Best Ultralight Backpacking Tents 2019
Best 1 Person Ultralight Backpacking Tents
|Packed Dimensions||5"L x 5"W x 15"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||82.6"L x 35.4"W x 39.3"H|
The Luxe Tempo 1 Person Tent is a high-performance tent perfect for the solo backpacker looking for a durable tent with decent space that can withstand harsh weather conditions.
This 4 season tent will serve you year round, including the cold months of winter.
It’s perfect for the solo, cold weather lightweight backpacker weighing only 3.3 pounds.
You get 2 doors and 2 vestibules so easy entry/exit, plenty of space to keep gear and a good amount of fresh air flow in and out of the tent, even with the rain fly on.
The rainfly is weather rated with 20-Denier 360T Rip-stop Silnylon along with 5000mm silicone coating.
This pairs especially well in wetter, cooler weather with the built-in canopy rated at 210T Breathable Polyester.
The floor is fully waterproof with taped 210T Ripstop Polyester with 8000mm PU coating.
Remember to throw down the 210T PU coated polyester footprint that comes with the tent and you’ll preserve this Luxe Tempo 1 for years to come.
Despite the high waterproofing the 2 doors and 2 vestibules help create plenty of ventilation so it will still work in the warmer months.
Also at 4 pounds, this tent is on the more lightweight side for 4 season tents.
Definitely one of our favorite in the single person tent genre.
|Packed Dimensions||6.25"L x 6.25"W x 17"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||82"L x 39.5"W x 32"H|
|Current Price||from $99.99|
The Teton Sports Mountain Ultra Tent offers a range of sizes from 1-4 person tents.
We reviewed the 1 person and it we found it to be a very reliable lightweight tent.
It clocks in at just over 3 pounds on the trail, 4 and a half pounds packed with everything.
The Mountain Ultra Tent will work for the trail or biking. Even with the lightweight, you get a lot of room inside, enough for a tall person with gear along with 2 vestibules for extra storage space.
Without the rainfly, the tent is made up of durable micro mesh fabric for a fully ventilated 360-degree view experience, but even with the rain fly on there’s still air ventilation at the top to keep the air flowing even during rain or sleeping.
Extra-high waterproof bathtub floor is made of strong 150D Oxford canvas for ultimate water protection.
The tent held up very well to rain and wind and setup couldn’t be easier.
The yellow was a bit much, but we weren’t camping at a fashion show so it was ok.
|Packed Dimensions||7"L x 6"W x 22"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||90"L x 38"W x 28"H|
|Current Price||from $64.99|
The Winterial Single Person Tent is a nice tent for the lightweight solo backpacker. It packs down to just under 4 pounds so it won’t put too much strain on your back.
It can withstand the wind and the rain fairly well.
There’s a small vestibule on the side that will protect your shoes or boots, but not big enough for a pack.
With the rainfly off the walls are mostly mesh and provide excellent air circulation.
The setup is also very simple with only a 2 hoop design utilizing lightweight aluminum poles that simply snap together.
There is some staking involved, so if you’re new to backpacking this could be a challenge, otherwise experienced backpackers will find it fairly easy.
Keep in mind that taller backpackers over 6 feet won’t fit in this tent. 5’11 is about as tall as you’re going to get.
Our main complaint is the lack of ventilation that allows condensation to build up.
This also can work as a bivy, but definitely one of the better 1 person tents out there.
If you’re small it could maybe even fit a 2nd.
|Packed Dimensions||6"L x 6"W x 17.5"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||90"L x 32"W x 36"H|
The ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent is one of the best 1 person tents on the market today.
This lightweight tent keeps pounds off your back weighing in at 3-4 pounds while providing enough shelter through even the worst rain and light snow.
The Lynx 1 person tent also includes a free-standing, lightweight aluminum 2-pole infrastructure which makes setting up easy for even beginning backpackers.
The floor is bathtub style meaning it angles up a few inches off the ground which helps keep any water underneath the tent from seeping in.
Pair this feature with the 75D 185T Poly Taffeta coated at 2000mm and you get premium water protection at the base of this tent.
The seams are factory sealed around the nonmesh part to protect from any rogue rain and wind. Inside you’ll stay dry and warm.
Keep in mind that this is a 3-season tent so it may not work best in the dead of winter, but the rain fly is extremely robust and will definitely hold up to late fall, early winter weather conditions.
The mesh walls make it perfect for warmer months and sets up fast and easy.
Perfect for the solo backpacker.
|Packed Dimensions||5.5"L x 5.5"W x 11.6"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||88"L x 32"W x 35"H|
|Current Price||Price not available|
The Sierra Designs Flashlight left us with some mixed emotions.
We were very excited to try this 3 season tent as the design seemed unique and we were anxious to see what it could do in the wild.
It held up nicely in extreme weather but did leave a bit of condensation.
At just over 2 pounds the weight is nice and ultralight, and the 2 open sides with awnings are nice especially on warm/dry nights but we did run into some issues with clipping in the vestibule and one of the zippers.
The 88-inch length gives you more lounging space than many other 1 person tents and bivy sacks, and the 35-inch height on one side of the tent is a little more convenient than a peak height in the middle.
This especially helps if you get stuck inside due to bad weather or for just having the ability to change clothes.
If you get sideways rain, the water can soak the inside.
However, the tent floor is made from 30D Nylon Ripstop, water-resistant 3000mm polyurethane coating which ensures the wear and tear you’ll inevitably encounter.
Also for the price, you can get a much nicer, bigger tent. Not our favorite tent, but it may do someone out there well.
|Image||Name||Our Rating||Price||Where to Buy||Weight||Size||Packed Size||Seasons||Sleeps|
|TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent||(4.7 / 5)||from $99.99||Buy on Amazon||4.5 lbs||82"L x 39.5"W x 32"H||6.25"L x 6.25"W x 17"H||4||1|
|Luxe Tempo Single 1 Person Tent||(4.8 / 5)||$108.90||Buy on Amazon||3.3 lbs||82.6"L x 35.4"W x 39.3"H||5"L x 5"W x 15"H||4||1|
|Winterial Single Person Tent||(4.5 / 5)||from $64.99||Buy on Amazon||2.9 lbs||90"L x 38"W x 28"H||7"L x 6"W x 22"H||3||1|
|Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 Person Tent||(4 / 5)||Price not available||Buy on Amazon||2.25 lbs||88"L x 32"W x 35"H||5.5"L x 5.5"W x 11.6"H||3||1|
|ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent||(4.2 / 5)||$95.96||Buy on Amazon||4 lbs||90"L x 32"W x 36"H||6"L x 6"W x 17.5"H||3||1|
Best 2 Person Ultralight Backpacking Tents
|Weight||2 lbs. 12 oz.|
|Packed Dimensions||4" x 19.5"|
|Assembled Dimensions||88"L x 52/42"W X 40"H|
The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent is perfect for two people. Two entrances on either side allow for you and your hiking partner to not have to climb over each other.
While there is plenty of room for two people in this tent, if you are planning to bring along a dog, we recommend the three-person version of this tent.
Set up was a breeze. Color-coded poles and straps helped us set this tent up within 5 minutes.
The UL 2 has a roof height is what really stands out. That allowed us to play games at night and was very helpful when getting ready on a cold morning.
The rain fly is considerably easier to set up and remove than other tents in its class, and the vestibules are big enough that we fit our duffel bags into them.
Big Agnes showed some forethought when they added the velcro feature to the door of the fly. You’ll also find this feature on the side wall, so you can easily pull the door off the outside of the fly when you’re ready to call it a day.
This is truly a fully featured Ultralight backpacking tent that leaves nothing to be desired.
|Packed Dimensions||7"L x 7"W x 17"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||82.6"L x 35.4"W x 39.3"H|
The Luxe Tempo 2 person, 4 season tent is a great freestanding, easy set up tent that’s perfect for year-round outdoor adventures.
The fixed, freestanding pole system is one continuous pole where the sections are all joined by shock cord making it simple to set up for even the novice backpacker.
With the Luxe Tempo you get 2 doors which we feel is a must for a 2 person tent for easy entry and exit.
Nobody has to climb over anyone to go pee in the middle of the night. You also get a ton of storage space thanks to 2 vestibules including the ability to vertically open a whole side of the tent as a canopy for extra space, shade and cool breezes.
The Coated 210T Rip-stop breathable Polyester keeps the inside nice and toasty and comfortable while at the same time having enough floor space to keep 2 people, gear and maybe even a dog.
The rain fly, made from Rip-Stop rain fly with 210T Rip-stop 3000mm Coated Polyester has proven to be extremely waterproof with not a drop leaking on the inside and even works well against horizontal rain.
The floor of the Luxe is designed bathtub style made from Taped 210T Rip-Stop Coated Polyester 5000mm to help keep any unwanted water from seeping inside and prevent any tearing that comes with normal wear and tear.
There’s also included space to attach a footprint.
The packed weight is close to 6 pounds which is a bit heavy for lightweight backpacking but considering the convenience and 4 season capabilities its worth the extra few pounds between 2 people.
|Packed Dimensions||6"L x 6"W x 18"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||84"L x 50"W x 39"H|
The MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Backpacking Tent is a great lightweight backpacking tent, perfect for the solo backpacker or for 2 people who don’t mind tighter space.
Setting up the Hubba takes less than 5 minutes to do.
Simply just snap the poles together, and clip the body of the tent into the pole frame and you’re ready to go.
The tent itself is made up 20 denier ripstop nylon which adds some toughness to help Hubba deal with the wear and tear of the trail.
There are 2 large doors with built-in “rain gutters” which help direct the water away from the body of the tent.
This is a small detail that can save excess rainwater from seeping into the tent. Not to mention a mesh roof for ventilation, and a ventilated rainfly that also makes 2 vestibules for extra storage.
The Hubba will add an extra 4 pounds to your pack but comes with a solid compression sack to squeeze it down to 18 x 6 inches which will fit seamlessly in most packs.
For the quality and ease of setup, this may be one of the better 2 person tents on the market.
|Packed Dimensions||6"L x 6"W x 16"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||80"L x 51"W x 43"H|
|Current Price||from $18.99|
The Topnaca Naturehike 2 person, 3 season tent offers amazing quality at under $100.
This lightweight tent helps keep your pack light weighing in at under 4 pounds.
The quality of the tent is where you really get the bang for your buck with strong aluminum frame poles, excellent fabric stitching while also providing an extremely waterproof nylon/silicone rainfly built from 20D 380T Nylon Cloth + Silicone Coating (Waterproof Index: 4000+mm) and the bottom made from 150D Anti-tear Oxford Cloth + PU Coating (Waterproof Index: 3000+mm), with enough space to easily fit 2 people and gear.
If you’re backpacking spring/summer/fall and need a reliable tent Topnaca’s Naturhike tent won’t let you down.
|Packed Dimensions||8"L x 8"W x 17.5"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||90"L x 60"W x 46"H|
The ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent is the perfect lightweight tent to fit 2 average size people with a couple of bags quite easily.
The Lynx provides mostly mesh walls to keep fresh air flowing throughout the night while providing a view of the night sky.
The tent itself weighs just over 5 pounds so it won’t be too heavy on your back and comes with a very robust rainfly that stands up to extreme weather.
The flooring is built in the classic bathtub style to prevent outside water from finding its way inside.
Pair this with the factory sealed seams and 2000mm coated polyester flooring and you should be able to avoid any water from seeping in.
You get two doors and two vestibules for easier entry and extra space to store gear, not to mention plenty of cool breezes.
It’s equipped with big #8 zippers for problem free zipping which help to avoid any zipper nightmares.
This is also technically a free-standing tent consisting of two lightweight aluminum poles that provide easy snapping of the tent material.
This made Set up and breakdown incredibly easy.
|Packed Dimensions||6"L x 6"W x 24"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||84"L x 60"W x 48"H|
|Current Price||from $38.13|
The Sundome 2 Person Tent is perfect for the single backpacker who doesn’t mind a little extra weight to carry for the extra space you get.
Setup is very easy by simply running 2 poles through the included continuous pole sleeves and should take even a novice backpacker less than 10 minutes to set up.
Sundome advertises this tent for 2 people, but it would be a tight fit for 2 people unless it’s 2 small kids.
If it’s just one person you can fit a twin or full-size air bed comfortably and the 4-foot height in the center is nice for some extra liveability that can be hard to find in a 2 person tent.
The carrying weight is about 6 pounds so it’s not lightweight, but if you’ll be out for a while and need something reliable this tent will make you happy.
You get very robust rain protection with a 75D polyester rainfly and a rear window to provide cross ventilation along with an extra sealed floor.
For under $50, this tent is very affordable with a ton of value.
|Packed Dimensions||5.9"L x 5.9"W x 18.5"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||82.7"L x 55.1"W x 43.3"H|
The Campla 2 person backpacking tent is a great shelter that is extremely durable even for a long-term backpacking trip.
For $60 you get a really great tent.
There’s enough space to easily fit 2 people with gear with a mesh ceiling to enjoy the night sky.
If the weather gets bad the sturdy rain fly easily snaps into place that can hold up in even the heaviest rain.
The bathtub style floor and tough stitching will help keep any water from seeping inside, and the extra floor space can act as a bit of a vestibule to store dirty gear like shoes and boots.
The LED lighting system helps when setting up in the night.
Our only complaints are actually having to remember to charge the LED’s which can be inconvenient for the lightweight backpacker.
Also at about 5 1/2 pounds, it can be a bit heavy for a 3 season tent.
All in all the tent is still great and will give you excellent value for the price.
|Packed Dimensions||10"L x 4"W x 16"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||83"L x 82"W x 45"H|
|Current Price||from $199.98|
The Geertop 2 person, 4 season tent is an extremely robust tent especially for those camping in the snow.
The weight is manageable clocking in just under 6 pounds.
It has 2 vestibules, one on each side which is perfect for keeping muddy boots out of the tent and a velcro ventilation latch which gives you the option to let more air flow to make it more comfortable on the inside, especially if it’s a little warmer out.
The 210T breathable polyester and high-density fine nylon mesh keep the temperature fairly regulated on the inside and if you are climbing elevation or going where its a bit colder the Geertop 4 season tent is great.
The high-density polyester and taped seams keep the warm air in and you can rest well even when the temps drop well below freezing.
The My only complaint is the zipper on the rain fly was a bit stingy.
It didn’t break, but it also didn’t seem like it would be good for the long haul and there have been some others complaining about this as well.
|Packed Dimensions||12"L x 3"W x 14"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||88"L x 55"W x 43"H|
The Kelty Salida is a very durable 2 person tent. At first glance, the Kelty 2 doesn’t seem like much but once you dive into the details you’ll see why this lightweight, 2 person tent was awarded the 2011 Backpacker Editor’s Choice Award. It’s a little over 3 pounds so it can work great as a backpacking tent for a solo camper or a 2 person backpacking duo. It can fit 2 medium sized people, but the fit will be tight. There are 30 square feet of space to find comfort in while the floor integrity itself is ensured with 68 Denier nylon along with 1800mm coating. The lower walls are built from 68 Denier polyester. We loved how the rainfly, made from 68D Polyester with 1800 mm clips into the post and grommet style frame which makes setup easy and gives a bit of ventilation as long as the included guy lines are in use. Without the fly, the Kelty provides no-see-um mesh upper walls for 360 ventilation. The fly provides plenty of water and UV protection. We’d love to have a second door to make it more convenient for 2 people, but the 10ft of vestibule space offers some gear storage space along with a few mesh pockets to keep smaller items like phone, GPS, flashlights, and headlamps organized.
|Packed Dimensions||3"L x 3"W x 30"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||90"L x 53"W x 35"H|
|Current Price||from $52.01|
The Coleman Pop Up Tent is a great tent for camping beginners.
Set up could not be easier as it literally pops open and be handled easily by one person.
Folding up, on the other hand, takes some practice and can be tricky to be done by one person.
Definitely make sure no kids are around because there will be some cursing involved.
However, once it’s folded up it’s fairly transportable.
Not the best for long-term backpacking but will take up little space in your car.
The fly does a surprisingly great job at keeping water out of the tent, but our biggest complaint was the collection of water on the fly and because of the way the door opens the water can fall into the tent.
This isn’t a deal breaker by any means, just something to be aware of.
The fit for 2 people was a little tight, but not too tight that we’d discourage using this to sleep 2.
For the price, this is still a great buy.
Another nice add-on is the option to stake down.
You don’t find this in a lot of pop up freestanding tents but can help promote stabilization.
|Packed Dimensions||16.9"L x 5.5"W x 16.9"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||92"L x 48"W x 88"H|
|Current Price||from $79.99|
The Weanas 3 season backpacking tent is a great lightweight backpacking tent that can be purchased in several different sizes in 2,3,4 person tents.
Weighing in at around 4 pounds it is one of the lighter tents we’ve tried and setting it up was a breeze.
Both the inner tent and rainfly are made of 201T Polyester so you get nice waterproofing while remaining breathable.
Of course, we loved the 2 door system which comes in handy with more people crammed inside.
There are also 2 decent sized vestibules to help with gear storage.
The rainfly also has a folded canopy that can be propped up with trekking poles for extra shaded lounging space.
The footprint is made from 150D Anti-Tear Oxford Cloth along with a 5000mm waterproof index.
Setup is a breeze utilizing strong, lightweight aluminum poles with ultralight plastic clips that easily attach the tent body to the pole frame.
Maybe our biggest complaint is the inside did feel a little cramped so maybe get one size bigger, and we noticed the zipper would often catch the flap on the outside when zipping up.
Not sure if that always happens but it did with ours.
|Packed Dimensions||6"L x 6"W x 24"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||90"L x 60"W x 48"H|
The ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Tent is a great lightweight tent with enough space to snugly fit a queen sized air mattress.
Perfect for summertime backpacking or car camping. No vestibule on this one so everything’s going inside.
If you’re ok with that than this tent is great for the price, but I do enjoy the luxury of being able to keep dirty shoes and gear outside and avoid random dirt floating around which is not available on this tent.
This classic 2 pole, freestanding design makes setting up and breaking down super easy for backpackers at any level.
I’m not a huge fan of the fiberglass poles as it adds some weight compared to the aluminum poles without the durability.
Not a deal breaker but definitely something to keep in mind, especially for lightweight backpacking.
However, for the price, this tent gives great value.
Also, keep in mind that you get get a limited lifetime warranty through ALPS which is good for peace of mind with any lightweight camping gear.
The tent overall is a bit heavy for a 2 person tent at close to 7 pounds.
The big windows do give nice circulation with the rain fly kept off.
|Packed Dimensions||4.8"L x 2.8"W x 23.6"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||78.7"L x 59.9"W x 39.4"H|
|Current Price||from $25.99|
The Techcell 2 Person Waterproof Camping Tent is a low cost 2 person tent that works well for beginning campers or a backup for more experienced camping families.
Although the Techcell is sold as a 2 person tent, to fit two people inside would be a tight fit.
It’s more appropriate for 1 person with gear. The unit weighs under 3 1/2 pounds so extremely lightweight, perfect for a solo lightweight backpacker under 6 feet.
The walls and floor are waterproof and provide decent weather protection.
If camping in more humid conditions expect to see some condensation built up around you.
There is some ventilation from a “sunroof” that’s placed at the top of the tent. Alone it won’t provide much circulation, but with the door kept open you should get some better air moving around.
On the bright side, the Techcell is very simple to set up even for beginners and the price is one of the lowest around for a 2 person tent.
|Packed Dimensions||8"L x 7"W x 31"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||91"L x 83"W x 57"H|
The Yonovo Instant Dome Tent is a great summertime tent.
The mesh roof allows plenty of cool breezes and inside can easily fit 3 people comfortably or 2 with an air mattress.
4 would definitely be pushing it on this one.
The setup is very easy as it is a pop-up tent and comes with an extremely reliable rain fly made from high-density 210D Polyester/PU coating with a waterproof index 3000mm while the bottom is also built from 210D Polyester/PU coating with a waterproof index 3000mm.
The 2 built-in windows will give you a nice cross breeze to help keep things cool in the summer time and 2 doors for easy entry and exit.
We did love this tent, especially for 2 people looking for comfort.
At just under 12 pounds this tent is better suited for car and tent camping, not so much for backpacking.
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|Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent|| (5 / 5)|
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|$449.95||Buy on Amazon||2 lbs. 12 oz.||88"L x 52/42"W X 40"H||4" x 19.5"||3||2|
|MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent||(4.8 / 5)||$329.95||Buy on Amazon||3.4||84"L x 50"W x 39"H||6"L x 6"W x 18"H||3||2|
|Yonovo 2-3 Person Family Pop Up Instant Dome Tent||(1.5 / 5)||$33.86||Buy on Amazon||11.70||91"L x 83"W x 57"H||8"L x 7"W x 31"H||3||3|
|Coleman Pop-Up Tent||(3.8 / 5)||from $52.01||Buy on Amazon||5 lbs||90"L x 53"W x 35"H||3"L x 3"W x 30"H||3||2|
|Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent||(4.3 / 5)||from $38.13||Buy on Amazon||6.3 lbs||84"L x 60"W x 48"H||6"L x 6"W x 24"H||3||2|
|Luxe Tempo 2 Person 4 Season Tent||(4.9 / 5)||$115.00||Buy on Amazon||5.7 lbs||82.6"L x 35.4"W x 39.3"H||7"L x 7"W x 17"H||4||2|
|WEANAS Professional Backpacking Tent||(3.7 / 5)||from $79.99||Buy on Amazon||5||92"L x 48"W x 88"H||16.9"L x 5.5"W x 16.9"H||3||2|
|GEERTOP 2-person 4-season Backpacking Tent||(4.2 / 5)||from $199.98||Buy on Amazon||5.7 lbs||83"L x 82"W x 45"H||10"L x 4"W x 16"H||4||2|
|Kelty Salida 2 Tent||(4 / 5)||$120.00||Buy on Amazon||3.8 lbs||88"L x 55"W x 43"H||12"L x 3"W x 14"H||3||2|
|Topnaca Naturehike 2 Person 3 Season Ultralight Camping Tent||(4.8 / 5)||from $18.99||Buy on Amazon||4.4||80"L x 51"W x 43"H||6"L x 6"W x 16"H||3||2|
|Campla Backpacking Tent for Two Persons With LED||(4.3 / 5)||$69.99||Buy on Amazon||5.4 lbs||82.7"L x 55.1"W x 43.3"H||5.9"L x 5.9"W x 18.5"H||3||2|
|ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Tent||(3.7 / 5)||$82.99||Buy on Amazon||7.7 lbs||90"L x 60"W x 48"H||6"L x 6"W x 24"H||3||2|
|ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent||(4.8 / 5)||$115.68||Buy on Amazon||5.9 lbs||90"L x 60"W x 46"H||8"L x 8"W x 17.5"H||3||2|
|Techcell 2 Person Tent||(3 / 5)||from $25.99||Buy on Amazon||3.3||78.7"L x 59.9"W x 39.4"H||4.8"L x 2.8"W x 23.6"H||2||2|
Best 3 Person Ultralight Backpacking Tents
|Packed Dimensions||6.5"L x 6.5"W x 24"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||89"L x 74"W x 41"H|
The ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3 Person Tent is perfect for use as a 2 person backpacking tent.
Setup is super easy enough for even beginners with ALPS’ patented 2 aluminum pole freestanding configuration.
Just snap a few parts into place and you’re ready to go.
The tent offers a very robust rainfly made from 75D 185T Polyester and 1500mm coating, which actually buckles into the tent for a more secure attachment.
However, take the fly off and the sides are made entirely of mesh giving you maximum ventilation.
The factory sealed seams combined with the bathtub style floor also made from 75D 185T Poly Taffeta with 3000mm coating will keep you dry from the sides, above and below.
We’d definitely recommend an extra footprint underneath as the floor is quite thin.
The sloped sides help keep the water off the sides of the tent, but the very top of the tent is flat and allows water to accumulate which isn’t a huge problem as the water never actually seeps inside the tent.. just something to be aware of.
Good space on the inside and very comfortable.
|Packed Dimensions||6.5"L x 6.5"W x 23"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||66"L x 90"W x 41"H|
|Packed Dimensions||7"L x 7"W x 23"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||84"L x 84"W x 52"H|
The Sundome 3 Person Tent is a great, inexpensive tent perfect for the car camper.
Weighing in at 8 pounds this isn’t the ideal backpacking tent unless you’re really looking to give your legs and back a workout, or you have 3 people who can split the carrying duties.
The tent can be set up in less than 10 minutes by simply sliding the included continuous poles through the snag free sleeves.
The Sundome can hold its own against the most extreme weather with a well-designed fly the deflects rain from the sides and prevents water from gathering in puddles above you.
Also, the floor is built with very thick tarp-like integrity with Coleman’s WeatherTec system tub-like floor design to keep any resting water under you from seeping inside. Inside the tent can fit taller campers and/or a queen size air mattress with little extra space.
Great air ventilation with the 2 big side windows and with the rainfly awning design you can keep air flowing through as the rain falls.
Great for the price as a starter tent or backup.
|Packed Dimensions||6"L x 6"W x 30"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||96"L x 84"W x 48"H|
|Current Price||from $35.00|
The Coleman Hooligan Tent is an excellent beginner’s backpacking tent.
You can choose between 2/3/4 person sizes and with a 1 pole design setup couldn’t be simpler.
The 2 person model is very big for a 2 person tent.
You can easily fit a queen size air bed with room to spare.
The tent is an all mesh body so on clear nights you can enjoy gazing up at the stars, but also comes with a very durable rainfly that does require some staking.
The mesh also seemed a bit cheap and easily torn, maybe we just handled it too roughly but this definitely wasn’t one of the bright spots.
There is good vertical height with a small latch that opens up near the top kind of like a window, which didn’t seem entirely necessary.
The Hooligan seems to do well in the rain.
The bottom is protected as it is a bathtub style floor built from heavy-duty 1000D polyethylene with welded leakproof seams.
The fly is also built with 450mm coated polyester so you’ll get both rain and UV protection.
This tent may be better suited for the kids or as a backup.
|Packed Dimensions||8.3"L x 7.9"W x 21.6"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||108"L x 84"W x 52"H|
The Moko 3 Person Tent is a great inexpensive tent for the space you get. Its perfect for the small family, or couple looking to set up an air mattress.
Setup is fairly straightforward, even for the novice camper, consisting of the three fiberglass poles sliding easily into their color-coded sleeves.
The rainfly is rated at 68D/190T P/T PU2000MM polyester fabric with 2500mm+ waterproof coating which handles water and harmful UV’s very well.
There’s even a window in the back for extra air circulation.
The floor also offers water protection with 5000mm waterproof polyethylene fabric.
The vestibule gives plenty of room to store extra gear and shoes. You’ll sleep 2 people comfortably, 3 people can be a tight fit but it is possible.
The price is also very fair for the size you get.
My only complaint is the lack of a second door so you may encounter people climbing over people to get out and we’re always cautious with fiberglass poles.
At just under 7 pounds it is possible to backpack with this tent, but probably better for tent and car camping purposes
|Packed Dimensions||6"L x 6"W x 25"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||96"L x 102"W x 48"H|
The Wenzel Alpine 3 person tent is a very nice inexpensive tent, perfect for 2 people to sleep comfortably but not much more room after that due to the shape.
The tent stays dry in even the harshest rainstorms.
While some other 3 person tents might need an extra tarp, the rain fly included does a good enough job.
On a long trip, you may experience some seepage but it works good enough.
At 8 pounds it’s about average for a 3 person tent. Not ideal for long distance backpacking.
Big enough to fit a queen size air mattress.
My biggest complaint is the fiberglass poles, which can break a little easier than aluminum, were kind of difficult to get through the tiny fittings.
Especially being fiberglass there was a bit of fear that we might break them trying to fit them in.
For a cheaper tent this isn’t a deal breaker, but just be aware setup can be a challenge.
|Image||Name||Our Rating||Price||Where to Buy||Weight||Size||Packed Size||Seasons||Sleeps|
|Wenzel Alpine Tent – 3 Person||(3.5 / 5)||$47.70||Buy on Amazon||8 lbs||96"L x 102"W x 48"H||6"L x 6"W x 25"H||3||3|
|Coleman Sundome 3 Person Tent||(3.8 / 5)||$71.39||Buy on Amazon||8 lbs||84"L x 84"W x 52"H||7"L x 7"W x 23"H||3||3|
|MoKo Waterproof 3 Person Outdoor Instant Cabin Tent||(3.7 / 5)||$68.56||Buy on Amazon||9.9 lbs||108"L x 84"W x 52"H||8.3"L x 7.9"W x 21.6"H||4||3|
|Coleman Hooligan Tent||(3.7 / 5)||from $35.00||Buy on Amazon||12.6 lbs||96"L x 84"W x 48"H||6"L x 6"W x 30"H||3||3|
|ALPS Mountaineering Chaos 3 Person Tent||(4.1 / 5)||$124.96||Buy on Amazon||6 lbs||66"L x 90"W x 41"H||6.5"L x 6.5"W x 23"H||3||3|
|ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 3-Person Tent||(4.4 / 5)||$156.48||Buy on Amazon||6.1 lbs||89"L x 74"W x 41"H||6.5"L x 6.5"W x 24"H||3||3|
Best 4 Person Ultralight Backpacking Tents
|Seasons||3 and 3|
|Packed Dimensions||5.9"L x 6.5"W x 23.9"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||88"L x 102"W x 52"H|
The ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4 Person Tent is an extremely durable tent, perfect for the small family, adventurous couple, or car camper who needs some extra space.
It includes 2 doors which provide easy entry and exit so campers can avoid stepping over each other.
The 2 vestibules provide extra space for gear storage to help create more space inside the tent, along with preserving the cleanliness by keeping dirty, stinky gear outside.
At just under 8 pounds the tent is still pretty lightweight for a 4 person tent, although may be a bit heavy for backpacking.
The #8 extra large zippers and stitching are top notch and add to the reliability and performance of cheap zippers on tents can be problematic.
I’m really impressed with how weather resistant this tent is due to the 2000mm coating and factory sealed seams on the floor and the 1500mm coating on the rain fly, while still allowing for plenty of ventilation.
The floor holds up against moisture quite well.
The inside pockets are also a great add-on to help keep smaller gear organized and stowed away.
|Packed Dimensions||10"L x 10"W x 40"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||96"L x 84"W x 58"H|
The Coleman 4 Person Instant Tent is one of our favorites.
For a four-person tent especially, setup and breakdown couldn’t be easier.
You can arrive at your site, setup and be inside in less than 2 minutes.
Although the tent is not completely waterproof it is heavily water resistant made from 150D/150D Polyester/taped seams.
So if you are going to be somewhere where the weather can be unpredictable bring an extra rainfly or tarp.
However, you won’t have to worry about water seeping in from the bottom due to Coleman’s patented Weathertec system which includes welded floors and inverted seams.
Inside is perfect for 2 with an air mattress + gear or 3 with sleeping bags. 4 adults may find the fit a bit snug.
For those camping in the heat, the large side windows provide excellent cross breezes to help keep things cool.
This is one of Coleman’s better tents for sure.
At just under 10 pounds this isn’t the best tent for backpacking unless you plan on just doing some good old fashioned tent or car camping.
|Packed Dimensions||4.1"L x 4.4"W x 23.9"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||85"L x 85"W x 52"H|
The Winterial 4 person tent will fit 3 people snuggly, or 2 people very comfortably.
The inside is just big enough to fit a queen sized air mattress.
The setup is easy and can be done in a matter of minutes and has a vestibule + 2nd door for easy entry and exit and a place for storing your dirty shoes not to mention increased air circulation.
The tent clocks in at just over 5 pounds so its perfect for the multi-person lightweight backpacking trip.
It also comes with a rainfly that easily clips into the sides of the tent for bad weather protection and the aluminum poles give reliably hold the whole thing together.
There have been complaints of zipper problems on this, but you can easily return on Amazon if that happens.
Also this is really a 3 person tent but listed as 4 person on Amazon
|Packed Dimensions||12"L x 12"W x 30"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||108"L x 84"W x 59"H|
The Coleman Carlsbad 4 Person Dome is a good tent if you’re looking for a great night’s sleep.
Coleman designed the tent with Darkroom technology which blocks 97% of sunlight from entering the inside of the tent.
To me, this puts this tent in a league of its own, especially if you’re bunking with 3 other people and want to maximize your z’s.
The Darker inside also can help keep it cooler, so this is a great summertime tent, especially if you’re going to be in warmer dryer, climates.
One of the coolest features of this tent is the small “patio” vestibule area that is pretty big but most importantly can handle all your dirty gear including muddy boots, towels, and smelly clothes.
This helps preserve the longevity of the tent and the morale of everyone inside.
The included rainfly does ok against the rain and wind, but not the best in extreme weather.
The inside can be a bit small and may not always fit 4 people depending on size so plan on fitting 2-3 comfortably.
|Image||Name||Our Rating||Price||Where to Buy||Weight||Size||Packed Size||Seasons||Sleeps|
|Winterial 4 Person, 3 Season Tent||(4.2 / 5)||$109.99||Buy on Amazon||5.4||85"L x 85"W x 52"H||4.1"L x 4.4"W x 23.9"H||3||4|
|Coleman Carlsbad 4-Person Dome Dark Room Tent||(3.5 / 5)||$133.99||Buy on Amazon||7.95 lbs||108"L x 84"W x 59"H||12"L x 12"W x 30"H||3||4|
|Coleman 4 Person Instant Tent||(4.5 / 5)||$99.99||Buy on Amazon||18 lbs||96"L x 84"W x 58"H||10"L x 10"W x 40"H||3||4|
|ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 4 Person Tent||(4.6 / 5)||$179.14||Buy on Amazon||8.8 lbs||88"L x 102"W x 52"H||5.9"L x 6.5"W x 23.9"H||3, 3||4|
Ultralight Tents For Backpacking
Backpackers are finding more innovative ways to cut down weight in their pack.
This has a lot to do with the growing popularity of thru-hikes like the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail.
To survive these long treks success and enjoyment can come down to keeping your gear as minimalist as possible.
Even shorter term hikes and adventures are better experienced with less gear to carry.
A lot of backpackers are now ditching their heavy tents for lighter shelters like bivy sacks and hammocks.
Many backpackers simply don’t think they can find a light enough tent.
Although tents will always weigh more than these lighter shelter options, it is possible to find an ultralight backpacking tent that is both comfortable and small enough to take up minimal space in your pack and weight on your back.
Ultralight Is Great But…
As we’ve discussed in other articles about bivy sacks and hammocks there is no shortage of options for lightweight outdoor shelter.
But we know not everyone is up for the minimal accommodations these options provide.
The problem with ultralight backpacking is this myth that you can’t have your cake and eat it too.
It is possible to have an extra pound or two on your back and still have a successful trip.
If you’re fit and agile enough to spend a few days on the trail, then you should be capable of lugging around an extra bit of weight.
Not to mention after a long day of hiking, it can be a treat to have an extra bit of space
Feeling squished and claustrophobic like some people get in smaller shelters is not an ideal way to experience the outdoors.
Especially considering the way hiking backpacks are made these days it’s totally possible to arrange your pack and gear to take a lot of extra pressure off your back.
So if you know you want the extra space, and don’t mind the extra few pounds of gear, then a lightweight tent might be right for you.
Ultralight Backpacking Tent Advantages
Any minimalist hiker can tell you that finding the right lightweight tent can be just as important as finding the right trail.
Unless you’re on the run from the law or going through Navy Seal training, there’s no reason to compromise the quality of your overnight shelter.
With the technological advances in tent materials and design, you may even find some luxuries in your ultralight backpacking tent that you didn’t expect.
The biggest advantage you get is the added flexibility of comfort.
Unlike a bivy sack, you can actually sit up to read, play cards or, watch a movie on your phone.
You also have the advantage of storing your pack inside the shelter as opposed to leaving it outside where it’s more vulnerable.
Keep in mind that no lightweight tent is created equal and there is enough variety on the market to find the right one for your specific needs.
1 Person Ultralight Backpacking Tent
A 1 person ultralight backpacking tent is as minimalist as you’re going to find.
They’re meant for the solo traveler who can tolerate tight spaces.
Inside the tent, you’re dealing with minimal length, width, and height.
Some aren’t even big enough to hold you and your pack.
This causes backpackers to instead go with a bivy sack, a hammock or even a tarp.
In the planning phase, when just comparing these different shelters on paper, it may make sense to shrug off the 1 person tent and save the extra pound by going with one of these other options.
But in the field and on the trail, the one person tent may work better for you because you may find you do actually want the extra overhead space.
If you have to wait out a rainstorm, a tent undoubtedly is your best option.
If you’re exhausted and start feeling burnt out, a tent will also be much more comfortable.
Also, keep in mind that the interior volume tends to vary from tent to tent.
Not all tents with the same listed capacity are actually the same size.
Some 1 person tents tend to fit people well over 6 feet tall and some don’t.
Most of all you will still find a good variety to fit your specific needs with 1 person tents
2 Person Ultralight Backpacking Tent
The 2 Person ultralight tents are where you really start to see a lot of variety.
The fact is that many 2 person tents on the market are built for 2 tiny people or one person who wants extra space.
Consequently, make sure you know the floor dimensions of the tent relative to your own size.
Its possible to find a tent that gives you plenty of width and height.
But if you’re over 6 feet tall you might find your feet scrunched up against the wall.
Despite the extra few pounds in your pack, a lot of couples opt for 3 person tents for the extra space, .
Sometimes a good night sleep is worth the extra weight.
Furthermore, be sure to look at the setup of doors.
Some 2 person tents come with only 1 door.
This leads to a lot of climbing over other people.
Multiple doors will also help with ventilation.
On a warm night, you want can open up the 2 doors to create a nice cross draft.
This will help the air inside from becoming stale and uncomfortable.
Ultralight Backpacking Tent Features
- Floor dimensions
- Square footage
- Peak height
- Single Wall vs Double Wall
At first, it may seem overwhelming to remember these considerations, but knowing you’re individual needs in relation to these features will help you find the perfect ultralight backpacking tent for your trip.
The trail can get lonely.
However, there are great lightweight tents that can fit up to 4 people.
These tents are comfortable and provide security.
When it comes to assessing what size tent you need, a good rule of thumb is to get a tent that holds a capacity of people one higher than will actually be sleeping inside.
For example, if you have 2 people then a 3 person tent works great.
If it’s just you then a 2 person tent will be much more comfortable.
This is not a hard rule.
There are plenty of 1 and 2 person tents out there that will comfortably hold the number of people they claim.
But if you want that extra bit of space for gear and clearance from walls or other people then step up to the bigger size.
Do you need a 3 or 4 season tent?
If you’re going out in the spring, summer, or fall then a 3 season tent will work just fine.
If you’re going out in the winter and anticipate much colder temps with some snow then a 4 season tent is what you want.
Just keep in mind that although a 4 season tent can technically be used in the spring or fall, it might provide too much heat for milder outdoor temperatures.
So if the weather is going to be warmer, make sure that your 4 season tent has good ventilation.
Ideally, you’ll find this in a double wall tent.
This setup gives you the option of removing a layer from the tent to help cool it off.
If it’s a single wall 4 season tent look for windows on the top or a couple of doors on both sides of the tent.
Most of all this will help create a cross draft that will keep the tent cool in warmer months.
Staked Or Freestanding
While the traditional way of pitching a backpacking tent is by staking it into the ground, many backpackers opt for the freestanding tent.
Both have their advantages and disadvantages, so it really comes down to you.
Staked tents tend to be lighter and more weather resistant, while freestanding tents are easier to setup but also heavier.
If tying down your tent gives you too much anxiety, or you just know you get lazy at the end of a long day of hiking, check out a freestanding or pop-up tent.
Tent Vestibules And Storage
Look for ultralight tents that offer a vestibule.
The biggest drawback of a smaller tent is the compromise in space you make.
But if the tent is designed with a vestibule then you will have at least a covering to place your shoes and pack under while saving space inside.
Not to mention sparing you and your tentmates from the smell of your gear.
A lot of tents are also built with mesh pockets inside to store smaller, important items like keys, phone, GPS, beef jerky, etc.
Tent Materials and Zippers
It’s important to know what materials you’re tent is made out of.
The 2 big ones are nylon and polyester.
You’ll find the degree to how they’ve been designed in the Denier and Thread count.
The higher both of these numbers are, the more durable your tent is going to be.
As an example: “190T Polyester, 70D Ripstop Nylon”
Essentially these numbers are telling you how durable the tent is.
Ripstop nylon will help the tent from tearing but will also add weight.
Be sure that the numbers are strong on both the walls and the flooring.
Zippers are one of the most problematic features on any camping gear, but with tents, a broken zipper can absolutely wreck your adventure.
Be sure to pay close attention to the reviews of tents for any zipper problems.
If you find more than one or two reviews with a bad zipper, then there’s a good chance that manufacturer made the tents with bad zippers and poor craftsmanship
The few bucks you may save initially will come back and ruin your camping trip.