Early morning sunrise colors with red in the foreground, a lake in the middle, and a jagged mountain in the back. There is a tent on the right side of the image.

This is the best week of the year to buy a backpacking tent

Huge sales don’t come around often, and if you’re a camper or backpacker, you know how expensive high-quality tents can be. At $400, $500, or even $600 a tent, it’s a sizeable investment and a big decision for most folks.

That’s why outdoors people should jump at the deals for the pricier items when sales come around. In this case, grabbing some backpacking tents. If you can save $200 on a tent just by buying it now versus in 10 days, it’s a brilliant financial move!

But move quickly, as the sales will end on or near May 27.

The Top Tents On Sale This Week

Full transparency: I own the Copper Spur 3P and have nothing but good things to say about it. My first backpacking tent was a Big Anges, and it’s still in phenomenal shape. (We just needed more room.) And my brother and I backpacked around in 2020 with his MSR Hubba Hubba, so I view those two with great esteem.

Related: Comparing MSR vs Big Anges Tents

One thing to note: Tents have a minimum and a packaged weight. This can be a bit confusing. The minimum is pretty much what you want to look at, though it doesn’t include the stakes or the footprint. I’ve tried to find a middle-ground estimate with the weights here.

Best of the Best

Big Agnes Copper Spur (30% off)

As I mentioned above, this is my current backpacking tent, and the three-person version is perfect for my fiance and me. We have plenty of room, and it’s lightweight, so our backs don’t feel sore.

What you need to know about these ultralight ones is that the fabric is thin. While they aren’t delicate, you do need to be careful not to rip them on twigs, rocks, or roots.

  • Weight: 3-3.5 pounds
  • Price: $370/$405
  • Season: 3
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Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch/ @Alecoutside

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL 2 Solution-Dyed Tent (30% off)

This one’s incredibly light and perfect for those looking to keep their pack weight down. Just know this is only a semi-freestanding tent. For most of you, this won’t matter. It just means you’ll need to stake one side with a string to maximize the space inside.

  • Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Price: $315
  • Season: 3

MSR Hubba Huba (40% off)

This is probably the best deal of all the tents. Getting 40% off is huge, and if you take care of it, you’ll have this investment for 4-10 years down the road. My brother owns it, and it can fit two grown men into a two-person tent. Yes, it’s tight, but if you want to save weight and space, you can make it work!

  • Weight: 2.75-3.5 pounds
  • Price: $330/$378
  • Season: 3
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NEMO Dragonfly (25% off)

NEMO’s lightest freestanding tent is rock solid, providing comfort and stability without breaking your back. I’ve never owned NEMO, but I know plenty who love its quality.

  • Weight: 2.75-3.5 pounds
  • Price: $375/ $435
  • Season: 3

Nemo Hornet Ultralight (25% off)

NEMO’s ultralight semi-freestanding tent. This is for those who want to cut as much weight as possible. It might not be the most ideal for inclement weather situations, but if you’re looking at summer adventures, you should be golden!

  • Weight: 2-2.75 pounds
  • Price: $322-$412
  • Season: 3

Black Diamond First Light (25%)

This four-season tent is perfect for more alpine-level backpacking, where you may need a sturdier tent for wind, rain, and snow. But the fact that you can get a four-season tent for under four pounds is pretty good!

  • Weight: 3.25-3.75 pounds
  • Price: $337/$375
  • Season: 4

Half Dome SL 2+ Tent (30% off)

This is REI’s version of a lightweight tent. It’s not as lightweight as the MSR or the Big Anges, but for the price point, it’s pretty good!

  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Price: $245
  • Season: 3

Budget Friendly Buys

The North Face Storm Break 2 (40% off)

If you want to score a huge discount, North Face makes heavier tents that will put less of a dent in your wallet. This one’s just a bit over a hundred bucks, making it a steal for those needing a tent but looking to keep to a budget.

  • Weight: 5.5 pounds
  • Price: $110
  • Season: 3
Mountains in the background, with a blue lake in the middle. There are larch trees on the left hand side of the photo along with a single tent.
Photo Credit: Alec Sills-Trausch

REI Trailmade 2 Tent (30% off)

Another budget-friendly tent is this one from REI. Again, it’s not ultralight, but it won’t be too bad if you split it between two people. This is good for casual backpacking and those not looking to invest too much money.

  • Weight: 4.5-5 pounds
  • Price: $139
  • Season: 3

Best For New Backpackers

Trailmade Backpacking Bundle (30% off)

Are you new to backpacking? This bundle includes a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. It’s a really nice introduction to backpacking that won’t break the bank. Now, it comes with the downside of not being lightweight.

But if you’re not planning to do arduous hiking or only a few times a year, this is a good place to start.

  • Weight: 11 pounds for all
  • Price: $265
  • Season: 3

Until next time, adventurers, take care and be safe.

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Author: Alec Sills-Trausch

Title: Founder of Explore with Alec

Expertise: Hiking, Backpacking, Photography, and Road Trips

Alec Sills-Trausch is a hiker, backpacker, landscape photographer, and syndicated travel writer. He enjoys showing off the beauty of the world through his photos, videos, and written work on ExploreWithAlec.com. Alec is also a 2x cancer survivor and bone marrow transplant recipient, showing the world that there is a future from this terrible disease.

He lives in Washington, where he gets to enjoy the stunning PNW mountains in addition to all the other places he attempts to visit each year! You can see more work on IG at @AlecOutside