10 Best Extra Large Tents – Largest Tents On the Market

By Emma
best extra large camping tents

After thorough research and a couple of debates, our team has decided: the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent is the best extra large tent. If you’re on a quest to get a super-large tent, the Ozark Trail Base Camp 14-Person Cabin Tent is our top pick.

The Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent is large, tall, comfortable, and comes with many other convenient features. But, it stands out from the crowd for excellent craftsmanship and performance in bad weather. 

Even more importantly, it has stood the test of time. This model was launched back in 2009 and it’s still running strong. Best things never go out of fashion. So, it’s a safe and attested choice.

Apart from the impeccable performance, you’ll get convenient features such as a hinged door, 2 entryways, room divider, E-port, storage pockets, and more.

In the gigantic tents category, the Ozark Trail Base Camp 14-Person Cabin Tent is a clear winner. It has a fantastic and super-convenient design that offers great comfort and versatility. 

It comes with 4 spacious rooms and each room has its own entrance. With an all-mesh ceiling, excellent ventilation, and 12 windows, it’s easy to see why it came on top.

Still, we are aware that different people have different needs and priorities. Therefore, we have invested many hours to compile a list of the best large tents to suit anybody’s demands.

Check out the buyer guide if you want to learn more about our selection process.

Without further delay here’s the list of our recommendations.

Best Extra Large Tents – Top Recommendations

Best overall: Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent

Best budget option: CORE 9 Person Extended Dome Tent

Best instant large tent: CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent

Best large tent with blackout fabric: Coleman Dark Room Skydome Tent

Best large yurt tent for glamping: WHITEDUCK Regatta Canvas Bell Tent

Other worthy contestants: 

Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent

  • Space & comfort (30%) – 8/10
  • Weather resistance (25%) – 7/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%) – 7/10
  • Ease of setup (10%) – 6/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%) – 7/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 7/10

Best for: campers who want a spacious tent with a screen room; $$

Some campers think the tent is incomplete unless it comes with a screen room. Opinions differ, but if you prefer large tents with screen rooms, the Wenzel Klondike Tent fits the bill.

The first thing you’ll notice about it is its unique design. This tent is a sort of hybrid between dome and cabin style with a dome-like roof and cabin-like vertical walls.

As a result, it’s a large and livable tent. Obviously, it has two separate rooms. Both of them are protected with the rainfly so you have a lot of options to organize it to suit your needs.

The inner tent has a 98 sq ft area while the screen room offers 60 sq ft. If you ask me, it’s a great tent for 4 people. They can comfortably sleep in the main chamber leaving the screen room free for storage and sitting during the day.

Yes, you can fit more people but you will lose storage and living space.

The maximum height of 77 inches allows you to walk freely inside the sleeping quarters. The screen room roof is lower at roughly 60 inches.

With the rainfly off, the tent is as airy as it gets. All-mesh roof and basically mesh screen room walls make sure you can enjoy your views. And you’ll feel a constant breeze to stay cool in warmer weather.

The tent fabric and the rainfly are waterproof, but I couldn’t find info on the waterproof rating. Some users claimed it stayed bone dry in rainy conditions, while others have reported some leaking.

Scouring through dozens of reviews tells me it will most likely withstand some short storms and light to moderate rain. But, it won’t stop the water from leaking in during heavy or prolonged rain.

Pros:

  • Very roomy
  • Almost all-mesh screen room
  • Bathtub floor in both rooms
  • Compact packed size
  • Excellent area to weight ratio
  • Ground vent that can double as an AC port

Cons:

  • Not the easiest setup. There’s a learning curve and it’s difficult to avoid sagging.

Coleman Dark Room Skydome 8P Tent

  • Space & comfort (30%) – 7/10
  • Weather resistance (25%) – 8/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%) – 8/10
  • Ease of setup (10%) – 8/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%) – 7/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 8/10

Best for: campers who like to sleep in;$$

If you like to stay late and sleep longer, morning sunlight is your greatest enemy. Well, not with the Coleman Dark Room Skydome tent. This tent comes with a blackout fabric that blocks 90% of sunlight!

Okay, I can’t confirm the number, but the tent is really very dark even on the brightest day. So, you can rest assured that the sun won’t wake you up. Moreover, this technology keeps the tent cooler.

Intuitively, one would expect that dark fabric absorbs more heat. It doesn’t. I am not sure how, but this technology really works. The tent is noticeably darker and cooler than “regular” tents.

Note that you need to keep the rainfly on to enjoy the blackout experience. It means you’ll have to sacrifice stargazing even though the upper part of the tent is roughly 50% mesh.

While darkroom fabric is a standout quality of the tent, it comes with a great set of other features. You’ll love it from the get-go. A declared 5-minute setup might be a stretch, but it’s easily doable in 10 minutes which is very quick.

The tent is tall (76 inches) with very steep walls for a dome tent. So, it’s roomy even though it’s not too large. The floor area of 108 sq ft will provide a comfortable experience for groups of 2 to 4 campers.

As for the rain protection, it’s a typical Coleman tent. It uses a WeatherTec system to keep the rain at bay. Inverted seams, welded corners, and bathtub floor design are pretty much standard features of Coleman’s tents.

I also loved the wide and large entryway. It’s a small detail but it makes the difference.

On the downside, the airflow is pretty low with the rainfly on. 

Pros:

  • Dark room fabric keeps the tent cooler and darker
  • Very quick setup
  • Tall ceiling ( maximum height 6’ 4”)
  • Vertical walls
  • Waterproof
  • Relatively lightweight and compact when packed
  • Extra-wide door

Cons:

  • No ground vents. There’s not enough ventilation with the rainfly on.

Core 9 Person Extended Dome Tent

  • Space & comfort (30%) – 8/10
  • Weather resistance (25%) – 7/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%) – 6/10
  • Ease of setup (10%) – 8/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%) – 8/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 7/10

Best for: families or groups of 4-5 campers who want large but lightweight and affordable tent; $

If you want a great bang for your buck, the Core 9 Person Extended Dome Tent might be your best bet. It’s a roomy, relatively lightweight (18.21 lbs.) and affordable tent.

Speaking of space, 16 by 9 ft floor area is pretty generous by any standard. It can fit 3 queen-size air mattresses.

Nevertheless, 9 people or 3 queen airbeds will take basically all of the space inside the tent. So, downsize to 4,5 people and now you can call the tent roomy and comfortable.

The maximum height of 6 ft provides additional comfort. Note that due to the dome design, it gets considerably lower as soon as you move away from the center point. Still, it’s a decent height to provide comfortable moving around the tent or to change clothes.

You will also love how airy the tent is. The mesh roof provides ventilation and stargazing opportunities. If you like to have a nice view – you’ve got it. Mesh windows will provide it.

There’s also a ground-level vent to make sure you’ll get a nice breeze throughout the tent. Actually, it is so well-ventilated that you can’t prevent it even if you want to. So, in colder weather, it will work against you.

Short summer rains won’t be a problem, either. The rainfly doesn’t fully cover the tent, but it extends enough to keep the water away from doors and windows.

Pros:

  • It’s spacious (144 sq ft)
  • Decent headroom (peak height 72 inches)
  • Excellent airflow
  • Lightweight considering the size (18.2 lbs.)
  • E-port
  • Great value for money

Cons:

  • Only one entryway. It’s not a big deal, but at this size, it would be much more convenient to have multiple doors.
  • Not for colder weather

Bushnell Shield Series 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent

  • Space & comfort (30%) – 8/10
  • Weather resistance (25%) – 6/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%) – 8/10
  • Ease of setup (10%) – 9/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%) – 6/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 7/10

Best for: summer campers who want luxurious and airy tent; $$

You love car camping trips but not so much when it gets wet, rainy, and muddy? The Bushnell Shield Series Instant Cabin Tent is designed for people like you. The tent offers some great features and comfort for warm sunny days.

To begin with, it’s big. Measuring 15 by 9 ft, it provides plenty of room for groups of up to 5 campers. The cabin-style design means it has almost vertical walls, thus, lots of room. 

The ceiling is tall with a peak height of 78 inches. So, you can stand up in the tent and walk around without hunching over. Unless you’re very, very tall.

Furthermore, it comes with a removable gear loft, 2 internal storage pockets. There are several pockets on the outside as well, protected by an awning.

So, it’s big and convenient, but what about quality? Steel poles are heavy but strong and sturdy. The fabric is 150D polyester. Typically, tents in this class use 75D or 68D polyester. So, it’s a thick and durable fabric.

As a trade-off, thick fabric and steel poles make it heavy, but it’s not a big issue for car campers.

Last but not least, there’s lots of mesh everywhere. The roof is all mesh as well as large windows on all sides of the tent. Windows come with covers if you need privacy or you want to cool down the tent with an AC unit.

While it offers many great features, this tent has a couple of downsides as well. It has a water-repellent fabric, but it is not waterproof.

 In the real world, it means it will protect you from a drizzle or light and short summer rain. Any persistent or heavier rain will creep into the tent sooner or later. 

Pros:

  • Quick and easy setup and takedown
  • Steep walls and tall ceiling
  • Exceptional airflow
  • Reflective coating blocks UV rays
  • Strong steel poles
  • Multiple storage pockets
  • Room divider
  • 2 AC ports/ground vents

Cons:

  • It’s heavy (45.8 pounds)
  • Water-resistant but not waterproof
  • Thin floor

Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent

  • Space & comfort (30%) – 8/10
  • Weather resistance (25%) – 8/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%) – 9/10
  • Ease of setup (10%) – 7/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%) – 6/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 8/10

Best for: campers who want durable and weather-resistant tent; $$

You love summer camping but want a reliable tent should the rain come? The Coleman WeatherMaster can be your best option. It is made of durable and waterproof materials to provide comfort and peace of mind if the weather takes a turn for the worse.

This tent won’t cost you a fortune, but oh boy, it will deliver exceptional performance. Seriously, the WeatherMaster is a jack of all trades.

It is large and tall. The floor area measures 17 by 9 ft providing ample space for your group. Yes, it can easily fit 3 queen-size airbeds. A 10-person maximum capacity is possible but not recommendable.

You have 153 sq ft at your disposal, so I would say it’s super comfy for 5,6 people and okay for 7. This tallboy has a maximum height of 80 inches. So, you can walk proudly throughout the tent.

Coleman’s WeatherTec system with coated fabric, welded corners, and inverted seams provides excellent protection against rain. Moreover, it is tested to withstand 35 mph winds, which is a standard procedure for all Coleman’s tents.

These claims are also attested by hundreds of users in real-life conditions.

I love angled windows design. It allows you to keep the windows open even if it rains.

Apart from basic and most important features, this tent is also packed with additional convenient details. Think of a hinged door, a room divider for privacy, 2 doors for easy access to both rooms, and storage pockets.

While it excels in so many areas, this tent is not very suitable for colder weather. Like pretty much all tents with a mesh roof, it’s impossible to retain the warmth when it gets colder.

Also, a 20-minute setup is not bad, but not something to be proud of.

Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Durable
  • Ample headroom
  • Angled windows won’t allow water in while maintaining the airflow
  • Mesh roof for sky gazing
  • Excellent ventilation
  • Hinged door
  • 2 doors and a room divider

Cons:

  • Not the best for colder weather

WHITEDUCK Regatta Canvas Bell Tent

  • Space & comfort (30%) – 9/10
  • Weather resistance (25%) – 9/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%) – 9/10
  • Ease of setup (10%) – 8/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%) – 5/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 8/10

Best for: groups of campers who want a premium tent with premium features; $$$$

If you don’t mind spending more to get the best quality, the WHITEDUCK Regatta Canvas Bell is the tent for you. 

Call it a teepee tent or yurt or bell tent, it will provide home-like comfort. Whatever you throw at it, this tent will withstand.

To begin with, it’s large and tall. Yes, I’ve been talking about several extra large and tall tents, but this one wins the race. With the floor plan of 211 sq ft and a center height of 9’ 10”, the space won’t be a problem.

It’s a 100% cotton tent, and it comes with all the benefits of the material. It is breathable, waterproof, and very durable. It is also UV-resistant and has a fire-retardant finish.

The groundsheet is sewn-in and it’s thick and insulated. Also, mesh doors and windows will keep the bugs at bay.

As expected from WHITEDUCK, it comes with accessories and convenient features such as storage pockets, a tool kit, and high-quality zippers.

In the summertime, it will stay cooler than polyester or nylon tents. Come the winter, it will retain the warmth better. Still, it’s a huge and well-ventilated tent so it will get cold eventually.

No worries, there’s a stove jack opening with a flap to insert a woodstove pipe. It is made of fire retardant materials for safety reasons. It’s a 3-season tent, but with a tent stove, you’ll be fine even in wintertime.

On the downside, there are no room dividers for more privacy. Also, it is heavy (water/fire repelling version weighs 71 lbs.), but all canvas/cotton tents are. Especially if they come with water-repelling and fire-retardant properties.

Pros:

  • Very spacious (211 sq ft)
  • Breathable
  • Super-sturdy and durable
  • Comes with a stove jack
  • Waterproof
  • Best zippers (YKK)
  • Ideal for glamping

Cons:

  • Heavy and bulky
  • Door pole stands in the middle of the door. Not a big issue but not the best solution.

Ozark Trail 12P Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent

  • Space & comfort (30%) – 9/10
  • Weather resistance (25%) – 6/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%) – 6/10
  • Ease of setup (10%) – 9/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%) – 6/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 7/10

Best for: Campers who prefer instant tents and like to sleep longer;$$

If you’re more of an owl than a lark and want a tent that sets up in two minutes, the Ozark Trail Dark Rest Instant Tent might be your new favorite.

Measuring 20 by 10 ft, this tent is large in the first place. The set of features makes it pretty unique.

It’s huge, but one person can set it up in up to 5 minutes. Then again, it offers an unmatched level of privacy in the class.

While blackout fabric is not as effective as in Coleman’s tents, it’s still dark inside and it works. They claim it blocks 70% of sunlight. Whatever the number, the tent is cooler, darker, and provides more privacy.

2 removable room dividers allow you to organize the space to your liking. And add more privacy.

Vertical cabin-style walls and 80 inches peak height provide ample space and headroom, respectively. Furthermore, there’s an abundance of storage pockets.

The roof is all mesh as expected. With 2 doors, 8 windows, and 2 ground vents, the airflow is great.

Considering the number of advanced features it is a pretty affordable tent as well.

On the downside, it is not the best tent in terms of weather protection. I couldn’t find waterproof ratings, but according to reviews, it can only withstand light rain.

Some users have also noticed early signs of wear and tear after only a couple of outings.

So, it’s a great tent with some shortcomings. In my opinion, the number of advanced features easily outweighs the downsides. 

If you prioritize the space, livability, instant setup, and blackout fabric, this tent offers great value for your money.

Pros:

  • Quick and easy setup
  • Dark rest technology keeps the tent darker and cooler
  • 2 removable room dividers and 2 doors
  • Plenty of storage pockets
  • Fits 4 queen airbeds
  • Great airflow

Cons:

  • Not the most durable tent
  • Weather resistance very average

CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent

  • Space & comfort (30%) – 9/10
  • Weather resistance (25%) – 7/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%) – 7/10
  • Ease of setup (10%) – 9/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%) – 6/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 7/10

Best for: campers who want a comfortable, tall tent that sets up quickly; $$$

Looking for a tent with ample space and height? Or the one that can be pitched in no time? Look no further. The CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent will meet your demands and then some.

To begin with, even though it’s a huge tent, you can erect it in just a couple of minutes. 2 adept people can do it in 2 minutes. The takedown is equally effortless.

This model is a definition of comfort for summer camping. The 18 by 10 ft floor plan provides huge space. 2 room dividers can split it into 3 separate rooms. Each room can fit a queen size air mattress.

Moreover, the 80 inches center height and roughly 70 inches by the (vertical) walls allow the freedom of walking and no hunching over.

How about having a nice view? No problem. There are 2 large doors and mesh windows for a panoramic view. If you prefer looking at the stars and not your feet, the roof is all mesh. And it’s a huge roof.

With all that mesh the ventilation must be exceptional. But to make it even better, there are 2 adjustable ground vents.

What else could you need? Maybe, storage pockets? Check. There are 4 of them plus a gear loft.

So, you’ve got pretty much everything to enjoy your camping in nice weather.

If the weather gets ugly, you’ll have decent protection. The waterproof rating of 600 mm is rather low. But they use H2O Block Technology which combines water-repelling properties and faster water runoff.

As a result, the tent will withstand light to moderate rain with no leaks. Still, heavier rain will eventually enter the tent.

You’d expect the tent this big to be heavy. It’s very heavy at 47.8 lbs. The floor is not very thick which usually translates to not very durable. I would recommend backing it up with a ground tarp.

Pros:

  • Super-quick and easy setup and breakdown
  • Standing height everywhere in the tent
  • Superb venting system
  • 4 storage pockets, gear loft, and lantern hook
  • 2 room dividers
  • 2 doors

Cons:

  • Thin floor
  • It’s heavy (47.8 lbs.)

Ozark Trail Base Camp 14-Person Cabin Tent

  • Space & comfort (30%) – 9/10
  • Weather resistance (25%) – 6/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%) – 6/10
  • Ease of setup (10%) – 8/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%) – 7/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 7/10

Best for: families or large camping parties who want space and privacy; $$

If you have a large family or lots of camping friends, one tent is still enough to accommodate all of you. But not any tent. It has to be huge like the Ozark Trail Base Camp 14-Person Cabin Tent.

This tent has 4 rooms so you can divide your group and everyone can get some privacy.

With the ground base of 20 by 20 ft, you’ll hardly find a tent that takes so much space. Seriously, it’s a mansion in the world of tents. The usable floor area is around 230 sq ft. But, it’s not all about the size.

For starters, it’s very easy to set it up. 2 people can pitch it in around 20 minutes. You can even do it solo, although it would take more time.

The tent has a cross or plus structure looking from above. There’s a dome chamber 78 inches tall at the center and 4 sections on each side. 

The central area creates a single room together with the main entryway section. The remaining areas create 3 separate rooms. They have built-in room dividers, but they can be pulled aside to get a 1,2,3, or 4 room tent.

Furthermore, each room has its own entrance/exit. So, the design is really convenient and flexible to give you plenty of options.

Each door has a mesh panel and each room has additional 2 mesh windows. If you didn’t calculate it’s 12 side mesh panels overall! And the roof is all mesh.

As you would expect, the ventilation is as good as it gets.

While the rainfly only covers the ceiling, numerous users claim it stood well in rainy conditions. Still, it’s not designed for harsh weather.

Pros:

  • It is huge
  • Affordable
  • Superb ventilation
  • Surprisingly easy to pitch it even though it takes 20-25 minutes
  • 4 rooms and 4 doors
  • Power cord port
  • Compact carry bag considering the size (28.5 x 14 inches)

Cons:

  • Difficult to find a camping spot due to the gigantic base area
  • Suited for mild weather only

Tahoe Gear Ozark 3-Season 16 Person Cabin Tent

  • Space & comfort (30%) – 9/10
  • Weather resistance (25%) – 7/10
  • Build quality and durability (15%) – 7/10
  • Ease of setup (10%) – 6/10
  • Weight & Portability (10%) – 7/10
  • Company history and reputation (10%) – 7/10

Best for: families or groups of campers who want huge livable space; $$$

If you’re looking for a super-large camping tent, the Tahoe Gear Ozark Tent is one of the largest tents out there. It is a comfortable and portable “cabin in the woods”.

Measuring 16 by 15 ft, this tent is larger than the aforementioned Ozark Trail Base Camp 14 Person tent. However, I would recommend fitting a slightly lower number (say up to 8) of occupants due to room arrangement. 

This tent is designed to be super-comfortable and livable. It is divided into 2 equal sections with the sewn-in room divider. The front part is meant for daytime activities. It has huge panoramic windows and 2 doors.

The back part is designed to be a sleeping area. Not as many windows in this section and they are considerably smaller. This area can be further divided into 2 separate sleeping rooms down the middle.

So, you have 2 bedrooms and a huge living room. The height is more than generous throughout the tent allowing you to walk upright inside the tent.

Apart from the size, it comes with a rainfly with a waterproof rating of 1200 mm. It means the tent will handle light to moderate rain.

The rainfly has 2 air vents, which is great and uncommon in large summer tents. With 2 ground vents, you can rest assured you’ll get sufficient airflow even with the rainfly on and windows covered.

On the downside, the living room/sleeping room configuration and having both doors at the front part of the tent don’t allow too much freedom for different organizing options.

Pros:

  • It is gigantic
  • Very tall ceiling (7 ft)
  • 2 room dividers
  • Excellent airflow
  • Panoramic views

Cons:

  • Vague setup instructions
  • Both doors are in the front room

How to Choose the Best Extra Large Tent

Large tents allow you to bring your whole family along on your camping trips. Or a bunch of friends. Still, it can be overwhelming to sift through myriads of options out there.

We are here to offer some guidance and point out the most essential features of large tents. So, this is what you should look for.

Size and Capacity

How large is really enough? It depends on the number of occupants and the amount of gear. But, here are some ground rules.

Forget about designated capacity. It tells the number of occupants packed like sardines next to each other. It is the floor area that matters.

Family and car campers need at least 20 sq ft per person. So, check out the dimensions of the tent and do the math. If you plan longer trips, you’ll need more equipment so add a few square feet to the aforementioned baseline.

If you plan cooking or other activities inside the tent ( if it rains, for example), further upsize the tent.

Keep in mind that it’s always better to end up with one size larger than a one-size smaller tent. You can’t extend the existing tent, while the extra space won’t bother you as much.

Shapes

A cabin tent is the most common shape for large tents. Still, there are some dome, tunnel, and teepee tents in the large tents category.

Cabin tents offer ample space and great livability due to vertical walls and decent height. And that’s what most families and larger camping groups are looking for. They provide home-like comfort and they are perfect for warmer weather.

On the downside, they rarely have a full-coverage rainfly and don’t offer extraordinary protection against the rain. Also, the height makes them more vulnerable to gusts of wind. The taller the tent, the more pressure it has to endure in strong winds.

Large dome tents are typically hybrids that combine dome and cabin or tunnel-shape styles. 

Extended dome structures like the Core 9 Person Extended Dome tent have almost vertical walls like cabin tents, but more aerodynamic shape thanks to sloping dome shape at the top of the tent.

Larger tunnel tents commonly provide better protection against the elements than their cabin counterparts. They rarely have a mesh roof and have fewer mesh panels overall. Therefore, the airflow is usually lower when compared to cabin tents.

Teepee tents resemble traditional tents or yurts of historic nomadic tribes. Their features may vary a lot, although they are commonly heavier. 

Height

The larger the tent, the more important the height becomes. Why? Campers spend more time in larger tents and hunching over all day long doesn’t improve the camping experience.

The ability to walk upright inside the tent raises the comfort significantly. Changing clothes is more comfortable as well as any movement throughout the tent. 

So, a standing height is not mandatory but it is a great plus.

Ventilation

Ventilation is an important aspect of any tent. For starters, no one likes stuffy air. In hot weather, the airflow is essential to push the hot air out and let some breeze in.

Great ventilation is also the best way to prevent condensation issues.

Look for tents with plenty of mesh and openings to avoid ventilation issues. Ground vents combined with a mesh roof are particularly effective as they provide high-low air circulation.

Truth be told, a vast majority of large tents come with lots of mesh and excellent airflow. So, just make sure not to pick a rare rotten apple.

Setup

Some campers just hate pitching a tent. Instant tents have changed their attitude for good. While camping in a large group means that you’ll have help, quick and easy setup is still convenient.

It’s not essential, but what if it starts raining? Wind can create havoc when you’re trying to set up the tent. Even if you’re old school you’ll appreciate the ability to set the tent in a matter of minutes.

Naturally, larger tents are more difficult to set up, but modern technologies have come to the rescue. There are some very large instant tents out there like the Ozark Trail Dark Rest Instant Tent.

Also, tents with a conventional setup often come with clear instructions and color-coded poles and sleeves. 

So, a setup can be a breeze even for inexperienced campers. 

Material Quality

This is a must when choosing any kind of tent. The ultimate quality of the tent depends a lot on the quality of the materials.

While several materials are utilized to produce a tent, it is the fabric and the poles that matter the most.

Tent fabric determines how strong, durable and functional your tent will be. The fabric repels the water, may block UV rays, affects the weight, and after all the looks of your tent.

Typically, tents are made of polyester, nylon, or canvas (cotton). 

Nylon is mostly used in backpacking tents as it is lightweight and relatively strong. 

Large tents are most commonly made of polyester. It’s a tradeoff: polyester is slightly heavier and weaker than nylon, but much more affordable. You shouldn’t worry, though. Weaving techniques can make polyester very tough and durable.

You should check out the D(Denier) value. The higher the denier, the better. Typically, large tents are made of 68D or 75D polyester. Anything less will be flimsy, anything more will bring extra toughness and strength.

Also, pay attention to floor fabric. Due to abrasion, it needs to be thicker and stronger than the rest of the tent.

Tent poles can be made of fiberglass, steel, aluminum, and some other modern and expensive materials

Steel poles are very strong but also very heavy.

Aluminum poles are strong, flexible, and lightweight. Under too much pressure they won’t break but bend. 

Fiberglass poles are affordable but not as flexible or strong as aluminum ones. If overloaded, they will break. Still, they offer good quality to price ratio.

Extra-large tents rarely come with aluminum poles. Simply, with more weight and length they tend to bend easier.

So, most commonly, large tents use steel poles for the corners and lighter fiberglass poles for the roof structure.

Steel poles will provide more stability but will add some weight.

Weather Protection

Large tents are designed with mostly summer camping in mind. Still, weather protection is very important. A leaky tent is the number one culprit for ruined camping trips. A collapse of the tent in windy conditions is the next culprit in the line.

So, you get the picture. Most large tents won’t offer exceptional protection from the elements. Still, the more protection, the better.

But, how to tell if the tent can withstand some rain and wind? There are few ways.

First, you can check out the waterproof rating. It is measured in mm and shows the height of the water column the tent can hold before it starts to leak. For summer tents, anything above 1000 mm is okay. By the way, an umbrella has a waterproof rating of 400 to 500 mm.

But, it’s not all about the waterproof rating. If the seams aren’t sealed the tent will leak badly. Also, water can come from the ground through the floor.

Therefore, you should make sure that the tent has sealed seams and a thicker and more waterproof floor.

Weight and Portability

This is not essential since your car will carry the tent most of the time. So, as long as you don’t need a forklift to move the tent, the weight is not of great importance. Still, the lighter the better.

Large tents can vary a lot in terms of weight. Lighter ones will weigh around 15-20 pounds. On the heavier side, some of them exceed 50, 60 pounds. That’s not convenient even for a short walk.

If you like some of the heavier tents, it’s a good idea to check out if they come with a wheeled carry case. You can also split the weight between you and your camping companions.

Final Verdict

Well done! You’re still with us! It means you’re meticulous about choosing the tent, and that’s great. You’re more likely to make the best choice.

Speaking of choices, our top pick, the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent, deserves the laurels. It is a reliable and proven tent.

High build quality, durability, excellent weather protection, and ample space make it a safe choice for any camper.

While we believe it’s the best tent overall, it’s not necessarily the best for every camper. After all, that’s why we have a list of different tents with different stand-out features.

Now, you know what to look for and how to evaluate different features. The only thing left is to make the final call. And go out there. Enjoy it!

AUTHOR

My name is Emma, and I’m a city dweller who jumps on every opportunity to get out and enjoy nature! I’ve gone on a number of car camping and backpacking trips over the past few years. I created this site to inspire others to get outside and to make the process easier for you.