Lightweight Camping Tents

Lightweight Camping Tents
Whether you go backcountry camping in summer or winter, bringing a lightweight camping tent is a must. The lighter the tent and accompanying parts, the more you can take with you on your hike to the campsite. Even better, a lightweight multi-person tent can greatly cut down the amount of gear your camping party needs to carry overall, so you might even be able to get to some out-of-the way campsites and therefore won't have to compete with other campers setting up sites along the easily accessible paths.

MSR Ultralite Hubba 1-person Tent

Choose this three-season tent if you are camping solo. It weighs about 3 pounds has a rain fly and footprint. It would be unwise to eliminate the latter two for a 1-pound weight savings, because they will keep you warm and dry should the weather turn. MSR's Ultralite retails for about $250 from


Kelty Yellowstone 2-person Tent

Opt for the Kelty Yellowstone if you and a friend will be camping together. This two-person tent retails for about $100 and is rated for three seasons. It comes with a polyester rain fly, and all components weigh a smidgen over 6 pounds.

Mountain Hardwear Hammerhead 3-person Tent

Consider the Hammerhead three-person tent by Mountain Hardwear if you and two friends set out on a camping trip. This tent retails for $280. It comes standard with a polyester rain fly and, when packaged with all components, weighs a little over 9 pounds.

Mountain Hardwear Casa 4-person Tent

Pick the Mountain Hardwear Casa tent if you foresee having four people use it for sleeping arrangements. It retails for about $350 and weighs 11 pounds when packed. Because it is guaranteed watertight, it is a good choice for autumn or spring camping trips.

Kelty Lounge 6-person Tent

Check back with Kelty if you need a six-person tent. This manufacturer's Lounge model sleeps six, features watertight walls and a rain fly and weighs only a little over 21 pounds, properly packed. While this might seem like a lot of weight, it is a space and weight saver if you consider that it will provide sleeping quarters for six adults and doesn't require the individual carrying of tents and supplies.


Article Written By Sylvia Cochran

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

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