Backpackers need gear that is lightweight, durable and small so that it fits easily in the pack of choice. The gear should also be easy to set up and take down to make the process easier and more enjoyable. The backpacking tent is one of the most important pieces of gear that you’ll carry with you while backpacking so it’s important to find one that is designed to last.
A good backpacking tent should be simple, compact and easy to tuck away inside the backpack. It’s also important to consider the weather resistant aspect of the tent’s material and design. Backpacking tents are fairly simple by nature, but some are simpler to set up and take down, and easier to pack, than others. The following are the top 10 best backpacking tents in 2016 based on reviews.
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- 10. Weanas® Waterproof Double Layer 2, 3, 4 Person Tent
- 9. Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person
- 8. Pop Up Tent by Survival Hax
- 7. Wenzel Alpine Tent
- 6. Pop Up Camping Tent by TSWA
- 5. STAR HOME Orange Camping Tent
- 4. ALPS Mountaineering 5024617 Lynx 1-Person Tent
- 3. Sundome 3 Person Tent
- 2. Ozark Trail 1 Person Backpacking Tent
- 1. Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent
10. Weanas® Waterproof Double Layer 2, 3, 4 Person Tent
This tent from Weanas is a three season tent that has aluminum rods and features a double skylight to let in plenty of natural light and allow air flow. The tent is made with waterproof fabric and is also designed to be wind proof when used with the provided tent stakes. The tent can easily be set up by one person. The door can be opened from the inside or outside of the tent and it has good ventilation for warmer weather.
9. Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person
The Morrison tent from Mountainsmith is designed to sleep 2 people. It is a three season tent and has a bathtub-style bottom to keep the inside of the tent dry. The tent has 35 feet of main floor space and 14 feet of space in the vestibule. The tent is made of breathable polyeurethane material and comes with a sack for packing and carrying. It has a two pole designed making it quick and easy to set up. It also comes with a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.
8. Pop Up Tent by Survival Hax
This tent is affordable and super easy to set up. The tent is pop-up model and to set it up one simply has to remove it from the carry bad, unfasten the straps and toss it into the air above the setup area. The tent is very lightweight as well as being durable. It can sleep 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children. It has both a front and back door for convenience. It is considered a three season tent and has a waterproof bottom to keep the inside area dry. It is also easy to disassemble and repack.
7. Wenzel Alpine Tent
This tent from Wenzel is designed in a pentadome style and can sleep 4 adults. The tent has three poles and is easy to set up and folds up compactly. It has a removable fly and shock-corded fiberglass frame. The integrated mud mat is designed to keep the inside of the tent clean and free from dirt and debris. It has two mesh windows and a D-shaped front door to allow for maximum ventilation. The tent weighs 8 pounds and has a center height of 48 inches.
6. Pop Up Camping Tent by TSWA
This tent sets up automatically with very minimal effort. It is made of durable polyester material that is lightweight and waterproof. The tent has several storage pockets on the inside to store small items. It also has two doors and insect screens for ventilation. The portable carrying bag makes the tent easy to pack up and carry anywhere. It can fit three adults or two adults and two children.
5. STAR HOME Orange Camping Tent
The Star Home tent comes in a bright orange color and can sleep 2-3 people. It has an adjustable tent fly and is made of durable polyester material. The tent is lightweight and folds easily for carrying. The material is UV protected. It has multiple grommet pole attachment points and clip pole attachments to keep it lightweight and make for easy setup. The floorspace of the tent is large enough to fit an air mattress for comfort.
4. ALPS Mountaineering 5024617 Lynx 1-Person Tent
This small 1 person tent is made of polyester taffeta material for durability and to keep it light in a pack. It has a free standing 1 pole design, making it simple and quick to set up. It features floor and wall seams that are factory sealed to keep water out. The tent features a vestibule to store gear and it also offers additional protection from the weather. It has half-mesh walls for ventilation and comes with storage pockets inside to keep small items.
3. Sundome 3 Person Tent
The Sundome tent from Coleman comes in green or navy color options. It can sleep 3 people and it has one door. It’s made of polyester material with a polyethylene floor for protection from water. It has an electric access port for use when electricity is accessible. It’s lightweight and fairly easy to set up. The floor is large enough to fit an air mattress if desired.
2. Ozark Trail 1 Person Backpacking Tent
This tent from Ozark Trail is designed to sleep one person. It has a two pole design that folds small enough to fit inside most backpacks. It also includes two pockets on the inside to keep small items and has a gear loft for storage overhead. Once setup the tent is 7′ by 5′ with a center height of 37″. The tent weighs 4.4 pounds and has a stuff sack for storage when not in use.
1. Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent
This Coleman tent comes in green or navy blue and can sleep 2 people. It has a polyester taffeta flysheet for lightweight protection from the elements. It has a dome designed with 1 door and an access port for electricity. The two pole designed makes for easy setup and take down without much effort. When setup the tent has a center height of 48 inches and it weighs 7.2 pounds.
Backpacking can be a fun way to enjoy the outdoors if you have the right equipment. Gear needs to be light and easy to carry. It’s important that most of your gear fits in or on your pack to make hiking easier. The tent is one of the most important pieces of gear to consider when planning a backpacking trip.
A good backpacking tent should be lightweight, but also durable and waterproof. It’s also important that the poles and tent fold small enough to fit in a small bag for easy portability. Lastly, you want a tent that is easy to set up and easy to put away when the camping trip is done.