My friends always ask for my camping gear recommendations, and the question I get asked the most — by far — is: “What tent should I get?” As someone who’s spent dozens of nights sleeping in tents and reviewing them, there’s no shortage of tents that I could recommend to people, from one-personal ultralight models to cavernous ones that can fit a whole family. But as with most outdoor gear, the best products will be the ones that most fit your needs. (There’s no point in shelling out hundreds of dollars on a featherlight backpacking tent if you’ll only be taking it car camping.) The truth is, most of my friends who ask me about tents are looking for one to take camping once or twice a year — one that’s easy to set up, will keep them dry, and keep bugs out. And for those criteria, I point them toward the two-person Coleman Sundome tent, which is currently on sale for $38 — a seriously good deal.
When I was 19, I took my grandfather’s Coleman tent on a trip to the Andes. It has all the essentials: A durable tent floor that will keep water from seeping in, a rainfly to repel water and cut through wind, and mesh window vents that allow airflow. While not as light as more expensive backpackers’ double-walled tents, which have large mesh walls for extra ventilation, and a larger rainfly, the Sundome will be more than enough for a weekend upstate.
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