Best Ground Tents of 2017: Gimme Shelter

Check out the Latest Ground Tents

Kamp-Rite/Oversize Tent Cot

OVERVIEW: This tent cot keeps you of the ground with space to spare. It stands 11 inches above the ground, and brings additional comfort with an expanded sleeping area. Its domed top allows for more headroom and interior space, and its sturdy base includes two additional support legs, located at each end of the tent cot for extra stability. A special hinge design conversion into a lounge chair for daytime relaxation, or a standard-style cot for sleeping directly under the stars. CAPACITY: 1 person
WEIGHT: 32 pounds
FLOOR AREA: 20 square feet
PEAK HEIGHT: 36 inches
MSRP: $220

MSR/Papa Hubba

OVERVIEW: If you’re looking for an ultra-light tent with extra interior space, take a look at the Papa Hubba. This tent maximizes headroom and elbow space, thanks to its unique pole configuration. Easy to set up and taken down, it features a unified, color-coded hub and-pole system; meanwhile, a compression sack packs the tent down to a small size. Two large doors help ensure water doesn’t drip into the tent when entering, and two large vestibules help store gear. The Fast & Light setup option lets you use just the rainfly, poles, and a footprint (sold separately), to further reduce weight. A light gray rain fly covers a red tent.

CAPACITY: 4 people
WEIGHT: 6 pounds, 8 ounces
FLOOR AREA: 53 square feet
PEAK HEIGHT: 44 inches
MSRP: $600

Kelty/Acadia 404 

OVERVIEW: This Kelty tent manages to sleep four, and it is easy to pitch. Its three-pole design provides more head and shoulder room than previous models, and the continuous pole sleeve design makes pitching easy, while providing a strong tent. Two doors and two vestibules make entry and exit easy for multiple campers. Additional features include Kelty’s Stargazing Fly, night-light pockets, internal storage pockets and noiseless zipper pulls. A green and gray tent with front "room" attached.SEASONS: 3
CAPACITY: 4 people
WEIGHT: 12 pounds, 13 ounces
FLOOR AREA: 57 square feet
PEAK HEIGHT: 59 inches
MSRP: $190

Slumberjack Gear/Nightfall 3

OVERVIEW: With an external pitch pole structure, Slumberjack Gear’s Nightfall three-season mountain tent keeps the inner room dry, even when pitching it in the rain. Its near-vertical side walls provide plenty of interior space. Plus, a “fast-pitch” option allows campers needing lightweight shelter to leave the inner body behind for a super light and very compact option. Designed for backpackers and hunters, this is a good option for those looking for a lightweight tent.A gray half-circle shaped tent with one door.
CAPACITY: 3 people
WEIGHT: 6 pounds, 2 ounces
FLOOR AREA: 40 square feet
PEAK HEIGHT: 42 inches
MSRP: $170

Thermarest/ 06 Tranquility 6

OVERVIEW: New for 2017 is Thermarest’s freestanding six-person Tranquility 6. Built for convenience and livability, with integrated vestibules, it has an easy-to-manage rainfly and setup that is easy enough for one person to manage. This car-camping tent includes a backpack stuff­ sack, in case you need to bring it to your campsite. The vestibules integrate seamlessly into the body, and don’t require the rainfly. It also features integrated mud mats, pocket organization, and utility loops for hanging wet clothing outside, while keeping it out of the weather. A green tent with three arched poles over top.CAPACITY: 6 people
WEIGHT: 20 pounds
FLOOR AREA: 66 square feet
PEAK HEIGHT: 76 inches
MSRP: $600

Editor’s Note: A version of this article appeared on in October 2017.

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