It’s not all about family camping, some 8-person tents have been to the highest mountain tops.
We’re going to look at some interesting variations on 8-person tents. One is designed for the classic family campout at a state or national park where the tent can be transported in the trunk of the car.
A second will be a bit more robust in terms of features and comfort especially for a mixed group of friends as opposed to a family group.
The third is an expedition model. It has some unique characteristics that allow it be portable, a bit lighter in weight, and more resistant to inclement weather, snow and wind.
Whether it’s a tent that sleeps one or a tent that sleeps eight, there are some standard features that always need to be considered.
The 3 tents we’ve reviewed represent a range of features, options and benefits. All will sleep 8 people and all are highly rated by their owners. The price range is significant from a family tent at around $200 to an expedition model closer to $1,500.
This is a very large tent with 140 square feet of interior space. It’s pictured above without the rain fly and all screens open, and battened down with the rain fly for cold or wet days. The rain fly is an additional $35.
It has a divider that creates two rooms in the tent. One in the front and one in the back. It’s designed for quick assembly and according to Coleman it can be setup in 1 minute or less. This is largely due to the fact that poles are preattached. Many owners like this “preattached” feature because there is not the risk of losing a tent pole.
The tent features 2 doors and 7 windows. The two doors allow people in the two separate rooms to have access without bothering anyone in the other room. The divider between the rooms is removable. The tent has a built in floor and is described as waterproof by Coleman.
The center height in the tent is 6 feet, 5 inches and it weighs 36 pounds.
Mid Range Tent
This tent has 100 square feet of living space in the main room and an additional 60 square feet of space in the attached vestibule. Both rooms can be sealed with interior flaps allowing 5 people to sleep in the main room and 3 more people to sleep in the vestibule area.
It offers double staking on the corners to increase wind resistance. It also has a full mesh roof option with a rain fly or nighttime cover. The frame is fiberglass and it was designed to be highly water repellent including lap-felled seams that act like rain gutters. In addition to the screened entryway, there are two screened windows on either side of the tent.
According to Wenzel: “The Klondike is made of rugged, weather-repellent Weather Armor polyester with a polyurethane coating for reliability, helping it keep water out and warmth in. The tent also includes double-stitched, lap-felled seams throughout the body, providing a shingle effect against water. Other features include a fiberglass frame, a removable fly, two hanging pockets for easy-access items, and a storage duffel.”
It has a center height of 6 feet, 5 inches and an eave height of 5 feet and weighs 27 pounds.
State of the Art Tent
This is a very serious 8 person tent. It’s intended for extreme weather, mountaineering base camps or any occasion where snow, rain and wind combine to create adverse conditions. In that regard it is a 4 season tent.
The floor area is 165 square feet and it has two doors plus a vestibule. The vestibule area is 40 square feet. It has precision venting and a clear plastic window in the ceiling. It also has an optional rain/snow fly that is recommended for extreme conditions.
The floor is removable and it features interior pockets for gear organization.
Like other dome tents, this one is not so easy to setup. You should definitely practice assembly and setup before you get to your location.
its packed size is 24 x 30 inches and it weighs 26 pounds.
The choice of one of these 3 best tents is really about your style of camping and whether you are a 3 season camper or need a 4 season/winter option. The prices seemed to vary from one site to another but the prices identified in this review seem to be the average retail price.
You can probably find a better deal by shopping around on Amazon, but a lot of that will depend on existing inventories and the time of year.
We have also compiled guides for various other tent sizes and applications here at AOG. Below you will find some similar guides for slightly different categories:
Sam Hardy is an outdoor enthusiast with a penchant for survival skills. He writes about the great outdoors and his favorite equipment here.