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Backpacking tents: 5 models to discover in 2022


September 30, 2022


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Fan of outdoor excursions? Looking for the perfect shelter for your next backcountry outing? Make your next outdoor adventure the best one yet with one of the light and waterproof backpacking tents recommended by SAIL expert Marc-Antoine Bédard. Find out how to choose the best tent for your needs, and how to take care of it!


In this article, you will find out more about the following backpacking tents:

  1. The MSR Elixir backpacking tent
  2. Overnight hiking tents: Big Agnes Blacktail
  3. SAIL Toundra backpacking tent
  4. The MSR Hubba Hubba backpacking tent
  5. Marmot Tungsten tent

Backpacking tents

Tent parts and accessories

Please note that the increased demand for outdoor equipment and the supply chain issues overseas experienced at present are beyond our control. Thank you for your understanding.

We highly recommend checking that your selected product is in stock at your SAIL store before you come by. Otherwise, consider buying your tent online for an easy and practical alternative. Happy camping!

The MSR Elixir backpacking tent

elixir_tentMany of the Hubba Hubba’s benefits also come with the MSR Elixir tent, a good alternative that offers good value for money. This tent has features that are ideal for those buying a backpacking tent for the first time. Made of polyester instead of nylon, this shelter is great for those who want to initiate themselves to wilderness camping.

  • Size: 2-person
  • Weight: 2.24 kg (5 lb.)
  • Poles: 2 7,000 series aluminium
  • Waterproofing: 1,500 mm polyurethane rainfly and 3,000 mm polyurethane floor
  • Interior peak height: 102 cm (40 in.)
  • Rainfly and mesh: polyester
  • Canopy: nylon
  • Floor: taffeta nylon
MSR Elixir

Overnight hiking tents: Big Agnes Blacktail

big_agnes_tentIf this is your first overnight hiking trip, the Big Agnes Blacktail tent was made for you. With similar features to those of the MSR Elixir, it is one of the most popular SAIL products, partly because of its attractive price. Perfect for hiking, it is also sturdy enough for camping.

  • Size: 3-person
  • Weight: 2.35 kg (5 lb. 3 oz.)
  • Poles: aluminium press fit
  • Waterproofing: 1,500 mm
  • Interior peak height: 112 cm (42 in.)
  • Rainfly and floor: polyester
Big Agnes Blacktail

SAIL Toundra backpacking tent

toundra_tentIts great price is definitely one of the SAIL Toundra 3-person tent’s main benefits, and its value for money remains unmatched according to expert Marc-Antoine Bédard. If the weight of your backpacking tent is not your main selection criteria, you’ll be more than happy with the waterproofing and durability of its materials. It is also a great family tent.

  • Size: 3-person
  • Weight: 2.77 kg (6.1 lb.)
  • Poles: aluminium
  • Waterproofing: floor 5,000 mm and rainfly 2,000 mm
  • Rainfly and floor: polyester
SAIL Toundra

The best 2022 backpacking tents: 5 models to discover

When hiking, there is nothing worse than a bag so heavy that it stops you from enjoying the moment, or a night spent in a wet tent. The backpacking tents suggested below are the lightest on the market, and combine the best waterproofing features and sizing optimization that’ll suit any budget. More compact than traditional tents, they are made with breathable materials and are easily carried, whether on your back, on your bike or in your canoe!

Before choosing your backpacking tent, find out how much floor space you need as well as the level of waterproofing and the technical specs you will require. Are you looking for a freestanding tent? What are the most important criteria for you? Check what the rainfly and floor are made of, as well as the total weight of the gear. All important factors to consider before making your final selection.

The MSR Hubba Hubba backpacking tent

hubbahubba_tentThe light 2-person Hubba Hubba tent is one of the most high-end freestanding tents on the market. Its weight is impressively low and it is extremely breathable, which will suit the kinds of hikers who are mindful of every gram they add to their load. A lobby can be hooked on to create an annex, which allows you to add space to the tent to protect your gear from the elements.

  • Size: 2-person
  • Weight: 1.3 kg (2 lb. 14 oz.)
  • Poles: Easton® Syclone™ made with cutting-edge aerospace composite materials
  • Waterproofing: 1,200 mm Durashield™ fabric coating
  • Interior peak height: 1.01 m (40 in.)
  • Rainfly, canopy and floor: 20D ripstop nylon
MSR Hubba Hubba 2

Marmot Tungsten tent

marmot_tentSpacious, the 2-person Marmot Tungsten light backpacking tent is also easy to install at the end of the day, thanks to its colour-coded clips and poles. Its two vestibules and double doors mean easy access for all sleepers. Its technical features, similar to those of the Elixir and Blacktail models, are sure to fulfil all of your expectations!

  • Size: 2-person
  • Weight: 2,260 g (4 lb. 15.7 oz.)
  • Poles: Velocity HD
  • Waterproofing: floor 2,000 mm and rainfly 1,200 mm
  • Fabric: polyester
Tungsten de Marmot

A few tips on how to select and care for your backpacking tent

  1. After your outing, make sure you dry the tent fully before putting it away. If it is still humid outside, hang your tent once you get back home to stop mould from developing on the fabric, and the coating on the seams from breaking down.
  2. Don’t try to fold your backpacking tent to store it. Simply stuff it in the storage bag. This way, you won’t damage the fabric by folding it over the same spot time and time again.
  3. Keep in mind that a light hiking tent isn’t built to be used daily or left in the sun for the whole summer. On average, its optimal lifespan is about 40 to 50 outings, or about 3 to 5 years. In fact, a tent’s worst enemy is the sun, so try to set up camp in the shade whenever possible.
  4. Depending on what you use your tent for, it’s important to waterproof the rainfly as well as the seams, even if it is not used often. Our experts can help you do this.


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