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10 Best Ultralight Backpacking Tents under $300 (2024)

10 Best Ultralight Backpacking Tents under 300 Dollars

Ultralight backpacking tents have become increasingly popular, particularly those made with an ultralight material called Dyneema DCF. Unfortunately, they’ve also become very expensive, putting the lightest weight tents out of reach of most people. But many high-quality ultralight backpacking tents are available today that cost far less than Dyneema ones; they’re still quite lightweight and just as much fun to use. They’re made with more conventional fabrics like siliconized polyester, siliconized nylon, or ripstop nylon with a well-established history of durable use.

Make / ModelTypeWeightPrice
Gossamer Gear The OneSingle Wall17.7 oz / 503g$255
Six Moon Designs Lunar SoloSingle Wall26 oz / 740g$260
Six Moon Designs Skyscape TrekkerSingle Wall28 oz / 790g$275
Featherstone Backbone 2PSingle Wall43.5 oz / 1233g$200
Tarptent Protrail 1Single Wall22.1 oz / 627g$239
3F UL Lanshan Pro 1Single Wall24.2 oz / 686g$187
Tarptent RainbowSingle Wall32.35 oz / 917g$289
Durston X-Mid 1Double-Wall28 oz / 794g$240
Durston X-Mid 2Double-Wall36 oz /1021g$280
3F UL Lanshan 2Double-Wall39 oz /1106g$187

If spending an arm and a leg on an ultralight Dyneema DCF tent is out of your reach, here are the 10 Best AFFORDABLE Ultralight Backpacking Tents, both single-wall and double-wall tents, that we recommend. 

1. Gossamer Gear “The One”

Gossamer Gear The One Tent

Gossamer Gear’s “The One” is an ultralight, single-walled trekking-pole tent that weighs 17.7 oz. It has a spacious interior that’s a palace for one, with excellent ventilation to help prevent internal condensation. Made with 10d Sil/PU ripstop nylon, the One is factory seam-taped so you can use it without seam-sealing. The front vestibule is quite large with a zippered center opening which can be closed shut in inclement weather or rolled back for views and ventilation. The vestibule is also large enough to store your pack under half the vestibule and get in and out through the other. Read our review.

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2. Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo

Six Moon Design Lunar Solo
The Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo is an ultralight style, single-wall tent that’s pitched with a single trekking pole. Weighing 26 ounces, the Lunar Solo has a bathtub style floor to prevent flooding in the rain and a side door, making entry easy. The interior is quite roomy, with a hexagon-shaped floor, providing room to store your gear in the tent, and plenty of headroom to sit up inside. A large vestibule also provides gear storage and room to cook in bad weather. The Lunar Solo upper is made with a 20d silicone-coated polyester, reducing fabric stretch and packed volume, while the floor utilizes a durable 40D fabric. Read the SectionHiker Review.

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3. Six Moon Designs Skyscape Trekker

Six Mon Designs Skyscape Trekker
The Skyscape Trekker (28 oz) is a large and airy tent good for tall hikers or people who like a lot of ventilation. It has two large side doors and vestibules for gear storage. It requires two trekking poles to set up (accessory poles available separately) and includes a third roof strut to link the two poles together and create a ceiling. The tent has a hybrid single-wall double-wall design where 80% of the rain fly is separated from you by no-see-um mesh. The trekker is made with low-stretch siliconized polyester but must be seam-sealed before use (available for an extra fee).
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4. Featherstone Backbone 2P

Featherstone Backbone 2P
The Featherstone Backbone 2P is an affordable ultralight single-wall tent for two people that requires two trekking poles to set up. Weighing 2 lbs 11.5 oz, it’s relatively inexpensive, but has many features found on much more expensive ultralight tents including peak vents, corner struts, line loc tensioners, TPU waterproof door zippers, and dual vestibule hooks. It’s made with PU-coated silnylon, so it’s seam-taped and comes complete with 15 tent stakes. Rather than having symmetric sides, the pole positioning ratio is offset 40/60 to provide more overhead room at the head end for sitting up and moving around. Struts, inserted at the foot end corners further increase the room above your feet without requiring a larger footprint so that the tent can fit into smaller tent sites. Read the SectionHiker review. 

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5. Tarptent Protrail

Tarptent Protrail
The Tarptent Protrail (22.1 oz) is a single-wall take on the classic pup tent with a built-in bathtub floor, a front vestibule, and no-see-um mesh at the front and rear ends for ventilation. It has a siliconized polyester rain fly for sag-free use in rainy weather with a silicone-coated nylon 66 floor for durability.  The Protrail requires two poles (or trekking poles) to pitch, a front pole (45-48 cm) and rear pole (32 cm) to prop up the end. This is Tarptent’s most popular solo shelter and is ideal for backpacking or bikepacking trips when pack space is at a premium. Read the SectionHiker Protrail Review.

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6. 3FUL Lanshan Pro 1

Lanshan 1 Pro
The 3FUL Lanshan 1 Pro (24.2 oz) is an ultralight single-wall trekking-pole tent with a side door and vestibule that can be rolled back in good weather for ventilation and views. The interior has a fully integrated bathtub floor, so you can pitch the tent in the pouring rain and still keep the interior dry. The tent is made with silicone-impregnated nylon (silnylon) and must be seam-sealed manually before use in rainy weather. The Lanshan 1 Pro is remarkably similar to the Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo. The biggest difference between the two is that the Lanshan 1 Pro is made with silnylon which tends to sag a bit when it gets wet, while the Lunar Solo is made with siliconized polyester, which sags less. Read our review.

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7. Tarptent Rainbow

Tarptent Rainbow
The Tarptent Rainbow is one of the few ultralight tents available today that does not require trekking poles to pitch. Instead, it comes with two poles, a long central one and a short brow pole that create a large internal living space that can fit a 25″ sleeping pad with ease and create two full-size vestibules that provide ample gear storage space. The Rainbow is easy to set up because the fly and floor are fully integrated and the interior will stay dry even if you need to pitch it in the rain. It is made with 30D double ripstop 100% silicone coated nylon 66 rated to over 3,000mm hydrostatic head for excellent strength and durability, even in very heavy rain.

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8. Durston X-Mid 1

X-Mid-1 UL Tent

The Durston X-Mid 1P is a 28-ounce double-wall trekking pole tent that is exceptionally easy to set up. This 2-door tent is made of 20D polyester with a 2500mm sil/PEU coating and requires trekking poles to pitch. All of the seams are taped and the inner tent is optional so you can just use the rainfly if desired. The X-mid can be set up fly first in the rain to keep the inner tent dry and has plenty of interior gear storage space. This mid-style tent is quite stormworthy and includes extra guy-out points for extreme conditions. Read the SectionHiker X-Mid 1P (V2) review.

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9. Durston X-Mid 2

Durston X-mid-2
The Durston Gear X-Mid 2 is a spacious double-wall, two-person trekking pole tent that requires two trekking poles to set up. Weighing 36 oz, the tent has two doors and two vestibules with a shape that makes it extremely weather and storm-worthy. The all-mesh interior tent has offset peaks to maximize headroom and comes with four interior pockets for gear storage. Large kickstand vents in the fly provide excellent ventilation, but the dual doors and vestibules are also designed so they can be left open in the rain without splashback. The tent is made with no-sag polyester and fully seam-taped with Aquaguard door zippers enabling hassle-free use in all conditions.

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10. 3F UL Lanshan 2

Lanshan 2
The 3FUL LanShan 2 Tent is a two-person trekking pole tent that’s lightweight, inexpensive, and reasonably well made. It has a mesh inner tent with a bathtub floor and an external rainfly, with two separate doors and spacious vestibules. The tent is factory seam-taped, although you’ll want to do some touch-ups with seam sealer if you plan on camping in rain. Weighing 2 lbs 7 oz, the Lanshan 2 is made with Sil/PU coated ripstop nylon. While this tent is sold by many offshore resellers, we recommend you purchase it on Amazon, where there’s purchaser protection in terms of shipping delays and manufacturer warranties. Read the SectionHiker review.

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UL Backpacking Tent Selection Guide

The backpacking tent manufacturers who make ultralight tents use a wide range of materials and designs. When shopping for a tent, it’s important to understand the tradeoffs of the models you’re considering and how they can complement your adventures.

Ultralight Tent Materials and Price Points

Trekking poles tents are available in a variety of different materials and at different price points. Dyneema DCF is the lightest weight material and the most expensive, in part because it requires specialized manufacturing processes. Tents made with siliconized polyester (silpoly), siliconized nylon (silylon), and Polyurethane (PU) coated silnylon are much less expensive than Dyneema because they can be sewn using conventional methods. These three fabrics are also roughly comparable in price. It’d be difficult to say which is the best to make tents with because fabric quality varies widely depending on the manufacturer and specification to which it is made. That said, ultralight tentmakers are beginning to switch away from silnylon to silpoly because it has less stretch when it gets wet than silnylon and absorbs less water.

  • Tents made with Dyneema DCF are very expensive, but also very lightweight, waterproof, and strong. They are more prone to damage from sunlight over the long term, but that’s seldom an issue for most people. Dyneema tents must be folded when packed not stuffed, but can still be surprisingly bulky despite their low weight.
  • Tents made with siliconized polyester (silpoly) are an attractive alternative to Dyneema DCF because they don’t stretch much overnight or when they get wet from rain. They’re also far less expensive and some are seam-taped, so you can use them out of the box without any seam sealing.
  • Tents made with PU-coated silnylon are generally more waterproof than regular silnylon, but you need to compare their waterproofing specs to be sure. The chief benefit of the PU coating over regular silnylon is improved UV resistance and the fact that the material can be factory seam-taped.
  • Tents made with silnylon are still common because it’s an easy material for manufacturers to work with. While silnylon does stretch at night and when it gets wet, it’s not as big a deal as people make it out to be. Silnylon tents must be manually seam-sealed before they can be used in rainy weather. While you can do this yourself, my advice would be to pay the manufacturer to do it for you so you get a tent that’s ready to be used when it arrives.

Single-wall vs Double-wall Tents

Ultralight backpacking tents are available in single-wall and double-wall models, with separate inner tents. While both are susceptible to internal condensation, the advantage of a double-wall tent is the moisture collects on the underside of the rainfly and not on a wall that has contact with your sleeping bag, quilt, or other gear. The inner tent and rainfly on many double-wall tents can also be used independently from one another, for example as a standalone tarp or as a bug bivy, which can extend their utility. The advantage of a single-wall tent over a double-wall one is usually reduced weight.

If tent condensation ever becomes an issue for you, we recommend carrying a small absorbent face towel to wipe it away. Tent condensation is a small price to pay for reduced gear weight and it won’t kill you unless you’re a witch (wizard-0f-Oz reference).


Many ultralight backpacking tents pole tents have a pyramid shape which can limit the amount of headroom and foot room available under the sloping ceiling. Lying on your back and staring at a ceiling that’s three inches from your face can be unpleasantly claustrophobic. Make sure you examine the length of the tents you’re considering, in addition to their peak heights.

Trekking pole tents that require two poles to set up usually have two peaks, which can increase the amount of livable space overhead, compared to a one-pole tent. Some tent manufacturers also reduce the slope of the ceiling to create more headroom. The best example of this is Tarptent’s use of carbon fiber end struts to increase the amount of room under the ceilings at the head and foot ends of their tents. The downside of these end struts is that it can make tents harder to pack horizontally in a backpack.


Vestibules are good for gear storage, especially wet gear storage, and for cooking under cover in windy or rainy weather. Most one-pole tents have a single vestibule, while two-pole tents generally have two. When buying a two-person tent, you’ll definitely want two doors and two vestibules so you can each have your own entrance and gear storage area. It can also be quite useful to have two doors and two vestibules on a one-person tent, especially if you anticipate stormy weather conditions where you might have to hunker down in your tent for a day. For that matter, many people use two-person tents as solo tents, something that’s feasible without a major weight penalty since most ultralight backpacking tents are quite lightweight.

Pole Length

When you choose a trekking pole tent, you want to make sure that it is compatible with the make and model of trekking pole you use if you have a preference. Fixed-length poles that are not adjustable can be difficult to use with trekking pole tents which have very specific height requirements. In addition, you want to make sure that your trekking pole handles are compatible if they have a non-standard grip.

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  1. love my xmid 2. A palace for one person.

  2. Just got back from a 6 day/5 night backpacking trip on Isle Royale N.P. My Durston X-Mid 2 performed like a champ.

  3. Love my skyscape trekker. I’ve tied the 5 stakes to it permanently, it has to be the fastest set up and tear down in the west. With stakes it weighs 33oz. but point it into wind and it can handle a blast, (using rocks to weigh down stakes it was frequently buffeted by seemingly hurricane blasts of wind on a 13,000’ ridge all night with success). The vestibules are a bit tight so it doesn’t completely cover a pack. LightHeart gear makes one just like it with maybe slightly larger vestibules but didn’t make the list perhaps because of price.

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