2. Eureka Tetragon HD 3-Season 5-Person Camping Tent
The Eureka Tetragon HD is a free-standing dome tent with a fiberglass frame, designed for fast and easy setup. A large door at the front and the rear mean you can access the tent easily from each side, a feature little seen on other three-season tents, and one that we love. With 49 square feet of floor space, this tent is less spacious than the Big Agnes (84sq feet) and Coleman (130sq feet) camping tents that we already discussed. Big Agnes is famed for its lightweight backpacking tents, and as this tent from Eureka weighs roughly the same, 13lbs, Big Agnes is the better choice when it comes to efficiency. However, Eureka’s tent costs only $169.95 on Amazon, while the alternative from Big Agnes has a higher price point.
The interior peak height is 6 feet, slightly lower than our previous options but still plenty of headroom for family campers. Plenty of extra features, such as a built-in gear loft, give this 5-person tent plenty of storage space. There are also two internal storage pockets to keep your belongings organized. Another this that makes this tent a great choice for family camping is the Eureka E! Media center, special storage pockets built to hold tablets and smartphones. This feature is great for keeping the kids entertained on a rainy day and helps the adults keep valuables organized too.
Large no-see-um mesh panels give this tent good airflow and temperature control. The bathtub style floor and all-weather rainfly are well-waterproofed, great for keeping the rain out. However, in stronger storms, the waterproofing may not be adequate. Because of the bathtub floor, Eureka has made the rainfly shorter, and this gap between the bottom of the rainfly and the ground could be a weak spot for water to enter. The Eureka Tetragon HD 5 is a good family camping tent, albeit a cramped one. If you have young children prone to squabbles, you may want to consider a camping tent offering more privacy.