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Most Recommended Tents of 2021
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With so many factors to consider, shopping for a new tent can be daunting. Our experts can help with that. Check out this list of their most recommended tents, and then be sure to talk with a Camping & Hiking expert so they can help you find the perfect tent for your next camping trip.

Result summary
  1. Nemo Hornet Tent
  2. Nemo Dagger Tent
  3. MSR Hubba NX 2 Tent V8 in Red, Nylon
  4. Nemo Dragonfly Tent
  5. Mountainsmith Bear Creek 4 Person Tent
  6. MSR Hubba NX Tent
  7. MSR Elixir 2 Backpacking Tent in Red, Nylon
  8. Marmot Nighthawk 2P Tent
  9. Mountainsmith Conifer 5+ Person Tent
  10. Marmot Limelight 3P Tent
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100 / 100
Nemo Hornet Tent
#1 in the Top 10 Tents of 2021
Nemo

Nemo Hornet Tent

$329.95

At 2lb 6 oz packed weight for a 2-person tent this is about as ultralight as it gets! NEMO makes some incredibly solid gear that do a great job withstanding the elements. 85" x 51"/43" dimensions on this one so enough room for 1 person and plenty of extra gear or a 2-person endeavor with space in the vestibules for storage. 1-pole system makes it incredibly easy to set up and take down. The Nemo Hornet's rain fly is secure AND easy to attach. You can set this bad boy up in all conditions, including some less than ideal (think mountain lake at night in some nasty winds).

Camping & Hiking Expert Connor Hult
Connor Hult
Verified Expert • Reviewed Jun 14, 2021

Lightweight and easy to pack. This packs down to a slender 19.5"x5.5", and it's trail weight is 1lb15oz. Very hard to beat anywhere on the market. Short of switching over to a bivy or tarp, it's hard to get any lighter than this. And it does not sacrifice strength and durability. Comparing it to it's ultralight counterpart, the Big Agnes Fly Creek, it is much tougher, stands up to wind better, and will have a longer life.

Camping & Hiking Expert Taylor Nelson
Taylor Nelson
Verified Expert • Reviewed Jun 14, 2021

The Hornet being a 3 season tent allows for versatility along with the ultralight allowing for extensive backcountry trips. Combining durability, breathability, and extreme lightweight coming in at just under two pounds packaged weight, the Hornet provides good space and comfort!

Camping & Hiking Expert Riley Gunning
Riley Gunning
Verified Expert • Reviewed Jun 14, 2021
REI+ free shipping$329.95
2
88 / 100
Nemo Dagger Tent
#2 in the Top 10 Tents of 2021
Nemo

Nemo Dagger Tent

From $429.95

As Nemo markets it – "the quintessential one tent wonder!" The perfect combination of lightweight (packed weight of 4lb 5oz) and spacious which makes it ideal for backpackers. This tent has 2 doors and 2 large vestibules for gear storage as well as color-coded tent poles, making for a super simple set up! Repair kit included and this tent is covered by Nemo's lifetime warranty.

Camping & Hiking Expert Amy B
Amy B
Verified Expert • Reviewed Apr 10, 2021

As the brand describes it "a quintessential one-tent wonder." This tent can do it all. Weight-conscious backpacking to comfort-oriented car camping. Great balance of weight and functionality. Weighs in at just about 3 pounds, making it a great ultralight option for a 3 person.

Camping & Hiking Expert Eric Bergdoll
Eric Bergdoll
Verified Expert • Reviewed Apr 10, 2021

As the brand describes it "a quintessential one-tent wonder." This tent can do it all. Weight-conscious backpacking to comfort-oriented car camping. Great balance of weight and functionality. Weighs in at just about 3 pounds, making it a great ultralight option for a 2 person

Camping & Hiking Expert Gregory H
Gregory H
Verified Expert • Reviewed Apr 10, 2021
evo.com+ free shipping$429.95
CampSaver.com+ free shipping$429.95
3
87 / 100
MSR Hubba NX 2 Tent V8  in Red, Nylon
#3 in the Top 10 Tents of 2021
MSR

MSR Hubba NX 2 Tent V8 in Red, Nylon

$449.95

Simple. Lightweight. Reliable. Trusted. Stylish. It's very lightweight and compacts down to a good size. It has two great vestibules, which makes entering and existing a dream for two. Large space, with nice pockets through out. Material is high quality and wont rip.

Camping & Hiking Expert Alex Hitt
Alex Hitt
Verified Expert • Reviewed Mar 11, 2021

It is really good for wet conditions. It will do a great job at keeping you and your stuff dry through the night, with its ultra durable waterproof coating. This is a 3-season tent that you can trust with anything you throw at it.

Camping & Hiking Expert Clayton DuBois
Clayton DuBois
Verified Expert • Reviewed Mar 29, 2021

3lb 14oz tent - ferrari of durable backpacking tents. Free-standing quick-easy pitch. Very roomy interior.

Camping & Hiking Expert Connor Hult
Connor Hult
Verified Expert • Reviewed Jan 26, 2021
L.L.Bean+ free shipping$449.95
4
85 / 100
Nemo Dragonfly Tent
#4 in the Top 10 Tents of 2021
Nemo

Nemo Dragonfly Tent

From $359.95

This thing basically weighs nothing. The 1 person option weighs 2 lbs 10 oz - super lightweight and high quality. NEMO makes some solid gear - their tents last for years! This one has large doors with versatile vestibules, a high-arching main pole for a lofty feel, and super easy setup with color-coded poles and matched webbing.

Camping & Hiking Expert Fabio D.
Fabio D.
Verified Expert • Reviewed Sep 1, 2021

A top-of-the-line contender for a ultralight, quality backpacking or thru-hiking with features like double doors/vestibules, lighting pockets and a freestanding design.

Camping & Hiking Expert Gregg Mason
Gregg Mason
Verified Expert • Reviewed Sep 1, 2021

Great price for an ultralight 1 person, NEMO makes some solid tents that are easy to set up. 2 lbs 13 oz

Camping & Hiking Expert Alex Light
Alex Light
Verified Expert • Reviewed Sep 1, 2021
We haven't found this product listed elsewhere. If you find a lower price, let your expert know - we'll match it!
5
81 / 100
Mountainsmith Bear Creek 4 Person Tent
#5 in the Top 10 Tents of 2021
Mountainsmith

Mountainsmith Bear Creek 4 Person Tent

$179.95

Great summer camping option, perfect for car camping. Can be used for backpacking however there are lighter options.

Camping & Hiking Expert Nils B
Nils B
Verified Expert • Reviewed Aug 3, 2021
We haven't found this product listed elsewhere. If you find a lower price, let your expert know - we'll match it!
6
78 / 100
MSR Hubba NX Tent
#6 in the Top 10 Tents of 2021
MSR

MSR Hubba NX Tent

$379.95

This is MSR's best selling solo tent for backpackers - it's ultralight, durable, and easy to pitch. At just 2lbs 15oz packed weight this is definitely one of the lighter options available. Full coverage rainfly for protection from the elements when you need it.

Camping & Hiking Expert Amy B
Amy B
Verified Expert • Reviewed Mar 28, 2021

Super easy to set up. Works in all environments (except for winter). Very weather resistant. Very lightweight.

Camping & Hiking Expert Alex Hitt
Alex Hitt
Verified Expert • Reviewed Feb 3, 2021

It's an ultralight (2 lbs 7 oz.), 3-season tent with a great waterproof coating for wet conditions!

Camping & Hiking Expert Michelle You
Michelle You
Verified Expert • Reviewed Oct 19, 2020
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7
78 / 100
MSR Elixir 2 Backpacking Tent in Red, Nylon
#7 in the Top 10 Tents of 2021
MSR

MSR Elixir 2 Backpacking Tent in Red, Nylon

$249.95

This tent is versatile, and includes a footprint that can enable you to pitch fast and pack light with just the footprint and rainfly. Easy pitch design color coded poles, clips and webbing make setting it up a breeze. A height of 3 feet gives you plenty of headroom too!

Camping & Hiking Expert Gary House
Gary House
Verified Expert • Reviewed Apr 1, 2021

This is a super high quality tent which is super quick and easy to set up! Constructed from durable fabrics and with a full coverage rainfly, this tent holds up during poor weather spells to keep you and your gear dry. Two doors and two vestibules.

Camping & Hiking Expert Amy B
Amy B
Verified Expert • Reviewed Mar 29, 2021

Camping in inclement weather. Includes a rainfly and footprint for easy set-up!

Camping & Hiking Expert Nancy Ransom
Nancy Ransom
Verified Expert • Reviewed Feb 23, 2021
Backcountry.com+ free shipping$249.95
Moosejaw+ free shipping$249.95
Gear:30$249.95
8
76 / 100
Marmot Nighthawk 2P Tent
#8 in the Top 10 Tents of 2021
Marmot

Marmot Nighthawk 2P Tent

$337.99
15% off

This is the footprint specifically designed for Marmot's 2 person Nighthawk tent. It was made to fit it perfectly, and will help protect the floor of your tent and extend its life.

Camping & Hiking Expert Jon H.
Jon H.
Verified Expert • Reviewed Aug 3, 2021
We haven't found this product listed elsewhere. If you find a lower price, let your expert know - we'll match it!
9
76 / 100
Mountainsmith Conifer 5+ Person Tent
#9 in the Top 10 Tents of 2021
Mountainsmith

Mountainsmith Conifer 5+ Person Tent

$399.95

This 5 person tent is a great option for car camping! It features a peak height of over 6ft and a spacious front "porch" vestibule (33 sqft). 2 doors make for easy coming and going and the inner living space is 84 sqft. Comes with a removable gear loft and interior pockets for smaller items.

Camping & Hiking Expert Amy B
Amy B
Verified Expert • Reviewed May 11, 2021

A vestibule and a tent height of over 6 feet, this tent is great for people that like their space and also want to be well protected from the elements. A great base camp style tent with just over 80 sp ft of floor space, this tent is an ideal option for those on trips that are 3+ days.

Camping & Hiking Expert Grayson Nichols
Grayson Nichols
Verified Expert • Reviewed May 11, 2021

Basecamp style tent with a 6 foot tall peak. Great family tent with spacious vestibule. 14 pounds packed weight! Taped seams and a quality rain fly makes this a comfortable tent no matter the weather! Get outside and enjoy!

Camping & Hiking Expert Mariah Wear
Mariah Wear
Verified Expert • Reviewed May 11, 2021
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10
76 / 100
Marmot Limelight 3P Tent
#10 in the Top 10 Tents of 2021
Marmot

Marmot Limelight 3P Tent

$322.00

A well-designed 3 person tent ideal for either car camping trips or backpacking adventures! Marmot tents are seam-taped and built with strong construction. This one has two doors and two vestibules as well as color coded 'easy pitch' poles. Center height of 48" with the rainfly and footprint included! The Limelight 3 has a packed weight of 6lbs 11oz or you can opt for the fast-pitch feature using just the footprint and fly (4lbs 2oz) when weather permits.

Camping & Hiking Expert Amy B
Amy B
Verified Expert • Reviewed Sep 17, 2021

Simple design, that's quick to setup and take down and light weight. Light enough for backpacking, but spacious enough for car camping.

Camping & Hiking Expert Robert M.
Robert M.
Verified Expert • Reviewed Sep 17, 2021

This tent is light enough to backpack with, but still roomy enough to bring along on car camping trips as well!

Camping & Hiking Expert Olivia Whitehead
Olivia Whitehead
Verified Expert • Reviewed Sep 17, 2021
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