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- Nemo Hornet Tent
- Nemo Aurora Tent w/ Footprint
- MSR Elixir Tent
- Eureka Suma Tent
- Nemo Dragonfly Tent
- Mountainsmith Bear Creek Tent
- Eureka! Copper Canyon LX Tent
- Eureka! Midori Tent
- Mountainsmith Bear Creek 4 Person Tent · Olympic Blue
- Mountainsmith Morrison Evo Tent
Nemo Hornet Tent
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).
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.
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!
Nemo Aurora Tent w/ Footprint
This is a spacious 3-season tent from a high quality brand. It comes with an included footprint which will help protect the floor of the tent and extend its life, and its packed weight is 6lbs 8oz. It's perfect for using while backpacking and car camping alike!
Relatively lightweight, 3-season camping. More room and headspace than Nemo's ultralight models.
Backpacking trips or just a great all around multi-use tent.
MSR Elixir Tent
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.
Large double vestibule. Weather and wind proof. Easy to set up, and is relatively lightweight.
Camping in inclement weather. Includes a rainfly and footprint for easy set-up!
Eureka Suma Tent
Super lightweight and affordable 2 person tent! Ample space - 88" x 55" floor dimensions and a peak height of 42". Plus it has a mesh lining for those starry nights :)
A solid first tent, it won't break the bank but will still last a long time. This tent is decently lightweight, but has plenty of headroom.
It's lightweight, easy to use, and affordable! Great for camping, and not heavy if you ever want to take it out on the trails.
Nemo Dragonfly Tent
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.
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.
Great price for an ultralight 1 person, NEMO makes some solid tents that are easy to set up. 2 lbs 13 oz
Mountainsmith Bear Creek Tent
A versatile one-door tent, this piece is thoroughly waterproof and is 5lbs 3 oz! Great for concerts, car camping, picnics, and everything in between. Designed for three-season camping, this two pole design will be a great addition to your personal collection when you want to either have a little extra room for yourself or you want to camp with your significant other.
Weighs 5lbs 3oz when packed with the footprint (included!). The tent body is not required to set up. You can combine the footprint and the rainfly for a lightweight options. Great ventilation with the No-See-Um mesh and bathtub floor combo!
Comes with a rainfly and a footprint that can be used without the tent body to save space and weight when backpacking.
Eureka! Copper Canyon LX Tent
Highly rated and reviewed - Eureka is a brand that lives up to its name. This cabin-style tent can sleep up to 4, has 4 large zippered windows, a hanging gear loft, internal pockets for storage, and a 75 denier StormShield fly, making it durable and weather-resistant. 7' ceilings make this super roomy as well.
Casual camping, established campground camping, weekend trips, this is a remote barbecue workhorse! Great for the ability to drive up and have a quick shelter you can trust in relatively mild conditions.
Ideal for comfort camping close to the car. Accommodates air mattresses and cots with ease. Contains ample storage and high-grade materials to keep you safe and warm in the elements.
Eureka! Midori Tent
Increased headroom for great livable space, two large doors and vestibules for ease of entry as well as spacious vestibules for storing gear. Trail weight at just over 6 pounds makes this a great option for backpackers on a budget or not counting ounces but seeking quality, weatherproof design.
Great for backpacking or car camping for 2 people, or 1 person and a furry friend! This tent has maximum headroom and is made from durable fabric! Minimum trail weight for this set up is 4lbs13oz which is pretty great!!
Great budget, yet entirely functional option for the backpacker looking to keep the load on the light side.
Mountainsmith Bear Creek 4 Person Tent · Olympic Blue
Mountainsmith Morrison Evo Tent
A nice durable and great weather-resistant tent that folds down nicely for backpacking that fits 2 comfortably! Fast setup, easy takedown. Also has mesh storage pockets on the interior for any gear that needs to stay outside the sleeping back or backpacks!
Comes with a brow pole for a roomy feel and a good amount of space! Great price an a sweet tent. Based on the award winning Morrison Evo!
2 Person tent on a budget. Great for car camping and casual backpacking.
Marmot Tungsten Ultralight Tent
This is perfect for car camping, and will make for a comfortable home base for long trips. There are two large vestibules and dual entry for ease of access. The rain shield polyester fly sheet won't stretch or sag in rain, and is UV resistant to stay in tact for years to come. Lastly, the bathtub design adds for further water protection to keep you warm and dry.
A 2-person backpacking tent designed for added space and comfort without adding weight! This tent is easy to pitch and has 2 doors which make entry and exit easy without having to scramble over your companion. The 2 vestibules provide ample gear storage and protection from the elements. Nice and lightweight, this tent has a packed weight of just 3lbs 6.5oz.
This is a great lightweight 3 season tent option! 4lbs 15oz makes this very easy to carry in the pack, but it's still roomy! It has 2 doors and large vestibules to store gear.
Black Diamond HiLight Tent
Very protective tent for backpacking, when conditions might be a little rough and cold at elevation or during shoulder seasons.
4-season tent that holds up to storms. Good for winter backpacking as it is very lightweight for how warm/durable it is.
Backpacking through it all, keeps you warm in the winter cool in the summer and doesn't break the bank.
Eureka! Tetragon NX Tent
Need a great priced tent to get started? The Eureka checks off all the boxes. There's plenty of space for 3-4 people and it comes with a rainfly to keep out bad weather or dew but can be removed when you want to look at the sky.
This is a great budget option for a quality tent! It's durable and could stand up to a dog and children.
Good for casual car campers or those getting started!
Eureka! Summer Pass Tent
Lots of mesh allows this tent to breathe well in warmer weather, and two doors prevents climbing over the other person in your tent. The included footprint helps protect the bottom of the tent from wear and tear.
A great quality budget tent that will withstand weather. It has a few internal pockets to help organize your gear and lots of mesh for increased air flow. The footprint is included!
Car camping and short-mid distance backpacking trips.
Black Diamond FirstLight Tent
A 4-season, minimalist tent that is perfect for mountaineering expeditions and cold weather backpacking trips. This tent is well designed and space efficient without any extra bells or whistles - simple and well made. It has a single entry door and a vestibule can be purchased separately for added gear storage space. This is a really lightweight 4-season tent with a packed weight of just 3lbs 3oz and the 2-pole design makes it quick and easy to set up when you arrive at camp.
Space efficient design, and lightweight at under 4 lbs. 2 mesh panels for ventilation, with a water resistant canopy. All seams double sewn to ensure durability. Black Diamond is a highly recommend for a multitude of gear categories, including tents.
Lightweight 2 person tent that will have plenty of room for 1 person and gear or 2 people and minimal gear. Highly rated!
Coleman Skydome™ Camping Tent
This massive 6-person tent has 80 sq ft of interior space and a peak height of 6 ft, and it boasts nearly vertical walls to provide even more headspace then some of Coleman's other tent models, making it large enough for the whole fam or camping trips with friends! This tent offers plenty of waterproofing features, including a tub-like floor, welded corners, and inverted seams so you stay dry! Other features include internal pockets for small item organization, a large door for easy exit and entry, and Coleman boasts an easy 5-minute set up.
Vertical walls offer extra headroom and features like pre-attached poles for easy set up, a tub-like floor, welded corners and inverted seams keep you and your gear dry! This tent comes in a variety of sizes (2-8 person), we can find the perfect one for your situation! The specs for the 8 person are below:
- Dimensions: 16 x 7 ft
- Center Height:6 ft
- Fits 3 queen size air mattress
- Frame has been tested to 35 MPH winds
- Packs down to compact size for car camping
- Reviews confirm that this tent holds up great in wind and rain
Great entry level option for campground or car camping on a budget with plenty of livable space and Coleman trusted features and quality.
Big Agnes Blacktail Tent
With a trail weight of 4lbs 8oz, this tent is nice and light and ideal for backpacking, although it's still durable and well made, being from a top of the line tent brand! 2 doors make exit and entry easy, 2 vestibules add extra space for gear and shoe storage. 33 sq ft of interior space puts it on the larger side of 2-person tents. All taped seams for waterproofing, full coverage rain fly included, and plenty of interior pockets for stashing smaller items.
Super solid option from Big Agnes, the Blacktail 3 gives you a great amount of space and comfort without being overtly heavy or cumbersome. Your packed weight comes out to 5lb. 11oz, and provides a 44 square foot floor area and 44 inch head height. Dual zippers on 2 doors with 2 vestibules make for plenty of convenience, ease of use and gear stashing ability. Two fly vents for better air flow and less condensation, tons of extra pockets.
A great value tent with spacious sleeping area, 2 side entry doors and vestibules to store gear. At a weight of 5lb. 11oz it is light enough for backpacking for most. It has a 1500mm water proof polyurethane coating. This tent will have two fly vents to increase air flow and reduce condensation.
MSR Zoic 2 Person Tent · Gray/Red
At 4 lbs. 13 oz. this is going to be a lighter option that will still hold up to the elements. MSR is known for making some of the most bombproof gear on the market and this tent is no exception.
This tent is 4 lb 13 oz. Its slightly heavier than some of the other options, which is reflected by the price but it is very high quality material and craftsmanship.
All around backpacking camping trips, this is my main tent. Remove the rain fly on warm, clear-skied nights for excellent star gazing.
Coleman OneSource Camping Dome Tent with Airflow System and LED Lighting
I personally think this tent is pretty cool for the price! It has an integrated fan that refreshes the air 6 times an hour! Perfect for any summer humidity and heat. It also has integrated LED lighting throughout the tent! It comes with an interchangeable rechargeable battery. The bonus is that you can charge external devices such as your smartphone due to already having a power source!
Great car camping option for moderate weather conditions and ideally suited for families looking to keep occupants entertained and cozy without sacrificing creature comforts. Fits a queen sized air bed and has 4'11" center height.
This tent has an integrated fan and LED lighting throughout the tent, using a lithium-ion battery that can be recharged from wall outlets, vehicles or power packs.
Nemo Aurora 2 Person Surge w/ Footprint Tent
The North Face Wawona 4 Person Tent
Packed Weight: 13 lbs
Packed Size: 10 x 27 inches
Peak Height: 75 inches
FLOOR AREA: 58 sq ft
Vestibule Area: 27.6 sq ft
Footprint Included: NO
Rain Fly Included: YES
*FABRIC: Main Canopy: Nylon
*POLES: DAC MX
Recently upgraded from a previous version, this tent has a double walled construction which brings its durability to a much better level than before. Massive vestibule for shoes, gear, camp kitchen, or anything else you might need!
Sea to Summit Alto TR2 2 Person Tent
This is a lightweight 2 person backpacking tent designed with increased livability. The semi-freestanding design boasts taller, oversized doors and vertical walls to maximize space inside the tent. The rainfly can be rolled back for stargazing and easily/quickly deployed from inside the tent in the event of rain. Constructed from lightweight and durable materials. This tent packs into 3 stuff sacks so you can easily share the load - after set up, the stuff sacks convert into gear storage pockets. Packed weight is 2lbs 15.3oz and packed size is 4.7 x 20.5 inches
Coleman Skylodge™ Camping Tent
This massive tent has an interior of 112 square feet and a peak height of 6 1/2 feet, making it large enough to fit 2 queen size airbeds- enough space to sleep the whole family or friends! The room divider creates privacy, or just keeps rooms separate and organized. The wide door makes getting gear (and yourself!) in and out of the tent easily, and ground vents create air flow and ventilation on warmer days while the rain fly and awning protect from rain. Other features include internal mesh pockets for small item storage and organization and color-coded poles for easy set up! An awesome, huge tent for a great price, and this tent also comes in a 10-person and 12-person size for even more space! And to sweeten the deal, this tent comes with a 1-year warranty!
- Nearly vertical walls offer 20% more headroom
- Wide door means easy entrance/exit and gear loading
- Tub like floor, patented welded corners and inverted seams
- Dimensions 12.5 x 9
- Center height 6 ft 5 in
- 1 year limited warranty
- Strong frame up to 35 mph winds
- Mesh storage pockets and gear loft keep for organization
Eureka! Solitaire AL 1 Person Tent · Jasmine Green, Mediterranean Blue, Dark Shadow
Excellent option for solo excursions. Very lightweight without sacrificing durability or protection from the elements. This 3-season tent is perfectly sized for one user, and their gear to fit comfortably within!
Eureka's Solitaire is the perfect first backpacking tent! It is 3 season, single person, durable, & lightweight. :)
Great option for you running solo. Super lightweight and most likely space for the pup!
Coleman Skydome™ Camping Tent with Dark Room Technology
Perfect for car camping as it has a quick 5 minute setup! Dark Room tech blocks out 90% of the sunlight so you can sleep in on those trips you're looking to escape it all. Nearly vertical walls give you about 20% more headroom than traditional tents. The frame is pretty durable and is rated up to 35 mph winds. Adverse conditions coming your way? The WeatherTec system has you covered for keeping you and your gear dry. Can fit 1 queen size air mattress.
Mountainsmith Morrison Evo 4 Person Tent · Cactus Green
This 4 person tent is based off of the award-winning Evo 2 tent! It's incredibly versatile and can be used with the full tent, footprint, and rainfly (8lbs 6oz) or simply pitch the footprint and rainfly (5lbs) for a lighter-weight option when conditions allow. Interior mesh pockets and a removable gear loft help you stay organized inside the tent.
Great budget tent at 8 lbs, 6 oz, with plenty of room. Good for backpacking trips with multiple people to share the weight.
Eureka! Mountain Pass 3 Person Tent · Golden Poppy/Vibrant Yellow
This is a convertible 3 or 4 season tent designed to withstand harsher conditions. There are two vestibules to keep your gear nice and dry, as well as many internal pockets for gear storage and organization.
3 person tent built for heavy weather complete with a gear loft. The convertible design transitions between 3 season and 4 season durability!
It's a great year round, spacious option that is still light enough to be used on any backpacking trip at 6 lbs, 6 oz.
Coleman Skylodge Instant Camping Tent
Sets up super quick using telescoping pre-attached poles, keeping things intuitive and simple. The WeatherTec system keeps you and your gear dry in all conditions you'll encounter. Fits 1 queen size air mattress, wide door makes it effortless to transport your gear in and out throughout the setup/teardown process. Stuff-and-roll carry bag makes it seamless to pack up your tent. Mesh pockets to organize your gear! Killer car camping option!
Coleman Skylodge Tent 8 Person Instant Cabin · Blackberry
Tons of interior storage space, large door awning, welded corners and inverted seams - this tent is bombproof in rain and wind up to 35 mph!
- Easy set up
- Dimensions 12 x 9.5
- Room divider
- Wider door
- Large awning
- Mesh storage pockets
- E-port for extension cord access
- Center Height 6.5 ft
- 1 year limited warranty
The Coleman SkyLodge Instant cabin fits two queen sized mattresses inside. With floor to ceiling mesh windows, this tent provides breathability and great ventilation.
Eureka! Space Camp Tent
Dimensions: 96 x 90 inches
Packed Weight: 13.14 lbs
Packed Size: 8 x 25 inches
Peak Height: 68 inches
Floor Area: 60 sq ft
Vestibule Area: 16.5 + 12 sq ft
Footprint Included: NO
Rain Fly: Ripstop Poly
*FABRIC: Main Canopy: 68D Poly taffeta
Floor: 68D Poly Taffeta
Fly: 68D Ripstop Poly
*POLES: 7000-Series Aluminum
This tent has great weatherproofing and ventilation and features 2 massive doors and vestibules. It comes with 2 gear lofts and has a sturdy, long lasting design. It weighs 13lbs 14oz and has a peak interior height of 68 inches.
Durable and rugged 3 season tent with 2 doors and vestibules and adjustable ventilation for any weather condition.
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