17 Best Tents for Camping in the Rain

If you expect lots of precipitation during your next planned outdoor adventure, you will want to check this list with best tents for camping in the rain, all top-rated products from the best-known brands in this industry. Keep reading.

How to choose a tent for camping in the rain

Obviously, the tent is supposed to keep you dry but this is not all. So here are a few things given in no particular order, to bear in mind when you choose the tent:

  1. Usually, it is best to go for a tent with a full-coverage fly and there are several reasons for that. The less exposed seams, zippers, windows, and similar elements, the better. When you have such details, many things can go wrong and this increases chances for a leak.
  2. Such full-fly tents usually imply one or two vestibules. Having this feature is a bonus because you have some extra storage area for your gear. But sometimes it may be annoying wrestling with the zippers on such vestibules. If this is how you feel, you might want to choose a tent that is without a vestibule, while the fly covers it almost completely. You will see some great examples in the list.
  3. You might still decide to go for a partial coverage fly, there are many great cabin-style reliable tents with such a fly. In such a case it is good to choose a model with an awning or with a brim above the door. This allows for dry entry.
  4. On the other hand, such full-fly tents tend to be very aerodynamic as well, this is because most of them are dome-style tents. Though, there are even cabin tents with a full fly.
  5. Have you ever tried to pitch a tent in the rain? If so, then you know that before you add the fly, everything is already soaked with water. This is why it may be useful to go for a tent with external poles. There are some great options of this type on the market and you will see them here in the list.
  6. There are manufacturers from areas where rain is quite common. This may include those from a warm and wet climate like Brazil, and also areas with a cold and wet climate like Scotland. So no worry, you are covered here, you will see some tents from NTK which is a Brazilian brand, and also from Vango that is from Scotland. They are supposed to know how to build rain tents.
  7. If you camp in the area with long intervals with rain, you will want to have a tent that offers at least some comfort. So it is good to have a living room with a stand-up height. This is very typical for tents built for the EU market, and you will see them here.
  8. If there is no living room, then you will want to have a tent with a well-protected porch where you can do the cooking.
  9. Cold areas with rain may imply lots of issues with ventilation and condensation. A full-coverage fly without vents is like a sarcophagus. So make sure that you have fly vents.
  10. You will want to check the waterproof rating of the tent. But I would want to add a few comments related to this issue. Even with a minimal rating of 800 mm or so, you may be just fine on condition that the seams are properly sealed. If this is not so, then even a 5000 mm rating will be useless. This is all about water column pressure, so a tent’s fly can never experience such a high water column, but you might want to have some good value for the tent’s floor. This is because of the pressure you make on the floor and this can lead to leaks if the rating is not good enough.

Perhaps not all of these features are of importance to you, so make a priority list and then choose appropriately. So here is my list with best tents for camping in the rain given alphabetically, so this is not a ranking. Please have a look and follow the links for more.

ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 5 Outfitter Tent
41 Reviews
ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 5 Outfitter Tent
  • Easy assembly with free-standing two-pole design, aluminum poles and pole clips that snap over tent poles
  • Polyester tent fly resists water and UV damage while adding two vestibules for extra storage space
  • Great ventilation and easy entry with mesh roof and two doors with zippered mesh windows
  • Our Taurus Outfitter Series has 2 key upgrades: oversized #10 door zippers and a heavy duty nylon oxford floor
  • Base Size: 8' x 10', Center Height: 72", Total Weight: 13 lbs. 5 oz., Minimum Weight: 12 lbs. 5 oz.
Big Agnes Bunk House Camping Tent
  • SPACIOUS! – The Bunk House is a spacious family or group tent with an oversized, pole-supported front vestibule for awning-covered camp-chair chilling, or covered gear storage. Features two large doors and two vestibules. Doors feature windows with two closure options: mesh only for ventilation or zip up the polyester layer for complete closure. Storm flaps on the vestibule base zippers add extra fortification from the elements.
  • SHELTER MODE – Pitch it as a covered shelter using just the fly, poles and included webbing harness (without the tent body) to create a large, open shelter that is an ideal shady spot for everyone to hang out under during hot days. Can also be set up using footprint (sold separately) in place of webbing harness.
  • FULL FEATURED –Two removable corner bin pockets are great for stashing all sorts of sundries. Also included are four interior mesh pockets and two media pockets. Gear loft loops are included in the tent and fit Square, Trapezoid, Large Trapezoid and Triangle gear lofts– sold separately. The extra-large welcome mat on the front door keeps your dirty shoes out of your tent.
  • READY TO PITCH - Pre-cut guy lines and tensioners attached to fly. Reflective guy lines and webbing on tent corners make your tent easily visible at night. Color-coded webbing and buckles make set up super easy. Pole-securement points located on interior of rainfly provide perfect pitch and extra stability.
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Coleman Waterproof Galileo Outdoor Tunnel Tent Available in Green - 4 Persons
  • Generous head-height throughout tent for maximum comfort
  • Spacious living area with extra-large windows and two doors
  • Fully-integrated, sewn-in PE groundsheet ensures weatherproof and bug-free camping
  • Flysheet
  • Water column of 3000 mm
Core 9 Person Extended Dome Tent
  • Sleeps 9 people; Fits three queen air mattresses; Center Height: 72"
  • CORE H20 Block Technology and adjustable ground vent
  • Features gear loft with lantern hook and pockets to keep items organized and off the tent floor
  • Electrical cord access port (port is fully closable when not in use)
  • Includes tent, tent poles, rain fly, tent stakes, and carry bag
Ferrino Meteora 4 Family Tent, Red, 4-Person
  • 4 person tent with additional floor sewn along the entire edge of the fly sheet to guarantee maximum protection and comfort
  • Tunnel construction
  • Waterproof to 2, 000mm
Columbia Modified 3 Person / 4 Person / 6 Person / 8 Person Dome Tents
15 Reviews
Columbia Modified 3 Person / 4 Person / 6 Person / 8 Person Dome Tents
  • Omni-Shield Advanced Water Repellent Material - Columbia’s patented Omni-shield tech and fully-taped seams provide superior water resistance.
Marmot Guest House 6P
  • Material: [fly] 60D polyester, 1500mm coating, [canopy] 68D polyester, 40D polyester mesh, [floor] 68D polyester, 2000mm coating
  • Capacity: 6-person
  • Season: 3-season
  • Wall Type: double-wall
  • Poles: DAC DA17
NTK Laredo GT 8 to 9 Person 10 by 15 Foot Sport Camping Tent 100% Waterproof 2500mm
133 Reviews
NTK Laredo GT 8 to 9 Person 10 by 15 Foot Sport Camping Tent 100% Waterproof 2500mm
  • SPACIOUS 8 to 9 Person (aduls/kids), 1 Roomy Door, 3 Windows Tent Designed for Easy Assembly with color coded poles. Super 6.2 FT height for maximum comfort.
  • FULL COVERAGE RAINFLY: Double layer 190T polyester laminated with polyurethane 2500 mm water column, partially aluminium, heat-welded PU seam sealed and UV protection, Large covered mesh vents provide even more ventilation. Inner tent: Large D-style doors with mosquito mesh for great views and ventilation. Roomy utility pockets and gear loft for gear storage.
  • FRAME: 100% virgin NANO-FLEX shock corded fiber glass rods with improved diameter and double gold plated ferrules. Aluminium Pin-and-ring system for easy and quick setup.
  • MOSQUITO MESH: Inner tent fully breathable with generous Ultra-thin polyester no-see style mesh keeps you safe from smallest insects and mosquitos while offering some privacy from side view (when not using the rainfly).
  • FLOOR MATERIAL AND DESIGN: Heavy duty anti-fungus seamless polyethylene with inner silver coated layer keeps you dry and protected enhanced by the unique element barrier bathtub-style construction (you won't wake up in a puddle!). Security: Meets CPAI-84 flammability requirements. Heavy duty carry bag with compression straps and ID label to personalize your tent.
NTK Super Arizona GT up to 12 Person 20.6 by 10.2 by 6.9 Height Foot Sport Family XL Camping Tent 100% Waterproof 2500mm
  • THE ULTIMATE FAMILY CAMPING EXPERIENCE! SUPER SPACIOUS 11 to 12 Person (adult/kids) tent, Detachable Room Divider, 2 Doors, 3 Windows Tent Designed for Easy Assembly with color coded poles. Super 6.9 FT height for maximum comfort.
  • FULL COVERAGE RAINFLY: Double layer 190T polyester laminated with polyurethane 2500 mm water column, partially aluminium, heat-welded PU seam sealed and UV protection, Large covered mesh vents provide even more ventilation. Inner tent: Large D-style doors with mosquito mesh for great views and ventilation. Roomy utility pockets and gear loft for gear storage. Poles included for extended canopy.
  • FRAME: 100% virgin NANO-FLEX shock corded fiber glass rods with improved diameter and double gold plated ferrules. Aluminium Pin-and-ring system for easy and quick setup.
  • MOSQUITO MESH: Inner tent fully breathable with generous Ultra-thin polyester NO-SEE-UM style mesh keeps you safe from smallest insects and mosquitos while offering some privacy from side view (when not using the rainfly).
  • FLOOR MATERIAL AND DESIGN: Heavy duty anti-fungus seamless polyethylene with inner silver coated layer keeps you dry and protected enhanced by the unique element barrier bathtub-style construction (you won't wake up in a puddle!). Security: Meets CPAI-84 flammability requirements. Heavy duty carry bag with compression straps and ID label to personalize your tent.
Slumberjack Roughhouse 6 Person Tent
  • Near vertical walls provide huge interior living space 
  • Full coverage rain fly ensures a dry & comfortable experience
  • Front porch" vestibule converts into large shade awning
  • Full coverage rain fly ensures a dry & comfortable experience
  • Full no-see-um mesh tent body provides excellent ventilation
Vango Waterproof Odyssey 800 Unisex Outdoor Tunnel Tent Available in Green - 8 Persons
  • Protex 70 denier polyester fire retardant flysheet
  • Full mesh door on front and linked-in PE groundsheet in living area
  • Patented Vango tension band system for extra stability
  • Large diamond clear polyvinyl chloride windows with toggled privacy curtains
  • Waterproof, durable and reliable
Vango Purbeck Tent, Vivid Grey, Size 600/X-Large
19 Reviews
Vango Purbeck Tent, Vivid Grey, Size 600/X-Large
  • Sentinel Active is strong, light and with a 3,000 mm HH rating, ensuring ideal quality and performance coupled with compact pack sizes
  • Fully sewn-in groundsheet - adds to the comfort of your tent by providing a bug and draught free environment
  • Built-in front awning - provides extra enclosed space ideal for socialising, dining and storage
  • Climate windows - enjoy the views while easily managing the temperature inside your tent with our multi-functional windows which; combine mesh, diamond clear windows and privacy curtains
  • Queen bedrooms - provides a 60 cm sleeping area per person, meaning you have plenty of room to sleep and store essentials

You might also want to see our separate list with best 2 room tents for family camping, and best cabin tents with awning. Thank you for reading. Please use the comment box below in the case of questions or comments. Have a nice day.

Last update on 2020-09-28  / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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