2012 Camping Tent Round Up
Published on 05/16/2012
By Shelby Trueax
The latest tent technology of 2012 offers new and improved designs for campers and backpackers of every kind. Whether it’s a family affair in 100-degree weather or a solo excursion to the most excruciating alpine climate known to man, this season’s gear won’t disappoint. Browse our list to discover the best tent for your needs.
The Alps Mountaineering Mystique 1 Al Tent
This is the perfect lightweight tent for solo trips. You and all your gear will fit comfortably with it’s unique “porch” storage, and you can count on staying warm and dry no matter what Mother Nature throws your way. Its durability is incredible considering it weighs only 3 lbs., and it’s super easy to transport and set up. The mesh sides and built in fly vents provide for optimum ventilation while giving the option to keep them open or zipped up depending on the elements. Take the Mystique 1 on your trip, and you won’t even know it’s in your pack until you need it.
The Marmot Firefly 2P
With a spacious floor and high ceiling, this 2-person double-dome is ideal for taller campers. Storage is a breeze with the built in wall organizer and gear loft, and there’s even room for your dog to sleep too. Its light-reflective fabric allows for outside visibility at any time of day, in any condition, and the 360 degree window design allows you to enjoy the view from any position inside the tent. When the full-coverage rainfly isn’t necessary, stargazing is recommended on clear nights with its mesh ceiling, and the mesh walls keep you cool and comfortable even on the hottest summer day. The custom footprint allows for set up just about anywhere, keeping mud, puddles, and sharp rocks absent for the entirety of your stay.
Mountain Hardwear Trango 2
This seriously sturdy 4 season tent is the perfect buy for all types of expeditions on any terrain. Complete with a durable frame, floor, canopy, reinforcement layer, and optional fly, this tent is the toughest in its class and will provide optimum warmth and comfort in even the harshest alpine conditions. It’s a little on the heavy side compared to its capacity of 2 people, but here’s why the 10 lbs. is worth the weight: it withstood 1200 inches of rain in 24 hours without a single drop inside.
Easton Kilo 3P™
Winner of Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Year award, this 3 person, 3 lb. tent will provide enough space to sit up and spread out comfortably while allowing you and your team to sleep soundly for all 3 camping seasons. This quality tent is the perfect summer splurge that will set up with ease and occupy minimal space in your pack or car. The best feature has to be its prime ventilation that simultaneously keeps away condensation, so feel free to set up camp near the river. Easton’s light carbon pole technology is also something to rave about, so prepare for the most lightweight, efficient camping experience this season has to offer.
NEMO Espiri LE 3P
The Espiri LE is the most versitile in its class this season. Its weatherproof design allows for a sound sleep in even the loudest hail storms, while keeping the interior dry and secure. Staying cozy in freezing temperatures is no problem given the high quality fabric and top-notch rainfly. Color coded poles and fabric make it very easy to set up and the interior organization allows for an organized, comfortable experience. Since it is only 5 lbs, this tent is great for backpacking or camping on most terrain and is comfortable in most weather conditions. It sleeps 3 people comfortably and seats 4, and the large door allows for a wide ease of movement.
Sierra Designs Lightning HT 4
This award winning 4 person storm-proof tent has been even further improved for the 2012 season. The space-to-weight ratio proves its innovative design and allows for more headroom than previous models. The superseal floor and mesh walls provide warmth during cold nights and a cool breeze in the summer heat. Weighing only 6 lbs, this tent is necessary for group camping or backpacking trips. An added bonus: the poles are made with less nitric and phosphoric acid than most, so you can literally feel the environmental weight lifting off your shoulders.
The North Face Bastion 4
The North Face has done it again with their 4-person 4-season base camp tent. It was designed specifically for extreme conditions and harsh environments, and it performs at the highest standard of tents in its class. Having a 61 square foot floor area and sturdy frame means this tent doesn’t compromise comfort, and internal organization allows for maximum space usage. It’s extremely versatile inside and out, as it comes with sand/snow bags to keep it secure when stakes cannot be used. Wind, rain, sleet, hail, snow, you name it… you’ll surely be safe and sound in this mountaineering innovation.
REI Kingdom 8 Tent
This family style tent maximizes space and allows for comfortable movement and sleep for 8. With a 104 square foot floor, 2 doors and plenty of gear storage space, this large shelter is a home-away-from-home that conveniently folds into a backpack-style carrying case. The large vents and high ceilings ensure comfort from all angles. Even the most grueling outdoor conditions won’t budge this durable yet lightweight structure, and precipitation will never be an issue with the seam-sealed polyester fly. This tent can also be easily divided into two separate rooms, and can easily be set up by one person in just 15 minutes. The whole family can sleep and stand comfortably, and there’s even room for a dog or two!
Marmot Limelight 4P Tent
This tent is ideal for family or group camping/backpacking trips, and at only about 2 lbs. per person, its unique Window Weld™ design allows for maximum outdoor visibility. A great feature of this tent is that the poles and rainfly can be set up with the footprint, which is a lightweight shelter on its own: perfect for day camping activities. The color coded webbing match the colored poles for an easy set up, and the tightness of the pitch reduces weight and provides optimum waterproofing. A great buy for a summer camping adventure.