Since the beginning of time, people have enjoyed sleeping outdoors under
the stars. Whether you are on an expedition that will have you
sleeping outside in rough terrain and weather, or whether you are camping
in the backyard with your kids, you'll need an appropriate camping tent.
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Camping tents are available in a range of sizes, and are rated for a
variety of weather and camping experiences, from tents that are perfect
for family camping, to more sophisticated tents geared to extreme camping.
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A camping tent should at least offer a reasonably roomy and secure place
to sleep in the great outdoors. It must be portable, easy to
assemble, well ventilated, water resistant, and wind resistant.
Compact, lightweight tents are popular for adventure travel use while
larger, double wall tents are more suited to recreational travel
with the family car.
A well-designed tent should prevent moisture from getting inside; it
should also breathe to prevent condensation from building up inside.
A double wall tent keeps moisture outside by using a rain fly, and it has
breathable tent walls. A single wall tent does both of these things
with a single, laminated tent wall that is both waterproof and breathable.
Basic types of camping tents include summer tents, three-season tents,
and four-season tents as well as mountaineering tents and specialized
single-wall tents. Summer tents are designed for warm weather use,
while three season tents are designed for use in cooler weather.
Four season tents, or convertible tents, can be used in cold weather,
while mountaineering tents are designed for harsh, windy conditions.
Ultralight, single-wall tents are favored by backpackers, but they do not
shed moisture as well as most double-wall tents.
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CampingTents.us features access to popular online sporting goods stores
and selected camping tent manufacturers for your shopping convenience.
Shop for Camping Tents and Gear
- Sierra Trading Post
This sporting goods retailer features Kelty, Eureka, Mountain Hardware, Marmot, and North Face tents.
This Utah-based retailer features a selection of tents and camping gear from all the top brands.
- Altrec - Camping and Hiking Tents
This Camp and Hike shop is a good source for family camping tents, shelters, bivouacs, and tent accessories.
Camping Tent Manufacturers
- Eureka! The Tent Company
Makers of family tents, backpacking tents, expedition tents, and screen house shelters.
- Coleman Tents
Find weather-resistant tents, dome tents, family tents, shelters, kids tents.
Kelty offers family tents, shelters, ultralight tents, backpacking tents and accessories.
- MSR - Mountain Safety Research
Ultralight tents, 3-season tents, convertible tents, 4-season tents, hybrid shelters & wings, and accessories.
- Marmot Tents
Marmot offers a selection of 3 season and 4 season camping and expedition tents.
- Sierra Designs
Sierra offers a wide range of lightweight backpacking tents and convertible tents.
- The North Face > Tents
The North Face features expedition, 3-season, and ultralight tents, packs, and sleeping bags.
- Mountain Hardwear
Find expedition, backcountry, and mountain tents, as well as tensile tarps and accessories.
- Paha Que Wilderness
Visit this California manufacturer of innovative quality car, family, and base camp tents.
- Big Agnes
Big Agnes features a selection of sleeping bags, tents, sleep pads and accessories.
GoLite offers a variety of lightweight, innovative shelters that
feature optimum versatility and ventilation.
Wenzel is a leading family camping products manufacturer offering tents,
packs, sleeping bags, mats and accessories.
Texsport is a designer and manufacturer of adventure gear including
two-person and family camping tents.
- Napier Enterprises
Napier is a manufacturer of outdoor gear and accessories including a
line of travel tents intended for use with minivans, SUVs, and pickup trucks.
- Pinnacle Tents
Pinnacle is a manufacturer and supplier of quality tents and portable
shelters. Pinnacle offers a line of standard shelter products and can
design custom camping tents suited to the needs of private companies,
non-profit organizations, and government bodies.
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