Best Ultralight Tents

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If you have ever gone backpacking, then you know the best tent to have with you for shelter is an ultralight tent.
An ultralight tent can save not only your back but also your sanity as once you are a couple of hours into your portage or hiking backpack, you start to feel the weight of even the smallest piece of gear.

Now every camper does not need an ultralight tent, but if you are a backpacker or a camper that is on the go and not planning on staying in the same place, an ultralight tent is highly recommended.

Standout Picks

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent
While the Hubba Hubba from MSR is suitable for just about any weather and conditions, it may not hold up in heavy storms and is only rated for three seasons. Despite this, the interior is spacious and will stay dry no matter what.
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Nemo Hornet Ultralight Backpacking Tent
So far, if you still have not been satisfied with the lightweight nature of these tents you may want to take a glance at the Hornet Elite. In Nemo’s impressive lineup of tents, this is the lightest 2-door variation that they have.
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Big Agnes should be very proud of their Fly Creek tent and if it were not for one fatal design flaw, it could have possibly cracked the top five if not three. It is as lightweight as it gets, its seams are taped to protect you from downpours and there is even a dry-entry vestibule that keeps the interior dry as you walk inside.
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent
Everything you would expect to be of high-quality in an ultralight tent is present here. It is only rated for three seasons, meaning it may be a risk to use it in the winter, but its terrific storage capacity and taped seams for waterproofness are just a few of the many reasons users love this tent.
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MSR Flylite Tent with Canopy Style Rainfly
The Flylite tent from MSR sports many of the great features that you have been accustomed to seeing on this list. An ultra-lightweight tent that has considerable strength, a spacious interior and suitable use in nearly all weather conditions.
Mountain Hardwear Unisex Ghost Sky 2 Tent
When it comes to durability and the integrity of a tent, the nylon ripstop fabric that is utilized in the Ghost UL Tent is as good as any you will find. While other concerns are present, it is very reassuring to know your tent can withstand some abuse.
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Green  Hilleberg Jannu 2 Person Tent
If double-wall tents are your personal preference, then it can’t get better than what Hilleberg offers with their Jannu Tent. It is rated for all four seasons, the set-up is a complete breeze and the outer and inner tents can actually be used individually.
Black Diamond Firstlight
The NanoShield technology that is integrated into this tent makes it highly-breathable and water-resistant. However, it does so in a single-layer fabric which can lead to potential issues of condensation build-up.
Nemo Spike Tent
Nemo certainly has an understanding of how to excel when designing a tent, with two straight selections proving that. Their Spike Tent is significant in its own right thanks to its incredibly lightweight nature and silicone impregnated fabrics that add both waterproofness and durability.
Black Diamond - Beta Light
To achieve a tent that holds up to your standards, you will most likely need to do a little maintenance on the Beta Light Tent. Black Diamond did not seal the seams and you will need to do so with McNett Sil-Net Sealer, but it is worth it as this is a high-quality tent.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Durability

There is a lot that goes into the design and craftsmanship of a tent, even an ultralight version. It can be a bit overwhelming at first but once you let the information soak in, it really is simple stuff.

For starters, assess the durability and stability of the tent. The fabric that the manufacturer utilizes and the foundation will determine the durability. Some tents will rip easier than others and even though some will come with a repair kit, you want to avoid abrasions and rips as much as possible. Also, consider the ventilation and breathability. If you plan on using it in hot weather, mesh windows and extra ventilation is key.

Then, there is the concern of the weather. Sometimes, inclement weather strikes when you least expect it. As such, waterproofness and water-resistance are key factors.

Ensure the seams are taped with waterproof tape, or that you can do it yourself, and that the bottom portion is either waterproof or water-resistant. Finally, you will want to determine whether you want a single wall or double-wall tent. Single wall versions tend to be lighter and easier to set-up, while double-wall tents tend to provide more gear storage and better protection from the rain.

Capacity

Right from the get-go, you need to determine how many people are going to be sleeping in your tent. Is it just you or is it for a friend or spouse, as well? The reason for this is tents are designed for a certain amount of people.

For example, you will see one-person tents, two-person tents, four-person ones, etc.

Then, you will want to assess the actual space in the interior. Is it designed in a manner that maximizes the amount of headroom and elbow space you have? Also, you may want to store equipment and gear inside the tent so having interior mesh pockets and gear storage locations may be important to you.

Some tents will also integrate a vestibule and this is a neat and convenient feature. A vestibule in a tent, which is typically located at the front, provides you with extra space for your gear. But, it also allows the interior of your tent to stay dry as you can take off your wet gear before you even get inside the tent.

Ease of Use

Unfortunately, tents are not designed to be traveled with while they are assembled. If they were, though, it would be a hassle transporting them. Indeed, whenever you want to use your tent, you will have to assemble it.

Thus, investing in a tent that simplifies this process as much as possible could be key for you. Of course, much like anything else, practice makes perfect and over time, you will find that your tent will be easier and easier to assemble each time you use it. Unless, of course, it is designed in a fashion that complicates the set-up to the point where there is not even a learning curve (just a simple poor design).

No matter, a good practice is to set-up your tent in your backyard the first time you use it. Get comfortable putting it together that way when the time comes where you want to use it, it will be easier for you to assemble it. Also, a quick note, sometimes manufacturers do not include all the parts you need. Make note of this as sometimes, trekking poles, for example, specific portions may need to be bought separately.

Portability

Even though this guide is centered upon ultralight tents, which should signify that each tent is lightweight, some versions will always be lighter than others.
Each tent on this list is in fact classified as lightweight, but how light you truly want it is up to you. As you have seen with the models on this list, ultralight tents can range from just over one pound to four to five pounds.

Generally, you will see most fall into the three-pound range. Perhaps a reason you would want to aim for the lowest weight possible is if you plan on backpacking with your tent. In this instance, minimizing the weight as much as you physically can (even if it is only a pound or two as it will add up) could be paramount.

Top Ten Ultralight Tents

1. MSR Hubba Hubba

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MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent
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While the Hubba Hubba from MSR is suitable for just about any weather and conditions, it may not hold up in heavy storms and is only rated for three seasons. Despite this, the interior is spacious and will stay dry no matter what.

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Overall Construction
The canopy, fly, and floor are all made of high-tenacity ripstop nylon. In addition to this, the doors are designed in a manner that will prevent water from dripping inside when it is opened.

Capacity and Interior
Thanks to the vestibules, you are given additional space in the interior, and it is easier to keep it dry. Plus, the unique pole configuration provides you with ample headroom and elbow space.

Ease of Set-Up
When setting the tent up, the color-coded hub-and-pole-system will assist in making it as simple as possible. To reduce the weight, you can also set-up the tent with only the poles, fly, and footprint (sold separately).

Lightweight Nature
As opposed to other tents, this rates right there with them in terms of its weight. At three pounds and seven ounces, you will hardly know it is in your pack.

Season Rating
This is yet another three-season rated tent, which is probably the most popular and is most suitable for cooler to warmer climates.

Overall
Granted you avoid camping or hiking when heavy winds are present; this tent will work wonders for you. Do not worry; it should hold up to a casual (or even above average breeze). But, trouble arises when it creeps up beyond 20 mph or so.

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2. Nemo Hornet

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Nemo Hornet Ultralight Backpacking Tent
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So far, if you still have not been satisfied with the lightweight nature of these tents you may want to take a glance at the Hornet Elite. In Nemo’s impressive lineup of tents, this is the lightest 2-door variation that they have.

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Overall Construction
Both the floor and the fly are designed with polyurethane-coated ripstop nylon. However, the No-see-um mesh that is integrated is not the most durable. Also, the tent is double-walled.

Capacity and Interior
To create additional living space inside of the tent, the buyouts have been volumized in a specific fashion. Overall, this is better suited for one person.

Ease of Set-Up
Not too many users have griped about the set-up as the single hubbed pole set works with the ball-and-socket end tips. The result is a process that should take only a few minutes.

Lightweight Nature
No doubt, this is one of the lightest tents you will find on the market. Weighing in at an astonishing 1.12 pounds, this feels like a feather compared to most.

Season Rating
Sporting a three-season rating, you take a chance if you use it in bitterly cold weather.

Overall
Do not let the extreme lightness fool you, this is not a cheap tent. The mesh could be more durable, but, in a general sense, the weight is certainly not indicative of the strength and workmanship.

3. Big Agnes Fly Creek

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Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL Ultralight Backpacking Tent
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Big Agnes should be very proud of their Fly Creek tent and if it were not for one fatal design flaw, it could have possibly cracked the top five if not three. It is as lightweight as it gets, its seams are taped to protect you from downpours and there is even a dry-entry vestibule that keeps the interior dry as you walk inside.

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Overall Construction
Not only have all the seams been taped with waterproof, polyurethane tape but the fly and floor have been coated with 120mm waterproof polyurethane. In addition, the Velcro tabs connect the fly to the poles for extra stability.

Capacity and Interior
This is only suitable for one person, or two depending on the size of the people using the tent, but the interior remains spacious. As a bonus, it features a dry-entry vestibule to keep the interior dry.

Ease of Set-Up
Despite the lackluster stakes, which can require you to fiddle with them to secure them, the pre-cut guy lines and tensioners attached to the fly make pitching relatively simple.

Lightweight Nature
Nothing to complain about here as the 2.1 pound-weight is exceptional.

Season Rating
Utilizing this tent in the winter is your discretion. But, it is only rated for three seasons.

Overall
Truthfully, the lone design flaw that is present can be the deciding factor. When the wind reaches 15-20 miles per hour outdoors, the tent may not hold up to the point of deformity. Whatever you do, ensure a wind storm is not on the horizon.

4. Big Agnes Copper Spur

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Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent
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Everything you would expect to be of high-quality in an ultralight tent is present here. It is only rated for three seasons, meaning it may be a risk to use it in the winter, but its terrific storage capacity and taped seams for waterproofness are just a few of the many reasons users love this tent.

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Overall Construction
The double ripstop nylon that is integrated into the tent is 20 percent stronger for maximum durability. However, the fabric can still be torn a little too easily. Also, the seams are taped with waterproof, polyurethane tape.

Capacity and Interior
Fitting two people, this is spacious enough for all your belongings. For storage, there are four interior mesh pockets and also media pockets that are located above the area that you sleep.

Ease of Set-Up
To make the set-up process as easy and user-friendly as possible, the plastic clips will attach the tent body to the pole frame.

Lightweight Nature
Big Agnes maximizes the strength that they can achieve and increases the amount of living space without adding unnecessary weight. All in all, the 3.85 pounds is lightweight enough to suit just about everyone.

Season Rating
This is only rated for three seasons and that means it may not be suitable in the winter. However, in the spring, fall, and summer it will become your best friend.

Overall
If you take away the fact that the fabric tears too easily, this would be a flawless design. Nothing is perfect and while some may feel this flaw is unforgivable, this is still a highly-impressive ultralight tent.

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5. MSR Flylite

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MSR Flylite Tent with Canopy Style Rainfly
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The Flylite tent from MSR sports many of the great features that you have been accustomed to seeing on this list. An ultra-lightweight tent that has considerable strength, a spacious interior and suitable use in nearly all weather conditions.

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Overall Construction
For full protection from the outside elements, this single-wall tent features a Durashield-coated body, a 10D nylon ripstop fly and a large awning that keeps you dry during rainfall. Plus, the stress points have been reinforced for enhanced durability.

Capacity and Interior
It is roomy enough to fit and sleep two people and the large door makes it relatively simple for both to utilize it. Thanks to the vertical walls, you are left with as much space as physically possible.

Ease of Set-Up
With the two standard trekking poles, which you must buy separately, you can complete the assembly in no time at all.

Lightweight Nature
Among the tents that MSR has designed, this version has the greatest volume-to-weight ratio of them all. For specifications, this weighs in at a lightweight 1.57 pounds.

Season Rating
Once again, this is a three-season tent; meaning you could possibly use it in the winter but you are held responsible if damage occurs to the tent.

Overall
MSR is all about quality and this tent proves that with flying colors. With its terrific volume-to-weight ratio and reinforced stress points with taped seams, this is a worthy contender for your next ultralight tent.

6. Mountain Hardwear Ghost Sky 2

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Mountain Hardwear Unisex Ghost Sky 2 Tent
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When it comes to durability and the integrity of a tent, the nylon ripstop fabric that is utilized in the Ghost UL Tent is as good as any you will find. While other concerns are present, it is very reassuring to know your tent can withstand some abuse.

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Overall Construction
You are guaranteed protection from the weather as this double-wall tent is constructed with a fully taped fly, welded corners and a taped perimeter seam. Past this, the nylon material has a high-tolerance to accidental abrasions.

Capacity and Interior
This is rated to fit two people and features a full-size door that should adapt for both. For storage, there are also mesh pockets in the interior.

Ease of Set-Up
There should be no confusion in the set-up process as it is straightforward. If you have ever set-up a tent, this will be very familiar to you.

Lightweight Nature
Mountain Hardwear manufactured their tent with the lightest fabrics that they could get their hands on to minimize the weight as much as possible. In the end, the weight is very light at 2.15 pounds.

Season Rating
Unlike the other tents, this is probably only suitable for moderate to warm weather. Cold air tends to seep through into the tent. While it does an admirable job to combat rainfall, its downfall is the chilly weather.

Overall
If the fly would fully cover the netting, then there would not be as much of an issue as there is with the wind. But, looking at the glass half-full, this creates exceptional ventilation in hot weather.

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7. Hilleberg Jannu

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If double-wall tents are your personal preference, then it can’t get better than what Hilleberg offers with their Jannu Tent. It is rated for all four seasons, the set-up is a complete breeze and the outer and inner tents can actually be used individually.

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Overall Construction
The outer tent fabric is composed of Kerlon 1200 and this combined with the 9mm poles, creates a sturdy and stable foundation. In addition, the bottom of the tent is indeed waterproof and will keep the water from seeping in.

Capacity and Interior
This is designed for two people and it allows for enough space for not only that but also your gear. Plus, there is an included vestibule for additional storage.

Ease of Set-Up
For quick and easy set-up, the pole and sleeve system is very straightforward and the dome only requires you to peg the vestibule to the ground.

Lightweight Nature
Overall, even with the included vestibule, the weight is kept to a minimum. While the 5.4 shipping weight is certainly not the lightest on the market, it is not at all classified as “heavy”.

Season Rating
With its all-season workmanship, it does not matter which time of year you utilize this tent as it is designed to withstand all weather conditions. But, on hot, summer days, it can get a bit clammy.

Overall
Notwithstanding its questionability for summer uses, everyone around the world will be satisfied with the luxuries provided here. If you know the inclement weather is coming and you need to be prepared for it, this will take all your troubles away.

8. Black Diamond Firstlight

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Black Diamond Firstlight
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The NanoShield technology that is integrated into this tent makes it highly-breathable and water-resistant. However, it does so in a single-layer fabric which can lead to potential issues of condensation build-up.

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Overall Construction
All the seams are double sewn (not sealed which you will have to do yourself) and the stress points have been reinforced to increase the durability. In addition, the single wall is crafted from NanoShield fabric which is both water-resistant and breathable.

Capacity and Interior
The interior of the Firstlight tent not only features two mesh pockets, but it is spacious enough to sleep, two people. Plus, it is designed with steep walls to optimize as much living space and headroom as possible.

Ease of Set-Up
Even from the inside, this tent is relatively easy to set-up. The two DAC poles fit inside of the tent with hook-and-loop wraps.

Lightweight Nature
It is a little heavier than the previous Black Diamond tent but at three pounds and five ounces, it is certainly not a bulky or heavy tent overall.

Season Rating
The Firstlight tent has been rated for four seasons but due to some minor ventilation issues, it may overheat too easily in the summer.

Overall
For a single wall tent that is extremely lightweight, the durability and strength are very impressive. While there could be ventilation issues in hot weather, this tent will suit you for any to all circumstances.

9. Nemo Spike

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Nemo Spike Tent
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Nemo certainly has an understanding of how to excel when designing a tent, with two straight selections proving that. Their Spike Tent is significant in its own right thanks to its incredibly lightweight nature and silicone impregnated fabrics that add both waterproofness and durability.

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Overall Construction
This tent is actually constructed from silicone impregnated fabrics. What this achieves is a core that is both super strong and also waterproof. Also, the partial floor underneath the foot section adds even more coverage.

Capacity and Interior
Despite the fact that this is designed for two people and will indeed account for that plus the gear, an additional two inches of width would have been suitable. This would better account for enough shoulder room.

Ease of Set-Up
Instead of poles, this tent pitches with trekking poles. While not many reviewers have taken issue with the set-up, these aforementioned trekking poles are sold separately.

Lightweight Nature
At just under two pounds, this no doubt qualifies for “lightweight”. The fact that no poles are included does decrease the weight a little.

Season Rating
Again, three-season tents tend to be the most popular and this falls into that category as well.

Overall
All in all, this is extremely impressive and would make a fantastic addition to your camping experience. Its impressive ability to remain lightweight while also providing durability and waterproofness cannot be overstated.

10. Black Diamond Beta

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Black Diamond - Beta Light
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To achieve a tent that holds up to your standards, you will most likely need to do a little maintenance on the Beta Light Tent. Black Diamond did not seal the seams and you will need to do so with McNett Sil-Net Sealer, but it is worth it as this is a high-quality tent.

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Overall Construction
Being a single wall tent, condensation may be a concern. But, on both sides of the tent, high-tenacity nylon (that has been treated with silicone) has been utilized which is both durable and lightweight.

Capacity and Interior
Interior space is of the essence here and not only is there room for two people, but it is spacious enough to also store your gear and even an additional guest if the situation requires it.

Ease of Set-Up
Besides the seam sealer, you will also need to invest in the two adjustable trekking poles (or ski poles) that are required for this tent. Black Diamond does not include them in the Beta Light Tent.

Lightweight Nature
To be honest, you will probably forget if you packed this tent into your backpack or storage bag; it is simply that light and only weighs one-and-a-half pounds.

Season Rating
This tent is actually adaptable to four-season use. However, the only way to achieve this rating is if you seal the seams with the aforementioned seam-sealer.

Overall
It may be frustrating for some to invest in a tent only for it to need immediate maintenance. However, you can learn online how to seal the seams in a tent and after you do so, you will be thanking yourself as this is truly a fantastic tent.