Whether you’re trekking miles into the backcountry or sleeping close to your car, a quality tent is critical for getting a good night’s sleep and staying protected against the elements. Below you’ll find all of our detailed tent reviews, from lightweight backpacking tents to roomy, fully featured camping designs and formidable 4-season models built to withstand serious snow and high elevations. From Patagonia and Mongolia to the Pacific Northwest, we’ve put all of these tents through the wringer in order to provide the best possible coverage for our readers. And at the bottom, we’ve included a number of helpful tent information articles. 

Best Backpacking Tents of 2020

The ideal backpacking tent is lightweight, spacious, and tough enough to handle any inclement weather that you can throw at it. It’s a big category, but the good news for backpackers is that...

REI Co-op Flash Air 2 Tent Review

For 2020, REI has made a serious push into the ultralight market with the Flash Air tent. This new design checks the right boxes for a UL shelter with thin fabrics, a non-freestanding construction...

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Tent Review

First introduced in 2008, the Copper Spur series by Big Agnes has been a consistent front-runner in the ultralight tent category. We tested the HV (high-volume) model of the two-person Copper Spur UL in conditions ranging from the hot and sunny Utah...

MSR Hubba Hubba NX Tent Review

Discerning backpackers look for a high-quality, lightweight, and durable tent. And from our experience with the MSR Hubba Hubba NX, it checks all of those boxes emphatically. Its high-end build is undoubtedly expensive at $450, and it may not be worth...

Nemo Dagger 2P Tent Review

Nemo has come on very strong in the tent market with a number of quality offerings for backpackers. We took the updated 2019 two-person version of their high-end Dagger for an early-season trip into...

REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus Tent Review

Beloved by backpackers for years, REI Co-op’s Half Dome boasts many of the features we love in a tent at a very reasonable price point. Updated last year, the Half Dome line is now exclusively offered in “Plus” models, which are among the roomiest and...

REI Co-op Quarter Dome 2 Tent Review

In years past, REI’s Quarter Dome was on the cusp of breaking through in the lightweight tent market. It was a fantastic value for the weight, but the build quality was a step down from the competition...

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Tent Review

Big Agnes’ Tiger Wall blends two of their best backpacking designs—the popular Copper Spur and Fly Creek—into one intriguing ultralight package. We took the UL2 model backpacking in Utah’s Canyon...

MSR FreeLite 2 Tent Review

MSR’s updated-for-2019 FreeLite tent shares many design similarities with one of our favorite backpacking models, the Hubba Hubba NX, but with significant weight savings. At 2 pounds 8 ounces, the FreeLite 2 is a serious contender in the category of...

Big Agnes Copper Spur 3 Platinum Tent Review

The Copper Spur line has been revered for years, and for those who want to cut even more weight, Big Agnes launched high-end Platinum versions. We took the three-person model on a bikepacking adventure...

Zpacks Duplex Tent Review

Purpose-built for thru-hikers and serious ounce-counting backpackers, the Zpacks Duplex is one of the lightest and most well-built tents on the market. To test its limits, we took the Duplex Flex—a fully freestanding upgrade to the base model...

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dirigo 2 Tent Review

Maine-based Hyperlite Mountain Gear helped bring Dyneema to the backpacking mainstream —or at least the fringes of it. And new for 2019, the trekking pole-supported Dirigo 2 tent now carries the torch...

Tarptent Double Rainbow Tent Review

The backpacking tent cottage industry is alive and well, and California-based Tarptent is one of the best. Their leading two-person model is the Double Rainbow, which hits a competitive...

Hilleberg Niak Tent Review

Until this year, the Anjan was Hilleberg's lightest 2-person tent model at 4 pounds (1.8 kilograms) packed weight. Enter the Niak, a new 2-person tent that weighs 3 pounds 12 ounces (1.5 kilograms), yet still offers impressive weather...

Nemo Hornet 2P Tent Review

We are “weight weenies,” so we were thrilled to get a hold of Nemo’s Hornet 2P tent for a few recent fastpacking trips. The Hornet is attractive for many reasons and has all the features we love in an ultralight 2-person tent, including...

Best Camping Tents of 2020

Spacious, user-friendly, and feature-rich, tents for camping are made for a relatively luxurious experience in the outdoors. Many of these behemoths offer enough room to set up cots or even chairs and a table for card games on a rainy day...

Coleman Sundome 6 Tent Review

A popular choice among car campers and festival goers for years, Coleman’s Sundome 6 (also known simply as “the Coleman Dome Tent”) is offered at a bargain basement price that is tough to match. With enough floor area to fit two...

REI Co-op Kingdom 6 Tent Review

Standing at the top of REI Co-op’s expansive 2019 camping tent lineup is the aptly named Kingdom series. Offered in four, six, and eight-person capacities, its familiar tunnel-like...

REI Co-op Base Camp 6 Tent Review

Featuring high-quality materials and a traditional dome shape, REI Co-op’s Base Camp has been a long-time staple in their tent lineup. Offered in four- and six-person capacities, the car-camping-focused...

Best 4-Season Tents of 2019

From backcountry ski tours to mountaineering in some of the most inhospitable weather on Earth, a 4-season tent is the last line of defense between you and the elements. Accordingly, these tents are much stronger...

The North Face Mountain 25 Tent Review

Anyone who has spent a stormy winter night huddled in a tent has heard his or her inner voice asking: “is this thing going to hold?” In cold temperatures and inclement weather, we...

Black Diamond Mega Light Review

On first glance, it's easy to see that the Black Diamond Mega Light isn't a regular backpacking tent. With no floor and a remarkably light and minimalist design, the Mega Light can serve as a spacious common...

Hilleberg Allak Tent Review

Hilleberg has set the bar high, creating some of the most finely tuned and well-built tents on the market. Therefore we were extremely excited to test the Allak, a 2-person freestanding tent that falls into Hilleberg’s “Red Label” category. This means...

MSR Access 3 Tent Review

Tent manufacturers constantly are pushing the limits of weight and weather protection, and 4-season tents designed to withstand harsh conditions tend to fall on the heavy side of the spectrum. Yet MSR essentially created a new category with their...

MSR Remote 2 Tent Review

The ideal 4-season tent is a delicate balance of roominess and comfort, ventilation, and extremely durable stormproof construction, all in a package that doesn’t weigh you down too much. With a short weekend on...

How to Choose a Backpacking Tent

Tents are one of the most exciting pieces of your backpacking kit—it’s your home away from home in the backcountry—but selecting the right one requires a healthy amount of research and thought. Designs...

Does Your Backpacking Tent Need a Footprint?

This age-old question stymies both newbie backpackers and veterans alike. You've already spent a substantial amount on a tent, but should you tack on the extra purchase of a footprint?

Backpacking Tent Weight Comparison Chart

If you’re researching 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 2019...