9 Best Backpacking Tents for Your Next Adventure from Budget to Ultralight

first_imgBackpacking shelters take many shapes and forms. Big and heavy gives you plenty of room but weighs you down as you hike to the next camp. Ultralight saves your legs from burning, but won’t give you much space in bad weather. Making the best selection requires a range of good options, and these are the best backpacking tents, from budget to ultralight.While you’re here, check out the best ultralight backpacking gear that’s actually worth the price tag.Best Budget Backpacking TentsREI Co-op Passage 2The Passage 2 tent from REI is simple but pegs the necessities. Two doors and two vestibules give easy access to the tent for you and your tent mate. Roof vents keep the air flowing. Mesh wall and ceiling storage, as well as hang loops, keep all your gear organized. All this and color-coded clips on the fly for $159.Weight: 4.8 poundsDoors: 2Floor area: 31.1 square feetVestibule area: 9.4 x 9.4 square feet $260 from Amazon Six Moon Designs Deschutes Solo Tarp and NetTentOnly carrying a tarp instead of a full tent is the ultimate move in packability. Six Moon Designs makes the Deschutes Solo Tarp for just that reason. Set up a ground mat, pad, and sleeping bag under the 44-square-foot area for a great night’s rest with plenty of ventilation. If the bugs are bugging you, add the Serenity NetTent inside for 15 square feet of bug-free bliss. The whole thing pitches by guying out the corners and holding the center up with a single trekking pole.Weight: 0.8 + 1.5 poundsDoors: 1Floor area: 15 square feet in NetTentVestibule area: 44 square feet (total under tarp) $284 from Amazon $500 from REI $220 from Amazon $300 from Amazon Marmot Limelight 3Marmot does simple tents well and the Limelight 3-person is no exception. The bottom portion of the poles is vertical, lifting the walls out for more space inside. The main door is enormous and opens completely for easy access. The included footprint sits under the tent to protect the bottom from sharp rocks and sticks. When it’s time to hit the sack, Lamp Shade pockets hold your headlamp and diffuse the light for easy reading of the latest adventure story — or romance novel.Weight: 6.3 poundsDoors: 2Floor area: 42.5 square feetVestibule area: 11.3 x 7.5 square feet $478 from Walmart $299 from Tarptent $450 from Moosejaw Best Ultralight Backpacking TentsNemo Hornet Elite 2Backpacking trips are more enjoyable when you’re not carrying the kitchen sink on your back. With the Nemo Hornet Elite 2P, there’s less than one pound for each person to carry. The ultra-thin 10 denier rainfly and DAC Featherlite poles keep weight low. Small struts in the feet corners keep the tent vertical away from your sleeping bag — but don’t worry, they’re carbon fiber. Lightweight plastic Flybar’s spread the top of the tent for more headroom.Weight: 1.9 poundsDoors: 2Floor area: 27.5 square feetVestibule area: 7.1 x 7.1 square feet How to Shave With a Straight Razor $450 from Amazon $500 from Amazon $159 from REI Originally published February 28, 2018. Last updated to include the best new tent options. 12 Best Travel Backpacks to Take With You on the Road The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure Best Backpacking TentsMSR Hubba Hubba NXThe MSR Hubba Hubba is one of the most popular backpacking tents for a reason. With tons of livable space inside because of the cross-pole and steep walls, you won’t be crashing into your tent mates. Large doors and vestibules on either side make it easy to get into and out of while keeping gear dry. The 2019 version has been upgraded with Easton Syclone poles that bend instead of break and an Xtreme Sheild coating on the fly, making the waterproofing last three times longer than standard coatings. The Hubba Hubba NX is built for two people but it also comes in one-, three- and four-person models.Weight: 3.5 poundsDoors: 2Floor area: 29 square feetVestibule area: 8.75 + 8.75 square feet Editors’ Recommendations $175 from Amazon $299 from Moosejaw Kelty Dirt Motel 2When the weather hits, it’s time to batten down the hatches. When it’s nice out, the Kelty Dirty Motel 2 makes it easy to enjoy the clear weather. The fly rolls up from one end so you can star-gaze through the dark mesh. If the weather does roll in, then pop the clips and roll down the fly without leaving the tent. A cross pole at the top keeps the sides of the tent pushed out for more headroom inside.Weight: 4.25 poundsDoors: 2Floor area: 28 square feetVestibule area: 8.9 x 8.9 square feet Best Backpacking Tents for the FamilyBig Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 3Big tents usually mean a lot of weight. The Copper Spur HV UL 3 from Big Agnes steers clear of that problem. At only 3.4 pounds for a three-person tent, this tent is easy to split up with multiple people. The 41 square feet inside fits three people or is room to stretch for two. To help with storage, gear lofts are included inside. Media pockets above the head area hold our pocket computers for quick access to post the latest feet-hanging-out-of-tent photos. Feel good about the DAC Green Anodizing process the poles and stakes go through which re-uses the water used.Weight: 3.4 poundsDoors: 2Floor area: 41 square feetVestibule area: 9 x 9 square feet Eureka Summer Pass 2Sleeping under the stars after a long day hiking is supposed to be a relaxing, peaceful experience. However, many tents and sleeping pads can be louder than the traffic at home. The Eureka Summer Pass 2 has built-in Camp Comfort Sleep System compatibility. The mouthful of a name is a three-part system with a quiet but grippy layer on the tent floor to keep you in one spot all night. If you move, it will be quietly. No more nylon crackle to wake up the whole camp.Weight: 5.1 poundsDoors: 2Floor area: 29.3 square feetVestibule area: 12.5 x 7.6 square feet Backpacking Checklist: 10 Essentials to Bring on Every Adventure Tarptent Double RainbowIf you’re looking for a lightweight, two-person tent without the weight or price the Double Rainbow from Tarptent should be on your list. With 30.6 square feet of space inside, there’s plenty of room for two people and gear. Weight is kept down by only having one waterproof layer on top instead of both mesh and fly. A single rainbow-shaped top pole with cross-pole holds everything up. The corners need to be staked out but adding a trekking pole to hold out corners makes it freestanding for pitching on tent pads or other difficult-to-stake surfaces. The vestibules can be staked up with trekking poles for a covered-deck experience, sans the lounger and barbecue of course.Weight: 2.6 poundsDoors: 2Floor Area: 30.6 square feetVestibule Area: 7.5 + 7.5 square feet Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019last_img read more