Best Backpacking Tents in 2021

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 out of hand. We’ve rounded up the best lightweight tents for backpacking in 2021 to help you narrow down your search and find the right tent for you.

All of the tents on this list are lightweight, can stand up to the elements, and are good for 3-season use. They’re listed in order of their packaged weight, and we’ve included a budget option in each category as well. Since a tent is usually one of the larger gear investments you’ll make, it’s a good idea to take some time to do research to find the best tent for you. Tents are also a great item to catch on sale.

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 fly behind (although you’ll want it if there’s any possibility of weather).

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.

Ready to gear up for your next backpacking adventure? Here are the best lightweight backpacking tents of 2021.


Best 1-Person Backpacking Tents

1-person backpacking tents are the lightest, smallest option you’ll find and are a great choice if you plan on sleeping solo.

Zpacks Plexamid Tent

Best ultralight 1-person backpacking tent: The Zpacks Plexamid Tent is the most lightweight 1-person backpacking tent on this list, but it’s also the most expensive. Weighing in at under a pound, this tent is designed for weight-conscious backpackers who are looking to shave off ounces for a thru-hike or multi-day mission.

This single-walled tarp-style tent can be pitched with a single 48″ trekking pole (or you can purchase a carbon tent pole) and six lightweight stakes (sold separately). Single-walled means there isn’t a separate fly, so you won’t be able to do any stargazing in bed, and you’ll want to avoid bringing wet gear and clothing inside the tent since it’s more prone to condensation. Another thing to note is that this tent does have to be staked out to be set up properly. That means you’ll either need to set it up on a surface that you can drive stakes into or, if you find yourself eyeing a campsite on a granite slab, you can wrap the guy lines around large rocks instead. A separate footprint is not required for this tent since the floor is durable and rip-resistant, however, groundsheets are available if you want extra protection.

  • Packaged Weight: 15.2 ounces (not including stakes or poles)
  • Peak Height: 48″
  • Floor Size: 90 x 28″
  • Floor Area: 17.5 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 12.85 SF
  • MSRP: $549
Zpacks Plexamid Tent // One of the best ultra lightweight 1-person tents for backpacking

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REI Co-op Flash Air 1 Tent

Ultralight option: At 1 lb, 10.5 oz, you really can’t get much lighter than the REI Co-op Flash Air Tent, especially at this price point. Well actually, you can: shave off even more weight by leaving the vertical pole at home and using one of your trekking poles instead!

This tent is single-walled, so the same considerations apply here as with the Z-Packs tent above – there’s no separate rain fly so no stargazing from inside the tent, it can be more prone to condensation, and it needs to be staked out to be set up properly. With all that considered, if you want an ultralight, 1-person tent, the REI Flash Air 1 is a very well-thought-out tent at an incredible price for such minimal weight.

  • Packaged Weight: 1 lbs, 10.5 oz
  • Peak Height: 42″
  • Floor Size: 88 x 35/27″
  • Floor Area: 21.3 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 8.4 SF
  • MSRP: $249
REI Co-op Flash Air Tent // One of the best lightweight 1-person tents for backpacking

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NEMO Hornet 1 Tent

The NEMO Hornet Tent is a lightweight, semi-freestanding 1-person backpacking tent. Unlike the two ultralight options above, this tent is double-walled meaning it has a removable fly. However, like the ultralight tents above, this tent has to be staked out to be set up properly. The mesh canopy makes for great stargazing and open-air sleeping while keeping the bugs out.

A cool feature of this tent is the handy light pocket that diffuses light throughout the inside of the tent, turning your headlamp into more of a lantern. Overall, this is a great minimal, lightweight option with just enough space to sleep and sit upright. The material on the NEMO Hornet is quite thin, so the optional footprint is recommended to protect it from wear and tear. If you want to shave off a few ounces, check out the NEMO Hornet Elite 1 person tent.

  • Packaged Weight: 2 lbs
  • Peak Height: 39″
  • Floor Size: 87 x 43/31″
  • Floor Area: 22.3 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 7.3 SF
  • MSRP: $329.95
NEMO Hornet 1 / One of the best 1-person lightweight backpacking tents

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Optional Footprint: REI

REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL1 Tent

The REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL1 Tent is a compact 1-person backpacking tent with near-vertical walls that provide more space for sitting up and vents on the fly that allow for breathability even in the rain. The large door makes getting in and out easier, and a variety of pockets and loops in the interior help with organization. This tent 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).

  • Packaged Weight: 2 lbs 6 oz
  • Peak Height: 38″
  • Floor Size: 88 x 35/27″
  • Floor Area: 18.9 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 9.6 SF
  • MSRP: $299
REI Quarter Dome SL1 / One of the lightest freestanding 1-person tents for backpacking

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Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1 Tent

The Big Anges Copper Spur HV UL1 Tent is another great option for solo 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.

  • Packaged Weight: 2 lbs 6 oz
  • Peak Height: 38″
  • Floor Size: 88 x 38/28″
  • Floor Area: 20 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 9 SF
  • MSRP: $379.95
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 / One of the best lightweight backpacking tents for one person

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Optional Footprint: Backcountry

REI Co-Op Passage 1 Tent

Budget-friendly option: The REI Co-op Passage 1 Tent is a great 1-person budget option for backpacking. It’s not as lightweight and full of features that the other tents on this list have, but it’s got everything you need at a great price point. This freestanding tent has a mesh top for ventilation and for stargazing on clear weather nights with the fly off, and it’s pretty spacious for a 1 person tent. Plus it even comes with a footprint, which is an extra purchase for most tents. It’s straightforward and easy to set up too!

  • Packaged Weight: 4 lbs, 10 oz
  • Peak Height: 40″
  • Floor Size: 88 x 36″
  • Floor Area: 20 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 9.5 SF
  • MSRP: $139
REI Co-op Passage 1 / One of the best budget backpacking tents for 1 person

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Best 2-Person Backpacking Tents

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.

Zpacks Duplex Tent

Best ultralight 2-person backpacking tent: 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.

This Zpack tent can be set up with two 48″ trekking poles or Zpack tent poles. You’ll also need 8 stakes (sold separately), but the Duplex is easy to set up and has four storm doors that can open or close independently depending on the weather and climate. 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.

  • Packaged Weight: 1 lb, 3 oz (not including stakes or poles)
  • Peak Height: 48″
  • Floor Size: 90 x 45″
  • Floor Area: 28 SF
  • Vestibule Depth: 20.75″
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • MSRP: $599
Zpacks Duplex Tent // One of the best ultra lightweight 2-person tents for backpacking

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NEMO Hornet 2 Tent

Ultralight Option: The NEMO Hornet 2 is a great ultralight tent for a solo hiker or two folks that don’t mind a tight squeeze. While you’ll have to get cozy, this tent does have two doors and two vestibules which makes it much easier to get in and out, and also makes it easier to keep your gear organized and dry.

The NEMO Hornet 2 has to be staked out to be fully set up, and the optional footprint is recommended to protect it from wear and tear. If you’re looking for an even more lightweight option, check out the NEMO Hornet Elite 2. This tent is 5oz lighter and still includes all the great features mentioned above.

  • Packaged Weight: 2 lbs 6 oz
  • Peak Height: 39″
  • Floor Size: 85 x 51/43″
  • Floor Area: 27.5 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 7.1 SF x2
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • MSRP: $369.95
NEMO Hornet 2 Tent // One of the best 2-person tents for backpacking

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Optional Footprint: REI

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Tent

Ultralight Option: 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.

  • Packaged Weight: 2 lbs 8 oz
  • Peak Height: 39″
  • Floor Size: 86 x 52/42″
  • Floor Area: 28 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 8 SF x2
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • MSRP: $399.95
Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 / One of the best ultralight two person backpacking tents

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Optional Footprint: REI

REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL2 Tent

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. Just like the 1-person version of this tent, 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).

  • Packaged Weight: 2 lbs 14 oz
  • Peak Height: 38″
  • Floor Size: 88 x 52/42″
  • Floor Area: 28.7 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 21.5 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2 doors
  • MSRP: $349
REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL 2 Tent // One of the best 2-person tents for backpacking

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Sea to Summit Telos TR2 Tent

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.

  • Packaged Weight: 3 lbs 10.7 oz
  • Peak Height: 41.5″
  • Floor Size: 84.5 x 53/43″
  • Floor Area: 28 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 19.5 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • MSRP: $499
Sea to Summit Telos TR2 / One of the best new backpacking tents for two people

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MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Tent

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.

  • Packaged Weight: 3 lbs, 14 oz
  • Peak Height: 39″
  • Floor Size: 84 x 50″
  • Floor Area: 29 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 8.75 SF x2
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • MSRP: $449.95
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Tent // One of the best 2-person tents for backpacking

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REI Co-op Passage 2 Tent

Budget 2-person backpacking tent option: 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.

  • Packaged Weight: 5 lbs 10 oz
  • Peak Height: 40″
  • Floor Size: 85 x 52″
  • Floor Area: 31 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 19 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • MSRP: $159
REI Co-op Passage 2 Tent // One of the best budget 2-person tents for backpacking

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Best 3-Person Backpacking Tents

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 always backpack with our pup, Charlie, who is a diabetic alert dog.

Zpacks Triplex Tent

Best ultralight 3-person backpacking tent: The Zpacks Triplex Tent stands in a class of its own. At less than a pound and a half, this tent is uniquely ultralight. Since this is a tarp-style tent rather than a free-standing one, it does require a little more effort to set up right and utilizes trekking poles instead of tent poles (although you can purchase tent poles separately if you prefer). It also requires 8-12 stakes, which are not included, but Zpacks has a variety of lightweight options to choose from.

This is a single-walled tent, which can be more prone to wetness and condensation, but the only time I struggled with dampness was when I was hiking several days in a row in the rain in the Pacific Northwest and was putting the tent away wet every morning. For a tent this light, it’s also extremely spacious.

  • Packaged Weight: 1 lb, 5.9 oz (not including stakes or poles)
  • Peak Height: 48″
  • Floor Size: 90 x 60″
  • Floor Area: 37.5 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 14.4 SF x2
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • MSRP: $699
Zpacks Triplex Tent // One of the best ultralight 3-person tents for backpacking

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Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3 Tent

The Big Agnes Copper Spur is a great lightweight freestanding 3-person backpacking tent with all the features you could want. The large mesh canopy helps keep this tent light and breathable and vents help with airflow even when the fly is on. The interior pockets help with organization and reflective guy lines and webbing help with visibility.

The steep walls make this tent feel extra spacious and the double doors and vestibules are a must. Similar to the REI Co-op Quarter Dome tents, the Copper Spur has a “Fast Fly” option that allows it to be set up with just the fly, poles, and the footprint (sold separately).

  • Packaged Weight: 4 lbs
  • Peak Height: 44″
  • Floor Size: 90 x 62/70″
  • Floor Area: 41 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 9 SF x2
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • MSRP: $499.95
Big Agness Copper Spur UL3 // One of the best lightweight freestanding 3-person tents for backpacking

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Mountain Hardwear Aspect 3 Tent

The Mountain Hardwear Aspect 3 tent is another great 3 person backpacking tent option. It’s got everything you need including a large mesh upper for stargazing and ventilation, two doors and vestibules for easy entry/exit and outdoor gear storage, and four interior storage pockets. The rainfly is sealed to stand up to the sun and the rain, and this tent is made without fire retardant chemicals.

  • Packaged Weight: 4 lbs 2 oz
  • Peak Height: 43″
  • Floor Size: 90 x 68″
  • Floor Area: 41.25 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 18.75 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • MSRP: $480

Check Price: REI / Backcountry / Moosejaw

Marmot Tungsten UL 3P Tent

The Marmot Tungsten UL 3P Tent is another great freestanding 3-person option. 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.

  • Packaged Weight: 4 lbs 3.6 oz
  • Peak Height: 46″
  • Floor Size: 90 x 66″
  • Floor Area: 41.3 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 10.6 SF
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • MSRP: $449
Marmot Tungsten UL Tent / One of the best lightweight 3-person backpacking tents

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NEMO Dagger 3 Tent

The NEMO Dagger Tent is the roomiest 3-person backpacking tent on this list and still manages to be very 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.

  • Packaged Weight: 4 lbs 5 oz
  • Peak Height: 41″
  • Floor Size: 90 x 70″
  • Floor Area: 43.9 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 11.4 SF x2
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • MSRP: $529.95
NEMO Dagger 3 Tent // One of the best roomiest 3-person tents for backpacking

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The North Face Stormbreak 3 Tent

Budget 3-person backpacking tent option: The North Face Stormbreak 3 Tent is a budget-friendly 3-person option. It’s not as lightweight as the other 3-person tents on this list and doesn’t have as many bells and whistles but it makes up for that in price. It’s pretty spacious for a backpacking tent, has plenty of ventilation, large doors, and is easy to set up..

  • Packaged Weight: 6 lbs 10 oz
  • Peak Height: 46″
  • Floor Size: 88 x 65″
  • Floor Area: 39.72 SF
  • Vestibule Area: 10.8 SF x2
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • MSRP: $199
The North Face Stormbreak Tent / One of the best budget 3-person backpacking tents

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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.

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

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 eachother and not much else.

If you plan to mostly camp with your significant other and are ok cuddling, then a 2-person backpacking tent will likely work for you. On the other hand, if you are super tall or tend to share your tent with friends who you don’t necessarily want to sleep directly next to, you might want something a little more spacious like a lightweight 3-person backpacking tent.

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.

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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).

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. All the tents on this list are 3-season tents.

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).

Free-Standing vs Tarp-Style

A free-standing 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 listed above) 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.

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

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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 2021

  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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