You can have the best weekend plans, but if your tent fails you, those plans crumble too. Tents, like socks and toilet paper, are worth investing in. With so many advances in tent tech, you have a lot to consider to find the right one. Start with basic questions like what you’ll use your tent for, how many years you hope to get out of it, the seasons you want to use it in, and of course, price. But with some many great options now, you can find something that’s ideal for your next great adventure.

Check out quick reviews below of our top five tents, or scroll deeper for more helpful buying info and full reviews of those models plus other high-ranking options.


What are you going to use it for?

If you plan on carrying your tent where you are going, either in a backpack, boat, or bike, weight is a major concern. If that’s the case, go with a backpacking tent designed to keep weight low while protecting you from the elements. These can be a bit more cramped if you are used to car-camping tents. Don’t expect to be able to stand up and walk around in these tents. In some cases, even sitting upright can be tough. But your back and knees will thank you when you’re hauling it on a three day hike (or longer). Often these tents come in sizes for one to three people, sometimes even up to four. If space is an issue, go with a tent that can accommodate one more person than you need it to.

If you’re crazy about weight, you can go for an ultralight tent, but those often sacrifice durability or weatherproofness.

If you will only need to carrying your tent from your trunk to your campsite, get a car camping tent. These often will have far more space, more durable fabrics, and come in at a much friendlier cost. That also means you won’t mind as much if someone drops a s'more on the floor, or pokes a hole in the tent wall.


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How We Rated

We researched 19 expert sources and 2,500 consumer reviews to select the top 11 tents of 2019. To determine our Total Expert Score, we calculate the ratings from expert review sites such as , , and , and convert them to a 100-point scale to make it easier for you to weigh the best options. Our Consumer Score represents the percentage of consumers who rated the product at least 4 out of 5 stars on retail sites like , , , and .


Best Overall: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2


Total Expert Score: 95/100 | Consumer Score: 83% give it 4 stars or higher
A spacious and lightweight tent for two.

Weight: 3 lb. 1 oz. | Dimensions (L x W x H): 88 x 52/42 x 40 in. | Doors: 2

Big Agnes
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2
$449.95
moosejaw.com

This tent offers a supreme balance between weight and size, which is why we found it to be the best overall. Its the most comfortable backpacking tent for two, and yet it comes in at only 3 pounds. Yet the tent still has convenience features we love, like two doors, two vestibules (so you can stash those muddy clothes outside of your tent). Inside, there is enough room to sit up and interior pockets for storage.

The Big Agnes Copper Spur was highly rated by 11 out of 19 of our expert sources, and ranked #1 by , , and . gave it their Editor’s Choice, writing that it’s “truly a tent that we could take anywhere, from sea kayaking adventures to peak bagging missions.”

In addition to its roomy interior, one reviewer noted, “It was easy to set up and pack-up.” Other reviewers loved how it stayed dry in rain and secure in place in wind. If also comes in one, three, and four person sizes.


Best Bikepacking: Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2


Total Expert Score: 87/100 | Consumer Score: 82% give it 4 stars or higher
Big Agnes’ Fly Creek is the lightest tent favored by bikepacking experts.

Weight: 2 lb. 5 oz. | Dimensions (L x W x H): 86 x 52/42 x 40 in. | Doors: 1

Big Agnes
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2
$349.95
backcountry.com

The thing that stands out about this tent is its astoundingly light weight. It fits two people and weighs just over two pounds. The low weight has made Fly Creek HV UL a favorite among bikepackers and gear reviewers. , , , and others have all recommended it.

The tent isn’t freestanding, so you’ll need to anchor it the ground or trees. But its full of surprises you love. Bikepacking.com wrote about the , which has LED overhead lights, that “for its weight, size, and ease of use, it’s simply hard to beat as a solo bikepacking tent.”

One user wrote on , “Yes, it is small. Yes, it is delicate. But, it is also amazingly light, and it is more durable than you would expect.” That being said, this will not be the toughest tent you ever own. But, if you’re willing to baby it a bit, you’ll love the ounces you save on your bike, or in your backpack.


Best Value: Coleman Sundome 4


Total Expert Score: 87/100 | Consumer Score: 82% give it 4 stars or higher
Big Agnes’ Fly Creek is the lightest tent favored by bikepacking experts.

Weight: 2 lb. 5 oz. | Dimensions (L x W x H): 86 x 52/42 x 40 in. | Doors: 1

Coleman
Coleman Sundome 4
$84.99
$53.00 (38% off)
amazon.com

It’s not hard to see why this tent is so popular: It’s cheap, it does what you need it to do, and setup is a breeze. It has decent rain protection (but be wary of heavy storms) and two large windows provide enought ventilation to keep condensation from making it rain inside. gave it five stars, writing that it “has all of the features one would expect to find in a camping tent” at a lower-than-average price.

Among the many positive reviewers, one wrote that “it will work well for short camping trips with a small family, couple, or individual.” If you only take a few camping trips per year, the Sundome two, four, or six person is made for you.


Best Car Camping: REI Kingdom 6


Total Expert Score: 93/100 | Consumer Score: 79% give it 4 stars or higher
A spacious two-room tent for families and larger groups.

Weight: 19 lb. 12 oz. | Dimensions (L x W x H): 120 x 100 x 75 in. | Doors: 2

REI Co-op
Kingdom 6 Tent
$469.00
rei.com

This tent is as versatile as it is large. A center curtain can divide the large space into two rooms for more privacy, or to create separate space for mom and dad, pets, or gear storage. It’s a great tent for families to take on adventures when all that space will surely be used. And, it sets up tall enough that most people can stand up inside.

named it the #1 camping tent of the year, describing its thoughtful design “with plenty of interior storage, a center divider, and very large doors on both ends.” One reviewer said, “We easily fit a family of 5.” Experts and consumers alike both recommend paying extra for the “garage” attachment to store gear and supplies, especially if you’ll be camping in poor weather. Along with an optional additional vestibule, REI also offers the tent in four- and eight-person models.


Best Lightweight Value: Kelty Salida 2


Total Expert Score: 88/100 | Consumer Score: 89% give it 4 stars or higher
An easy, affordable tent for solo travelers who like room

Weight: 4 lb. 9 oz. | Dimensions (L x W x H): 88 x 55/45 x 43 in. | Doors: 1

Kelty
Kelty Salida 2
$149.95
amazon.com

Hight tent prices can prevent those on a budget from tackling their dream adventures. But this $150 Kelty removes at least on barrier to getting out there. Weighing just 5 pounds, this two-person tent is very capable, but it’s also snug—you better have a strong relationship with your tent-mate to survive anything longer than an overnight escape. With a single door and vestibule, you’ll have to share the entrance and storage space. But it’s low weight means it also works well as a single-person tent.

Giving it five stars, said, “It’s relatively easy to set up and transport, and is surprisingly adept at keeping the elements at bay.” One review claims that for its price, it’s the “perfect size for backpacking and light enough for long trips.”


Other Great Tent Options


MSR Hubba Hubba NX


Total Expert Score: 93/100 | Consumer Score: 94% give it 4 stars or higher
A durable weekend backpacking tent with weight that two can share.

Weight: 3 lb. 13 oz. | Dimensions (L x W x H): 84 x 50 x 39 in | Doors: 2

MSR
Hubba Hubba NX 2 Tent
$449.95
rei.com

This tent is a lot like Big Agnes’ Copper Spur. It has similar space, and even similar comfort features like double doors and vestibules. It just weighs a little bit more and has less storm protection. You do gain extra durability, however, making this a better option for frequent campers or anyone who is extra-hard on their gear.

This tent found its way to nine expert best-tent lists and was also labeled the “best weekend backpacker” by . They wrote, “If you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of weight for added durability, the MSR Hubba Hubba NX is a high-quality option.”

A buyer on described this tent as the “perfect combination of functionality and light weight.” Others claim that it holds up well in storms, even if it doesn’t beat the Copper Spur for weather protection.


Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL 2


Total Expert Score: 85/100 | Consumer Score: 65% give it 4 stars or higher
One of the lightest backpacking tents you can buy—under 3 pounds.

Weight: 2 lb. 8 oz. | Dimensions (L x W x H): 87 x 52 x 39 in. | Doors: 2

Big Agnes
Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL 2
$399.95
moosejaw.com

Big Agnes has designed this tent to be even lighter than its Copper Spur, though it does come in a little heavier than the Fly Creek. Like many of our favorite tents, it features the double doors and vestibules. It’s semi-freestanding design and made from light materials, so it’s less ideal for rocky terrain, or areas with high winds. But if you’re not camping often in those rugged environs, this Big Agnes will get the job done. Plus, the mesh walls provide great ventilation, greatly increasing overall comfort.

concludes, “If you want an easy pitch, two doors, and freestanding convenience for a hair over a pound per person, this is your tent.” One reviewer on wrote, “Brilliant hybrid of a Fly Creek and Copper Spur. Light weight. Easy to pitch. Very roomy.”


Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1


Total Expert Score: 83/100 | Consumer Score: 93% give it 4 stars or higher
An affordable single-person tent for solo hikers and mountain climbers.

Weight: 4 lb. 4 oz. | Dimensions (L x W x H): 90 x 32 x 36 in. | Doors: 1

ALPS Mountaineering
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person
$95.99
$78.00 (19% off)
amazon.com

Sometimes you don't need anyone else to help you fully enjoy the outdoors. You wouldn't ride a tandem bicycle by yourself would you? Well than a solo tent might be a great option. This example from Alps will keep you secure, and comfortable, without weighing you down. And it comes in at a price perfect for one.

gave it 4.75 stars, noting that its 4-pound weight “makes it easy to attach to your hiking or climbing gear.” Many reviews remarked on its great value for under $100. “This tent performs like it should cost around $400,” one said.


REI Half Dome 2 Plus


Total Expert Score: 90/100 | Consumer Score: 83% give it 4 stars or higher
A roomier two-person tent perfect for bike or hike trips.

Weight: 5 lb. 5 oz. | Dimensions (L x W x H): 92 x 56 x 44 in. | Doors: 2

REI Co-op
Half Dome 2 Plus
$229.00
rei.com

While this is a two person tent, the “plus” means there is extra room for taller people, or those who just like a little more space, or have a bit more gear. Of course, with that room comes a bit more weight, but if you need the space, it’s a fair trade. The tent also uses a fabric that is more durable and waterproof than on many ultralight backpacking tents.

selected the REI Half Dome as its Editor’s Choice, claiming that you’ll “sleep like a royal family out on the trail in a well-designed space filled with abundant features and comforts.”


Eureka Copper Canyon 6


Total Expert Score: 86/100 | Consumer Score: 90% give it 4 stars or higher
A massive car camping tent to replace the family home.

Weight: 23 lb. 2 oz. | Dimensions (L x W x H): 10 x 10 x 7 ft. | Doors: 1

Eureka
Eureka Copper Canyon 6
$289.95
backcountry.com

Maybe camping deep in the backcountry, lugging your gear far away from civilization, isn't quite for you. Maybe you prefer to drive to the campsite, get the grill going, and chill. Well, then this big, boxy, tent has plenty of space for all of your toys, as well as plenty of room for you and five of your best friends to sleep and relax. Or just take all that room to yourself. This tent also includes a curtain to create a separate room, interior pockets and a small loft for things you’re afraid of losing among the sleeping bags, and three large windows. The tent does however only have a single door.

wrote that despite its large size, “one person can quickly set it up and break it down.” buyers also love that you can stand up inside. “Very heavy but PERFECT for car camping when space isn’t an issue,” one wrote.


Nemo Hornet UL 2


Total Expert Score: 91/100 | Consumer Score: 83% give it 4 stars or higher
An ultralight, three-season tent for two.

Weight: 2 lb. 5 oz. | Dimensions (L x W x H): 85 x 51/43 x 39 in. | Doors: 2

NEMO
Hornet 2
$369.95
rei.com

This tent is light enough to be considered a lightweight solo tent, and yet it has room for two. The tent also achieves an impressive balance by combining mesh walls with sturdy panels to encourage great air flow, but also give you privacy and protection against foul weather.

gave the Nemo Hornet five stars, writing that it’s targeted to “backpackers seeking both performance and creature comforts in their equipment.” An buyer called it “just right” in terms of size and weight because it’s “lighter than most one-person tents, but fits two people.” Others also found it suitable for long-distance backpacking and mountaineering. That means you can get out, go further, and stay comfortable.