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An 8-person tent makes it possible to finally escape the constraints of everyday life and go camping in nature together with friends and family. Especially with a large group, space and comfort in the tent should be guaranteed, as otherwise the nice camping trip will turn into an unpleasant event after some time if there is constant proximity.

With the large 8-person tent test 2022 we have researched the possible alternatives of 8-person tents for you, whether inflatable or with the classic frame. We have listed the possible advantages and disadvantages of the individual tents and tent types to help you find the perfect tent.




Summary

  • With its size and separate sleeping cabins, an 8-person tent offers enough space and privacy for a relaxed camping trip with friends and family.
  • The structure of the tent differs depending on the size and model. While most tents still have to be stabilised with iron poles, there are now inflatable tents that are made robust by filled air chambers.
  • The water column of the tent is decisive for how waterproof the tent is. It is one of the core properties of the tent and should play a major role when buying.

8 Person Tent: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for 8 person tents

In the following, we show which features are crucial for you to find the right 8-person tent for you.

In summary, these are:

In the following paragraphs, we will go into detail about the individual criteria and explain why they are decisive for buying a tent.

Tent dimensions

The tent's dimensions are crucial, as your tent must offer enough space for several people to live in it without any problems. However, it should not be too big, otherwise transport can become awkward and heavy.

An average 8-person tent measures approximately 700cm x 300cm x 200cm.

This can be higher or lower depending on the needs of the customer, but these values are a good guide.

The 8-person tent should in no case be too low for the people living in it, as constantly stooping in the tent is not only exhausting and awkward, but also causes health problems for the back in the long run.

The optimal dimensions of the tent are therefore essential for a problem-free and pleasant camping experience and should be determined and tested in advance.

Weight

The weight of the tent is influenced by the size, the material as well as the additional features you need to carry. It is recommended that you buy a tent that is as light as possible, as this makes it much easier to set up, take down and transport.

An 8-person tent should weigh between 20 and 30 kg on average.

Even though certain people may have problems transporting the average weight, lighter tents are not recommended, as there is then a risk of instability or poorer quality of the parts.

The weight is the same as the dimensions of the tent, it always depends on the customer. Here, too, it depends on how much you can and want to carry. In any case, it should be checked before buying and otherwise other models should be considered.

Water column

The water column indicates how much water pressure the tent can withstand before it becomes unstable or collapses. It is not measured in bar like normal pressure, but in millimetres. A water column of 4000 millimetres, for example, indicates that the tent can withstand the pressure at a depth of 4 metres.

It is worth spending more money on a large water column. It can never be big enough.

In simplified terms, the water column tells you how waterproof the tent is and is therefore essential when buying a tent. It is recommended to buy a tent with a water column of 3000 millimetres, although this value can never be high enough.

Therefore, you should always look to get the largest possible water column for the best price.

It is essential to ensure that the camping trip does not turn into a wet and unpleasant experience, but that a relaxed atmosphere can prevail in the tent even in bad weather.

Number of sleeping areas

The final evaluation criterion is the sleeping cabins. Most 8-person tents have several sleeping cabins to allow for some privacy, if it can be provided in a tent, even with a full tent.

These sleeping cabins are often located directly on the interior, but can be closed with a small gate so that you are somewhat isolated from the rest of the occupants, at least at night.

A good 8-person tent should offer two sleeping cabins as an absolute minimum, or even better three or four. Anyone who has ever slept with several people in one room for a long time knows how uncomfortable the constant proximity can become in the long run. It is therefore smart to invest a little more money in an 8-person tent in exchange for some privacy during the camping trip.

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an 8-person tent

Before you buy an 8-person tent, there are many questions you should ask yourself. In the following paragraphs, we have addressed your possible questions as best we can and answered them for you and your future purchase.

What are the special features of an 8-person tent and what advantages does it offer?

The most obvious feature, and therefore the biggest advantage, of an 8-person tent is the ample space it offers inside.

You have the possibility to go camping with up to 8 people, friends and family, without everyone having to carry a tent separately. Although it can get a bit oppressive with 8 people, depending on the size of the tent, there is still enough sleeping space for everyone in an emergency.

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Another advantage is that if the sleeping capacity is not fully utilised, the tent offers enough space to move around a bit more freely or to stow essential items inside or in one of the free sleeping cabins. An 8-person tent makes it possible to take your own little home with you on trips.

Most multi-person tents offer the advantage of having two or more integrated sleeping cabins. This allows for at least some privacy, even with 8 people in a tent, if that is generally possible in a tent.

What types of 8 person tents are there?

An 8-person tent can not only be distinguished from normal tents by its large interior space, but also specifically offers several types into which the multi-person tents can be divided.

Type Special features
8-person inflatable tent Very easy to set up with air pump, air chambers provide stability
8-person tent with awning Awning provides significantly more living space, heated vestibule for bad days
8-person tent with sewn-in floor Floor and tent wall sealed together, protection against vermin and water in the tent

In the following paragraphs you can find out more about the types of 8-person tents listed.

8 person inflatable tent

An inflatable 8-person tent, as the name suggests, does not have to be pitched with the cumbersome pole, but can simply be inflated. Instead of poles, air chambers are filled with an air pump. The air pressure in the chambers gives the tent the necessary stability.

This quite simple principle makes it possible to pitch the tent on one's own if necessary. With conventional tents, it is often difficult to construct the outer shell and poles precisely according to the assembly instructions. With inflatable tents, all you need is an air pump and a little patience.

With an inflatable 8-man tent, you don't have to lug heavy poles in your luggage, which makes the whole transport process much easier, but you should always remember to bring an air pump, otherwise the pitching will be much more difficult.

Advantages
  • easy to pitch
  • can be pitched alone
  • no poles needed
Disadvantages
  • small leak reduces stability
  • high outside temperature strains air chambers
  • air pump necessary

One disadvantage of the inflatable 8-person tent is that a small leak in the chamber can take away the complete stability of the tent. If the pumped-in air escapes through a small hole in the air chambers, the pressure drops and the frame of the tent loses the necessary stability. To fix this problem, the often very small hole must be painstakingly searched for and patched in order to be able to maintain the pressure in the chambers again.

Another possible disadvantage is that, especially at high outside temperatures, the air in the chambers expands and puts a lot of strain on the material of the tent. In the worst case, it is in danger of tearing, but very high temperatures are necessary for this.

8 person tent with awning

If the living space of an 8-person tent is still not enough, you can buy a tent with an additional awning. The awning of the normal 8-person tent significantly extends the living space and thus offers room for a small kitchen corner or a covered outdoor dining area, for example.

In addition, a closed awning can be heated in bad weather. This means that you are optimally protected from any weather conditions even in the rain, but still have plenty of space to spend a nice evening in a special atmosphere with friends and family, for example.

Advantages
  • Significant increase in living space
  • heated vestibule
  • protected from wind and weather
Disadvantages
  • Lots of extra luggage
  • time-consuming assembly

The biggest disadvantage of an awning is the additional often heavy and bulky luggage it creates. Like the 8-person tent, pitching and dismantling the awning is usually time-consuming and tedious because of the sometimes heavy parts.

8-person tent with sewn-in floor

Many 8-person tents have a sewn-in floor inside. The advantage of this is that the connection between the floor pan and the outer wall prevents rain or vermin from entering the tent. The two elements are usually sealed together or fastened with a zip.

In addition, pitching a tent with a sewn-in floor is often no more complicated than that of a conventional tent, as the sealing means that the floor and the outer shell form one element and can therefore be pitched without additional effort, offering a distinct advantage to the living experience.

Advantages
  • Protection from bugs and rain
  • easy to set up
  • more comfortable living and sleeping experience
Disadvantages
  • More difficult to clean
  • additional weight
  • risk of residues in the tent

Of course, the large groundsheet, which has to be carried in one piece with the tent, is a noticeable extra weight. So if you want to travel as light as possible, you should do without a sewn-in groundsheet.

In addition, cleaning the inside of the tent is made much more difficult, as the groundsheet is often not removable, which means that dirt brought in remains in the tent even when it is taken down. This means that re-pitching can be accompanied by unpleasant smells and unwanted surprises in the tent.

This means, for example, that spilled water cannot seep into the ground or evaporate, which can lead to unhealthy mould growth inside the tent if it is not adequately cleaned.

What does an 8-person tent cost?

Depending on size and features, the price of an 8-person tent varies immensely. Due to its larger living space and the additional sleeping cabins, an 8-person tent is understandably much more expensive than a classic 3-person tent, for example.

Type Price
normal 3 person tent 83 - 110€
8 person tent classic 200 - 1.400€
8 person tent inflatable 700 - 2.300€

The 8-person tents in particular have an extremely wide price range, as different suppliers offer different features such as a larger sleeping area, more sleeping cabins or an integrated awning, and can and must therefore set the price significantly higher compared to the competition.

It is up to the customer to decide whether a simple and superior tent for the small purse is enough for them, or whether it should be an expensive model with many features.

How do I pitch an 8-person tent?

The basic principle behind pitching a tent with poles is always the same. The supplied outer shell of the tent is to be attached and stabilised with the metal and aluminium poles. With inflatable tents, instead of the poles, air pressure in the air chambers keeps the tent robust and durable.

For the smoothest possible pitching, the instructions should be followed precisely.

However, the pitching of an 8-person tent varies considerably between the individual models and types. Therefore, you should always follow the exact assembly instructions that come with the tent.

If these are lost, you can either find a PDF of the instructions on the Internet or write to the manufacturer's support team.

Often, explanatory and assembly videos for the various tent models are also available on YouTube, either from the company itself or from independent channels. So if you have problems, it is worth not only looking for the instructions, but also watching a video to see the correct procedure.

How long does it take to set up an 8-person tent?

The duration of the erection varies depending on the size of the tent, the number of helping hands, as well as the type and model of the tent. It may well take between 1 and 2 hours to erect a large 8-person tent. However, this requires at least one helper. The more people who help, the faster you can set up the sleeping space.

An inflatable 8-person tent has the advantage of saving a lot of time and nerves due to its simple set-up. The air chambers are simply inflated with an air pump and the tent gradually erects itself. Together with fixing the tent, it takes an average of 15-30 minutes to move into the 8-person tent.

The old saying also applies to tents: practice makes perfect.

The more often you pitch the tent, the faster and more problem-free it will work.

How big are 8-person tents as a rule?

The size of the 8-person tent varies depending on the customer's wishes and the model. The average dimensions that a multi-person tent should have are approximately 700cm x 300cm x 200cm.

A large tent means more luggage.

Therefore, your tent should be large enough, but not unnecessarily so.

Tall people in particular should make sure that the tent is tall enough, otherwise moving around in the tent can become an unpleasant experience.

The length and width of the tent can also be decisive for a comfortable living experience, as a tent should offer enough space for people to easily live together. It is best to find out the optimal dimensions of a tent in advance, for example in a shop, and test it.

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