The RugRat from TheTentLab

A breezy backpacking tent designed with kids in mind, but built for rugged trail use


For those looking to get the most out of camping, it’s essential to not skimp on your shelter. While cheap tents will get you through a few weekends here and there, going the extra mile and shelling out for a premium tent will not only make for a more lasting investment, but also a better experience overall—and campers will wake up well-rested for a campfire-side morning cup of joe. Mike Cecot-Scherer of TheTentLab has been designing tents since 1985 and his latest concept, the RugRat is the upshot of his 29 years of experience and insights. While backpacking with his one-year-old, Cecot-Scherer realized he wanted a tent that offered more comfort and space without adding too much weight. He added two doors for easy access and quick bathroom exits, extra windows and a screened roof for maximum airflow when the temperature rises—not to mention stargazing. Designed for hitting the trail with the kids in tow, the RugRat is constructed like a performance alpine tent, but is designed for family use and weighs in at just over seven pounds.

A pledge of $600 on Kickstarter guarantees you one of the first runs of the innovative three-person RugRat tent while $665 secures a four-person model.

Image courtesy of TheTentLab