A good tent is the most serious investment most hikers make. Unlike footwear, you won't be replacing them every year or two, and unlike a sleeping bag or a backpack, you'll be sharing them with friends. Luckily, you don't need to spend a lot to get a lot with these budget palaces.
Best Pitch: Slumberjack Nightfall 2
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The highlight of this tent is the external pitch, which means the poles are on the outside of the fly: “The inside stayed dry even when I set it up during a downpour in the Gore Range,” reports our Colorado tester. Bonus: The tent body easily disconnects for a fly-only pitch. Read the full review.