When comparing an A-Frame tent vs pop-up tents, they each offer beginner tent options but is the convenience of a pop-up tent worth the price difference?
We’ve broken down the major similarities and differences of common tent types to help you make the right decision for your next outdoor adventure!
A-Frame Tent vs Pop-Up Tent
First, let’s break down each type of tent:
The biggest difference between an a-frame tent vs pop-up tents is their setup. A-frame tents have two or more poles that intersect with a single cross-pole that creates the structure and classic ‘A’ shape. They are frequently large enough to stand in at the very peak and can come in large sizes up to about 4 people. Pop-up tents also can hold up to 4 people but have all of their poles integrated within the fabric of the tent and usually just need a quick shake out or quick push of some expandable sections to go from bag to tent quickly.
Pop-Up tents also typically have an oval footprint that allows the frame to hold up better than a rectangle a-frame tent has. This does limit their overall space but no worse than the limitations that the a-frame design offers. Pop-ups do not have the same type of vestibule option that an a-frame tent may allow for a bit more gear space or a dry location for shoes outside the tent.
A-frame tents have a two-layer design to repel rain while most pop-up tents have a limited two-layer or single-layer rain protection that may not offer the same level of protection.
Given their entire mission is easy set-up, pop-ups are significantly easier to put up than any a-frame tent. A-frame tents aren’t difficult to assemble but a pop-up can take literally seconds.
Best Uses For A-Frame & Pop-Up Tents
Each of these types of tents is good for most car-camping situations or small family camping! Pop-Up and A-frame tent lower capacities mean most can’t hold more than 3 to 4 people so dome tents may be the better choice if you need a larger tent. For backpacking, pop-up tents may fold up into a large or bulky design that is harder to carry than the bundles A-frame tents break down into.
Feature Comparison | A-Frame Tent vs Pop-Up Tent
Pop-Up tents and A-frame tents are very similar outside of weight and cost. If you can afford it, a pop-up tent will probably be the better choice for most campers looking for a smaller tent. If a high peak height is important to you – a dome tent may be the better option than either of these!
Ease of Setup