Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

Car Camping

Nemo Wagontop 4P

84

2016

Nemo Wagontop 4P

The Nemo Wagontop is sturdy and spacious. The 78-inch highpoint actually spans the length of the tent and the only place you need to duck is when entering. But, to be this sturdy and spacious the pole system is obnoxious to set up with two awkward and spidery pole sets.

Kelty AirLift 4

79

2016

Kelty AirLift 4

The Kelty Airlift series uses pressurized air tubes to form the structure of the tent where poles are usually used. This is great for families with rambunctious kids who won’t be able to break any poles but extra care must be taken to help the tubes stand up during inflation.

Coleman Longs Peak 6

74

2016

Coleman Longs Peak 6

Coleman provides fine tents for fair weather campers. The low price point starts to show when the wind starts to pick up as the walls of the tent bend in more so than with other tents in the test. Where the Longs Peak 6 excels is with a more durable floor fabric to prevent ground moisture from wetting through from the bottom.

Big Agnes Chimney Creek 4 mtnGLO

83

2016

Big Agnes Chimney Creek 4 mtnGLO

The Big Agnes Chimney Creek 4 is a standard extended dome style tent with a built in lighting system. 

Mountainsmith Conifer 5+

85

2016

Mountainsmith Conifer 5+

The Mountainsmith Conifer 5+ is an extended dome style tent with lots of headroom, a generous vestibule and lots of tie down points to ward off fierce winds. The tent does take a little extra time to set up and despite the color coding there is still some ambiguity on orienting the tent and getting the fly attached.

Ticla Mojave 4

90

2014

Ticla Mojave 4

The Ticla Mojave sports an open, social and well-ventilated design with large windows providing a view even when it’s raining, thanks to the overhanging rain fly. 

Marmot Limestone 6

86

2014

Marmot Limestone 6

The Marmot Limestone 6 provides good headroom for a dome tent and is ready to repel a torrent of wind and rain but won’t offer much in the ways of views and ventilation. 

REI Kingdom 6

85

2014

REI Kingdom 6

The tunnel shaped REI Kingdom 6 comes with a rain fly that can be adjusted to various weather conditions but is best suited for cooler and wetter environments with occasional glimpses of sunshine. 

Eureka Copper Canyon 8

78

2014

Eureka Copper Canyon 8

The Eureka Copper Canyon 8 is huge and cheap—cheap in every sense of the word. 

The New King of Car Camping Tents

92

2011

The New King of Car Camping Tents

The new King Creek 6 from Big Agnes is in a realm all its own.