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How much is a decent tent?

Finding a well-priced and good quality tent is the universal problem of camping enthusiasts all over.

A decent tent costs about $100. The prices of tents can range from just a few tens of dollars to a few hundred dollars. The pricing can also change with seasons, offers and clearance sales.


Know what you want.

Before you jump the gun on buying a tent, it is important to know a few different factors that can affect the price.

  • Seasonal tent: You can either go for a two-season tent (summer and spring), three season (summer, spring, fall) or a four-season (summer, spring, fall and winter) which is the most heavy-duty of the three.
  • Car camping: If you are looking for a large family tent, it is likely that you want a spacious tent with no concerns of weight. These types of tents will cost more.
  • Backpacking: Any backcountry enthusiast can tell you that your tent needs to durable, compactly designed and light. A professional tent with many features can crank up the cost.


A-frame tent

This type is the universally known structure of a tent. Shocking this is one of the least popular types of tents. There can be problem with the head and shoulder room. However, this is a good family tent choice, coming in sizes for 2 to 4 people. It is practically indestructible, can be set up anywhere. It typically is priced from $100 to $200 but smaller sizes can be found for cheaper.


Cabin tent

This is the ultimate type of tent for families. It is large and roomy and can be split into separate rooms. It can accommodate up to 12 people. It is essentially a collapsible house. Despite the heavier weight, this remains a popular recreational camper’s choice. Moreover, its nearly vertical walls allow it to be less susceptible to wind. The prices here can range from $200 to $700 depending on the accoutrements the tent has.


Dome tent

This is the most common type of tent bought. It can accommodate 1 to 3 people. Despite the less head room, it is popular choice with hikers due to it’s lightweight and compact design. It is also a good multi-season tent due to its waterproof qualities. These can cost from $70 to $400. The prices can increase or decrease depending on additional parts such as rain covers or mattresses.


Geodesic/Semi-geodesic tent

These are the tanks of tents. Small, light and durable, geodesic tents can be pitched in harsh terrains like mountain tops. Their strategic structure, made of multiple criss-crossing poles, makes them the most stable tents on the market. They can withstand the toughest of storms and shrug off high winds, being a popular choice with adventurous hikers. If you are looking for find stable shelter that is easy to carry you should opt for this type of tent, ranging from $200 to $800.


Tunnel tent

This is one of the most spacious types of tents in the market with fantastic head room. It is a good option for families, group campers or individuals who will be camping a long time. Unlike the cabin tent, this can not be divided into private sections.

The size to weight ration of the tunnel tent is unbeatable. It is quick and easy to set up and can easily accommodate up to 8 people. It is also very stable and durable. The price on these changes also with the material of the frame. An aluminium frame is considerably cheaper than a steel frame. These can range anywhere from $400 to $600.


Pop-up tent

Maybe setting up a tent is not your forte. Then the instant tent would be the perfect fit for you. They come in a variety of sizes and style with fiberglass poles that instantly pop open. They may not be as roomy as similar sized dome tents however they have multiple windows and doors and heat-regulating mesh. These can range most commonly between $100 and $300 but the price may change drastically with size.

These are just a few common types of tents. Some honourable mentions are inflatable tents, bathroom tents, suspended tents, backpacking tents, rooftop tents, bell tents, pyramid tents and tepees.

A thing worth noting is that a lot of factors can affect the price of a tent such as the time when you buy your tent. It is recommended to do research before hand on both; the type of tent you want and sales or offers in your area. Keeping such things in mind can be a serious help to your wallet. Happy camping!

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