Best backpacking, one-person tents for hiking from Vango, Snugpak, Decathlon

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Not all tents are created equal – they range from huge, family-friendly designs with as much room inside as a small cottage, to lightweight and portable one-person tents that fit in a small backpack.

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Backpacking tents are at the smallest end of the tent spectrum and, as the name suggests, are designed to be taken with you on your adventures – portable and compact enough to fit in backpacks or panniers, they are designed with hikers in mind , wild campers, bike backpackers and everyone else who travels long distances and sets up a new camp every evening.

The best backpacking tents at a glance:

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What size should I take?

You’ll find that tents are sold by the number of people they can sleep – one-person tents really only fit one person, and you may still want to choose a two-person tent if you want extra space and comfort wish. Most two-person tents should fit two campers plus their backpacks, and while these are heavier they can usually be split to share the weight.

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What is the ideal weight for a hiking tent?

When it comes to hiking and fast-packing adventures, weight is a big factor – after all, you have to take all your camping gear with you. A one-person tent weighing less than two kilos or a two-person tent weighing less than four kilos is the best choice, although there are also tents in our roundup that weigh as little as 700g.

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Warning: hiking tents are small

While a good night’s sleep is important, a backpacking tent isn’t as roomy as family or party tents – many have low ceilings and limited space as they are only used at night rather than as living space.

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We recommend choosing a tent that you can at least sit in, and tents with an outer canvas that can be tucked out to create a porch are also useful and provide extra storage for your boots and other gear.

Make sure it stays dry

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Waterproofing is your other priority. The model you choose should be a “twin skin” (a tent with an outer “fly” layer plus an inner tent) and have a waterproof rain tent as well as a built-in nylon floor to keep water out of the ground.

You’ll see rounder dome tents as well as narrower tunnel tents – if you’re planning on sleeping on exposed mountain slopes, a dome-style tent is a good choice for better wind resistance, and guy lines will also help you secure the tent against strong winds.

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