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Lightweight hiking tents

Lightweight tents for hiking

Are you planning an outdoor adventure? You’re probably aware that your choice of tent will influence how and what you pack, and how well you’ll enjoy your experience.

Modern lightweight hiking tents are awesome! These tents made use of materials to achieve an absolute minimum weight whilst striking a balance between maximum durability and sleeping space. The fact that you can carry a shelter as little as 1kg on your back that will not only keep more than two people comfortably, but also allow room to store your gear in incredible. From the toughness of the construction material to the overall comfort they provide, the benefits of these tents cannot be over-emphasized. With technology expanding in fabrics, poles and design, we are enjoying a freedom of movement like never before. You can hike faster and for longer with a skip in your step while still knowing you’ve got adequate shelter with you.

There are several factors to consider before you buy a hiking tent, below are some of the things to consider:

Capacity of the tent

Modern lightweight hiking tents are usually categorized according to their size. The capacity of hiking tents tends to usually range from one to four people. Tent manufacturers will label their tents as one man, two men, three person and four person tent. Moreover, hiking tents usually have the capacity written in the name itself.

Weather conditions

The weather condition you will most likely encounter is an important factor to consider. Modern lightweight tents come in different types based on seasonality; 3-season tent are designed to stand mild climate conditions during summer, fall, and spring. The 4-season tent design are purposefully designed to withstand extremely harsh weather conditions during winters such as strong winds and heavy snowfall.


Traditional hiking tents make use of space-efficient designs to keep the weight lower; however, the trade-off for this was comfort. Modern lightweight tent designs allow for a more spacious living space without adding more to the weight. They also provide extra features such as ventilation, vestibules and door which improving the overall comfortability.

Material the tent is made of

The two standard fabrics used on modern lightweight tents are nylon or polyester. Nylon is slightly stronger than polyester, but polyester is inherently more water resistant than nylon; although most tents usually incorporate a water-resistant coating on the outer fly. Polyester is also considered to have better UV resistance.