Coleman Skydome 6P ($150)

Well-built and reasonably spacious, REI’s budget-friendly backpacking tent is an excellent all-around value
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85 sq. ft.

72 in.

2P, 4P, 6P, 8P

19 lbs. 5.4 oz.

Quick setup and big interior at a budget-friendly price

Only one door and the fiberglass poles aren’t very durable.

Coleman is a brand that is synonymous with low-cost camping equipment It’s no surprise that Coleman’s Skydome 6 ranks as our most budget-friendly choice this year. What’s surprising for us is how contemporary this tent appears and feels. Contrasting with Coleman’s rather dated and cheap Sundome below The Skydome is more modern and stylish. Skydome is a lot more weather-proof featuring a fully-covered rainfly (the Sundome’s design leaves mostly exposed) and has pre-bent poles as well as more vertical walls that open the interior in a huge way. We like that the poles are already attached for easy setup and the large vestibule and door that is large enough can really improve the overall comfort.

In a deeper dive into the differences in both Coleman models The Skydome offers 15 fewer area. The Skydome is smaller in space However, the pole structure and walls that are vertical can go a long way towards making the most of livability. As for the value of both tents, they cost about the same price in Amazon as of writing however we believe that the more modernized Skydome is the more affordable option for those who go out for a few days throughout the year. The Skydome has just one door, and it uses less expensive materials than the premium alternatives on our list, including fiberglass poles that aren’t quite as durable as aluminum, but the speedy installation and spacious interior are an excellent combination.

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