One disadvantage of camping on the beach is that the weather is not always kind. Rain is quite common in most parts, together with strong winds outside the summer season, so we thought it would be useful to take a look at waterproof tents. Now most beach tents do offer some protection from the rain and wind but are not really built to be truly waterproof.
We took a look at over 40 waterproof tents and judged them for ruggedness, ease of putting up and taking down and also degree to which they provided protection from adverse weather conditions. Overall the best we found was the Coleman Sundome® 4-Person Tent.
Let’s take a look at the reasons why.
The first thing we found was that it has over 200 customer reviews on Amazon, which is far more than most comparable products of this kind. The average customer review score was 4.5 out of 5 stars and the most common comment was that this waterproof tent was “very easy to set up”. We viewed this as very important because it always seems to start raining at the most inopportune moment and you need to get the tent up quickly to provide suitable shelter. This fitted the bill perfectly, being super easy and super quick to assemble.
Another positive note was the degree to which the tent was waterproof. One Amazon.com verified reviewer (meaning they actually purchased the tent) went so far as to take it camping during Hurricane Irene in the Shenandoah River! They reported that despite heavy rain and winds gusting to 45 to 60 mph the tent remained warm and dry. Another user reported similar findings when they took it camping during a rainy Idaho weekend.
One downside reported was the actual amount of room available with a number of buyers reporting that to describe the tent as “4-man” was a little ambitious unless you knew the people really well! Most thought that it was far more suitable for two people to sleep in comfort.
All in all we rated this as a really great buy for the money if you want a truly waterproof tent. You can see more details here.