A tent is the foundation of most people’s outdoor arsenal of gear, save for those who hammock camp. Tents can really make or break a camping trip.
The last thing you would want to happen while out in the woods is your tent falling over from a gust of wind, waking up to leaky tent or simply having to spend a ridiculous amount of time setting it up as it quickly gets dark.
There are plenty of tent failure horror stories out there- some may be freak accidents but others could have been prevented if time was spent doing some homework on different models before purchase. This is especially important if you aren’t camping by yourself.
In a Hurry? My Bottom Line Up Front: If money/budget isn’t the primary concern, I’d go with the Marmot Halo available here for a discount.
Once you get past 4 -person tents and start delving into high capacity models, choosing a tent can get tricky. Many 6-person tents lack in quality and are difficult to set-up as they are so large. If you are looking for a new tent for your family camping trip, save your time and money by looking into these three highly praise models.
It’s safe to say that majority of people are familiar with the Coleman brand. Most outdoor enthusiasts, especially experienced gear junkies, aren’t likely to buy such a generic brand of tent but this particular model would work well as an introductory model.
The Sundome tent has a nice selection of features for being such an inexpensive model. Here are some of the main advantages.
This is definitely a basic tent but for the price it is a real bargain (less than $100 here)
This tent would be the best choice for someone who doesn’t have a lot to spend but wants to get as much tent as possible for their budget. Families new to camping or those who only camp sporadically during warm weather will get a lot of use out of this model. Families with children or teens that want camp out in the backyard will also be happy with the Sundome.
The Sundome would not be good for people who plan to go camping in chilly weather or in very wet weather. Remember, it is water-resistant not waterproof- although you may be able to use a special spray coating. People are already have had a couple tents or otherwise have some experience with outdoor gear may find this tent to be underwhelming or disappointing.
The 6’ ceiling may also be a downside for tall people that don’t want to have to hunch over. (For the latest prices and discounts, check here).
Kelty is a very well respected brand that produces some super tents for camping. Their Trail Ridge 6 tent is truly made for 3-season and would be a great choice for any family, regardless of camping experience.
Price-wise this model is right in that sweet spot of being an investment that won’t break the bank but still gives you more bang for your buck than cheaper, introductory tents.
The Trail Ride 6 was created to be a premium, user-friendly tent and its numerous features prove it. Here are some of the most significant ones to consider:
The Trail Ridge 6 is a highly praised tent and one of the brand’s best large capacity models. It is quick to set up and a very home-like tent in terms of space.
This tent is really ideal for anyone that needs a lot of room for their gear or for their friends/family. Unlike the Coleman tent, this Trail Ridge 6 is equally great as a first tent or for people who are long-time campers looking for something that will last them a long time.
The only situations in which this tent wouldn’t be appropriate is for winter camping or fall camping in areas that may reach freezing temperatures. Otherwise the Trail Ridge 6 can handle most any weather and you will stay dry. While it normally retails for close to $250, (For the latest prices and discounts, check here).
Let’s say you have a fairly large budget for a tent and you really need something spacious in terms of floor space and height. If that’s the case the Marmot Halo 6-Person tent is going to be one of the best choices out there for you. Marmot is somewhat of a luxury brand in terms of pricing but their products are truly an investment.
All in all, you may pay more now but you will get a longer life out of your tent which in turn saves you time and money in the long run.
If you are someone that is already a bit of a “gear junkie” and really appreciates super high quality tents, the Halo 6P is going to be a real treat for you. New comers to camping can also equally appreciate that its features aren’t just for show but rather for ease of use.
The Halo 6-Person is a big tent that is super comfortable and extremely sturdy. It is a 3 season tent and can handle fairly cold conditions if the users have proper attire and sleeping bags.
Marmot really made this tent to be for the active family or group of friends that needs a tent that is as roomy as possible without forsaking ease of set-up and durability in inclement weather.
This tent is really ideal for anyone but the price does mean you may be better off with a different model unless you already know you are a big fan of camping and the tent will pay for itself. (For the latest prices and discounts, check here).
Check out our buying guide for the best 12 person tents right here.
Camping with your family or even just a group or friends can be a truly enjoyable experience that seems to become less and less popular in today’s world. If you and your loved ones are up for some bonding time in nature, investing in a quality, spacious tent will ensure your adventure is fun and relaxing.
Sam Hardy is an outdoor enthusiast with a penchant for survival skills. He writes about the great outdoors and his favorite equipment here.