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Ultralight tents

How to choose an ultralight tent

Ultralight tents are the ideal tent if you’re backpacking, thru-hiking or want to reduce the amount of weight you're hauling to your campsite. It’s important to consider a few things before taking home your new 2-person tent or 3-person tent.

  • Weight: It comes down to grams with some of the lightest set ups ever; constructed with lightweight yet durable materials, be sure to check out the exact weight of the tent in its product description.

  • Durability: While ultralight tents are made of the lightest materials and strive to increase durability at the same time, be sure to check out product features and reviews to ensure your tent is durable enough for the conditions you’re about to adventure into.

  • Packability: Ultralight tents are designed to pack down super small and take up as little room as possible in your multi-day hiking pack, be sure to check out the dimensions of your tent to ensure it will fit nicely with all your other gear.

  • Weather protection: While weight and space are important, it’s crucial to make sure your tent will withstand any weather you might come across, things like taped seams and waterproof zippers are what you want to look out for.

For your next ultralight tent to take way out in the backcountry or lighten your load on your next camping trip, shop ultralight tents from brands like MSR, Nemo, Big Agnes, MEC, Mountain Hardwear and Sea to Summit.