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The 6 Best Backpacking Tents of 2022

By: Jen Streby: Camp Buyer | June 13, 2022

 

Backpacking is one of those pastimes that everyone has at least had a brush with. Maybe it was a formative trip as a child, maybe it’s just something you’ve always aspired to do, maybe you had a really bad time once and are looking for redemption. Regardless, there’s something special about carrying everything you need to survive into the woods and setting up camp. But even on a backpacking trip, a sense of home is still important, and that’s where your backpacking tent comes in. It’s more than just a place to lay your head at night, it’s home base, your only protection from the elements, and your one constant through campsite after campsite. So it’s worth investing in a good one.

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Every one of the best backpacking tents on this list is a “good one.” But each earns that distinction for a different reason. That’s important since all of us experience backpacking differently. Some folks are looking for maximum size and comfort, and don’t mind carrying a little extra weight. Others are trying to move as fast and light as possible. And still, others are carrying all their gear on a bike, changing their backpacking to bikepacking. Regardless of your objectives, there’s a tent for you to choose on this list for you. So read on, and get ready to spend the night in the woods.

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Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Bikepack

With a weight and feature set that would make a long-distance through-hiker smile, plus a Shortstik Pole set that folds down small enough to fit onto your handlebars, the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2-Person Bikepack Tent is everything you could ask for in a bikepacking tent. The two-person size is a perfect compromise that gives you a roomy solo palace without much extra weight, or a comfortable space to share with a partner. It sets up easily, has a unique and versatile vestibule system, and comes with tons of loops and pockets to stash your gear. Saddle up and head for the hills. The Copper Spur is one of the most versatile tents on the market, great for anyone who likes to switch up their adventures.

CapacityStandout FeatureOriginal Price
2 personShortstik poles for bike storage$549.95

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Marmot Tungsten

Would you rather spend your night under a roof at a five-star hotel, sleeping in the same bed as countless others and eating overpriced food, only to get kicked out at 11 am, or would you prefer being in a sanctuary of mother nature on your own schedule and under five million stars? The Marmot Tungsten 2-Person Tent is comfortable and spacious with vertical walls to allow for plenty of sleeping space and a strategic clip placement that provides more interior volume for moving about. The Tungsten comes with a footprint for added protection and has an easy two-pole setup. The Tungsten 2P is a lightweight but spacious tent that you’ll be happy to settle into every night.

CapacityStandout FeatureOriginal Price
2 personLamp pocket$248.95

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Nemo Dragonfly

The Nemo Dragonfly 2-Person Tent is lightweight and livable. Backpackers, this is a spacious tent that won't put needless strain on your back. Whether you're about to put in monster miles to reach an elusive vista or just plain hate carrying dead weight, the Nemo Dragonfly 2P Tent is a great option for the discerning lightweight backpacker. It’s not the most spacious tent on this list, because that’s not the point. Instead, it helps shave weight where it matters most, on your back.

CapacityStandout FeatureOriginal Price
2 personColor-coded setup$449.95

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Nemo Dragonfly Bikepack

Attach the Nemo Dragonfly Bikepack 1-Person Tent to your bike and pedal everywhere with your own personal shelter. This tent is lightweight, livable, and designed to be packed up and mounted to your bike for long journeys. Bikepacking tents are even more compact and come with more dry storage for biking gear. If you’re rolling solo and need somewhere consistently dry and comfortable for the night, the Dragonfly is your ticket.

CapacityStandout FeatureOriginal Price
1 personRemovable storage tub$419.95

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Coleman Peak1

If you're testing the waters on family camping trips, play it safe with a tried and true brand. The Coleman Peak1™ 3-Person Backpacking Tent is great for families on a budget who want to experience everything the outdoors has to offer. The 3-person capacity is roomy enough for your small family and the WeatherTec™ Plus system is ready for wind and rain. If the weather is clear, unzip the star view window and learn the constellations from the warmth of your sleeping bags. The Coleman Peak has the comfort and capacity that your family needs.

CapacityStandout FeatureOriginal Price
3 personStar View Window$299.99

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Sea to Summit Telos TR

The Sea to Summit Telos TR 2-Person Tent is engineered to hit the trail less traveled with a roomy, freestanding design custom-made for serious backpackers who refuse to compromise on comfort and ease of use. It's filled with clever, functional features to make life on the trail more pleasant for you and your roommate, like Apex Vents™ that help control airflow and reduce condensation. After a tough day on your feet, there's no better home to slip into than the Telos TR2 Tent. It’s a great tent for long trips or quick overnighters, basically any time you just want to get out and sleep in the woods.

CapacityStandout FeatureOriginal Price
2 persongrams$89.95

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The Selection Process:

Our camp buyer has an endless amount of knowledge on all things camping stemming from years of experience in the outdoor industry in tandem with their countless hours out on the trail and hanging at the campsite. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Jen Streby

Hi! My name is Jen, and I grew up loving the outdoors, traveling to our family cabin every summer in Michigan where I got to spend time in lakes, rivers, and the woods. I grew apart from that as I traveled throughout the U.S. searching for what I call home until I moved to Utah in 2008 and became an avid backpacker and river rafter. From then on, it’s been a passion I seek out when the weather is a bit warmer here in the PNW.

I now call Washington home and have been here for 6 years. I started working for evo 2 days after my move up from Portland and have loved every minute of it. I’ve been a buyer for a couple of categories and then was tasked with bringing on our camp category several years ago. It’s been a wild ride and I’m stoked to be able to share my love for the outdoors with all our evo family.