November 23, 2022 | By Will Brendza
Backpacking tents don’t go on sale every day. Seize your opportunity to upgrade or replace the old one you’ve been lugging around the backcountry this Black Friday. Led Spotlight
For a lot of campers, hikers, backpackers, and climbers, the price tag on a brand-new ultralight backpacking tent can be intimidating. It’s an investment that will last you years, but it comes at a hefty sting to the wallet.
So, when a badass backpacking tent goes on sale for anything over 15% off, it’s time to pounce. Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, Black Friday is one of the best times of year to get your hands on a new ultralight tent for spring, summer, and fall adventures in the backcountry.
You might still break the bank a little bit, but at least you will be saving money.
And this Black Friday, some of the highest-rated and best-reviewed ultralight backpacking tents on the market are on sale for 15-55% off. We scoured the internet for the best deals on the best backpacking tents so you don’t have to.
MSR’s Hubba Hubba 2 checks all of the boxes you should look for in a backpacking tent. It’s light at just 2 pounds 4 ounces, and it sets up extremely fast, with just two pre-bent poles. And, best of all, it’s roomy for its weight, with a floor area of 29 square feet.
MSR has been making the Hubba Hubba since 2002. It’s been MSR’s bestselling tent almost every year since. We tested the 2022 version of this tent and confirmed that it’s one of the best lightweight options for backpacking on thru-hikes or long distances.
NEMO’s Hornet 2 is the lightest tent on this list. At 2 pounds 6 ounces (with a trail weight of just 1 pound 14 ounces) this is a high-performance minimalist piece of gear.
Two people fit snugly within its footprint. But with two doors and two vestibules, you won’t be scrambling over one another in the nighttime if you need to get out.
GearJunkie tested the Hornet Elite (a 5-ounce-lighter version of the Hornet that packs down 1 inch smaller), and we called it “our favorite ultralight backpacking tent on the market right now” because of its weight, packability, and capacity to withstand weather. All of those traits are also present in the regular Hornet tent, on sale here.
If you’re looking for a best-in-show ultralight backpacking tent, look no further.
Weighing in at 3 pounds 4 ounces, the Tungsten Hatchback is one of the heavier backpacking tents on this list. But for 55% off, it’s a deal that will make anyone do a double-take.
Plus, this tent is unique among light tents for its massive front awning with a removable front door (the hatchback). That allows you to stay sheltered if stormy weather rolls in while you’re hanging out, relaxing, or cooking. The space this tent affords is pretty mind-boggling, with almost 100 square feet of floor space.
And it’s easy to set up, with just one pole that attaches via grommets.
The 100% polyester tent is also covered by Marmot’s lifetime warranty, so if anything goes wrong, repair or replacement isn’t a worry.
This is the tent I use for all of my three-season adventures in the backcountry. It’s light, it’s durable, and has reflective guylines and color-coded webbing you can set it up in the dark. And the steep walls and high-volume design make it feel bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside.
On top of all that, it’s also made with “solution-dyed fabrics.” That means instead of using chemicals, Big Agnes uses pigments to dye the Tiger Wall’s materials, reducing both the water and energy used in manufacturing by 50%, according to the brand.
In testing, this tent held up spectacularly on a weeklong thru-hike in 5 straight days of rain. Our tester concluded of the Tiger Wall, “If packability and light weight is what you’re searching for, be it for lightweight backpacking, bikepacking, or pack-paddleboarding, this tent has it in spades.”
Will Brendza is a writer, journalist, and professional misfit based out of Boulder, Colorado. Will grew up on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains, reenacting "Survivorman" episodes and studying books like "Hatchet," "The Monkey Wrench Gang" and "Into the Wild". He's written on topics ranging from cannabis to local news, the environment and, of course, outdoor gear and adventure. If he's not banging stories out on his computer, you’ll probably find Will skiing or mountain biking (depending on the season)—or drinking beer at some remote craft brewery.
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