While many tents listed here are over $300, budget-minded Kelty does a great job of balancing quality and value. Their Wireless is a good example: At $270 for six-person, it’s very affordable and includes many upgrades over cheaper tents such as the Sundome or Coleman Skydome. You get two doors, two vestibules and a rainfly to protect you from the elements. The Sundome only has one. Kelty uses more mesh to make it cool in the summer heat. You get a great interior, with a ridgepole at the center that extends the walls upwards and away (again this is missing in both Colemans), and it’s a real value.
What are you willing to sacrifice for the Kelty Wireless? The floor material and mesh of the Kelty Wireless are much thinner than those on the list. While this helps to keep the tent’s weight down, it also makes it less durable over time. The fiberglass poles will not withstand harsh weather as well as aluminum. The Wireless is a popular budget option and it may be difficult to get one. Kelty has sold out at the time of publication, but there are a few other retailers that have stock. The Wireless tent is great for anyone looking to camp under $300. Kelty also offers a great value with a similar design but a taller peak, the $230 Tallboy6.