24 Camping Tents Under 200
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The 25 Best Camping Tents Under $200 for 2022

Best Camping Tents Under $200 

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Do you like shopping for camping gear as much as we do? Don’t get me wrong, we love everything about being outdoors. But there is something exciting about buying just the thing to make the camping experience a little better. 

But, you’ve probably been shopping for a tent recently and thought to yourself “I thought camping was supposed to be cheap!” Never fear my budget-conscious friends. We have put together the best camping tents under $200!

That’s right! For less than $200 you can buy a quality tent for backpacking, car camping, or to serve as a basecamp. No matter if you are a solo backpacker wanting the lightest weight option. Or if you have a growing family and need room for your whole troop, there are good choices out there. 

Let’s get started!

Best Camping Tents for Under $200 Options 

The reality is, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to buying a tent. That’s why we have broken this into categories by capacity. 

Here is a quick overview of them. Feel free to skip to the one you are looking for. 

At the end we will go over some things to keep in mind when shopping for a good tent on a budget. 

  • ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Person
  • Mountainsmith Morrison EVO
  • Kelty Late Start
  • North Face Stormbreak 3 Person
  • Alps Mountaineering Zephyr 3 Person
  • Teton Sports Mountain Ultra 3 Person
  • Alps Mountaineering Lynx 4 Person
  • Kelty Wireless 4
  • Coleman Carlsbad 4 Person
  • Coleman Sundome 6 Person
  • Coleman Evanston 6 Person With Screen Room
  • CORE 6 Person
  • Coleman Montana 6 Person
  • Coleman Elite Montana 8 Person Tent
  • Coleman Red Canyon 8 Person Tent
  • CAMPROS 8 Person Tent
  • Ozark Trails 10 Person 3 Room Cabin Tent
  • UNP 10 Person Tent
  • Tahoe Gear Olympia 10 Person Tent
  • Marmot Tungsten 1 Person Backpacking Tent
  • Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1 Person Backpacking Tent
  • Marmot Crane Creek 2 Person Backpacking Tent
  • GEERTOP 2 Person 4 Season Tent
  • Naturehike Cloud-Up 2-3 Person 4 Season Tent
  • AYAMAYA 2 Person 4 Season Tent

As a disclaimer, we haven’t personally tried all of these tents ourselves. We aren’t exactly minimalists, but we have reduced our collection of tents to just one, the REI Half Dome 2 Plus. 

We had the original that lasted 15 years, and we loved it. But when we replaced it with the new model a couple of years ago, there are things we love and things we don’t. We’ll go into more detail later. 

So it has us wondering, “is there a better option?” Or should we keep it for backpacking and flights while looking for a bigger tent for local trips?

That has led us to deep dive into finding the best camping tents on a budget. This isn’t the same list you will find on other websites. 

We have consistently found that inferior tents wind up on these lists, even though they don’t deserve to be. Any tent is going to provide some sort of shelter, but we only want to recommend the best of the best. Click here to jump to the ones that didn’t make our list, even though they are recommended by other websites.

Once we eliminated all of the duds, this is what we found out in our research:

The Best 2 Person Tents Under $200

Let’s start with the basics. Let’s say this is your first tent and you’re going solo. A good 2 person tent is a great place to start. They are lightweight and easy to set up. And some of these are ideal for backpacking (although we will cover the best backpacking tents later).

We have always had a backpacking tent, and we can’t recommend the same for anyone. We have been able to camp in remote places all over the United States. And we have been able to pack it for a camping trip to Iceland. (Read all about our favorite Iceland campsites here!)

1. ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2-Person Tent

We also include this one in as one of our top lightweight backpacking tents and it’s bigger version in our best 3 person tent. 

If you only have one tent and you like to backpack or pack your camping gear on a plane, we highly recommend buying a backpacking tent. 

There are certain features that are sacrificed to make 2 person tents smaller. But the Alps Mountaineering Zephyr has a lot of the features of a car camping tent in a smaller package. 

The only downside is that you don’t have a lot of head room. At only 38” tall, don’t expect to stand up inside. 

However at 7’4” long, you will have plenty of legroom. And an ample amount of vestibule space will keep you dry in the rain.

  • Size: 88” x 58”
  • Height: 38”
  • Vestibule: 17 ft2
  • Weight: 5 lbs 11 oz
  • Packed size: 6-½” x 19”
  • Doors: 2

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to setup
  • Good ventilation
  • 2 doors
  • Rainfly can be used as a sunshade

Cons

  • Not very tall at 38”

2. Mountainsmith Morrison​​ EVO 2 Person Tent

This one is very similar to our Half Dome 2 in design, but a little bigger and a lot cheaper. 

However, that isn’t even the best feature of the EVO. At 96” long and 45” high, you are getting a (borderline backpacking) tent with lots of room inside. 

Of course, you still won’t be able to stand up like you will with one of the larger tents we get into later, but you won’t feel cramped for space when setting up or waiting out bad weather.

When you follow the link to this one, it describes it as a sun shelter. That is a limited description since it is a camping tent that can be converted into a sun shelter. 

Simply set up the tent with the rainfly and the footprint, and you have a perfect sun shelter for the beach or picnic.

  • Size: 96” x 56”
  • Height: 45”
  • Vestibule: 19 ft2
  • Weight: 6 lbs
  • Packed size: 17” x 8”
  • Doors: 2

Pros

  • 96” long and 45” tall give you ample space for a small tent
  • Clip-pole attachment for quick setup
  • Brow pole makes the headspace wider
  • A budget alternative to the Half Dome 2
  • Can be used as a sun shelter

Cons

  • 6 lbs makes it a heavy backpacking option

3. Kelty Late Start Backpacking Tent – 2 Person (2019 Model)

Yes, we are going to include a 2019 model even though we are in 2022. We will update this when a newer model comes out or when this one is sold out. 

But we had to include it because of the overall ratings by other users. And warn you about what other websites aren’t telling you. 

It’s a good tent, don’t get me wrong. But you don’t see any other reviewers telling you that it only has one door. Which is a problem with two people, especially backpacking.

Most backpacking tents have two doors and, more importantly, two vestibules to keep your backpack and boots dry. The Kelty Late Start only has one vestibule giving you 7.85 square feet of storage space. 

That makes this tent a bit cramped for space with 2 people. And if you have ever had someone crawl over you in the middle of the night, you would be tempted to install your own second door on the spot.

That said, it is only 4 lbs. That’s not ultralight, by any means. But compared to the other 2 person tents, it is a weight saver for long hikes.

  • Size: 85” x 54”
  • Height: 40”
  • Vestibule: 7.85  ft2
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • Packed size: 16” x 7”
  • Doors: 1

Pros

  • Lightweight at only 4 lbs

Cons

  • Only has one door and vestibule
  • Less than 8 sqf of vestibule space

Best 3 Person Tents under $200

A 3-person tent can be as described, a tent that can fit 3 people. Realistically, it has to be 3 small people that don’t mind sharing close space. 

A better option is for 2 people that like to spread out just a little more. So, if you’re looking for a little more space than a 2-person tent, or if you don’t mind sleeping with 2 people’s feet in your face, a 3-person tent is just for you.

Here are our 3 favorite 3-person tents.

1. ALPS Moun​​taineering Zephyr 3-Person Tent 2