Best Tents for Wildland Firefighting

Last Updated on November 1, 2021

The best tent for wildland firefighting should provide enough space inside so that you can stay comfortably and keep the wildland fire gear at the same time.

Besides, the space you have to consider the following parameters as well before buying one –

  • Ease of setting up and taking down the unit.
  • It should not be too heavy unless it’s a big tent having a 9-10 person capacity. This confirms its portability.
  • You should be able to control the ventilation easily by covering or uncovering the windows.
  • The value for the price.

Considering all those above parameters, I’ve shortlisted some of the handy tents for wildland firefighting, mentioning their benefits and pitfalls.

I’m sure you will be able to decide on one after reading this guide. So, without any further delay, let’s get to the business.

3 Best Tents for Wildland Firefighting Detailed Review

1. CAMPROS 9-10 Person Tent

Pros

  • It’s a big tent, hence providing the firefighters the required space to put their wildland firefighting gear with ease.
  • The tent carrying bag is noticeably big, having extra space inside to give the wildland firefighters some advantages in terms of folding it back in a quick time.
  • It holds up high winds or rain efficiently.
  • Considering the size of the tent, setting up or taking it down is fairly a quick job.
  • It boasts sufficient windows, and you can control the airflow inside by zipping or unzipping the windows with ease.
  • Excellent value for the money.

Cons

  • As the tent is big, no wonder it’s a bit on the heavier side.
  • The instruction manual could have been filled with more words and pictures.

As I said, a wildland firefighting tent needs to be spacious, and it shouldn’t take too long to assemble it. This CAMPROS tent offers exactly that.

You will get plenty of space inside to stay with some of your team members and keep your gear inside. Technically you can place about three queen-size mattresses inside that are 5×7 if you want to occupy the whole space. It’s a 6′ tall tent. So, if you are not over 6′ tall, you won’t have to bend over when you walk around in there.

Setting up this tent should not take more than 15-20 minutes for one person. You can do it even faster by taking assistance from one of your mates.

Overall, this particular tent is one of the best tents for wildland firefighting without hurting your pocket at all.

2. KAZOO 4-Person Tent

Pros

  • Quick and super easy setup process. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes for the first-timer to make things up and ready.
  • Easy to carry as the carrying bag is compact and the unit’s overall weight is not too heavy.
  • The reversible awning feature lets you use it as both a storage area and an awning.
  • It boasts windows on all four sides ensuring sufficient ventilation inside.
  • This tent features doors on both sides.
  • You will get multiple pockets inside the tent to keep some small gear like safety glasses.

Cons

  • Very basic kind of zipper.
  • If you are more than 6′, this tent is not for you.
  • The floor is very thin.
  • The price could have been better.

Although this KAZOO tent is claimed to be a 4-person tent, it’s not ideal for lodging more than 3-person comfortably.

This tent offers every basic feature that a wildland firefighter would expect from a tent. For instance, the ease of setup and takedown. Substantial inside for staying at least three persons. However, if you plan to keep all those protective equipment and clothing inside, consider staying two persons at a time.

The poles, stakes are quite good in quality, and overall, this tent can tackle windy conditions. The rainfly is good enough to keep the tent dry inside during rainfall.

All in all, this KAZOO 4-person tent is something you should buy only if lightweightness is the prime concern for you. Otherwise, you have some better options than this, like my top pick CAMPROS 9-10 person tent or Coleman Sundome tent.

3. Coleman Sundome Tent

Pros

  • It’s compact and easy to carry.
  • Different options are readily available, varying in color and capacity.
  • Straightforward and quick to get things up and running with this tent.
  • It’s lightweight and hence easy to transport.
  • The zipper’s quality is noteworthy. 
  • It gives protection from different weather conditions.
  • You can control the air inside as covering and uncovering the windows using quality zippers are plain sailing tasks.
  • The price is a bargain.

Cons

  • Not the perfect one for someone above 6′.
  • As it doesn’t offer two doors, someone staying at the window side would find it difficult to get out.

If you haven’t heard of Coleman tent, I don’t know where you guys have been. It’s one of the most popular tent manufacturers to cater to different types of camper’s requirements.

This particular tent is another go-to-go wildland gear for the wildland firefighters. 

You can set it up within 10 minutes for the first time without taking anyone’s help. For the second, third, fourth, and so on, you will be able to get things done even faster.

You can choose different capacities of this tent and also the color. Here are some useful variations of this Navy blue/gray unit varying in camper capacity –

One of the main drawbacks of this tent is if you are buying the 6-person version of this unit, you won’t find it comfortable staying with more than four members. Similarly, the 4-person is perfect for staying with three persons. The same goes for the 3-person and 2-person capacity versions of this tent.

In a nutshell, this particular tent is quite useful in carrying, providing space and protection for the firefighters. Not to mention, it’s easy to assemble and re-pack too. More importantly, you are getting all these features without hurting your pocket.

Final Verdict

This is it!

As I said, you don’t have to be too fancy while choosing the best tent for wildland firefighting. You just have to confirm a few basic features like – space inside, the time required to set things up and running, the weight, ease of controlling the ventilation, etc.

Out of the above three options I’ve listed here, if you want to buy a big unit, then the CAMPROS tent is the best bet. If you are looking for a compact unit, then Coleman Sundome is the ideal one. You should go for the KAZOO tent only if you are desperate to buy a relatively lightweight unit.

Author: Euell Gibbons

Outdoorsman and proponent of natural diets. He loves camping, hiking and exploring the great outdoors. Camping is a way of life for him - as soon as he can get away from work, he's out there!

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