This spring my daughter turns one and soon after, my wife and I would like to take an overnight camping trip. Are there any tents in particular that people recommend for families? I’m most likely interested in a four-person tent with a floor and bug net that is relatively lightweight and straightforward to set up. A reasonable price is an important factor, too, and I’d like to take advantage of some post-holiday sales.
The Shangri-La 5 looks nice (as does the price with the 40% off sale), but I’m worried about the tent’s large footprint and finding appropriate campsites to fit it. I’ve also read positive reviews about the Tarptent Hogback. Though we’ll likely travel further afield, most of our time will be spent on the East Coast, specifically in the Catskills and Adirondacks. I want something versatile that my family can grow into over the years, and that will function for two people just as nicely as it would for four. And though we’ll probably start with car camping, I want something light enough to eventually carry on multi-day trips.
Any and all recommendations and advice are welcome (I’d also consider something used, if you have an appropriate tent that you’re looking to sell). Right now all I have is a double-walled North Face tent that I camped in with my family as a kid, so anything will likely be an improvement!