Best Backpacking Tent Review 2018

10 Best Backpacking Tents of 2018

1-PERSON TENTS

2-PERSON TENTS

3 & 4-PERSON TENTS


BEST 1-PERSON TENTS

1-Person tents are an excellent choice for dedicated solo backpackers looking to keep weight and cost to a minimum. If you sometimes hike with a partner or prefer more interior space, it may make sense to choose an ultralight 2-person tent that can serve both purposes.


Nemo Hornet Ultralight Backpacking Tent

WEIGHT: 2lb

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 85 x 51/43 x 40in (wider at head, narrower at foot)

FEATURES: 1-2 Person, 3 Season, Double-Wall, 2 Doors/Vestibules, Semi-Freestanding

BEST FOR: Roomy Ultralight Solo ComfortScreen Shot 2018-01-26 at 3.45.27 PM

A Large Side door makes entry/exit and access to your gear easier, and provides more coverage in the rain. Includes Luxury Details like the Light Pockets, volumizing guyouts, and watertight compression stuff sack. Hubbed pole intersections create a single pole for quick setup. True tub floor construction reduces seam construction and seam tape. Triangulated volumizing guyouts increase interior space by upto 15 using included volumizing clips.

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ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Tent

WEIGHT: 3lb

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 2’8 x 7’6, Center Height: 36″ (wider at head, narrower at foot)

FEATURES: 1-2 Person, 3 Season, Double-Wall, 2 Doors/Vestibules, Semi-Freestanding

BEST FOR: Roomy Ultralight Solo ComfortScreen Shot 2018-01-26 at 3.49.18 PM.png

There’s no assembly frustration with our Lynx Tent series; this free-standing, aluminum two-pole design is a breeze to setup. Polyester tent fly resists water and UV damage while adding one vestibule for extra storage space. Fully equipped with #8 zippers, storage pockets, gear loft, stakes, guy ropes and one doorway. The ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Tent is on our best sellers list; it’s a must-have for your next adventure.

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BEST 2-PERSON TENTS

2-Person tents tend to be the most popular choice among backpackers. They offer a good balance for hikers looking to minimize weight without sacrificing comfort. A 2-person tent will allow you and your hiking partner to enjoy the trail as much as your campsite, but don’t expect it to be a palace. If you want extra interior space for gear storage and extended camp hangouts, you’ll probably want to bump up to a 3-person tent. Just remember that the ounces add up.


Big Agnes – Copper Spur HV UL Tent

WEIGHT: 2lb 12oz

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 88 x 52/42 x 40in (wider at head, narrower at foot)

FEATURES: 2 Person, 3 Season, Double-Wall, 2 Doors/Vestibules, Freestanding

BEST FOR: Ultralight Quality, Features & Interior Space Screen Shot 2018-01-26 at 3.52.15 PM

STRONG AND DURABLE: Proprietary double rip-stop pattern nylon is 20% stronger providing maximum durability. Fly and floor feature a unique proprietary random rip-stop pattern nylon which increases fabric tear strength by 25%. EXTRA STORAGE: Featuring four interior mesh pockets and eight superlight aluminum J stakes Gear loft loops. Media pockets located above the sleeping area enable clean earbud cord routing from phones or other devices. EASY TO USE AND ENJOY: Ultralight plastic clips attach tent body to pole frame for a quick and intuitive set up. WATERPROOF FEATURES: All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape. THE MOTHER OF COMFORT: The outdoors aren’t just where we get away, it’s where our stories are made. Based in the Colorado Rockies, Big Agnes creates innovative solutions that help you get outside, go further into the backcountry, all while being fun and comfortable.

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Nemo Dagger 2P Ultralight 

WEIGHT: 3lb 5oz

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 90 x 50 x 42in

FEATURES: 2 Person, 3 Season, Double-Wall, 2 Doors/Vestibules, Freestanding

BEST FOR: Ultralight Livability, Comfort & ConvenienceScreen Shot 2018-01-26 at 3.53.56 PM.png

The one tent wonderenjoy roomy backpacking, cozy camping, and everything in between. Two doors and two generous vestibules eliminate awkward entries/exits and provide ample gear storage. Overhead Light Pockets use special light diffusing fabric to cast an even glow throughout the tent. New dual-stage stuff sack fits the tent and poles or adjusts smaller to further compress the tent and split the load

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Featherstone Outdoor UL Granite

WEIGHT: 4lb

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 90 x 50 x 42in

FEATURES: 2 Person, 3 Season, Double-Wall, 2 Doors/Vestibules, Freestanding

BEST FOR: Ultralight Livability, Comfort & Convenience Screen Shot 2018-01-26 at 3.55.21 PM.png

Lightweight and Breathable Micro Nylon-mesh combined with a Rugged Bathtub Style Floor to Enhance Weather Protection. 2- PERSON, DOOR, & VESTIBULE: With a trail weight of nearly 4 lbs, the weight can be shared with your partner making this tent a truly light option for two person backpacking. Two Vestibules provide great amount of Storage Space for your camping gear. Two Doors add convenient entry and exit, no more worrying about waking up or tripping over your partner to get up in the middle of the night.

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ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 

WEIGHT: 4lb 11oz

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 90 x 50 x 42in

FEATURES: 2 Person, 3 Season, Double-Wall, 2 Doors/Vestibules, Freestanding

BEST FOR: Ultralight Livability, Comfort & Convenience Screen Shot 2018-01-26 at 3.56.28 PM.png

There’s no assembly frustration with our Zephyr Tent series; this free-standing, aluminum two-pole design can be setup in no time. Polyester tent fly resists water and UV damage while adding two vestibules for extra storage. Great ventilation with two mesh doors and entire mesh walls. Fully equipped with #8 zippers, mesh storage pockets, gear loft, aluminum stakes and guy ropes

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Bryce 2P Two Person Ultralight Tent and Footprint

WEIGHT: 3lb 7oz

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 90 x 50 x 42in

FEATURES: 2 Person, 3 Season, Double-Wall, 2 Doors/Vestibules, Freestanding

BEST FOR: Ultralight Livability, Comfort & Conveniencescreen-shot-2018-01-26-at-3-39-50-pm.png

LIGHTWEIGHT – Newly updated to be 7 oz. lighter! The new Bryce 2P comes in at a trail weight of 3 lbs. 7 oz. and minimum weight of just 2 lbs. 10 oz. (footprint, no tent body). FULLY-FEATURED – Where do we start; two-way inner and outer zippers, mesh pockets, back vent with kickstand, pole repair splint, 12 Y-stakes and Dyneema guy lines, taped seams, 5,000 mm silicon/PU waterproofing, basically everything you find in high end tents at a fraction of the price. FLEXIBLE – Use the included footprint, poles and fly to quickly set up a minimalist shelter. Perfect as a weight-saving alternative! DURABLE – We did not skimp on quality materials; 20D ripstop silnylon/PU fly, 40D ripstop silnylon/PU floor and footprint, 20D No-see-um mesh, and 7000-series aluminum alloy poles and stakes. This tent will last for countless adventures! 

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BEST 3 & 4-PERSON TENTS

Larger tents like these can be a good option for small groups, but they’re also nice for duos wanting more elbow room. To be honest, we almost never sleep more than two people in one tent because things tend to get crowded. That said, the roominess of a 3-person tent can be a nice upgrade for two hikers if you’re willing to carry the extra weight. We tend to spend more time on the trail than in camp, so we usually forgo the extra comfort to keep our packs as light as possible. But if camping comfort is a priority, a 3 or 4-person tent can be a great way to go.


Marmot Tungsten 3P Tent

WEIGHT: 4lb 1oz

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 90 x 66 x 46in

FEATURES: 3 Person, 3 Season, Double-Wall, 2 Doors/Vestibules, Freestanding

BEST FOR: Lightweight Budget & Interior Space Screen Shot 2018-01-26 at 3.58.30 PM.png

Unlike the 2P version, this model has a fully rectangular floor, which increases livability. This version also has more vestibule space than the 2P model, which is great, but the vestibules are still asymmetrical (one side is larger than the other), which is a bummer. That said, very few tents can compete in the same weight, cost, and size range as the Tungsten 3P UL.

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Naturehike Cloud-Up

WEIGHT: 4lb 1oz

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 90 x 66 x 46in

FEATURES: 3 Person, 3 Season, Double-Wall, 2 Doors/Vestibules, Freestanding

BEST FOR: Lightweight Budget & Interior SpaceScreen Shot 2018-01-26 at 3.59.48 PM

ULTRALIGHT: Weight only 2230g/4.9lb for the whole set; packing size: 17.7 * φ5.9 in, very light and small for backpack travelling. WATERPROOF: PU coated fabric. Fly 4000mm+,Floor 4000mm+,fully taped seams. MATERIAL: Fly :20D nylon coated silicone. Floor :20D nylon coated silicone. Pole Material :7001 aluminum poles. EASY SET UP: Dome tent with simple structure. one person first time using this tent is able to set up quickly

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