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My Favorite Tents For Family Backpacking

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It can be very challenging to find a tent that meets all of your needs for backpacking, and doubly so when you’re bringing the whole family along for the ride. In this article I will try to shed some light on some of the top family tents for backpacking, so you don’t have to spend the time and money that I did researching something that will meet your needs.

It’s important to keep in mind what you will be using your tent for. For example, if you are planning on visiting a colder area you would want a tent that is made from a thicker material that will retain heat better. Unfortunately, this comes with a steeper price tag. You will be grateful that you spent the extra money for a tent that will keep you warm however. After trying several different tents for this purpose, my family and I settled on the Big Agnes Flying Diamond. All the tents in the Big Agnes line are rated for cold weather, and feature a doubled polyester material with all steel poles. Set up was also a breeze, taking less than 10 minutes from bag to livable shelter. The Big Agnes Flying Diamond will comfortably sleep six people (the description claims eight, but it never mentions comfort). While this tent is a bit of an investment, retailing for around $670, I found the durability and heat retention made it a worthwhile value.

If you and you’re family are more fond of warm weather backpacking trips however, a different tent will meet your needs better. Just keep in mind that a tent rated for colder weather can be used in any climate, a tent rated for higher temperatures won’t be able to keep you warm enough. So if it’s a possibility that you would consider camping in a colder climate I would still recommend that Big Agnes Flying Diamond. If you’re dead-set on staying where it’s warm on the other hand, my favorite warm weather tent is the Eureka Copper Canyon line. These tents feature a double walled polyester construction and fiberglass mounting poles. This tent claims to sleep six comfortably, but I found that my five person family was packed in a bit snug. All things considered though, this tent is still very high quality. And clocking in at only $260 dollars, it won’t break the bank either.

I hope my experiences with these two different tents will give you the information that will allow you to make an informed decision when you choose to purchase your own. Camping is a highly rewarding activity, allowing you to see all the beauty that nature has to offer you. And I hope that these tips will allow you to make sure that your next trip goes smoothly!

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