These are the Best Cheap Camping Tent Deals for January 2021

If you need a cheap tent or waited for off-season prices so you can pick from an assortment of excellent tent deals, now’s the time. Whether you want a minimalist tent for backpacking or bicycle camping, or a multi-room cabin-style tent for a large family or group, we found plenty of cheap camping tents from major merchants. If you’re not sure what type of cheap tent is best for your needs, we’ve included critical points on how to choose a tent below.

Today’s Best Cheap Tent Deals

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Dick's Sporting Goods Camping and Hiking Deals

Up to 75% off

Going on a camping trip? Remember to gear up on the essentials - from packing items and accessories to tent and cooking equipment.
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evo Tents & Shelters Sale

Up to 50% off

Make your camping trip hassle-free by buying one of these tents on Evo for sale. Popular tent brands such as Big Agnes, MSR, and Kelty have their prices slashed off.
4-Person
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KAZOO Outdoor Camping Tent

$130 $150
Bring the whole family to an adventure with this camping tent. Boasting a spacious room, a durable frame, and awesome ventilation, it's comfortable enough for 4 people. It's waterproof and sturdy.
10-Person
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Coleman WeatherMaster Outdoor Tent

$220 $300
Feel like you're in a cabin with this 10-person tent from Coleman. It's made from a WeatherTec system that keeps the exterior and floor dry outdoors.
4-Person
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Coleman Dome Tent for Camping

$128 $200
Enjoy camping no matter the weather with this Coleman tent. It has a WeatherTec system that keeps the interior dry, along with easy-to-reach mesh pockets and a screen room for bug-free lounging.
8-Person
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CAMPROS Camping Tent

$140 $200
Standing at 14 x 9 x 6(H) ft., this camping tent is spacious enough to fit an eight or nine-person family. It features one large mesh door and five mesh windows for ventilation.
2-Person
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MSR Hubba Tour Tent

$426 $650
This 3-season tent is great for all your outdoor adventures. It has 2 easy access doors and plenty of space to spread out.
4-Person
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Sierra Designs Meteor Tent

$350 $400
Constructed with two doors and two vestibules, the Meteor is spacious enough to house four people and extra gear. It also comes with a burrito bag for easy transport and storage.
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Alpine Mountain Gear Sun Shelter

$60 $100
Protection from the harsh sun and rain for events, festivals, and the beach. Floor 108 x 72 inches, weighs 5 pounds 8 ounces. Perfect for two people to sit during the day.
2-Person
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Coleman Pop Up Tent

$65 $75
You'll have this 2-person tent set up in no time with its pre-assembled poles. The taped floor seams also keep you dry despite the bad weather. Have a convenient camping trip with this tent.
6-Person
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QOMOTOP Tent

$120 $150
Qomotop's water-proof tent features a mesh roof and ground vent to keep you dry from the rain. With the tent measuring at a spacious 10 x 9 feet, it can house three adults. three children, and gear.
4-Person
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Kelty Sequoia Tent

$245 $330
You won't bee bumping your head on this tent. It's tall enough to stand and stretch and camp cots can fit inside the tent.
2-Person
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Wakeman TradeMark Tent

$31 $40
If you're worried about rain during your camping trip, this Wakeman tent is made from a waterproof material that can withstand harsh conditions.
1-Person
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Clostnature Tent

$80 $130
Camping solo? Never fear as Clostnature's lightweight tent features a convenient D-shaped door and a large vestibule for your camping gear. It is also waterproof to protect you from the elements.
9-Person
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Wenzel Kodiak Tent

$250 $270
Is the idea of camping with a group make you feel claustrophobic? Never fear as the Kodiak includes mesh vents for ventilation and two rear lockers/vent for that much-needed ground breeze.
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Gazelle T4 Overland Edition GT401SS Pop-Up Portable Camping Hub Tent

$480 $620
With a pop-up mechanism, this tent lets you enjoy the outdoors more and spend less time setting up. Stability and wind resistance are also assured, thanks to its solid fiberglass poles and metal hubs.
8-Person
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Wenzel Klondike Tent

$174 $250
Pitching a tent can be a hassle. However, Wenzel's tent features a shock-corded fiberglass roof frame with steel uprights, corner elbows, and a pin and ring for an easier and more bearable setup.
8-Person
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Coleman Tent

$134 $220
Weatherproof and built with a rainfly, this tent has everything you need for protection against the rain and other weather conditions. It has compartments to make organizing and storing gear easy.
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Napier Sportz Cove 61500 Mid to Full Size SUV Tailgate Shade Awning Tent

$140 $170
Whether you're hitting the beach or heading to a picnic, you'll never go wrong with this tailgate awning tent. It attaches to the back of your vehicle and offers protection against the rain or sun.
2-Person
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Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 3-Season Tent

$360 $400
Big Agnes makes some of the best backpacking tents and this one is the absolute lightest dual-door option from the brand.

How To Choose A Tent

If you’ve never shopped for a tent before, get ready to learn a lot. You may be surprised by the number of factors to consider when choosing a tent. It’s easy to get blown away by impressive features when you’re ready to buy, but if you do your homework you’ll be prepared to buy the best tent for your needs at the best price.

Overall purpose

The right tent for your intended use adds to your enjoyment because you won’t have to struggle with compromises. Major factors to consider when defining the purpose include where you’ll be camping, how you’ll transport the tent, and how long you’ll stay in one location. There’s no such thing as one tent that serves all purposes, so the better you can define your needs, the higher your chances of finding the right tent.

Related

The tent you’ll want for backpacking in potentially extreme weather conditions is not the same tent to set up for two weeks in a commercial campground near a beach in the summer. Weight matters, whether you’re walking, riding a bicycle, or transporting a tent in a vehicle.

Capacity

It’s a lot easier to buy a tent for one or two people than it is for a crowd. Tents have rated capacities, but as the diagrams usually indicate, that means just enough room to fit sleeping bags on the floor. There are many scenarios when buying two or three smaller tents will be a better choice than trying to find one tent to hold everyone.

Season(s)

Camping in the summer requires a tent that provides privacy, protection from rain and bugs, and adequate ventilation. If you’re going to be camping in the winter, potentially during snowstorms, choose a four-season rated tent with protective materials that can withstand heavy wind, rain, and snow.

Material

Get ready to compromise on tent material, because the more protective materials generally weigh more and come with higher price tags. For backpacking and mountaineering tents, the calculus is different, and you’ll pay more for the lightest weight materials that offer the best protection. Pay attention to the material used for tent poles, also considering strength, durability, and weight.

Tent amenities

The little things will matter more the longer your camping trips. Rain flies are separate outer layers that help keep the inside of the tent dry and also can offer some protection from the sun and wind. Vestibules are short hatchway-style entries – usually without floors – where you can store wet boots and other gear. Extra doors are convenient when the tent is packed with people to lessen the chance of stepping on someone when you have to step outside the tent. Windows and screens in tents are primarily to aid ventilation, but be sure they don’t compromise rain protection. Other tent niceties can include pockets, gear lofts, and integrated LED lighting.

Set-up

This point doesn’t relate to choosing a tent, but it’s the most important thing you can after you bring your new tent home. Practice setting your tent up at least once before you go on a trip with family or friends. The second or third time you put up a tent is usually much shorter and less frustrating than the initial effort. Some tents are literally a snap to erect, but more often, you’ll benefit from a little practice.

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