If you’re researching backpacking tent weight, you’ve come to the right place. Below we’ve put together exhaustive tent weight comparison tables covering virtually all models available for summer 2017. For comparison sake, all are 2-person, 3-season tents (many have solo and family versions available as well). The first table includes traditional backpacking tents with poles, and the bottom table has trekking pole supported shelters that do not come with poles, many of which are single wall. For the latter, you’ll have to add in the weight of your trekking pole(s) for an accurate total. If we’ve missed anything, feel free to comment or email and we will add it in. For our top picks, see our article on the best backpacking tents

2-Person Backpacking Tents with Poles

Tent Weight Price Packed Size Floor Area Doors
Terra Nova Solar Ultra 2 1 lb. 11 oz. $1,599 16 x 5 in. 26 sq. ft. 1
ZPacks Duplex Flex 1 lb. 15.2 oz. $724 13 x 7 in. 28 sq. ft. 2
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV 2 Platinum 2 lbs. $550 15.5 x 4.5 in. 28 sq. ft. 1
MSR Carbon Reflex 2 2 lbs. 3 oz. $500 17 x 5 in. 29 sq. ft. 2
Nemo Hornet Elite 2 2 lbs. 3 oz. $500 19 x 5 in. 28 sq. ft. 2
The North Face O2 2 lbs. 4 oz. $299 21 x 6 in. 25.6 sq. ft. 1
Nemo Hornet 2P 2 lbs. 5 oz. $370 19 x 5 in. 28 sq. ft. 2
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2 2 lbs. 5 oz. $390 19 x 4 in. 28 sq. ft. 1
Nemo Blaze 2P 2 lbs. 5 oz. $480 17 x 5 in. 30 sq. ft. 2
Tarptent Double Rainbow 2 lbs. 9 oz. $289 18 x 4 in. 30.5 sq. ft. 2
Mountain Hardwear Ghost UL 2 2 lbs. 9 oz. $449 20 x 6 in. 27 sq. ft. 1
Big Agnes Copper Spur 2 Platinum 2 lbs. 10 oz. $600 17 x 5 in. 29 sq. ft. 2
MSR FreeLite 2 2 lbs. 12 oz. $440 18 x 6 in. 29 sq. ft. 2
SlingFin 2Lite 2 lbs. 14.1 oz. $338 13 x 5 in. 28.4 sq. ft. 2
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2 3 lbs. 1 oz. $450 19.5 x 4 in. 29 sq. ft. 2
L.L. Bean Microlight UL 2P 3 lbs. 2 oz. $349 16.5 x 7 in. 30.5 sq. ft. 2
Tarptent Double Moment 3 lbs. 4 oz. $359 18 x 5 in. 26.8 sq. ft. 2
Sierra Designs Lightning FL 2 3 lbs. 5 oz. $380 19 x 4 in. 30.5 sq. ft. 1
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 2 3 lbs. 6 oz.  $350 18.5 x 4.5 in. 27 sq. ft. 1
The North Face Mica FL2 3 lbs. 7 oz. $360 19 x 6 in. 28 sq. ft. 2
Marmot Tungsten 2P UL 3 lbs. 8.5 oz. $299 18 x 6 in. 32 sq. ft. 2
Kuiu Mountain Star 2P 3 lbs. 8.6 oz. $450 18.5 x 5 in. 28.5 sq. ft. 2
Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL 2 3 lbs. 9 oz. $380 20.5 x 5 in. 29 sq. ft. 2
The North Face Fusion 2 3 lbs. 9 oz. $430 19 x 6 in. 28 sq. ft. 2
REI Co-op Quarter Dome 2 3 lbs. 12 oz. $349 18.5 x 7 in. 28.7 sq. ft. 2
The North Face Triarch 2 3 lbs. 12 oz. $350 22 x 7 in. 29.2 sq. ft. 2
Nemo Dagger 2P 3 lbs. 12 oz. $400 19 x 5 in. 31 sq. ft. 2
Hilleberg Niak 2 3 lbs. 12 oz. $795 18 x 6 in. 28 sq. ft. 1
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 3 lbs. 13 oz. $400 18 x 6 in. 29 sq. ft.  2
Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 3 lbs. 14 oz. $200 18 x 6 in. 30 sq. ft. 1
Sierra Designs Summer Moon 2 3 lbs. 15 oz. $180 18 x 6 in. 29.2 sq. ft. 1
Hilleberg Anjan 2 4 lbs. $655 23 x 7 in. 30.1 sq. ft. 1
Mountain Hardwear Ghost Sky 2 4 lbs. 1 oz. $429 24 x 8 in. 27 sq. ft. 2
Sierra Designs Flash 2 FL 4 lbs. 2 oz. $400 19 x 4.5 in. 29.9 sq. ft. 2
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL 2 4 lbs. 2 oz. $350 21 x 6.5 in. 27 sq. ft. 2
Kelty Horizon 2 4 lbs. 5 oz. $240 15 x 12 in. 28 sq. ft. 1
Kelty Salida 2 4 lbs. 9 oz. $170 15 x 13 in. 30.5 sq. ft. 1
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 4 lbs. 12 oz. $140 15 x 12 in. 30 sq. ft. 1
Kelty TraiLogic TN2 4 lbs. 13 oz. $250 14 x 11 in. 27.5 sq. ft. 2
REI Co-op Half Dome 2 4 lbs. 15 oz. $199 21 x 6 in. 31.8 sq. ft. 2
Nemo Losi LS 5 lbs. 1 oz. $339 22 x 6 in. 33 sq. ft. 2
Black Diamond Mesa 5 lbs. 2 oz. $350 19 x 8 in. 32.5 sq. ft. 2
Marmot Catalyst 5 lbs. 3 oz. $169 18 x 7 in. 32.5 sq. ft. 2
Big Agnes Tumble 2 mtnGLO 5 lbs. 3 oz. $270 20 x 6 in. 34 sq. ft. 2
Marmot Tungsten 5 lbs. 4 oz. $199 18 x 7 in. 32 sq. ft. 2
REI Co-op Passage 2 5 lbs. 5 oz. $159 22 x 7.5 in. 31.1 sq. ft. 2
Alps Mountaineering Mystique 2.0 5 lbs. 6 oz. $220 18 x 5.75 in. 32 sq. ft. 1
Nemo Galaxi 2 5 lbs. 8 oz. $250 18 x 6.5 in. 32 sq. ft. 2
Mountainsmith Morrison 2 5 lbs. 8 oz. $180 18 x 7.5 in. 35 sq. ft. 2
Marmot Limelight 2 5 lbs. 10 oz. $249 18 x 7 in. 33 sq. ft. 2
Mountain Hardwear Shifter 2 5 lbs. 12 oz. $199 25 x 7 in. 33 sq. ft. 2
MSR Elixir 2 5 lbs. 13 oz. $250 20 x 7 in. 29 sq. ft. 2
Alps Mountaineering Lynx 2 5 lbs. 13 oz. $160 20.5 x 6 in. 37 sq. ft. 2
The North Face Stormbreak 2 5 lbs. 14 oz. $159 22 x 7 in. 30.5 sq. ft. 2
Alps Mountaineering Chaos 2 5 lbs. 15 oz.  $260 22 x 6.5 in. 33 sq. ft. 2
Mountainsmith Mountain Dome 2 6 lbs.  $240 20 x 7.5 in. 36 sq. ft. 2


2-Person Trekking Pole Supported Shelters

Tent Weight Price Packed Size Floor Area Doors
ZPacks Duplex 1 lb. 5 oz. $599 13 x 7 in. 28 sq. ft. 2
Mountain Laurel Designs Duomid w/Innertent 1 lb. 7 oz. $705 Unavailable 28.4 sq. ft. 1
Hyperlite Echo 2 Ultralight Shelter
1 lb. 9.6 oz. $695 7.5 x 11.5 x 8.5 in. 24 sq. ft. 1
MSR Thru-Hiker Mesh House 2
w/70 Wing
1 lb. 10 oz. $380 Unavailable 30 sq. ft. 1
Big Agnes Scout UL2 1 lb. 15 oz. $300 12 x 5 in. 33 sq. ft. 1
Tarptent MoTrail 2 lbs. 4 oz. $259 16 x 4 in. 30.3 sq. ft. 1
Lightheart Gear Duo 2 lbs. 4 oz. $315 Unavailable 38.2 sq. ft. 2
MSR FlyLite 2 2 lbs. 4 oz. $350 18 x 6 in. 29 sq. ft. 1
Tarptent Saddle 2 2 lbs. 5 oz. $329 16 x 4 in. 29.2 sq. ft. 2
Hyperlite Mountain Gear
Ultramid 2 w/Mesh Insert
2 lbs. 6.6 oz. $1,110 Unavailable 50.6 sq. ft. 1
Six Moon Designs Lunar Duo 2 lbs. 9 oz. $310 15 x 6 in. 34 sq. ft. 2
Sierra Designs Tensegrity 2 Elite 2 lbs. 10 oz. $490 17 x 5 in. 29.3 sq. ft. 1
Tarptent StratoSpire 2 2 lbs. 14 oz. $349 16 x 4 in. 31 sq. ft. 2


Packaged Weight vs. Trail Weight

The weights that we have listed in the tables above are the packaged or packed weight. This includes everything that comes from the manufacturer: the tent body, rainfly, poles, stakes, guylines, repair sleeve, and tent and stake bags. Another popular spec to list is trail weight, which includes only the tent body, rain fly, and poles, and as a result, winds up about 5 to 7 ounces lighter. Notably, trail weight (also referred to as "minimum weight"), leaves out the stakes, so it's not an exact representation of what you will be hauling.

That being said, packed weight doesn’t perfectly reflect the weight of what everyone will be taking on the trail. Some manufacturers include quite a few guylines, which you may want to leave behind, and we often ditch the tent pole bag and just strap the poles to the outside of our pack. We still recommend keying in on the packed weight to be safe, but maybe trimming a couple of ounces off that is very realistic. To throw another wrench into the tent weight question, keep in mind that most packaged weights don’t include a footprint. Plan to tack on another 5 to 10 ounces to the all-in weight.  

MSR FreeLite 2 tent
MSR's FreeLite tent is among the lightest on the market

What Do You Sacrifice By Going Ultralight?

On paper, choosing a lightweight tent is a pretty good proposition. They cost more, but you can trim precious pounds off of the weight you’ll be hauling on your back. We’re right there with you, but there are a number of compromises that come with reducing weight, some of which may be no problem and others that might give you pause.

Two main ways that manufacturers cut weight are: 1) making the fabrics and materials thinner; 2) and reducing interior space. We cover interior space in the section below, so we’ll focus on tent construction here. In comparing similar tents (i.e. freestanding 2-person tents with similar interior volume), a tent that’s dramatically lighter will have thinner fabrics, tent poles, and zippers. As a result, durability suffers and for those that are hard on their gear or aren’t familiar with tent care, you can quickly damage these expensive products.

Nemo Hornet (denier)
The 10-denier rainfly and 15-denier floor on the Nemo Hornet do require extra care

Nearly all manufacturers list the denier of their floors, tent walls, and rainfly, and the lower the number the thinner the fabric. Ultralight tents like the Carbon Reflex from MSR use a 15-denier fabric on the floor and 7-denier on the rainfly, which pushes the limits of practicality. On the other hand, it’s absolutely awesome for the right person (thru-hiker or minimalist) that’s willing to treat it like a newborn. You get a completely bug proof and weather worthy tent for just over 2 pounds. The durability tradeoffs and extra cost are what push people to popular tents like the REI Half Dome, which uses a far more durable 70-denier floor but weighs over twice as much as the MSR. There is a balance, of course, which is why we created the tables above.

Packed Size

From a quick look at the tables, it’s rather obvious that packed size almost always correlates with weight. Simply put, the lighter the tent, the smaller the packed size. And while the actual dimensions are helpful, it doesn’t by any means force you to try and look for a space inside or outside your pack to fit a 21 x 6-inch tent burrito. We almost always separate the tent poles from the tent body to better distribute weight among backpackers and not take up so much space. The best use of the packed size specification is to get a general idea of how bulky the gear is for planning out the rest of your kit, like the best volume and style of backpacking pack.

Tent stuff sack
The REI Co-op Quarter Dome's stuff sack

Interior Space: Floor Area and Tent Volume

Unfortunately, interior space is one of the first things to go when trimming tent weight. As a tool for comparison, we like the floor area spec (measuring length by width), but it does come with a caveat. This measurement is taken right at ground level and does not account for the livable space above the floor. For example, take the Big Agnes Fly Creek and Kelty TraiLogic TN2. Both have a listed floor area of about 28 sq. ft., but they couldn’t feel more different inside. The TrailLogic’s vertical walls and symmetrical shape feel cavernous compared with the Fly Creek’s tight quarters.

Tent interior space
Interior space is often snug with ultralight models

Tent volume, which accounts for the length, width and angle of the walls, is the spec we really want, but few manufacturers are actually providing it (MSR is one notable exception). Until this becomes commonplace, we recommend checking the floor area listing, but also taking the time to analyze the tent shape (even just eyeballing it will help quite a bit). You can learn a lot even from the photos online.

Trekking Pole Supported Shelters

To achieve ridiculously low weights like the 21-ounce ZPacks Duplex, manufacturers turn to a piece of gear a lot of backpackers already bring along: trekking poles. The main selling point of a trekking pole supported shelter is that you don’t have to sacrifice interior volume or fabric durability in achieving really light weights. In fact, they’re competitive with and often beat standard tents that weigh 2x as much in terms of floor area and tent volume. A recent example is long-distance solo backpacker Andrew Skurka’s new trekking pole tent that he is created with Sierra Designs that’s roomy and tough but weighs less than 3 pounds.

MSR Thru-Hiker 70
Trekking pole supported shelters can be incredibly lightweight

Our Favorite Backpacking Tents

This article provides an exhaustive analysis of tent weight, but we’ve also taken the time to pick the best backpacking tents based on a totality of factors that include performance, durability, comfort, and value. And for more product categories, you can see our full hiking and backpacking gear reviews landing page. 

Weighing the Rest of Your Gear

Tent weight is just one part of the larger weight equation, and there are numerous avenues to trim ounces from your pack. What’s commonly referred to as the sleep system (including both sleeping pad and sleeping bag) is another significant opportunity. To help with research, and because looking at the various designs is just plain fun, we’ve put together comprehensive charts comparing 1-person tent and shelter weightssleeping bag weights and sleeping pad weights. As with tents, cutting weight often involves paying more and losing out on some durability, but your back, legs, knees and ankles will surely thank you in the end.
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