Best Airbeam Tents for Family Camping

Here you have my selection of best airbeam tents for family camping without classic solid poles. They are so easy to use that one person can set such a tent in just a few minutes.

These tents are sometimes described also as inflatable tents or air tents, so just to know that this terminology implies the same design where you have inflated beams instead of poles. They have been around for more than a decade already, but their popularity has been growing in the past few years.

You should know that with such inflatable tents you can never have broken poles. In windy conditions, these air beams will bend but they bounce back instantly when the wind pressure changes.

You will see below that these are very large tents, but one person can set such a tent with ease. Normally they always come with a hand pump included. These are all multi-room structures that offer lots of comfort. Regarding the fabric, you have synthetic and canvas tents here, and all of them are suitable for at least 3-season use.


My selection of best inflatable camping tents

Here is the list of tents ordered by the floor area from smaller to larger:

 

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1. Vango Ringstead Air Adult Mixed Inflatable Tent

Vango Ringstead Air Adult Mixed Inflatable Tent.
Vango Ringstead Air Adult Mixed Inflatable Tent.

This is one of the mentioned synthetic tents here in the list and it is also one of the smallest. Its official capacity is 4 people, and for this you have a floor area of 110 ft² (10.2 m²). It is still large enough that it can easily accommodate 6 people.

The peak height is 76.77 inches (195 cm). From the picture above you realize that it is rather compact and enclosed, and I have chosen it for this list on purpose. Some people need such a relatively small tent, but no worry, you will have larger tents below.

Vango is a brand from Scotland and their tents usually come with a huge waterproof rating. So here you have 3000 mm, and this is more than you will ever need. The shell fabric is their Sentinel Active polyester and the floor is a polyethylene.

The inner space is divided into 3 separate rooms. You have two inner tents on the sides with sleeping rooms, and there is also a large living room in the middle. These inner tents are removable so you can organize the area as it suits you best. The sleeping rooms are what they call a lights-out design, a sort of dark-rest with very reduced daylight.

The tent is ventilated, you have vents on both narrow sides behind the sleeping rooms. There is also a mesh section on the window, and the door is a double-layer type with a full mesh door plus a panel. The tent is best suited for a cooler climate.

The weight is 38.1 lb (17.3 kg) and the packed size 31.5 x 15.7 x 15.5 inches (80 x 40 x 40 cm). The overall dimensions are 16.4 x 8.2 ft (500 x 250 cm).

What I like:

  • The protection it offers.
  • Multiple rooms.

What I dislike:

  • Not the best option for a warmer climate.


2. Ferrino Flow 4 Family Tent

Ferrino Flow 4 Family Tent.
Ferrino Flow 4 Family Tent.

This tent is a 3-room construction supported by three inflatable beams. As you realize from the picture, this is a very typical tunnel-type tent. The tent is moderately tall, you have 70.87 inches (180 cm) peak height.

The mentioned rooms include two sleeping rooms with a removable divider in an inner tent, plus a large living room in front of it. The inner tent can be removed completely so you can use the shell tent as a single-room tent.

The shell tent is a 70D polyester, 75 g/m², coated with thermal-insulated aluminized polyurethane with a 2000 mm waterproof rating. The inner tent is a water-repellent breathable polyester.

The inner tent’s floor is the same 70D polyester, 80 g/ m², and it is waterproof to 2500 mm. But there is also the main floor that is fully sewn-in and sealed. This is a waterproof and fully welded polyethylene with a more than 10000 mm waterproof rating.

The tent is with three external doors. The side door is double-layer full size, so you have separate zippered mesh plus a separate zippered panel. The rear door is with a mesh window on the upper half. The front door is a single-layer. So for ventilation, you have plenty of mesh sections plus 4 roof vents.

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The tent is officially for 4 people, but it can accommodate more, up to 6 or so. You have 117.5 ft² (10.9 m²) of the floored and fully protected area. This is an excellent tent for a 3-season use.

The weight is 28.66 lb (13 kg) and the packed size is 29.5 x 13.8 x 13.8 inches (75 x 35 x 35 cm).The overall dimensions are 13.78 x 8.53 ft (420 x 260 cm).

What I like:

  • 3 Doors.
  • 3 Rooms.
  • Ventilated.

What I dislike:

  • A bit bulky.


3. Robens Aero Yurt 8 Man Airventure Air Tent

Robens Aero Yurt 8 Man Airventure Air Tent.
Robens Aero Yurt 8 Man Airventure Air Tent.

This tent is currently unique on the market with its yurt shape. Its 8 thick air beams make it fully freestanding but you have a full set of guylines and stakes to secure it properly. The beams are with a clever design so you can inflate them all through a single valve.

The tent is incredibly tall, you have 106.3 inches (270 cm) peak height here. With its octagonal shape and large windows on all sides, it is very pleasant and livable. It could be described as a cabin tent, but as you see it is a yurt-style structure. There are 2 solid windows here and this is a PVC material covered with zippered panels for privacy. On the door, you have one full mesh layer, plus a zippered panel.

The fabric is a separate story, so you have an excellent combination of 35% cotton and 65% polyester and you will want to know this is a ripstop and breathable material. The floor is sewn-in and it is built from a 210T Oxford polyester and it has a 10000 mm waterproof rating. Note that this is a bathtub design so there should be no problems with groundwater and splashes.

The official capacity is 8 people and you have an area of 181 ft² (16.8 m²). So this is lots of space and true luxury in the camp. The tent weighs 69.2 lb (31.4 kg), this is a lot, but you have seen its size, and this is a polycotton tent.

What I like:

  • Unique air beam design.
  • Durable fabric.
  • Very tall tent.
  • Very pleasant.

What I dislike:

  • Expensive.
  • Only one door.


4. Outwell Woodburg 6A Air Tent

Outwell Woodburg 6A Air Tent.
Outwell Woodburg 6A Air Tent.

This tent is a huge structure organized into 4 rooms plus a large porch visible in the picture above. The dimensions are 23.12 x 10.83 ft (705 x 330 cm) and the peak height is 220 cm. There is an inner tent that contains two sleeping rooms, for 2 and 3 people. A living room is in between these inner rooms and the porch.

But there is also a small single-room inner tent in the porch area. Note that all these inner tents can be removed so you can have various combinations regarding the number of rooms.

The tent is officially for 6 people but the total floored area is huge, you have 189 ft² (17.59 m²). There is also the mentioned porch with its 52 ft² (4.83 m²) when the single-room inner tent is in place.

There are 6 separate solid and tinted windows plus 2 external doors with their 2 windows. There are also 6 inner doors and many storage pouches at various places.

The shell fabric is what they call the Outtex polyester with a 4000 mm waterproof rating, and the inner tent is a breathable polyester. The inner tent is a sort of a dark-rest tent. The floor is a double-coated and sewn-in waterproof 100% polyethylene. The air beam tubes they call the Rigid Air System frame that allows for a maximum pressure of 9 psi/0.6 bar.

This tent will work great anywhere, this is a true 3-season tent. They claim the tent can withstand wind force 9, or 47-54 mph. The tent weighs 54.7 lb (24.8 kg) so it looks heavy but see again its dimensions. The packed size is 36.6 x 19.3 x 19.3 inches (93 x 49 x 49 cm).

What I like:

  • The overall design and organization.
  • The height.
  • Impressive waterproof rating.

What I dislike:

  • The price.
  • The packed size.


5. Crua Core Dome 6 Person Tent

Crua Core Dome 6 Person Tent.
Crua Core Dome 6 Person Tent.

This tent is not here only because of its inflatable beams. You have a completely unique design and this is a bit visible from the picture above. Namely, the tent has attachment ports for three smaller Crua Duo 2-person tents, or three smaller Crua Duo Max 3 person tents from the same brand. With such attached smaller tents they sell it also under the name Crua Clan.

The picture above shows openings where you can attach the smaller tents. So when you buy this Crua Core tent, you can grow it after purchasing those attachment tents. This may be useful if you have friends or family members who want to join you in your camping adventures.

Note that those smaller attachment tents can be used separately as well. In addition, these smaller tents can accommodate Crua Cocoon insulated tents inside. Of course, this Crua Core tent can be used on its own as a great 6-person tent. As you realize, the features and options with this tent are endless.

Back to the features of this Core tent, you have 3 huge doors and a porch that can be fully closed. The tent is also incredibly tall, the peak height is 7.5 ft (229 cm).

The tent is fully freestanding with such inflatable beams, but never miss staking it down properly. This is a single-layer tent with an impressive waterproof rating of 5000 mm, and it is suitable for a 3-season use.

Here are some numbers, the floored area is 192 ft² (17.8 m²). The porch adds around 67 ft² (6.25 m²) of the area. The weight is moderate for such a size, it weighs 33 lb (15 kg). The packed size is 35 x 15 x 15 inches (89 x 38 x 38 cm). This tent is included also in my list of top-rated 6 person camping tents.

What I like:

  • Huge area.
  • Very tall tent.
  • Very reliable.
  • Versatile.
  • Huge doors.
  • Freestanding.

What I dislike:

  • Expensive.


6. Wildcat Outdoor Gear Premium Family Camping Tent Bobcat 500

Wildcat Outdoor Gear Premium Family Camping Tent Bobcat 500.
Wildcat Outdoor Gear Premium Family Camping Tent Bobcat 500.

The shell tent here is built from a breathable but very durable ripstop poly-cotton fabric that incorporates great features of both cotton and polyester. The inner is breathable cotton, and the floor is a 195 g/m² polyethylene; note that you have sealed floors of the shell and the inner tents, they sit one on another. But the tent is here because of its air beams that are within 2 protective covers to keep them safe. Each of the beams inflates in less than 60 seconds.

The tent is a 4-room structure with 2 large doors, 7 solid tinted windows, and 2 mesh windows. Although the fabric is breathable, they have added 3 large vents. You have a huge removable awning as well. So the tent is suitable for 4-season use. Because of all these features, the tent is also in my list of best 4 room family camping tents.

The rooms include two sleeping rooms within the inner tent, then there is a smaller side room with windows on all its sides, and a large living room. The tent comes with a 1-year warranty that covers stitching failures, Air Truss bladders, Air Truss valves, and zipper failures.

The official capacity is only 5 people, but here you have space for many more. The total inner area is 202 ft² (18.8 m²). The weight is 88 lb (40 kg), the packed size is 38 x 18 x 17 inches (97 x 46 x 43 cm). Note that this is a tall tent with a peak height of 79.92 inches (203 cm).

What I like:

  • Breathable fabric.
  • Top-quality materials.
  • Incredible organization.
  • Overall features.

What I dislike:

  • The price.
  • The weight.


7. Wildcat Outdoor Gear Lynx 640 Air Inflatable Camping Tent

Wildcat Outdoor Gear Lynx 640 Air Inflatable Camping Tent.
Wildcat Outdoor Gear Lynx 640 Air Inflatable Camping Tent.

This Wildcat Outdoor Gear Lynx 640 Air Inflatable Camping Tent is with the inner area organized into 4 rooms. This is also a modular design and the meaning is as follows. You have an inner tent within the shell and this inner area is with a removable divider. There is also a large living room under the shell tent. But you also have a side room zipped to the tent, see the picture; this room can be attached on either of the two sides.

The floored area is more than 207 ft² (19.2 m²), and there is also a porch area of 32.3 ft² (3 m²). So imagine this luxury for 6 people as its official capacity tells you. The tent can accommodate almost twice this number.

This is a poly-cotton canvas tent with inflatable beams. You have no less than 7 windows, some mesh with panels, and some solid tinted windows. This is a very tall tent with its 6’11” (211 cm) peak height. So the tent is very pleasant and comfortable.

The manufacturer describes it as a 3 season tent. It is heavy, the weight is 108 lb (49 kg), but this is quite normal when you see how much space it provides. The packed size is 38 x 18 x 17 inches (97 x 46 x 43 cm).

What I like:

  • Unique construction.
  • Breathable fabric.
  • Quality materials.
  • Incredible organization.
  • Very pleasant and livable.

What I dislike:

  • Expensive.
  • Heavy.

Final thoughts

So this was my selection of the best airbeam tents for family camping, I hope you realize how extraordinary these structures are. If you are still undecided about what to choose, here are a few tips that might help.

You realize that there are two main types regarding the fabric, synthetic and canvas. So synthetic tents are much lighter and they are more compact when packed. The cotton canvas (or polycotton) tents are more expensive, but they are breathable and they are also more or less suitable for all seasons and for all weather conditions.

Editor’s Choice

There is no way to suggest one tent that would be the best tent here, but I would put forward the tent shown below. This is because of its unique design. As mentioned above, this is a connectable camping tent and you can attach no less than three different tents to its as a core. But you can also use it as it is, this is a great 6-person inflatable camping tent:

Versatile connectable air beam tent
Crua Core Premium Quality 6 Person All Weather Insulated Breathable Family Camping Tent

Product Name: Crua Core Premium Quality 6 Person All Weather Insulated Breathable Family Camping Tent

Product Description: Connectability is a feature that sets this tent apart. But this is also an impressive tall and pleasant structure that offers full protection in a 3-season use.

Brand: Crua

SKU: B07BTCHLZ6

  • Features - 9.8/10
    9.8/10
  • Design - 9.8/10
    9.8/10
  • Quality & craftsmanship - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
9.7/10

Summary

This is a unique tent and the overall rating is incredibly high for all the good reasons.

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10/10 (3 votes)

Please see a bit more of what this tent offers:

Here you can see how this tent connects to several other tents of this brand, and this creates what they call the Crua Clan:

You might want to check also my list of extreme cold weather camping tents, best 4 season family tents for camping, and best rated instant camp tents. Thank you for reading. Let me know if you have questions or comments, there is a comment box below. Have a nice day.

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