Wild Camping Tents

Find our favourite tents for wild camping here in Ireland

Tents For Wild Camping

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Wild Camping Tents

Ever since Wild camping has become a popular idea, there has been a lot of debate over the best form of shelter is. Some bushcrafters and wild campers prefer the idea of creating havens with tarps with natural resources instead of wild camping tents.

Personally, I prefer using a small tunnel, two-man tent with a camouflage tarp that blends into the surrounding landscape, as I prefer being self-contained and out of sight as much as possible.  Whether you prefer tents or a more back to natural form of wild camping, I think tents, as long as they are compact, camouflaged with a low profile, are an adequate shelter for wild camping.

Wild Camping Tent Set Up Examples

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My own personal setups include a camo tarp fixed with either para-cord or Bungees over the tent at an angle to (attempt to in Ireland) provide a dry workspace at the tent’s entrance. The tarp also helps you to camouflage your wild camping spot, and I use depressions in the ground, fallen trees and natural hollows to help conceal my wild camping spot. I personally prefer the idea of keeping my backpack inside my tent or at least under my tarp at the entrance to try and keep my gear stays as dry as possible.

This is why I like a small two-man tunnel tent such as the Mountain Warehouse. I find it is big enough, even for my 6ft 4 frame, to move around with my gear but compact enough to blend easily into the surrounding landscape. The advantage of a low profile tunnel tent means you can easily conceal the tents silhouette. 

What To Look For In A Wild Camping Tent

When wild camping, there are a couple of features that make some tents more suitable for the job than others:

Profile

Effective wild camping tent should have a low profile and irregular shape. I prefer tunnel tents rather than the more common dome and pitched tents as they generally don’t stick out as much.

Colour

The colour of your wild camping tent will be the difference between staying hidden or sticking out like a sore thumb in the landscape. Greens, browns and blacks are best for this. However, again this is a personal decision and subject to the purpose – We do have a bright red two ma tent, similar to the Berghaus Cheviot for wild camping spots on trails – Better to be seen in on these.

Weight

The weight of your tent is an essential factor in wild camping. Due to most wild camping spots being off the beaten track, the lightest tent possible is best for these trips.

Assembly

The best wild camping tents should be quick and easy to put up and take back down. Due to wild camping nature of leave no trace, setting up and clearing your site should be an easy and, if possible, rehearsed affair.

Below are links to some of the best wild camping tent:

Best Tents For Wild Camping

Coleman Cobra Backpacking Tent

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The Coleman Lightweight Back Packing Tent comes in a couple of sizes for 2 or 3 persons and is perfect for the long-distance hiker or wild camp. With its highly engineered lightweight breathable outer lining sheeting, this tent can comfortably be taken over mountainous terrain on your backpack with minimal condensation build-up. The robustly built frame means it can cake very high winds, even extreme mountain conditions being ideal for a pitch longer than a couple of days. If you plan on backpacking or wild camping over a distance, The Coleman Cobra is a tent for you.

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Coleman Bedrock 2 Ultralight tent

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The Coleman Lightweight tent is a highly robust well-built tent perfect for wild camping or camping out in our extreme conditions here in Ireland. This tent is well built with a structure and shape designed for strong wind and exposed sites such as elevated terrain and coastal areas. The tent has a lightweight outer sheet with a dry porchway area for keeping muddy boots dry. The tent comes in 2 person sizes, but most reviews mention it is more of a spacious 1 person tent.

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GEERTOP Ultralight 3 Season Tent

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The GEERTOP Lightweight Bivy Tent is super lightweight at only 1.5 kilograms, making it perfect for stealth and wild camping.

The camouflage colour option means it can go unnoticed within woodland or an open landscape. The aluminium poles add to the tents lightweight and flexible strength, ideal for strong winds and stormy conditions.

This one-man tent has two ventilation windows and an extra waterproof outer sheet with double stitching for extra durability. This tent is a favourite of the wild camper. Check out the GEERTOP ultra Light Tent below for additional reviews. 

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WILD COUNTRY Hoolie 2 ETC Tent

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The Hoolie ETC is engineered for carrying long distance with maximum comfort and weather protection. The exceptional tent design is highly efficient in terms of weight and pack mass. This tent is a typical wild camping trip, bicycle tours and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants. The very spacious extended porch means you can store your gear separate from your sleeping quarters and the two-man design means this tent can still go unnoticed. This tent weighs just under 3 kilograms and is easy to pack away, taking up minimum space.

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Vango Banshee 300

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The Banshee 300 from Vango. This Banshee is lightweight with small pack size, so it would be ideal for first time wild campers. With its two-pole system, it couldn’t be any easier to pitch this tent.

The Banshee has a 5000 HH (hydrostatic head), so no matter the weather, it will keep you nice and dry. The poles are colour coded, so there is no reason to stick the wrong pole in the wrong section of the tent (unless you have had a couple of beers).

The Banshee also features Vango’s TBS system, giving you great security even on the windiest of days. It’s not surprising it’s recommended by the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

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Wild Country Zephyros 1 Tent

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The Wild Country Zephyros 1 man tent is light and compact! At only 1.5 kilograms, this tent is lightweight and easy to carry too far off wild camping locations. The tent is easy to pack away and has a dark green colour which is easy to blend into wild landscapes or deep undergrowth. The design includes Superflex alloy poles and the tried and tested wild country high-performance flysheet and groundsheet fabrics. This tent is just the correct size for a man and a backpack, making it the perfect tent for wild camping.

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Eurohike Tamar 2 Man Tent

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The Eurohike Tamar is extremely quick to use, light and a tactical joy to the wild camper. Although dome tents are harder to conceal as they are higher, space and comfortable, the inside environment gives you is a risk worth taking. It is easy to set up with a short and quick erection time just before the sun goes down. The dark green colour is perfect for blending in, especially within woodland or a woodland backdrop.

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Fjallraven Abisko Endurance 3

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The Fjallraven Abisko Endurance 3 man tent is exquisite camping hardware suited for an expedition based wild camp. This complete height tunnel design has a spacious vestibule that can easily house three backpacks keeping gear and people out of the extremes wild camping can bring. The entrance can also be utilised to cook and prepare meals meaning you can still live in comfort in the most extreme conditions. The tent weighs 3 kilograms which is extremely light considering its size and robust specification.

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So what are your thoughts? Have we missed anything? Do you know of a better tent for Wild Camping here in Ireland? Let us know in the comments