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10 Person Tent Buying Guide

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10 Person Tent Review Roundup - How to Choose

Shopping for a 10 person tent can be a hard.  A 10 person tent is going to be a really big tent and when you have that large of a tent, every factor like material, stitching, and extra features can add up quickly.  If you opt for more premium materials you're going to see a much higher price than what you'd see on a 1 man tent.

If you're planning to bring 10 people with you on your next camping trip, obviously, the first thing you are going to need to do is to find a 10 person tent that can hold everybody in your party inside it comfortably.

While 10 person tents are also useful for smaller groups who need a little bit of wiggle room when they sleep, they are essential for a camping party of 8-10 people.  You do not want to fit 10 people in an 8 person tent; it's always better to opt for a slightly larger size rather than a smaller one. 

Features to Consider When Shopping for a Large Tent

Whenever you find yourself in the market for a 10 person tent, the first thing you need to consider is the type of material you need. The two choices for material are natural and synthetic. Natural fibers can offer protection against the elements and can last longer under the proper storage and cleaning conditions, but some synthetics, like nylon and rayon, are harder to tear, while other types of polyester simply hold up better to stronger weather conditions.  If you don't know what material you need, we'd recommend going with a synthetic material.  These usually hold up longer and cost less.

You also want to make sure that 10 people can actually fit inside the tent comfortably, or else it could start to feel a little like being stuck in a crowded (but very soft) elevator. As a matter of common courtesy, the people in your party are going to insist on privacy for any time they change their clothes or clean themselves, so look for tents that offer plenty of room dividers so everyone can have their own space.

Last, but not least, you need to make sure the tent that fits your budget. You can expect to pay anywhere from $249 to $649 for a tent that can hold up to 10 people.

This price range may be surprising to seasoned backpackers who wouldn't blink at shelling out $250 for a 1 person tent.  The difference between the two is that 1 person tents that cost $250 are optimized to be lightweight and fit in your backpack.  10 person tents are gigantic and are not meant to be carried around.  These are made strictly for car camping and can be extraordinarily heavy (75+ pounds).

 Since the materials aren't as lightweight, they don't cost as much which is why the prices are lower than you'd expect when scaling up from 1 person tents, but also have a pretty wide range since you can get some lighter weight 10 person tents if you're willing to pay more.

Top Choices for 10 Person Tents

This guide has 5 tents we reviewed and compared the pros and cons of each option.  Due to prices changing all the time, we can't display the current price so you'll have to click the image/button to see the current prices on Amazon.

CORE 11 Person Cabin Tent

Pros

  • Fits up to 11 people so 10 people can fit comfortably.
  • Costs just over $200, much more affordable than other similar tents.
  • Front screen room is spacious and comfortable for relaxing.

Cons

  • Not flame retardant, don't get close to your camp fire.
  • Stakes that come with tent are weak; recommended to upgrade stakes.

The CORE 11 tent is our top choice for 10 person tents.  It has one of the lowest price points, only weighs 42 pounds and has a ton of extra features.


Two of our favorite features are the front room that's completely screened in and feels like a living room.  The other great feature of this tent is 

Kodiak Canvas Flex Bow Deluxe

Pros

  • Made of cotton; good if you are allergic to synthetic materials.
  • Funnel flow venting and mesh windows allow easy cooling.
  • Ceiling height of 6'6" so you can easily stand up inside.

Cons

  • Meant for 8 people so fitting 10 is a tight fit.
  • Weights 85 pounds.  Difficult to carry.
  • Most expensive tent we reviewed, over $600.

The Kodiak Canvas Flex Bow Deluxe is one of the few tents on the market using cotton material for the tent and a synthetic polyester for the floor.  The polyester floor helps protect against water damage and is easy to clean.

There are a couple of drawbacks to this tent, the main disadvantage being that the tent weighs 85 pounds.  Cotton isn't lightweight and this tent is a beast.  If you're looking to set this up alone, you might want to find a lighter weight option.

Coleman Weathermaster 10 Person Tent

Pros

  • Only weighs 37 pounds, easy to carry and set up.
  • Easy set up thanks to color coded poles and continuous pole sleeves.
  • Cheapest tent we tested, under $200.

Cons

  • Poles are metal which can be cumbersome and less flexible than plastic.
  • Not flame retardant, don't set it up by a camp fire.

The Coleman Weathermaster is a really unique 10 person tent.  It has a modular design which allows you to have several different configurations depending on your needs.  It has a removable divider you can use to separate the tent into 2 separate living spaces.


This tent is also one of the cheapest options and is very easy to setup.  This is a great beginner tent for someone who only camps occasionally and prioritizes ease of use.

Wenzel Great Basin 3 Room 10 Person Tent

Pros

  • Front door has a storm flap built in to protect you from heavy rain.
  • Incredibly lightweight, just 11 lbs. thanks to it's fiberglass frame.
  • Has 4 mesh windows and a mesh roof for better ventilation.

Cons

  • Zip-down option costs extra.
  • Minimal waterproofing means this tent can only stand up to small rain storms, not meant for really bad weather.

The Wenzel Great Basin 3 Room 10 Person tent lives up to it's name with 3 spacious rooms that make the tent feel more like a house than a cramped camping setup.


This tent is also incredibly lightweight, weighing in at just 11 pounds.  The price is also lower than some other heavier options which makes this a good entry level tent.


One word of caution, the waterproofing on this tent is pretty lackluster so if you're usually camping in bad weather, you should look for a different option with better water proofing.

Mountain Trails Grand Pass Tent

Pros

  • Has 2 D-style doors with hooped fly frames to divert rain.
  • Dome shape easily repels rain and remains sturdy in windy weather.
  • Costs just over $100, one of the cheapest options on the market.

Cons

  • Not a lot of headroom, tall people will feel cramped inside.
  • Tent stakes are flimsy; recommended to upgrade to aftermarket stakes.

The Mountain Trails Grand Pass Tent is another great beginner option.  With a very low price and two doors, this tent is a great option for entry level tent shoppers.  Getting in and out of the tent is easy and it keeps everyone in their own separate areas.


This tent is also really easy to set up and takes less than 15 minutes from packed away to fully set up and read to go.

Summary and Wrap Up

It takes a lot to get a camping trip right; planning, organization, coordination, and cooperation are the keys to ensuring the difference between a good camping trip and a great one.

One of the most important means to that end is to make sure you have a tent big enough for everyone who is coming with you so they do not get left out in the cold.

Having a 10 person tent can provide a lot of people with a lot of space, or it can provide a large sleeping area for a small group.

Whether you want a natural fiber tent or a synthetic fiber tent depends on how much weight you can carry, whether or not you have any guests who have any issues with synthetic fabrics, and how aggressive you expect the weather to be for the time of year you are planning your trip.

Hopefully, this article will help you figure out which tent is the best one for the 10 people you decide to take with you on your camping trip. Happy trails!

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By |2018-02-15T03:41:08+00:00February 15th, 2018|Categories: Tents|0 Comments

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