The best tents for wild camping are often those which allow you to camp discreetly. For instance, some tents are small and light but they might also be red or yellow which won’t exactly blend in with the natural surroundings. In this post, we take a look at the best wild camping tents that you might want to consider buying and here’s a list of the tents in case you need a quick answer:
Quick Answer: Best Tent for Wild Camping
Before we take a closer look at each tent, let’s consider a few things.
Features and Types of Wild Camping Tents
Weight – Wild camping usually involves you carrying a backpack. Tents are the heaviest of these items and as a rule, the cheaper a tent, the heavier it will be. Hopefully you will find some options on this list of the best tents for wild camping that strike a balance between quality, weight and functionality.
Size – If you’re off out for a single night of solo camping, a one person tent should do just fine. But if you go on a multi-day hike, you might find the lack of space inside a one person is not ideal. Either way, the space is also likely to determine the size of the tent when it’s packed down and the convenience of which it might be to carry.
Profile – Wild camping tents will usually have a low profile to most other tents. This helps them perform better in strong wind and heavy rain. If you think about it, a taller tent is much more likely to get blown about and it will also be less discreet.
Colour – It’s obviously not about looking cool out there but the colour of your tent will also dictate whether or not you blend in with the surroundings. I recommend sticking with a green, brown or natural colour that will help you be as discreet as possible.
Vestibules – These small porch areas are so handy and you can use them for storing a backpack or wet gear. I also like to sit in the tent doorway and cook because a vestibule will often offer some shelter from the wind. Don’t underestimate the importance of a vestibule – many of the best tents for wild camping will have one.
Quality – It’s important for wild camping tents to offer proper protection from the elements (heavy rain etc). Some of the cheap novelty tents you might find at a supermarket might get you into trouble so stick with an brand outdoor-focused brand.
Finally, there are different types of tent:
Tunnel tents – Long and half-cylinder in shape and often used for family camping.
Tipi tents – Defined by traditional pyramid shape and tall centre pole.
Dome tents – Stable, perform well and best suited for campsites.
Backpacking tents – Lighter tents which tend to be smaller and with less poles etc.
Conclusion: It’s best to go with the last of these type of tents for wild camping.
The 10 Best Tents for Wild Camping
1. MSR Hubba Hubba NX
Weight – 1.54KG
The MSR Hubba Hubba NX is incredibly light for such a large 2 person tent. It performs well in almost any kind of weather and stands up well to the wind and rain. If you take very long multi-day hikes, it might be a wild camping tent to consider but the light material is the one notable trade-off when it comes to the Hubba Hubba NX (and most ultralight camping gear). It’s easy to set up and packs down small and the green colour ensure it blends in with natural surroundings. It’s easily one of the most popular tents for wild camping on the market and a great choice for either one or two people sharing.
If you are put off by the price tag, keep reading to hear about a similar style tent by Marmot…
2. Snugpak Stratosphere Bivvi Tent
Weight – 1.3KG
The Snugpak Bivvi is like a hybrid between a tent and bivvi bag. It’s one of the smallest tents for wild camping and this is reflected in the light setup (1.3kg). A bivvi style tent is designed to withstand the rain and keep you warm, while providing a little bit of headroom with a small pole system. The floor features 8000mm waterproofing and a mosquito net and the pack size is very, very small. If you don’t mind not being able to sit up inside, this is an excellent ultralight tent for wild camping.
3. Vango Banshee 200
Weight – 2.5KG
The Vango Banshee 200 has a two pole system and the inner tent is attached to the rain fly which makes it quick to pitch. The hydrostatic head and low profile help this tent for wild camping perform incredibly well in stormy conditions. This low profile and green colour also blend in with the environment. The Vango Banshee is reasonably priced but because camping sales jumped so much over the past couple of years, I find this wild camping tent is often out of stock.
4. Vaude Lizard 1-2P Seamless
Weight – 1.35KG
The Vaude Lizard 2P Seamless tent is often used by mountain runners or those who want to cover long distances really quickly. This is reflected in the size and weight (1.35kg). Although incredibly light, it’s a double walled tent and “storm proof” which is why they refer to this one as being “technically advanced”. The tent features a central pole theme which means you tighten the guy ropes on each end and it’s said to be easy to pitch. There is just one door, a small vestibule and it’s a snug fit for two but the Vaude Lizard 2P is a fine example of ultralight engineering done right!
5. FORCEATT 2 PERSON TENT
Weight – 2.5KG
The Forceatt 2 person tent has two vestibules, two doors and so much space inside. At 2.5kg, it’s the same weight as some of the Vango tents but it feels more spacious and has enough room to sit up! That said, tents don’t always come with the same quality of fabric (hence the price) and this would be the main difference between this tent and many of the others on the list. I wanted to have a budget option on here and decided to include a tent by Forceatt which is also on my list of cheap 2 person tents.
6. Vango Hydra Trekking Tent
Weight – 2.8KG
The Vango Hydra is another great option for wild camping. It’s not the lightest on this list but it’s affordable and features the same quality as the Banshee mentioned earlier. As with many of the best tents for wild camping, you can’t really get up and move around inside the Hydra. However, the low profile makes it suitable for challenging weather and also for keeping out of sight near built up areas! I love the green colour of these tents and for beginners, I don’t think you can go wrong with this one.
7. Marmot Crane Creek 2/3 Person Tent
Weight – 2.4KG
The forest green of the Marmot Crane Creek alone makes it an ideal tent for wild camping. It’s a beautiful tent and features a lot of space in comparison with most of the other options on the list. The Marmot Crane Creek only weighs 2.4kg in spite of the large size and costs a good bit less than the MSR Hubba Hubba with which it shares some features. The 2-D doors are another highlight because they make getting in and out so easy, while the extent of mesh ensures there is a lot of ventilation. I think this tent for wild camping is especially suited as a 2 person tent but also for those who might want a bit more space on a long distance hike.
8. Terra Nova Laser Compact 1
Weight – 0.86KG
The Terra Nova Laser is a single hoop tent and the “compact” refers to small size of the tent when it’s packed away. In fact, I remember reading some years ago about how Terra Nova set a world record for designing the lightest tent in the world. The materials are tough in spite of the lightness and it can withstand a good downpour. I really like low profile tents like the Laser Compact 1 because wild camping spots are often exposed and low profile tents perform better than most in strong winds. At 0.86kg, this is one of the most ultralight tents for wild camping in the world and a popular one at that!
9. GEERTOP Ultralight Bivvi Tent
Weight – 1.5KG
Another Bivvi tent! The Geertop 1 person tent for wild camping obviously looks a bit different to the other options but maybe you like that? The truth is, they don’t come more camouflaged which can only be good for wild camping. It’s taller than the Snugpack bivvi and more spacious, while the fabric is very tough for a light tent. The two-way zipper is also a useful feature and there are two more windows for ventilation. It’s an easy set up and not many tents in this price range come with the same quality in general as the three-season Geertop Bivvi Tent..
10. Wild Country Zephyros Compact 1 Tent
I’ve been using a similar tent to this one for many years called the Vango Banshee. This 2 person tent is features the same quality and low profile which enable it to perform well in all kinds of weather. You can’t get up and move around much inside but it’s probably the only tent on this list that I might take out on a wild camping trip. In other words, you might have more use for this one again in the future.
Thanks for reading and as always, this is just my opinion, you always have to do what’s best for you!