The 10 Best Camping Tents in 2021
Is there anything better than an adventure in the great outdoors? Cooking over an open fire, sleeping out under the stars – sometimes a good camping trip is like balm for the soul.
Of course, it might not feel that way when you wake up sopping wet in your tent in the middle of the night. Every good camping trip depends on a great tent. Without one, you’ll be at the mercy of the elements.
These are the best camping tents we’ve seen this year. Whether you’re a solo backpacker looking for a place to rest your head on the Appalachian Trail, or a weekend warrior planning a family outing at a local campground, these tents will keep you safe and dry.
1. Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL Ultralight Backpacking Tent
The Big Agnes Fly Creek HV Ultra Light Tent is a backpacker’s dream. Almost shockingly lightweight at 1lb 11oz, this tent slips so seamlessly into your pack you’ll barely notice it’s there. Set-up is quick and easy, with an innovative aluminum pole design that’s a snap to pack and unpack.
The newest model of this tent has been redesigned with steep walls and a vertical door for extra headroom and maximized floorspace. There’s plenty of room in there for you and all your gear.
A footprint is available, but not included. This tent comes with an effective waterproof full-coverage rainfly to keep you safe from wind and rain. The dry-entry vestibule is also a nice touch, allowing you to keep the door open during a light rain and stay dry.
Weatherproof as well as breathable, this is a great all-around three-season tent, perfect for any conditions short of bitter winter cold and snow. The Big Agnes Fly Creek HV Ultra Light Tent also comes in a three-person model, but this one is ideal for a solo adventurer on a long-distance backpacking trip.
2. The North Face Mountain 25 Tent
Then VE 25 tent from The North Face is a three-person expedition tent that’s designed to get you through some tough conditions. Howling wind. Pummeling snowstorms. Subzero temperatures. That kind of thing. It’s as close to bomb-proof as a tent can be.
There have been a few iterations of this tent over the years and it’s a perennial favorite among serious mountaineers. The North Face VE 25 comes with DAC stakes, reflective guy lines, glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls, dual doors, and a polled front vestibule. Its polyurethane port window has been cold-crack tested to -60°F.
If you’re planning a weekend camping trip at your local state park, the North Face VE 25 is probably overkill. If you’re planning on scaling Everest, this might be a good tent to consider.
It’s also an incredibly lightweight tent. The only strike against it is it’s realistically a pretty tight squeeze for three people. You’d be better off thinking of it as a two-person tent, especially if you plan to keep your gear inside.
3. REI Co-op Kingdom 6 Tent
When everybody doesn’t get their personal space on family camping trips, it causes problems. The REI Co-Op Kingdom 6 Tent is the solution to that problem. Measuring 100 x 120 inches, this is a big tent with room for a family to spread out.
This tent includes a center divider wall that zips in to create two rooms, and has multiple interior storage options for all your family’s gear and belongings. It’s 6-foot 3-inches tall, so most folks will be able to stand and move freely inside, no problem.
The Kingdom 6 is marketed as a six-person tent, which – after a bit of quick math – seems a little tight. Let’s say it sleeps four very comfortably, or six if you really don’t mind being in close quarters with your tentmates. That said, the vertical walls and rectangular floor plan really do maximize the space.
The tent has two doors and a seam-sealed waterproof polyester fly. It’s designed to be freestanding and two people will have no trouble setting it up. Plus, color coding on the tent, poles, footprint, and fly really simplifies the setup.
4. Coleman Sundome Tent
This is a classic design, brought to you by the folks who probably make your camp stove and lantern. Coleman has been one of the leading names in quality, budget-friendly gear for more than a century, and the Sundome tent is a great addition to their lineup.
The Coleman Sundome has a simple setup and classic dome shape and square floorplan that makes it quick to assemble. Two people can do it in 10 minutes flat. This design is also great for wind resistance, and this sturdy little tent can really take a pounding from the weather.
We mainly looked at the two-person version of the Sundome, but this tent also comes in configurations that sleep three, four, or six. It has great ventilation and a sturdy waterproof rainfly; and the floor is designed with welded corners and inverted seams to keep water from finding its way in. Overall, this is a perfect tent for backyard sleep-overs and weekend car-camping trips.
5. MSR Papa Hubba NX Tent
The MSR Mutha Hubba NX 3-Person Tent is a great companion on group backpacking trips. Made with 20D ripstop nylon and MSR’s “Xtreme Shield” waterproof coating, this tent is durable, lightweight, and watertight.
The tent tips the scales just a hair under four pounds, which is pretty great for a three-person backpacking tent. The Mutha HubbaNX is considered a three-season tent, so it’s not made for extreme cold, but it will keep you cozy and dry on rainy spring and fall adventures.
MSR also gets extra points for its innovative rainfly/vestibule design. You enter and exit through the vestibule using a side zip on the fly, so it’s easy to get in and out without exposing the interior to moisture.
Of course, like a lot of tents that are supposedly big enough for three people, you can expect it to be a tight squeeze. The floor dimensions are 84 x 68 inches, which is ideal for two people and their gear. But if you’re a group of three, let’s hope you all like to cuddle.
6. Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Canvas Tent Deluxe
Canvas tents have a reputation for being heavy. Which they are. The Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Canvas Tent Deluxe tips the scales at 57.78 pounds, so it’s safe to say that you’re not going to take it backpacking.
But canvas is also rugged and durable. This is a tent that will last decades if you take good care of it. It also offers a quick set up, with a simple-yet-innovative pole design that’s as sturdy as it is easy to use.
Canvas doesn’t usually get much credit for its water-resistance, but this tent is eminently waterproof. The Kodiak Flex-Bow tent is made from marine-grade, 100-percent cotton duck Hydra-Shield canvas. It’s about as water-tight as a tent can get, but it’s also breathable.
With a 10 foot x 14 foot floor plan and standing over 6 feet tall, this is a tent the whole family can sleep in and walk around in comfortably. If you want a tent that you can take on family camping trips for years and years, this is a great one.
7. Quechua Waterproof Pop Up Camping Tent
How many times have you labored over pitching your tent in the pouring rain and thought, “wouldn’t it be great if there was a tent that set itself up?” This is that tent.
You take the Quechua Waterproof Pop Up Camping Tent out of its case. You open the clips, pop it open, and presto: instant tent. The whole process takes less than a minute. It’s kind of amazing. The tent is also waterproof while providing excellent air circulation for comfort.
The Quechua Waterproof Pop Up Camping Tent sleeps two people very comfortably. At 7 pounds, it’s a little heavier than you might like for backpacking, but this tent more than proves its worth in harsh conditions.
Quechua is a French company that makes durable high-end gear. This tent has been tested and tempered in all kinds of conditions, from tropical showers to gale-force winds, and it holds up like a champ.
8. Terra Nova Laser Compact Season 1
Terra Nova Laser Compact Season 1 is an effective and beautifully-designed four-season tent for all your solo adventures. The low-profile design resists the wind nicely, and its 30D rainfly and 70D groundsheet fabrics resist both moisture and tearing.
Terra Nova is a UK-based company, with this tent designed for folks who go backpacking in harsh locales like the Scottish Highlands and need to do so without getting drenched or frozen. It does its job admirably.
At 3lb 4oz, there are lighter one-person tents out there, but there are plenty of heavier ones too. There’s lots of room inside for a single camper to stretch out with all their gear. And with a peak height of just over 39 inches, most people will be able to sit up comfortably.
The Terra Nova Laser Compact Season 1 has several unique features that make it stand out. Magnetic closure on the rain fly is a nice touch, and there’s a loop at the base of the fly that can transform it into a canopy with the use of a trekking pole.
9. Eureka Copper Canyon LX4 Person Tent
Eureka makes some of the best quality tents at a budget-friendly price point, from lightweight backpacking tents to heavy-duty models for family adventures.
The Copper Canyon LX 4-Person Tent falls into the latter category. It’s a four-pole cabin-style tent perfect for a weekend trip to your favorite campground. Set up is easy enough for one person to do it in a few minutes.
The tent’s 7-foot peak is plenty roomy enough to stand in and its 96 x 96 inch footprint with near-vertical walls provide space for the whole family. It has an extended canopy to keep you dry and oversized windows so you all can breathe.
With ample storage pockets and a power port for an extension cord, the Copper Canyon LX is a great family camping tent. One minor complaint is that the floor material is a little thin, so be careful to clear the area under your tent before you set it up.
10. UST Highlander 2
The UST Highlander 2 is a two-person backpacking tent that’s ideal for couple adventures and thru-hikes. The oversized door and vestibule make it easy to get in and out of and the storage pocket system and hidden vestibule provide ample room for your hiking gear.
Backpacking tents have a lot to live up to. They must be waterproof, easy to pack and set up, and above all, they need to be lightweight. With a 3lbs 2oz minimum trail weight (or 4lbs 4oz fully packed with the footprint) the Highlander is incredibly light for a two-person tent.
You can further reduce your pack weight by utilizing trekking poles to support the tent in place of two of the four aluminum poles that come with it. The Highlander 2 also has guylines for stability, a waterproof rainfly, and two awnings that can be accessed from inside the tent.
It’s also one of the roomiest backpacking tents we’ve seen recently, with ample headroom and plenty of space for two people and their gear. Even so, it packs down to a compact size that fits easily inside your backpack.
Camping Tent FAQ
That depends on your needs! For family camping trips, you’ll want something large, spacious, and easy to set up, but you probably don’t need to worry too much about weight. But if you’re going on a solo backpacking trip, you’ll want to find the lightest tent that packs down to the smallest size.
You tend to get what you pay for when you buy a tent. There are plenty of cheap tents out there, but no matter how much you spend, make sure you’re getting the quality you need. It’s tough to get a well-made tent for under $200.
A tent should, above all, be waterproof and durable. Make sure it has quality seams and is sealed to make it watertight. Other considerations, depending on your priorities, include the tent’s size, weight, breathability, number of doors and windows, and whether it has a removable rain fly.
The Best 14 Leather Jackets for Men in 2021
With the winter months (hopefully) dwindling down, it’s time to start planning ahead to a time where we can wear thinner jackets and fewer layers. While it may be tempting to quickly shed your parka and grab for whatever piece of outerwear is nearby, don’t reach for last year’s wardrobe item just yet. Isn’t it time you try something new, like, say, a leather jacket?
Though it may seem all leather jackets are similar, there are actually many different designs and styles that work for different body types and tastes. In this article, we will take a look at the hottest leather jacket trends that have hit the market this season.
1. Aaron Brown Leather Bomber
The Aaron Brown Leather Jacket from The Jacket Maker is an excellent choice for any guy looking for that traditional bomber look. This awesome jacket features a slim cut and ribbed cuffs and waist. It’s made with incredibly tough, yet soft, goatskin leather, making it a great choice for guys that aren’t used to wearing leather jackets.
One of the best things about the Aaron is that it shirks the classic pouch pockets on the lower half of the jacket, opting for two buttoned patch pockets on the chest instead. This design gives it a more streamlined look than most bombers, without taking away from any of the authenticity.
2. Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket
There is a reason why leather jackets and bikers are usually associated with one another. Historically, many motorcycle riders have seen a leather jacket as a stylish way to protect themselves, not only from the elements but also from the possibility of a crash. While this may seem hard to believe – it’s not like leather comes with a large amount of padding, after all – leather has actually been shown to offer more protection than your average vinyl jacket or equivalent.
Maybe you’re not hopping on a motorcycle anytime soon, but you can still treat yourself to this biker-inspired Saint Laurent leather jacket. With a price tag surpassing $5,000, it’s certainly our premium pick on this list, but if you’re looking for the leather jacket of a lifetime, you have it right here. This pick is sure to come with the “for life” quality Saint Laurent is particularly known for.
3. Reiss Keith Leather Cafe Racer Jacket
Reiss is a British fashion retailer that’s been around since the 1970s. For the first 30 years of its brand history, it focused solely on men’s fashion before eventually expanding to carry items for women as well. However, the fact high-quality items for men are at the heart of this brand is very apparent through their simple wardrobe staples such as the Keith leather cafe racer jacket.
This Reiss jacket comes at a considerably lower price point than its counterparts, which makes it a pick that packs a lot of value. It’s made from super-soft leather and features a full lining. It’s the perfect choice for anybody who prefers a slim-fit jacket.
4. Lavendard Brown Leather Bike Jacket
The Jacket Maker has something for everyone, including guys that are a bit intimidated by purchasing their first leather jacket. Not only is the Lavendard incredibly affordable, but it also has a really approachable look despite its biker moniker. With open hem cuffs and a tailored fit, it looks great with badass-inspired outfits as well as everyday wear.
The Lavendard is made of real cowhide, which means it will take on a great patina over time. But it might be a bit stiff when you first get it. The more you wear it, the faster it’ll form to your body, break-in, and soften up. The fact that it goes with so many outfits will help speed up that process.
5. Ksubi Capital Leather Jacket
The Capital Leather Jacket from Ksubi comes in 100% authentic leather and is designed to have a biker fit. It’s heavy-duty with a protective interior quilted lining. It also features retro details such as antique zippers.
Kusbi is an Australian fashion label that’s existed since the 1990s. While the brand was originally focused on high-end denim, they’ve expanded their offerings over time to include other textiles such as leather. Items from Ksubi’s collections have been shown at such high-profile events as New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, and the company operates a flagship store in New York’s SOHO neighborhood.
6. Acne Studios Off-Centred Zipper Biker Jacket
Swedish fashion powerhouse Acne Studios is well-known for their basic wardrobe pieces, so it makes sense that they would have the classic leather jacket look on lock. We love the way this off-centered jacket packs a punch of personality with its multiple buckles and zippers, but we love even more the way that it does not compromise softness or comfort at the expense of appearance.
This jacket comes with a high-end price tag, but it has the high-end materials to match. It is made of 100% genuine lambskin and comes with an interior lining of 100% viscose. Its unique off-center zip takes its inspiration from street style.
7. Airin G-1 Black and White Leather Jacket
There’s only one way to improve upon a traditional bomber: Add shearling fabric. The Jacket Maker’s Airin G-1 Bomber will have ready to strap into the cockpit, ready to fly over Europe on a midnight air-raid. It has a thick polyester-lined collar as well as ribbed cuffs and waist for a nice, snug fit that keeps the wind at bay.
The Airin is made with real sheepskin, so it’s soft but super durable, making it a great choice for almost any type of casual wear. The dual front pouch pockets are great for a phone and a pair of gloves, so if you’re wearing it on a motorcycle, you’ll have the storage you need.
8. Saturdays NYC Leather Harrington Jacket
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Saturdays NYC, prepare to fall in love. As a laidback lifestyle brand, Saturdays NYC infuses its love for all things surfer culture in all of its fashion offerings. While primarily known for their loungewear, such as sweats and pullover sweaters, they also happen to make one of the best leather jackets on the market right now.
The leather Harrington jacket features a smooth design and has deep pockets for your convenience. It is made of 100% lambskin leather and features a lining made of polyester. Staying true to its brand’s carefree nature, this jacket features a more relaxed fit than many classic leather jackets.
9. Berluti Piped Venezia Leather Jacket
Unlike the other options we’ve included so far, Berluti is known less for being a fashion brand and more for being a leather maker. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the Paris-based manufacturer has been producing fine leather clothing items and accessories, from belts to bags to jackets.
Berluti’s piped Venezia leather jacket is the apex of luxury leather fashion. Made from a distinctive brown shade, this jacket line has been around since the 1980s – and it’s a style that certainly stands the test of time.
This jacket is made from 100% authentic patinated calfskin leather and features shoulder patches and a buttoned collar. For optimal breathability, the jacket even features ventilation eyelets.
10. Dean Black Leather Biker Jacket
Let’s be honest.. A traditional racing-style biker jacket is about as cool as it gets. With the high band-style collar and heavy-duty zippers on the front of The Jacket Maker’s Dean Leather Biker Jacket, you’re sure to get that badass look.
The Dean is made with 100% real cowhide leather, so it might be a little stiff at first, but it will break in and patina like none other. The Dean features three zippered pockets on the front as well as zippered cuffs, providing that authentic racing jacket-look without killing your bank account.
11. Kingsman Burnished Leather Jacket
Kingsman is a line of high-quality clothing pieces that exists as a collaboration between Mr. Matthew Vaughn, director of the film The King’s Man, and international online fashion retailer MR PORTER. The line features items that are inspired by classic military style and timeless sensibilities.
The burnished leather jacket from the Kingsman line is unique for its length as well as its appearance. It draws direct inspiration from an aviator jacket worn on-screen in The King’s Man, a period piece that takes place in the 1940s. The jacket is made out of sturdy cow leather and buttons made of buffalo horns. It also features two linings – one made of cotton, and one made of viscose.
12. AllSaints Milo Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints is a British fashion brand from the United Kingdom. Since its founding in the 1990s, it has grown to an international presence that consists of more than 200 retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia. The brand is mostly focused on fashion for women and men, though it also sells footwear and other accessories. It has primarily seen its popularity grow thanks to its popularity among a celebrity clientele.
AllSaints makes a number of leather jackets, but the Milo biker jacket is definitely one to write home about. This is a jacket that brings out the very best of two very different worlds – including a soft composition and sharp edges – since it is made of tender lamb leather and decorated to the nines with perfectly-placed zippers and buckles. It also has a distinctive slim fit.
13. Golden Bear Sherpa Jacket
San Francisco brand Golden Bear may have its roots in ship workers in the San Francisco Bay since the 1920s, but it’s evolved today to combine both utilitarianism and high-end style. Although not as recognized outside of its native northern California, to know the stylish jackets of Golden Bear is to love them.
The sherpa jacket, in particular, is exquisite. Like any Golden Bear clothing piece, it’s designed to be worn for life, and fortunately, it comes with a style that will be sure to stay in fashion for decades to come, with brown distressed leather and a notable shearling collar that can be detached.
14. Tom Ford Zip-up Leather Jacket
Tom Ford is well-known for their high-end scents and formal clothing, but they have a strong foot in the casual jacket sphere as well. Not that this zip-up leather jacket is something you would wear to a casual house party. Its sleek edges and formal design make it more than suitable for a fancy professional event or night out on the town.
True to its brand’s roots, no attention to detail was spared in the creation of this particular wardrobe piece. Its straightforward design features 100% authentic leather and a cotton and polyamide lining. It is truly meant to last for life. Made in Italy, this jacket has shallow pockets in the front and a zipper down the center.
Leather Jacket FAQs
While there are many different unique leather jacket configurations out there, there are four classic syles you should be most aware of. In no particular order, they are the leather bomber jacket (also called aviator jacket), the leather racer jacket (sometimes called moto), the trenchcoat, and the fencer. While bomber jackets and racer jackets tend to be more relaxed, the trenchcoat and the fencer are more dramatic.
If you care for your leather jacket correctly you should have a wardrobe piece that’ll last you a lifetime. Most leather jackets cannot be washed at home and must only be handled professionally. The first step to taking proper care of your jacket is to adhere to this rule.
You should also keep your leather jacket dry as often as possible and keep it away from extreme heat or cold air. If you are not going to be wearing your leather jacket for a period of time, such as during a warm season, then you’ll want to be sure that you are hanging it up correctly – this means out of direct sunlight and in a properly-ventilated area.
Determining how much to pay for a leather jacket is a very personal matter. For an authentic leather jacket, you will probably be paying, at a baseline, $500. However, this price can easily skyrocket from here, depending on the jacket’s materials and manufacturing process.
Some leather jackets can cost as much as $10,000! There is no right or wrong number – it’s instead about the brands you like and the style that you envision for yourself.