From ultralight backpacking tents to budget family tents, our favorites are on sale now. Gear up, save big, and get ready to sleep outside.
If you’ve been dreaming of a new tent, now’s the time to shop. With Fourth of July sales in full swing, you can save up to 30 percent on some seriously great tents.
We recently spent a week in Colorado testing more than 20 tents in a head-to-head sleep-off. Below, you’ll find a few of our favorites that are on sale now. But there are oodles of other tent savings to be found at REI and Backcountry.
NEMO Hornet Elite 2: $375 (25% Off)
Our team has dozens of nights backpacking with the NEMO Hornet under our collective belts, and the consensus is clear: We love this tent! Mostly, we love how much this tent saves both weight and pack space. It’s a marvel of engineering, really. Here’s how it breaks down.
The NEMO Hornet Elite weighs a scant 2 pounds 1 ounce. Ditch some stakes and the stuff sack for a minimum trail weight of 1 pound 11 ounces. For gram-counters, that makes it a contender on weight alone.
But this tent is more than light. It’s also a very legit abode in bad weather. In rainy, stormy nights on the trail, the NEMO Hornet Elite kept our testing team dry and comfortable. Unlike many ultralight options, this is a freestanding tent. It uses a clever three-pole design, mesh interior, and integrated rainfly for a tent that keeps out bugs, rain, and wind.
Kelty Late Start 4: $180 (25% Off)
The two-person version of this tent was crowned Best Budget Tent. And this four-person family tent brings the same great value and sturdy design in a larger package.
It sets up super fast with a simple two-pole design. Once up, the bathtub floor has a slight overlap, and the mesh walls offer plenty of ventilation for hot summer nights. Corner pockets offer space to stash a couple of important items, and the small vestibule works for storing gear.
With a trail weight of 6 pounds 4 ounces, it’s not super light but could reasonably be carried a few miles into backcountry. Overall, this is a solid tent at a great price.
REI Quarter Dome SL 2: $223 (30% Off)
The REI Quarter Dome SL 2 is a very popular, affordable tent. It’s well-rounded for car camping and backpacking. With a minimum trail weight of 2 pounds 8 ounces, this tent hits a sweet spot that should appeal to a broad cross-section of hikers and campers.
The freestanding Quarter Dome SL 2 sets up quickly and easily. The main tent body has tons of mesh and a small bathtub floor that extends slightly above the overlapping rainfly. Two large doors give each camper easy access to the interior and the vestibules on each side. It’s a snug layout for two, but it should suffice as long as you and your partner don’t mind being cozy.