Backcountry Tents: Take Two

An expanded version of the best tent, tarp, and bivy options for the boating trips.

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Photo: Steve Thomsen

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
Big Agnes
Royal Flush
Hennessy
Hammock
Hilleberg
Staika
Integral Designs
Wedge
Big Agnes Royal Flush Hennessy Hammock Hilleberg Staika Integral Wedge Bivy
Kelty
Gunnison
Kelty
Noahs Tarp
Mountain Hardwear
Trango
Nemo
Moki
Kelty Gunnison Kelty Noahs Tarp Mountain Hardwear Trango Nemo Moki
Nemo
Gogo
Nemo
Pentalite
North Face
VE25
Sierra Designs
Meteor
Nemo GoGo Nemo Pentalite North Face VE25 Sierra Designs Meteor
3 Season Shelters
Nemo
Morpho 2
Kelty
Vista 3P
Mountain Hardwear
Hoopla 4
Hyperlite Mountain Gear
Echo II
Kelty Noahs Tarp Mountain Hardwear Trango Nemo Moki
The North Face
Topaz 2
Sierra Designs
Mojo 2
MSR Carbon Flex 3
Kelty Noahs Tarp Kelty Noahs Tarp

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