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Eureka Solitaire 1P Tent Review

The fly over the main living space can be rolled back for more ventilation and stargazing.

The Eureka Solitaire Tent is an inexpensive one-person bivy style camping tent for people who don’t want to spend a lot of money for a lightweight tent. Weighing less than 3 pounds (see specs below), it provides backpackers and campers with a fully functional alternative to other lightweight and ultralight tents …

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What the Heck is a Semi-Freestanding Tent?

The Tower of Babel

If you want to buy a camping or backpacking tent, welcome to Babel! The made-up marketing jargon that tent manufacturers and outdoor retailers use to describe their products defies comprehension. It’s no wonder that so many tents are returned to retailers because they don’t measure up to the hype. One marketing term that …

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MSR Freelite 2 Backpacking Tent Review

The MSR Freelite 2 Tent hangs from an external exoskeleton frame with a crossbar that helps keep the side walls nearly vertical.

The MSR Freelite 2 Backpacking Tent is a lightweight, two-person, double walled tent that weighs 2 pounds 11 ounces (minus stuff sacks and tent stakes on the SectionHiker scale) While that is 4 ounces more than the MSR’s published specs for this tent, the FreeLite 2 is still a viable …

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Tarptent Notch Tent Review

Outer fly and inner tent pitched together

The Tarptent Notch ($285) is a single person, double walled ultralight tent weighing 27 ounces with two doors and two vestibules. With a removable inner nest (including bathtub floor), the rain fly can be pitched as a standalone tarp or as a complete double-walled tent depending on your needs. When I …

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Nemo Equipment Obi 1-Person Tent

Stealthy Nemo Obi 1P Tent

The Nemo Obi 1P single person, double-walled tent is spacious, simple, and quite lightweight, weighing just under 3 pounds. With a built-in vestibule, it is suitable for 3+ season camping and backpacking in good weather and bad, with ample external tie-downs to improve its stability in high winds and foul …

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MSR FlyLite 2 Person Trekking Pole Backpacking Tent Review

The MSR Flylite is a Trekking Pole Tent with a boxy shape

The MSR FlyLite is a lightweight, 1 pound 12 ounce, single-wall trekking pole tent that sleeps two comfortably. With vertical side walls and mesh windows that provide excellent interior livability and cross-ventilation, the new FlyLite is perfect for base camp style camping and backpacking at established campsites in fair weather, but its …

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EMS Velocity 1 Tent Review

Velocity 1 Inner Tent and Exoskeleton Pole

The EMS Velocity 1 is a lightweight, freestanding and affordable.  I think it’s an exceptional value, particularly if you plan on doing any backpacking where you need to camp on unprepared tent sites in the woods or other wilderness areas where unobstructed space is at a premium. Total Weight: 40.0 ounces (2 pounds 8.0 …

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Big Agnes Scout UL 2 Tent Review

The Big Agnes Scout UL 2 is an ultralight cross between a classic pub tent and an A-frame tarp

The Big Agnes Scout UL 2 person tent is a single wall, ultralight-style tent with ample room for two people. Weighing 1 pound 9 ounces (without tent stakes) it includes an inner tent with high bathtub floors, mesh ventilation, and a roof fly, rivaling many of the features and function of …

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Do You Use The Tent Stakes That Came With Your Tent?

Old School Tent Stakes

I usually replace the factory-supplied tent stakes that come with backpacking tents because they’re too heavy, too short, or they hurt my hands when I pull them out of the ground. My goto tent stakes are: MSR Mini-Groundhog Tent Stakes because the have superior holding power and stand up to rocky …

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Best Family Camping Tents

Eureka Copper Canyon 6 Person Camping Tent

What is the best family camping tent? What are the must-have attributes of a family camping tent are? How many people should a family camping tent hold? What’s a reasonable price for a quality family camping tent? Best Family Camping Tents Most of our readers equate family camping to car camping, where there’s no …

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Permethrin Pre-treated Camping Tents

Wenzel-Insect-Armour-Tents

The outdoor gear company, Wenzel, has started making family camping tents pre-treated with Permethrin, which repels and kill mosquitos and ticks, including those that carry Lyme Disease. I think this is a fantastic development and hope higher-end backpacking tent manufacturers follow Wenzel’s example and start selling backpacking tents that have been …

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