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You’ve finally managed to carve out a little time to allow for you to enjoy some time away with family and friends for some outdoors fun. It never fails. You monitor the weather reports and out of nowhere on the day of your camping trip, here comes the rain. Unfortunately, you didn’t do the best job of checking out your tent and camping equipment and you find camping is much wetter than you expected. The tent is dripping, or water just seems to be coming in from everywhere. What’s worse, you seem to be not only waterlogged, but your entire group is cramped and miserable. Enter the cabin tent.
Cabin tents have increased in popularity over the last couple of decades due to their sturdy and spacious design. Furthermore, cabin tents are well-suited to repelling the effects of extreme weather when compared to most other types of tents. They are commonly secured to the ground by strong stakes and implement tie-downs or guy lines. The ground attachments and tie-downs often do an adequate to above average job when confronted with medium to strong winds.
Cabin tents are often larger than average dome or smaller tents to accommodate large groups. You can commonly find cabin tents available that are designed for groups of 6 – 12. They are often six feet tall or more to allow for complete mobility within the interior. Cabin tents are often weather resistant or waterproof to fight the effects of rain or thunderstorms. Tent liners or a “footprint” may be found on some models to prevent water from entering the interior of the tent floor. A variety of techniques are often employed to improve water resistance, so your camping trip stays as dry as possible. If you are currently searching for a new cabin tent and expect to see less than fair weather, find our pick for the best cabin tent for the rain below.
CORE 10 Person
Coleman Prairie Breeze
CORE 9 Person
|Honors||Best in Class||Best Value|
|The Good||Can withstand 20-30 mph winds, solid water resistance, very roomy (for 8 people), room divider, 2 entries||Almost completely rain proof, LED ceiling light and fan, roomy enough for multiple air mattresses, wind resistant, long lasting materials, convenient extension cord port||Best used for fair weather camping, convenient hook for hanging lantern, large and spacious interior, very affordable||Fast and easy setup, good value for the money, good ventilation that also retains heat, better than average weather and element resistance, takedown is a breeze, high ceiling, side door|
|The Bad||Poles can rust if left in elements for too long, poor customer service, need helper for setup||Setup is easier with a helper, directions could be better, tent stakes should be replaced||Difficult setup, iffy weather resistance, difficult takedown, vented ceiling allow heat to escape in cold environments||Zipper system can be frustrating, poor customer support, weak stakes, thin flooring|
|Overall||A solid tent that does a good job in the rain and wind. Obscure brand but performs well with only a few minor hang-ups.||A high quality and durable cabin tent that will last a long time. Extremely good at keeping campers dry and comfy. This is the best of the bunch.||A budget option tent that works best in fair weather. It can handle light rain and winds, but more causes problems. Affordability is great but sacrifices quality.||A good value buy. Excellent resistance to the elements and offers several surprising features for a reasonable cost. Replace the stakes with stronger ones and you are good to go.|
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Developed by CORE, this 10 person (in sleeping bags) tent is large and roomy enough to fit up to two queen-sized air mattresses for luxury camping. It is a very tall unit measuring over 7ft in height to accommodate even the tallest of campers. This is great if you tire of the constant stooping and bending that is commonly experienced in more traditional tents. The extra leg room and height really come in handy when you are braving a storm or rainy weather. The room divider is a nice touch as it walls off part of the tent and seems to perform better than other tent’s dividers. These often seem as if they were put in as an afterthought, but this one really feels like it adds an extra dimension to the interior.
The tent boasts sturdy and solid construction that allows it to withstand up to 20-30 mph winds without problems. Further supporting the weather-resistant nature of this tent is that it features the CORE H20 block technology. This helps to prevent water from entering the interior by using water resistant materials that are heat sealed. The ample ventilation (cross-ventilation from ground vents) and multiple entry points make for a comfortable camping experience. Just be aware that the poles and setup can be somewhat of a hassle. The poles are prone to rust if left in the elements for extended periods of time without proper care. You will want to clean and dry the poles before storing after each use. This is a traditional setup as opposed to CORE’s Instant line of tents. As such, ensure you have a helper available to reduce the amount of setup time required.
Overall, the CORE 10 person cabin tent works very well in the rain. Although it isn’t the easiest to assemble or super high quality, it is above average in most areas. It can withstand moderate winds without many issues and is great for larger groups. CORE is a newer tent manufacturer, but they have consistently created some of the more popular and best reviewed tents anywhere. While this isn’t the best or most valued tent, it does an admirable job for a reasonable price.
Coleman has been a leader in the outdoor camping industry for over 100 years and it shows! This Coleman cabin tent is spectacular in almost every way. The materials are of the highest quality (more below) and give the feel of quality craftsmanship. Coleman has perfected their craft through years of experience, and they have produced one of the best systems to waterproof your tent. The WeatherTec system is a complete solution that always keeps the interior of the tent almost completely dry, no matter the outside conditions. A highly durable rainfly coupled with a waterproof floor, weather-resistant zipper openings, and waterproof seams ensures the rain does not become a problem. Furthermore, the strong poles and guy lines let the tent withstand strong winds better than most tents. Even those that state they are “Weatherproof”.
The convenience features such as the E-port, fan, and LED light are also very useful. The E-port gives you an easily accessible port for any electrical devices such as a blow dryer. The ceiling fan, while it doesn’t produce a strong gust, is a nice touch to help move the air around a bit. The LED light is also useful at night when visibility is at a minimum. About the only problem with this car camping tent is that the stakes seem flimsy compared to the rest of the tent. These should be replaced at your first opportunity with solid steel stakes that can take a pounding. The setup is relatively simple for a traditional cabin tent, but a helper makes the process easier. Over time, it gets easier and faster until one person can do the assembly in about 20 minutes. Expect a 45 minute setup for the first go around.
Overall, you won’t find a better tent to withstand inclement weather than this tent. The price point is very nice as well, considering it outperforms much more expensive tents in many regards. The huge interior, quality components, and excellent convenient features are second to none. There is very little to complain about with this tent and it is recommended above all other models we have reviewed for camping in the rain.
Wenzel has a solid reputation of providing quality products at extremely affordable prices. We’re not sure what went wrong here, but it seems to be providing a low-quality product at an extremely affordable price. This tent is good at fair weather camping as it does provide a spacious interior and good-looking appearance. The hook for hanging the lantern is very convenient as it allows you to easily provide light on dark nights. Without a doubt, the best feature of this tent is the price. This is substantially cheaper than other similar models.
Unfortunately, the cost-effectiveness is outweighed by a myriad of drawbacks. Most notably, water resistance is minimal. Rain can seep in through the seams at an alarming rate. Furthermore, wind can easily cause problems if it is anything more than a minor breeze. Another problem if camping in cold weather is that the mesh ceiling allows heat to escape rapidly. On some tents, placing the rainfly over the mesh ceiling can alleviate this heat loss to an extent. The Wenzel doesn’t bat an eye if the rainfly is placed on top as heat continues to escape the interior. Finally setting the tent up is a hassle and takes longer than it should while taking it down is almost as bad.
Overall, there are better options available for almost any situation where you are camping in the rain. The water resistance of this tent is negligible, and it sometimes feels that you need to weather proof it yourself. If you plan on camping in good weather and are looking to save some money, this may be a good option for you. But you would probably be happier spending a few more bucks and getting a higher quality cabin tent that will last longer and keep you dry.
The CORE 9P tent provides excellent value for your money. While it isn’t quite as good in inclement weather as the Coleman (above), the reduced price and excellent features make it one of the best tents you can buy for your family camping excursions. The best feature of this tent is, without a doubt, the instant setup. Unlike traditional tent setups, the Instant tent setup allows you to have this one ready to go in just a couple of minutes. While the first try may take around 3-5 minutes, after you get used to it, 60-second setup times are not unheard of. Furthermore, taking it down and repacking it are similarly simple to provide an effortless camping experience. This cabin tent also provides great ventilation that is equally adept at keeping the interior cool/heated as the situation demands.
The sturdy materials used and H20 weather-blocking technology also make this CORE tent a very good option for camping in inclement weather. While it may not be able to handle the most vicious storms, it performs well in most situations. The weatherproofing is top-notch, and it takes a strong wind to stir it from its groundings. The high ceiling and roomy interior work especially well for your large groups to take shelter from any storms. As with many large tents, the zippers are frustrating as they can easily get entangled or be difficult to zip up or down. Another minor problem is that CORE’s customer service appears to be lacking. There are several reports from buyers who receive little to no response from their support team, which can be frustrating.
Overall, this is a high-quality tent available at an affordable price. The tent is very good in the rain and storms as it provides an exemplary camping experience. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you can set it up and take it down when the time comes. Meanwhile the convenience of the side door, mesh netting to keep you cool, and electrical access port help this tent to outperform its price point by a wide margin. If you’re looking for a bargain, look no further.