Tent-Reviews

MSR Carbon Reflex Fast and Light Tent Body Review

MSR Carbon reflex tent body review

MSR has a new class of double-wall inner tents called fast and light tent “bodies” which are inner tents without any mesh, designed to reduce gear weight and provide more wind and rain-splatter protection than pitching the fly in a fast and light footprint configuration. Unlike footprints, the tent bodies have …

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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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NEMO Hornet Elite 1 Ultralight Tent Review

NEMO Hornet Elite Tent Review

The NEMO Hornet Elite 1 Tent is an ultralight double-wall tent that only weighs 1 lb 7 oz. It’s ideal for solo backpacking or bikepacking trips when you need a shelter that packs up small, but provides better wind and weather protection than a bivy sack. Made with thin and lightweight …

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Slingfin 2Lite Tent Review

The Slingfin 2Lite is a lightweight double-walled two-person tent that has excellent interior room and is easy to set up. Weighing 2 pounds 10 ounces (minus tent stakes) it has two doors enabling easy entry and exit, with large side vestibules for gear storage. An exoskeleton-style pole system helps maximize …

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Kelty Salida 2 Person Tent Review

Kelty Salida 2 Person Inner Tent

The Kelty Salida 2 Person tent is a great value at a great price (MSRP is $150, without footprint.) It is very easy to set up and comes with standard features, like a gear loft, that other manufacturers  make you pay extra for. At 3 pounds 14 ounces, it’s a …

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CAMP USA Minima SL 1 Tent Review

The CAMP USA Minima 1 SL Tent is a double-walled tent that weighs 2.2 pounds.

The CAMP USA Minima SL 1  is a compact double-walled tent that weighs 2.0 pounds. One step up from a bivy sack, it packs up impossibly small, making it an option when you need a waterproof shelter that doesn’t require much space to set up and you care less about …

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Illustrated Tent Terminology Guide

A Frame Tent

Do you find the jargon and terminology around camping and backpacking tents confusing? This handy illustrated guide helps demystify tent terms and technology, so you can find the tent that best suits your needs. A-Frame Tent Classic pup-style tent patterned after old army tents where the walls form an ‘A’ …

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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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