The Best Backpacking Tents of 2020

Whether you’re looking to spend 100 nights on the trail or stick to a tight budget, we’ve found the best backpacking tents of 2020.

A tent is one of the biggest investments you’ll make when getting into backpacking.And althoughsleeping bagssleeping padsare arguably as important to a good night’s sleep, nothing gives you a home in the wilds quite like a good tent.

I’ve personally spent hundreds of nights in tents. And when it comes to picking a tent, one truth stands out: No single tent will work well for every situation. Sometimes you want a superlight bivy that just keeps the bugs away. Other times, you want a burly winter abode capable of standing up to gale-force winds and heavy snow.

So picking a tent largely comes down to how you plan to use it. If you need help deciding, check out our buyer’s guide at the end of this article. And if you’re looking for something roomier for car camping or family camping, we have a separate review of thebest camping tents

The Best Backpacking Tents of 2020

Best Overall Backpacking Tent:Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2($450)

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2

Do you know what’s awesome in rainy weather? Vestibule awnings to cook under. And the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 has them, plus a lot of other amazing details that set it apart from the crowd of backpacking tents. But let’s start with the basics.

This two-person, freestanding tent tips the scales at 3 pounds 2 ounces — or a trail weight of 2 pounds 11 ounces. That’s light enough to make it a contender even for the gram-counters, although tents definitely get lighter (see below). But at that weight, you get a really comfortable abode for the trail. It has two doors, two vestibules, 29 square feet of floor space, and 18 square feet of combined vestibule space.

The good overlap between the bathtub floor and the rainfly ensures a dry night’s sleep. Above the floor material, quality mesh gives a breathable, well-ventilated space that should keep condensation low.

虽然铜支线HV UL2has been a best-seller for Big Agnes for years, it made some big improvements for 2020. Namely, a 3D bin “mezzanine” at the foot provides ample elevated storage. Plus, it has an oversized ceiling pocket at the head and media pockets with cord-routing for electronics.

Other improvements include excellent and easy-to-use TipLok tent buckles on the corners as well as high-quality DAC Featherlite NFL and NSL poles with a prebent span pole and four-way high-volume hub design.

所以,是的,这个帐篷将让你从要素保护关闭时。但是,让我们回到了漂亮的新功能,许多营员将享受:前庭遮阳篷。使用您的登山杖,铜支线HV UL2可以让你的玄关大门张贴到一个雨篷。

In light rain, this gives you a nice open space to cook or sit up out of the weather. It’s also nice for shade on a sunny afternoon. While you probably won’t use it every trip, the added bit of versatility helps set this otherwise great tent apart from the field.

Weight:3 lbs. 2 oz.

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亚军:MSR Hubba Hubba NX($450)

MSR Hubba Hubba NX

The情窦初开情窦初开NXis, from our multiple tests andreviews, the best tent for a lot of people. It’s a big investment and a high-end design that has a lot to desire if you plan to spend plenty of time sleeping under the stars. Let’s dig in.

山安全研究的旗舰背包tent, the Hubba Hubba NX is a lightweight, freestanding, three-season, two-door, two-vestibule backpacking tent. You can get it in one-, two-, three-, and four-person sizes. We tested the two-person model.

The first thing that sets the Hubba Hubba NX apart are its poles. It uses Easton Syclone Poles, which are an extremely strong, durable, light composite material. We abused them for more than a year in testing, and they came out in great shape.

Next is the coating material on the fly and floor: MSR Xtreme Shield durable waterproofing. The brand claims it lasts three times longer than standard waterproof coatings. It has performed flawlessly in our tests.

The two-person model weighs in at 3 pounds 8 ounces, which puts it in the midweight category of backpacking tents. It’s certainly very light to carry but not ultralight by any means. However, it does pack down well and has one of the best stuff-sack systems we’ve used, making putting it away very easy.




The only real flaw is that it doesn’t come seam sealed from the factory. That means that before using it, you really should use the included seam sealer gel and coat all the seams.

For $450, we’d expect it to come from the factory sealed. But it’s not a dealbreaker for us, as the job is easy to complete in a backyard and gives you the chance to do a gear shakedown before using it in the field for the first time.

Weight:3 lbs. 14 oz. (3 lbs. 8 oz. minimum trail weight)
优点:Light enough to backpack, tough enough for car camping
Cons:Expensive, must seam seal at home

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Best Budget Backpacking Tent:Marmot Catalyst 2P Tent($ 184)

marmot catalyst

在$ 183,催化剂顶双人帐篷是不便宜。但它是有人找了坚实的背包帐篷也将适合该法案作为汽车野营帐篷一个很好的价值。

At a minimum trail weight of 4 pounds 11 ounces, it’s on the heavy side of backpacking tents. But it’ll do the job and packs down small enough to fit comfortably in a backpack.

It’s quite spacious with 32.5 square feet of floor space. Buyers love the color-coded poles for easy setup, which most say is a piece of cake even for new campers.

It has two D-shaped doors with vestibules, adding room for gear storage. For new hikers getting into the game, this is a great place to start. It has a 4.25-star rating with 68 reviews

Weight:4 lbs. 11 oz.
Cons:Heavier than other backpacking tents

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最佳超轻背包帐篷:NEMO Hornet Elite($500)


Our team has dozens of nights backpacking with the NEMO Hornet under our collective belts, and the consensus is clear: We love this tent! Mostly, we love how much this tent saves both weight and pack space. It’s a marvel of engineering. Here’s how it breaks down.


But this tent is more than light. It’s also a very legit abode in bad weather. In rainy, stormy nights on the trail, theNEMO Hornet Elite 2使我们的测试团队的干爽和舒适。不像许多超轻的选择,这是一个独立的帐篷。它采用了巧妙的三杆设计,内部网,并为不断出错误,雨,风一顶帐篷的外帐集成。

Inside, a 27.3-square-foot floor gives a small but acceptable space for two adults. This is certainly not a large footprint, and you will be shoulder to shoulder with your tentmate. But remember, we’re ultralight backpacking here. So snuggle up.

Fortunately, there is enough room under the two vestibules (serviced by two doors) for a large pack, shoes, and some other gear. We’ve used it many times in the rain, and it’s enough space to keep your kit dry, even in nasty weather.

Setup and takedown are also easy. Once familiar with the tent, my wife and I can usually set it up easily in less than 5 minutes.

当然,在$ 500,大黄蜂精英是一个显著的投资。但是,我们已经使用了一个足够的夜与它的耐用性留下深刻印象。也就是说,这是一种超轻silnylon的帐篷。这意味着它不会容纳滥用,我们不推荐它的汽车露营,因为这将使磨损一个非常昂贵的帐篷。

但是对于那些想要一个轻量级的帐篷over big miles, the NEMO Hornet Elite is our favorite ultralight backpacking tent on the market right now.

Weight:2磅。1 oz.
优点:Ultralight, packs small, withstands weather
Cons:Expensive, fragile for car camping or sharp rocks

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多功能超轻帐篷系统:Six Moon Designs Haven Bundle($335)

six moon designs haven

The cottage brand Six Moon Designs focuses on building very light equipment with long-distance hikers in mind. While quite specialized, the Haven Bundle is an easy-to-use trekking pole tent that tips the scales at just 2 pounds, 2 ounces, including a tarp and interior net. You can use the tarp alone on the trail, which, for 17 ounces of packed weight, gives you a large 53 square feet of shelter.

Or, if you’re in a buggy locale, add the Mesh Nest inside of the tarp for even more protection. The nest is 48 inches wide and 114 inches long, providing plenty of space for two adults. In this configuration, you end up with two large vestibules and two doors.

At $335 for the package, it’s a fairly priced ultralight tent. And thanks to the ability to be set up as a tarp alone, the system packs a lot of versatility and can stretch from fast-and-light missions to more leisurely base camps.

It’s held back mostly by the ultralight fabrics that limit durability. And as with a lot of trekking pole tents, because it’s not freestanding, it’s a little trickier to set up and requires good guyline attachments for stability.

优点:Ultralight, packs small, can function as a tarp alone at just 17 ounces
Cons:30旦尼尔织物是有些脆弱,需要登山杆(或极试剂盒,分别为$ 30 $ 80购买)的设置

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Favorite of Serious Backpackers:Tarptent双虹($299-329)

tarptent double rainbow

Weighing in at 2 pounds 10 ounces, the Tarpetent Double Rainbow commands a cult-like following among consumers. That’s because this very light tent provides a great amount of usable interior space (88 x 50 inches), two doors, and two vestibules.

Users love the aerodynamic shape that helps it shed wind and rain. Many note that it handles storms better than other lightweight tents.

One unique add-on for the Tarptent Double Rainbow is theclip-in liner。虽然它增加了非常小,重量轻,它增加了冬天的温暖和夏季制冷。但更重要的,它可以防止冷凝水滴得到撞倒在睡眠风或大雨露营,保持帐篷干燥机的内部。

Weight:2 lbs 10 oz.
优点:7点4”fo长,这是一个不错的选择r taller campers
Cons:The semi-freestanding design does require stakes to remain upright

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hilleberg anaris

Hilleberg builds exceptional tents with high-quality materials, and the Anaris is no exception. However, Hilleberg tents carry high prices and a little more weight than their competitors. That’s not a mistake, as the brand aims to be a literal heirloom that users can pass down generation after generation.

The Anaris is one of the more affordable, and lighter, Hillebergs on the market, and we love both its utility and versatility. At 3 pounds 1 ounce, it’s light enough for backpacking. It uses trekking poles instead of tent poles for setup. The design is very clever, allowing the user to roll up one or both sides of the rainfly for incredible ventilation on warm nights.

But as temps drop or rains fall, you can extend the rainfly and hunker down. Want a more minimal shelter on some trips? The outer tent alone functions as a tarp with full functionality of rolling away walls and vestibule doors yet weighs just 1 pound 7 ounces.


Weight:3 lbs. 1 oz.

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The Best of the Rest

REI Quarter Dome SL 2:$ 349

REI Quarter Dome SL 2 tent

REI的季度巨蛋SL 2是一款非常受欢迎,价格实惠的帐篷。它是成熟的汽车露营和背包。为2的最小轨迹权重磅8盎司,this tent hits a sweet spot that should appeal to a broad cross-section of hikers and campers.

The freestandingQuarter Dome SL 2sets up quickly and easily. The main tent body has tons of mesh and a small bathtub floor that extends slightly above the overlapping rainfly. It stays dry in rainstorms but could see a little splash-over from runoff.

Two large doors give each camper easy access to the interior or the vestibules on each side. It’s a snug layout for two, but it should suffice as long as you and your partner don’t mind being cozy.

Four pockets in the mesh provide adequate storage for small items. Overall, it’s a nice design but probably not great for heavy storms. We liked this model, especially at the reasonable price point, as a versatile tent at a very light weight.

Given the massive amount of mesh, it should be a strong contender for hot, dry climates where ventilation and protection from insects are top priorities.

Weight:2磅。8 oz.
优点:值, lightweight, plenty of ventilation


Kelty Late Start 2($160)

Kelty Late Start 2

If price is your primary concern when buying a tent, but you still want good quality, the Kelty Late Start 2 is a good place to look. At $160, the Late Start 2 is far from the cheapest tent on the market. However, it’s a very nice tent that will last for several seasons while hitting a price point that most people won’t balk at.

TheLate Start 2packs down to 16 x 7 x 7 inches. While certainly not tiny, it will work in a backpack. Similarly, at a minimum weight of 4 pounds, it’s not ultralight but works for short backpacking excursions.

It sets up super fast with a simple two-pole design. Once up, the bathtub floor offers a slight overlap with the rainfly, so splashback could be an issue in heavy rain and wind. It has small vestibules barely big enough for a single backpack, but they will suffice for hikers on a budget. And two small pockets offer space to stash a couple of important items.

There are better tents out there, but you’ll pay more for them. For $160, this one is a value that should last through lots of happy camping.

Weight:4 lbs. 8 oz.
优点:Good value, easy setup, quality construction
Cons:Heavier, not built for extreme weather conditions

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Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dirigo 2 Dyneema Tent($795)

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dirigo 2 Dyneema Tent

TheHyperlite Mountain Gear Dirigo 2Dyneema Tent is incredible, but it’s also super expensive. So while we do love this model for several reasons, it comes with a caveat of a $795 price tag.

But for serious hikers, the hefty investment may be worth it. Hyperlite builds the Dirigo 2 with Dyneema fabric, an extraordinarily durable material that withstands tons of abuse yet remains incredibly light.

This tent, which uses trekking poles for support, weighs in at just 1.75 pounds. It provides a floor area of 32.5 square feet and a vestibule area of 28.2 square feet for plenty of space for two hikers and packs.

虽然价格昂贵,这是一个顶帐篷将持续很长一段时间。如果你正在寻找一个超轻型帐篷会给你使用的几个赛季,这是一个值得考虑的。如需更多信息,请参阅我们的full review of the Dirigo 2

Weight:1 lb. 12 oz.
优点:Ultralight, very strong
Cons:Expensive, trekking pole tents aren’t for everyone

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SlingFin Portal($485)


The SlingFin Portal is one of the few tents we’ve tested that’s light enough for backpacking (with a trail weight of 2 pounds 13 ounces) but sturdy enough for legitimate winter camping. And while the brand bills it as a three-season tent, we’re so impressed with the design that we wouldn’t hesitate to pull it out when the snow flies.


Other noteworthy features include extra zipper sliders (as a backup in case one gets damaged), 10 guy-out points, high-quality DAC NFL poles, and a pole swivel instead of a hub that keeps the long poles intact, increasing structural integrity and potential lifespan.

Our tester summarized this tent in four simple words: “This tent is killer.” And he meant it in the best possible way. Check out the fullSlingFin Portal review

Weight:3 lbs. 4 oz. (trail weight 2 lbs. 13 oz.)
优点:Most versatile tent on the market, useful for all four seasons


How to Choose a Backpacking Tent



There’s no right or wrong answer, but being clear on how you want to camp will make choosing a tent easier.


Interior space in a tent equals comfort. The main things to consider are floor dimensions and ceiling height. Tents have a stated number of people they sleep, but how roomy or cramped they will be at capacity varies. By paying attention to floor dimensions, you can get a better idea of how many sleeping pads will fit.

When backpacking, plan to save weight by being willing to snuggle into a two-person tent. But when family or car camping, we often find subtracting a person or two from the stated capacity maximizes comfort.

Ceiling height may not seem important — until the weather turns and you find yourself hunkered down inside for 6 hours. At that point, you’ll be happy you’re able to at least sit up comfortably and perhaps even stand in the bigger family tents.

Weight & Packed Size

If you only plan to car camp, weight and packed size aren’t major concerns. But anyone planning to haul their tent into the backcountry should take a hard look at these factors.

帐篷等的2磅1盎司NEMO Hornet Eliteis a great option for backpacking. It doesn’t take up a lot of space or weight in your pack, meaning you can justify bringing a favorite flask or a few extra snacks.

Weather Resistance

This is one of the biggest reasons to invest more in a tent. Basic tents handle pleasant weather like a champ and can even manage light rain and wind. But if you plan to camp during storms (which often roll in unexpectedly), it’s worth it to save up and buy a sturdier tent.

Premium tents have stronger poles, full rain covers, and sealed seams. And it’s things like this that seem less important — until you find yourself riding out an epic storm from the confines of your tent.

The value of a tent investment often has to do with how often you camp. If you camp every weekend, spending$450 on a bomber tent可能是值得的。如果你尤其如此plan to camp into the colder seasons and need a tent built to withstand the weather.

On the other hand, if you’re just starting out or plan to camp only a few nights each summer, a budget pick like the $160Kelty Late Start 2会帮助你的睡眠之外没有打​​破银行。


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Sean McCoy

Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.