At under three pounds, the Black Diamond Firstlight 2-Person Tent soothes your minimalist pangs so you can resume your ledge-camping, alpine adventures without dreading a soggy bivouac. Designed for maximum weight savings and minimum hassle, this single-wall shelter uses lightweight, breathable NanoShield fabric to protect you and a friend from the elements.
Backpacking's all about solitude, so ditch the office, the crowds, and the hangers-on and head up into the mountains with just you, yourself, and the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 1-Person 3-Season Tent. It's an ultralight backpacker's dream, weighing in at 2. 5 pounds fully packed, and nearly a pound lighter if you opt to bring just the poles, fly and footprint (available here) for a quick-set up option. The Copper Spur is made primarily of polyester mesh to keep things light, airy, and breathable, and the ripstop nylon fly has a double waterproof coating and fully-taped seams to keep rain and condensation at bay. It has a handy vestibule, too, which has plenty of room to shelter your boots and pack. To keep things lighter than a mint julep, Big Agnes designed the Spur with a DAC Featherlite hub pole system, which is super-easy to set up and reduces weight by eliminating the need for 3 or 4 poles. They did throw in a single crosspiece, though, to give you plenty of headroom to keep claustrophobia out of the picture. In fact, the Spur has more headroom than most similarly-sized tents, thanks to a steep wall design that lets you sit up without having to jam your head into the roof of your tent, which might not sound that special, but is a big deal when you're spending extended amounts of time on the trail. There's a media pocket with a cord port, too, as well as reflective guylines and webbing that make it easy to navigate your campsite by headlamp--and hey, even if you do trip and munch on a mouthful of dirt, at least there won't be anyone around to see.
Big Agnes' Three Island UL4 Tent brings ultralight convenience to groups of four backpackers. Its hybrid construction mixes a space-saving single-wall design with a protective double-wall design. The double-wall includes a mesh panel for ventilated airflow in warmer weather, and the PU-coated ripstop fly will protect your faces from rainy conditions. Big Agnes treated the single-wall section with silicone and coated the floor with PU for extra wet-weather protection. The Three Island has two doors for easy entry and exit, and two vestibules protect your essentials. DAC's NFL pole system ensures a simple setup. Convenient camping features include four internal pockets, stakes, reflective guylines, and loops for Big Agnes' gear loft, Entertainment Center Loft, or PowerCase Loft.
Big Agnes' Three Island UL 2 Tent is an ultralight backpacking tent with a unique hybrid wall design. Its hybrid construction mixes a space-saving single-wall design with a protective double-wall design. The double-wall includes a mesh panel for ventilated airflow in warmer weather, and the PU-coated ripstop fly will protect your face from rainy conditions. Big Agnes treated the single-wall section with silicone and coated the floor with PU for extra wet-weather protection. The Three Island UL 2 has two doors for ease of entry, and two vestibules protect your essentials. DAC's NFL pole system ensures a simple setup. Convenient camping features include two internal pockets, stakes, reflective guylines, and loops for Big Agnes' Large Wall Loft, Triangle Gear Loft, Entertainment Center Loft, or PowerCase Loft.
The Black Diamond I-Tent is ultralight, super strong, and built with waterproof breathable ToddTex single-wall fabric. The poles are set up internally, making this tent ideal for setting up in stormy conditions. Just crawl inside and pop it open from there. This two-person shelter was designed with narrower dimensions for the extreme mountain climber to pitch on ledges, yet any four-season outdoorsman or woman will appreciate the thoughtful integration of bombproof features into this tent that make it ideal for light-and-fast trips to altitude. Fully taped seams ensure that you won't wake up to one corner of the tent swiftly becoming a soggy lake for your sleeping bag. On warmer days, or just any time you need to deal with condensation, two zippered vents at the apex allow for airflow and comfort.
The Black Diamond Skylight 3-Person Tent is an extremely versatile, lightweight shelter for spring, summer, and fall forays into the backcountry. Modern materials and an innovative design mean that this hybrid (two-thirds single-wall, one-third double-wall) shelter breathes exceptionally well and provides plenty of ventilation so you don't get that uncomfortable clammy feeling.
The Kelty Frontier 10 x 10 Tent has extra space, enhanced comfort, and a lot of convenient features for the big family that requires luxurious camping. The cavernous sleeping area provides more than enough room for six members, and the expansive vestibule has even more space for gear as well as a comfortable living area to escape bugs, bad weather, and other family members if you need to. A seven-foot height lets you stand tall, stretch, and walk around comfortably. The Frontier's single wall, cotton-canvas design brings the breathable comfort on a warm, summer's day, and it still protects you and your family from nasty weather on stormy camping trips. Large mesh windows and screen doors offer plenty of ventilation. Kelty coated its durable polyester floor with polyurethane and taped all the seams to resist abrasions and water. Six DAC Hybrid poles slide through the continuous sleeves so you can get out and play sooner. This tent also features three doors so you don't have to climb over one another in order to exit, closeable mesh panels at the door to withstand the weather, and extra vents on the fly so it doesn't get stifling in there. Noiseless zippers ensure an undisturbed sleep when your kids come in after a late-night fire.
Kelty wants your family to feel like they're at home when you go camping, which is why the Frontier 4 Tent comes with many homely features. The expansive vestibule moves gear out of the tent so that everyone will have a comfortable amount of space to relax in when the outdoors is too windy, rainy, or buggy. This single-wall canvas tent also features closeable fly vents to protect everyone and all their gear from stormy conditions, as well as awnings on the large mesh windows. Kelty built the Frontier's walls out of polyester and cotton for breathable comfort, and the durable polyester floor has a PU coating and taped seams to prevent water from soaking through. Six DAC Hybrid poles slide through the continuous sleeves to set up this freestanding tent in a jiffy so you can head out on a hike or cook up some dinner sooner. The Frontier also features three doors so nobody has to climb over one another in order to get in and out. Noiseless zippers ensure an undisturbed sleep for everyone who doesn't have to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.
The MSR Flylite Trekking Pole Tent is a 2-person, 3-season, minimalist backpacking tent that builds upon MSR weight-saving technologies and livable features to offer ounce-counters the lightest possible full-protection shelter available. Weighing just 0.71 kg (1 lb 9 oz), the Flylite Trekking Pole Tent trims pack weight, so you can ramp up the daily mileage on your PCT thru-hike or fast-packing trip through the Sierras. Backpackers of any pace will appreciate the fully enclosed, single-wall tent for warmth, privacy and bug-free protection. Vertical walls and ample headroom let you stretch out and organize gear, and the large door has a vent to minimize condensation and a large awning with side wings to help keep you dry when the rains hit.
The North Face Assault 3 Tent is a bomber 3-person, 4-season expedition tent featuring single-wall construction with a removable vestibule engineering for high altitude camps. Part of the Summit Series collection, the Assault 3 is a tough tent that is critical for serious expeditions in severe weather. Updated for 2015.
The North Face Assault 2 Tent is a bomber 2-person, 4-season expedition tent featuring single-wall construction with a removable vestibule engineering for high altitude camps. Part of the Summit Series collection, the Assault 2 is a tough tent that is critical for serious expeditions in severe weather. Updated for 2015.
The Big Agnes Shield 2 is a lightweight, 2-person, 4-season mountaineering shelter with single wall design featuring 37.5 active particle technology that maintains optimum relative humidity inside the tent's microclimate. Reinforced, over-sized stake out loops help when skis or an ice axe may be needed in the most inclement environments.
When you're facing a serious expedition in severe weather, you need the protection afforded by The North Face Assault 2 Expedition Tent. This two-person expedition tent gives you the versatility of a removable vestibule and advanced DryWall single wall construction, including a drop door with an upper mesh zipper. The built-in gear loft provides ample storage, and extra storage can be found in body and vestibule hang loops. Four fabric snow stakes are included, and reflective kevlar guylines combined with glow in the dark zipper pulls make sure you can see everything in low light conditions.
The Flashlight 2 FL Tent is the featherlight version of Sierra Designs' ever-popular backpacking tent. Without scrapping any of the comfortable features, Sierra Designs made this tent ten ounces lighter than its predecessor. Its hybrid construction combines the lightness of a single-wall tent with the durable weather-protection of a double-wall. This construction includes a light yet strong ripstop fly, an easy-to-clean water-resistant floor, and no-see-um mesh walls for ventilation. As stated earlier, the Flashlight 2 FL Tent still has the same comfortable features as the Flashlight 2 despite its lighter weight. This tent still has two large drop doors that you can zip down for air and stay protected from weather and sun thanks to the awning coverage. There are two vestibules for gear, a defined footprint, and six stakes for an easy setup. Trekking pole compatible means you can make your load even lighter by switching out the light and durable DAC poles with your own trekking poles.
Sleep soundly at high altitudes with The North Face's 4-Season Assault 3 Tent protecting you from fierce winds. DryWall fabric equips the Assault with the protection you'd expect out of a single-wall tent but with more breathability and stability than standard single-walls. An easy-pitch X-tent design equalizes pressure from high winds by back filling the interior for a stronger structure. PU-coated ripstop reinforces the floor and vestibule with reliable resistance against abrasion and water. The North Face equipped the Assault 3 with DAC Featherlite NSL poles that live up to their featherlight status. Removing the roomy vestibule helps you shed weight on your elevated adventures. There's a large single door in the front, and the back door doubles as an escape hatch for extra protection in snowy environments. Dual top vents work with the DryWall fabric to provide unparalleled breathability, and there are ample tabs inside for hanging gloves, drying lines, or gear lofts.
When venturing into the alpine, arm yourself with the Crux X1 4-Season, 2-Person Assault Tent. Made with Crux's X-tex fabric, this single-wall tent is unique to traditional single-wall tents since it utilizes a carbon-activated PU coating to promote breathability and prevent condensation from occurring along the inner walls of the tent. This is achieved by allowing moisture to pass though the fabric in both a vaporous and liquid state, so condensation in the tent doesn't get trapped as with traditional waterproof, breathable membranes. Even more unique, is that fact that the fabric remains dry to the touch throughout the process. A central roof vent along with a mesh panel located at the door further promotes comfort. A burly, 70-denier groundsheet provides a sturdy place to set up shop, and a lightweight carbon coated vestibule makes for a great place to cook dinner and boil water for your evening tea. The tent comes with three lightweight Yunan poles, ten alloy square-section stakes, and four 2-way Dyneema guylines fitted with mini Linelok adjusters for a solid setup that will hold up in the face of ripping high alpine winds.
Sierra Designs took its most advanced two-person tent and lightened it up for all you ultralight backpackers. What makes the Flash 2 FL Tent superlight is its external frame and hybrid wall construction, which blends the benefits of both double-wall and single-wall construction, so you get a tent that's as light as a single-wall yet weather-protective like a double-wall. This innovative design also helps you set the tent up quickly in bad weather, and its steep walls and high ceiling give more space than conventional backpacking tents without any added weight. In fact, both doors are wide enough for you and your backpacking buddy to sit side by side and cook some food or enjoy the view when the weather's too dank for you to be outside. Even the gear closets have more room than you'd expect, with enough room for a pack and several pairs of shoes. To enhance your comfort, both closets are at opposite sides to the doors so you don't have to climb over all your gear to get in and out. Sierra designs built both the fly and the floor out of ripstop fabric for durability without the weight, and the body features no-see-um mesh that provides an ample amount of airflow for those warmer nights. The thin DAC NFL poles are surprisingly strong for how light they are, and the 15-inch integrated awning poles maximize the tent's space without adding the weight of another support pole.
You and your backpacking buddy are surprisingly comfortable with all the space you have in the lightweight Sierra Designs Flashlight 2 Tent. The designers at Sierra Designs blended single-wall and double-wall constructions--which they call hybrid construction--in order to give you a tent that's as light as a single-wall tent but still weather-protective like a double-wall tent. This unique design helps you set this tent up quickly in bad weather, and it gives this tent more space than conventional backpacking tents without any added weight. In fact, this tent has two eight-inch awnings over both drop doors to give you a dry space to cook comfortably in poor conditions, and the drop doors have large openings so the two of you can enjoy the view from the comfort of your sleeping bags. Gear closets to the sides of the tent offer plenty of space for both of your backpacks and shoes so you two don't have to climb over your gear when you go to bed. Sierra Designs built the floor out of ripstop for durability, the fly out of polyester taffeta to keep it light, and the body out of no-see-um mesh for ventilation. Not only do the walls provide a lot of ventilation, but the construction of the tent enhances airflow to keep you comfortable while you sleep during a hot summer night. This non-freestanding tent comes with a superlight DAC Pressfit pole and two vertical poles that you can replace with your trekking poles if you want to shave six ounces off your load.
Whether you're setting up camp in the middle of the wilderness or at a campsite, the Sierra Designs Flash 2 Tent brings the luxury without a bunch of added weight. This tent's unique hybrid-wall construction blends the benefits of both double-wall and single-wall constructions so you get a tent that's light like a single-wall but still weather-protective like a double-wall. This innovative design also helps you set the tent up quickly in bad weather, and it gives more space than most backpacking tents without any added weight. In fact, both doors are wide enough for you and your buddy to sit side by side and cook some food or enjoy the view when the weather's too harsh for you to explore the outdoors. The gear closets also have enough room for multiple backpacks and several pairs of shoes, and Sierra Designs placed each closet perpendicular to the doors so you don't have to climb over all your gear to get in and out. Sierra Designs built this tent's fly out of polyester taffeta to keep it superlight, the body out of mesh for ventilation, and the floor out of nylon taffeta for durability. There are two DAC Pressfit poles that are incredibly light and surprisingly strong, and the 15-in integrated awning poles maximize the tent's space without adding the weight of another support pole. Whether you're hiking through Grand Canyon or simply camping at one of the sites in the Tetons, this tent makes an excellent companion.
Sierra Designs set out develop a tent that will handle all your winter and summer multi-day missions with its Convert 3 4-Season Tent. Its hybrid double/single-wall construction offers excellent, all-season protection that gives you a dry place to warm up and sleep soundly, and despite its bomber construction, this tent remains fairly lightweight so you won't feel too weighed down while you climb. The floor consists of a durable nylon that Sierra Designs fully taped for extra waterproof protection. The tent's DAC NSL poles are featherlight to keep the weight off your back while you hike, and the locking pole tips prevent the poles from bending and collapsing when the winds start to howl. The unique design of the Convert 3 puts a breathable double wall canopy at the tops and sides of the tent, and the fabric is engineered to prevent dust and spindrift from blowing in whether you're camped on a high-elevation snowfield, or dusty desert floor. For winter camping, a removable vestibule provides ample storage for all your gear, while a second vestibule (sold separately) can be attached at the other side of the tent for even more storage space. When summer camping, the vestibule can be left back at the truck to shave almost a whole pound from the total weight of the tent. An external pitch design makes set up easy in even the most foul weather and two doors make for easy ins and outs throughout the night.