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If you have ever camped in a stifling tent in hot weather, you know but not just any tent is suitable for hot climates.
The wrong tent can trap heat, making you more uncomfortable inside your tent than out of it, and also potentially leading to problems with dehydration or even (in extreme scenarios) putting in danger of heatstroke if you do not step outside.
That is why it is important to shop for a tent which is suitable for hot climates. In this guide, we will introduce you to our recommended best tent for hot weather, the affordable Coleman Sundome Tent.
But first, let's quickly discuss a few features to look for in a tent which is safe and appropriate for hot weather.
A hot weather tent should provide you with shade and shelter from the elements, but it should also be breathable and permit ample airflow with the outdoors.
That means that the materials and overall construction of the tent should be considered. You also should avoid tents which are made out of particularly dark fabrics which absorb light instead of reflecting it.
We have tested a number of hot weather tents, but the one we have been most satisfied with is the Coleman Sundome Tent. This tent is made out of polyester taffeta 75 denier flysheet. This denier rating is reasonably sturdy, but not too thick, helping the tent to stay breathable.
It takes only about 10 minutes to set up this tent even if you have no help. With two people working, you could probably get it set up faster. What is cool about this tent (literally) is its design, which incorporates two components: the tent itself and a rainfly.
The tent features a combination of ground vents and large, mesh windows. The purpose of the vents is to let warm air from the bottom of the tent out instead of a allowing it to rise and get trapped in the tent. Meanwhile, the large, mesh windows permit plenty of open airflow, and would do a good job circulating air even without the vents.
The rain fly goes over top of this main tent component. Since the rain fly is a separate item, it is possible to leave the large windows (which are actually a bit more like panels than “windows” per se) open to stay cool, but still have full coverage from any precipitation. The rain fly is shaped with a hood which goes over top of the entrance to the tent, giving you a little sheltered threshold where you can remove wet shoes or boots and avoid trailing water or mud inside your dry tent.
This tent is engineered with the WeatherTec System which includes covered seams and welded corners. These additional features further enhance the water-resistance of the tent. Also, the frame is sturdily designed, capable of standing up to winds in excess of 35 mph.
It is worth noting that you do not have to use the rain fly if you do not want to. If you decide not to set it up, the mesh panels will give you a layer of partial shade, but otherwise allow even freer airflow. You also will be able to enjoy looking out on the scenery in all its splendour.
The design features discussed above would have been more than enough for us to give a strong recommendation for this tent as an affordable hot weather option. But the tent includes other great features as well, further adding to its value.
For one thing, the walls of the tent include built-in mesh pockets. In these, you can store some of your small accessories, keeping them handy and organized. For another, the tent includes an E-Port. You can pull an extension cord through this port, providing you with a power supply which you can use to charge and run your devices while you are camping.
As far as options go, you can select from four different sizes. The smallest tent has enough room for two people to sleep comfortably. The largest one can accommodate up to six people. There are two color commendations available. One of them is a combination of navy and light gray, while the other is light green and white. The cooler of the two color combinations is the white and light green one, because these colors reflect more sunlight. But the light gray and navy one is more of a mid-tone color combination than two really dark colors, and doesn’t absorb too much light or heat.
As far as taking this tent down goes, that only took a few minutes longer than getting it set up. The second time, setup and takedown were even faster and easier. The trickiest part was getting it into its bag. But if you fold it in half lengthwise, and then fold it into thirds (kind of like you are folding shirts Marie Kondo style), you can make it pretty compact. From there, you can just roll it up. You can do the same thing with the rain fly, and they should both fit inside the bag without any problems.
Are there any drawbacks with this tent? The only thing which we noticed is that the zippers didn’t seem like the strongest, but neither did they seem weak and brittle. So long as you are reasonably careful with them, they should hold up just fine.
The Coleman Sundome Tent is a sturdy, well-made tent with a smart design which maximizes shade, ventilation, rain protection, and overall versatility. The combination of the mesh panels on the tent and the rain fly gives you a “best of both worlds” solution for airflow and shelter, allowing you to camp comfortably in hot climates like at Buring Man for example. Whether it is bright and sunny or pouring rain, you will remain dry and cool in your tent.