I’d normally just walk into an REI store and ask this, but given the COVID19 I’m hoping you can help me out online.
Looking for a car camping tent for 2 adults. 3 season is fine. Might use it a hand full of times per year. Considering the following. Any thoughts on the best option?
- REI Co-op Half Dome 3 Plus Tent
- REI Co-op Half Dome 4 Plus Tent - do I need the extra space over the HD 3?
- REI Co-op Base Camp 4 Tent - is it worth the price increase for my purposes?
- REI Co-op Camp Dome 4 Tent - Good price as discontinued. Am I going to miss not having vestibules?
- Kelty Discovery 4 Tent - low cost, will it hold up?
Any thoughts much appreciated.
@skx013k2 we would love to give you advice on this! But before we can, a few questions that will help us narrow down your choices:
- Where are you and is that where you'll be doing most of your car camping?
- Do you anticipate lots of rain? Heat? Other interesting environmental factors we should know?
- Do you want to be able to stand up fully in the tent?
- Any strong feelings about price, weight, specific features?
Once we hear back, we'll get you a few great recommendations!
- Pennsylvania - camping would likely be in mostly PA, NY, MD, and maybe Maine.
- It can get humid in summer. Rain possible, but not lots. Typical 3-season PA weather for the most part.
- Don’t need to stand up. Would like enough room to sit up comfortably (on the floor) and maybe (but not required) to use a cot. Because it’s for car camping, I’d prioritize space over portability. However, it’s for 2 people total.
- I’d like to keep it in the $250-$300 range, but could go up to $400 if it substantially increased what I was getting. Weight - not a primary concern. Maybe need to carry the tent 50-100ft max from car to campsite. Do not plan on backpacking with this tent.
Also, if you have a recommendation for sleeping pads to go with the above that would be great. Comfort over portability. 6 ft male and 5’6” female - both average size.
@skx013k2 great information, and super helpful to give you some recommendations!
Let's start with a few tents:
- REI Co-op Half Dome 3 Plus - because you've got the 6' tall individual, the "plus" model of the Half Dome tents will give nice extra length. No real need to go with the HD 4+, unless you need to accommodate another human or pet(s) or just simply want lots of space! Not really cot-compatible (you won't be able to sit up on the cot in the tent). Full rain-fly for rainy days, good amount of mesh on the tent body for warmer days. Don't forget the footprint!
- Marmot Limelight 3 - good length, lots of mesh for warm weather, full rainfly for wet weather. Similarly not cot-compatible. Footprint is included!
- REI Co-op Grand Hut - tall enough for standing and cot-compatible. Full rain fly for wet weather, good mesh for warm temps. Again, don't forget the footprint.
- The REI Base Camp will likely run too warm/muggy in your humid weather (less mesh on the tent body), the REI Camp Dome does not have a full-coverage rainfly (not great for wet weather), and the Kelty Discovery 4 only has 1 door (which can be frustrating for 2 adults trying to maneuver around each other).
Let us know if these recommendations raise any additional questions. And we'll respond again with sleeping pad recommendations next!
@skx013k2 on to ground pads! This will be a little more nuanced because there are a lot of personal preferences when it comes to what's comfortable for sleeping on the ground! We'll provide some suggestions and offer a few resources, and then be open for more dialogue if additional questions arise!
First, you might read this article on picking a ground pad to try to narrow down what "kind" of pad you'd prefer. Filled with air? Or self-inflating? Horizontal or vertical baffles? These are personal preferences and neither is better or worse than the other!
A few recommendations for ground pads, assuming you are sleeping on the ground:
- REI Co-op Camp Bed - this is a self-inflating pad (little to no puffing needed), 2.5" thick (comfy), high r-value (warm). The XL size is plenty long for your tallest person! That said, it's also 5lbs+ (heavy) and bulky when packed up.
- REI Co-op Kingdom Insulated Air Pad - this is 2.75" thick, with an integrated hand pump (not self-inflating), r-value at 3.5 and comes in 2 lengths to accommodate different sizes of people! These are on clearance so inventory may run out quickly.
- Nemo Cosmo 3D Insulated Air Pad - this is 3.5" thick (comfy), has an integrated foot pump for easy inflation, 3.3 r-value and is available in several lengths/widths.
Let us know if you'd like information/advice on cots and/or pads to use with cots!