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Wenzel Grandview 12 x 16 Foot Dome Tent (9 Person)

Offering an excellent combination of living and sleeping space, the Grandview Dome Tent is an ideal choice for family camping. With a roomy main dome tent and a fully enclose-able adjoining screen room, the Grandview sleeps 7 people in the main tent and 2 more in the screened room.

The tent offers ample ventilation and access with an inverted “T” door and a “D” style door, five mesh windows, a mesh roof, and the mesh room.

Constructed with a fiberglass and steel frame, the Grandview’s patented pentadome structure with fast-feet system is easy to set-up.

The Grandview features a weather-tight welded polyethylene floor, steel and plastic stakes for grounding your spot, and comes complete with a gear loft, two hanging pockets, and a convenient storage duffel for organization.

Price: $239.95

Wenzel Grandview Tent 9 person

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Outdoor Camping Tents Guide

There are so many different types and brands of outdoor camping tents that are available in the market these days that it can be hard to decide which one to get. In this article we will be going over the most important criteria to consider when purchasing a camping tent to help make your decision process easier and more informed.

Beautiful and natural camping site on a bright summer dayComfort

When looking for the best backpacking tent, the most important criteria is weight. However, when camping with a vehicle, comfort is the number one criteria. The most comfortable tents will have plenty of standing room where you don’t have to bend and crouch all the time to get around. There should also be plenty of shading and screen windows, along with lots of ventilation.

Storm Resistance

When a storm takes you by surprise, you want to have a strong and durable tent that can handle inclement weather. Your tent should have a strong design and a roof pitch that can shed rain and snow. Read reviews to see how well specific tents hold up in snow, rain and wind.

Workmanship

If you want your tent to last for more than one camping season, then durability and workmanship are both very important factors to consider.
Check the quality of the material that the tent and tent fly are made out of. Also check the seams, zippers and poles in terms of quality of materials and how well they are made. Skimping on a cheap tent is usually a very bad idea that will backfire on you. Be willing to spend enough money to get a well-made tent that will last for several seasons and keep you warm and comfortable.

Weight And Size

This is a more important criteria for backpacking than it is for camping. For mountaineering or backpacking expeditions you want the lightest weight possible. However, for regular camping durability and comfort are more important than weight and pack size.

The overall size of tent that you need will depend on the number of campers who will be using a tent. If in doubt, a larger tent will tend to be more comfortable and provide you with more head room and storage space.

Ease of Setup

Ideally, one or two people should be able to set up the tent without a lot of hassle. If it takes a lot of time and hassle to set up your tent, camping will stop being enjoyable very quickly, so make sure that the tent that you purchase is relatively easy to set up.

Essential Tent Accessories

Stakes – most tents do come with stakes, but you also need to look at their quality. You don’t want stakes that are flimsy and bend easily. If the tent you buy doesn’t have highly quality stakes, you might want to consider upgrading to steel tent stakes.

Reflective Guy Lines – guy lines help to secure your tent in windy conditions. Most tents do come with these, but reflective ones will help you get around in the dark. Also make sure the guy lines are strong.

Ground Cloths – these should be durable and light. Tyvek will certainly get the job done since it is fairly inexpensive and lightweight.

Use the above criteria when shopping for outdoor camping tents to ensure that you purchase a well-made tent that will be comfortable, durable, convenient and hold up in inclement weather. If you follow our guidelines, you are sure to end up with a high quality tent for camping.

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Nemo Equipment Losi Tent

Nemo Equipment Losi Tent

  • Spacious 2-person backpacking tent
  • Fully seamtaped and waterproof; lightweight materials
  • Unique pole structure for extra sturdiness and space
  • Two doors; two vestibules; full mesh canopy
  • Weighs 4 pounds, 13 ounces; 32 square feet area; 46 inch interior height

Your tent will be your home when you are adventuring in the wilderness. You do not want to give up comfort and stability just to get rid of a little weight.  Nemo Equipment has used only the lightest materials with a unique pole structure in order to build a very sturdy and extra roomy tent. Two doors and two vestibules stop it from jostling for position and give you gear storage. Also included is a full mesh canopy for those beautiful summer evenings. You will also enjoy the large side vents so that you will have continuous airflow when it’s raining. The Losi Tent is essential for any avid backpacker who want his or her own space.

Specifications:

  • Weight: 4 pounds, 15 ounces
  • Packed Weight: 5 pounds, 12 ounces
  • Interior Height: 46 inches
  • Dimensions Packed: 20 by 5.5 inches
  • Floor Dimensions: 86 by 54 inches
  • Area: 32 square feet
  • Vestibule Area: 22 square feet
  • Fly and Floor Fabric: 30D PU nylon

About Nemo Equipment
In 2002, Cam Brensinger incorporated Nemo Equipment, Inc with the intention of bringing high-level design and engineering to the outdoor industry. Only two months later, following his graduation, Cam moved Nemo into an historic mill in Nashua, NH. A quick drive from both New Hampshire’s White Mountains and the great design and business resources available from connections at RISD and MIT, Nashua was the perfect location to establish the company headquarters. Much of the first year was spent learning how to sew and pattern and developing Nemo’s AirSupported Technology. Tents were chosen as Nemo’s first product line because Cam saw the opportunity to bring significant new innovation to the market and knew that successfully revolutionizing tents would give Nemo the credibility to move into new product lines in the future.

Since then, Nemo has won many awards in the outdoor industry, including Gear of the Year from Outside Magazine for the Losi 3P tent. Nemo contributes it’s success to the brand’s vision to be the leading source of product innovation for outdoor recreation and survival while using creativity to inspire respect for the planet, a love of adventure, and a love of the people and places that make adventure possible.

Price: $389.95

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30’x20′ PVC Pole Tent – Party Wedding Canopy Shelter – DELTA Canopies

Features:

• High quality galvanized steel frame

• Beautiful arched windows!

• 4 removable PVC sidewalls with 2 zipper doors

• PVC top cover heat-bonded at the seams, 100% waterproof

• Heavy duty stakes included

• All necessary hardware included

• 3 storage bags included ($60 value)!

• Full instructions and care manual included

• ISO 9001:2000 standard certified manufacturer

Specifications:

• Size: 30’L x 20’W (9m x 6m)

• Height: 6.1′ (side); 12.8′ (peak)

• Door Dimensions: 6.8’W x 5.9’H

• Top cover: 480g/m2 PVC, UV protection

• Sidewalls: 350g/m2 PVC, UV protection

• Center Pole: Diameter: 2″; Thickness: 1.5mm

• Side Pole: Diameter: 1.5″; Thickness: 1.2mm

• Weight: 234 Pounds

Note: Pole tents have to be secured by ropes and the stakes need driven into the ground. It is always best to set your pole tent up on a grassy or dirt area unless you can stake into asphalt or concrete surfaces. When staking into any hard surface, you are going to need additional hardware. IT IS NOT included in this package.

Note: This tent should never be left up in the wind. You should NEVER to leave it up overnight, especially if the roof and side panels are on. Immediately remove any accumulated rain water from the roof with a broom, mop or towels. When failing to do so, the manufacturer isn’t responsible for any type of damages that are caused by heavy rains, snow or ice on the roof.
**Always Check Contents Upon Delivery – Limited Warranty**

Price: $1,199.99

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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1 Tent

Fly Creek UL series tents are built and designed to be a light weight alternative to the average bivy sack.

Available in solo and multi-occupancy options, these tents are ideal for lightweight devotees who want a freestanding structure, but aren’t willing to commit a ton of space in their pack. They are efficient, fast and adventurous, just like those who carry the tent.

All DAC poles made from TH72M aluminum: the latest technology in lightweight tent poles featuring improved durability.

Trail Weight: 1lb 11oz.

Packed Weight: 2lb 1oz.

Footprint Weight: 4oz.

Fast Fly Weight: 1lb 4oz.

Packed Size: 4″x18.5″

Floor Area: 22 sq ft.

Vestibule Area: 5.5 sq ft.

Head Height: 38″

Foot Height: 22″

Trail weight refers to poles, fly and tent body. Packed weight includes poles, fly, tent body, stakes, guy lines, stuff sacks, instructions, and packaging. Fast Fly weight refers to the poles, tent fly and accessory Fast Fly footprint.

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MSR Mutha Hubba NX 3-Person Tent

Goes up fast, works well, nice details. This tent is a great improvement on the previous design. Change in door zipper location makes a big difference. Gutter helps rain from falling in. One pound lighter than previous model. Quality tent, lightweight, easy to assemble and stow.

FEATURES of the MSR Mutha Hubba NX 3-Person Tent

Unique pole configuration maximizes headroom and elbow space throughout the tent

Set-up and take-down is super easy with a unified, color-coded hub-and-pole system

Ultra-compact compression sack so that it fits easily into a backpack

Two large StayDry doors help ensure water doesn’t drip into the tent when doors are opened

Rainfly vents and venting vestibules help create a dry, comfortable interior

Fast & Light setup option lets you use just the rainfly, poles and footprint (not included) to reduce the weight to 3 lbs. 4 oz. (1.46kg)

Comes with a 20-denier, high-tenacity ripstop nylon Durashield polyurethane and silicone-coated rainfly

Enjoy a minimum weight (tent, rainfly and poles only) of just 4 lbs. 7 oz.This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don’t hate us.

Price: $499.95

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EUREKA! Copper Canyon 8 – 2 Room – 8 Person Tent

The Eureka Copper Canyon 8 is a 2 room, Cabin style, straight walled family tent that will sleep 8 people.

2 large ‘D’ Style doors simplify exit or entry.

6 large windows and a generous roof vent allow for excellent ventilation.

Complete with a zippered removable Room Divider so you can have 1 or 2 rooms.

The hybrid steel/fiberglass frame is sturdy and reliable.

Factory sealed floor and fly seams mean you will stay dry and comfortable in summer storms.

The coated polyester fabrics are durable and long lasting.

Set up is a breeze with shock-corded poles that attach with a combination of clips and sleeves and that makes set up faster and easier.

  • 2 Rooms – Zippered Room Divider can be removed for 1 or 2 rooms.
  • Poles attach to tent body via pin and ring for fast and easy set up.
  • Combination of clips and sleeves make set up fast and easy.
  • 2 mesh gear pockets for internal storage, clothes line loops and flashlight loop.
  • Poles are sturdy chain corded Powder Coated steel and shock-corded fiberglass.
  • 6 Windows feature ‘Quick Stash’ feature – stows window flap easily without loops or toggles.
  • Cabin style straight walls maximize interior living space.
  • Twin track zippers for separate operation of the window in the door.
  • External guy points on the fly help secure your tent in high winds.
  • Guy Out Pockets store and secure guy lines when not in use.
  • E! Power Port – zippered flap allows for an extension cord to be run into the tent.
  • 2 Gear lofts included.
  • All carry bags and stakes included.
  • Fire retardant.Import.

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Eureka Alpenlite 2XT Tent: 2-Person 4-Season

Most four-season tents can get you through a winter storm, but many of them come with vertebrae-crushing poundage and almost all of them come with a budget-busting price tag … except the Eureka!

Alpenlite 2-Person, 4-Season Tent.

This versatile expedition shelter has the features, technology, and bomber construction to stand toe-to-toe with the big guns, but its relatively low weight and even more impressive price point make it a no-brainer for budget-minded go-getters.

Two roof vents, four wall vents, and a vestibule vent means that it’s versatile enough to consider using year round.

  • Four-season A-frame tent for two sleepers (7′ 6″ by 4′ 6″ floor; 31 square foot area)
  • Full coverage fly with a large front vestibule provides protection as well as added storage area
  • Zippered High/Low vents (2 in roof and 4 in side walls) and a scoop vent in the vestibule provide comfort year round
  • In extreme conditions, clips and post and grommet corner attachments promise a fast set up
  • Center height of 40 inches; weighs 7 pounds, 7 ounces

 

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Big Agnes Scout UL 2 Person Tent

The Scout is a new-school version of your old-school A-frame wall tent or tarp.

This single-wall tent uses your trekking poles for support and sets up in no time.

With ample floor space and minimal weight, this is an ultralight shelter you will love.

Big Agnes designed the Scout with enough vents along the base of the tent for ventilation and eves that pull away for more protection from the elements.

  • Trail Weight: 1lb 9oz.
  • Packed Weight: 2lb.
  • Footprint Weight: 5 oz.
  • Packed Size: 6″ x 12.5″.
  • Floor Area: 34 sq ft.
  • Vestibule Area: none.
  • Head Height: 43″

It is indeed lightweight and simple to pitch with trekking poles. The zipper does catch easily on the zipper rain guards as you zip and unzip it. It is spacious! For a two man tent, especially this light, it’s unusual to find a tent that has anywhere close to the amount of space inside.

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Eureka K-2 XT Tent: 3-Person 4-Season

Start your alpine assault from the Eureka’s K-2 XT Tent. Wait out the storm with your climbing partner, or play some poker with two buddies while you all acclimatize to the altitude. This self-supporting tent is among the roomiest and most popular in Eureka’s four-season category.

  • Four-season geodesic dome tent for up to three (8′ 11″ by 7′ 8″ floor; 52 square foot area)
  • Geodesic dome design is extremely strong to support heavy snows and high winds
  • Two vestibules for storm protection and gear storage (12′ and 6′ 4″ square foot)
  • 8.5 mm 7001-T6 aluminum frame (four poles) has a specially formulated cold weather shockcord
  • Center height of 48 inches; weighs 11 pounds, 6 ounces

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