There are so many different types of tents available today, each catering to slightly different needs – whether it’s a huge canvas tent you need for a car camping trip or the lightest tent possible for your next backpacking adventure. And it’s tough to find the ones that are truly made in America. We did the research to break it all down for you and find the manufacturers that are making American-made tents. Check out our research below, along with some shopping tips for finding the country of origin.
Full List of Tent Brands Made in the USA
Warmlite makes high-performance camping tents for climbers and serious hikers. They also offer sleeping bags, camping mattresses, and other accessories and gear.
Longevity and lifetime access to any needed repairs are two of the things that customers love most about their tents, says Kim Cunningham, an awesome manager at Warmlite. “We have customers who use our gear for 20 or 40 years and can come back decades later and have us repair gear. We believe in our product, our designs, and our customers. We want our customers to be happy with their gear, we want them to create amazing memories and experiences while on expeditions, and we want to do everything we can to get them there. Customers want their gear to work and to last, and they know they can get that from us.”
We spoke with Kim about why they love manufacturing in the U.S.: “We believe in this country, we want to keep the entire company as domestic as possible. Even our materials, from the fabrics to the zippers, are manufactured in the US. We want to support American manufacturing, American jobs, American families, and the American economy. We at Warmlite® feel that our nation is great, and we want to help keep it that way.”
Hummingbird Hammocks have protection, breathability, strength, and ease of setup. It has a durable bottom layer and you can pair it with one of their bug nets that keeps you well protected and is great during the summer months. For colder conditions, you can pick up their Puffin Underquilt to provide additional protection and warmth. Overall, a great choice for hammock camping during any season.
Tarptent sews high-quality tents at their manufacturing facility in Seattle, Washington. Not all of their tent models are made here though, but we still thought they are worth mentioning. Look for the Scarp 1 or Cloudburst 3 tents as some good American-sewn options (some materials not sourced here though).
Seek Outside is a great outdoor brand that is making some very cool teepee tents for camping. Seek Outside also has tent stoves (also made in the USA) that you can tote along with you for cooking a great meal.
Bear Paw Wilderness Designs makes a wide variety of tents and canopies for campers. They are pretty fairly priced as well. They do all the seam sealing for you and will even do some custom work if you need adjustments made to your tent order.
YouTube Video: How to Find Tents Made in the USA
Factors To Consider
Material strength and durability should be big factors in your research. After all, this is camping we’re talking about – your tent needs to be able to weather the elements and a bit of rough treatment every once in a while. This comes down to not only what material is used, but how the tent is sewn as well.
Choose a tent that is easy to set up, especially when weather conditions are not the best. You also need to be able to set it up by yourself if you’re in a pinch and don’t have anybody else to help out. With so many different types of tents out there, most come down to three different types of setups:
- By tent pole
- By trekking pole
- By rope or strap (hammocks)
Your tent needs to be able to withstand the elements when you’re out camping. There are a few different factors in this category that help prevent bad experiences when you have rain, snow, wind, or other inclement weather. Here are some of them:
- Design – an aerodynamic configuration helps minimize wind resistance
- Base material – certain types of fabrics are more water-resistant than others
- Coating – a watertight coating on the exterior of the tent will help wick away water
- Fly – the fly on the tent will help prevent water from coming in, regulate warmth, and also help provide some wind resistance
- Bathtub floor – helps prevent water and debris from getting through the bottom of the tent
Size is really important, not only for how many people sleeping in your tent, but also for gear, pets, and just general comfort. Look for tents with roomy interiors while minimizing weight. Remember, you should typically subtract one person from what the tent says it can actually hold. So, if it’s a two-person tent, typically pretty comfortable for one person and their gear.
The weight of your tent can make or break how comfortable your gear is on your back. Look for tents that use durable, lightweight materials that you can count on. Typically, a manufacturer is going to list three different weights for a single tent:
- Fast pitch: the weight of your poles, footprint, and fly
- Trail weight: this is all of the pieces of the tent minus items like stakes, stuff sacks, and other accessories
- Packaged weight: this is what you should really look at – it’s the full weight of the tent and all accessories, and it’s the closest measurement to what you’ll experience on the trail
A tent with bad ventilation can be like sleeping in a plastic bag. The materials used to make them are so focused on strength and weather resistance, that tent manufacturers really pay close attention to the overall design and layout of the tent to help with ventilation. Here are some of the common tent features that help with airflow:
- Mesh layers or windows
- Fly cover
- Chimney system
Of course, you want to make sure you’re getting the best tent for your money. Look out for tents where you feel like the quality of the product does not live up to its expensive price tag.