A tent is the outdoorsman's home away from home. Tents provide shelter from the elements and a modicum of privacy. If you don't have the right tent, your time outside can be an arduous experience. Depending on what type of experience you're looking for in the outdoors, the right tent can vary greatly.
Black Diamond Firstlight
For backpackers who don't want to get weighed down, Black Diamond's Firstlight four-season tent is a great option. The floor is 48 inches by 82 inches and gives 42 inches of headroom. The tent sleeps two and weighs about 2 lbs., but the lack of weight doesn't necessarily mean a lack of amenities. For those craving a bit more space, the Firstlight has an optional vestibule and gear attic to add to room and storage to the tent.
Columbia Cougar Flats II Cabin Tent
At a hefty 54 lbs., Columbia's Cougar Flats II Cabin tent is great for car campers who don't need to haul their tent a long distance. With a 15-foot by 10-foot floor space and 86 inches of headroom, the two-room tent can sleep up to eight people. The Cougar Flats II combines Gobe Dry technology to keep you dry when the weather turns foul, and the cyclone venting system keeps air circulating even with the rain fly on.
The North Face Quartz 22 BX
For those who want a quality tent without spending a lot of money, the North Face Quartz 22 BX is a great choice. With 33 square feet of floor space, the tent sleeps two, and an 8-foot vestibule area keeps you from having to share space with your gear. The tent packs small and weighs less than 5 lbs.
Article Written By Billy Brown
Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California.
An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.