What Backpacking Tent Should I Buy?

I'm in the market for a small, light backpacking tent that won't break the bank.

Jun 15, 2012
Outside Magazine

One of the great things about backpacking these days is how light gear has become. Overall, I imagine the load before fuel/water/food for a trip of four or five days is about half what it was 20 years ago.

Tents are a great case in point. It wasn’t that long ago that the sweet spot for a two-person backpacking tent was six or seven pounds. Now under five is what I regard as minimally acceptable. Mind you, we’re talking about summer-weight tents here—one area where tent makers cut weight is through using more mesh and less ripstop fabric. But you still get excellent weather protection through full-coverage flies, and adequate room for two. Or one, if you prefer to go solo and camp really light.

These following three tents are my favorites.

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