OutdoorGearLab.com announced today the results of its 2012 Editors’ Choice awards for camping tents. Nine top tents were compared in extensive side-by side testing. The tents were evaluated in the following categories: comfort, ease of setup, workmanship, storm resistance and packed sized.
The testing involved a year of camping around Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and the California coast. View the complete reviews at camping tent.
REI Kingdom 8
– Winner of the Editors’ Choice award for 2012. According to Gear
Editor Devin Chance, "The Kingdom 8 wins our Editors' Choice award
because it's the most comfortable tent we tested and comes loaded with
great bonus features. It features best-in-class headroom, convenient
dividers, and a huge vestibule for organizing your group’s gear. It's
easy to set up and packs down into an awesome backpack-style carrying
bag. It's also a solid value.”
Coleman Instant Tent 6
– Winner of the Best Buy award for 2012. This award is given to a
product that balances a high score in our tests and a reasonable price.
According to Devin Chance, “We chose the Instant Tent 6 for our Best Buy
award because it gives you the most bang for your buck. It's very
comfortable and has amazing ventilation for those hot summer days, but
it also allows you to bundle up to stay warm and dry in a storm. The
Coleman Instant Tent series makes setting up a tent exceptionally easy.
You don't have to worry about finding the right grommet for the right
pole because they are already attached for you, and you don't even need
to worry about a rain fly because this tent's fabric is waterproof."
Big Agnes Flying Diamond
– Winner of a Top Pick award for 2012. This award goes to a product
that is the best at a specific application. In this case, the Flying
Diamond was the most storm-resistant family tent. According to Gear
Editor Chance, "If you are looking for a tent that will keep you
comfortable all year long, then the four-season Big Agnes Flying Diamond
8 is for you. This tent allows you to go camping whenever you want,
regardless of what the weather might be. Its dome shape and pole
structure make it ideal for windy conditions while the huge rain fly and
vestibule handle the rain and snow. "
Kodiac Canvas 6-Person Flex-Bow
- Winner of a Top Pick award for 2012. According to Chance, “For being
the most durable and well-made tent we tested, we chose to give a Top
Pick award to the Kodiak Canvas 6p Flex-Bow Canvas Tent. It's also a
really comfortable tent and with all that comfort comes the weight. It
weighs in at a whopping 68 pounds, which may seem ridiculous, but when
you see this tent set up you'll want to live in it. The duck canvas is
treated with Hydra-ShieldTM, which is both waterproof and breathable.
This is our go-to tent for base camp style camping, where comfort and
durability are key."
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Cheyenne, Wyoming, is dedicated to creating the world’s best outdoor
gear reviews. The company’s website is a free resource for people who
love the outdoors and participate in activities such as hiking,
climbing, backpacking, and camping. The company performs side-by-side
testing of outdoor gear and publishes the results in comparative
reviews. Each product is scored across a range of weighted categories,
competing products are ranked, and awards are given to top performing
( Industry News Release Written By: Chris McNamara through snewsnet.com )