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At OutdoorGearLab, we always start our morning with a fresh cup of coffee. The Copper Spur gave us plenty of room to spread out comfortably during the night, earning high scores across the board.
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Got shelter? Our testers have spent months in the wind, rain and sun evaluating spacious family camping tents, bare-bones ultralight shelters, and everything in between. Whether you are going a 2 night backpacking trip, a months-long thru hike or just want a weekend campground excursion with your family, our detailed comparisons of the best tents will help you stay comfy, content and dry.

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Best Backpacking Tent of 2022

Best Backpacking Tent of 2022

We analyzed hundreds of models before deciding on the top 14 to purchase for testing. We'll help you find the most comfortable, lightweight, weather-resistant, and easy-to-use tent for...
Best Camping Tents of 2022

Best Camping Tents of 2022

From deserts to coastlines, we've tested camping tents for a decade and know a thing or two about sleeping well in the outdoors. Find out what tents have stood up to our rigorous testing...
Best Ultralight Tent of 2022

Best Ultralight Tent of 2022

To bring you the best ultralight tent review, we've focused on options weighing less than two pounds. Thru-hiking on the world's longest trails, running from point to point, and...
Best Bivy Sack of 2022

Best Bivy Sack of 2022

What is the best bivy sack? Throughout the past few years, we have traveled near and far with a pack full of bivys to determine which are worth their weight and which should be turned into...
Best Four Season Tent of 2022

Best Four Season Tent of 2022

Looking for a four season tent? Let us help. We researched over 50 of the most popular tents on the market and put the best 12 in head-to-head tests over several months. Our expert...
Best Rooftop Tents

Best Rooftop Tents

Rooftop tents are all the rave, but purchasing one can turn into a bit of a headache. We selected 7 of the most popular models available today and put them to the true test.
Best Canopy Tent of 2022

Best Canopy Tent of 2022

If you're on the prowl for a canopy tent to suit your needs, you've come to the right place. Our experienced team has studied and tested nine canopy tents from three separate categories...
Best Tent Stakes of 2022

Best Tent Stakes of 2022

Wanting to find the best tent stakes 2022 has to offer? We put in the research before buying 10 of the best to test rigorously




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When it comes to value, you hit the jackpot with this tent. Size, ease-of-use, and price far outweigh the minor flaws in quality and engineering.
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Tents Learning Center

How to Choose a Backpacking Tent

How to Choose a Backpacking Tent

Picking the right backpacking tent means checking out a list of variables. Probably the first issue is deciding which is more important to you: comfort or light weight? Will you spend more...
How to Choose a Camping Tent

How to Choose a Camping Tent

A car camping tent can be a serious investment, with prices ranging from affordable to downright frightening. It can be overwhelming with all the highly varied applications and features...
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How To Choose a Bivy Sack

How to choose the best bivy sack? While the idea of zipping yourself up inside a nylon sack for the night might seem daunting or uncomfortable, the opposite can actually be true - a bivy...
4-Season Tents - How to Choose

4-Season Tents - How to Choose

We tested both single and double-walled tents. Single-walled shelters have one layer of wind and water resistant or waterproof fabric and are supported by poles either inside or outside of...
Ultralight Tents - How to Choose

Ultralight Tents - How to Choose

Here we detail all the expert advice you need to fully understand material choices, types of ultralight shelters, and the importance of lowering your base weight on your overall...
How to Choose a Budget Backpacking Tent

How to Choose a Budget Backpacking Tent

Tents can be really expensive. This article covers the pros (and cons) of buying a budget tent to help you decide if buying a less expensive model could actually be a better investment for...

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