Best All-Season Backpacking Tent

Nemo Kunai 2P ($550)

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4 lbs. 5 oz.

82 x 50/41 in.

2P, 3P

Lightweight, warm, and strong. The Kunai is much burlier than a standard 3-season tent.

Overkill in the summer and not super roomy.

The majority of tents featured in this review are lightweight 3-season kinds, however, If you plan to backpack in more challenging conditions it is possible to increase your security. The only tent that is a bit below a complete winter-ready design is the Nemo Kunai. With a strong pole structure and significantly smaller mesh than its warmer-weather counterparts, the Kunai is sturdy and air-tight in the high winds. As the mercury increases, parts of the canopy open opening up mesh windows for circulation of air throughout the day. This isn’t a truly 4-season design (Nemo declares “3-4 years”) However, the Kunai is the perfect choice to use for camping in winter, skiing along the treeline, or for all-season backpackers seeking an enduring shelter.

If you’re looking for other tents with an equivalent description and are comparable to the Hilleberg Nallo below is a stunningly robust choice that can withstand extremely strong winds with ease. We are awestruck by Hilleberg tents and find them tough to destroy (compare the Nallo’s 70D floor to that of the 30D Nemo) however, in terms of practicality it’s not the best choice. Nallo is expensive at more than $800 and lacks a variety of venting alternatives. Also, Big Agnes makes a more hefty Expedition version of their famous Copper Spur, we’ve had excellent experiences using this model of the MSR Access over the years and REI has its  at a price of $449, but it’s very heavy, weighing in at 6 pounds. The above tents are all great for those who love to backpack throughout the year however, the Kunai offers a great balance between weight as well as price and flexibility.