Different Types of Tents To Know About

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Camping provides many types of benefits, and as we all know that it is a simple activity to relax the mind, the benefits of camping also include relationship building, getting many opportunities to explore, connect with nature, relife stress, and maintaining physical health. When it comes to camping, the first thing that comes to mind is a tent. Tents come in various shapes and sizes. In the 90s the tents used to be made of sticks and thick canvas, but nowadays these are available in other lightweight materials. So that the tent does not break or fall off in the bad weather or heavy winds. However, choosing the best types of tents is a quite challenging task, but don’t worry we are here for you. In this article, we have mentioned some of the best types of tents for camping.

When choosing a tent make sure to consider some important functions like it can shield you from rainwater, sun rays, outdoor pests, and other animals. At the camp tents are the only thing that keeps your stuff safe so, it is very important to choose the tent wisely. 

Some of the most popular different kinds of tents:

As we have mentioned that choosing a good tent is very important so following are some of the different kinds of tents that you can choose from for your next camping:

Dome tents:

Dome tents include two poles, these poles cross over each other and make a tent structure. The ends of these poles go into the soil and create a dome-like structure. Its dome shape protects it from the wind and water, so these are the best types of a tent to sustain in bad weather. Dome-shaped tents are available in all sizes and many colors. 


  • Stand-free
  • Easy to use
  • Requires two poles only
  • Good for bad weather
  • Many sizes available
  • Single or double-layered


  • Interior space is very limited
  • The large-sized dome tents are not good for bad weather
  • Small vestibule

Extended Dome Tents 

This modified dome tent comes with a criss-cross pole design, however, these tents also have a curved shape pole which helps in extending in front of the tent. Basically, these dome-shaped tents are used for creating a vestibule space in front of the tent. Its design gives more versatility with maintaining the benefits of a sturdy dome design.


  • Semi-freestanding
  • Easy to use
  • Best for bad weather
  • More space for the vestibule
  • Many have a special room
  • Single and double layer


  • Large size tents are not good for bad weather
  • The modified area has a slanting roof

Tunnel tents:

These tents are made up of many curved poles which are connected by the fabric. Its pole design makes a very amazing tunnel. More than six people can stay in this tunnel tent. Using a tunnel tent is very easy, however, they are not free stands so it is important to stack out. So, if you are going to a rocky surface do not get a tunnel tent with you, go with the dome tents. 


  • Have multiple rooms
  • Big storage space
  • Excellent headroom
  • Many layouts


  • Not freestanding
  • Not suitable for a bad weather
  • Cantrip on the guylines

Cabin tents:

If you are going camping with your family then this tent is best for you. As it has vertical walls, for making the tent look like a cabin. The wall means that the interior area of the tent has a very large space and you can choose any of the sides. These tents come in many sizes and colors. However, cabin tents are not standfree and need to be staked properly. Other than this, these are also not good for bad weather as they are only one layered.


  • A lot of space available
  • Lots of headroom


  • Not standfree
  • Huge footprint
  • Very heavy
  • Not good for bad weather

Geodesic or semi-Geodesic tents:

These tents include many poles that overlap each other. The overlap pattern creates a very stable structure. These tents are always standfree and come in round shape to protect the tent from rain, heavy winds, and snow. The worst thing about these tents is that they are not easy to use and a person can get confused while setting the criss-cross poles.



  • Expensive
  • Not very attractive
  • Difficult to use

Popup Tents:

Usually, popup tents have a maximum of two poles that are already built in the fabric. These poles are very flexible and it pops into their shape. However, it is not easy to use these tents as they have various downsides other than this these tents are also unstable as they have one layer only. 


  • Easy to set up


  • Easy to bowl away
  • Only one layered
  • Prone to condensation
  • Lack of storage

Outdoor Research Helium bivy sack:

These bivy tents are also known as bivouac shelters. Thes tents are waterproof and have breathing holes. After adjusting these bags they look like a dome tent. Bivy tents are very easy to use and are made up of great quality materials. In addition, this tent is very lightweight, compact, and easy to use.


  • Easy to use
  • Light in weight


  • Condensation
  • Not very much storage
  • Claustrophobic

Camping tent comparison table:

To help you choose the right tent for you, we have listed a few of the most popular tents along with their details like price, floor, height, capacity etc. 

TNF Wawona 6$47586.1 sq. ft.80 in.4P, 6P20 lb. 15 oz.32 x 10 in.1
REI Co-op Base Camp 6$54984 sq. ft.74 in.4P, 6P20 lb. 10 oz.24 x 11 in.2
Coleman Skydome 6P$15085 sq. ft.72 in.2P, 4P, 6P, 8P19 lb. 5.4 oz.27 x 10 in.1
Marmot Tungsten 4P$39952.7 sq. ft.52 in.1P, 2P, 3P, 4P9 lb. 3.8 oz.24.8 x 8.3 in.2
REI Co-op Wonderland 6$59983.3 sq. ft.78 in.4P, 6P22 lb. 15 oz.32 x 13 in.2
Kelty Wireless 6$27086.9 sq. ft.76 in.2P, 4P, 6P17 lb. 3 oz.27 x 8 in.2
Marmot Limestone 6P$49983 sq. ft.76 in.4P, 6P, 8P17 lb. 9 oz.28 x 10 in.2
REI Co-op Trail Hut 4$55069.4 sq. ft.80 in.4P, 6P, 8P20 lbs. 1 oz.27 x 10 x 10 in.1
NEMO Aurora Highrise$66083 sq. ft.77 in.4P, 6P14 lbs.23 x 10 in.1
Big Agnes Big House 6$350100 sq. ft.80 in.6P25 lb. 8 oz.50 x 9 in.1
NEMO Wagontop 4P$50090 sq. ft.73 in.4P, 6P, 8P33 lb.31 x 9 x 11 in.1
Big Agnes Big House 6$47083 sq. ft.76 in.4P, 6P16 lb. 1 oz.25 x 10 in.2
REI Co-op Skyward 6$170112 sq. ft.74 in.6P, 8P25 lb.28 x 9 x 9 in.1
NEMO Wagontop 4P$700140 sq. ft.78 in.4P, 6P, 8P79 lb.48 x 21.5 in.2
MSR Habitude 6$134100 sq. ft.72 in.2P, 3P, 4P, 6P16 lb. 10 oz.28 x 9 x 9 in.1
Caddis Rapid 6350100 sq. ft.80 in.6P25 lb. 8 oz.50 x 9 in.1
Cabela’s Alaskan Guide 6$47083 sq. ft.76 in.4P, 6P16 lb. 1 oz.25 x 10 in.2
Eureka Space Camp 6$700140 sq. ft.78 in.4P, 6P, 8P79 lb.48 x 21.5 in.2
Coleman Montana 8P$55069.4 sq. ft.80 in.4P, 6P, 8P20 lbs. 1 oz.27 x 10 x 10 in.1


Camping is a widely popular choice for a fun vacation these days. However, to make the camping experience fun it’s important to plan it properly.

If you are going camping and searching for the best types of tents, in this article we have mentioned different kinds of tents along with their uses and we have also listed some of the most popular tents in the market.

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