Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI)
If you're a budget-minded camper, consider a tent made by Seattle-based outdoor retailer REI. With over twenty affordable and durable tents in its REI-brand fleet, you're likely to find a tent that will fit your needs without breaking your pocketbook. For those looking for an affordable and lightweight two-person tent, the REI Co-op Camp Dome 2 tent is a good option, weighing in at only 5lbs. for under $100.
Founded in 1976, Marmot specializes in mountaineering, climbing, and skiing equipment and, among other well-crafted items, is known for its quality tents. For campers looking for a lightweight but spacious two-person tent, consider the Tungsten 2P. It offers dual doors for easy entry and exit with Marmot's innovative tent-pole design.
Kelty, an outdoor-gear manufacturer established in 1952, boasts a variety of tents suitable for families or large groups. Take the Salida 4, for example, a four-person tent that has plenty of space for sleeping comfortably and ample head room. For those looking for even more room, Kelty also offers a six-person Outback 6 or Acadia 6.
Article Written By Susan Heller
Susan Heller is a Seattle-based freelance writer who has been writing outdoor-related articles for five years. Her work has appeared in "University Week," the "Ballard News-Tribune," and backpackgeartest.org. In 2004 she was named a Mary Gates Scholar, and in 2005 she received her Bachelor of Arts in Comparative History of Ideas and Comparative Religion from the University of Washington.