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Backpacking Tents: Discount Lightweight Tents for Backpacking & Camping

A backpacking tent is a small, lightweight tent that can offer privacy and protection in the great outdoors. There are a variety of types of backpacking tents available to choose from including dome style backpacking tents, three season backpacking tents, extended season backpacking tents, mountaineering or four season backpacking tents, and ultra light backpacking tents. Backpacking tents can be solo, one-person tents or can sleep 2, 3, or 4 people. At Eagle Camping, we sell a complete selection of backpacking tents at discount prices. If you cannot find the tent that you are looking for below, you can also shop our discount dome tents, big camping tents, and canopy tents or shelters.

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Choosing the Best Backpacking Tent

There are three main factors to consider when choosing the best backpacking tent for your needs. These include price, space, and weight. While no tent can offer the best of all three of these aspects, typically the best backpacking tent will be a balance of your preferences for each factor. When determining your preference for each factor, you will need to consider the following.


Backpacking tents are categorized by their per-person sleeping capacity. This includes 1-person or solo tents, 2-person tents, 3-person tents, and 4-person tents. In order to keep weight low, most backpacking tents are typically designed to fit snugly, and therefore, you may want to add an additional person to the tent size when choosing a tent if you prefer more space, will be traveling with larger people, or toss and turn at night. You should also consider that backpacking with a child or dog may take up more space as well. Finally, some backpacking tents have special gear vestibules that are made by extra tent fabric or a tent fly in order to accommodate additional gear, which can help to create more room inside the tent for sleeping.


Weight is typically a major concern when buying any backpacking gear. Backpacking tents can range from 2 to 3 pounds for solo tents and 3 to 6 pounds for two person tents. While it is typically preferred to find a tent that has a low weight, which is as close to 2 pounds per person or less if possible, you should remember that a low per-person weight will typically mean sacrificing interior space.


Backpacking tents can range from anywhere around $100 up to $500, while the majority of tents are priced somewhere in the middle of the range. Often higher priced tents can offer special features and lighter weights, which may be ideal for the serious outdoor enthusiast. As a leading discount camping equipment store, Eagle Camping is able to offer a variety of quality and top of the line backpacking tents at affordable, discount prices.

Additional Backpacking Tent Considerations

There are some other secondary features that will also be important to consider when selecting the best backpacking tent for camping or hiking. These can help you to narrow down your choices and select the best backpacking tent. Secondary features to consider include:

  • Weather Conditions: Backpacking tents are available as three-season tents designed for moderate weather conditions, extended season tents that can accommodate windy or chilly nights, and four-season tents or mountaineering tents that are designed for extreme weather conditions.
  • Tent Design Features: Some additional features that can be available on tents include additional doors for easier access, vestibules for storing gear, or additional mesh panels or vented rainflys for improve ventilation.
  • Ease of Setup: Dome tents offer a freestanding design, which often results in quick and easy setup. Additionally, a basic rule to remember is that the more pole sections a tent includes, the more complex it will typically be to setup.