The 14 Best Tents of 2016

Whether you go light or go big, one of these bomber tents is right for your trip.
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Whether you go light or go big, one of these bomber tents is right for your trip.

What does the perfect tent look like? It all depends on what you're going to use it for. For light-and-fast, high-mileage missions in good weather, you'll want a minimalist shelter that provides just enough protection, like the Nemo Escape Pod. For riding out the biggest storms, go for a bomb shelter like the Hilleberg Niak. And for everything in between, you'll find something on this list of the best tents of the year.

Tent Test Stats

Testers: 27
Nights out: 407
Miles hiked: 4,907
Longest trip: 3,100 miles (Continental Divide Trail)
Hottest temp: 110°F (Capitol Reef National Park, UT)
Coldest temp: 0°F (Chugach State Park, AK)
Worst weather: 48 hours of pouring rain that turned into a blizzard and dropped a foot of snow in Greenland
Highest camp: 19,490 ft. (Aconcagua)
Heaviest pack: 48 pounds
Strongest wind: 70 mph (Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada)

Best Tents

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