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How We Tested Camping Tents

Wednesday October 9, 2019
Setting tents up side-by-side is the easiest way to find the best.
Setting tents up side-by-side is the easiest way to find the best.

We select the best and most popular outdoor gear for rigorous field testing and keep our eyes out for new and innovative designs as well. We buy all of our items outright, so we are not beholden to any companies and can give our most honest opinions. If we don't like a tent, we'll tell you. Similarly, if we truly love a tent, you can be assured it isn't because the company hooked us up to say so.

For this review, we selected the most promising camping tents and spent several months subjecting them to the everchanging weather of the Sierra Nevada, the rains of the Pacific Northwest, the dirt and sand of Oregon's high desert, the sun and winds of the California coast, and the wind and heat of Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California. We pitched the tents in numerous campsites, from beaches to rivers to mountains.

This review reflects our candid experiences with each tent, with significant effort to comb through the details so that you can, in turn, decide which tent is best for you.

Happy camping!