u/SuddenSeasons · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

Check out this guy:

It's lighter (just under 4 Lb), it's listed as JUST too wide for your bag, but do you think you can squish it in? It's lighter, cheaper, really well reviewed, and a much bigger floor space. Your tent only has 20 sq feet!

Listed as 6"x17.5" so the volume works, may just need some re-configuring? Ditch the stuff sack.

I have a tent which is almost exactly these dimensions and man, I love it. I backpack, so it has room for my sleep pad, stuff next to me (water, phone charger), room for my pack at the end by my feet, and I never ever feel cramped. It sucks to be unconstrained by weight (motorcycle) and still sleeping like you're UL hiking. It's heavy, so it's not my ultra-light setup, but it takes literally 45 seconds to set up camp.

edit: You can get the Static V insulated for cheaper. $62.76 right from the manufacturer - it's a great pad. I have the regular and the insulated as my only sleep pad (side sleeper, wide dude), just switch out based on weather. You have the best in price/class product there.

edit2: This could be had for $90 if you're an REI member, or can find one who will let you use their coupon.

This one is 8x13:

Can't really speak to any of those specific bags, but if price is a primary concern it looks like you can do all around a little better, especially if that tent can fit. I think youll have a much comfier trip.

u/unconcealable · 1 pointr/tall

I've used this one, and have been very happy.

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent

It's easy and quick to set up, has held up well through several trips, and there's sufficient room for me and just a few other items (boots and pack stay outside for me).

I'm a bit taller than you, as well

u/Circle_in_a_Spiral · 1 pointr/camping

I have this and like it, especially for the price:

The vestibule is a pretty roomy space for a pack.

u/TheTrain2000 · 1 pointr/camping

I have and use the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1p, and it works great. It seems to fit your price range and requirements, as well.

u/planification · 1 pointr/hiking

ALPS seems to be having a sale right now. It's really difficult to get a durable, lightweight tent at that price, but sometimes you can luck out and get something on sale farther into the season. According to the manufacturer, that one's about 1.8 kg.

u/williamdacuck · 1 pointr/Ultralight

I was looking at this one.

I'm not too sure what to make of it, it's gotten good reviews on

u/akifyre24 · 1 pointr/toddlers

Quick search came up with this marvel.

[pop instant privacy](GigaTent Pop Up Pod Changing Room Privacy Tent - Instant Portable Outdoor Shower Tent, Camp Toilet, Rain Shelter for Camping & Beach - Lightweight & Sturdy, Easy Set Up, Foldable - with Carry Bag

u/oh2ridemore · 1 pointr/motocamping
This is the one I have been using, not as big as my old 3, but the poles are perfect sized. In super hot, could use more mesh, perfect 3 season tent. Enough room for all my gear and vestibule for boots, and drybag.

u/slainte-mhath · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

Anyone have experience with these 2 tents, or have any other recommendations? Kelty Salida 2 and ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2

My gf and I (and our little dog) are looking for a 2 person tent under $200 CDN, and less than 5lbs. It's for 3 season camping in Nova Scotia, more like 2 season because the trees don't turn green until midway through May. Just weekend warrior stuff, our longest hike this year will probably be 4 days/3 nights at Cape Chignecto. It's very humid here but we probably won't go out if the forecast shows a lot of rainfall.

Worried with those 2 that we won't all fit, especially the Kelty one. Our dog is pretty small and we sleep on 2 thermarests (or MEC equivalents). We use a piece of Tyvek as a footprint.

u/endlessvoid94 · 1 pointr/CampingGear

I've been using a Kelty Salida 2 for about 7 years now. It's a solid tent that didn't cost an arm and a leg.

I've eyeballed other tents but honestly, I like it because it's not too heavy, and can be set up in a pinch (there are just two poles, and the tent snaps onto them).

I've used it only a couple of times in the rain and it held up well. I've used it in the snow as well and it works just fine.

EDIT: I did immediately buy better stakes (the red MSR ones). It's worth the expense.

u/Dumpy_Creatures · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

This kelty is great if you are backpacking. If you are car camping and weight isn’t a factor most name brand tent will do.

Like other have said the tent protects you from the elements it doesn’t keep you warm. A warm sleeping bag and pad is what will keep you warm. I usually do 2-4 very cold (0°F to 10°F) trips a year in a hammock and tarp.

u/boboctopus · 1 pointr/CampingGear

Of course!

Kelty Salida Camping and Backpacking Tent

I just got mine on amazon

u/I_USE_A_HAND_CRANK · 1 pointr/camping

I mostly just used this as an example, it was the first i have found that fits my parameters. What do you think of ? Which was suggested by another person. it is cheaper and I only see the one D zipper.

u/solatido2014 · 1 pointr/beyondthebump

We haven't camped with baby yet (still pregnant) but we bought our tent specifically so that it could fit a pack and play when baby comes. We got the Coleman 8-Person Tenaya Lake tent off of Amazon for roughly $190. We had a queen sized cot on one end and there would have been plenty of room for a pack and play on the other end. Our favorite part of the tent was the swinging made life a lot easier for the week we were camping!

Here's a link to Amazon for it if your interested:

u/TheEyeofEOS · 1 pointr/camping

Tents are rated for double their actual comfortable occupancy.

I have that tent for car camping. It's an amazing tent rated for 8 people, but would I put 8 people in it? Hell no. It's the perfect size for me and my SO. Me and her sleep on a queen sized air mattress and there's just enough floor space for changing, etc.

Now, it does fit two queen airbeds with a center divider, so it can sleep 4 people if needed but there's zero floor space.

6 people? Hell no. Not unless ya'll don't mind cuddling together.

That many people it's better to just get multiple tents.

u/alohaBonobo · 1 pointr/CampingGear

I've done a lot of camping in the Catskills and harriman, and backpacking on the Appalachian trail. The lean-to's i know of in that area can only be reached by backpacking. Be wary of "car-camping" advice. Honestly you might be better off "car-camping" at Stephens State Park or Mills Norrie State Park, which are both close to harriman, and have "tent" campsites available this weekend. (

But, if your still interested in "backpacking" to a lean-to, here's what i recommend.

Might be better off on Amazon, unless there's a storewide discount at your local REI.

I recommend getting two of one of these bags:

and a 4-person dome tent:

Also, an alcohol stove kit:

Also, grab some Mountain House meals, they are expensive, but worth it on a first time backpacking trip.

Check out Davis Sports Shop in Sloatsburg, ny. They've got a lot of camping gear, as well as hunting and fishing.

I have become a huge fan of Coghlans gear over the years.

Good luck and have fun! :) bring star charts too :)

edit: if you want to practice making fire, this is a very safe way to do it and it is large enough to house the alcohol stove as an alternative

u/Maga_man89 · 1 pointr/camping

Coleman Sundome 4-Person Dome Tent, Navy/Grey

I've used a version of this tent for over a decade. Perfect for car camping, and if it's just the two of you, you can definitely fit a cot in for the girlfriend.

u/duckstuff · 1 pointr/bonnaroo
u/SaguaroJizzpants · 1 pointr/Ultralight

I have the Paria Sanctuary and I love it! Its your basic 8x10, no-frills tarp. It's big enough for me and my SO w/ some gear and it has the the added benefit of being super cheap ($79) but also good quality. Their website says that they should have some more back in stock at the end of the month, here's the page

Also: I agree that you're likely to find 13x13 too big unless you're tarping with 3+ people.

u/SplitBoardJerkFace · 1 pointr/searchandrescue

I bought an 8'x10' $80 sil-nylon tarp on amazon ( that I use with my bivy when I think there's going to be rain. My OR Alpine bivy is awesome, but getting in and out of one (and unpacking/dressing) just standing there in the rain is absolute hell.

The amount of people you can put underneath it depends a bit on how horrible the weather is. If it's not windy you can pitch it rather horizontal and then you could put a banquet underneath. But if it's blowing hard then you need to put one end down to keep the rain from coming in sideways and that reduces the overhead size. If it's whipping around super nasty you need to stack everything down and then it's no bigger than a small a-frame tent. But having something spacious in terrible weather is basically expedition gear so no surprise there.

There are some neat tarp pitches you can do, depending on the size, weather, and trees/poles:

I've used it once in patient land to keep some rain off a dude while packaging, and when backpacking I dig it because short rain storms can just turn into a break where you spend 5 minutes popping the tarp up, having lunch, and waiting it out nice and dry.

u/Kommando666 · 1 pointr/CampingGear

This tent is great, haven't tested it in the winter yet but I have no doubts with a proper mat and bag you'd be fine.
If wind/cold is a concern I would reccomend the first gen version which is what I have.
2nd gen has large ventilation cutouts.

1st Gen

2nd gen

u/roachy1979 · 1 pointr/hiking

Thanks! I’ll check out that trail. I’m hoping to do a few hikes through the spring/summer to prep for the hike and go from there to see if I’ll be confident in doing the hike.

I plan on doing at least 2 over night hikes to test my gear... which I have yet to buy but will purchase the things I need in the new year (you never know I may change my mind and that’s a lot of gear to buy)... I found the following online...

sleeping bag, pillow, tent, cook set, backpack , and cooking stove

Of course I’ll have my clothing, food and toiletries. I’m hoping to be as lightweight as possible. Any gear suggestions would be great, I’m also ok with crossing the boarder to get a good deal... I’m a Winnipeger after all, I’m cheap! Lol

u/khovs · 1 pointr/Ultralight

Anyone have any experiences with the Trekker Tent2 on amazon? At 62" wide and 44oz, it's as large as some advertised 3p tents and pretty darn cheap. Design seems fine, and at $44 it is by miles the cheaper enclosed single wall option. Could be an interesting 2p shoestring option.

u/theg33k · 0 pointsr/Ultralight

I feel like I don't know enough information about you, what you're looking for, and what you plan to do to give you an honest impression. However, here's some thoughts. As the other poster suggested this isn't an ultralight tent. It's a quality tent that will last you many years of camping. If this is what you're thinking about camping in for years then I say go for it. If, however, you are just looking for a starter tent to get you going and are likely to want to invest in something nicer/lighter later I would suggest a different route. That Kelty tent is just shy of 4lbs. You can get something like this one for $26 shipped and it claims to be 3.8lbs. I'm confident you could swap out the stakes lose the carry bag and get it even lower. If you were really feeling spunky replace the ropes with something like this (I like hi-vis cordage, but they have camo or whatever).

Alternatively I bought my first tents at yard sales. Got some great $200+ tents for like $40. Of course that's hit or miss. Just spray them with sealer first.

u/WillowJoe · 0 pointsr/Coachella

You'll be fine with just two people in one spot.
We used this tent last year and it took up the remainder of the space:

You can run your engine but just not for too long. If you look towards the front, nearly all the cars are powering the big party campsites that arrived early for camping.

If you are just charging your cell phones, why not get a large battery pack? This thing worked wonders and 2-3 people were able to recharge phones for the whole trip with one. Solar chargers barely charge and are annoying to deal with.

If you want to get more fancy, you can get an inverter. I ran xmas lights in my campsite and speakers. You'll probably have to jump your car at the end of the weekend though.

u/ShawnaNana · -2 pointsr/CampingandHiking

If you aren't too worried about weight, you could get the military sleep system. The link is to used equipment/surplus. It comes with a temperate bag, a cold weather bag, and a waterproof bivvy. You can also put all of them together for extra warms.

I bought just the cold weather bag and it's in good condition. I haven't noticed any holes or tears or smells.

u/plinking_zombies · -3 pointsr/legaladvice

Lots of people here have obviously never gone camping, hunting or working in the wilderness for long periods away from sanitary facilities in a leave-no-trace environment. Pooping/peeing in bags is easy, private, and not the slightest bit degrading. Check out these products (you might even want to pop them in your car or van for long road trips -- especially with kids):

If this is what the employer is supplying, it's all good.