Best Cabin Tent: A Buyer’s Guide for 2023

By: Derek Vitiello | Last Updated on May 23, 2024

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The Aurora Highrise 6P by NEMO is simply the best of the best when it comes to cabin tents. It’s extremely spacious, easy to set up, and it won’t let in a single drop of rain even in a heavy downpour (trust us, we tried it out!). Plus, it’s all protected by an outstanding lifetime warranty.

We understand that this may not be everyone’s top pick, so we’ve also assembled other favorite options below, that way you can pick the right cabin tent that best fits your needs.

Our Editor’s Choice Aurora Highrise by NEMO takes the cake for the best of the best, but there’s several other cabin tents below that may be a great fit for your typical camping trip. Some have an instant design that sets up in as little as 60 seconds, while others are a large home-away-from-home that is great for the entire family.

No matter your preferences, there’s sure to be something here for you. Let’s dive in!

Our #1 Recommendation: Aurora Highrise 6P by NEMO

Affordability: 4.5/5
Quality: 5/5
Features: 5/5

The NEMO Aurora Highrise is a 6 person tent that has the highest quality materials and best features on this list. It’s spacious, easy to set up, and has a lifetime warranty. Full Review

Runner-Up: Caddis Rapid 4 Person Tent

caddis rapid 4 person tent

Affordability: 5/5
Quality: 4.8/5
Features: 4.6/5

The Rapid 4 by Caddis is an awesome instant tent that sets up in only a couple minutes. Plus it’s 80″ (6’8″) interior height is one of the tallest options on this list! Full Review

Largest Cabin Tent: Bushnell Shield Series 12

Affordability: 4.6/5
Quality: 4.8/5
Features: 4.8/5

This Bushnell Shield Series 12 person is a palace away from home that has plenty of space for the whole family. Plus, it has some cool features like a heat reflective lining to keep out UV rays and it comes with a lifetime warranty. Full Review

9 Best Cabin Tents

These are our picks for the best cabin tent:

  • Editor’s Choice – Aurora Highrise 6P by NEMO
  • Runner Up – Caddis Rapid 4 Person Tent
  • Biggest Cabin Tent – Bushnell 12-person Shield Series
  • Canvas Cabin Tent – TETON Sports Mesa Canvas Tent
  • Best for Rain – Gazelle T4 Hub
  • Tallest Cabin Tent – Eureka! Copper Canyon LX 8
  • Cheap Cabin Tent – CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent
  • REI Brand Cabin Tent – REI Skyward 6
  • Ok, But Not as Good As the Others – Coleman Instant Cabin Tent

Editor’s Choice – Aurora Highrise 6 Person by NEMO

When it comes to cabin tents, the Aurora Highrise 6P by NEMO is the best option you could buy. It has super high quality materials with a quick setup time and a surprisingly spacious interior, plus it comes with an incredible lifetime warranty.

With near vertical walls and a super tall ceiling (6’5″), we can stand upright in pretty much the entire tent with room to spare. This makes the inside feel spacious and home-y, and its large size was definitely the first thing we noticed when we set it up for the first time.

This tent does blur the line between cabin tent and dome tent, but its roomy interior and tall walls has us leaning more towards a cabin tent. That being said, you also get one of the best features of a dome tent: the nearly full coverage rain fly. It provides some of the best weather protection on this list, and we slept in this tent for hours while a storm pounded us with wind and heavy rain, but not a single drop of water got inside.

Even with the rain fly on, you can still open the two side windows for airflow. These windows are protected by the rain fly, so we keep them open even on nights when we expect some moisture. This makes a huge difference in our comfort levels, and we love having a cross breeze when we have the rain fly on.

We also love storing dirty shoes and backpacks in the large, weather-protected vestibule space. As you can see in many of the best cabin tents on this list, this kind of vestibule is pretty much unheard of in this style of tent, so this is a bonus feature that we really appreciate.

Those are the main features we first noticed, but this tent also has tons of little details that set it apart from the others. For example, the corner straps are color-coded (green is the front and blue is the back) so it’s easier to orient the tent and the rain fly. The poles use a combination of sleeves and clips, which is great for stability, but the sleeves are one piece with no gaps, so it’s really easy to slide the pole all the way through. We also love the plaid pattern on the tent floor, which adds character.

All of these features (and more) add up to a remarkably well-designed tent that’s simply the best cabin tent. We love our Aurora Highrise and recommend it to everyone shopping for a new tent! P.S. – this tent also comes in a 4 person capacity and also made our list for best 4 person and best 6 person tent.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 6
  • Season: 3
  • # of Doors: 2
  • # of Vestibules: 2
  • Vestibule Square Feet: 23.6 + 23.6 sq.ft.
  • Weight: 18lbs. 14oz.
  • Floor Dimensions: 120 x 100 inches
  • Floor Space: 83 sq ft
  • Peak height: 77” (6ft. 5in.)
  • Pole Material: Aluminum
  • Hydrostatic Rating: 1200mm rain fly, 1500mm floor
  • Fabric Quality: 68-denier canopy and rain fly, 150-denier floor
  • Highlight: High quality materials that are built to last.

Pros

  • Easy and quick to set up
  • Spacious tent interior
  • Standing height throughout
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Full coverage rainfly offers two vestibules and weather protected windows

Cons

  • On the more expensive side, but the quality is well worth it!

Runner-Up – Rapid 4 by Caddis

The Caddis Rapid 4 Person Tent is one of the best cabin tents on the market because of its super quick ‘instant’ setup, durable steel poles, and quality fabrics that keep out rain while resisting tears.

Perhaps our favorite feature of the Caddis Rapid 4 is its instant setup, which takes only a couple of minutes using the pre-attached steel poles. You simply get it out of its bag, unfold it, and extend the poles before staking them into the ground. This lets you focus on the more exciting parts of camping instead of spending excess time setting up camp.

Our second favorite part of this tent is how it perfectly balances quality and price. It’s one of the more affordable options on this list, but it still has quality materials and fabrics that are built to last years and years of fun camping adventures. Whether it’s the durable steel poles or the 210-denier floor, you can tell that this tent is built to withstand whatever you throw at it.

The third thing we love about this tent is the 6’8″ interior height, which is one of the more generous ones on this list. This gives you plenty of headroom, which is one of the most desired features in any cabin style tent. All this adds up to a great 4-person tent that’s a great option for anyone looking for a smaller cabin tent that still has lots of head space.

The only downside of this tent is that we haven’t been able to find any information so far on its waterproof rating. Users consistently report no issues with rain and we haven’t experienced any issues ourselves, but it’s still great to know the quality of the waterproof fabric.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 4
  • Weight: 20 lbs. 8 oz.
  • # of Doors: 1
  • # of Windows: 4
  • # of Vestibules: 0
  • Floor size: 96″ x 96″
  • Peak height: 80″ (6’8″)
  • Pole Material: steel
  • Fabric: 190-denier rainfly and canopy, 210-denier floor
  • Tent Square Feet: 64 sq.ft.
  • Highlight: Instant setup, quality fabrics, and steel poles for durability.

Pros

  • Instant setup in only a couple minutes
  • Tall max height (6’8″)
  • Great price for the quality it offers
  • Smaller capacity for couples or singles who still want a lot of head space

Cons

  • No waterhead rating

Biggest Cabin Tent – 12 Person Shield Series Instant Cabin Tent by Bushnell

large cabin tent

If you want a super-sized 12-person cabin tent that’s ready for the whole family, the Bushnell 12-person Shield Series is the perfect choice. With almost 200 square feet of living space and a 6’8″ interior height, it’s one of the best family camping tents on the market right now.

The sheer size of this tent is the first obvious feature that we noticed – it measures 11 feet x 18 feet and can sleep up to 12 people in the large interior space. It’s quite large, but despite its size, it still sets up easily and quickly in only 60 seconds with its instant setup design.

The large rain fly is included, and it offers Heat Shield Technology, which is a heat reflective coating on the underside of the rain fly that blocks the sun’s UV rays. This is pretty effective at helping keep your tent cool, especially when paired with an AC unit using the included two AC ports.

Last but not least, this tent comes with a manufacturer lifetime warranty, which covers the tent against all workmanship defects without requiring a receipt or proof of purchase.

The size of this tent is also its main downside since it may not fit at all campgrounds, especially ones that require you to use a tent pad. Keep that in mind when purchasing and before booking your stay at any campground.

P.S. – this tent also comes in 6-person and 9-person capacities if you want something smaller and it made our list for best 12 person and best tent with an AC port.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 12 (or 6 or 9)
  • Weight: 60 lbs.
  • Floor Space: 132″ x 216″ (11′ x 18′)
  • Square Feet: 198
  • Peak Height: 80″ (6 ft. 8 in.)
  • Poles: attached poles for instant setup
  • Number of Room Dividers: two dividers to make three separate rooms
  • Material: 150D canopy, floor, rain fly
  • Highlight: Great cabin tent with a warranty that doesn’t require any hoops to jump through.

Pros

  • Biggest tent on this list
  • Instant setup that takes only 60 seconds
  • Heat reflective material blocks UV rays
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Included room dividers

Cons

  • May be too large for some tent pads

Canvas Cabin Tent – TETON Sports Mesa Canvas Tent

The Mesa Canvas Tent by TETON Sports is the perfect addition to your gear closet if you prioritize the quality and durability of a great canvas tent. It’s truly built to last, so it may be the last camping tent you ever need to buy – and we bet it will be your favorite one you’ve ever owned as well.

We’ve been a fan of Teton Sports for a while now, and their Mesa Canvas tent is one of the best. It combines all the best features of a cabin tent with a canvas tent, and has the durability and quality to prove it.

The cotton canvas material is treated to be completely weatherproof right out of the bag. It doesn’t let in any water, even if you brush up against it while it’s wet. Plus, later in its life, the canvas can be re-treated to get its waterproofing back, so you can use this one single tent for the entire rest of your life.

This tent can be used in any type of weather in all four seasons, so it’s easily one of the most weather resistant cabin tents on this list. While summer camping, the breathable canvas tents keep the interior space cool, even when it’s hot outside. In the cooler months, canvas tents lets condensation escape so the inside of the tent stays dry and warm.

With the cabin shape, it’s easy to stand upright inside and there’s plenty of space for the whole family. Plus, we love how the awning helps provide a weather protected entrance. Overall, it’s just hard to argue with the quality seen in this tent, making it one of the best options on this list for sure.

P.S. – if you’re interested in other canvas tents, consider checking out the best bell tents, best glamping tents, and the best tents to live in full time.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 8
  • Weight: 76 lbs.
  • Floor size: 14′ x 10′
  • Tent Square Feet: 140
  • # of Doors: 2
  • Peak height: 78″ (6’6″)
  • Fabric: cotton canvas
  • Poles: steel
  • Highlight: Durable canvas in a home-y cabin tent design

Pros

  • High quality canvas will last a lifetime
  • Canvas is naturally breathable and thrives in all kinds of weather conditions
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Can be used in all four seasons
  • Waterproof cabin tent

Cons

  • Quite heavy with slower setup time
  • Expensive initial cost

Best Cabin Tent for Rain – Gazelle T4 Hub Tent

The T4 Hub Tent by Gazelle is the most water resistant tent on this list, plus it sets up in only a couple minutes with an instant design. Its thick fabrics and durable materials are ready for even the toughest of situations, so you know this tent is built to last.

The first feature that stands out about this tent is the extremely high waterproof rating (aka hydrostatic head) that comes in at 2,000mm for the shell and 5,000mm for the floor. When the minimum rating is 1200mm and and most tents tend to hover around that mark, so you can see where the T4 blasts them out of the water (pun intended).

Like the Caddis above, this tent is considered an “instant tent” that sets up in only a couple minutes. It uses pre-attached fiberglass poles that you pop into place after removing it from its carry bag. The poles are also it’s only downside, since fiberglass isn’t as desirable as steel. That being said, fiberglass poles can work hard for many years before deteriorating, so it’s not a deal breaker.

Otherwise, we love everything about this tent and its features, all the way down to it’s tall peak height (78 inches or 6’6″) that let’s you stand upright and the large mesh windows that allow for a great cross breeze.

P.S. – this tent also made our list for the best instant tents and also comes in an extended screen room version that can sleep more people. In addition, it’s one of the best tents with a screen room.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 4-8
  • Weight: 30 lbs.
  • Floor size: 94″ x 94″
  • Peak height: 78″
  • Fabric: 210-denier canopy & rain fly, 300-denier floor
  • Waterhead Rating: 2000mm shell, 5000mm floor
  • Poles: Fiberglass
  • Tent Square Feet: 61.36 sq.ft.
  • Square Feet Per Person: 15.34 sq.ft.
  • Highlight: Highest waterhead rating with the added bonus of a super easy setup

Pros

  • Highest waterproof rating on this list
  • Durable floor and tent wall fabrics
  • Instant setup only takes a minute
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

  • Fiberglass poles

Tallest Cabin Tent – Copper Canyon LX 8-Person by Eureka!

eureka cabin tent with room divider

The Copper Canyon LX 8 by Eureka! is the tallest option on this cabin tent list at a whopping 7′ max height. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a super tall tent that’s large enough to fit several people while still being high quality enough to resist rain and wind.

The cabin tent design really shines in this tent, and you can see how the vertical walls and flatter ceiling resemble the classic cabin shape. That layout, combined with the 7 foot tall ceiling, means that most campers can stand upright throughout the entire tent.

We like how this tent has two doors that are catty-corner from each other, letting you access the tent from different sides without stepping over too many people, and each door has a brown pole to make it a drip-free entrance.

You can also split the room in half with an attachable room divider, so each room has their own entry way. This would create a 2 room tent, which would be great for a large family cabin tent. There’s also plenty of storage space, a zippered e-port for an electrical cord access, and an included gear loft.

With lots of mesh windows on all sides of the tent, there’s plenty of options for ventilation as well. The windows zipper closed for weather protection and privacy, or can zipper open for lots of air flow. The main downside of this 8 person tent is the thin floor material. If you plan on taking a car camping trip in this tent frequently, we recommend purchasing the footprint and/or a tarp to lay beneath the tent floor for added protection.

P.S. – this tent also comes in 4-person, 6-person, and 12 person capacities and it made our list for the best tent for tall people, as well as best 8 person tent.

Specifications

  • Weight: 33 lbs. 8 oz.
  • Season: 3
  • # of Doors: 2
  • # of Vestibules: 0
  • Floor Space: 156” x 120”
  • Square Feet: 130 sq. ft.
  • Peak height: 84” (7 ft.)
  • Poles: Steel & fiberglass
  • Waterhead rating: 1200mm
  • Material: 75D polyester canopy, floor and rain fly, 68D mesh
  • Highlight: Huge peak height and lots of mesh.

Pros

  • Tallest tent on this list
  • Lots of mesh for air flow
  • Two doors for easy access
  • Standing room throughout
  • Included room divider

Cons

  • Thin floor material

Cheap Cabin Tent – CORE 9 Person Instant Cabin Tent

The 9 person Cabin Tent by CORE is the most affordable tent on this list. Not only is it a great price, but it’s a roomy tent that’s quick and easy to set up.

CORE is one of the best brands when it comes to affordable cabin tents, and their 9-person Instant Cabin Tent is an awesome option for a good cabin tent. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s your best bet.

Using pre-attached poles, this CORE tent sets up in as little as two minutes. This is our favorite feature on this setup, especially since we love being able to spend less time worrying about setting up camp. Once the tent is set up, it’s roomy and spacious on the inside, with a 6.5 foot interior height that lets even tall campers stand upright.

You can separate it into two different rooms, which makes it great for a family camping trip or even two couples who go camping together. There’s lots of mesh for ventilation on those warmer days but the bathtub style floor keeps out moisture and debris.

Because this tent is more budget-friendly, it’s constructed with lower quality materials. This is the tent’s only downside, but you will need to take proper care of it in order to make it last longer. This includes a lower waterproof rating, which means you should either camp in ideal weather only, or you can take some steps to waterproof it yourself.

Specifications

  • Weight: 37 lbs.
  • Floor Space: 14′ x 9′
  • Peak height: 78″ (6.5 ft.)
  • Fabric: 150D door, 68D elsewhere
  • Poles: Pre-attached steel
  • Tent Square Feet: 126 sq.ft.
  • Number of Rooms: 1-2
  • Highlight: Affordable price tag

Pros

  • Most affordable option on this list
  • Instant design sets up in only a couple minutes
  • Perfect for a family camping tent
  • Spacious tent with 6.5 foot interior height
  • Included room divider to make two separate rooms

Cons

  • Lower quality fabrics and lower waterproofing

REI Cabin Tent – REI Skyward

If you love REI like we do, then you’ll love their Skyward 6-person cabin tent. It’s one of the most well-rounded tents on this list with high quality materials, a spacious interior, and a price tag that won’t break the bank.

It’s called the Skyward tent not just because of it’s 6’6″ interior height that allows you to stand tall throughout, but also because of its mesh ceiling that lets you stare at the nights sky while you sleep under the stars.

One of our favorites we noticed on this tent is the oversized awning, which helps create more shade and makes for a drip-free entrance if the top of your tent is wet. If you need to close up the tent for more rain, simply zip the awning closed as part of the rainfly, and you have a weather-protected vestibule to store extra gear and belongings.

This tent checks all the boxes that we look for when it comes to weather resistance and quality. The aluminum poles are sturdy and durable, and the thick fabric has a waterproof rating of 1200mm, which is considered waterproof for tent fabrics.

To top it all off, this tent comes from a certified Climate Neutral brand, meaning you’re helping the environment and supporting a great business while you opt outside.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 6
  • Weight: 15 lbs. 7 oz.
  • Floor Space: 120 x 100 inches
  • Peak height: 78 inches (6ft. 6in.)
  • Fabric:  75-denier rainfly, 150-denier floor (polyester)
  • Poles: Aluminum
  • Tent Square Feet: 83 sq.ft.
  • Highlight: REI Brand tent that’s high quality and spacious.

Pros

  • Campers up to 6’3″ can stand upright
  • Climate Neutral Certified brand
  • Quality materials that stand out from the other options
  • Large awning is quite versatile

Cons

  • Would have liked a more side mesh

Ok, But Not as Good As the Others – Coleman Instant Cabin Tent

coleman cabin tent

Even though this Coleman Instant Cabin Tent is a great camping tent, it’s not as good as the others on this list. It has the lowest peak height but it still does offer some benefits if you love the Coleman brand.

Like the others on this list, this Coleman has a quick setup with an instant tent design. You can set it up quickly in only a few minutes, which is one of the best features in a cabin tent.

It also has Coleman WeatherTec technology, which features a bathtub floor, corner welds, and covered seams to help keep rain and moisture outside where it belongs. That being said, it is rated as “water resistant” instead of waterproof, so you should be careful about camping rainy or wet conditions.

If you’re drawn to Coleman tents, we would encourage you to try a different option on this list. The CORE above could be great if you normally choose Coleman due to a tight camping budget, otherwise there’s several options above that take the same design features in this camping tent but do a better job.

P.S. – this Coleman 6-person Cabin tent model is also available in 4-person and 8-person capacity, as well as a 10-person darkroom option.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 6
  • Weight: 27.6 lbs.
  • Floor Space: 10′ x 9′
  • Tent Square Feet: 90
  • Peak height: 72″ (6 ft.)
  • Fabric: coated polyester
  • Poles: pre-attached metal

Pros

  • 1 year warranty
  • Instant cabin tent design
  • Coleman brand is a household name when it comes to camping gear

Cons

  • Shortest camping tent on this list
  • Water resistant, not waterproof

Comparison Table

This comparison table takes some of the most important specifications from each tent on our list and puts it into an easy to read format so you can directly compare each one to its competitors. You can see that we’ve included price, capacity, weight, square footage, peak height, and user reviews.

TentBrandPriceCapacityWeightSquare FootagePeak HeightOverall Rating
Aurora Highrise 6PNEMO$$$6 person18 lbs. 14 oz.83 square feet77 inches (6’5″)5/5
Rapid 4PCaddis$$4 person20 lbs. 8 oz64 square feet80 inches (6’8″)4.8/5
Shield Series 12Bushnell$$$12 person60 lbs.198 square feet80 inches (6’8″)4.8/5
Mesa Canvas TentTeton Sports$$$$8 person76 lbs.140 square feet78 inches (6’6″)4.8/5
T4 HubGazelle$$4 person30 lbs.61 square feet78 inches (6’6″)4.7/5
Copper Canyon LX 8Eureka!$$$8 person34 lbs. 15 oz.130 square feet84 inches (7′)4.7/5
9 Person Instant Cabin TentCORE$9 person37 lbs.126 square feet78 inches (6’6″)4.5/5
Instant Cabin TentColeman$6 person27.6 lbs.90 square feet72 inches (6′)4.4/5
A table comparing the different features of all the best cabin tents from the list above including their price, capacity, weight, square feet, peak height, and overall rating.

How We Tested, Reviewed, And Rated These Cabin Tents

We love outdoor gear, and we love recommending gear that adds value to our outdoor adventure. We know and understand the importance of having gear that’s worth every penny, so we thoroughly research and test every product we recommend. No matter how we procure an item, our goal is to remain as unbiased as possible, and we put it to the test against its competitors to find the best and worst features.

We also understand that each adventurer is different, and our favorite cabin tent may not be yours. That’s why we rate and review a wide variety of products currently available, so you can see a breakdown of all the features and pick what’s best for you and your situation. We don’t recommend anything we wouldn’t personally use, so whether you’re looking for highest quality, an affordable price, superior weather resistance, a certain brand, or any other desirable feature, there’s sure to be a cabin tent on our list that’s perfect for you.

Thing to Consider When Choosing the Best Cabin Tents

Cabin tents are awesome car camping tents that focus on spacious features like a tall max height combined with near vertical walls. That means these cabin tents often offer standing height throughout, and they are quite livable because of it. They are also on the larger side, with most surpassing four and six person capacities, with the largest on this list sleeping up to twelve people.

While most cabin tents will have a lot of the same features, there’s some aspects that will set them apart from each other. Here’s a few things to take into consideration when shopping for the best cabin tents:

Ease of Setup

While a cabin tent doesn’t automatically mean it has instant setup, most of the best cabin tents on this list are also instant tents. This means they have pre-attached poles that require minimal setup and tinkering, so you can throw up your tent and get right to camping. On average, an instant style tent design takes about 60-90 seconds to set up once you get the hang of it, but not all the cabin tents on this list are instant.

For example, our Editor’s Choice Aurora Highrise and the Teton Sports canvas tent aren’t considered an instant tent, but it sets up so quickly and easily that it may as well be. Otherwise, many cabin tents on this list are instant tents that set up quickly and easily with minimal effort on your part.

While ease of setup is a big bonus, remember that instant cabin tents may sacrifice other features (like pole durability and fabric quality) so keep an eye out for those cut corners.

Quality of Materials

One of the biggest factors that differentiates between the best cabin tents above is the quality of the materials. If you’re looking for a tent that will last you years and years of camping trips, it’s worth investing in something that’s high quality from a well-known brand. These higher quality options will likely have a lifetime warranty, which helps protect you from any potential issues in the future.

How do you tell if a tent is high quality? Look for a high waterhead rating (1200mm or up), as well as features that keep out water like a bath tub style floor and taped seams. The fabric should be at least 60-70 denier or higher, with even higher numbers being preferred (like the Gazelle’s 300-denier floor).

The highest quality options on this list are the NEMO Aurora Highrise, Teton Sports Mesa Canvas Tent, and the Gazelle T4 Hub. These are the most expensive options, but they’re also going to provide the best weather protection and an ideal camping experience.

In the middle of the range lies the Caddis Rapid 4, Bushnell Shield Series, and the Eureka! Copper Canyon LX 8, all of which balance price with a decent quality level on their materials.

On the lower end are the CORE 9-person and the Coleman Instant Cabin tent, which sacrifice quality in order to keep the price more affordable.

Price

If you have the space in your budget to spend more money on something that will last you longer, then we highly recommend doing so. It’s no fun to have to consistently replace cheaper tents, so save yourself the trouble and buy something nice to begin with. That’s why we recently upgraded to the Aurora Highrise by NEMO. It’s one of the highest quality cabin tents you could by, with options like the Teton Sports Mesa running a close second and the Gazelle T4 in third.

On the other hand, if you do have a tight budget and still want a cabin tent, the cheapest option on this list is the CORE 9-person. While it’s the cheapest, it also has the thinnest fabric and the least amount of weatherproofing, so know that your trade-off may require some extra effort on your part. When possible, avoiding camping in adverse weather conditions or at least consider either hanging a tarp overhead or waterproofing it yourself.

If you want something in between, perhaps something like the Caddis Rapid 4 would be a better balance between price and quality, but know that it’s also a smaller capacity tent with less space for sleeping larger groups of people.

Weather Protection

As we mentioned above, weather protection is a sign of a well-designed, high quality tent. This is one feature that we never skimp on, especially since we are so exposed to the elements when camping. We recently experienced a several hour long thunderstorm in our new NEMO tent, and were extremely pleased to find that not a single drop of water got inside the tent. That is the kind of protection you need when you’re spending time outside, so make sure your tent’s weatherproofing matches the type of weather you could possibly be exposed to.

However, there’s more that goes into weather protection that just the materials. One of the biggest benefits of a family cabin tent is the near vertical walls and large interior space, but this is also one of its biggest downfalls. The straight, high walls are more likely to catch wind like a sail (as compared to a dome-style tent) and therefore these large cabin tents aren’t as suited for people who normally camp in exposed areas like above tree line. They just can’t withstand wind as well, so you should avoid camping in windy conditions when possible. Perhaps consider a tent for high wind if needed.

When using a cabin tent in windy or rainy conditions, make sure to use the guylines so it’s secured properly. You could even consider using a higher quality tent stake that’s more stable, such as a stake for high wind.

Size & Capacity

Perhaps one of the most important factors to consider when shopping for any kind of tent is the capacity. No matter the price, quality, or ease of setup, the best family cabin tent won’t work for you if it’s too small for the number of people in your family or camping party. As a rule of thumb, subtract two from the suggested capacity in order to make sleeping arrangements more comfortable. That means a 6 person tent would be best suited for families of four or less. We use a four person tent for the two of us and it’s the perfect size.

If you want to embrace a more glamping style of camping, you should size up even more than you think you need. This is one of the best features of the Bushnell Shield Series above. It’s designated for 12 people, but that makes it ideal for 4-6 people who want lots of space for camping gear and oversized beds like a queen size air mattress (or two).

For more information on how to choose the best cabin tent based on size, read our guide on Camping Tent Size: How Much Space Do You Need?

FAQ

What are the disadvantages of cabin tents?

One of the biggest benefits of cabin camping tents is the near vertical walls and spacious interior, but this is also one of its biggest downfalls. The straight, high walls are more likely to catch wind like a sail (as compared to a dome tents) and therefore these tents aren’t as suited for people who normally camp in exposed areas like above tree line. Also, because some of them are notoriously lower quality, they may not be as durable and long-lasting as their higher quality counterparts.

So Are Cabin Tents Good?- Final Thoughts

Cabin tents are some of the best camping tents money could buy, and we love how they focus on a spacious interior that lets you stand upright and move around. They are great for most camping situations, and their range of sizes and prices mean there’s something for everyone. No matter which best cabin tent from above you select, we hope that it will bring you joy and shelter for many years and lots of camping adventures to come.

Our #1 Recommendation: Aurora Highrise 6P by NEMO

The NEMO Aurora Highrise is a 6 person tent that has the highest quality materials and best features on this list. It’s spacious, easy to set up, and has a lifetime warranty. Read the full review above.

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Since 2017, Know Nothing Nomads has cemented itself as the “approachable experts” in everything camping, hiking, climbing, and adventuring in the Great Outdoors.

With over 60 years of experience in the outdoors, we don’t just talk about outdoor gear or recommend a good hiking trail.

We USE the gear we talk about. We’ve hiked 1000’s of miles. We have camped 1000’s of nights in the wilderness. We have sent hundreds of boulders and projects.

We don’t just know a few things about the outdoors — WE EAT, SLEEP, AND BREATHE IT.

We are not journalists from a magazine telling someone else’s stories from behind a computer. We are the ACTUAL outdoorsmen that those people write about. 

We are not a “gear lab” that runs tests on gear in life-like conditions. We are the seasoned, “trial-by-fire” experts who have taken the gear into the wilderness and USED IT. Read about our gear testing process here

We started Know Nothing Nomads to share our passion and expertise with our readers to inspire, educate, and enable you to explore the outdoors in the way that we have. And you will be more equipped and capable than ever before with the knowledge you gain here guiding you along the way.

And the best part? We are real people that LOVE our readers and this community. If you need anything or have a question about any of the things we have to write about, just reach out. Normally, one of us can respond within 24 hours, sometimes within minutes. THAT is the approachable expert.

You should also know that advertising does not influence our gear reviews in any way, shape, or form, and it never will.

While we always focus our attention on gear that stands out to us—sometimes we discover that things aren’t up to our standards. This is exactly why we will always talk about the downfalls and compromises that we find while we are testing anything (If we find any).

About The Author

Derek, Co-Founder at Know Nothing Nomads

My goal with my writing and Know Nothing Nomads as a whole is to share my passions of hiking, camping, and a love of the outdoors with our readers.

Making the difficult and uncertain feel more approachable to people that might not know enough to feel comfortable taking their first steps into the wilderness is a driving factor for me.

When I'm not writing you can find me on a trail, in a forest, or next to a river with hiking shoes on my feet and a fly rod somewhere close by.

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