Whether you’re a backpacker, climber, or just someone who appreciates efficiency, there is no better weight lost than that which comes from your tent. Tents are inherently bulky and heavy due to the many pieces involved in the assembly and its eventual size when erected. At least, that’s the way they used to be. In the ever-evolving industry of outdoor gear and apparel, changes are being made constantly in order to suit the avid outdoorsman’s needs, and some of the biggest changes have come in the shelter arena. Check out our selection of quality lightweight tents that will take the stress off your back and add more oomph into your climb!
Beautiful in its simplicity, the Fast Stash 2-person shelter from MSR is just the thing for backpacking couples or friends. With adequate room on the inside to house two people and their gear, this tent can be pitched using your trekking poles if you’re looking to free up even more space on your pack. It features side wings that can be pulled out for extra outside storage and protection from the elements, pulled in for complete protection of the shelter, or pulled back entirely to achieve full air circulation through the tent’s broad side vents. An attached awning gives two people complete protection from the rain or sun, and internal storage pockets keep small items and valuables from getting lost in the mix. At just over 4 lbs, this ultralight tent is a solid deal.
You don’t have to camp or hike solo to appreciate the exclusiveness of the Tripod bivy from Black Diamond. Bridging the gap between a 1-person tent and a simple bivy, this super lightweight, efficient shelter offers roomy yet simple accommodations on any journey. Three small aluminum poles bring the shelter up and away from your head and feet for superior air circulation, and a mesh panel at the entry allows you to see out without a bug invasion. The bivy fabric is waterproof, windproof, and completely breathable, and the polyurethane-laminated floor will keep you nice and dry, even in snow. Weighing in at 3 lbs, this bivy takes a lot of weight out of backpacking.
And for those who think it’s lucky to travel in threes, we’ve got the Carbon Reflex 3 tent from MSR. Weighing just under 5 lbs, this tent is incredibly easy to pack, set up, and use. Its unique geometric configuration allows for three adults to sleep and sit up comfortably, even when the tent is full. The fly and footprint can be used alone for a quick flyweight shelter, and the custom carbon poles are 30 percent lighter than aluminum with increased strength. With two full doors and vestibules, there is plenty of access and room to move for all, making this a versatile, lightweight solution for couples and group travelers.