If you are a fan of spending nights and days out Bikepacking, then you will almost certainly be in need of a place where you are able to rest your head and relax after a days journey. A tent can provide you this place, but what kind of tent should you be bringing with you?
Within this article, we will showcase to you some great options for Bikepacking tents and what considerations you should be making when coming to a conclusion on which Bikepacking tent is best for you.
For Bikepacking tents you will often find that there is actually quite a big difference in price across different products, ranging from just over $50 to just below $200 for a 1-2 person tent. This is because of a few different reasons that we will go over in the following paragraphs.
To begin with, purely just the amount of materials used in the construction of the tent is going to have a decent effect on the overall price.
Larger tents that house more people will often have a larger price tag due to the fact that manufacturers will have had to use more material, whereas smaller tents that house less people will be able to shave a bit of the price off as they use less material overall.
Another major reason for a difference in price is the features that a tent may offer. For example, if a tent has been made using a waterproofing technique that is top-tier, then it will usually reflect this in the price as the more effective the waterproofing the more it will cost to produce.
Durable materials will also usually come at an increased cost and so if you are looking at a durable tent product, say one that is made out of high-density ripstop silnylon, then you may find that you will end up paying more.
When going Bikepacking you may be wondering what size of the tent will be the best pick for you. This depends a little bit on how many people are joining you in your Bikepacking adventure and how much space you individually require.
In our opinion, we would say the best size tent for a solo bikepacker would have to be a 1-2 person tent and we will tell you why. With a 1-2 person tent, you are given some space to breathe as well as more options for your storage.
Say for example you were expecting light and sunny weather and so you didn't bring a tarp for your bike to shelter it, then as you go to set up camp it starts to rain. With the extra room that a 1-2 person tent will provide you, a shelter for your bike is close at hand allowing you to keep it dry and ready to go after the night is over.
Of course, if you are extensively organized and are sure that a 1 person tent will do, then by all means feel free to use one. We simply recommend a 1-2 person tent because of the added utility it can provide.
When considering what size tent to get for a group of people there are a few things to consider, does everyone have their own tent already, is it going to be a cold night, and do we all have cover for our bikes?
If everyone is to sleep separately in their own tents, then the previous recommendation of 1-2 person tents will still stand. However, on cold nights it can be more efficient for all Bikepackers to stay in the same tent to help improve efficiency with heat and keep everyone warm.
In this case, it would be recommended to take a look at the number of people going and get a tent that can house everyone and then give it some headroom. For example, if a group of 4 are going Bikepacking and the weather conditions are uncertain, using a 5-6 person tent.
This will allow you to be able to house everyone on a regular night, and then when if the weather should turn, gives you room to store your bikes and conserve warmth.
As you are on your Bikepacking journey, you will appreciate that making sure you balance the weight of your equipment is rather important. After all, you don't want to tire yourself out before you have even reached your campsite.
Getting a lightweight tent for Bikepacking is an easy way to cut out some unnecessary weight from your luggage and your body will thank you for it on those long journeys where every ounce counts.
Getting tents that utilize mesh materials and vents is a great way to keep things like as well as using things like lightweight aluminum for the tent poles and pegs.
Keeping the tent size in relation to the number of people is also a great way to keep weight down.
Even though it may seem like a good idea to bring your 4 man tent on a solo Bikepacking expedition, you will most definitely wish you had brought something that won't weigh you down.
To conclude, whether you are bikepacking in a group or are going it alone, there will be a Bikepacking Tent out there with your name on it.
Hopefully, this article has been useful giving you some helpful advice for choosing a tent and showcased you some great potential options.