Tent Guide
Backpacking Tents

Backpacking Tents

A lightweight backpacking tent, seen here is the Tadpole from The North Face
If you plan on heading into the backcountry and spending the night, a backpacking tent is darn right mandatory. Believe me when I say that the last thing you want to carry on your back is a 10 pound tent, especially if your travels take you up big, long hills.

In essence, a backpacking tent is a lightweight tent designed to be BOTH portable (packable) and very light. In general terms, a backpacking tent for two people should weigh no more than 6 pounds (and the less the better) and still pack down to a size smaller than 10x20 inches (which allows it to fit nicely on or even inside a backpack).

For three season use, when choosing a backpacking tent, try to get one with LOTS of mesh. The mesh allows for superb air circulation - something needed in these small tents. And secondly, the more mesh a tent has, the lighter it will be. Also be sure that the rainfly has a nice vestibule on it - one that is at least 5 square feet (the vestibule is where you store your gear or cook when it is raining).

Additionally, I highly recommend getting a backpacking tent that is free standing. Most are, but a few still aren't. By getting a free standing tent, you'll have far greater flexibility in where to set up the tent as well as an easier time of setting it up to begin with.

You may also wish to read the article How to Select a Backpacking Tent. All tents below are available through Backcountry.Com.

Popular Brands of Backpacking Tents

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ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Tent 3-Person 3-Season
$289.99




ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season
$299.99




ALPS Mountaineering Morada 4 Tent: 4-Person 3-Season
$329.99




ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.0 Tent: 1-Person 3-Season
$159.95




ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 2.0 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$219.95




ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1 Tent: 1-Person 3-Season
$199.99




ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$219.99




ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season
$249.99




Big Agnes Bitter Springs UL 1 Tent: 1-Person 3-Season
$349.95




Big Agnes Bitter Springs UL 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$399.95




Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 Tent: 1-Person 3-Season
$369.95




Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 MtnGLO Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$449.95




Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 Tent: 4-Person 3-Season
$599.95




Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4 Tent: 4-Person 3-Season
$629.95




Big Agnes Fly Creek 1 Platinum Tent: 1-Person 3-Season
$499.95




Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 Platinum Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$549.95




Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Tent: 1-Person 3-Season
$319.95




Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$349.95




Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season
$429.95




Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL1 Person MtnGLO Tent: 1-Person 3-Season
$299.95




Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 MtnGLO Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$349.95




Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 MtnGLO Tent: 3-Person 3-Season
$399.95




Big Agnes Ripple Creek UL2+ MtnGLO Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$399.95




Big Agnes Scout Plus UL 2-Person 3-Season Tent
$349.95




Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 1 Tent: 1-Person 3-Season
$279.95




Big Agnes Seedhouse SL3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season
$399.95




Big Agnes Seedhouse Tent with Cross-Over Pole: 3-Person 3-Season - Limited Edition
$399.95




Big Agnes Seedhouse Tent: 1-Person 3-Season - Limited Edition
$279.95




Big Agnes Slater UL 2 Plus Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$389.95




Big Agnes Super Scout UL 2-Person 3-Season Tent
$399.95




Big Agnes Three Island UL 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$349.95




Big Agnes Three Island UL4 Tent: 4-Person 3-Season
$499.95




Brooks-Range Foray 2P Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$424.95




Brooks-Range Foray 3P Tent: 3-Person 3-Season
$499.95




Burton After Party Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$599.95




Easton Mountain Products Kilo Carbon 2 Ultralight Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$399




Easton Mountain Products Kinetic Carbon 3 Ultralight Tent: 3-Person 3-Season
$499.95




Easton Mountain Products Slickrock 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$269.99




Easton Mountain Products Torrent 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$399.95




Eureka Midori 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$159.9




Eureka Midori Solo Tent: 1-Person 3-Season
$139.9




Eureka Spitfire 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$179.9




Eureka Timberline SQ 4XT Tent 4-Person 3-Season
$299.9




Exped Mira I Tent: 1-Person 3-Season
$328.95




Exped Mira II Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$378.95




Kelty Acadia 8 Tent: 8-Person 3-Season
$379.95




Kelty Gunnison 1.3 Tent w/ Footprint: 1-Person 3-Season
$169.95




Kelty Gunnison 2.3 Tent w/ Footprint: 2-Person 3-Season
$199.95




Kelty TN2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season
$249.95




Kelty TN3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season
$299.95




Marmot Amp 2p Tent: 2 Person 3 Season
$378.95




Marmot Amp 3p Tent: 3 Person 3 Season
$438.95




Marmot Force 2p Tent: 2 Person 3 Season
$388.95




Marmot Force 3P Tent: 3-Person 3-Season
$468.95




Marmot Fuse 3p Tent: 3-Person 3-Season
$378.95




Marmot Nitro 1p Tent: 1-Person 3-Season
$278.95




Marmot Nitro 2p Tent: 2 Person 3 Season
$328.95




Marmot Starlight 1 1-Person 3-Season Tent
$218.95




Marmot Starlight 2P 2-Person 3-Season Tent
$288.95




Marmot Tungsten 1p Tent: 1-Person 3-Season
$178.95



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