The best backpacking tent for your trekking adventures will be one that can provide you with comfort both during the day and during the night. In other words, it will be spacious and sturdy enough to give you peace of mind to sleep well at night but then won’t be so cumbersome that you’ll suffer when carrying it during the day. The trekking tents in this list, which are all one person and two person options, all strike that essential balance. And you can trust us on that – our team of experts have trekked with and slept in all of them.
Best Backpacking Tents: Our Top 12
The Outdoors Magic staff plus our Gear Testers have tested out countless tents over the last few years. Here are the 10 options that have impressed us all the most.
- MSR Hubba Hubba NX
- Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2
- Terra Nova Laser Compact 2
- Force 10 Arete 2
- Robens Goldcrest 2
- Vaude Terra Hogan 2P
- Nordisk Telemark 2 LW
- Snugpak Ionosphere
- Hilleberg Enan
- Terra Nova Laser Competition 1
- Vango F10 Helium UL1
- Outdoor Research Interstellar Bivy
MSR Hubba Hubba NX
It’s been 15 years since the first MSR Hubba Hubba tent was launched and this ‘next generation’ (NX) version is a good progression. It’s not radically different, but they’ve switched the materials, bringing in new fabrics and pole technologies that are lighter yet still durable. In fact, this model is 270g lighter than that 2004 original.
The MSR Hubba Hubba NX perfectly balances all the key things you want from a tent. It has a light weight and small packed size, but plenty of space and that liveability factor you need for long hikes. Then it also has the overall strength and reliability you need for peace of mind when venturing into the wilderness. There’s that long and high sleeping compartment for instance, which is comfortable for two people to sleep, sit up and move about in, plus it has a medium-sized porch on either side to give loads of space for storing kit or for cooking in. The flysheet and sturdy pole structure combine to make this really solid whichever way the wind is blowing.