Many tents are touted to be "lightweight" and we even see the word "ultralight" in the name of a tent. There is a lot of misleading information out there, and a lot of heavier shelters (by our standards) are being hyped as "lightweight," and they win awards from other magazines. So, do you buy it? A five+ pound three-season two-person tent is not ultralight or even lightweight; it's not even close. There are literally hundreds of shelters on the market, but only a small fraction of them are truly lightweight and well suited for lightweight backpacking. Our interest is in that select few.

ARTICLE OUTLINE

  • Double-Wall Tent (Three-Season)
  • Single-Wall Tent with Floor (Three-Season)
  • Floorless Shelters
  • New Double-Wall Tents
  • Terra Nova's Laser Photon is Claimed to be the Lightest Double-Wall Tent in the World
  • Believe it - New Ultralight Tents From MSR With Carbon Fiber Poles
  • Big Sky Introduces the Convertible and Montana, Breaks the Three-Pound Barrier
  • REI Updates the Quarter Dome
  • Big Agnes Introduces a 2.25-Pound Double-Wall Solo Tent for 2009
  • Integral Designs' New BugDome Converts the SilDome to a Double-Wall Two-Person Tent
  • Nemo Introduces the Go-Go EX for Tall Hikers up to Ten Feet
  • Sierra Designs Introduces Seventeen New Tents for Spring 2009
  • Not to Be Outdone, The North Face Introduces Nineteen New Tents for Spring 2009
  • Mountain Hardwear's Helion 2 Features Cutting Edge Lightweight Components
  • Trends
  • New Single-Wall Tents
  • The Gossamer Gear The One is as Light as a Tarp
  • Tarptent Introduces the Sublite, a Nineteen-Ounce Solo Tyvek Tent
  • New Six Moon Designs Refuge X Weighs just 17.5 Ounces, and It's a Two-Person Tent!
  • Big Sky International Introduces a Lightweight Single-Wall Tent
  • The New AntiGravityGear O2 Tent has Cross Ventilation and Loads of Floor Space
  • The North Face Flight Series Tents
  • Is the eVENT Tent Really Gone? The Code Name is Rab Summit Mountain Bivi
  • Trends
  • Tarps
  • Bivies
  • Coming Soon: Backpacking Light's 2008 Single-Wall Tent State of the Market Report

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