Best Backpacker Tents 2022

07_Best_Backpacker_Robens_SWinner – Robens 93%
Runner up – Quechua 91%


2020: Quechua
2019: Vango
2017: Vango

Highly Commended

2020: Vango
2019: Terra Nova, Quechua
2018: Robens, Quechua
2017: Quechua

2022 Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards update

These are tents designed to be carried by individuals on walking (or cycling) trips. Ease of use is critical here – in terms of carrying, packing away and pitching on a nightly basis during trips away – as well as weight. These are products that must perform.

There has been a bit of a shake up in the Backpacker category this time. Robens has taken the top spot with 93% satisfaction while last year’s winner Quechua dropped a percentage point to 91% and now sits as runner up.

There are lots of technical tents in the backpackers category – tents designed to perform in all weather conditions – but high quality, specialist brands such as Terra Nova and Hilleberg didn’t produce enough responses to be measured.

2020 Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards update

Vango’s winning streak in this category (it topped the class for three consecutive years) has come to a close. Quechua was our winner this time around, with 92% satisfaction, with its nearest rival settling for 89%. Coincidentally, 92% was Quechua’s score last year, when it was in joint third place (with Terra Nova).

2019 Tent Owner Satisfaction Awards update

A third win in a row confirms Vango as the King of the Backpackers. For 2019, its tents managed a 91% satisfaction score – its Trekking and XD Trekking ranges, along with specialist Force Ten models and some of the more mainstream Adventure tents all contributing to the overall success.

Terra Nova has pushed its way into the top three for the first time, and third-placed Quechua scored the same 87%. Weight is the key determinant in this class, followed by size and then price. Terra Nova is one of only two brands in the whole survey where owners said they would 100% recommend others to buy.