Cabela's sells a fine, big tent called the Backwoods Three-Room Cabin, which sells for a very reasonable $270 (www.cabelas.com). And I mean it is a BIG tent, with a ten- by twenty-foot floorthat's a house in some parts of the world. Zip-out dividers let you create three rooms inside the tent for privacy. It's made of nylon fabric, with fiberglass-and-steel poles, so it's a pretty rugged design.
For something a little more compact, Eureka's Equinox 6 tent offers enough room for five to six people (87 square feet) in a lighter package (19 pounds, versus the Three-Room Cabin's 42). You sacrifice room dividers and some standing height. But you gain a somewhat more wind-resistant profile, aluminum poles, and a fly that offers better rain coverage. Cost is $319 because of its more exotic materials (www.eurekacamping.com).
Wenzel and Coleman, generally speaking, come in at a little less price-wise. Examples include Coleman's eight-person Cabin Tent (just slightly smaller than the above product from Cabela's), which divides into three rooms and weighs 39 pounds. Price is $219 (www.coleman.com). Wenzel's Pueblo Pentadome has a 20- by 10-foot floor and three rooms, selling for a mere $160 (www.camping-n-gear.com).
For something with nostalgic value as well as good utility, check out the canvas tents from Davis Tent and Awning (www.davistent.com). You can get a ten- by 12-foot tent with frame and water-repellent canvas for $395; pretty steep but consider it a lifetime investment if well cared for. The canvas is tough, durable, and breathes better than nylon, affording better comfort.
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