It goes without saying that you want a tent to keep you safe while you’re out camping in the elements. This is especially the case for finding the best tent for burning-man. You see, I’ve been to The Burn and know that you need a strong tent that can withstand dust storms and provide the vital comfort needed. Please note that while there are many camping tents on the market, not all of them are recommended by us. Without further ado, let’s jump in!
1. Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Tent
Canvas is the best material for protecting users from the elements of the black rock desert. As such, the Kodiak Canvas is our best dust-blocking tent and our overall favorite tent for burning man.
The tent is crafted a light colored canvas material that works to keep you cooler as the sun beams down on you. If the sand starts blowing, then you can run into the Kodiak protect yourself. This also makes this tent perfect for protecting your gear and spare clothing whilst at the festival. It serves as a secure location that allows you to be comfortable, no matter the weather.
The Kodiak 10 certainly isn’t the most affordable tent on the market, but the quality is so high that we think it represents fair value and is a great long-term buy. It will also last a long time, meaning you can use it year after year. If it’s outside your budget then you may want to go for the Coleman Instant.
In regards to set-up time, we recommend practicing before you go camping. After all, you don’t want to be fumbling around in the rain. With practice, it isn’t hard to set up, but the materials are heavy.
Which leads us to our next point – this tent is quite heavy at nearly 70lb in weight. This is useful to know if you were planning to pack light to the burning man. Although a high total weight, the tent comes in two separate bags that allow the weight to be distributed between two people. If we had just one choice, the Kodiak would be it.
2. Coleman Instant Tent
They have their benefits, but the other tents in this review are heavy and take some time to set-up. If you’re looking for a lightweight burning man tent that erects in under a minute and is more affordable than the Kodiak, the Coleman Instant Tent is the best choice.
You’d think that a quick-erect tent wouldn’t be sturdy, but that isn’t the case here. In fact, the Coleman Instant uses thick poles to create a frame that holds well in winds. The tent can be staked down too, which holds the tent down even more securely. Oh, and these guy-lines are reflective, which prevents any bumps in the night during the festivities.
We mentioned this tent is quick to erect, but you be surprised just how quick it actually is. It takes me and my partner around 40 seconds, but it will take longer your first time. It is quick to set-up because the poles come pre-attached to the material, so you only have to unfold the tent and extend the poles. You can see our other recommended instant tents here.
3. DANCHEL Cotton Bell
Maybe you want a tent with a thick material, but you don’t like the design of the Kodiak. In such case, we would recommend the Danchel Cotton Bell Tent. This is a bell tent that is crafted from a thick cotton material that is effective at protecting users from the elements of the desert.
There are a couple of sizes available, but the large option is 16.6 ft wide and covers a total 216 ft² of ground. As such, this tent is the perfect 8-person tent for burning man. The round shape makes it perfect for hosting gatherings and social occasions. Interestingly, this tent has a jack which allows you to use a stove inside, although I doubt you’ll need this for your burning man trip. Click here to see other stove jack tents.
It protects users in all weather, but the tent really shines when the sun is out and there are minimal winds! This is because the bottom half of the tent can be unzipped, which creates a waterproof canopy tent that provides shade in the burning man heat.
The cotton material comes with many advantages: It is waterproof, fire retardant, and resistant to mold. However, this high-quality material is heavy in weight. In fact, the large tent for burning man weighs a massive 83lb. Like we mentioned with the Kodiak, this may be an issue if you’re backpacking. The bell tent comes with a waterproof carry bag, set-up instructions, poles, guy-lines, and stakes.