Top 5 Backpacking Tents For 2018


At the Complete Outdoors we review a lot of tents before coming to a final decision about whether or not to add them to our range.

With this in mind, we thought this year we would give you a little bit of background into the some of the tents we've reviewed, as well as our thought process behind why we now stock them.

Here are our reasons why we think these are 5 of the best lightweight backpacking tents around.

Best 5 lightweight, backpacking tents for 2018 - Complete Outdoors

1 -  MSR Hubba Hubba Tent 

Let’s kick things off with one of the largest internal volume backpacking tents on the market. With two vestibules for gear storage & two stay dry doors entry points, it’s clear to see why the MSR Hubba Hubba tent is number one. MSR put meticulous thought and passion into their products, and this tent is no exception. There is no doubt in our minds that this tent should be the first choice for world expeditions – with an array of features on offer to make backpacking that little bit easier.

MSR Hubba Hubba Tent - Complete Outdoors

2 – Vango Nevis 200 Tent

A new addition for 2018, the Vango Nevis 200 is a transverse-hooped ridge tent – so essentially you can sit up in the tallest part of the tent. For the older generations amongst you, this tent is reminiscent of the classic Vango style that dates all the way back to the Micro series. This series really pushed the boundaries of what lightweight tents could achieve, and sometimes the old ways are the best. Pitching inner and outer together makes this tent easy to put up so you can get on with your camping adventure.

Vango Nevis 200 Tent - Top 5 backpacking tents

3 – F10 Arete 2 Tent 

Simple and effective, the F10 Arete 2 weighs in at 1.54kg with room for 2 people - ideal if you’re looking for something lightweight with a small pack size. This tent can be used without the fly, making it ideal for warmer climates where having a bit more ventilation can make all the difference. Versatile as ever, the Arete 2 works just as well in English weather – with the siliconised ripstop 5000mm rain fly giving you all the protection you need in the event of a heavy downpour.

Vango F10 Arete 2 Tent - Complete Outdoors

4 – Vango Halo XD 300 Tent

An ever-popular choice for schools and group oriented trips, the Vango Halo XD 300 remains one of Vango’s top sellers. The XD upgrade includes stronger, pegs, zips with higher durability, an XD Ripstop flysheet and an Oxford XD groundsheet. All these features together elevate this tent as a firm favourite, with robust reliability at the heart of it’s design.

Vango Halo XD 300 tent - Complete Outdoors

5 – Vango Soul 200 Tent 

Time for a wild card. If you happen to be backpacking on a budget then this is the tent to consider. Fresh from the Vango Adventure series, the Soul 200 offers durability at a lightweight. Ideal if you’re looking for something that covers the essentials without breaking the bank.

Vango Soul 200 Tent - Top 5 Backpacking Tents for 2018

There you have it - our top 5 backpacking tents for 2018. Are there any other lightweight tents that you would add to this list? Let us know in the comments below!


Tent Price Weight
MSR Hubba Hubba £425 1.73 Kg
Vango Nevis 200 £110 2.02kg
F10 Arete 2 £320 1.35kg
Vango Halo XD 300 £280 4.9kg
Vango Soul 200 £60 2.17kg

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