Camping is an outdoor activity that is impacted a lot by the weather. Of all (weather) conditions, hot weather may be the best suitable time to spend the days with friends among the great nature; as you will be able to take part in several bonding activities in the sunshine and have comfortable night’s sleep more easily when the temperatures are higher. However, heat and stuffiness come as big issues of camping in hot weather when you have to spend a long time (even all day long) inside the tent. That’s when you realize having a tent that specially designed for hot weather is a must, and you will also find this entry helpful as I will share with you about my personal review about most popular tents for hot weather on the market: why you should have one with you on hot camping days, what makes it suitable for hot weather… and finally, to find out the best tent for hot weather for you.

AT A GLANCE SECTION:

AT A GLANCE: MY TOP 5 PICKS FOR THE BEST TENTS FOR HOT WEATHER CAMPING
  1. MY TOP PICK: Coleman Dome Tent
  2. RUNNER UP: Coleman Sundome Tent
  3. MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent
  4. Weanas Professional Backpacking Tent
  5. Featherstone 2 Person Backpacking Tent

Detailed Reviews About Top Best Tents For Hot Weather

Firstly, let’s take a look at the most popular tents for hot weather on the market to find out which stands out among them.

Product Images Product Names Editor's Rating Price
Coleman Sundome Tent 4.9 See latest price
Coleman Dome Tent 4.9 See latest price
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent 4.8 See latest price
Weanas Professional Backpacking Tent 4.8 See latest price
Featherstone 2 Person Backpacking Tent 4.7 See latest price
Paria Outdoor Products Breeze Mesh Tent 4.7 See latest price
Clostnature Lightweight 2 and 3 Person Backpacking Tent 4.7 See latest price
Big Agnes 2019 Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent 4.6 See latest price
ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2-Person Tent 4.5 See latest price
Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person Tent 4.5 See latest price

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1. Coleman Sundome Tent

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This Coleman tent made from breathable polyester is a good shield against the weather, thanks to its welded corners, the inverted seams of the WeatherTec system that prevents any water from leaking in, and the included rainfly awning over the tent offers extra shade and weather protection. You don’t need to worry when there is heavy rain or gust of wind coming suddenly at night as the tent’s strong frame can withstand 35+mph winds. During hot days, the D-shaped door and large windows provide great air circulation, while the ground vents strongly contribute to the airflow enhancement.

Coleman provides 2 choices of colors (green; navy/grey), which are both suitable for hot weather as they do not absorb too much heat; and the tent can be set up easily within 10 minutes thanks to the snag-free continuous poles. The E-ports at each corner allow you to bring the extension cords inside the tent and keep you connected to the world.

Pros

+ Made from breathable polyester and provide great ventilation

+ E-ports help your devices stay connected to electrical power

+ The pitching process is easy and quick

+ The WeatherTec system and strong frame make it a durable weather shelter

Cons

+ Difficult to fit in a queen-size airbed in a 4-person tent. Additionally, it only sleeps 3 adults at maximum

2. Coleman Dome Tent

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This second model of Coleman showing up on the list is believed to be the upgraded version of the first one (the Coleman Sundome tent) with the new darkroom technology. With this remarkable feature, the sunlight will be blocked up to 90% and the campers will be perfectly protected from extremely hot weather. Additionally, it reduces the heat and keeps a cool atmosphere inside the tent, which allows you to have a comfortable rest at any time of the day.

Besides the good features that are perfectly kept from the Sundome version (easy & quick set up, WeatherTec system, strong frame withstanding 35+ mph winds, D-shaped door & large windows that allows great ventilation along with the ground vent…), this tent also improves the weakness by its large dimensions (9’ x 7’) and center height at 4’11’’. These help the tent fit the queen-size airbed easily.

Pros

+ Dark-room technology that reduces heat and blocks 90% sunlight

+ Made from breathable polyester and provide great ventilation

+ E-ports help your devices stay connected to electrical power

+ The pitching process is easy and quick

+ The WeatherTec system and strong frame make it a durable weather shelter

+ 1-year limited warranty

Cons

+ A bit expensive in comparison to other tents at the same size

3. MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent

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The modern design of this MSR tent might catch your eyes at the very first second you see it, and when you read a little bit more and experience it yourself, you will find it more practical and suitable for a hot weather camping trip than you thought.

With a lightweight freestanding design and its Easton Syclone pole geometry, this backpacking tent offers a large living space for 02 adults while the durable tent floor, which is made from 30D ripstop nylon and 3000mm Xtreme Shield polyurethane & DWR coated, ensures your dryness and comfort through heavy rains and fierce winds.

The tent comes with versatile options of set up: the normal option with enough mesh for air circulation while the minimalist one will maximize the ventilation if you only use the tent fly and poles along with your own footprint.

Pros

+ Suitable for backpacking due to its lightweight yet still durability

+ High-quality rainfly & floor.

+ 3-year limited warranty

Cons

+ Quite expensive for a 2-person model

+ Footprint sold separately

4. Weanas Professional Backpacking 3 Season Tent

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Though Weanas is not a common and famous brand on the market, its products are fairly good and some even are considered as the best options to buy at the price and feature provided. This Professional Backpacking 3-Season model is one of them.

Some might question its effectiveness in reducing the effect of heat on campers as it is a 3-season tent. However, its double layer explains it all. Besides the 02 large doors that can be opened from both inside and outside, the inner layer has 02 meshed walls that provide great ventilation. The outer layer keeps the sun from heating the inner space, and it also serves as the storage room for shoes and backpacks when it is closed. You can roll the outer door curtain up easily with buckles to have more sunlight and air circulation, or let the closable ventilation skylights do their job.

There is nothing to worry about its durability, as I once said, it is a 3-season tent. This Weanas product is made from professional waterproof and breathable nylon which is also especially UV coated. The frame and tent nails are strong enough to withstand the wind, and the structure made from high-strength aluminum poles allows the easy set up by 01 person.

Pros

+ Meshed walls provide great ventilation

+ 02 big doors that can be opened from both inside and outside allow easy in-out and also contribute to great air circulation

+ Comes in 03 size options

Cons

+ Do not include a footprint

5. Featherstone 2 Person Backpacking Tent Lightweight for 3-Season


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As its name suggests, this Featherstone product is suitable if you camp alone or spend the days away with your loved one. It sleeps perfectly for couples and if you go by yourself, you will have plenty of space to store your gears.

This tent has a special design with a 100% meshed inner layer which allows perfect ventilation and a great view while keeping the harmful insects away. During the summer nights when the weather is in its good condition, you will have a beautiful star-gazing night or even sleep under the stars. If you are afraid of sudden rain, cover the top with the rainfly which is fully taped, lightweight, tear-resistant, and good at waterproofing the inside. The bathtub floor keeps you from the wet ground, and it also elevates the bottom of the tent so there will not be any pool under your sleep area.

Though it looks a bit weak, it is durable and suitable for 03-season camping. Its single aluminum pole structure also contributes to the easy set-up and compact packing. Additionally, the freestanding ability allows you to move and relocate the tent without having to disassemble the tent.

Pros

+ The inner is entirely mesh which allows maximum ventilation

+ High bathtub floor design that elevates the bottom of the tent

+ A limited lifetime manufacturing warranty

+ Comes with a waterproof footprint

Cons

+ Not as durable or likely to cope with strong wind and heavy rain as other tents in the list

6. Paria Outdoors Breeze Mesh Tent

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If you are finding an affordable lightweight tarp tent, you might be interested in this Paria Outdoors product. It is not a common double walled tent and provides more customizable versatility.

In spite of its lightweight, this Paria Outdoors product comes in the shape of a great tent with no-see-um mesh that allows a great view of the countryside or a beautiful star-gazing night while keeping bugs and mosquitos away. The floor is made from 30 Denier rip-stop silnylon: silicon/PU dual coated, fully taped and sealed – which ensures an incredible waterproofing.

However, there is not an included tarp, and it means that you need to buy one to pair with the mesh tent to protect you and the tent against the water pool, steam or moist. Additionally, the pitching guidelines suggest that we need nearby trees for support. Hence, if you are afraid that you might not find a suitable venue to set up the tent with the two 15-foot pieces of 1.5 mm reflective Dyneema guy line and six 7075 aluminum Y-stakes that come along, buy their adjustable tarp poles. Otherwise, use your trekking poles instead.

Pros

+ Completely mesh which allows maximum ventilation

+ Extremely lightweight

+ Durable and waterproof bathtub floor

Cons

+ Tarp is not included

+ You will need nearby trees to pitch the tent, or else you need to bring your trekking poles/their adjustable tarp poles.

7. Clostnature Lightweight 3 Season Backpacking Tent

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This Clostnature product is one of the best tents for hot weather at a fairly low price yet still offers good quality. It is made from high-quality materials such as the 210T polyester rainfly and bathtub groundsheet, which are all factory-sealed to keep the inside dry and comfortable whatever the weather conditions.

The 02 poles and free-standing design provide quick pitching by one person, and the tent itself is compact and portable – which makes it a great choice for hiking, trekking, biking, mountaineering trip… Though it is lightweight and compact, 02 adults can sleep comfortably thanks to its large interior.

As for the ventilation, the partial mesh walls design provides great air circulation, while the 02 big D-shaped doors contribute both to the ventilation and easy movement.  Moreover, there are 02 vestibules on the side of the tent for storing your gear, backpacks, or shoes. In case of rain, the included flysheet will help you waterproof the inside, and its curtain door can be hinged easily by its buckles to provide sunlight and airflow.

Pros

+ Low price

+ Free-standing design and 01-person easy setup

+ Great ventilation provided by the mesh walls

+ Emergency pole repair kit

+ Lifetime warranty in material and workmanship defects

+ 100% risk-free satisfaction guarantee

Cons

+ Not so lightweight as it seems to compare to other backpacking tents

+ The tarp is not included.

8. Big Agnes 2019 Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent

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Big Agnes is commonly known for producing some of the best tents on the market that provide great livable space and durability. This tent is a great example of the brand by featuring a high volume pole architecture. This creates steeper walls and roomier living for users while maintaining great strength, lightweight, and durability. The comfort of the tent continues to the easy movement by the large side and dual zipped doors, which can also be rolled up for maximum breeziness, besides the partial mesh wall design. The tent can be set up with the inner alone to be a stargazing venue in nice summer nights, or just the rainfly (1200mm waterproof rating and all seam-sealed) pairing with your own footprint (which doesn’t come along with the tent) for versatile options, for example, an ultralight minimalist shelter. Additionally, the dual vestibules provide an 18sp area for storing gear, shoes, backpack…

The tent also boasts tons of bells & whistles such as two-tone mesh privacy, storm flaps on both vestibule zippers, additional pockets to store things (the massive ceiling pocket, 02 interior mesh pockets, media pockets above sleeping area…).

Pros

+ Mesh walls and large doors provide excellent ventilation

+ Roomy interior and large living space

Cons

+ Expensive

+ Do not include the footprint

9. ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2-Person Tent

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This ALPS product is a great choice that comes with all great features for 3-season camping purposes at an affordable price. Which makes it suitable for hot weather is its greatness in providing extra ventilation, thanks to the polyester mesh walls and 02 big mesh doors – which also allows easy access. There will be no condensation or stuffiness problem during the days, and the rainfly which is made from high-quality polyester that ensures great water resistance & UV protection will keep you dry and comfortable through any kind of weather that Mother Nature can throw at it. The 3000mm coated floor and factory-sealed seams also contribute to this effectiveness.

The tent can be set up in no time with the free-standing and aluminum two-pole design, yet still provides great durability and protection for campers in the large living space and gear stored in the 02 vestibule areas.

Pros

+ Great ventilation thanks to the entire mesh inner and large doors.

+ Extra storage area: 02 vestibules and internal mesh storage pockets

+ Easy set-up

Cons

+ A bit heavy to be a backpacking tent

10. Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person Tent

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This Mountainsmith tent is a well-built product from the brand that has been on the market for over 30 years producing gears for hiking, mountaineering, and camping. There are some remarkable features that make this Morrison 2-person tent, which comes only in one size & one color, to be a good option for camping in hot weather. The high-end aluminum Yunan poles structure ensures the durability of the tent, while the 02 doors serve as a great means of ventilation, and the bathtub floor construction is fully taped and polyurethane coated to keep you dry and comfortable. The tent fly is made from breathable 185T polyester, and there is also a lightweight clip-pole attachment system to enhance the breathability.

The easy set-up process will reduce the time you have to stand under the sun heat, and you can take advantage of the extra 17-square feet of 02 vestibules to store the gears, shoes, backpacks…

Pros

+ Easy set-up

+ High-end aluminum poles

+ Breathable polyester and two doors to enhance ventilation

Cons

+ A bit heavy to be carry by hand

Things To Consider When Choosing A Tent For Hot Weather Camping?

1. Excellent ventilation

In hot weather, the tent’s ventilation is a major consideration; as you need a hideaway from the outer heat, and that outer should not be hotter and stuffier than the outside. A good ventilation system; which is a perfect combination of the mesh walls, large windows (with covers) and doors, and in some high-quality tents: the ground/roof vent; will allow the air to flow easily to keep the inside cool and breathable.

The mesh walls also provide an opportunity for countryside view and stargazing, which add joy and relaxation to your camping trip.

2. Heat reducing, waterproofing and breathable materials

The materials that the tent is made from play a big role in creating your comfort and breathability of a tent.

+ The tent body should be made from breathable material to enhance the ventilation, and if possible, breathable material that does not absorb much heat during the days. At nights, it helps you to avoid condensation problems, which lead to easy and good night’s sleeps.

+ The fly and floor should be made from high-quality waterproofing materials, as hot weather comes with humid weather and heavy rains. You will never want to wake up at night realizing your stuff and even yourself getting wet or even worse, soaked. The bathtub floor then should also be high to avoid water pools after heavy rains.

+ Also, the mesh walls with good quality zippers will give you perfect protection from insects and snakes, which comes along with hot and humid weather.

3. Sun protection

The sunshine will make your trip more enjoyable, however, it is also harmful to your health when it causes sunburnt, heatstroke… Hence, tents with UV protection in material or provide extended areas for sitting in shade are preferable.

4. Comfortable living space

When buying a tent for camping at any time of the year, the size & living space of a tent is always a major factor to consider. It is even more important when it comes to hot weather camping since it creates a hot and stuffy environment when you sleep close to each other. Also, you might need extra space to store cooler food and drinks… or for the gears, you bring along.

Besides, steep walls that create a roomy interior will be better as you will have a separate area to store gears, shoes, backpacks…

5. Lightweight

Similar to size & space, tent weight also contributes a lot to the success of a camping trip at any time of the year, and especially, summertime. The lighter the tent is, the easier the campers/hikers/backpackers feel when traveling to the camping venue. If the tent is heavy, the walking distance will be more challenging and the hikers will sweat and tire more easily.

6. Easy pitching

A tent with easy pitching will benefit you more than you think. Easy pitching will reduce the time you need to stay under the direct sunlight, tire, and sweat. It also reduces the chance you get sunburnt, heatstroke, and any health problems that are caused by sun heat.

Top Tips For Camping In Hot Weather

You are planning for a camping trip in hot weather, and are now wondering what to do to stay cool while camping in a tent, what to bring… By choosing a proper and suitable tent for hot weather, you’ve gone halfway.

Here are some other tips to fulfill the other 50%:

– Choose a place under the shed and with the natural breeze flowing

– Let the doors and windows open during the days for proper air circulation

– Don’t forget to stay hydrated. Drink as much water as you can

– Bring a cooler or mini freezer (chèn link cooler) to keep your food and drinks cool

– Bring ultra-light merino clothes and pants

– Sun-cream, and hat… are essential when you are out under the sunlight

FAQs

1. How do I keep my tent cool in hot weather?

To keep the tent cool in hot weather is to enhance the airflow through the tent. Opening windows and doors during the days will maximize the ventilation.

Besides, bringing a reflective tarp to lay over the outside of the tent will help to reflect the sun’s rays. In case you don’t need your tent during the day, pitch it up in the late afternoon so the tent won’t trap so much heat.

2. What color tent is coolest in hot weather?

Lighter colors will reflect more of the sun’s heat and do not absorb too much heat. Your night’s sleep will be more comfortable and you won’t wake up feeling like you slept in a toaster.

Try avoiding black color as it absorbs more heat.

3. Why do tents get so hot?

The tent will trap heat when it lays in direct sunlight. The color, material, design of the tent also contributes to the heat trap. To reduce the heat that is trapped in a tent, work directly on each section: color, material, design…

4. Can you use a 4 season tent in the summer?

A four-season tent’s main job is to protect the camper from extreme weather conditions such as fierce winds, frigid temperatures, heavy snow… They also feature more durable fabrics to survive harsh snow which can be ruthlessly abrasive. As trapping heat is important (which leads to less mesh on the tent body), a four-season tent is not suitable for hot weather camping.

Conclusion

That’s it! Hope you get enough information you need to give out a decision on which brand to purchase, or top tips on hot weather camping. Choosing a suitable tent will bring you halfway or even 75% on the success of a camping trip, so carefully choose one that has good levels of breathability and ventilation and all other necessary features.

Don’t hesitate to share with us your experience on a hot weather camping trip, so we will all have wonderful trips on our next journey out in the great nature!