Backcountry Tents: Take Two
By Rob Lyon
Multi-day kayaking and canoeing are as much about how to spend the night as they are where to paddle.Having the right backcountry tent, tarp or even hammock really can allow the paddler to have a good night, sleep tight, and rest sure the bugs can’t bite.
Two types of tents exist on the market. On the one end of backcountry tents are the clydesdale workhorses: the ones that’ll get you through the hardest downpours and strongest winds. Then for those who like to paddle light or explore areas where a max shelter just isn’t necessary, a smaller, lighter, well-ventilated tent, tarp or tee-pee might be an excellent choice.
Either way you’ll want the highest quality shelter you can find. Quality work is not solely the domain of high-end mountaineering tents, but there is a lot more crap put out marketed for less demanding, recreational use. So knowing which tents offer exactly what you want will allow you to spend your days enjoying the water instead of ruminating over the night not-so-well spent in the tent.
We’ve added to the original list and now have tents listed as 4-Season and 3-Season. Excellent warranties exist from all manufacturer’s listed here.
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|4 Season Shelters|
|3 Season Shelters|
|Hyperlite Mountain Gear|
|The North Face|
|MSR Carbon Flex 3|