Best Backpacking Tents in 2022

Get recommendations for the best backpacking tents and learn what key features to consider when choosing a new lightweight tent for the backcountry.

The best backpacking tents are lightweight, durable, weather-proof, and a cinch to set up. Sounds simple enough, but with all the choices out there, the search for a tent can quickly get overwhelming. We’ve rounded up the best lightweight tents for backpacking to help you narrow down your search and find the right tent for you.

At the end of this post, you’ll find more info on what features to consider when shopping for a backpacking tent and how to choose the best backpacking tent for your needs.

Pro Tip: The packaged weight includes everything that the tent comes with including stakes, stuff sacks, guy lines, and the instruction manual. You can shed a few ounces by swapping out the stakes for lighter ones like these aluminum tent stakes and/or leaving the rain fly behind (although you’ll want it if there’s any possibility of bad weather).

Ready to gear up for your next backpacking adventure? Here are the best lightweight backpacking tents of 2022.


Best Backpacking Tents At A Glance

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Backpacking Tents Comparison Table

See the comparison table below for a quick summary of each of the top tents for backpacking. You can click on the columns to sort by what’s most important to you.

NamePackaged WeightPeak HeightFloor SizeFloor Area# of DoorsCapacityPrice
https://zpacks.com/products/duplex-tent?aff=52ZPacks Duplex 2P1 lb 3 oz48"90 x 45"28 SF21P, 2P, 3P$699 (2P)
https://bit.ly/2xqDbjgREI Co-op Quarter Dome SL 2P2 lbs 14 oz38"88 x 52/42"28.7 SF2IP, 2P$379 (2P)
https://bit.ly/2xSOGAKREI Co-op Passage 25 lbs 10 oz40"85 x 52"31 SF21P, 2P$159 (2P)
https://bit.ly/3wv5FFcSea to Summit Telos TR23 lbs 10.7 oz41.5"84.5 x 53/43"28 SF22P, 3P$559 (2P)
https://bit.ly/3fHmBxcMSR Hubba Hubba NX 2P3 lbs 14 oz39"84 x 50"29 SF21P, 2P, 3P$480 (2P)
https://bit.ly/3eoQnHgBig Agnes Tiger Wall UL22 lbs 8 oz39"86 x 52/42"28 SF21P, 2P, 3P$400 (2P)
https://bit.ly/3JESTI8Nemo Dagger OSMO 2P4 lbs 2 oz42"90 x 50"31.3 SF22P$470 (2P)
https://bit.ly/3N5XB3wBig Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2P3 lbs 2 oz40"88 x 52/42"29 SF21P, 2P, 3P$500 (2P)
https://bit.ly/3qGDHjoMarmot Tungsten UL 4P8 lbs 11oz52"93 x 82"53 SF22P, 3P, 4P$366 (4P)
https://bit.ly/3qtPKTXBlack Diamond HiLight 2P3 lbs 15 oz43"82 x 50"27.3 SF12P, 3P$450 (2P)

Zpacks Duplex 2P

Best Ultralight Backpacking Tent That Utilizes Trekking Poles

Key Features:

  • Packaged Weight: 1 lb, 3 oz (not including stakes or trekking poles)
  • Peak Height: 48 inches
  • Floor Size: 90 x 45 inches
  • Floor Area: 28 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Capacity: 1P / 2P / 3P
  • MSRP: $699

Check price: Zpacks
Optional footprint: Zpacks

Great for: ultralight backpacking when you already carry trekking poles, long-distance trips, 3-season backpacking

Pros: most lightweight backpacking tent on our list, easy to set up, well-ventilated, durable, can withstand strong winds

Cons: hard to set up on rocky terrain, expensive investment, single-walled so putting away wet is a drag

The Zpacks Duplex tent is a single-walled, ultra-lightweight 2-person backpacking tent. Weighing just 1 pound, 3 ounces, and roomy enough to sleep two, it’s a great choice for long-distance backpacking trips where weight really matters.

If you want even more room, I’ve been using the Zpacks 3-person version of this tent for years. We got the Triplex because it’s still light and compact, but it’s roomy enough for us and our two dogs. Even the Triplex version packs down smaller than any of my free-standing two-person tents.

Since this is a tarp-style tent rather than a freestanding one, it does require a little more effort to set up right and utilizes trekking poles instead of tent poles (although you can purchase Zpacks tent poles separately if you prefer). On my recent trip in Sequoia National Park where we were often camping on granite rocks, this tent was a challenge to set up, but with some creativity, you can use rocks to stabilize the tent. You’ll also need 8 stakes (sold separately), and I recommend the ultralight carbon fiber ones).

Under normal ground conditions, the Duplex is easy to set up. I’d just recommend watching a video or reading the instructions on the Zpacks website before heading out just to make sure you are confident in how to set it up.

The Zpacks tent has four storm (vestibule) doors that can open or close independently depending on the weather and climate. On a nice clear evening, you can keep the vestibule doors open and stargaze right from your bed.

Other great features include mesh pockets for storage, durable fabric (a footprint is not necessary, but can be bought separately if desired), and a built-in design to prevent condensation from dripping onto the floor.

This is a single-walled tent, and the fabric is completely waterproof. I’ve used this tent during several days of consecutive rain and heavy winds in the Boundary waters and we stayed dry as a bone inside. I also couldn’t believe how sturdy it was.

However, this backpacking tent can be prone to condensation, which doesn’t make it difficult to put the tent away wet in the morning.

Zpacks Triplex backpacking tent in the Boundary Waters Minnesota
Using the Zpacks Triplex in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL2 Tent

Best Lightweight Freestanding Backpacking Tent

Key Features:

  • Packaged Weight: 2 lbs 14 oz
  • Peak Height: 38 inches
  • Floor Size: 88 x 52/42 inches
  • Floor Area: 28.7 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2 doors
  • Capacity: 1P / 2P
  • MSRP: $379

Check Price: REI
Optional Footprint: REI

Great for: lightweight backpacking, easy to set up, 3-season backpacking

Pros: holds up well in high winds, great ventilation, easy to set up, minimal pitch option for summer trips

Cons: small vestibules, not many pockets for interior storage

The REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL2 Tent is the lightest freestanding 2-person backpacking tent on this list. It’s relatively spacious and has two doors and two vestibules. The near-vertical walls provide more space for sitting up and the vents on the fly allow for breathability even in the rain. The large doors make getting in and out easier, and a variety of pockets and loops in the interior help with organization. The tent is tapered towards the feet in order to save weight.

The SL2 is extra versatile because it’s made with a minimalist pitch option in mind, so on clear summer days you can leave the tent at home and set up a lightweight shelter using just the fly, the poles, and the footprint (sold separately).

I’ve personally never used the footprint with this tent (even in the Sierras) and haven’t noticed any holes or tears in the bottom.

REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL 2P backpacking tent

REI Co-Op Passage 2

Best Budget Backpacking Tent

Key Features:

  • Packaged Weight: 5 lbs 10 oz
  • Peak Height: 40 inches
  • Floor Size: 85 x 52 inches
  • Floor Area: 31 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Capacity: 1P / 2P
  • MSRP: $159

Check Price: REI

Great for: beginner backpackers, short trips, 3-season backpacking, backpacking in rocky terrain (freestanding tent)

Pros: budget-friendly tent that can withstand wear & tear, includes footprint, easy to set up

Cons: small vestibules, one of the heaviest backpacking tents on our list

While all the tents on our list are pretty easy to set up, the REI Co-op Passage 2 Tent takes the cake. Two poles cross over in a straightforward design making setup plain and simple. While this tent is on the heavier side of backpacking tents, it’s a basic, budget option that will allow you to get out on the trail and sleep comfortably in the backcountry. Plus, the footprint is included in both the packaged weight and the price.

The Passage 2 has two doors and two vestibules so you won’t have to climb over your tent partner and the height and non-tapered design make this tent feel relatively spacious. The mesh canopy allows for stargazing and open-air sleeping without the bugs, and the ceiling vents help with airflow even when the fly is on.

Sea to Summit Telos TR2 Tent

Backpacking Tent with the Most Headroom

Key Features:

  • Packaged Weight: 3 lbs 10.7 oz
  • Peak Height: 41.5 inches
  • Floor Size: 84.5 x 53/43 inches
  • Floor Area: 28 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Capacity: 2P / 3P
  • MSRP: $559

Check Price: REI / Sea to Summit / Backcountry
Optional Footprint: REI

Great for: people who need extra headroom, 3-season backpacking, backpacking with friends

Pros: easy setup, 3-piece storage sack system allows you to easily split the load with a friend

Cons: lacks interior storage pockets, hard to set up as a solo backpacker

Sea to Summit recently added a series of lightweight tents to their line of backpacking products. The Telos TR2 tent provides plenty of livable space inside with high vertical walls and large doors that make it easy to get in and out. Unique features include a rain fly that can be rolled up or rolled down from inside the tent as needed depending on the weather – no more getting out of your tent in the rain to put the fly on.

The Telos TR2 tent also has a unique “Hangout Mode” in which the fly can be used to create a rain or sun shelter that fits four people. BFT’s Director Linda tested this tent on a Utah National Park road trip and loved how easy the rain fly set up was.

The Sea to Summit Telos backpacking tent set up in Utah
Using the Sea to Summit Telos TR2 Tent in Utah

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Tent

Best Backpacking Tent for Wet & Windy Weather

Key Features:

  • Packaged Weight: 3 lbs, 14 oz
  • Peak Height: 39 inches
  • Floor Size: 84 x 50 inches
  • Floor Area: 29 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Capacity: 1P / 2P / 3P
  • MSRP: $479.95

Check Price: Backcountry / REI / Moosejaw
Optional Footprint: Backcountry

Great for: backpacking in heavy rain and wind, 3-season backpacking, backpacking in rocky terrain

Pros: easy to set up, roomy headspace

Cons: poles are delicate and the cords inside lose elasticity over time

The MSR Hubba Hubba Tent has been around for over a decade, and it’s a great compromise between durability and weight. It has a non-tapered design so you have just as much room on both ends of the tent, which isn’t the case for many of the tents listed here.

The Hubba Hubba has two doors and two vestibules but the two features that really make it stand out are the built-in rain gutters and the cross-ventilating rainfly that provides airflow in any weather. It also comes with a compression sack, making it super packable. Other features include waterproof coating and durable yet flexible poles that can handle challenging weather. Poles are on a hub system.

I used a beefed-up version of the Hubba Hubba – the Elixir – during a 10-day backpacking trip in Alaska. It’s very similar to the Hubba Hubba and can withstand even stronger winds, but it’s a little heavier which is why it may be overkill for most backpacking trips. Unless you’re often backpacking in the heaviest of weather, the Hubba Hubba is our top choice.

MSR Elixir backpacking tents in Lake Clark Alaska
Using the MSR Elixir (a heavier duty version of the Hubba Hubba) in Alaska

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2

Lightweight Backpacking Tent Without Sacrificing Space

Key Features:

  • Packaged Weight: 2 lbs 8 oz
  • Peak Height: 39 inches
  • Floor Size: 86 x 52/42 inches
  • Floor Area: 28 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Capacity: 1P / 2P / 3P
  • MSRP: $399.95

Check Price: REI
Optional Footprint: REI

Great for: wet & windy conditions, 3-season backpacking

Pros: high interior ceiling, comes with many guy lines and options for staking it out, holds up well in rain and wind

Cons: included stuff sack tears easily

The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Tent is an ultralight, semi-freestanding tent with ample headspace. While your feet may be a bit cramped with the tapered foot, it still has two doors and vestibules designed for efficient entry and exit while keeping the interior dry during wet weather (this tent is known to do very well in the rain). It has a unique single-pole system for easy setup, reflective guylines, and interior storage pockets.

The downside of this tent is that the mesh is very thin and can tear easily if you aren’t careful. If you want to go even more lightweight, take advantage of the Fast Fly set-up by leaving the tent at home and just pack the rainfly, footprint (sold separately), and poles for a simple shelter.

NEMO Dagger OSMO 2P

Roomiest Backpacking Tent

Key Features:

  • Packaged Weight: 4 lbs. 2 oz.
  • Peak Height: 42 inches
  • Floor Size: 90×50 inches
  • Floor Area: 31.3 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Capacity: 2P
  • MSRP: $469.95

Check Price: REI
Optional Footprint: REI

Great for: people who toss & turn, 3-season backpacking

Pros: largest floor area for a 2P tent, easy to set up

Cons: slightly heavier than other backpacking tents on our list

The NEMO Dagger OSMO Tent is the roomiest 2-person backpacking tent on this list and still manages to be pretty lightweight for a tent of this size. It also has all the features you could want in a multi-person backpacking tent.

It has two large doors and vestibules that make getting in and out easy with plenty of space to keep your gear dry in the event of a rainstorm, light pockets to help cast an even glow throughout the tent with just your headlamps, gear pockets in each corner to help with organization, and vents to help with airflow and breathability even when the fly is on. As an added bonus, it comes with a dual stuff sack that allows you to easily split the load with a partner.

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2

Best Overall for Durability, Weight, & Roominess

Key Features:

  • Packaged Weight: 3 lbs. 2 oz.
  • Peak Height: 40 inches
  • Floor Size: 88 x 52/42 (L x W head/foot)
  • Floor Area: 29 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Capacity: 1P / 2P / 3P
  • MSRP: $499.95

Check Price: REI
Optional Footprint: REI

Great for: lightweight backpacking, 3-season backpacking

Pros: color-coordinated setup system, interior organizational pockets

Cons: requires trekking poles to stake out the awning, hard to stake out fly on rocky terrain

The Big Anges Copper Spur HV UL2 Tent is a great option for backpacking missions that require lightweight, yet reliable, gear. A large door makes getting in and out easy and the awning-style vestibule expands living space to provide more protection if the weather turns wet. You can set up the awning with trekking poles or attach the guy lines to rocks or a tree.

This tent also comes with a variety of pockets and loops in the interior to help with organization and its simple-pole architecture makes set-up and breakdown extra efficient. If you want to go even more lightweight and the weather looks good, you can leave the tent at home and just pack the fly, poles, and footprint as a “Fast Fly” option.

Marmot Tungsten UL 4P Tent

Best Backpacking Tent for Families

Key Features:

  • Packaged Weight: 8 lbs. 11 oz.
  • Peak Height: 52 inches
  • Floor Size: 93 x 82 inches
  • Floor Area: 53 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Capacity: 2P / 3P / 4P
  • MSRP: $366

Check Price: REI / Backcountry / Moosejaw

Great for: families, people with pets, 3-season backpacking

Pros: easy to set up, roomy vestibules, includes footprint

Cons: unipole can be delicate – take caution when setting up the tent

The Marmot Tungsten UL 4P Tent is a freestanding 4-person option that is perfect for families. The mesh canopy allows for airflow and stargazing when the weather’s clear while the solid space along the bottom portion stops dust and wind. It has dual doors and vestibules and multiple interior pockets for easy organization. The rainfly doesn’t stretch or sag when wet and the color-coded clips make for a super easy set-up.

Black Diamond HiLight 2P

Best 4-Season Backpacking Tent

Key Features:

  • Packaged Weight: 3 lbs. 15 oz.
  • Peak Height: 43 inches
  • Floor Size: 82 x 50 inches
  • Floor Area: 27.3 SF
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Capacity: 2P / 3P
  • MSRP: $449.95

Check Price: Backcountry / Moosejaw / REI
Optional Footprint: Backcountry / Moosejaw
Optional Vestibule: Backcountry / Moosejaw

Great for: 4-season backpacking, high winds

Pros: highly ventilated for good airflow and less condensation buildup, easy to set up in harsh weather

Cons: without the add-on vestibule, this tent gets rain inside in wet conditions

The Black Diamond HiLight 2P Tent is our top choice for a 4-season backpacking tent. It is considerably lightweight for a winter tent and its 30-denier poly fabric will keep you super warm while cold weather camping. Reviewers note that this tent has great ventilation and the walls don’t build up condensation which is ideal for cold temperatures.

This tent is easy to set up with poles that attach on the inside. The downside of this tent is it has only 1 door, which isn’t the best if you are sharing with another person and reviewers note that it doesn’t hold up well in the rain unless you buy the add-on vestibule.


How to Choose the Best Backpacking Tent

Shopping for a lightweight backpacking tent can quickly get overwhelming with all the options out there, not to mention pricey. To help you hone in on what’s most important to you in a good backcountry tent, here are the main features you’ll see mentioned, what they mean, and some helpful things to consider when making your decision.

Tent Weight

When searching for a backpacking tent, weight is the first factor I consider. Most backpacking tents weigh somewhere between 1-4 pounds. The lighter the tent, the more comfortable you are going to be when you are carrying it on your back. That said, there is often a trade-off between weight and durability. Ultralight tents require more care when setting them up and storing them when you get home. They also come with a heftier price tag.

When comparing tents, you’ll typically see two different weight specs. The packaged weight is the weight of the complete tent set when you buy it including the tent itself, the fly, poles, stakes, guy lines, stuff sacks, and any other accessories. The minimum trail weight is the weight of the tent, fly, and poles only. Realistically, you’ll likely be carrying something close to the packaged weight since you’ll want to bring the tent, fly, poles, stakes, and guy lines. One way to save weight is to swap the stakes that come with the tent with a set of lightweight aluminum stakes. Some of the tents on this list also have a minimalist pitch option where you can bring just the fly, footprint, and poles to make a lightweight shelter in fair weather.

Capacity / Interior Tent Space

Who and how many people will you be sharing your tent with? And how tall are you? Many of the 2-person backpacking tents (especially the ultralight options) are very tight for two people and have space for two sleeping pads directly next to each other and not much else.

If you plan to shack up with a friend or partner, or if you’re backpacking with your pup, you’ll want a 2-person backpacking tent at least. The best 2-person backpacking tents have two doors so you don’t have to climb over each other when getting in and out of the tent. Also, look for ones that have a good-sized vestibule (or two) so you have space to stash your backpacking packs and hiking boots in case of rain.

If 3 people will be sharing a tent or if you and your partner or friend are backpacking with your pup, you’ll want a 3-person backpacking tent. This is what I backpack with most often since my partner and I typically backpack with our pup, Charlie, who is a diabetic alert dog.

Things to pay attention to are the floor area, whether or not the tent has a tapered design (where the head side is wider than the feet side), and whether there is enough headspace for you to sit up and hang out if you get stuck inside due to bad weather.

Hiding out from the rain in our the Zpacks Triplex tent

Number of Doors

Two doors will make getting in and out of the tent way more comfortable when you are camping with someone else. It means you won’t have to crawl over each other and in most cases, you will also have your own separate vestibule to store your stuff which helps you stay more organized and to keep your gear dry in case of rain. (A vestibule is the area outside of the tent door underneath the tent fly).

Looking through the side of a green backpacking tent to the other side
a backpacking tent with 2 doors (like the REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL) is a big plus if you’re backpacking with another person

Seasonal Rating

A majority of backpackers will be fine with a 3-season tent which are designed to breathe well in moderate weather conditions (including heavy rain and light snow) during spring, summer, and fall.

If you plan on camping in heavy snow or in extreme, exposed conditions, you may need a 4-season tent. Four-season tents have less mesh and retain heat better, but the lack of ventilation can make them feel a bit stuffy.

Wall Construction

Most of the popular backpacking tents are double-walled – which means they come with the actual tent as your shelter and a separate rain fly that you can attach to the outside of the tent for weather protection. Double-walled tents ventilate better and experience less condensation due to airflow.  

A single-walled tent is weatherproof all around without the need for a fly, and that often helps shave off some weight. But single-walled tents also typically have no windows and no mesh. This means that condensation can be a problem in wet conditions. It also means that you likely won’t be able to do any stargazing from bed or have the option to sleep in the open air since there is no removable fly. Single-walled tents are best for cold, dry conditions (like the southern Utah desert in early spring).

Freestanding vs Tarp-Style

A freestanding tent is one that comes with poles that support it. They are quick and easy to set up and can be pitched almost anywhere, which is why this style is more popular.

A tarp-style tent (like the 3-person Zpacks tent below) is one that you set up using your trekking poles for support and by tying guy lines to stakes, trees, rocks, etc to get it taut. Tarp-style tents are lighter since they don’t have poles and tend to appeal to experienced long-distance hikers looking to save weight.

A few of the tents on this list are semi-freestanding, meaning they can stand on their own but do need to be staked out for full functionality and weather protection.

A Zpacks backpacking tent set up in the Boundary Waters in Minnesota
Using the Zpacks Triplex Tent in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

What backpacking tents have you tried? Do you have any questions about picking the best backpacking tent? Let us know in the comments below.

Written by Kristen Bor

Hey there! My name is Kristen, and this is my outdoor blog. I discovered the power of the outdoors in my 20s, at the time I needed it most. Now 15 years later, prioritizing that critical connection with nature continues to improve my life. My goal at Bearfoot Theory is to empower you with the tools and advice you need to responsibly get outside.

17 comments on “Best Backpacking Tents in 2022

  1. I’ve owned the same Hubba Hubba for about as long as they’ve been around. Nothing but high praise for it. I really like the large overhead mesh of the roof, and the fact that with a footprint, the rainfly alone can be set-up. I’ve used it 99% of the time solo, and use the left over space inside for my own gear. If I were to head out with a guest for any length of time, I’d upgrade to the Mutha Hubba.

  2. What no teepees or tarps?
    I personally prefer a teepee and woodstove to just about anything for space to weight and comfort. Also with a woodstove there is no need to carry propane cans and camp stoves. And no eating freeze dried yuk either! You have the option to slow cook food on the woodstove. My teepee that sleeps five weighs 6 pounds including the woodstove. My 3 man teepee tarp and woodstove weigh 4 pounds total. Also I have used them in pretty extreme conditions – I live on Kodiak Island, Alaska and it rains all the time. I also once did a 10 day sojourn in the Brooks Range. Anyway floorless shelters and woodstoves are the way to go if it is really wet and raw.
    But for when the mosquitoes are really bad I do like the enclosed environment of my Nemo veda 2P!
    Patrick

  3. I too am taking my brand new Mountain Hardware Skyledge on the JMT this year. A big thanks to the guys at MH for replacing my old tent when it started to delaminate. I definitely store it differently now – loosely folded in a spare room. Used the old one on the Thorsbourne Trail on Hinchinbrook Is. in both beautiful weather and tropical downpour. Never missed a beat.

  4. I have been rereading your blog as I get ready to have my first real backpacking adventure. A friend wants to take us to the Wind River range in Wyo. I was thinking something more like Coyote Gulch. What do you suggest as a first time backpacking adventure? I really love reading your adventures and learning from your blog.

    1. I actually haven’t done either, but I’ve heard amazing things about both. I’m sure you’ll have a blast no matter where you go! Just pick a trail that isn’t too tough for your first time and make sure you try your boots out before you embark on your hike. And makes sure to come back and tell me how it goes!

  5. Hi I really want to begin backpacking but I don’t really know where to begin in choosing gear. Plus I have been look in to tents but I was wondering if you had a four seasons list?

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  7. I had 3 weeks to prepare for my thru hike of the AZT and buy all my gear. I picked the 2 P REI Quarter Dome. I love it. It’s easy to put up and down. Plenty of room for one person. And I love the fact it has 2 doors – 1 on each side of the tent.
    ~Allie

  8. Been pack packing for decades a tried many tents. My life changed when I discovered the MSR Mesh House 2. Paired with the MSR 70 wing tarp and lightweight stakes it comes in right at two pounds. It sleeps me and the hubby snugly but is absolutely spacious for just me. Funny after trying fancy dome tents I end up back with an old school pup tent style.

    1. Thanks for sharing that Amie! The MSR Mesh House 2 tent looks nice – simple and lightweight. I’d love to try something like that one day to test out the difference. Have you used it in windy or rainy conditions at all? I’m wondering how well it would stand up to wind and rain.

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