Gear Institute Expert Test Menu

3-Person Backpacking Tents

MSR Freelite 3

89

2017

MSR Freelite 3

The MSR Freelite 3 is a freestanding, ultralight backpacking tent. 

Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL3

88

2017

Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL3

The Big Agnes Happy Hooligan UL3 is a lightweight, freestanding dome tent. 

REI Co-op Quarter Dome 3

84

2017

REI Co-op Quarter Dome 3

The REI Co-op Quarter Dome 3 is a lightweight, high-walled, freestanding dome tent. 

Eureka Midori 3

83

2017

Eureka Midori 3

The Eureka Midori 3 is a basic and tall freestanding dome tent. 

Kelty Gunnison 3.3

81

2017

Kelty Gunnison 3.3

The Kelty Gunnison 3.3 is a freestanding dome tent that is easy to set up. 

Vaude Campo 3P

76

2013

Vaude Campo 3P

This budget-priced shelter is just light enough to use as a backpacking tent on shorter trips.

NEMO Obi 3P

74

2013

NEMO Obi 3P

A really nice summer backpacking tent with excellent ventilation that may become an issue with weatherproofness.

Marmot Eclipse 3P Tent

71

2013

Marmot Eclipse 3P Tent

One of the easiest tents to set up. Carrying it is equally pain free, but we found it hard to make the fly bombproof in nasty weather.

Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 3 DP Tent

81

2014

Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 3 DP Tent

The lightest tent in the test it is also one of the burliest, a rare double feat.

Big Agnes Lone Spring 3

80

2013

Big Agnes Lone Spring 3

The Big Agnes Lone Spring 3 offers a great deal for a solid tent that we feel comfortable hauling into the mountains for three seasons of use.

Bergans Compact Light 3P

76

2013

Bergans Compact Light 3P

A three season backpacking tent based on the Arctic expedition worthy tunnel design.