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Lightweight tent for 4 people

PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 6:36 pm
by shoenberg3
I am looking for a lightweight tent for 4 (perhaps an oxymoron?) to take on backpacking trips.
I would like it to be around 350 dollars or less.
It merely needs to be 3-season tent, since I don't plan on camping in the winters.

Any recommendations would be appreciated!

Re: Lightweight tent for 4 people

PostPosted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:30 pm
by sparky


5lbs 9 oz for that price its a good deal

Re: Lightweight tent for 4 people

PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:54 pm
by Chris B
shoenberg3,

I saw a few backpacking families in Yosemite last year using the REI Half Dome 4 tents. They weigh about 8lbs but that's still only 2lb per person so not bad. These looked to have a decent amount of internal space and enough room in the vestibules to keep 4 backpack dry. The two doors should be useful too.

As long as you are an REI member you can always return it if you don't like it.

Re: Lightweight tent for 4 people

PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2012 6:08 am
by fishmonger
Big Agnes Coppery Spur UL4 - on sale frequently, even on Steep and Cheap. I have the UL3 and it is the best 3 season tent I ever owned. Fast to set up, light, good ventilation, enough room for the indicated number of sleepers if they are skinny :D

The list price is insane, though. I've seen it as low as $329, but you need to be patient. Doubt you'll find it now in peak season for less than $500

you won't find much lighter unless you go to a tarp setup.

One thing I don't like about large tents - you are limited by its footprint size where you can set up camp. Two 2 person tents would be my preference.