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REI Co-op Gear Guide: Best Backpacking Tents

The right backpacking tent can make or break your trip. Let our experts help you select the perfect tent for you in the REI Backpacking Tents Gear Guide. Learn about features, packability and setup to decide which tent you need to have the best backpacking trip possible.

Our picks:
Best Single-Person Tent, 00:37: REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL 1
Best Tent for Livability, 2:47: Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2
Best Tent for Bad Weather, 4:18: REI Co-op Arete ASL 2
Best Tent for Families, 6:04: Marmot Limelight 4
Best Tent Under $250, 7:14: REI Co-op Half Dome 2 Plus

Check out our favorite backpacking tents at your local REI:
Don’t see your favorite? Let us know in the comments.


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