For a lot of campers, hikers, backpackers, and climbers, the price tag on a brand-new backpacking tent can be intimidating. It’s an investment that will last you years, but it comes at a hefty sting to the wallet.
So when a badass backpacking tent goes on sale for anything over 15% off, it’s time to pounce. Whether it’s for yourself or a loved one, Black Friday is one of the best times of year to get your hands on a new tent for spring, summer, and fall adventures in the backcountry.
You might still break the bank a little bit, but at least you’ll be saving money.
And this Black Friday, some of the highest-rated, best-reviewed backpacking tents on the market are on sale for 20-50% off. Take a look.
Black Friday Deals on Backpacking Tents
MSR Hubba Hubba 2 Tent: 30% Off
MSR’s Hubba Hubba 2 checks all of the boxes you should look for in a backpacking tent. It’s light at just 2 pounds 4 ounces, and it sets up extremely fast, with just two pre-bent poles. And, best of all, it’s roomy for its weight, with a floor area of 29 square feet.
MSR has been making the Hubba Hubba since 2002 — and it’s been the brand’s bestselling tent almost every year since. We tested the 2022 version of this tent and confirmed that it’s one of the best lightweight hub-and-pole options for backpacking on thru-hikes or over long distances.Shop Now
Sea to Summit Alto TR 2: 20% Off
The Alto TR2 has plenty of features worth paying attention to, many of which are cribbed from the world of ultralight trekking-pole-supported shelters. For instance, the Alto can be set up in fly-only mode, turning an already lightweight tent into a true ultralight shelter when the conditions allow it.
Sea to Summit used interesting volumizing strategies, including steep side walls and volumizing poles that run perpendicular to the primary support poles. Reinforced double guylines at the corners add a little more stability in the wind, and the asymmetrical footprint allows backpackers to sleep facing the same direction instead of the space-saving — but smelly — foot-to-face technique.Shop Now
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV1 Carbon: 50% Off
At just 21 ounces, the Fly Creek HV1 is one of the lightest hub-and-pole designs on the market — perfect for bikepackers who need weight and space savings or ultralight aficionados who don’t use trekking poles.
Big Agnes got the HV1 so svelte by utilizing carbon fiber poles, a Dyneema fly, and a footprint that’s going to be too cramped for taller, larger users. (Trust me, I’m 5’6”, and if this shelter were just a few inches shorter, I would have been extremely uncomfortable during a 5-day bikepacking excursion).
All that premium material comes at a price. Normally, the HV1 retails for $1,400. But this Black Friday week, you can grab one for $700. And while that’s still extremely costly, it’s a huge deal on a tent that could be very useful in the right circumstances.Shop Now/buy-now]
Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Tent: 25% Off
This is the tent I use for all of my three-season adventures in the backcountry. It’s light, durable, and has reflective guylines and color-coded webbing you can set it up in the dark. And the steep walls and high-volume design make it feel bigger on the inside than it looks.
On top of all that, it’s also made with “solution-dyed fabrics.” That means instead of using chemicals, Big Agnes uses pigments to dye the Tiger Wall’s materials, reducing both the water and energy used in manufacturing by 50%, according to the brand.
In testing, this tent held up spectacularly on a weeklong thru-hike in 5 straight days of rain. Our tester concluded of the Tiger Wall, “If packability and light weight is what you’re searching for, be it for lightweight backpacking, bikepacking, or pack-paddleboarding, this tent has it in spades.”
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