Continuing our look at some of the highest quality family camping tents on the market, this week we turn to Mountain Hardwear, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The company is known for their innovative technology and products, including tents.
While Mountain Hardwear focuses primarily on lightweight backpacking and climbing tents, their Habitat and Casa line are both suitable for family camping. Best of all, these larger tents include all of the great technology of Mountain Hardwear’s lightweight tents, including anodized aluminum poles with clips for attaching the tent body.
The Habitat comes in 3-person ($325) and 5-person ($425 – shown) versions. A $60 footprint is available separately. The opaque sidewalls and ample amount of mesh provide plenty of light and ventilation and the design features two doors, for even more airflow.
With the rain fly in place, front and rear vestibules provide room for gear, which frees-up floor space inside the tent. Floor space is always a major consideration for family camping with kids and the Habitat makes the most of it, with near-vertical sidewalls and a 6 ft. 4 in. center height for the Habitat 5.
The Casa line comes in 4-person ($350 – shown) and 6-person ($435) versions. A $50 footprint is available separately. Like the Habitat, the Casa features opaque sidewalls large mesh windows for interior light and ventilation. The single door is tall and wide, for easy access.
The rain fly also features opaque sidewalls for better interior light. The rain fly also provides a large front vestibule area that is 5 ft. 5 in. long. Near vertical sidewalls make the most of the 6 ft. 4 in. by 7 ft. 10 in. floor area (Casa 4). The center height of the Casa 4 is 5 ft. 3 in.
Three or four hundred dollars is a lot of money to pay for a family tent, but the Habitat and Casa are a far cry from anything you’ll find at the local superstore. Mountain Hardwear uses the best materials and these designs are infinitely more usable and durable than lesser tents, making these great investments for your family camping future.