3 Man Tent Review

Our Choice Of The Best 3 Man Tents

Each 3 man tent is designed with various features to suit all types of camping needs, so finding the best 3 person tent will be based on many factors.

There are many types of 3 man tents on the market that are high quality shelters to protect outdoor enthusiasts from the elements, bugs whilst providing comfort.

We give our choices of the best three man tents available, who is likely to get the best use out of them and our overall tent ratings based on consumer opinions, features and design.

Its important to know your backpacking and camping needs before making a choice which we provide guides for if your unsure of what you should be looking for.


3 Man Tent Considerations

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Here are a few points to consider before comparing and choosing 3 person tents:

  • Budget: Your not likely to find a quality 3 man tent for under $200 ( we will not recommend any). A suitable three person tent is likely to cost $200 min - $400 although some are more expensive.
  • Weight: How are you camping? Backpacking, Hiking, Canoe camping, Hiking, Base camp or Motorcycle camping? If backpacking needs will be lightweight but base camp weight will not be a significant factor.
  • Season: You will either need a 3 season tent ( spring, summer, fall) or 4 season 3 man tents that cater for winter camping that will shed snow and protect an outdoors person from harsher conditions.
  • Space/Room: Room needed is very important because so many tent buyers purchase a tent then give a consumer review stating the camping tent was a squeeze. Keep in mind camping is about the basics which includes the shelter we choose. Most tents especially backpacking tents are sized in a way that the person/persons its advertised for includes room for the people sleeping, a sleeping pad with enough room to sleep on and very little space for anything else. This is why you can buy tents with a vestibule for gear storage (different sizes). If you want lots of room you may want to buy a 4 person tent,.

Our 3 Person Tent Choices


Marmot Limelight 3 Person Tent - Value for money


The Marmot limelight is one of our top choices of 3 man tents that is value for money. It has all the features needed that can be found on the higher price range tents that only costs around $250 or less.

The 3 season Limelight is a suitable backpackers tent that comes with a gear loft and footprint which are bought separately with most camping tents.

It uses DAC Press fit aluminium poles that use a pressed in ferrule which should ensure the poles remain reliable and maintain their strength.

The 3 season Marmot tent weight is 5 lbs. 15 oz average minimum weight ( tent body, rainfly and poles) and 6 lbs. 11 oz average packaged weight ( all components including instructions). It can also can be used with rainfly, poles and footprint for fast summer pitching for the less advanced minimalist.

Overall Ratings


Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3 Man Tent - Light, Spacious, and Strong


The copper spur 3 person tent is one of the lighter 3 man tents available that still manages to provide ample living space, 2 easy access doors with individual vestibules for gear storage.

The major downfall is the price of the Big Agnes copper spur, although some clever price comparing may chip $50 of the $500 price tag.

The Copper spur uses strong DAC Featherlite NSL poles, a DAC Swivel Hub pole connector and DAC Twist Clips that simplifies the setup.

The average minimum weight ( tent body, rainfly and poles) is 4 lbs. 3 oz and average packaged weight 4 lbs. 12 oz ( all components including instructions).

If you wanting a 3 man tent that is lighter than most that doesn’t compromise space and uses the best materials found in today’s tents then you might want to consider the Big agnes copper spur, although the price could be a major setback.

Overall Ratings


REI Quarter Dome T3 Tent - Surprisingly Top Quality


The REI Quarter dome 3 man tent surprised us when we decided to provide a list of 3 man tents that we could recommend because we thought of only the best tent brands initially, but looking at the REI quarter dome closer we found it up there with the best three man tents available.

The RIE tent is a 3 season, freestanding lightweight backpacking tent that uses DAC feather lite NSL poles, and a preassembled color coded hub-pole set and pole clips that ensures an easy setup/take down.

The RIE Quarter dome is priced at $299 and only available from the store REI ( outdoors store on/offline) and received the Backpacker Magazine editors choice award in 2008.

Overall Ratings


MSR Mutha Hubba Tent - The most livable 3 person backpacking tent


The MSR Mutha Hubba 3 man tent is one of the most roomier 3 man tents and is one of our best 3 person tent choices for that reason. To find any bigger we would be suggesting a 4 person tent that would not be as light as the MSR tent.



The pole configuration and 44 inch peak height is what gives this MSR tent the thumbs up on living space even though there are other 3 man tent's that have larger interior and vestibule floor measurements.

Overall Ratings


NEMO Losi 3P Tent - Even more livable than the MSR Mutha Hubba


The Nemi losi is one of our favorite 3 person tents for all the right reasons which includes livabilty, ventilation, sturdiness and overall one of the best $400 choices.

The advanced pole structure provides great stability and creates near vertical walls that will maximize usable space even more so than the MSR above and conveniently sets up in stormy weather by pitching the fly, poles and footprint first, then attach the inner tent.

The interior floor area is 50 square feet, vestibule area 12 + 12 square feet and the interior height is a massive 48 inches.

This was given the thumbs up by Backpackers magazine for the best all around 3 man tent that combines the best of space, weight, and weatherproofing. We couldn't agree more!

Overall Ratings

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