Backpacking Tents On A Budget

When it comes to backpacking gear your biggest expense will be your tent, sleeping bag and backpack. However, you don’t have to break the bank buying gear. Shop around and look for deals. Don’t shop based on name brand only. Shop based on the specs of the gear such as weight and how it’s rated for weather as well as quality. Below are some tents that won’t empty your wallet.



Sleep comfortably in the wilderness in the KÖPPEN® Maelstrom 2 Person Tent. It protects you from the elements keeping you dry and comfortable thanks to the factory-taped fly and floor seams. The Maelstrom allows you to have more space in the interior by providing an attached vestibule so you can store your camping gear outside of the tent. It features 2 mesh pockets, 7000 T-6 aluminum shock-corded poles and reflective guy lines.


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HYDRO BLOK™ engineered water blok design: Full coverage rainfly, covered tent entry, bathtub floor design and factory taped seams for enhanced water protection
BIO VENT™ moisture venting: Quick clip system for increased are flow space and no-see-um mesh for enhanced vapor and air transmission
CARGO LYTE™ durable lightweight design: 7000T-6 aluminum shock-corded poles feature post and grommet connections to provide a lightweight but durable design
CARGO PAK™ compression system: Multi-position compression straps improve packability
7000 T-6 aluminum shock-corded poles
2 mesh gear pockets
Reflective guy lines
Reflective logos
Vestibules: 1
Rainfly included


Interior size: 88″ x 56″ x 41″
Vestibule area: 14.2 sq ft
Fly/ tent fabric: 1500 mm PU coated polyester
Mesh: polyester no-see-um
Floor fabric: 2000 mm PU coated polyester
Minimum carry weight: 4 lbs

Jack Rabbit SL1

Double doors and vestibules, plenty of internal storage and lots of headspace; the Jack Rabbit SL series offers all the bells and whistles you would expect from full featured, heavier tents but with significantly lighter weights.

Features single door and vestibule
Storm flaps on vestibule zipper
Quick Stash on tent body door makes stowing unzipped door simple and easy
Media pockets located above sleeping area enable clean ear bud cord routing from phones or other devices
Reflective guylines and webbing on tent corners
Fly and floor are nylon rip-stop
Fly and floor have 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Tent body is nylon rip-stop and polyester mesh
All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC’s)
DAC pole system with press fit connectors and lightweight hubs
Plastic clips attach tent body to pole frame
8 lightweight aluminum hook stakes
Three interior mesh pockets and two media pockets
Compatible with Big Agnes Entertainment Center loft – sold separately
Gear Loft loops included. Fits WALL gear loft – sold separately
Footprint sold separately
Fast Fly setup available
Note: We list several weights for our tents to aid your product research. Trail weight refers to poles, fly and tent body. Packed weight includes poles, fly, tent body, stakes, guy lines, stuff sacks, instructions, and packaging. Fast Fly weight refers to the poles, tent fly and accessory Fast Fly footprint.

2 thoughts on “Backpacking Tents On A Budget

  1. 4 lbs is a lot for me. I use a Big Agnes UL 2 person tent…bought out of season and got a deal! Never regretted it, taken me through many a cold night & thunderstorm…and only adds 2 lbs to overall pack weight. 🙂

    1. Yes, 4lbs. can be 2lbs. more then you need. Big Agnes is my preference and can be bought on a budget. Personally, Big Agnes would be my suggested top pick if your budget allows.

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