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Best instant tents for your next camping trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best instant tent is………

 

 

The Ayamaya 6 person pop up tents sits at first place for several reasons. First, this tent is the fastest instant tent since it can be set up in under 30 seconds.

 

Also the Ayamaya is a durable 4 season tent that can also remain cool since it offers great cross ventilation. This pop up also offers plenty of space and it has wall dividers making efficient use of your space for storing gear. 

 

 

 

 

BrandAyamaya
MaterialPolyester
Seasons4 Season
Item Weight164 Ounces

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Best instant tent: What to look for

 

 

 

 

The Cabin

 

Cabin tents often have large vertical walls that help make the tents roomy. These type of tents are great for people who want more room for their big boots and back-packs. Although these tents can be hard to pitch down compared to other tents.

 

 

Cabin tents also offer room for you to stand up vertically, and these tents offer space for large mattresses as well. Sometimes these tents come with dividers which are walls that divide the tent into separate rooms.

 

 

 

The Dome

 

Dome tents come with two or three poles that can be intersected. Dome tents are practically free standing tents and some of them can handle strong weather conditions. These tents suffer from limited space since they are dome shaped.

 

 

 

 

The Pop-Up

 

Pop ups are very convenient and quick because they quite literally pop up after you pole a pole up. Some of them come with automatic lifts which make them pop up instantly.

 

 

 

Ventilation

 

Proper air circulation is vital for a comfortable camping trip. You don’t want to be sweating miserably in your sleeping bag in the middle of a hot summer night or too cold.

 

 

One way to help keep your tent comfortable is to make sure your tent has multiple windows that can be easily opened from the inside for convenience. Are there multiple doors allowing for air flow, and mesh screens on them to stop bugs from flying in?

 

 

 

Weather

 

To keep yourself comfortable you should also consider the environment you will be in, will you need a rain resistant tent, or a uv resistant tent for the hot summer.

 

 

 

Capacity

 

Some of these tents lightweight and portable which are suitable for backpacking. Some tents require cars to transport larger tents to a campsite.

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

North Face Stormbreak 1 person

General info table

BrandThe North Face
MaterialPolyester
SeasonsYear-round
Item Weight100 Grams

 

 

 

 

Key Features 

Fully seam-taped canopy and floor

Mesh pocket

Weight: 3 pounds, 7 ounces

Packed size: 6 inches x 22 inches

 

 

The North Face Stormbreak is a very easy to use tent for your solo camping trip. This tent can be packed away into a surprisingly small bag.

 

 

Another big plus, this tent is durable since the pole material is made from lightweight aluminum which can resist winds very well. Although if you are rather tall this small tent can be difficult to sit up in.

 

 

This tent is very easy to set up, it can be set up easily in one minute without need for instructions. The tent also offers high low tent ventilation which allows for easy air circulation throughout the tent by default.

 

 

ProsCons
High-low ventilation systemminimal storage space
Convenient to set up / storehard to sit up in for tall people
Durable tent poles 

 

 

Best instant tent for: Solo hiking / backpacking / camping

 

 

 

 


 

 

Ayamaya 6 person pop up

 

 

General info table

BrandAyamaya
MaterialPolyester
Seasons4 Season
Item Weight164 Ounces

 

 

 

 

Key features

A wall divider

Double layer weather proof

Cross ventilation / gap between layers

Space

Fastest instant tent

 

 

Consider the Ayamaya 6 person pop up tent which offers plenty of room for four people on a rainy night, and the rooms can be divided making space for gear or another sleeping room on the other side.

 

 

Since the tent is double layer one may worry about it getting too hot inside the tent. The layers are balanced by two mesh windows allowing cross ventilation and a gap between the two layers creating extra ventilation.

 

 

 

The Ayamaya comes with only one door so you might wake people up while trying to reach the front door. There is also no center loop for hanging a fan so keep that in mind.

 

 

Also it can be a bit of a challenge to put the tent back into it’s bag, instead of doing this by yourself find someone to help you, it’s a lot easier when there are two people.

 

 

ProsCons
Fastet instant tentOne door
weatherproof for 4 seasonsNo center loop for fan
Spacious 

 

 

Best instant tent for: 2-4 campers who want room, comfort and durability

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

CORE 6 Person Instant Cabin Tent

General info table

BrandCORE
MaterialPolyester
Seasons3 Season
Item Weight14.15 Pounds

 

 

 

 

Key features

5 different windows for ventilation

Two minute set up time

A good sized back wall storage pockets for accessories

 

 

 

The Core 6 person instant cabin tent earned its spot on this list due to it being a comfortable medium sized tent. This particular Core tent is more comfortable than other tents on this list because it allow for more ventilation.

 

 

There are four different windows across the tent allowing for excellent airflow to cool you off during summer nights including the door.

 

 

This tent is called a cabin tent since it comes with vertical walls allowing you to walk upright inside your tent.

 

 

You will need to have a tarp since this tents floor is very thin. Also the zipper may get caught up in the flaps along the door so be careful zipping and unzipping this tent.

 

 

This tent also has storage compartments which should be found at the bottom of the tent after you open it up. You can put several of your belongings in these big pockets.

 

 

Since this tent comes with vents there are also vent staking options which helps keep your tent from leaking. Don’t forget to stake the vents since water can enter through your tents vents on rainy nights.

 

 

Also this tent is advertised as a three person but realistically it only holds 3 people if you want to have a comfortable night.

 

 

ProsCons
The best ventilated tent for your tripYou may need a tarp
lots of spaceZipper can get caught in the flaps
affordable easy to use cabin tent for new campersRealistically a 3 person tent

 

 

Best instant tent for: Those who want a roomy ventilated tent for a fair price.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

CORE 12 Person Instant Cabin Tent

General info table

Water Resistance TechnologyAll Core® tents are equipped with water resistant PU coated fabric and taped seams to help keep moisture out
Number of Doors‎2
Base Material‎Polyethylene
Number Of Poles‎9

 

 

 

 

Key Features

wall divider for three rooms / dual doorway

Pre-attached poles that

(ventilation) 8 windows

18’ x 10’ floor plan

less than 5 minute set up time

Air vents on each side for A/C

 

 

If you want to go on a big camping trip with lots of people for a decent price then the Core 12 person instant cabin tent is a great pick for you.

 

 

It only has a 2 minute set up time which is great for a tent of this size. The tent poles are pre attached so you can save time. Although these poles can be heavy so make sure your careful moving the tent.

 

 

Talking about size if you are rather tall this tent should work out well for you since the Max center height is 80 inches which is over 6 feet.

 

 

Since the tent is very large it can get cold during the winter. You should have several heaters and good sleeping bag to remain comfortable during these harsh conditions.

 

 

 

ProsCons
Good for tall peopleHeavy poles
2 minute set up timeCan get cold during the winter
Durable and Spacious 

 

 

Best instant tent for: A fair priced instant tent that can fit lots of campers

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Mobihome 6-person Pop up Dome

General info

Center height55 inches
Packed dimensions35.43″ x 9.06″ x 9.06″
Weight14.3 lbs
SeasonsSummer, spring, fall
MaterialPolyester

 

 

Key features

Best ventilated instant tent

Best hot weather instant tent

Great for stargazing

Average set up time

 

 

The Mobihome 6 person Pop up dome is a great summer tent with great ventilation coming from several mesh screens surrounding the tent.

 

 

You can see the stars on a hot summer night with this tent by looking at them through the surrounding mesh. This tent is also very light which makes it both airy and able to be blown off base during windy nights.

 

 

As far as the set up is concerned the process is very simple, just move the tent center up and attach two poles to the sides and your’e finished.

 

 

Well its a Semi instant setup since you need to add 2 extra poles and a vestibule pole to complete the tent.

 

 

This makes the realistic set up time longer than 1 minute as advertised. 2-3 minute set up times seems more realistic if there are multiple people helping to set up the tent.

 

 

Also this tent cannot realistically hold 6 people which isn’t surprising because tent companies usually fail to provide an accurate capacity.

 

 

ProsCons
Great ventilation and you can stargazeSemi instant setup
Straightforward set upNot good against rain, better against heat
Perfect for hot weathernot good for windy weather

 

 

Best instant tent for: A group of four campers who want a comfortable easy to set up summer tent

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Final Verdict: If you are looking for a tent that can be set up quickly, and offers space, comfort, and durability for all seasons then I would recommend you pick the Ayamaya 6 person pop up