There is no single best hiking tent for all seasons and conditions. What defines an excellent backpacking tent is its capacity to withstand adverse weather conditions, offer maximum protection to its hiker and provide the least inconvenience in size and weight during the hike.
Choosing a backpacking tent
Take into consideration the following factors that contribute to a tent’s overall performance:
Lightweight with maximum protection. Backpacking tents should essentially be lightweight because a hiker will have to lug it around while on the trail. A few pounds difference in weight may seem inconsequential in theory but will make a big difference after a few hours, because you will tire easily. Although an ultra-lightweight tent may be desirable for the ease it’ll offer while hiking, it may not have the weight and stability needed by the weather conditions during camping. It is vital to know your personal needs as a hiker and the requirements necessitated by your destination in order to strike a balance in your choice of a tent.
Sufficient size. Your tent should be able to accommodate your full stature for utmost comfort during camping. Further, it should have enough leg room and space for gear storage.
Good Ventilation. A tent is an enclosed space and it can easily get stuffy and claustrophobic inside. A good ventilation feature should allow air to freely circulate inside when needed. Tents with a built in mesh ceiling, windows, or doors are recommended.
Gear space and cooking area. Your backpacking tent should allow you to store gear in an area that is not obtrusive to your sleeping quarters. It should also allow cooking when the weather will not permit open fire outside of the tent’s premises.