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8 Best Backpacking Tents Must Have for Trekking to Your Campsite

So, before we go on with this article, let me be honest with you - I am not a camping kind of person, but I have been pushing myself to get out there and just do it. I have so many allergies that camping has been proven challenging both for me and my “hiking group”. But before you go on thinking, “Right, so why should I believe anything he says about tents?” I use this to my advantage.

With the very same reason, I have very high standards when it comes to tents. Whenever I stay in the middle of a mountain or some secluded forest, I always make sure to stay in an awesome temporary home! As we go through this article, I will tell you all about my observations and experiences with my top eight picks of the best backpacking tents.

For the non-camper that I am, here are my quality and experience-tested top eight choices:

Best Back-Packing Tent : Top Picks

Bryce 2P Ultralight Tent

Most Lightweight

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    Easy to assemble and pack up 
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    Spacious 

Rated by: Vanessa

Teton Sports Ultra Tent

Most Spacious

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    Great size for you, your friends, and your stuff 
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    Easy to pitch and pack up 

Rated by: Vanessa

Backpacking Tent ALPRANG

Most Valuable

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    Can stand extreme weather conditions 
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    Comes with a tent footprint 

Rated by: Vanessa

1. Bryce 2P Two Person Ultralight Tent

Quick Summary

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Rated by: Vanessa

If you are a heavy-packer (Like I am), this is the perfect tent for you. Coming in at a trail weight of 3 pounds 7 ounces and a minimum weight of just 2 pounds 10 ounces, the Bryce 2P Two Person Ultralight Tent and Footprint is next to weightless, your back will certainly thank you.

Its packed size of 17 inches by 6 inches is truly something that will make you want to bring this along on your next backpacking trips. This tent was so easy to set up and pack up, even for an indoorsy person like me!

You won’t feel cramped inside with its fully rectangular floor, measuring 85 inches in length, 53 inches in width, and 36 inches in height.

What impressed me about this design is for its affordable price, it has all of the high-end features; two-way inner and outer zippers, spacious mesh pockets, back vent with a kickstand, a pole repair splint, twelve Y-stakes with Dyneema guy lines and adjusters, and 5,000 mm silicon/PU waterproofing with fully-taped seams. You just have to watch your head as it is a little short on the headroom.

PROS

  • It is affordable.
  • It is light.
  • It is easy to assemble and pack up.

CONS

  • It is a little short on the headroom.

2. 3-4 season Double Layer Back packing Tent 

Quick Summary

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Rated by: Vanessa


The 3-4 season 2-person Double Layer Tent Aluminum Rod Windproof Waterproof for Camping Hiking Travel Climbing – Easy Set Up has a Snow Skirt that makes it usable for winter. 

The entire package comes with 1 Tent Body, 13 Aluminum Tent Pegs, 2 Folding Aluminum Poles, 4 Windproof, Reflective Ropes, and 1 Large carry bag for the entire package.

This portable backpacking tent weighs a total of 5.9 pounds or  2.7 kilograms.

The floor size is also respectable. However, for my size, I feel that you have to share this tent with someone you really know well. Otherwise, it could be a little awkward inside.

The things I appreciated about the 3-4 season 2-person Double Layer Tent Aluminum Rod Windproof Waterproof for Camping Hiking Travel Climbing – Easy Set Up are the two entrance provisions, a ventilation for warm summer nights, and two pop-up ventilation windows on the flysheet allow airflow in the rain. Plus, there are two-sided zippers that allow us to open the tent doors from either side. It also has the No-See-Um mesh wall panels that give you warmth for winter use.

PROS

  • It is weather-proof.
  • It is easy to set up and take down.

CONS

  • It can be a little small for two people who do not know each other to share.

3. WolfWise Waterproof Tent with USB LED Light

Quick Summary

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Rated by: Vanessa

When I first entered the WolfWise 2-Person 3-4 Season Tent, I thought, “Fancy!” The USB LED lights truly set a mood and truly useful for someone like me who can be blind as a bat, especially at night.

Weighing only 5.07 pounds, it will only take you minutes to set up this temporary shelter for two in many kinds of environments and in all but the coldest times of the year.

Each package contains one tent that opens to 82.7 inches wide, 55.1 inches long, and 43.3 inches high, with rain fly, roof light, carrying bag, wind rope, two shock-corded poles, and eight tent stakes.

Inside the WolfWise 2-Person 3-4 Season Backpacking Tent, there is no need to worry because it is made from anti-tear 190T embossed polyester and ventilating mesh with double-stitched seams, stitch taping, and waterproof tent floor. You would be pleasantly surprised because it kept us dry a bone even under pouring rain.

PROS

  • It is suitable for all-weather conditions.
  • It has LED lights.
  • It has two doors.

CONS

  • It is quite heavy for a two-person tent.

4. Teton Sports Mountain Ultra Tent

Quick Summary

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Rated by: Vanessa

The Teton Sports Mountain Ultra Tent is a pretty straightforward and one-person setup.

Its packaging comes with built-in gear pockets for added storage and comes with a carry bag with an offset shoulder strap that self-adjusts to make sure you are comfortable when you are taking it to and from the campsite. 

This tent is built for rugged conditions and stands to be water-resistant. When inside, you can really feel its unbeatable built-in ventilation system.

Its seams are reinforced and heat taped and the anchor points give more life to this sturdy collapsible shelter. To add to its appeal, it also has an additional-high Oxford bathtub floor that has heat-sealed seams that keep groundwater from coming in.

To make your night extra special, you can view the stars above you because it has a full mesh top that allows for an unforgettable stargazing experience. However, I find this a little too heavy to carry around, especially if you are going to trek to your campsite.

PROS

  • It is easy to assemble and pack up.
  • It is sturdy.
  • It is spacious inside.

CONS

  • It is too heavy to carry for a long period of time.

5. Lightweight Mountaineering Trekking Tent 

Quick Summary

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Rated by: Vanessa

The Backpacking Tent ALPRANG boasts of its superior quality. Made of tough water and tear-proof material, strong and reflective nylon cords, this tent stands extreme weather conditions.

Measuring 7.6 ft x 3 ft x 39.4 inches, you and all your valuables will comfortably fit inside. To be honest, I cannot recommend this for sharing with another person.

I also like that the Backpacking Tent ALPRANG came with a large, waterproof footprint, especially when most manufacturers think it is unnecessary.

This tent also has a waterproof adhesive system that will keep you and your belongings safe and dry, no matter the weather. There is also no need to worry if you camp in a particularly dark area as it has a highly reflective design which will make it easy to spot you.

PROS

  • It is well-ventilated.
  • It is highly visible.
  • It is easy to pitch.

CONS

  • It is a little heavy to be carried around while trekking.

6. WolfWise 3 Person 4 season Lightweight Tent

Quick Summary

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Rated by: Vanessa

WolfWise’s 3 Person 4 season Lightweight Backpacking Tent Screen Tent stands slightly tall (Because, you know, it’s a tent) with its poles made of aviation-grade aluminum.

The tent is made of blue ribbon 20D silicone coated nylon cloth for long-lasting durability. Measuring 8.2 feet x 7 feet x 4.7 feet, this tent is not enough to fit three adults.

The WolfWise 3 Person 4 season Lightweight Backpacking Tent Screen Tent needs no mind-boggling assembly that allows easy setup or take down in minutes. 

However, taking it down was an entirely different story. I found it a little confusing and there was no manual that instructed how to pack the tent up.

The WolfWise 3 Person 4 season Lightweight Backpacking Tent Screen Tent boasts of 8000 MM waterproof index. It has stitched seams, stitching taping, PU waterproof coating, and caulking treatment to accompany the premium waterproof fabric in repelling water and keeping the interior dry as dust.

This tent has 2 windows on the flysheet and mesh constructed inner tent which gives ventilation while keeping mosquitoes and other critters out. It also has another neat little loop at the top where you can hang your lamp or other lighting devices. There’s no need to scramble inside the tent in darkness.

PROS

  • It is easy to assemble.
  • It has a hanging loop inside where you can hang a lamp.

CONS

  • It is not easy to disassemble.
  • It does not fit three adults.

7. WEANAS Professional Double Layer Tent 

Quick Summary

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Rated by: Vanessa

The WEANAS Professional Backpacking Tent 2 3 4 Person 3 Season Weatherproof Double Layer Large Space Aluminum Rod champions the super classic interior design that will bring your right back to your childhood tents.

The doors can be opened on both sides, and get this - the door curtain can be rolled up and fixed with buckle. One thing I noticed, though, is that it does not come with a tent footprint, which I really look for in the tents I use.

It also has a brace type window and two close-able ventilation skylight. Made of professional waterproof fabric a stub adhesive, it has been tested to have a waterproof index of 4000MM.

It windproof feature is also brought to us by a strong skeleton with tent nails. Oh, and can I mention that there’s no need to worry about your skin with this tent because it has SPF proof made possible by UV coating and breathable nylon.

PROS

  • It has a classic design.
  • It has SPF proof.

CONS

  • It has no tent footprint.

8. Toogh 2-3 Person Automatic Instant Pop Up Tent

Quick Summary

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Rated by: Vanessa

The Toogh 2-3 Person Camping Tent 4 Season Backpacking Tent Automatic Instant Pop Up Tent speaks to me through its colors! I love them all, especially the army green variant. 

Its complete package comes with the tent, rain fly, tent stakes, wind rope, and carry bag for ease of transport.

It was easy to set up, but upon taking it down, I found it a little hard to roll up the tent into the carry bag. I think that is largely my fault, though, so I chalk it up to operator error.

Another little feature, which you really don’t think of until you are dazed and confused in the morning trying to look for your phone, is the accessory pocket inside. I love how I can easily toss my phone inside it before I doze off and not be subject to all the hassle search in the morning.

PROS

  • It is easy to assemble.
  • It has accessory pockets.

CONS

  • It is not that waterproof.

Things to Consider When Buying a Tent

1. You and Your Companions

First things first, you have to know whether you are going solo, with someone, or with a group of friends. You are already in an unfamiliar place, you don’t want to make it more uncomfortable than it already is, so make sure that you know if you’ll be bunking with someone or not. In that way, you will know the size you need. Furthermore, you might also want to know how much stuff all of you are bringing.

2. Camp Location and Weather

Next thing you have to consider is your camp location and weather. Sure, you may have the right size for you and your peeps, but if you have to walk kilometers carrying a 7-pound tent, you might want to reconsider. You also have to look at the weather beforehand. As you know full well, not all the tents protect you equally from different weather conditions.

Camp Location and Weather

3. Long-term or Overnight?

Knowing how long you are staying is crucial because upon this key detail you will decide if you will be fine lighter and cheaper tent or a winter tent. You have to know if you’ll be needing a tent that can be easily assembled and packed up or a sturdy one that will shelter you for weeks on end.

4. Footprints, Anyone?

Nowadays, most manufacturers no longer consider this necessary. But let’s face it - tents are not made of thick cloth. They can easily tear, especially when pitched on rough surfaces. I personally prefer tents that come with footprints to avoid tear on the tent flooring.

5. Mesh and Material

The mesh allows good ventilation and is, therefore, a necessity. Buy, you don’t want the holes to be too big that mosquitoes are able to penetrate your tent. You don’t want to feel cool but end up covered in bites in the morning, don’t you? The tent material is also crucial because this will give you an idea how sturdy and durable your tent is. We must always remember that the higher denier fabric, the stronger and better it is for rough and rugged use.

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I Choose to Stay In…

Well, I will always pick the comforts of my home, but if need be, I will choose the Teton Sports Mountain Ultra Tent; 1-4 Person Backpacking Dome Tent.

My first reason being, I will never be caught dead camping on my own, so I need a space enough for me and my family or friends. We have to be comfortable without jeopardizing our safety and security of our belongings. Second, for a tent this size, I was surprised that it was easy to assemble and pack up. It is very comfortable for the summer, but for colder weathers, make sure that you pack blankets to keep you warm.

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I also like that it has a mesh top that makes stargazing inside your tent possible. I mean, there is no need to deal with biting critters or for sleeping bags outside the tent. I was also able to dress up inside the tent without worries and with complete comfort.

Overall, this tent might just be the one that could motivate me more and actually make me look forward to more hiking trips. Staying in it gave me more memories to cherish, and what kind of person says no to that, am I right?

Backpacking on your own or with friends is always a guaranteed indelible experience. It is a chance to reconnect, reflect, or even find yourself. It can also be a daunting experience for some (like me), but when planned and prepared for thoroughly, it can be life-changing. Just make sure that you bring along the perfect home away from home for you.