The Best Backpacking Tents
Best Tent for Solo Camping
ZPacks Altaplex1 Person Tents for Backpacking, Backpacking Tents, Hiking & Camping & Tents
The ZPacks Altaplex finished in the top spot in this test set, thanks to its chart-topping performance in nearly every category. The most important feature of the solo backpacking tent—its weight—is this tent’s best characteristic. The chief limitation is the high price tag.
Best in Class: 2-Person tent
REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus2 Person Tents for Backpacking, Backpacking Tents, Hiking & Camping & Tents
REI Co-op’s upgrade to the iconic Half Dome 2 Plus takes it to a new place. Rather than just a solid backpacking tent, this new version is a true do it all tent. It’s big enough for car camping, tough enough for the worth weather and light enough to schlep wherever and however you want to get there. While true light-is-right aficionados will want to look elsewhere for everyone else this is a compelling option at a very reasonable price.
The Big Agnes Tiger Wall 3 took home the Best in Class honors, with a strong trail performance dominated by its weight, simple construction, and easy setup. The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL3 is a lightweight backpacking tent with superior trail performance.
Best for Vestibule Chilling
MSR Hubba Tour 33 Person Tents for Backpacking, Hiking & Camping & Tents
The MSR Hubba Tour 3 performed near the top of the charts, with its main draw being a large amount of living space you get, at the cost of its heavy weight. This tent is straddling the line between big enough for bicycle touring, and light enough for backcountry trail use. The MSR Hubba Tour 3 is a touring tent that provides a lot of living space.
Best in Class
MSR Papa Hubba NX 4-Person Backpacking Tent4+ Person Tents for Backpacking, Backpacking Tents, Hiking & Camping & Tents
The MSR Papa Hubba NX is the tent to pack when weather conditions are unknown. Although the low, aerodynamic profile sacrifices interior comfort, this tent is rock steady in high winds when the other tents faltered. It isn’t the lightest tent in the bunch, but it’s close, and the extra weight is well worth the added security. If a group of three to four campers are headed to the backcountry for high adventure, this is the tent.
Best For Comfort
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL44+ Person Tents for Backpacking, Backpacking Tents, Hiking & Camping & Tents
The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL4 was the top choice when spaciousness and weight were primary concerns. The most significant interior space and vestibules with a trail weight that equates to 1.3 pounds each for a group of four is an impressive pair of specifications. Waterproofing was excellent; the only dings being some pinhole punctures in the floor and one case of partial wall deformation during extreme winds that also affected other tents in the test.