Best Brands of Camping Tents

Best Brands of Camping TentsThe types and brands of camping tents differ from one another almost as widely as do the campers using them. Regardless of the kind of tent you are looking for--a lightweight summer tent; a mid-weight, three-season (spring, summer, autumn) tent; a durable, four-season tent; or a variation thereof--the sheer number of camping-tent brands on the market today can be a bit overwhelming. Below are three brands of camping tents that are sure to make you a happy camper, rain or shine.

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 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.

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