The 9 Best Tents for Camping and Backpacking

There’s nothing like a home away from home, and a great tent is a key part of a successful campout or hike into the backcountry. We’ve gathered a range of our favorite tents, from small and lightweight ones that are easy to carry while backpacking to larger shelters to throw in the back of the car before you head to the campground. (Also check out our guide to roof top tents.)

Best for an Inexpensive Backpacking Trip: Kelty Grand Mesa 2

If you don’t mind making a few trade-offs, Kelty’s Grand Mesa 2 is a popular choice for an inexpensive backpacking tent. At four pounds, it’s fairly lightweight considering the price and it’s both easy to set up and move around once constructed. If you need a bit more room, the Grand Mesa 4 adds some extra square footage for not much more money, though it does add three pounds to the carrying weight.

Best Backpacking Tent: MSR Hubba Hubba

It’s not cheap, but backpackers looking to make as few compromises as possible likely won’t be disappointed with MSR’s Hubba Hubba NX tent. Switchback Travel called it the “whole package of weight, livability, and toughness” and found few real faults with the tent, noting only that you may want to also purchase some extra stakes to really hold things down in a storm. However, it’s not the lightest tent out there if that’s a huge concern.

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