If you’re looking for cool camping tents, chances are you’re considering some non-traditional tent options.
Through our experience of researching the best tents we’ve come across a handful of unique tents that we’d like to share.
So what kind of shelters make up our cool camping tents list? For one, there are camping hammocks that are enclosed in mesh netting to make them suitable for overnight excursions. They’re a great, comfortable minimalist option for short trips.
There are also teepees for the throwback camper and yurt-like camping tents for the glamper. Raised cot camping tents are another interesting variation we found.
The most out-there design we came across was a transparent inflatable tent! While not practical for most camping situations, it’s still pretty cool.
Do these options sound like what you’re looking for? Browse the table below to compare some of the coolest camping tents around by look, price, rating, and square footage.
Our Favorite Cool Camping Tents Of 2018
|Photo||Name||Capacity||Floor Area||Max Height||Price||Rating|
|Tahoe Gear Gateway 12-Person Deluxe Cabin Family Camping Tent||12||300 sq ft||7'||$$$||4.3|
|Wildhorn Outfitters Quickup Cabana||4||56 sq ft||4' 8"||$$$||4.4|
|Guide Gear Teepee Tent||6||100 sq ft||6' 6"||$$||4.1|
|Dream House Heavy Duty Glamping Tent Safari Tent||5||76 sq ft||6' 6"||$$$$||4.2|
|Winterial Double Outdoor Tent Cot||2||28.3 sq ft||3' 5"||$$$||3.7|
|G4Free Portable & Foldable Camping Hammock||1||38 sq ft||N/A||$||4.7|
|Outdoor Single Tunnel Inflatable Bubble Tent||4||N/A||N/A||$$$$$$$$||4.6|
|Privacy Pop Bed Tent||1||20.5 sq ft||47.2"||$$||4.3|
|Coleman Instant Screenhouse||6||100 sq ft||7'||$$$||4.4|
A Closer Look At Standout Cool Camping Tents
While all of the options in the table above are unique and interesting, we think a few separate from the pack.
Read on to get more detail on our very favorite cool camping tents.
G4Free Portable & Foldable Camping Hammock
The popularity of portable hammocks is on the rise now, and it’s now wonder because they’re awesome! The G4Free Portable & Foldable Camping Hammock takes the concept one step further, creating a hammock that is comfortable for overnight stays outdoors.
The hammock base is made of a parachute nylon that is mildew resistant, and the canopy portion is a fine mesh that keeps pests, such as mosquitos, out of your hammock tent.
Portability is a plus with this option–the hammock weighs just 28 ounces and fits inside an included 13 inch by 11.8 inch carrying sack.
It is also fairly spacious for one person, with the hammock bed size being 110 inches long by 50 inches wide.
The hammock has a 400 pound weight capacity. Purchase includes two carabiners and two pieces of shock cord.
One drawback to using this hammock is its recommended minimum hanging distance is 11 feet. This means you’ll have to find trees at least that far apart to secure the hammock to.
If you’re interested in more options, check out our article on camping hammocks.
Guide Gear 10x10 Teepee Tent
The Guide Gear 10x10 Teepee Tent is a fun, unique camping shelter. It makes our list of cool camping tents for its cool throwback style. It looks like a tent made just for good, old-fashioned adventures.
The tent canopy is made of a waterproofed polyester that is heavy-duty, yet lightweight. The floor is sewn-in polyethylene. The tent is well-ventilated with several mesh windows and a ventilation spot at the tent’s peak.
It has 100 square feet of floor space and a center height of 6.5 feet, and can accommodate up to 6 people. For the space it provides, it’s not a very heavy tent and weighs just 14.9 pounds. Stakes and pull-through guy ropes are included with purchase of this tent.
One of the downsides to this tent as described by reviewers is that the tent does not stand up incredibly well to wet conditions. It’s recommended that campers use a seam sealer on all the tent’s seams before using it to ensure there are no leaks.
It’s also difficult to set up alone, so at least two people should be available for setup.
Winterial Double Outdoor Tent Cot
The Winterial Double Outdoor Tent Cot keeps you off of the ground, which can be quite handy in wet conditions or for those concerned about critters.
The cot has a collapsible aluminum frame that can support up to 500 pounds.The canopy is made of nylon and features four mesh-lined windows.
Reviewers report that sleeping in the cot tent is much more comfortable than sleeping on the ground as in a traditional camping tent. They also say that the cot tent really stays dry in wet weather.
On the downside, this tent option is not very portable. It folds down to 48.5 inches by 33.5 inches by 8 inches and weighs 44 pounds. It’s a manageable size, but definitely not a compact or lightweight option.
Reviewers also say that the rain fly seems a little flimsy.