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Spending a weekend (or longer) living out of your backpack while hiking through a remote trail may not seem like a great experience to many but for a backpacker, it’s the best escape imaginable. For them, camping in the backyard or just a few steps from the car doesn’t cut it. Instead, they prefer to leave civilization behind and make their way into the backcountry to find solitude and tranquility.  

All the gear a backpacker carries with them on the trail plays a vital role in keeping them comfortable and safe. But the tent you choose to sleep in might be the most important, serving as your home away from home and providing shelter from the elements.

As an avid backpacker myself, I’ve learned (mostly the hard way) what makes a good backcountry tent. Of course, weight should be a top priority since you’d prefer your backpack to be as lightweight as possible, but there are plenty of other considerations to keep in mind, as well. Below, are five of my favorite backpacking tents, tested across various backpacking trips both big and small. 

At the bottom of this guide, I’ve also included some tips on how to shop for a backpacking tent, as well as some insight into the testing methodology I used while reviewing.

Here are the best backpacking tents:

Best backpacking tent overall: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2

Best budget backpacking tent: REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus

Best ultralight backpacking tent: Zpacks Duplex

Best backpacking tent for couples: MSR Hubba Hubba NX

Best four-season backpacking tent: Mountain Hardwear Trango 2

Updated on 4/22/2021 by Rick Stella: Updated the sections on how to shop for a backpacking tent, revised our review methodology after doing additional testing, checked the availability of each recommended tent, and updated the pricing. The best overall

Even though the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2 weighs just 3 pounds, it has a roomy interior, an innovative hub design that increases its stability, and two doors and vestibules to allow for easy entry.

Pros: Large interior space, two doors make it easy to get …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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The 5 best backpacking tents, perfect for spring camping, ultralight hikers, and couples

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