Best Family Tents of 2016

Best Camping Tents Australia

Camping / November 5, 2017

Capacity: 6 person
Tent area: 100 sf
Vestibule area: 78 sf
Max height: 84"
Price: $1199

The Frontier is the lone canvas tent offering from Kelty, and it deserves a fair shake. Other popular canvas tents, Springbar and Kodiak, take a different approach but don't have a vestibule like the Frontier's. It's a heck of a kick-back-area of 78 square feet that can shelter you from nasty weather or bright sun during the day. Just as important, you get more than plenty of space to stand up. The tent itself showcases super big windows with mesh panels, making it a nice choice for a summer, spring, and fall family shelter. The Kelty Frontier is freestanding, sets up by one person, has noiseless zippers and taped seams. It should be a long-lasting and protective shelter for your clan.

Canvas tents, it should go without saying, are heavy and big even when they're packed. The Frontier 6 weighs 40 lbs. As far as canvas tents go, the Frontier at least expands the boundaries of design with it's modern styling while crafting a comfy, easy-to-set-up and durable family shelter.

Saitaris by Helleberg

Capacity: 4 person
Tent area: 53.4 sf
Vestibule area: 30 sf in front, 15 sf in back
Max height: 50"
Price: $1395

Of all the tents in this survey, Hilleberg might be one of the least known but it's a family-owned, 40-year-old company whose shores of conception begin in the European Alps. The Saitaris tent by Hilleberg is also one of the most robust, categorized by Hilleberg in their Black Label series. That means it has heavier zippers, Kerlon 1800 fabric with 40-lbs tearing strength, highest quality interior floor fabrics, and a price that, according to Backpacker Magazine that, "costs as much as a mortgage payment, but delivers homelike comforts." It's a dome style mountaineering tent providing excellent snow-load and adjustable roof vents that are both accessible from the inside and feature snow-proof panels, but it only provides 50" of height. The extended front vestibule is an impressive size, while a second standard size vestibule is at the other end. The interior of the tent boasts 12 stowage pockets. It's a summer tent, too. Doors and windows offer mesh panels to keep out summertime no-see-ums. There are two doors, one at each vestibule, so you can enter or exit on either side of the tent. The inner tent and outer tent can be set up independently, too. The Saitaris is designed for utmost performance in harsh conditions, crafted from lightweight ripstop Kerlon that's treated with three coats of silicone that's going to hold up to the elements and remain at a mere 12 lbs. "With four occupants, " writes Kelly Bastone at Backpacker Magazine, "at 20°F with snowfall and 87 percent ambient humidity—no condensation accumulated inside."

Kingdom 8 by REI (shown with optional garage)

Capacity: 8+ person
Tent area: 104 sf
Vestibule area: 33.3 sf (optional garage adds another 56 sf)
Max height: 77"
Price: $439

Dang cool, and exactly what you want for sheltering your lineage. The vertical walls make good use of space, and max out at 77" so most mortals can stand up inside and change their pants. If privacy is a big deal the interior of the tent space has a divider wall you can put up. The floor is rectangular, which hopefully you'll nod in agreement that such a floor makes it far easier to arrange sleeping bags to squeeze everybody in.

The vestibule isn't so bad either, but add on the optional garage. You'll create one awesome lounging area that's well ventilated, free of bugs, and can be as sunny or shaded as you like. But a garage attachment, like many tents that have them, means you get an additional space for a protected entry way. The benefits can't be overstated.

Numerous reviewers echo that the tent sets up easily - despite its mountainous size, the Kingdom 8 uses a mere four poles. It has big doors, several storage pockets, and plenty of space.

Asashi by NEMO

Capacity: 4 person
Tent area: 63 sf
Vestibule area: 17 sf (optional Garage adds 57 sf)
Max height: 60"
Price: $299

By itself, the Asashi is a sleek, lightweight-for-its-size, family backpacking tent with a symmetrical design supported by 4 aluminum poles. Sure, it looks just like a dome tent in a vivid green. But there's more to it. Palatial in size to begin, though it's the lowest center height in this list, you can actually attach two of these tents together with the Asashi Link, or add on a larger vestibule worth 57 square feet for a serious daytime retreat where you can stash untold mountains of gear.

Inside you get nine storage pockets, and you'll live worry-free about the waterproofing of this tent. That's a consistent remark among reviewers.

The Asashi is simple and intuitive to set up, too.

Capstone 6 by Marmot

Capacity: 6 person
Tent Square Footage: 120 sf
Vestibule: 25 sf
Max height: 76"
Price: $599

Comes with a doormat. 2 large doors, one on either end so your kids can track in dirt from any direction and test the eyes on the back of your head. Center privacy screen in the middle of the tent is also removable. Lots of mesh around the walls and ceiling for fantastic ventilation in this cavernous tent. But the weakest vestibule of the bunch. Clips and poles are color coded to help set up the tent, but I doubt that's needed: the tent uses just two poles.

Note: comes with a full coverage fly that is not shown here.

Virtually all reviewers say the Capstone sets up very easily. And that it's spacious. "My last tent was a Big Agnes Emerald mountain 3 a backpacking tent. I think I could fit three of them in the Capstone."