For those who love to hike and sleep in the great outdoors, there’s just one snag, having to carry around a heavy tent and all the other gear that goes with it. The tent is likely to be the bulkiest and heaviest of all your camping gear, so getting it down to a reasonable weight makes sense.
We’ve looked at ten backpacking tents, all offering different advantages, whether it be the ease of putting it up, the size it compacts down to or how much room you get inside.
Here’s our pick of the best:
This tunnel tent is perfect for a single person and features a short pack length with pre-angled poles for quick pitching and strong guy lines for bad weather. Also comes with a durable poly flysheet that you can remove if wanted.
A good backpacking tent for cyclists as the Abberley packs down to a size that will fit into a pannier and it includes a separate porch area where you can store your bikes. A little fiddly to pitch but can withstand an impressive five metres of water.
This best-selling tent from Vango contains several features that are particularly effective. There’s the all-in-one pitching design which allows you to put up the flysheet and inner together quickly, the flysheet is made using Vango’s hexagonal pattern fabric for strength and there’s also waterproof seams. Lightweight and easy to carry, it has two doors and pre-angled and colour coded poles for fast pitching.
For those who like to stand up in their tents this one has an extended dome and is big enough for two or three people. You also get a large porch which is great for storage and the sturdy poles withstand windy weather. A good hydrostatic head (HH) rating and lightweight at 3kg.
A lightweight four-season tent that fits two people and is easy and super-fast to pitch. Good ventilation for hot weather and sturdy poles for harsh winds.
This backpacking tent has won awards as it is incredibly lightweight at less than 2 kilos and is really easy to pitch, this is thanks to the tent only requiring one main pole and a few pegging points then you’re up.
One of our strongest backpacking tents here from Scorpion that should, with a little care and attention, last you for years and years. Sleeps two with space, lightweight yet sturdy, what we like about this backpacking tent is that you can split the tent into two so that couples can share the burden.
A great tent here if you want to cook inside the tent as it has the space for two people and an extra area by the door where you can set up your cooking gear. The tent is designed so that the hot air from the cooking escapes and does not enter the sleeping area.
This backpacking tent recently won a prestigious award from leading European adventure magazine, Outdoor. An innovative product, it is able to stand upright without any pegs, which means one person can pitch it easily in under 5 minutes. It weights around 3kg and has small pack measurements, whilst inside the tent there are two doors and two large porches.
A great tent if you are one person travelling alone and you are intending to be camping for weeks on end. This sturdy tent will stand up to most weather conditions thanks to the strong single-pole construction, which makes it lightweight but very strong. Pitching is easy due to the design and you get extra stability with the additional pegs.