Are you looking for the best tents for Microadventures? When I embarked on my very first outdoor adventure, it would be a first in every sense. After all, I decided to ride a bicycle through Africa without any prior cycling experience. At the same time, I was also extremely inexperienced when it came to camping or choosing the most reliable and adequate outdoor gear.
You may have noticed, for the past two years, I have been carrying a small green Vango Banshee 200 as my shelter. Although it was never the case that this Vango was the best tent for Microadventures. In fact, I just knew very little regarding alternatives. However, I have spent the past twelve months researching the best ultralight backpacking tents and there have been many on my radar in this respect. That being said, there are very few which can rival the following options which I believe to be a good shout for the best backpacking tent for Microadventures:
Best Backpacking Tents for Microadventures
MSR have finally created an ultralight tent which is not red, luminous orange or any other colour that looks rather bizarre in the midst of nature. Either way, this is also an extremely smart tent which weighs just over 3lbs. It features plenty of space for sleeping inside and two large vestibules on either side for your backpack or outdoor gear. This particular tent is also one of the best reviewed you will find online and a safe option for a long term tent for Microadventures.
The Big Agnes Copper Spur is one of the most popular tents for long distance thru-hikers in the United States. Why is this important? It’s not but I thought you might be wondering why you never heard of it. While there is a lighter version (Fly Creek), the Copper Spur UL2 is a nice spacious option for the solo hiker. Yes, it was originally designed for two people. However, this is a tight squeeze which is why I recommend it as an excellent option regarding solo backpacking tents for Microadventures. Featuring durable material, lightweight poles, and ample space inside, this is my dream ultralight backpacking tent on the market.
When compared to other backpacking tents for Microadventures on this list, it must be said that the Vango Banshee 200 is a bit behind. While reasonably lightweight and compact, the Banshee 200 is very small in terms of the interior and the side vestibule is also quite small. That being said, the tent has a low centre of gravity. This feature enables it to withstand windy or rainy conditions, while the material is solid and the set up is extremely fast.
Again, this may not be a long-term option or a tent for a long distance thru-hike. However, it is certainly a great choice regarding a backpacking tent for Microadventures. Weighing just 3lbs 7 ounces, the lightweight nature is a big plus for hikers. Furthermore, it can also fit two people a lot better than the previously mentioned Vango. Either way, as far as lightweight and affordable tents for Microadventures are concerned, this is right up there with the best options.
Just a side note, I had a lightweight Naturehike sleeping bag for two years. It was certainly not suitable for cold seasons or outdoor adventures where conditions are likely to change. Yet, it was perfect for the hot climate in which I was sleeping at the time.
Arguably the most popular ultralight backpacking tent for Microadventures and long distance thru-hikes is the Z Packs Duplex Person Tent. While you will need two hiking poles to set this one up, take comfort in the fact that this tent weighs in at just 1.25lb. Yes, you read that right. Featuring an extremely easy setup and a very watertight design, this is the lightest and most adaptable tent I have ever come across. It just depends on whether you use trekking poles or not.
Have I missed anything? Do you have a favourite backpacking tent for Microadventures? Please let me know in the comments!
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