The 5 Best 5-Person Tents for 2018

The 5 Best 5-Person Tents for 2018

If you are in the market for a 5-man tent you have probably seen that the selection is somewhat limited, most tent manufacturers make either 4-man or 6-man tents, leaving 5-man tent seekers somewhat limited on their buying options but have no fear, GearTrend is here to help.

In a hurry? Here are our quick rankings for the top 5-person tents (click to jump)

  1. Wenzel – Pine Ridge 5
  2. NTK – Cherokee GT 5/6
  3. Coleman – Sundome 6 person (I know, technically a 6-man)
  4. Suisse Sport – Yosemite 5 man
  5. ALP Mountaineering – Meramac 5

What to consider when buying a 5-person tent

As we talked about in our best camping tents of 2018 review a few weeks back, there really is no such thing as the perfect tent. There are 3 main factors for deciding which tent to buy:

  1. Use – are you backpacking, car camping, or trekking in some gnarly weather? Each of those actives will have a different use.
  2. Size – This is a combination of the number of people you want to sleep combined with the amount of room you want for gear and living space, the key to remember here is that a 5-man tent will typically only sleep 4 adults comfortably and that with your stuff outside.
  3. Cost/Quality – As with any purchase, you get what you pay for, if you plan on camping a lot, or want to use this tent for many seasons to come, consider spending a little bit more. I’m typically a value shopper, meaning I want the best bang for the buck, not the cheapest, but the quality to cost ratio I can find.

1.Wenzel – Pine Ridge 5

Stats for the Wenzel 5-man tent

  • Sleeps 5 (4 comfortably)
  • 10’ X 8’ footprint
  • 58” center height
  • 2 doors
  • 3 windows
  • 2 rooms (with optional divider)

What we like about the Wenzel 5-man 2 room tent

One of the cool features of this tent is Wenzel’s Lite Reflect panels, these panels light up your whole tent by reflecting a light source such as a headlamp or flashlight around the tent when it’s pointed at the reflective panel, a unique feature for sure. Check out Wenzel’s Light Reflect video:

The room divider can be a great feature for small families using this tent to provide some changing room privacy. The tent features a pocket great for holding phones, headlamps, midnight snacks or even mini bottle of Jack Daniels if it’s really cold outside. It also features what Wenzel calls a “Gear Loft” which is basically a little net at the dome, which works well with the previously mentioned reflective tent panels. This tent has gotten a 4.5-star average out of 201 reviews on Amazon which is a big reason why we are calling it the best 5-man tent of 2017, at least so far. The Wenzel Pine Ridge also checks the value box coming in around $70.

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2.NTK – Cherokee GT 5/6

Stats for the NTK 5 or 6-man tent

  • Sleeps up to 6 (5 comfortably)
  • 9.8’ X 9.8’ footprint
  • 69” center height
  • 1 doors
  • 1 window, the top half of the sides are mesh though
  • 1 room

What we like about the NTK 5 or 6-man tent

This tent is higher quality than the Wenzel we just looked at coming in at around $125 it’s definitely at the higher end of that cost/quality scale we’re talking about. What does that extra cost get you? How about gold-plated chromed metal hardware, a 100% waterproof claim and some “100% virgin” white fiberglass rods. Yeah, sounds fancy alright! Now I’m not sure that I really require that much out of my camping tent, but I’m not a hardcore tent camper either. If you are looking for a higher-end tent that won’t break on you in the first 2 seasons of while you’re a few miles away from your car, this is a great 5- man tent option. This tent comes in with 4.5 half stars on Amazon, but a few number of reviews.

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3.Coleman – Sundome 6 person (I know, technically a 6-man)

Stats for the Sundome 6 Person Tent

  • Sleeps up to 6 (5 comfortably)
  • 10’ X 10’ foot print
  • 72” center height (6’ feet)
  • 1 doors
  • 2 windows
  • 1 room

What we like about the Coleman Sundome 6-man

To be honest, this tent might have made it higher up the list if it wasn’t actually a 6 man tent. I just bought the Sunndome 4-man which is identical to this only smaller and plan to use it as my main tent this summer. The Sundome 6 falls squarely in between the Wenzel and the NTK when it comes to size, but is a little closer to the Wenzel in quality. Coleman offers a 1-year warranty and a list of “patent technologies” such as its wind resistance and seam sealing tech. For the most part, this is a middle of the road well-rounded tent without many thrills, but no cut corners either. The one unique feature is the electric accessibility port, I don’t think I’ll ever use it, but I suppose If you camp with a generator or solar panel setup it would be pretty handy. Reviews for this bad boy are solid on Amazon with an average of 4.5/472 reviewers. Check out our in-depth review of the Coleman Sundome tent here.

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4.Suisse Sport Yosemite Tent

Stats for the Suisse Sport Yosemite

  • Sleeps up to 5
  • 10’ X 8’ footprint
  • 72” center height
  • 1 doors
  • 3 window
  • 2 rooms

What we like about the Suisse Sport Yosemite

I’ll be honest, I’ve never actually seen this tent, and apparently, they don’t have a manufacture website, but hey, the 324 Amazon review customers giving it 4 stars can’t be wrong. The weight of this tent comes in a few pounds lighter than the rest and it seems pretty basic in general. From trolling through the Amazon reviews, I found a user had posted some additional pictures including some feature shots, including an “E Port” like the Coleman had, a room divider, small gear pockets and a mesh shelf at the top that is similar to the Wenzels “Gear Loft”. It’s a relatively unproven brand but reviewers seem to like it, buyer beware. If your Suisse Sport and reading this, how bout you make a website eh? It is 2018, or you can send us a tent to review ;).

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5.ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 5-Person

Stats for the ALP Meramac 5-Person

  • Sleeps up to 5
  • 10’ X 8’ footprint
  • 72” center height
  • 2 doors
  • 2 window (and a mesh wall)
  • 2 rooms

What we like about the ALP’s Meramac

This tent is a little more on the on the high-end side as well, comparable to the NTK tent from above. It has most of the features of a high-end tent like a sturdy #8 zipper, storage pockets, self-proclaimed “larger than normal” fiberglass poles, gear loft, and a rain fly with an awning over each door.

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