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Eight is enough! This is the biggest tent we rent as selfishly, anything more just gets to be too much for us to keep up with from a rental standpoint. We have just a couple of these available to rent for those times you need a bit more room than we've offered in the past. Book early to have a shot at us having availability. It's taller at the peak (about 6.5 feet) and the side walls are steeper than our other models so you get more usable space. See all of the tents we rent.
This tent is solidly built to withstand punishing weather - to keep the elements outside where they belong. You may think you can just buy a cheap tent down at a big box store for not much more than renting, and you can. Just hope it isn't windy or it doesn't rain, or that you ever have to use the zippers on those cheap tents more than once. If it wasn't for those little caveats, a big-box-store house brand tent is just fine. But we rent real tents.
The model usually available in this size is from Kelty, for whom we've been a dealer since Day 1 (2003). The Trail Ridge 8 has a floor space of about 12' x 9', enough to line up 8 campers side by side (alternating head-to-toe) with good space at the foot for each camper's gear. You'd have to get creative and shift some campers at the bottom to fit 8 people with full sized pads. The reality is, only the hard core are going to get any sleep if you stick 8 people in a 8-person tent, so keep that in mind.
All of our tents are easy to setup - one person can have any size tent up and in use in a matter of minutes. There are 2 simple crossbars that hold up the body of the tent, and another pole or two for the waterproof cover - the "fly" (no idea why it's called that). These tents are free-standing (no stakes required), and can be moved around even after setup. However, any tent can be staked with the provided pegs if needed to better resist wind. Instructions are available online to see how a particular tent is put up.
This tent we rent is a two-wall model: the tent body, which includes some mesh material on the walls and ceilings for maximum ventilation, plus a waterproof fly cover that goes over the body for protection against rain and provides more insulation. You can leave the fly off if assured of a dry evening. This tent has two doors, which allows easier in/out access for campers - no more stepping on each other on the way out for a middle-of-the-night bathroom break! These tents are our recommended versions for large group outings such as retreats, family reunions, and parties.
These "car camping" tents are generally intended for uses where weight is a non issue - camping at some spot near your van or car for example as opposed to backpacking in somewhere. But you could split up the parts to these larger tents among a few hikers to backpack in to a remote camp site if you were willing to share a tent - it would save money over several backpacking tents. But it can sometimes be hard to find a good camp site in the back country big enough for the largest tents. The peak interior height in some of the larger ones is enough to stand up in, but don't walk inside the tents with your shoes on or you could poke a hole in the floor that will cost you to repair.
We have lots of advice about the great outdoors including more information on tents and shelters for camping and backpacking such as how to choose the best tent and how to find and make a good camp site.
For some third-party user reviews of this and other gear we rent and sell, visit our backpacking and camping user gear review page.
|Tent Style||Car Camping (Larger/Roomier)|