6 of the Best Backpacking Tents that are Lightweight and Durable

Any serious hiker knows how tricky it is to choose the perfect backpacking tent. You need one that is both lightweight to carry long distances, but sturdy enough so when you do finally pitch up it will offer decent protection. There’s also the issue of space. Backpackers typically carry a lot of gear with them which needs to be stored in the tent. Likewise, how easy is the tent to put up? Finish trekking at the end of a long day and you’re exhausted and the last thing you want to be doing to fiddling about with tricky tent poles.

It’s all about getting the right balance and what is ideal for you. It will depend on whether you are travelling as a couple or on your own. Couples can share the weight of a backpacking tent by splitting up the poles and tent between two. Where are you hiking? You’ll want a durable groundsheet that can go on any kind of surfaces like rough pebbles and stones. As a general rule, pick a backpacking tent under 3 kilograms. Here are our recommendations for backpacking tents:

Robens Verdin Two-Man Tent: £625

Backpacking Tents

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Weight: 1.8Kg
  • Pack size: 46 x 14 cm

This has everything you’ll need and more. Very lightweight for a two-person tent, it uses silicone polyester to protect you from the elements and features a high tear-strength. It uses light alloy poles which help minimise weight and wind drag. It can withstand winds up to 170km. Additional features include an insect sheet, storage pockets inside, a clothesline inside, vents for airflow, a silicone rubberised groundsheet and a large porch area. For serious backpackers who want something they can rely on and that will last.

Eurohike Backpacker DLX 2 Man Tent: was £100.00 now £50.00

Backpacking Tents

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Weight: 2.9kg
  • Pack size: 58cm x 15cm

Slightly heavier than the Robens tent but at such a low price this is a bargain. Fully waterproof and made with fire-resistant material that is also breathable. It uses a fibreglass frame construction and has a large porch with a window. There’s a mesh door to keep out insects and a sturdy groundsheet.

Jack Wolfskin Gossamer Tent 1- Mountain Green: £99.00

Backpacking Tents

  • Sleeps: 1
  • Weight: 1.75kg
  • Pack size: 44cm x 14cm

A great tent for backpacking or solo trekking. Extremely lightweight but durable thanks to the polyester canvas which is waterproof and UV-resistant. Aluminium poles keep the weight down and there are interior pockets. There is also an inner mesh to keep out insects which works as a tent on its own for hotter nights. A 2-man version is also available.

Coleman Lightweight Cobra Unisex Outdoor Backpacking Tent: £114.99

Backpacking Tents

  • Sleeps: 3
  • Weight: 2.9kg
  • Pack size: 49cm x 21cm

A very affordable option for a three-person tent that you could use for just two and have a little extra space. Quick to set up so ideal for bad weather conditions or at the end of a long day. The wedged tunnel design is stable and helps to keep the construction windproof. Waterproof and comes with extra guy ropes for additional stability. Highly-rated on Amazon.

Hilleberg Akto Tent: £584.99

Backpacking Tents

  • Sleeps: 1
  • Weight: 1.6kg
  • Pack size: 58 x 17cm

Ultra-lightweight and a favourite with backpackers as it goes up in any weather and is designed to withstand any weather conditions. It pitches as one and includes a sturdy waterproof canvas with a small porch and tunnel construction.

Vango Soul 200: was £60.00 now £48.00

Backpacking Tents

  • Sleeps: 2
  • Weight: 1.17kg
  • Pack size: 52cm x 15cm

Recommended by the Scout Association, and our lightest option, this tent is easy and quick to pitch and is weather-tested to above standards. Ventilation and breathable material included in the design and made with a robust and waterproof fabric. You also get a mesh door and hooks for hanging lights inside.








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