Backpacking Tents

Backpacking tents, or “backpack” tents, are designed to be carried while backpacking (or moving camp each night, stowing all your gear in a pack on your back). Because of this, these tents are lightweight, compact, and minimalist, without superfluous space or nonessential features that can increase bulk and weight.

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Backpacking tents are designed to be put up each night and taken down each morning since you’ll be on the move, so the setup and takedown process for backpacking tents are generally quite quick and streamlined.

How heavy should my tent be for backpacking?

The weight of your backpacking tent generally shouldn’t exceed 10 pounds. Some tents like our Woods Pinnacle 2-Person 4-Season Tent, are even lighter (at only 9 pounds). However, this does not mean you need to shy away from heavier tent models, especially if you’re camping with a lot of people. It depends on how many people are in your party (i.e. how many different people will be carrying portions of the tent). If you have several people to carry one larger tent, such as a 4-person tent for camping like our Pinnacle 4-Person 4-Season Tent, then the added weight can be more manageable.

What is the best tent for backpacking?

The Woods Pinnacle 2-Person 4-Season Tent simply can’t be beat in the realm of lightweight backpacking tents. This small 2-person tent is only nine pounds, and is designed for year-round use. You can enjoy the shelter it provides from the elements in both frigid winter temps and warm summer climes. That said, it’s even technical and lightweight enough to compete with one-man backpack tents with ease. It features a large door for easy entry and exit, along with a vestibule for additional storage. Reflective piping provides nighttime visibility, PowerLight aluminum poles are extremely lightweight, and the Ripstop polyester shell protects in even the harshest of conditions.