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Features (See links below and camping magiznes and books for others)
Standard tents are double wall design with a bug-proof inner with lots of netting for ventelation and a water proof rain fly.
Lightweight tents consist of a tarp, which may be supported by hiking poles or ropes beteween trees and a ground cloth under your sleeping bag.
Another option is to use the rain fly only from a double wall tent with a footprint, which doubles as protection for the bottom of the double wall tent. The footprint has gromets to hold the tent poles.
Bivy sacks fit right over your sleeping bag with little room to spare and are usually made with Gore-Tex to shed the rain but breath.
See Types of Tents at the AMC.
The rain fly comes closer to the
ground on most double wall tents.
2.5-3 pounds $150-$250 (1-person)
MSR E-Wing 6 oz $80
2 Person, 3-Season, Backpacking Tents
Max Weight sometimes means package weight (shipping wt. )
Some manufacturers also list a "Fastbpack" weight for fly, poles and groundcloth only. Weight is pounds - ounces
sf - square feet
Hgt - Headroom (peak height) in feet - inches
* MSR Missing Link is a lean-to single wall structure with open door and awning in front. Uses trekking poles.
1-person 3-season backpacking
How to Choose a Backpacking Tent: Expert Advice from REI
Outdoor Product on-line mail order stores
Google Search for tent reviews
Find Tents at Backpacker magazine
2005 Tent Reviews at Outside Online
Buying Tents at AMC
Single Wall Tents at Backpacking Lignt