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10 Best 8 Person Tents in 2020

A tent is a clutch purchase for anybody with an active outdoor and social life. Whether you’re using your 8-person tent for a group camping trip with your family or friends, or creating the coolest possible camp at your favorite music festival, we think there’s a perfect tent out there for you and your friends.

There are so many options for sport and luxury tents with easy setups and cool features; we think you’ll be shocked by what’s available on the market today. Get ready to update your old heavy tent full of missing parts with our list of 10 Best 8 man tents.

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1. Coleman 8-Person Tent for Camping

Coleman 8-Person Tent for Camping

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Coleman is a name that is synonymous with quality and rugged design. So much so that their gear has been found all over the globe – and even outside of the globe, in the game Final Fantasy XV for the PS4! I’m not kidding, and although that product placement is bizarre, we can see why they were chosen against the other best outdoor adventure brands. If you want to stay dry on a long journey, choose Coleman when traversing the real world.

This roomy Coleman eight-person tent is a whopping 16 x 7 feet and boasts 6 ft 2 inches headroom in the center. This large tent can accommodate three queen size air mattresses without much trouble. With that kind of room, you’re truly camping in a palace. That being said, we think this tent is best suited for a party of 5-6. Of course, it could certainly accommodate up to eight people, but this tent (and any tent) can be a little cramped for the maximum amount of people.

Boasting some fantastic weatherproof technologies with welded corners and inverted seams, the Coleman Montana eight-person tent will keep you dry in wet weather. The screened windows on the side of the tent are angled so that you can keep the air flowing in your tent during rainy, hot nights without the risk of water getting inside.

Pros:
+ Cotton Duck Canvas design with water-resistant Hydra-Shield
+ Comfortable tent design for 8 people
+ Square ceiling design means lots of head clearance in a large part of the tent

Why We Like It – This is a traditional design with some cool contemporary features. Its no-frills canvas design has a retro appeal.

Less people? See our review on our favorite 6 person tents.


2. Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8-Person Tent

Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8-Person Tent

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Some designs can’t be improved upon, and some can stand a touch of improvement to an already fantastic design. A large canvas tent is as classic and a near-perfect design. Kodiak has taken this near perfection and designed premium quality tents for camping. Duck canvas has a long history as being one of the toughest possible materials, behind leather. The word “duck” in this instance does not refer to our billed friends down in the pond, but it’s a mispronunciation of the Dutch word “doek.”

It’s a linen material used in the making of workwear and sails. Contemporary Duck Canvas, like that found in the Kodiak Deluxe eight-person tent, is made of highly thick Cotton. Kodiak has taken this to another level by treating its already fire and water-resistant duck canvas with a Hydra-Shield formula. This makes it completely water-tight, but it still possesses all of those fantastic breathable qualities of the duck canvas.

Designed to sleep eight people, the large Kodiak Canvas Deluxe eight-Person Tent provides one seriously spacious and comfortable camping experience. With 6 feet and 6 inches of head clearance at almost any point in the tent, this could potentially be the official tent of the NBA.

If you are a tall person, this is the best 8-person tent for you. Its wide, dual D shaped doors are comfortable to get into without considerable crouching. It also has a water-resistant design. Its awning is also perfect if you want to sit outside during a light rain on a summer’s evening. Overall, this is a rugged and comfortable design without a lot of frills, and we appreciate that a lot.

Pros:
+ Cotton Duck Canvas design with water-resistant Hydra-Shield
+ Comfortable tent design for 8 people
+ Square ceiling design means lots of head clearance in a large part of the tent

Why We Like It – This is a traditional design with some cool contemporary features. Its no-frills canvas design has a retro appeal.


3. QOMOTOP Camping Tents

QOMOTOP

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If the Kodiak Canvas eight person tent was a no-frills, old fashioned approach to tent-making, the Quomotop tent is the high-tech sport tent of the future. Its bright and flashy colors and full feature set mean that this is a great design for people who need considerable storage for a contemporary camping experience.

The most exciting feature of the large Qomotop tent is its 60-second setup, which puts it squarely in the category of an instant tent. Have you ever left your house just a bit too late, stopped for lunch a little too long, and gotten to the campsite a little too late? We have, more times than you can count.

Squinting while the sun goes down at your half-finished tent can ruin a camping experience and take what was going to be a relaxing getaway, reducing it to a stressful and frustrating experience. Quomotop has pre-installed all of the poles into the tent. It boasts that two people can have this tent up in less than 60 seconds with only a few swift motions.

The rest of the features of the Quomotop make it a perfect family tent. It has a great doormat to make sure that the outside doesn’t end up inside. The Gear loft is made for technology heads who don’t want to leave their phones, computers, and gaming devices at home. Even the best tents can collect moisture.

The only way to ensure that your gear is safe is by suspending it from the ceiling with the gear loft and gear pocket. This gives you a safe place to put your breakables. On the topic of gear, this tent also features a sealable place for an electricity plug to enter the tent, so you don’t end up losing your Pokémon data by running out of batteries.

This is a very family-oriented camping tent. If you are heading out on a family camping trip, this would certainly be our suggestion for you.

Pros:
+ Pockets for gadgets
+ Easy setup
+ Perfect for a family

Why We Like It – This tent is relatively inexpensive for its size and has plenty of features.


4. Gazelle 26800 T4 Plus Pop Up Portable Camping Hub

Gazelle 26800 T4 Plus Pop Up Portable Camping Hub

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The Gazelle 26800 is a pop-up tent that’s ready to go in less time than it takes for me to describe its robust features and fantastic aesthetic. Certainly not a sporty option on this list, we suggest using this tent in the clearing in the back of your lakeside chalet, rather than on a long hike. This is a large tent with a relaxed look and feel. The construction is more for a glamping couple or a family on vacation.

In the 90 seconds it took for you to read that last paragraph, your Gazelle 26800 T4 Plus could already have been put up. With a similar pop-up design to the Qomotop, the convenience factor of this tent is something to behold. The 6 feet and 5 inches of clearance in the middle of each capsule will make this tent feel nice and spacious. Its middle divider means that you can get the most privacy possible in a tent.

This second room is convertible and can be used as a screen room for early evenings when mosquitos are most active or when you want to be outside, but shielded from the elements. The removable floor makes this an easy tent to keep clean on long stays. It’s oversized, expansive rainfly will keep you dry during poor weather, and it’s easily removed on beautiful nights.

Pros:
+ Pop-up design is so easy
+Creative two-room design makes it versatile
+ Removable floor makes for easy cleaning

Why We Like It – The Gazelle T4 is a great eight person tent for a leisurely camping trip. What it lacks in sporty features, it gains in style and comfort.


5. NTK Laredo GT 8 to 9 Person Camping Tent

NTK Laredo GT 8 to 9 Person Camping Tent

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We love the design of the NTK Laredo GT. It’s a perfect mix of comfort and sporty qualities and will be perfect for an intimate hiking trip or a family camping trip. It’s no surprise that something of this quality comes from a brand like NTK. Family owned and operated, NTK and the Salvador family have been producing quality camping gear since 1975. If you need a fully-featured sport tent that still provides you with a ton of room, we suggest this one.

The dome tent design is a classic, for a reason. If you plan to tent in windy conditions, we think they will be your best bet to ensure that you don’t end up sleeping in your vehicle by the end of the night. The NTK Laredo GT is designed with the core of a dome tent with two dome shapes tacked on to the side to give it a larger footprint. This is a great compromise for someone requiring a sturdy tent that can hold more than two people.

Mosquitos, at their most innocuous, are an annoyance. At their worst, they can be a deadly pest that can have severe ramifications for your health and well being. Luckily, this camping tent offers some of the best protection against pests you can get. With its micro-mesh fabric, you can still enjoy the great outdoors without the annoyance and danger of mosquitos. Sleep under the stars, worry-free.

NTK also covers your other most pressing concern while camping: staying dry. It’s rainfly is made of polyester and laminated with polyurethane. It’s incredibly water-resistant. You can sleep soundly, knowing you will wake up as dry as you went to bed.

Pros:
+ Laminate rainfly is very water-resistant
+ Micromesh keeps out unwanted pests
+ Dome construction holds up in extreme weather

Why We Like It – The NTK Laredo GT 8 is the right mix of sporty and comfortable. If you encounter some seriously bad weather, we think you can rely on this tent to keep you dry.


6. Browning Camping Big Horn Tent

Browning Camping Big Horn Tent

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The Big Horn tent couldn’t be more aptly named. With its massive 10×15 footprint, this is a huge tent. Family camping trips will be made easy and comfortable with its two-room setup that can provide spacious semi-private sleeping arrangements for up to 8 people. With six windows, this tent gets a fantastic amount of natural light. This provides an ambiance that makes camping worthwhile. The roof is also made of mesh so that on clear nights, you can have a beautiful view of the stars.

The ventilation and spaciousness of the Browning Big Horn Tent are what make it the best 8 person tent. It’s huge floor plan, and 7 1/4 foot ceilings make it less of a tent and more of a moveable cathedral. The Browning Big Horn is an impressive tent that is designed to keep you safe, secure, and dry in all weathers.

Pros:
+7 1/4′ ceilings are impressive
+ Free-standing design
+ Incredible ventilation

Why We Like It – The Browning Big Horn is a formidable tent that, while low on features, might be one of the best-designed tents on this list. Its simplicity makes it feel dependable – when it’s just you and the elements, dependability is paramount.


7. Mountain Trails Grand Pass 10 Person Tent

Mountain Trails Grand Pass 10 Person Tent

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With some things, bigger is always better. This is why, year after year, television manufacturers go out of there way to make high definition televisions just a touch bigger than the year before. It’s also why those flush with cash run out to buy them. With that in mind, Mountain Trails has made a tent you can get lost in.

The Mountain Trails Grand Pass 10 person tent has a floor plan that is spacious, comfortable and is an efficient use of space. As previously discussed, an 8 person tents fit 8 people at the most, so if you are approaching the upper end of the number 8, I think you will be very happy with the Mountain Trails Grand Pass 10 person tent.

The pin-and-ring system of setup is fantastically easy to use. It will mean that you can effortlessly setup your tent. You will be hugely impressed with its dual D-style doors. With its great ventilation and hooped fly frame, you’re going to be dry and comfortable in the Mountain Trails Grand Pass 10 person Tent.

Pros:
+ Large size
+Easy set up
+Hooped Fly frame

Why We Like It – Mountain Trails has outdone itself with a massive, comfortable tent. If you are sleeping around six full-grown adults, this is our pick.


8. Core 9 Person Extended Dome Tent

Core 9 Person Extended Dome Tent

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Extending our run of products that go above and beyond the call of best 8 person tent, the Core 9 Person Extended Tent is a sportier entry when it comes to large tents. It’s a bit smaller than the Mountain Trails and Brownings offers, but we don’t think that’s a bad thing. Given its more sporty nature, this tent geared more towards preserving your shelter in adverse conditions than a fun family outing.

An extended rain fly makes this tent a little bit more useable during less than ideal conditions than the Mountain Trails tent, and its smaller footprint means that while still sleeping up to 9 people, you need a smaller space to set it up.

This is fantastic for a hiking trip with a handful of friends. While it maintains some more modern features like an electricity port, we like to think of the Core 9 Person Extended Tent as a perfect option for those who need a large tent that is functional and sporty.

Pros:
+Great venting
+Perfect for large group adventures
+ Modern conveniences like electricity port

Why We Like It – The Core 9 Person is the tent for someone who needs a large size with sporty convenience.


9. Coleman Octagon 98 8-Person Outdoor Tent

Coleman Octagon 98 8-Person Outdoor Tent

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Step into the octagon with the yurt-inspired Coleman Octagon 98 8 Person Outdoor tent. This is one of the most unique designs on our list with its 8-sided configuration. This is the perfect tent for someone who doesn’t love all the bending and kneeling required to fit inside of dome-style tents. With no massive dips in its ceiling, anyone under the height of 6’5 will find this tent comfortable to stand in.

This tent is likely more suited to our leisure campers less interested in maxing out its 8 person capacity and more concerned with a luxurious glamping experience with plenty of room for all of your favorite modern conveniences. Though it might not be an ideal 8 person tent, it could certainly accommodate it. Coleman has outdone itself with the size and design of this tent. With color-coded poles for convenient setup and storage pockets that will keep your electronics dry in the case of an emergency, campers will be well prepared in this tent Coleman has crafted.

Pros:
+ Coleman 8-person tent has a neat, octagonal design
+Color coded poles for easy setup.
+ High ceiling has few low points making it great for taller people

Why We Like It – The novel design of this large, Coleman 8 person tent is fun and worth a try if you feel cramped in a dome tent. It’s color-coded poles, and convenient storage makes it worthy of our list of best tents for 8 people.


10. Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent

Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent

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Wenzel’s 8 Person Klondike Tent takes the concept of the bedroom and porch combo to its logical conclusion. With its large dual rooms, you can choose to have 8 close friends bunk up 4 to-a-room, or use this camping tent for a couple getaway with lots of room stretching your legs. It boasts a modest rain fly so be careful with this tent in adverse conditions. That being said, the entire room of both rooms is mesh, so on clear nights, the roof can be removed for stargazing.

This is a great tent for someone needing a semi-private experience for two groups of people or someone who wants to read in the early evening in their tent’s sunroom. While we wouldn’t be recommended it for a hiking trip, bringing this Wenzel 8 Person tent to your favorite campground will be a great experience.

Pros:
+ 2 large rooms make it great for having many guests or for solo adventures
+ Mesh roof extends both rooms for a beautiful stargazing experience
+ Perfect for casual camping trips

Why We Like It – The Wenzel 8 Person Klondike Tent has a 2 room design that makes it a fantastic and comfortable experience. You can’t go wrong with a Wenzel when it comes to 8 person tents.


8 Person Tents Buyer’s Guide

Buying a perfect tent for your next getaway can be a bit of a daunting task that shouldn’t be taken lightly. If you make a bad choice, it could mean that your dream woodland vacation is stopped short by a rainstorm. Or there might be no sufficient spot to pitch your behemoth tent along your hiking trail. A poor choice under poor circumstances could leave you exposed to the elements when you should be warm and dry.

A good choice, however, will mean that you have the right tent for the job. That’s where this list comes in. We are here to help you pick the best 8 person tent for your next trip. It’s all about finding the balance between a spartan sporty design and getting the contemporary features that make for a comfortable contemporary camping experience. Let’s take a look at some of the things about the features you should consider when buying your next tent.

Square footage

Tent on green lawn

Does size matter? Of course, it does. You’re probably here looking at this list because you and 8 of your friends are looking for a perfect tent to stand up to the rigors of Burning Man. Or maybe you want something for hiking Kilimanjaro or something for a family reunion at a rustic campground.

While all of the tents on this list say that they can be occupied by up to at least 8 people, not all of them should. Looking at their square footage is usually a good way to decide if your tent will be the right thing for the people you plan to bring with you on your trip.

While the Wenzel 8 person klondike model can fit up to 8 people in it, if you aren’t planning a hike, it might not be the perfect tent. Coleman’s 8-person Octagon camping tent might make a better choice if you’re planning a casual trip with that many people.

Ceiling Height

Did you almost get drafted for the ’95 Chicago Bulls, and you also like weekend camping excursions? Dome tents might leave you with a sore neck from all the crouching you’ll be doing. Don’t worry, there is plenty of options for the vertically gifted.

If you’re looking for a good tent for an outdoor adventure, we suggest brings a geodesic tent over a dome tent. They have more headroom clearance and will also stand up particularly well in storms. For a more casual and relaxing vacation for tall people, we suggest you search for a cabin style tent or a multi-room option. Lastly, if you’re looking to make a statement with your tent, bell tents give plenty of headroom clearance and look like they came straight out of a fairytale. Fear not, tall people! There’s a perfect camping tent to suit you best out there!

Shape

There is a wonderful myriad of tent shapes to choose from for all types of excursions. Let’s walk through a few of the major ones and then talk about some specialty shapes for outings that require very specific accommodations! Because this article is about 8-person tents, we are going to skip over pop-up tents made for fewer people.

Dome Tents

Yellow dome tent

This is a complete classic for large group camping. The dome tent revolutionized the tenting world with its simple design; it’s incredibly effective in less than ideal conditions. It uses two long flexible poles that have the shelter material connected to them, and are crossed and driven into the ground. This design is resistant to the wind because of its round aerodynamic shape.

Adding a rainfly also protects you from the rain. This is a highly functional tent, and they can be made rather large. But it should be noted that it loses some of its effectiveness in adverse weather in larger sizes. However, for those looking for an ultra-comfortable experience in ideal conditions for camping, this may not be the perfect option. Its design means that it has significant headroom drop off as you move away from the center of the tent, meaning that people will have to do plenty of crouching while occupying it.

Tunnel Tents

Tunnel tents provide a great contrast to your dome tent design. In larger sizes, the Tunnel tent improves on the stability of the dome tent design, while solving some of the headroom problems that plague dome tents. Rather than crossing its poles to create a dome, it uses its poles to create a cylinder shape and uses guy lines to support it. This takes a little preparation in setting up, but it will go a long way to making your tenting experience better. Tunnel tents struggle in the rain but are excellent in the wind. Another consideration when buying a Tunnel tent is that they are very heavy and are only suitable for camping trips that don’t involve a long hike.

Geodesic Tents

Geodesic Tent

This is the ultimate choice for our hardcore adventure addicts. A variation on the classic tent, the geodesic tent adds more structural integrity by using more poles that cross-sections of the dome that would be otherwise unsupported. Structurally it’s similar to Missouri’s Climatron greenhouse at the Botanical Gardens. For those who want to do some winter camping, or need something that won’t quit on a mountain summit, this is the perfect tent design for you. It’s added stability also creates less of an occupancy cap, but because they are expensive and much more tricky to erect, larger geodesic tents are hard to find.

Cabin Tents

For the casual camper, family trip weekender, or the festival camper, look no further than a cabin tent for your camping needs. Using aluminum poles, the cabin tent provides no difficulty for those who need plenty of headroom. It’s also a much more familiar dwelling for those new to camping. It will make you feel at home with its room-like qualities.

Many of these tents also come with dividers so you can have a semi-private feel while on your casual excursion. Be careful, however, in planning your trip with a cabin tent. They are significantly harder to set up than a normal dome or tunnel tent and will take multiple people and upwards of an hour to get just right. Make sure to leave yourself enough time before sunset to complete the job.

Also, because of the popularity of this style of tent for families, there are tons of cheaply made cabin tents on the market, so watch out for that. If you see a large cabin tent at a price too good to be true, it likely is. If lots of useable space if what you need, the Cabin tent is a perfect choice.

Multi-room

Big blue family tent

For the 3-day festival excursion, alone time can be a hard thing to achieve. Introverts go to music festivals too and trying to find a good place to recharge your batteries in that situation can be next to impossible. The best 8 person tent possible for people in this type of situation is a multi-room tent. There are many types of multiroom tents with a variety of configurations. Some multi-room tents focus on having two rooms with different functions.

This could be a bedroom and screen room set up, which is great for couples camping. This means you can have a private place to cuddle up and a semi-private space where you can feel more close to nature without actually having to deal with pests. Another type of multiroom tent provides up to 4 rooms that can sleep up to eight people. This is a fantastic setup up for privacy. With individual doors and sleeping arrangments, one can choose to camp together, while still being able to get some time apart.

Instant Tent

Instant tents are any tent that can be put up and taken down in less than 60 seconds. There are two ways that this kind of set up is tackled. The first is using pre-attached poles that are folded into the design, making a simple, one-piece set up and tear down possible. The second design is the most fascinating to us and possibly the future of tenting: the air tent. Rather than using a traditional steel-pole and guide-line system, air tents using inflatable structure points to give the tent its shape.

These can be blown up super fast and have some fantastic aesthetics. Air tents are also best in adverse conditions because if blown even straight over, its semi-rigid structure means there is nothing to break or bend. They can be hard on the pocketbook, however, so if you’re planning on going down the air tent or instant tent route, make sure you have some extra money to spend on it.

Material

Duck Canvas

This old-school material is no longer used for most outdoor adventure tents and has been largely regulated to semi-permanent structures. Duck Cotton is the best tent insulation and will help keep you cool and warm. It cannot be overstated how much better cotton duck canvas is for regulating temperature.

It’s often very thick and heavy, however, and carrying a canvas tent long distances is a serious challenge. It also absorbs water, so make sure that your tent is nice and dry before packing it up. These tents look awfully cool, and if you make yourself a martini, you can pretend you’re Hawkeye in M*A*S*H.

Polyester

The majority of casual and outdoor adventure tents found on the market today are made of polyester. They are super cheap to produce, and customers get a well-suited material to keep them dry and warm. Polyester dries almost instantly with little to no moisture absorption. It’s light-weight and packs up very well. It can still have problems with mold and mildew, but it’s much more resistant to it than cotton. The trade-off, however, is that polyester does little to regulate temperatures. If the sun is hot outside of the tent, the polyester tent will provide little relief.

Conclusion

Thank you for joining us on our journey to find the best 8 person tents. Whether you liked the Coleman 8 person tent that has become so popular, its practically ubiquitous, or the retro charms and functionality of Kodiak’s Duck Canvas tents, I’m sure we’ve covered a tent that’s perfect for you. Finding lodgings on the road for 8 people can be very hard, but if you’re willing to rough it a little, tenting in the great outdoors can be a fun and rewarding experience.

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