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What’s The Best Cycle Touring & Bikepacking Tent? (2024 Edition)

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Welcome to my introduction to tent choice for the touring cyclist or bikepacker, in which I, a real person with actual experience of the thing I’m writing about, will explain the key qualities you’re looking for in a tent for this specific purpose, and suggest a range of tents for all budgets which are available around the world.

Before we get to the good stuff, though, there’s one important thing to know:

There’s currently no established category of tents specifically for cycle touring and bikepacking.

If you’ve already spent some time researching, you’ll have noticed that most tents seem to be designed and marketed for hiking, backpacking, mountaineering, car camping, and general outdoor pursuits, rather than specifically for cycle tours and bikepacking trips.

You might find the occasional exception to this rule, such as MSR’s new-for-2024 Hubba Hubba Bikepack series. But it doesn’t take much investigation to reveal that these are the same old Hubba Hubba backpacking tents with shorter pole sections, different carry sacks, and lots of marketing spin, rather than new tents designed from the ground(sheet) up for cyclists.

And the lightweight tent market is a crowded one. Walk into REI or Decathlon or any other large, high-street outdoor gear retailer and you’ll find a huge range of tent options, from ultralight shelters through to heavyweight family tents, freestanding domes to tunnels and teepees, tents with ventilation and bug-mesh or with snow cowls and snow stakes, double-wall and single-wall tents, tents with or without awnings or footprints – and at prices from next to nothing up hundreds of pounds or dollars. 

Yes – it can be hard to know where to start. (That’s why I originally wrote this post back in 2013, before the AI chatbots took over.)

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And why the focus on people with cars and backpacks rather than bicycles? Simple: the market is much, much bigger. It’s about profit margins. Bikepacking may be growing in popularity, but bicycle travellers still sit on the margins, and are lucky if they get more than a quick mention in the product description.

The truth is that you’ll be lucky to find any tent designed specifically with cycle tourers and bikepackers in mind. 

Given that, it’s natural to start searching for trustworthy recommendations when choosing a tent for cycle touring or bikepacking – which I’m guessing is how you arrived here.

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Here’s another important thing to remember:

‘Best’ means nothing outside the context of your  bike trip. Every ride is different.

So before you go any deeper into researching the best tent for a cycle tour or bikepacking trip, take a moment to ask yourself:

  • Are you hunting for a cheap tent for a short overnight bike adventure close to home, or investing in a long-lasting tent for a transcontinental or round-the-world tour ?
  • Are you a heavyweight tourer who likes plenty of living space and room for luggage, a minimalist ultralight bikepacker, or somewhere in between?
  • Do you have racks and panniers to take bulky and heavy loads, or are you bikepacking with frame luggage, handlebar harnesses and fork cages alone?
  • Do you plan on staying mostly at nice campsites with perfect tent pitches, or wild camping in the woods with your own stove and cookware ?
  • Are you planning a fair-weather ride in good weather, or will you encounter winter temperatures , strong winds, high altitudes, or other extreme conditions?

As I mentioned, there are many tried-and-tested tents for cycling and camping adventures that have proven themselves on a massive range of journeys.

But if you want to delve any deeper, you’ll find there’s no real ‘best tent for cycle touring or bikepacking’ until you’ve asked yourself the questions above.

If you haven’t answered them, now’s the time to do so. And if you’re struggling to find clear answers, I’ve written introductions to the what , where , when , who and how of adventure cycle touring and bikepacking to help you do so.

I once rode the length of England without no money ( long story ), sleeping in a Tesco Value 2‑berth tent I got from a recycling centre. Another time I pedalled off-road through a stormy Mongolian springtime with a stormproof German tent costing hundreds of Euros. And before that, my wife and I shared a spacious 3‑person freestanding tent as we traversed the campgrounds of Europe. On each occasion, the tent I was using was the “best” tent for the job. You get the picture.

Okay. Got a clear idea of what kind of bike trip you’re going on? Great! Read on…

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What Type Of Tent Is Best For Cycle Touring & Bikepacking?

I’ve spent a long time (too long, probably) looking at cyclists’ tent-buying trends over the last couple of decades I’ve been exploring the world on two wheels.

And I can tell you with confidence that the most popular kind of cycle touring or bikepacking tent for a solo rider is a freestanding, double-walled, 2‑berth, 3‑season tent in an inconspicuous shade of green , weighing 1–2kg (2–4 pounds), striking a balance between comfort, durability and weight, strapping neatly to a rear rack or a handlebar harness, with room inside for the rider and the most valuable bits of their luggage, and space in the awning for more. (The bike itself can stay outside.)

For a couple or pair , it’s the 3‑berth model of the same tent.

And for a solo ultralight rider , it’s the 1‑berth model.

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If you asked me to pick just one range of tents that ticks all of these boxes, it would be MSR’s Hubba Hubba range, which is available in 1‑, 2- and 3‑berth models.

( Click here to skip down to the full details, photos, and manufacturer links for the MSR Hubba Hubba range).

I’ve used and abused many tents in the Hubba Hubba range over the years, including a 2014 2‑berth Hubba Hubba NX, a 2012 1‑berth Hubba, and a 2010 3‑berth Mutha Hubba HP. They’re heavily patched-up with seam seal and repair tape, but I still use all of them regularly (see the photos above).

If you don’t have any highly specialised requirements and you’re looking for a top-quality tent you can simply grab and ride out the door with, the MSR Hubba Hubba range is what I’d usually recommend.

As a bonus, being of the free-standing variety of tents, they’re extremely easy to pitch, making them ideal for newcomers to frequent camping in varied conditions.

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How Do Tents For Cyclists Differ From Tents For Hikers & Backpackers?

Before I start listing the best cycle touring and bikepacking tents, I’ll briefly explain how tent-buying priorities for cyclists differ from, say, long-distance hikers, and how that might affect your choice.

The first big difference is that packed weight and volume is usually less important for cyclists.

On a bike trip, you have a two wheeled, pedal-powered vehicle to carry your gear, rather than shouldering the burden yourself. This means – generally speaking – you can consider bigger, heavier tents that will allow you to live more comfortably, fare better in bad weather, last longer, and possibly cost less too.

Long-distance thru-hikers in particular are often concerned with minimising their base pack weight, and for that reason sometimes carry single-skin shelters held up by carbon-fibre trekking poles that weigh just a few hundred grams. Unless you’re hoping to win an endurance bikepacking race, you probably won’t be sharing this obsession. (But in case you are, there are suggestions below for ultralight tents for bikepacking too.)

A second difference is that cyclists often camp close to roads, as well as in the backcountry. 

This brings with it slightly different priorities when it comes to visibility .

Many hikers prefer to be as visible as possible in remote landscapes in case of needing assistance. Cyclists just as often want the opposite: to be able to wild camp (or stealth camp) undetected , close to civilisation when necessary. For that reason, the colour of the pitched tent often factors into the buying decision.

This is less of a concern for remote, off-road riding in wilderness areas where you’re going to be a long way from people. But because trips like this often involve road sections too, both cycle tourers and off-road bikepackers are served best by tents suited to both scenarios.

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A third, although marginal, difference is that hikers have the ability to pitch ultralight shelters which use trekking poles for structure. 

If you’re on a bike, some of these shelters may seem to offer a fabulously lightweight and packable solution for a bikepacking expedition. But you’ll have to buy/make/bring an additional set of poles to set them up. These poles will have no other use, which cancels out the weight savings. If reducing your luggage is really your top priority, consider using the bike itself to support a tarp shelter .

The Best Cycle Touring & Bikepacking Tents For 2024

To the listings!

The following tents are specifically recommended for cycle touring and bikepacking , and have been extensively road-tested by the community.

Models in this list come from a variety of manufacturers worldwide, so whether you’re reading this article in the UK or Europe, the USA or Canada, Australia, or elsewhere, there’ll probably be options here you can find locally, as well as online.

Some of these recommendations are inspired by my interviews with highly experienced riders who have spent countless miles and years road-testing these tents. Others are tents that frequently appear in trip reports and receive unanimously positive reviews from real-world users. The listings are fully updated to reflect the latest models and prices for the 2024 season.

We’ll start with low-budget tents for short and simple trips, move on to the most popular tents in the mid-range for general cycle touring and bikepacking service, and work our way up to the most durable lightweight tents for world-ranging rides of months or years.

To finish, we’ll looking at a few examples of specialist tents suited to the weight and pack size restrictions faced by ultralight bikepackers with minimal frame luggage (though this niche is not my usual focus).

For each tent, you’ll find links to manufacturer’s websites where you can get detailed, up-to-date specifications. Wherever possible, I’ve included links to online retailers in the UK, USA, Australia, and Canada offering the best deals I can find (affiliate links are marked with an asterisk; you can find out more about my affiliate policy here ).

These are not the only tents that’ll do the job. In fact, the tent you already have in the garage/basement/attic/storage unit might be perfectly adequate, as you don’t really need any of this fancy gear anyway .

But I can promise you the listing below represent the very best of what the global cycle touring and bikepacking community is using today.

Wild Country Zephyros Compact 2 (UK, £230)

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Wild Country is the budget marque of the premium British manufacturer Terra Nova. The 1.95kg  Zephyros Compact 2 takes more than a little inspiration from Hilleberg’s Akto, a favourite high-end tent for minimalists since it was popularised by TV outdoorsman Ray Mears. It requires staking out at each end, but you get a lot of interior space for a reasonably low weight and with a single pole supporting a single-pitch structure. 

The “Compact” tag was added to the name in 2020, with the tent now featuring shorter pole sections for a more convenient 30×16cm packed shape for bikepacking luggage and small panniers, as is fast becoming the trend.

There’s also a 1‑berth version which weighs in at 1.65kg, but in my opinion – especially given the small awning – the 300g you’d save isn’t worth the loss of interior storage space for your gear, unless minimising weight is your number one priority.

  • Exclusive to Tom’s Bike Trip readers : Get 20% off the Wild Country Zephyros Compact 2 on the Terra Nova website when you use the voucher code TOMA20 at checkout.
  • The Wild Country Zephyros Compact 2 is also available online or in-store in the UK from Go Outdoors ,  Snow + Rock and  Cotswold Outdoor , or online-only from Amazon . Try for second-hand offers.
  • Wild Country is a British brand, so (especially post-Brexit) this tent is quite hard to find elsewhere in the world.

Alpkit Ordos 2 (UK, £235)

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Direct retailer and manufacturer Alpkit have made a splash in the UK bikepacking and cycle touring scene with their Ordos ultralight 3‑season wedge tents. I used one on a traverse of the central highlands of Armenia , and I’d still be using it if it hadn’t later been trampled by a herd of cattle.

With 2- and 3‑berth models available and a choice of a red or green rainfly, the lightweight Ordos tents – just 1.4kg for the 2‑berth and 1.7kg for the 3‑berth in their most minimal configurations – are roomy, practical, well-ventilated, easy to pitch, and reasonably priced, doing best in warmer weather.

The classic wedge design echoes classic tents such as the Vaude Hogan UL from Germany (see below) and Big Agnes Seedhouse from the USA. It’s not quite freestanding but close enough for most real-world scenarios, requiring a minimum of four stakes for a good pitch.

The most recent versions of the Ordos feature shorter-section collapsible poles, making the 42cm-long pack shape and size slightly more handlebar harness-friendly (though still not as friendly as other tents in this list).

  • Order the Alpkit Ordos 2 or Ordos 3 direct from Alpkit in the UK or with worldwide delivery.
  • Also try eBay for rare second-hand models.

REI Co-Op Quarter Dome SL 1/2/3 (USA, $330/350/400)

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If your tour is beginning in the States and you need a new set of camping gear, you’d do well to head to the nearest branch of REI .

REI is a well-known outdoor co-operative manufacturing a range of top-rated gear and selling it without the third-party mark-up, so you get a lot for your money. Sign up as a lifetime member of the co-op and you’ll also get 10% of your spend back in store credit at the end of each year, as well as free delivery and various other benefits.

Their ultralight, semi-freestanding Quarter Dome, available in 1‑berth (2lb 6oz / 1.1kg), 2‑berth (2lb 14oz / 1.5kg) and 3‑berth (4lb 9oz / 2.1kg) versions, was the most popular cycle touring tent among Stateside riders in my most recent survey of cycle touring and bikepacking tents (though I have not yet slept in one personally).

The mesh inner can be pitched fully freestanding for warmer weather and stargazing, with the rainfly needing just a couple of (included) stakes.

Expect plentiful headroom, excellent build quality and one of the best warranties you’ll find in the outdoor equipment industry.

  • Buy the REI Co-Op Quarter Dome range online from in the USA , or in-store from one of 132 retail locations in the lower 48.
  • Try for second-hand models of this popular range of tents.

MEC Spark 2.0 1/2/3P (Canada, CA$375/475/575)

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Looking for a tent for a cycle tour originating in Canada? The Spark 2.0 range of tents from Canadian gear retailer MEC comes in 1‑, 2- and 3‑berth versions at a very reasonable weight for the price – the solo 1‑berth version weighs just 1.34kg packed.

With a familiar looking freestanding dome-shaped design, the 2- and 3‑berth models each have two doors and two vestibules for easy access to extra storage for panniers and other luggage. All models feature a 3000mm waterproof, 30D polyester ripstop fly (ie: industry-standard waterproof material) to protect you from the heaviest of North American springtime downpours.

And because the Spark 2.0 range is designed, manufacturerd and sold direct by Canada’s largest gear retailer, each model also works out considerably cheaper than similar tents from better-known brands, and is covered by MEC’s ‘rock solid’ guarantee.

  • Get the MEC Spark 2.0 tent online from the MEC website or from any of their 22 retail stores across Canada.

MSR Elixir 1–4 (Worldwide, £250–380 / US$320–490 / CA$350–635)

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If saving weight is not of utmost importance, and you’re looking to save money, but you still want a quality tent from a reputable brand, the  MSR Elixir range is a very good bet (click for Europe / USA / Canada official manufacturer webpages).

These tents have a very similar freestanding dome structure and a range of 1- to 4‑berth variants – similar to the much-loved Hubba Hubba range (see below) but for significantly lower prices. Why? They’re considerably heavier: 2.77kg compared to 1.76kg in the case of the 2‑berth Elixir versus the 2‑berth Hubba. That’s almost 60% more weight, although we’re still only talking the equivalent of a 1‑litre water bottle. For a fully-loaded rider carrying a tent on a rear rack, that’s a marginal difference, though the 51cm-long packed size will exclude it from many bikepacking handlebar harness setups.

Slightly more spacious than the Hubba Hubbas, and with a more complex pole structure, you can expect the Elixir tents to last even longer than their more expensive brethren. As such, they’d be an excellent choice for fully-loaded riders heading off on long-haul trips where maximum durability is key.

UK/European markets get a choice of green or grey rainfly while North Americans are, for unknown reasons, stuck with grey.

  • Buy the MSR Elixir range in-store or online in the UK from Go Outdoors , Snow + Rock , Cotswold Outdoor or Ellis Brigham . Online retailers include OutdoorGear UK , Amazon and .
  • Buy the MSR Elixir range online in the USA direct from MSR or from REI , Amazon or . Don’t forget REI also have 132 retail locations across the contiguous US.
  • Buy the MSR Elixir range online in Canada direct from MSR or from MEC , Amazon or . Again, MEC have numerous retail locations where you may be able to see the MSR Elixir pitched before you buy.

MSR Hubba Hubba 1/2/3P + Bikepack editions (Worldwide, £385/445/650 / $470/550/630)

Stock photo of an MSR Hubba Hubba Bikepack 1P tent without rainfly next to a bike

In the long term, the MSR Hubba Hubba range ( Europe / USA / Canada webpages) is possibly the all-time most recommended series of tents among the global community of cycle tourers and bikepackers, as mentioned in the introduction. As a result, it has spawned a thousand cheap and inferior imitations .

Riders love the generous headroom, the inner mesh pockets, the vast luggage awnings, and the low packed volume and weight.

The range features 1‑, 2- and 3‑berth models (all three of which are pictured above) and has been updated several times over the years as tent technology evolves. For 2024 the range has been slightly expanded with the addition of “Bikepack” editions of the 1- and 2‑berth tents (but not the 3‑berth), almost identical to the regular models but with shorter pole sections, a packed size and shape better suited to handlebar harnesses, a dark green rainfly, and a slightly higher price tag.

The MSR Hubba Hubba range aims to strike that finest of balances between weight, comfort and durability. In other words, they’re neither the lightest, biggest, nor longest-lasting tents in this list, but you’re unlikely to find fault with the end result.

Since 2022, the North American models (pictured above) have come with a “Sahara” yellow-tan rainfly, replacing the light grey of previous “NX” iterations.

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In Europe (where the range still goes by the old “NX” naming scheme), grey and green rainflys are still available. If you have a choice, I’d recommend green for more inconspicuous wild camping .

A solo fully-loaded cycle tourer might go for the 3lb 4oz / 1.5kg, 2‑berth Hubba Hubba 2P , or the Bikepack edition of the same tent, which may also suit those bikepacking in pairs . This is my personal go-to tent for most scenarios.

Couples with a full luggage setup will probably prefer the spacious 1.7kg, 3‑berth Hubba Hubba 3P . This is my and my wife’s preferred tent when we ride together.

Ultralight solo bikepackers will likely go for the 1‑berth Hubba Hubba Bikepack with a minimum packed weight of 2lb 13oz / 0.93kg. I took an older version of this tent down the US West Coast a few years back and wrote this review .

There has in the past been a 4‑berth variant called the Papa Hubba, but it isn’t part of the current range.

Expect MSR tents to last many years if well looked-after, with top-quality weatherproofing, well-designed ventilation, superb build quality, and super-easy setup, with a variety of pitching options for different climates, including inner-only and fly/footprint-only. If you do encounter difficulties, warranty repairs or exchanges can be requested from MSR’s service centres in WA, USA and Ireland.

  • Buy the MSR Hubba Hubba range in-store or online in the UK from Go Outdoors , Cotswold Outdoor , Snow + Rock , or Ellis Brigham . Online-only retailers include Alpine Trek , OutdoorGear UK and Amazon . Also try for second-hand offers.
  • Buy the MSR Hubba Hubba range online in the USA direct from MSR or from REI (also in-store ) , Amazon or .
  • Buy the MSR Hubba Hubba range online in Canada direct from MSR or from MEC (also in-store ) , Amazon or .

Vaude Hogan UL (UK & Europe, £470/€500)

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Another tent that has stood the test of time, German brand Vaude’s classic Hogan UL 2‑berth tent was, back in 2007, my first real high-quality tent. I rode across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Mongolia with it for four years, so I guess you could say I’ve put it through its paces (read my very outdated original review here ).

At 1.9kg it’s not the lightest tent in this list, nor is it truly freestanding, but it is extremely durable, waterproof, with a decent-sized porch and a nice natural shade of green available for the fly. 

As with other wedge-shaped tents, it’s a little more sensitive to side winds than tunnel or geodesic (aka: dome) tents, so you’ll do well to be mindful of wind direction when pitching.

  • Buy the Vaude Hogan UL online in the UK dire c t from Vaude or from Amazon .
  • Buy the Vaude Hogan UL in its native Germany direct from Vaude or from .
  • Vaude doesn’t currently have an official distributor in North America or Australia.

Terra Nova Voyager (UK, £660)


A British design that’s been on the scene for decades, the semi-freestanding classic Voyager is a long-term favourite among round-the-world riders originating from the UK, in part because Terra Nova don’t feel the need to change the design of or discontinue perfectly good tents. This has allowed the Voyager to build up a second-to-none reputation. It’s the tent I would have bought at the start of my first round-the-world attempt if I could have afforded it!

With a packed weight of 2.15kg, lightness is not the Voyager’s top design priority – but instead, you get top-class construction and weatherproofing, loads of liveability, and extreme durability for years (decades!) of riding.

The Voyager’s inner tent can be pitched fully freestanding, so in good weather you’ll also be able to take advantage of its part-mesh construction for ventilation and views of the night sky.

  • Buy the Terra Nova Voyager online in the UK direct from Terra Nova , with an exclusive 20% reader discount when you use the voucher code TOMA20 at checkout.
  • The Terra Nova Voyager is also available in-store or online in the UK from  Cotswold Outdoor and Snow + Rock , or online only from and Amazon . Try . for second-hand offers and deals.
  • As with their subsidiary brand Wild Country, Terra Nova tents are not easily found outside the UK.

Hilleberg Nallo 2/3/GT (Sweden, £910+)


The most lusted after (and expensive) tents for long-haul trips for which durability is the key consideration are undoubtedly those in the Nallo range from Swedish tentmakers Hilleberg .

They’re not the most lightweight, nor the best choice for hot climates, but they do have an unmatched reputation for quality and longevity. Hilleberg have long resisted following the trend for ever lighter and more flimsy materials: these tents are among the most tried and tested in the world and will last – literally – for decades.

The Nallo 2  (2.4kg) is recommended for solo heavyweight tourers, with the Nallo 3 GT  (3.1kg) delivering luxury on-the-road living for couples and their luggage.

Other Hilleberg tents often seen on the road include the lighter 1.7kg  Akto  for soloists and bikepackers, and the freestanding and spacious 3.3kg  Allak 2 for couples and heavyweight tourers. The Swedish brand of course makes excellent winter tents, with the 2.4kg  Soulo standing out.

  • Buy the Hilleberg Nallo range in-store or online in the UK from Ellis Brigham or Tiso , or online-only from or . Always check for deals and second-hand offers.
  • Buy the Hilleberg Nallo range online in the USA from Moosejaw or , or for in-store locations see Hilleberg’s list of authorized dealers .
  • Hilleberg does not appear to have an official dealer in Canada , but you might as well check anyway.

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Ultralight Bikepacking Tents

The following tents are included in this list as examples of shelters that have either been developed with bikepacking in mind or crossed over from thru-hiking circles because they’re the lightest and most packable shelters you can get.

The range of minimalist tents and shelters serving this niche has only grown with the rise of bikepacking , so consider this a sample of the kind of options you’ll find if you start digging deeper into this market. It is certainly not an exhaustive list: for that, you’ll have to visit a specialist bikepacking gear blog.

You’ll find some of the lighter tents from the list above – such as the Alpkit Ordos 2 or the MSR Hubba Hubba Bikepack 1P – making their way onto bikepacking kit lists , possibly in stripped-down form.

Six Moon Designs Lunar Solo (USA, $260)

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Weighing just 680g (that’s the same as a full, standard-sized cycling water bottle), the single-pole, single-wall Lunar Solo relies on being staked out and requires you to supply your own pole (it’s designed to be used with a trekking pole). It’s never going to be as comfortable as a double-wall tent with a geodesic structure – but if you’re OK with that, it’s difficult to imagine a more minimal shelter that isn’t a bivvy bag.

  • Get the Lunar Solo direct from Six Moon Designs in the USA , or from Ultralight Outdoor Gear in the UK .

Terra Nova Starlite (UK, £655)

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Launched in 2018, the Terra Nova Starlite series, available in 1‑, 2- and 3‑berth options, was one of the first British tents specifically designed with bikepacking in mind. Aside from striking a great combination of weight and weather-resistance, the 2‑berth Starlite 2 weighs just 1.5kg and, thanks to a reduction in pole section length, has a packed length of just 29cm. This means it’ll fit easily into a small pannier, or strap to your handlebars using the stuff-sack’s integrated webbing loops.

Some might consider its non-freestanding tunnel design a negative, but in the type of climate and terrain it’s designed for, staking it out really shouldn’t be a problem if you choose your pitch accordingly. Once up, it’s as roomy as you’d expect from a tunnel tent and very stable. That the optional footprint extends to cover the awning floor is a nice bonus.

  • Read my long-term review of the Starlite 2 here .
  • Get the Terra Nova Starlite 2 in the UK direct from Terra Nova , with a exclusive 20% discount when you use the voucher code TOMA20 .
  • The Terra Nova Starlite 2 is also available online in the UK from  Amazon , , and possibly elsewhere.
  • As previously noted, Terra Nova products are hard to find outside of the UK.

More Tents For Cycle Touring & Bikepacking

If that’s not enough of a selection, try the following, which have also been recommended by readers of this blog:

  • Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2  (USA, $530)
  • Decathlon Forclaz MT900 Trekking Dome Tent 2P (UK/Europe, £220)
  • Macpac Minaret 2P  (New Zealand, NZ$900)
  • Marmot Tungsten  (Worldwide, $214)
  • Nordisk Telemark 2.2 PU  (Denmark)

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I have also happily cycled the length of England with a Tesco Value tent I rescued from the local household recycling centre, because remember:  you don’t actually need any of this fancy stuff .

Which tent(s) have you successfully used on tours or bikepacking trips? Let us know in the comments .

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136 responses to “what’s the best cycle touring & bikepacking tent (2024 edition)”.

Juan Luis Galeano avatar

¡Hola¡ Ahora tengo 71 años y empecé mis aventuras hace siete años. La tienda que me compré fue una Nallo 4GT ¡Enorme! pero cada ciclista es un mundo. Lo máximo que he estado han sido 15 días, en Francia y en invierno (finales de noviembre principios de diciembre de Toulouse a Royan y vuelta). Cuando viajo sólo hago camping “salvaje” muchas veces. Mi esposa se ha apuntado y vamos los dos. Nuestro territorio es España, Alemania pero sobre todo Francia. Uso una tienda grande y cómoda porque al final del día (podemos llegar a hacer 70 km) deseamos descansar, cenar bien y dormir confortablemente y tranquilos. Hemos tenido vientos muy fuertes y la tienda no se ha inmutado, así como mas de seis horas de lluvia torrencial y no ha entrado nada de agua. Con temperaturas bajo cero, es interesante porque dentor de la tienda hay unos 5 grados mas que en el exterior. En verano es muy calurosa, pero solo la usamos del atardecer al amanecer. Ahora han empezado a fallar las cremalleras (punto débil de Hilleberg) y hemos comprado una Keron 4GT, (La espero en tres dias) a veces la Nallo en su parte baja tocaba el saco de dormir y se mojaba este. Al año hacemos unas siete salidas y recorremos vias verdes. Encantado de compartir nuestras experiencias

Jon avatar

Have you taken a look at the Ventour Wisp? Interesting set up and less than 1kg.

Morgan avatar

Hey Tom, any thoughts on the Naturehike Cloud Up 2?

Simon avatar

Hi Tom, year ago i saw a Lonely Planet book On cycling 9 or so European countries starting up in the Alps or Switzerland. I can’t find it at LP and twice I had it in my hand planning to buy it but finds we’re tight at the time Regards Simon

Tom avatar

I also have a Lonely Planet guide to cycling France somewhere… I think it was last updated in 2009.

Ian avatar

Hi again Tom. I’ve been reading your tent recommendations — useful thinking. 

I just want to share that over the past 5–10 years I’ve done a number of bike trips, and I normally just buy a cheap two-man tent from Tesco or an online retailer if my last tent is gone. Each costs around £20+ sterling and I often give them away to a local at the end of the trip. So far they’ve worked a treat and have more than once stood up to storms, hail, snow, etc. Like you say, you don’t always need expensive stuff. 

That said, always aim to be safe…

Tom Allen avatar

Thank you Ian! Those on a budget would do well to heed this advice. For what it’s worth, I also used a Tesco 2‑person tent on a tour (I bought it used from the local tip) and it worked perfectly well through a rainy English spring. That said, I wouldn’t rely on it for, say, a crossing of Patagonia… ?

Mike Gryczan avatar

HI All, Does anyone have any experience with Kammok hammock tents? Sunda 2.0 seems like a nice option, pricey imo. But is it worth the $?

Jen avatar

Hi. Thanks for the advices. Cracking website. I’ve just discovered it. Very useful.

Depending when and where we cycle we use a tent or a tarp. We’ve been travelling by bike since 24/30 years.

Hilleberg’s Nallo 2 GT : Scotland, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Baltic countries. For spring or summer 4 to 5 weeks trips. Great comfort and space. Bombproof. But heavy. And bulky.

Mountain Equipment AR UL 2 : France from late spring to early fall. 1 to 3 weeks trips. Very good tent. Pity ME does not produce tents anymore. Sturdy, reliable, compact, light. A bit stuffy inside : bags or paniers sleep out. We also use it for hiking trips.

DD Hammocks Superlight tarp 2.9 × 3 m : France. From late spring in the South, to early fall. We spent more than 2 weeks in French “Bretagne” under it and it was absolutely great, even under bad weather. Very large protection against rain. But not when humidity fell… We also used it during two weeks on the EV8 route along the Mediterranean coast. Brilliant. In fact, since I changed my old Scico paniers for Alpkit bags, I tend to take the lightest shelter as possible. Unfortunately, I’m not sure 😉 we’ll be able to travel in Scotland under a tarp in summer, and the ME is also a wee small for this rainy destination.

Rachel avatar

We’re using a Wild Country Hoolie 6 for cycle touring as a family of four. It ticked all our boxes — packs small enough to fit easily in our trailer, light enough (7kgs) has two sleeping areas, height to stand up, loads of storage space, space for the kids to bring a couple of friends, and roomy enough inside to contemplate sitting out bad weather for a few days, whilst being a pretty functional 3‑season tent. There were a couple of other tents on our wishlist which were either too expensive for us to contemplate, or simply unavailable when we needed to get our tent, but a couple of years on from purchase, we’re very happy so far with it.

Gareth Clarke avatar

Hi Tom, I really enjoyed the article and I too have spent many a comfortable, and uncomfortable, night in a MSR Hubba Hubba 2P. I picked it up secondhand 5 years ago and it has served me well (we’re even using it yesterday on Islay) but I now need a bit more waterproofing in my tent life. I do like the USA-style tents with high walls, roomy inner, 2 doors, etc and I’m leaning towards a brand-new MSR Hubba, a Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 or even a Sierra Designs Meteor 3000 which I’ve only just read about and has been tweaked with Northern European weather in mind! Also the SD is a bargain!! I spend 100+ nights a year under canvas, either backpacking or biketouring, and most of those are in the UK so waterproofing is essential and of course the ability to stand up in strong winds. Are there any others to consider in this category style?

You might try the REI Quarter Dome, or Hilleberg’s Allak (not the lightest)… but if you’re happy with the Hubba Hubba then why change it? 🙂

Phil Binns avatar

Banshee Update to comment posted on July 28, 2016! The seam sealant worked. Continued using the tent until 2019 when I bought a Vango Tempest as I needed to store muddy panniers inside a tent vestibule on campsites. As expected the Tempest is fine. Because of Covid my Tempest is trapped in Germany so I have got out the old Banshee to see if I can UK tour with it this summer. Put up in Garden for seveal days now to check it out and its still good! Groundsheet ants bite holes fixed with Gorilla Tape. Money saving tip if you want a footprint to put under your groundsheet. Use builders roofing under sheet cut to size its very tough light and thin — started doing this a few years ago. Most roofers have huge rolls of the stuff and can easily spare a couple of meters.

Thanks for the tip, Phil!

Nick Mariën avatar

Anyone experience with wickiiup tipi tents?

Not personally. Anyone else?

Arja avatar

Hi Tom! Thanks for this website and greetings from Finland. I would like to add the Norwegian Helsport Ringstind 1–2 to the premium ultralight category for solo riders. Used it last summer for my 6 week bike tour and even though it is not self-standing, it is quick to set up and as the inner tent can remain connected to the outer, everything will stay dry even if pitched in the rain (+ it has excellent ventilation). The vestibule is just big enough for two panniers + some other items. Footprint is sold separately. The tent is nice and long even for taller riders. I also bought the Helsport Bitihorn superlight tarp to extend the camp area in bad weather, as the tent is a bit too compact for anything other than sleeping.

Fred avatar

Entire sleeping system under 4 pounds. If you want to go minimalist on weight but not sactifice comfort, there is the Nemo Ultralight 1p at 812g or 2p at 935g. Its made by a New Hampshire company (USA), very high quality, lifetime warranty. I use it for bike packing. Except for the light poles, the entire tent fills half of a 3.5 liter Salsa Everything Bag. I also use Sea to Summit Spark Ultralight sleeping bag (extra long) which can be packed in a second Salsa Everything Bag and still give room for sleeping pad. Usually I can carry tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow and towel in two Salsa bags that weighs in at under 4 pounds. I stick the tent poles in the frame bag just under the top tube. Keep on peddeling! Fred

Sally avatar

Hi Tom Followed your recommendation on Bike choice and went to Richard at Oxford Bike Works and I love the bike he built for me. None of our three tents we use make your tent list though — 1) Vango Omega 350 — originally bought for weekend car camping but a great size for a group of 3 adults bike touring, relatively cheap and massive storage, 2) Nigor Great Auk 2 — enough height and space in porch for two adults to be able to sit in chairs (Helinox) and wait out foul weather, 3) MSR Hubba Tour2 — picked up for £260 this year — has masses of storage space for panniers etc and decent sleeping space for 2 adults. This years international touring scuppered, but enjoyed both the Nigor and MSR around East Anglia this year.

mike grenville avatar

Likewise I am very pleased with my Oxford Bike Works bicycle. Re tents, your Nigor Great Auk 2 is an eye watering £800 and heavy at 3.5kg. I went for a Luxe Outdoor Peakarch TL-6350, less than half the price, and 1kg+ lighter. The MSR Hubba Tour2 looks like you got a bargain though.

Jake avatar

Hi Allen What would you consider an adequate water column for a bike touring tent?

I almost decided to get a big agnes copper spur 3 for crossing Europe with my gf next near. However yesterday I saw it has a water column of just 1200, which seems awfully low to me, especially for the floor. (The other tent i looked at was Hilleberg Nammatj, but it costs twice as much, and interior space is a lot more limited.) 

Also thanks for all the amazing info on your website.

cheers Jake

As much of Europe is in the temperate zone and you’ll be camping mostly on soft, moist ground, I would go for a tent with a higher water column rating for the floor than the rainfly. For example, MSR’s Hubba range has the same 1200mm rainfly fabric as the Copper Spur, but uses 3000mm for the floor. Having said that, if you’ve found a good deal on the Copper Spur and you can buy (or make) an additional footprint/floor protector to go with it, then I am sure it will serve you well for a few weeks in Europe.

Hope that helps!

John Lovick avatar

To clarify, the models in the second pic with a central ‘spine’. Thanks.

This is the Vaude Hogan UL, which is mentioned in the article.

Hello, what are the Kharki coloured tents in the article thumbnail pls.

julie dakin avatar

this is great thanks. I’m trying to decide on an ultra light tent that I can use for hiking or off road bike packing. Solo use. I will bivy if weather good so looking for one that I could use in the winter too, or am I trying to tick too many boxes in one tent. I bought a second hand terra nova laser competition 1 first to check I’d definitely be doing this to warrant getting a new one. From that I’ve learnt it would be good to be able to sit up. What would you recommend?

Denis avatar

Have a look at Decathlon tents, some are light weight and good price, also Naturhike Cloud up 2 or Mongar tents.

The Hilleberg Soulo is a very capable 1‑berth 4‑season tent, but it’s not ultralight. You might consider the 1‑berth MSR Hubba NX, which has lots of headroom, but isn’t ideal for winter, though you would no doubt manage with it.

Moa Wall Kubilius avatar

You missed out on Hilleberg Niak! The perfect compromise on everything except perhaps price.

Hi Moa! Thank you very much for this recommendation. The Niak looks like a relatively new model for Hilleberg, so would you mind telling us a little more about your experiences using it for cycle touring and/or bikepacking?

Ciarán avatar

Excellent article Tom.Ive used the Msr Zoid 1.5,now discontinued but a great tent.Hiking,bike packing, motorbike trips, concerts etc & it was a dinger.Its for one & a half people ie fits two but plenty of room for one.They pop up second hand & are very well made, so should be considered if we’ll minded.I now use the Hubba 1 & love it as an excellent all rounder.I was lucky to spot it second hand, but only pitched in the guys house, for 90€.I thought it might be a copy but it’s genuine.Moral of the story, I know buying used tents is risky but like the zoid I sold, which was fit for years more use & the hubba I bought, pre-loved can work too with a bit of research & luck, Ciarán.

Thanks, Ciarán! You’re right that if a tent has been lightly used and well looked-after, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be a second-hand option. Always best if you can inspect it in person, of course!

John avatar

Used a Vango Mirage 200 for a while. good tent but with pannier bags inside it wasn’t too roomy. Opted for the Vango Mirage 300, plenty of room, decent porch and I can kneel up fully inside. The extra weight is worth the extra benefit. Lots of good tents out there.

Félix-Antoine Tremblay avatar

You have a what? ‑_-

“On a bike tour, you have a vehicle to carry your gear, rather than shouldering the burden yourself.”

The vehicle is your bicycle!

Lassi avatar

I noticed I commented last years edition of this post too. What I failed to say is that sometimes it is also interesting to notice how the type of tent you are using affects the way you travel. I mean rather than choosing a tent by listing ones personal priorities.

On my first solo tours I had a small, lightweight and highly waterproof tent. I could camp pretty much anywhere. Later I travelled with a friend who had this old, leaky and heavy four person tent. They had used it on their annual weeks hike in Lapland for a decade or two. His dad had told him the basic rules on how and where to pitch the tent.

So what happened is we learned to read the map and really put effort on finding the perfect spot. So if there is no lake, sea shore or riverside views, maybe there is is a spectacular hill top somewhere… And I dont think I would have found it using an ultralight one person sleep anywhere camo setup. Because I’m lazy and I dont have to.

Besides: a spacious four kilo tent with two large entrances only makes two kilos per person. The modern one person tents are sometimes more about individualism than actually keeping things lightweight.

Good luck on your trips! We are planning on doing a guidebook/map for bike touring in some close to Finland parts of Russia. That is if the funding works out…

Adrian Rees avatar

Really useful article, thanks. I’ve been using a Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 for about 5 years in all weathers, and it’s been great as a bikepacking tent. Now that I’m getting a bit long in the tooth, and less bendy, I’m thinking of upping size to a 2‑berth tent and the Copper Spur HV or Fly Creek HV are both looking like good options. Interesting to see Big Agnes has now got bikepacking specific versions (shorter poles and a few other features) — clearly a commercially viable niche these days!

Franck avatar

hello Tom , is there a 4 seasons ticking all the boxes for cycling around the planet like the ‘hubba hubba nx’ 3 seasons does, considering you d have to camp in some colder areas .. like the MSR Access 2 maybe ? .. cheers and thanks for sharing !

Sarah Bridger avatar

Hi Tom, Thanks for all the info particularly keeping things up to date! I’m heading off for my first big cycle tour next week (solo around Europe) and after a lot of debate between taking my brothers ancient Eurohike 201 or whether to invest in something a bit lighter and better designed I have gone for the MSR Hubba Hubba NX2 . . big money for me but I’m very excited!

Ishay yakir avatar

Hi Tom I’m using the MSR Hubba Hubba 2 persons for the last 6 years trips in south Australi Tasmania and Asia, it is good , little bit heavy, unfortunately somebody stepped on the poles last trip and 3 of ther were broken, do you know where I can get replacement

Have you tried an official MSR dealer locally?

Fleur avatar

I used the Big Agnes Spur 3man tent on my tandem cycling tour in southern Germany with my 8 year son July 2018. I was disappointed. I’ve also used it on a 5 day hike with my son (6) 2017 in April. 

Very easy to put up, freestanding and light and nice shape and room. But so not suitable to rain. Yes you stay dry, but it’s soggy fly cover is not good getting in and out of and with only single mesh walls cold. I didn’t take the tent liner and I should have. The tent floor is far too light for not having extra protection. Which definitely defeats to lightness. Even as a hiking tent, we hit rain and the tent requires extra effort to keep the fly away from the mesh inner to prevent dampness on your tent. This wasn’t so easy in sand and the fly needs to fit over the tent frame perfectly to be able to pull it away. I found in wet (hot/tropical) weather the tent you had to fiddle a bit with it. 

Further for a basic tour I also have two bike tube patches on the fly and on on the innner mesh. It is so light that it’s easy damaged. And it’s it’s own system of venting that mostly damaged it. The fly vents have a firm 10cm long “post” that keeps the vent open, but went you fold pack the tent you have to make sure you have these (2) horizontal to your tent roll otherwise they dig into the tent fabric. This is a pain to do. 

I guess too I was used to the toughness of the Macpac Apollo (no longer around). Yes super heavy at 3kg but that tent was amazing. Bought in 2006 and only just retired it for the Big Agnes. I’m glad to see it’s not on the top list of tents on this blog. 

Though you can tell I’m having to get a new Tent. I’m Australian so need a tent that is good for hot weather also.

Stephen S avatar

Cracking article as ever, thanks for the in depth reviews.

I was wondering if you’d thought about the Mont Moondance 2? It’s only available in Aus but not too expensive to ship to the UK

I’m deciding between that and the MSR Hubba NX2 to tackle Central and Southern America over a few years. To me the Mont Moondance appears to match up pretty well and has the added benefit of having 2 entrances, which I’m sure will allow a much appreciated through breeze when in hotter climates.

Would be interested to hear your thoughts and any pros/cons.

If I’m honest, at first glance this tent looks like a more or less straight copy of the MSR. Even the company logo looks like a close imitation!

The 2‑berth Hubba Hubba also has two entrances, by the way…

Michael M. avatar

‘Nice article. Well-written, informative, honest–even “revealing.” LOL ‘Nice photographs, too!!

And not LITTERED with ads. Granted, you have links–but they can be quite useful. 

‘Read another review of tents just before this one and there was ad after ad after ad after ad. I wrote to them, pointing out that they perhaps HAD a lot of experience, and things to say, but … geez. If you’re going to review tents, review tents–right? And as I was composing my unsolicited comment, immediately to the right on the page was an ad for HOTHOUSES! What the heck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

Anyway, ‘very informative article. Thank you!!! ~ Michael Morelia, Mexico Whidbey Island, WA Cajamarca, Peru

Thanks Michael. This blog has been ad-free for 12 years and counting. Glad you appreciate it 🙂

Richard avatar

I’m soon to hit the big ol’ world for the first time on a bike! I have the Vango Banshee Pro 300 just for me as it’s spacey and allows me to sit up with clearance—I’m 6′1″. (The space is superb if I’m going to be staying for a while). The only issue worth a mention is that it’s not freestanding ie. it requires both ends to be tethered, (not good for camping inside a buddhist monastery Tom!). Other than that, it’s well-vented and a top quality tent for the price.

Kevin Wilkinson avatar

On a recent tour whilst using the Wild Country by Terra Nova Zepheros 1 and feeling claustrophobic in the extreme I met a guy using the Nigor Wickiup 3 with a half inner, what impressed me most about it was the sheer volume of living space, ease of setup & ventilation! So much so that I bought the tent myself, it’s a great tent, not free standing but otherwise, everything I need for a bike packing/touring tent, lightweight & weatherproof, great ventilation and so much livable space, especially for a longer tour. I use it with a lightweight groundsheet/footprint.‑3/

Danny avatar

So many suggestions yet no mention of QUECHUA Quickhiker Ultralight from Decathlon :/

It’s very affordable (£110) and lighter (under 2kg) then pretty much anything mentioned here. It also has very favorable reviews (4.6/5) as of this writing.

Thanks Danny – I’ll include it in the next update!

Ayy, nice — thanks for responding Tom!

Sam avatar

Interesting read, I have a tour (my first!) Planned this summer with my dad in France, contrary to this list we’ve gone with Robens challenger 2 tents, which come with their own dry bags!

Daniel Silva avatar

I used to hike with a MountainHardwear light tent (the model doesn’t exist anymore)for 2 persons which weight is about 2 kg but recently bought a minima sl 1 from camp.usa

Very happy with it and especially when packed. It’s a really small bag and its total weight is 1 kg.

Chuck Bahl avatar

I too prefer a smaller, solo tent, and I am surprised that the one I have been using for several years now never seems to get recognition. The Eureka Spitfire 1 weighs in at just over 3lbs, sets up and tears down quickly, is easy to get in and out of, has great ventilation, and offers a surprising amount of room… It’s unusual shape allows me (I am 6′5″) to stretch out for sleep–with room to store items above, below, and on both sides of me–and it affords ample space to sit up to get dressed in the morning. I have a brief review and picture of it on Eureka Spitfire 1 Tent

Adam avatar

Check out Naturehike tents. Great value for money. Quality products. Tom, keep up the good work.✌?

Cheers Adam!

A key factor for me in choosing a tent was that the outer tent went up first, so doesn’t get the inner tent wet if you have to pitch in the rain, and can act as a shelter until the end if you have to pack up in the rain. This Luxe tent is the tent I use; it weighs 2kg, has a single pole and has lots of inside space.

Thanks Mike! Hope you’re doing well!

Tony avatar

I’ve used the Luxe Mini Peak II for several years. Weighs in at 1.6kg plus pole. I like it because - 1. Very light and packs down. 2. Tons of interior space for storage. 3. Lost of ventilation. This is important here in Australia where you are more likely to have hot weather. 4. Like Mike says it is useful to be able to put the outer up first. The tent goes up fast.

My touring is for 1 — 2 weeks at a time. I mainly stay in campgrounds. I would not be able to comment on possible expedition use. The tent is pegged out, not freestanding. I’ve been able to use it with 2 people by getting an additional inner. I’ve always used it with a tarp or other groundsheet.

I’d recommend buying a tent with two entrances for better views. A two person ten for solo rider and a four person tent for two or for the family. I know most people prefer green but I’ve noticed that a bright colour like orange works just as well. Enjoy your trip!

Paul avatar

Hi Tom, great article and perfect timing for me personally. The suggestions and endorsements from readers have led to a dozen open tabs in seconds. Just throwing into the mix the Yellowstone Matterhorn 1 (1.5kg) very cheap, it cost me £30 and it served me well, if a little bit too small for my height, and used it across Europe and Scandinavia a couple of years ago.

Tom J avatar

A good piece, Tom! A bike touring tent is a really personal purchase which, like bikes, I think people tend to buy with undue haste when starting out, before working through what they need it to do for them.

A thought or two on tents for larger groups — specifically those with children!

In groups of multiple adults, more than two in a tent and you’re best off having multiple tents of that size. It’s inefficient to do otherwise, but with children you have very little choice but to go big.

We used the Vango Ark 400 when the children were smaller; this was a good price but the fly never quite seemed to be the same shape as the inner, and relied on the roominess of our child trailer to transport it. The cube, more so than the weight, became an issue, although it was no lightweight.

To say that “Terra Nova don’t feel the need to change the design of or discontinue perfectly good tents at random” isn’t *quite* true when it comes to bigger tents, because the Laser Space 5 which we use, had a frightfully short life. Sadly, I fear that critical mass for an ultra-light five berth tent simply doesn’t exist. The similarly shaped 4 berth version remains in the Wild Country range but is heavier and has two of the two-berth inners, rather than a three and a two.

We spent over a year trying to track a Laser Space 5 down, having been royally done over by a retailer during the clearance sale, but got lucky in the end. We can now get all five of us, and all our bikes and panniers at a push, under cover in a space most of us can stand up in — and pack the tent away into a single Ortlieb Sportpacker, excluding the poles. We use the Wild Country footprint and carry a tarp for the bikes in a second pannier, with space left in the top of both, and it all fits on the rack of a 20” wheeled trailerbike. There’s a few pictures of it in action, here:

The downsides? Frontal area, and the consequential strain on guys in strong winds necessitating some meaty pegs for insurance, and a distinct lack of stealth — but if you have children you’re unlikely to be banking on that anyway 😉

There is a distinct shortage of choice for families looking for a seriously lightweight tent, and it’s a real shame that, expensive as it was, the Laser Space 5 has been discontinued. We know a family who actually make their own tents for touring — and we nearly did the same!

John S avatar

Good to hear someone else also using a Laser Space 5. We (2 adults + 3 kids) are not long back from a cycle tour of Burgundy where it again served us well.

1/2KL avatar

I found out that Naturehike, a Chinese brand that you’ll find on Aliexpress as well as sometimes Amazon, kind of replicates the style of the MSR Hubba Hubba (my very first tent!) as it used to be with their so called Mongar. And the price is divided by three. Something to investigate for the newcomers, I guess.

Thanks Michael – several people mentioned that on Twitter recently when I put out a call for recommendations.

Shack avatar

Thumbs up for the Nature Hike. Did a tour around the outer Hebrides last year, had everything from torrential rain to snow and gales. Never missed a beat and stayed dry. Well impressed for the money

Piotr avatar

Which Naturehike tent did you use exactly for your Hebrides trip? Was it Mongar?

Andreas Buciuman avatar

great list! On our biketrip from Austria to Australia we also used the 1‑person MSR Hubba NX each. Great tent. I was satisfied with it during our whole journey of 11 months.

Struan avatar

I’ve used a Hillberg Akto for several years whilst cycling & hill walking. It’s absolutely bomb proof & easy to put up that I find is great when conditions are bad & you need to get your tent up quickly. My version is quite old now as I inherited it from s friend when he bought a new tent. The only downside is it’s size & weight when compared to modern compact & lightweight tents on the market. But the benefits hugely outweigh these downsides. Great article as always from Tom, my go to site on bikes & bike equipment.

Alex tracey avatar

How much time did you spend in your tent on your janapar expedition? How important is Living space on such a long journey?

I am setting off soon for a few years and can’t decide on how big a tent I want.

As a beginner I found having a bit of living space was nice in the long run. A 2‑berth tent suited me fine. Nowadays I’m happy with a 1‑berth tent or just bivvying without a tent at all, but it took a few years to get to that point.

Terry McGeary avatar

Great reviews thanks. I have used my Vango Blade 2 a few times. Long metal pole front to back. Loads of room for one with panniers. Inner up first but I have no experience otherwise. As someone else commented, their is not a lot of room between the inner and outer, and I too dislike the awkwardness of the pole even though you can unzip to go past it left or right. Did the job but had to be a strap-on-top of panniers job partly due to poles. Gelert solo tents are rare as hens’ teeth. The Banshee 200 is looking good to me!

Steve avatar

The Solo one is sometimes sold under the Highlander brand. I also highly recommend the Wild Country Zephyros 1 (a 1.4kg Hilleburg Atko copy for <£100) and my fave, the Wild Country Aspect one for a good spacious 1 man 1.9kg tent.

Ge avatar

Hello Tom, thank you for the guide and recommendations! We (my boyfriend and I) are setting off to Australia from Barcelona in December, going through the Balcans, Turkey, Iran, China, Thailand etc and would like to know what your opinion is on the MSR Hubba Hubba nx3? We are planning to camp all the way, although not sure if it will be ok in SE Asia yet but anyway.. Would this tent be good in case of cold nights and also good for hot climates? By they way I would like to comment on the Vango Banshee 300. We used this tent on our tour from Edinburgh to Barcelona(Via Holland, Belgium, France) and unfortunately after a month the tent poles started to crack. We did tape them along the way but it was really frustrating to set the tent up in a decent shape. Also the button to hold the tent doors rolled up came off pretty soon but we stitch that with no problems afterwards. The waterproof of the tent is very very good luckily! Also shape and color are great. This is our feedback so we wouldn’t rely on it for a long term use. I’m sure for short trips is great, or maybe we have just been unlucky.

The Hubba range is very good all-round. If there’s two of you I’d definitely look at the Mutha Hubba (3‑berth) – I’ve been using it with my other half since 2010 and we really appreciate a little extra space to unpack and make it more homely. I’ve heard only good reports about the updated NX version of the tents. HTH!

Yan stam avatar

I have a vaude hogan ultra light. Its great for wild camping very quick to set up . Cycled cape york in Australia and could not leave the tent up in the the afternoon sun the poles break from the heat and the tension on the two shorter ons. Back in NZ the repaired them. Then i cycled from the Netherlands to Indonesia bringing repair kit for tent plus spare parts of pole plus sleeves. The poles are just to light or thin. Have to look ad something els #(:

phil binns avatar

Hi, i have been using a banshee 200 for the last 3 years as a one person tent. Bought on price match from Go-outdoors. Original one a seam on the inner parted on first outing & shop replaced (was not actually a big problem) since then i have used the tent for well over 100 nights in Scotland, England, Germany & a trip all the way down the Rhine. Seen some real bad all season weather & its held up & stayed dry. It has been a good performer & is very well suited to wild camping especially if you leave the panniers on the bike & use a cheap plastic groundsheet as a footprint. Now has a very minor seam leak — I have internet ordered some sealant that i hope will sort this out. For the price it is excellent value if I throw it away & buy another one tomorrow I will still have spent less money than on some other tents & also will have worried less about how much i spent on kit. I am sure there are other good there but the banshee is a very good low cost buy. It is not free standing but i see very few situations were I need this.

brendan avatar

HiI, we did our first cycle tour in 1992 through Europe and used a Vaude three person tent. It weighed about 2.8kg. I still have it and still use it .I have had the seams resealed by a parachute maker here in Australia and have found its internal inner hanging system unbelievable. The best tent I have ever used for hiking or biking

Dhruv avatar

Hi tom, great website, rich with relevant information. I begin a transcontinental tour from Alaska in June. I am using the hilleberg Allak. It’s a roomy 2 man tent at 5 lbs and looks solid. Do you have any record of experiences with it? I tested it in the Himalayas in snow and at ‑15 c. It was really comfortable. The zips worry me though.

Heike avatar

Hi Tom, my favourite is the Hilleberg Soulo. I am using it now for an entire year and never had any problems with it. It has the perfect size, easy to pitch and enough space for all panniers. I am 172cm. Yes it is expensive but no regrets — I love it. Greetings Heike

Heike, saw your blog a while ago and wondered what your tent was, now i know! safe travelling!

Simon avatar

I’ve got the Terra Nova Voyager too, it’s a great tent for bike camping tours. I bought it after following a discussion thread on about what tents to buy. Made a great choice, if anyone else is looking then this comes recommended. One of my buddie has the Hilleberg Nallo and he’s pleased with that so also worth considering.

John avatar

The Gelert Solo tent is available in Europe under the name Highlander Blackthorn 1 for about €40 from Amazon. Mine will be here in a few days. Thanks for the great post!

Thanks for the tip, John. Here’s the link to the tent on Amazon UK.

Raim avatar

Terra Nova Photon Laser Elite on a 72 day tour round France plus a tour of Northern Spain. Very light at under a kilo and compact for sticking in a pannier bag. Like others I’m very unimpressed by TNs non response to an email I sent seeking advice on a repair issue. The tent served me well . For me weight is an issue especially in hilly regions.

Yes – Terra Nova haven’t responded to any of the emails I’ve sent them over the years with various enquiries. Seems they make good tents but aren’t particularly interested in the people who buy them…

Todd avatar

I am a big fan of the good old tarp. I have a 10x12 Cuben fiber tarp that weighs around 16oz. TONS of room and more airy and roomy.

Wayne Hare avatar

I’m probably not going with a tarp, although it recommended by many experienced light-weight affiicionados. But I am curious: What is your preferred method for setting it up, and what to you do about mosquitoes? Thanks.

StuartG avatar

Stumbled on the website, great article. 

Is use the terra nova tourer deluxe for touring. Comes in at around 2.5kg and is a massive 2 man tent, with a porch area. It’s an excellent tent, but too big for single expeditions. 

For solo efforts I have reverted to the terra nova Jupiter bivvy and a tarp. This is a new set up, so it will take me a bit of time to fully appreciate it.

Pet avatar

I v got the Coleman Celsius Compact. Fantastic simplicity, One entrance, on the long side, and easy in and out. Very good ventilation, accessable from inside, and the colour is a decent brown and green. Freestanding , a must I think.

Dmitry avatar

I’m using this one Tramp Sputnik (around 1 kilogram)

Definitely not the best choice: in a one layer tent all things are wet after the night.

CAAD8 Tourer avatar

I travel with success with Topeak BikCamper, 3 seasons only I would say not really suitable for winter.

m avatar

I have had this tent the terra nova voyager for just under a year now mostly took out out in fair weather I decided to camp on top of Pen-y-fan 11/04/15 the wind condition’s were moderate to strong at the time’s but with this being rated a 4 season tent I was confident it would withstand the weather being thrown at it , but boy was I wrong the arch pole over the door kept being blown back onto the tent and me inside all night despite being pitched correctly the result in the morning was a broken pole and where the red pole sit’s over the two blue horizontal poles it had rubbed holes in both pole sleeves and the stitching inside was tearing through the inner tent where the pole sleeves attach, now I cannot insert the poles through the sleeves without them coming through the holes . I contacted terra nova about this they were useless after many emails and pictures of the damage were sent I had to send it off to them, 2 weeks for them to look at it and after they make a dissension another 2–3 weeks for them to repair it at my expense when it is clearly a design fault as there is no reinforcement protection where the poles overlap on the front of the tent but there is protection on the rear. Truly disappointed in there poor customer service I expected more form a British company I have lost faith in there product’s and will buy a Hilleberg for a better experience .

Tom Gaughan avatar

Superb article Tom , I use a Force Ten , Argon 200 for my present tour. Very lightweight and spacious, good in the wind too !

AdamJackson avatar

During summers 2013, I attended my first cycling tour, and guess what; I changed three tents in just 24 days. It was my first trip I had no idea and just fell for reviews. But, I have to admit that the search ended with TLDR. It’s a genuine dome that is durable and waterproof and it’s very light. Even a couple of hundred grams weighs more when you are on a one month hiking and camping trip.

What is TLDR ?

TLDR: too long; didn’t read

thank you !

Gayle & John avatar

Have been n the road for more than 2 and a half years now (so far have cycled Norway to Taiwan). We’re using the Hilleburg Nallo 3 GT which we highly recommend for couples on long-time cycling trips. It’s not perfect but having slept in it on this journey for more than 500 nights including in Mongolia, China, Pamir Highway we really can’t complain about it. In seriously high winds and prolonged rain it’s been fine. Yes, it’s expensive but on this journey it’s our home. I think there are few tents out there that would be so reliable over such a long time period. However, if your trip is just for a few months then it’s probably not worth forking out so much.

Andy Pettitt avatar

I am a huge fan of my Terra Nova Solar, which has travelled the world with me over the years, on the back of my motorbike and bicycle.A bit pricey but well made, its a roomy one person tent ( you can store your panniers inside), or a cosy 2 person tent with your luggage in the porch.

Damned cool, inspiring site, by the way. A friend just introduced me to it last night.

Have you tried or even heard of the Black Diamond Mega Mid Lite? It’s a HUGE 4‑person, center pole tent made of parachute material, so it stuffs down to about the size of a softball on steroids. Probably weighs about 2 and a half pounds. It has no floor, so not great in areas with snakes and creepy crawly things. If it is set up really taut, it sheds water well. I’ve used it in winter conditions and actually even built a small fire inside. It stand probably 5 and a half feet, so you can sort of stand up to pull on your pants. If creepy-crawlies are an issue — and most of my camping and touring is in the desert southwest of the U.S. where ants, spiders, scorpions and an occasional snake are issues — you can purchase the Bug Mid which is netting and integrated floor. The Mega Mid then just drapes over that. Total weight with floor and tent is 5 pounds, 10 ounces. The tent has a HUGE front opening that really lets the outdoors in. If you go with the no floor version, the tent pulls down to within about 3 inches of the ground. I don’t know why, but in my experience with this tent, mosquitoes never, ever fly in under the tent walls. I’m old and travel with a light weight backpacking chair which I can easily set up inside the tent. Personally I think that this is the best all round tent for most applications.

John Turnbull avatar

What I’ve seen so far looks very inspiring, have purchased the E‑book and look forward to reading it. Keep up the great work and stay safe.

Racheal Morgan avatar

Great article: looking at several of the cheaper tents now. I am doing a bike trip around Europe and want the best bang for my buck. Doesn’t everyone?

tommaso avatar

I use a very cheap gelert scout, 1,750 Kg, for 2people, but better for just one. Is goof for summer, letting the door open a little. With cold weather some moisture in the morning, never used in stormy weather or very fast wind. Very good for £ 15, but not for every kind of journey

ralph r avatar

Used the Wild Country Zephyros 1 last May for a east coast ride of 4 days, very light & plenty of room for panniers. A really great tent.

Steve M avatar

Backpacking Light Uk sell a budget version of the Hubba Hubba called the Luxe Habitat — not tried it myself but it looks pretty good — pitching video here

Personnally I think the Micra by Salewa is impressive. Freestanding! Sturdy! small footprint! Steep walls! Green ( the older models are darkgreen.. ) Inner only possiblity! Some people might argue that 2.3 kg is too heavy, But I think, if you ’ re cycling it is not extreme, for one kilo less you might find something that is very flimsy ” fashion before function”. I like to think that you get a lot more Reliablity for the extra 500 gram.

Jana Henderson avatar

I’ve just bought a 2pax, forest-green MSR HubbaHubba HP. I believe this particular range has been discontinued but I was lucky enough to come across one in a store here in Dublin, Éire. The name of the store is Great Outdoors, the tent cost e499.00, they ship internationally, and I think they have a couple left. I believe the footprint will be an extra e50 when they get them in next January. Happy hunting.

The Hubba HP range is still shipping in Europe, AFAIK. I’d cut a cheap plastic tarp to size rather than waste money on an expensive footprint…

There are a few similar models

The ‘Blow ‘by Hannah, a czech company The ‘Tordis’ by Ford Nansen, a polish company.

Nice green colours too, better then the Hubba, a bit too light. IMHO!

Excellent idea. Must give that a try.

Karen Ellis avatar

Have finally managed to try out our Dragonfly 3XT with my husband. We really like the quick pitch and robust shape. Lots of room for storing panniers in the porch area, and plenty long enough for a tall man in the tent. For solo touring my husband tends to take a Quecha 2 man, much cheaper though not such a strong tent.

Jörg Fichl avatar

I use a Quechua Arpanaz 2 Fresh&Black — it’s shiny white on the outside, so no under the radar wild camping, but i love my sleep even on tour and enjoy the dark and cool inner. I replaced the fiber glass tent poles with aluminium, which brought weight and size down: less than 2kg, 38x13cm — for less than 100€ (45 tent, 20 aluminium tent poles, 10€ for repair tubes to reinforce the pole ends).

Shaun avatar

I’ve a somewhat spacious Vango Tempest 300 which is technically a 3 person tent but the pack size is a reasonable 46x16cm and 3.35kg and that fits in a pannier. It’s a bit big for solo use though you can get all your bags inside and if you remove the wheels, your bike even fits in the porch.

Having just carted it around the Pennines for the best part of a week though, I’m tempted with the smaller Zenith 100 or Blade 100, halving the weight and reducing the pack size (Zenith is 35x13!).

The Gelert Solo might have been possibly discontinued but there seems to be a few clones of it about on Amazon such as ‘Highlander Blackthorn 1’ and ‘Charlies Outdoor Leisure Beris 1 Man Camping Tent’ for sub 30 quid. I’d rather have a bit more space, especially for stashing away kit, so your panniers don’t go walkies in the night.

I picked up a Blade 100 for about £50 after a price match+discount in April and used it for a 23 day tour through France & Spain. It’s quite roomy for a 1 person tent but don’t pack it too full as the gap between the inner and fly isn’t great. You can get your pannier bags inside alongside your sleeping bag and 1 or 2 in the porch. 

The single pole gets in the way a bit at the door and if your pitch isn’t perfect bends into an S. It’s inner first which some people dislike (I don’t mind). But, another good cheap, light (1.75kg) tent from Vango.

Good to know about the Vango Blade 100 – thanks Shaun!

Ray avatar

Can I just cast another vote for the humble, inexpensive and very compact Gelert Solo. But I’d like to make it clear to all — you won’t be holding a disco or having your mates round for a brew. It’s a low, narrow sleeping space .…… Which is all I personally feel I need on bike trips. Getting dressed inside requires agility, organisation and telescopic legs would be an advantage. Brilliant value though, and tucks away small. Perfectly good waterproofing too.

Carl avatar

Having used the banshee 200 over the past few years and find this is more a 1 man tent with a bit of added room, used in all weathers have found it to be a fantastic tent, during the summer I generally take a bivy bag for short 1 / 2 night’s even if a spot of rain is expected, makes it easier for wild camping.

Steve avatar

Another thumbs up for the Gelert Solo. Used it mainly for lightweight “bike-packing” and 1.5kg weight and squat pack size make it perfect. For longer tours, I highly recommend the “Wild Country Aspect 1” . It’s a pitch with outer, two hoop tunell tent at 1.9kg. It’s quite tall (but very stable), and makes for an “airy” camp if sitting down, plenty of headroom for moving about. The USP clincher for me is that the whole side zips open, and you can attach to nearby bike for a tarp-like big awning for cooking, lazing about. Also sleeping with the side open gives a nice panoramic view through the upper mesh of the side. Being Wild Country (a branch of Terra Nova), the quality is exceptional, and all for about £90 or less if you shop about. Can’t fault it, and for me the perfect solo touring tent. Think they are discontinuing them soon (and can’t find anything similar), so snap any residual stock for a bargain.

Pete avatar

Got to be freestanding! I have a Coleman Boa, freestanding and long with 233 cm inner.. I remember once I put it up on a concrete surface under a roof near a footballfield in France. It was raining very, very hard. It was great to find this spot and then just put it up there. This could not have worked with a non freestanding tent. I like tents, I tried a hammock as well , nice, but only if the weather is good. Reason I like a tent is spiders, snakes and dogs. And musquitoes of course!

Alex avatar

Very happy to recommend the Tarptent Scarp 1 . Kept me very comfortable for 15 months across Asia. It’s amazingly spacious for a one man with two porches and lofty head room (even for me at 6′ 2″ and a bit). Goes up in a flash, pitches taught, you can choose a mesh or solid inner and it all weighs just 1.35kg. Seems to balance quality, space and weight perfectly and what’s more you don’t have to take out a mortgage to get one.

Noel O'Connell avatar

I’ve just found this website and I am glued to it! A lot of what it have read so far, and the ‘just do it’ attitude is truly inspiring. Most of what I have read online seems to involve a lot of overthinking and overanalysing so this approach is extremely refreshing. Keep up the good work.

Owen avatar

Everyone knows your confessed love for the discontinued Hubba Hubba, but you used the 1 man version for your American trip right — so why do you recommend the bigger/heavier version? 

I’ve just got a Seedhouse SL1 for £100, cheap price but it doesn’t have the split pole design of the SL2 (or indeed the Hubba range). So it’s freestanding ability is a little flawed.

These aren’t personal recommendations, they’re my interpretations of the results of an extensive survey. Most solo tourers seem to prefer 2‑person tents for the extra living space. Personally, I’m happy with a minimal 1‑person tent nowadays, but that’s just my preference.

Love my Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1. Has coped with some “character building” weather so far despite only being a 3 season tent, packs down nice’n’small and is a smidge over a kilo (some stripped down variations go lighter). Not sure what you mean by no ‘split pole’ — d’you mean the sort of Y‑shape arrangement? If so, mine does have that, perhaps there are older versions which don’t?

Jeff Bartlett avatar

I have spent years in my Nallo 3Gt and I’ll likely have it on my rear rack the next time I hit the open road for an extended period of time; however, I have recently switched over to a bivy sack for overnight to weeklong trips. Its the best way to set up and take down camp in a hurry, which is essential when free camping where maybe you shouldn’t be!

Yes, agreed. Plus, being inside a tent is often quite rubbish!

Oliver avatar

Nice compilation Tom! I would vote for the Gelert Solo actually. I have been looking around for an affordable lightweight tent before hitting the road for a month and have been quite happy with the choice. I didn’t encounter any harsh conditions though, but it seems to be a fairly durable tent indeed.

Geoff Harpee avatar

I just picked up a Hilleberg Unna — will be testing on my next trip.

oneman onebike avatar

I used the Terra Nova Voyager XL 2 on a recent tour of Europe. It lasted about a week and the tents poles broke in a mild storm. Customer service didnt answer my emails, and I thought the service was shocking. It’s a shame because it seems they make really good tents, but I got a duff one. That is when customer service is important. Sadly they are infamous for poor service. Ended up buying a generic tent for a quarter of the price and it served me well.

That’s a shame, as the tent itself comes highly recommended.

Ania avatar

MacPac Minaret. We did tones of bike touring with it and it was fantastic. The last one held well for 12 years now we’ve got a new one!

Thanks — this was a common recommendation from couples in NZ and Oz, as well as their Citadel .

Gordon avatar

Try the Macpac microlight as well. Just finished a couple of weeks round inner Hebrides. Mixture of sun and storms. Didn’t leak a drop. Great gear.

Olly Powell avatar

I have both a Macpac Mineret and a Tarptent DW moment. I love both of them. The Mineret is perfect for two, and sometimes I take it on solo tours, but at 3.2kg (15 years old and still bomb proof), it borders on extravagant. The tarptent, is half the weight, and super simple to put up, freestanding, and brilliantly ventilated. But I’m not sold on the tricky sideways entry in pouring rain, and the small head space when lying down (I am 6′3″). So I think my dream tent would be a blend of the two. Mineret for the front entry, Tarptent internal battens in a triangle on the back end. Of course there is also the Tarptent double-moment (slightly bigger), if I had to chose just one more tent, that would be it.

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What is the best tent for a bike trip and for bikepacking? There is currently a seemingly endless selection of tents on the market. That can be quite confusing! So there are now: Ultralight tents, freestanding tents, tents for 3 or 4 seasons and with or without awning. There are also single and double-walled tents. Some also come with footprints, some without, and certain ultralight tents also come without poles.

In this article you will find a detailed and understandable tent guide. In it you will probably learn everything there is to know about tents. I have written down the knowledge for you in a simple and understandable way.

You will also find an overview of recommended tents from the following categories:

✅ Bikepacking tent : Tents for minimalist bike travel. Here the focus is on low weight and a compact pack size ✅ Tent for bike trip and tent for bike tour : Are tents for (mostly) one or two people and are suitable for short or extended bike tours. The tents are robust, durable and offer comfortable space inside for people and equipment.

With the important topic of price, there are big differences: Premium tents like to cost several hundred euros. Fortunately, there are also very inexpensive TOP tents. For each tent category, I therefore show recommended price tips including their pros and cons. Plus, of course, we take a look at the most popular bikepacking tents and the absolute TOP tents in the tent for bike touring section.

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You’re in a hurry? Tent recommendation: MSR Hubba NX

You’re in a hurry? The MSR Hubba NX has proven itself to many bike travelers over the years. It also meets all the above requirements. So my recommendation for the best bikepacking tent and tent for bike touring is the MSR Hubba NX in the green color.

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The MSR Hubba NX tent is available in different sizes:

  • As a 1-person tent - tent for bikepackers (MSR Hubba NX)*.
  • As a 2-person tent - tent for solo bike travelers (MSR Hubba Hubba NX)*.
  • As a 3-person tent - Tent for bike travel as a couple (MSR Mutha Hubba NX)*.

I have owned the 1-person MSR Hubba NX myself for 3 years now and am absolutely satisfied with it. It offers the best overall package of small pack size, reliability and robustness and space inside: Even with my 1-person tent I have my 1.84 height enough space to lie stretched out and sit upright. I can still stow some luggage in the tent and the tent has a small vestibule in which two small bike bags and my shoes fit easily. It is also quick and easy to assemble and disassemble.

Some time ago I already created a detailed video test of the MSR Hubba NX:

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I bought the tent in 2017 for the Tuscany Trail in Italy. A year later I had it with me on a bike trip from Stuttgart to Istanbul and it still looks like new.

The MSR Hubba NX still convinces me today and it is my current favourite tent. The 1 person version is ideal for me as a minimalist bike traveler or for bikepacking trips. You need more comfort? then the 2-person variant or the 3-person variant is better suited for you.

So the MSR Hubba NX has been convincing me in practice for years. The technical peculiarities are also convincing:

✅ Light weight : Weighs just 1330 grams ✅ small pack size : Ideal as a bikepacking tent. The 2- or 3-person version is suitable as a tent for bike trips ✅ Freestanding tent : So that fast and convenient to set up.

…and much more. I present the MSR Hubba NX in detail in the detailed MSR Hubba NX practical test (test & experiences) .

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Now we continue with the ultimate tent selection >>

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Determine the requirements for your tent

First, please answer the following question: What kind of bike trip or bikepacking adventure are you taking?

  • Do you only need your tent for a few weeks a year for a summer adventure? Or do you want a super reliable tent for a cycling trip around the world?
  • Are you travelling as a couple and need a lot of space or are you alone and like to travel minimalistically?
  • Do you like to stay at campsites or do you prefer wild camping?
  • Are you out in good weather in the summer? Or can it rain sometimes or do you even camp in winter?

So what are your requirements? It is now time to answer these questions.

Have you given it any thought? Super! It will then be much easier for you to find the right tent for you. Read on now

In the last few years, however, I have been watching the market trends at all times. In addition, I was and am on many continents of this world with bike and tent on the road. The following tips ha proven themselves:

  • Best tent for bike trip and best tent for bike tour for one person: Free standing, double walled, 2 person tent for 3 seasons, weighs between 1.5 and 2.5 kilos and has an inconspicuous color such as green. Such a tent fits centrally on the luggage rack of a touring bike. The space inside is comfortable: there is enough room for the cyclist and most of the luggage.
  • For a couple so two people: A 3-person tent with the same requirements as above.
  • best bikepacking tent: For a solo bikepacker, the 1-person variety or alternatively a tarp or bivy sack is suitable.

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13 TOP tents for bikepacking and bike trips

So I’ve been doing a lot of research. Also, the list is based on my years of experience with different tents. In the process I found 10 tents that are very interesting. Also, I always keep the list up to date. The tents are suitable for bikepacking and also for normal bike trips and for a bike tour.

We start with cheap and simple tents. These are especially suitable for shorter trips and for bike tours in good weather. Then we work our way slowly. To tents that can withstand cycling trips across continents and are even suitable for a cycling world tour. These tents are therefore also suitable for cycling trips lasting several months or years. The list also includes recommended bikepacking tents. These are particularly light and have a small pack size. This means that they can be stowed directly in the frame bag or in the handlebar roller.

For all recommended tents I have also linked you directly to an online shop. This means you can order tents online immediately and have them conveniently delivered to your home.

You miss a tent or have an insider tip? Then feel free to drop me a comment.

Tent for bike trip and tent for bike tour – the TOP 5

The tents in this selection offer a particularly good mix of weight, space and price. These tents are also about weight. However, particular emphasis is placed on the space available. In this category good tents are already very inexpensive to have. So there is also money left over for the trip 😉 with these features, the tents are suitable for many travelers and are the ideal choice as a tent for a bike trip and bike tour.

Tent for bike trip – Overview

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MSR Elixir 2

MSR Elixir 2 V2 Tent for bike travel

Weight: 2.77kg Pack size: 51 x 17 cm Water column (outer tent, floor): 1,500mm, 3000mm Features: since 2018 with more space

The Elixir is one of MSR’s newest tents. The space is intended for 2 people. MSR officially promotes the Elixir 2 as a backpacking tent. This results in a great advantage: the tent has particularly large vestibules on both sides. They’re actually for backpacks. Large bike bags and equipment fit of course just as well underneath 😉 the weight is 2.7 kilos. As a tent for a normal bike tour, the weight is therefore perfectly fine and the equipment is just right for a tour for two.

The price of the MSR Elixir 2 is particularly interesting for a high-quality brand tent: the tent costs just over 200€ at well-known online retailers.

MSR Hubba Hubba NX

MSR Hubba NX Bikepacking Tent

Weight: 1.72 kg Pack size: 46 x 15 cm Water column (outer tent, floor): 1200, 3000mm Features:

The MSR Hubba Hubba NX is one of the most popular tents for bike travel and is also great for a bike tour. There are also many bicycle travellers who tour the world with a tent. The tent has also been my favorite bikepacking tent for a few years now. Here you can find my extensive MSR Hubba NX field test . The popularity of the MSR Hubba NX has several reasons:

The MSR Hubba Hubba NX is lightweight yet very durable. MSR has continued to develop and improve the tent over the years. There are also two colors: white and green. In order to remain undetected when wild camping, I bought the green version myself.

In the MSR Hubba series there are different tents for different requirements:

  • The Hubba NX is the ideal bikepacking tent – because it weighs only 1.12 kg.
  • The Hubba Hubba NX offers plenty of space for a solo bike traveller: With 2 vestibules, there is also plenty of space in front of the tent for gear
  • For a couple on a bike tour, the Mutha Hubba NX is the ideal tent for the bike tour: it also weighs only 2.3 kg

Change Pathfinder TL

Change Pathfinder tent for bike trip

Weight: 2.3kg Pack size: 45 x 15 cm Water column (fly, groundsheet): 5000mm, 7000mm Features: suitable for tall people

The Wechsel Pathfinder is a 1-person tent with extra space. The Pathfinder weighs only 2.3 kg – that’s light for the “tent for bike touring” category. So what does the tent offer? With a length of 2.35 in the inner tent, the Wechsel Pathfinder is especially suitable for tall people. The water column is 5000mm for the outer tent and 7000mm for the tent floor. The height of 75cm is rather low, but with a maximum width of 94cm the tent offers a lot of space for equipment inside. The tent is also free-standing: a great gain in comfort that also saves time during pitching and dismantling.

The price of the Wechsel Pathfinder is unbeatable and therefore the tent is the price tip in this category.

Salewa Denali II

Salewa Denali II tent for bike travel

Weight: 2.63kg Pack size: 47 x 20cm Water column (fly, groundsheet): 3000mm, 5000mm Features: Self Standing, Classic

Salewa is a traditional tent builder and brings a lot of experience to the table. The company is known for very good tents. On the one hand, the Salewa tents offer high quality – but are also somewhat heavier.

The Salewa Denali II is nevertheless an attractive tent: it is free-standing, weighs 2.63 kg and is very attractively priced. Thus, the Salewa Denali II is definitely an interesting tent. Especially if you are looking for a reliable tent for a longer bike trip.

The technical data is convincing: The space inside is ample and very comfortable, especially for one person. The length of the lying surface is 2.10 meters. At 1.10 metres in width, there is plenty of room to lie down and carry extra equipment. The seat height is a comfortable 1.05 metres. So you can stay in the tent even longer in bad weather.

I don’t think the yellow colour is ideal: it only attracts unnecessary attention when wild camping.

Nordisk Finnmark 2 SE

Nordisk Finnmark 2 SE Tent for bike travel

Weight: 3.0kg Pack size: 15 x 50 cm Water column: 3000mm, 10000mm Features:

With the Nordisk you really get a lot of tent for the money: It is a 2-person tent and offers 1.15 metres seat height, 1.50 metres width and 2.30 metres length for the lying area. The ideal tent if you are going on a bike tour as a couple and want a bit more space.

The weight of 3 kg is a good value for a tent with such ample space. As I said, a great tent for those who want a little more space.

Bikepacking tent – the TOP 8

These are the most interesting bikepacking tents. No bikepacking tent on this list weighs more than 1.23 kilos and the lightest comes in at a featherweight 798 grams. Exceptions are the price tips. Here the weight is a little higher. It is often astonishing how resistant the tents are despite their lightweight construction.

A good entry-level bikepacking tent is also available for really cheap. For several hundred euros you get tents from the top class. Many of these tents are designed specifically for bikepackers or have a good reputation in the bikepacking community.

Some of the tents recommended in the list above (tent for bike trip and tent for bike tour) I mention here again. These are then mostly weight-reduced versions of the upper tents or it is simply the 1-person tent instead of the 2- or 3-person version.

Overview – Bikepacking Tent

Decathlon Trek 900 Ultralight Bikepacking Zelt

MSR Hubba NX

Weight: 1.12 kg Pack size: 46 x 15 cm Water column: 1200, 3000mm Features: 3 seasons

The Hubba NX is MSR’s best-selling 1-person tent. This tent has been my absolute favorite for several years and I’ll tell you why right now. Before that, a quick note: The Hubba NX is also available as a 2-person tent and is then called Hubba Hubba NX. In any case, I am not the only one who is convinced of the tent: Many cyclists have already made world tours with these tents.

The tent is a 3-season tent and weighs just 1,120 grams complete with all the trimmings. Say: The tent, all the poles and the pegs. A Footprint thus a ground protection tarpaulin I recommend to buy in any case still in addition. However, this only comes to a few grams.

The tent is free-standing and can therefore be erected without tensioning. It is still stable in up to medium-strong winds. If the wind then becomes very strong, the tent should be braced. The ventilation is excellent and also the weather resistance I can confirm: Even in heavy rain, water never came through the tent wall or even the tent floor.

The seat height is 90 centimetres and the reclining width is 76 centimetres. To illustrate: With my 1.84 meters I lie quite relaxed and stretched out in the tent and still have room and a small backpack to accommodate. The rest of the luggage then goes under the vestibule. Check out my extensive MSR Hubba NX field test for even more details on this top bikepacking tent.

The tent was simply very well thought out by MSR: The MSR Hubba NX is a really good tent with many strengths and no real weaknesses.

The MSR Hubba NX is definitely worth the price.

To the detailed MSR Hubba NX field test (test & experiences)

MSR Carbon Reflex

MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Bikepacking Tent

Weight: 798 grams Pack size: 43 x 13 cm Water column: 1200, 1200mm Features: 1 person, 1 entrance & vestibule, UL 7D fabric.

At just 798 grams, the MSR Carbon Reflex 2 is significantly lighter than the Hubba NX. It’s also MSR’s lightest, double-walled tent. To achieve the weight, MSR has used quite thin material: 7D fine material is used for the outer tent. The floor is made of 15D Ripstop Nylon, a slightly stronger material. although the outer tent as well as the floor have a water column of 1200.

There is no zipper at the entrance. A velcro fastener and two hooks are used. Very weight-optimized. The head height of 81 cm is low, as expected. Experience shows that the carbon frame is one of the weak points of the tent.

Naturehike New Cloud Upgrade

Naturehike New Cloud-up Bikepacking Tent

Weight: 1,550 grams Pack size: 45 cm x 12 cm Water column: 3000, 3000mm Features: 1 person, 1 entrance & Apside

Probably the most popular replica of the MSR Hubba NX is the “Naturehike New Cloud-Up” or also “Naturehike Cloud-Up upgraded”. The Chinese company has done a really good job here:

For just over 100€ you get a reliable tent with very similar features: The weight is with 1,550 grams about 250 grams heavier than the MSR tent. Otherwise, the workmanship of the zippers is not quite up to the original.

Of course, the Cloud-Up is also freestanding, but you have to unhitch it a little earlier than the MSR Hubba NX. Very pleasing: The high water column of 4000mm for the tent floor and the outer tent. In addition, the scope of delivery also includes a footprint. The buyers on Amazon seem to be very satisfied with the tent. I have also seen the tent live once at friends and could convince myself of the quality. Definitely a price-performance tip.

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Decathlon Forclaz Trek 900 Ultralight

Decathlon Trek 900 Ultralight Bikepacking Tent

Weight: 798 grams Pack size: 40 x 12 cm Water column: 4000, 5000mm Features: 1 person, 1 entrance & vestibule, UL 7D fabric.

The Decathlon Trek 900 is another price tip in the bikepacking tent category. The Trek 900 can be bought online at Decathlon for about 120€.

For the price, the Decathlon Trek 900 offers a surprising amount of advantages and has hardly any weaknesses. In principle, it is largely a replica of the excellent MSR Hubba NX.

With a weight of about 1,600 grams, the tent is about 200 grams heavier than the MSR Hubba NX, which is more than twice as expensive. The packing dimensions are 40x12x12 and are absolutely fine.

For a lightest bikepaking tent for one person, you can also be comfortable inside: 95 cm high. Inside you have 60 centimetres of space on the head side and 50 centimetres on the foot side. As usual with a lightweight tent, the sides are not exactly spacious. You should still be able to fit some gear in the tent. If the space requirement is larger then the tent also has a vestibule.

Fortunately, a footprint and a repair kit are included in the delivery.

To the detailed Forclaz Trek 900 Ultralight practical test (test & experiences)

Vango F10 Helium UL 1

Vango F10 Helium UL 1

Weight: 1.23 kg Pack size: 43cm x 9cm Water column: 3000mm outer tent, 6000mm floor Features: 1 person, 1 entrance & vestibule, UL 7D fabric.

The Vango F10 Helium has almost all the features you could want in a bikepacking tent. The price remains pleasantly low. Good reasons, therefore, to take a close look at the tent:

The Vango F10 Helium offers extra head and legroom. The outer tent is made of 15D nylon. The base plate is made of particularly robust 70D nylon. This also results in a high water column of 6000mm for both the outer tent and the tent floor – in addition, all seams are factory-taped and therefore waterproof. A footprint is not included, but can be purchased as an accessory.

The interior dimensions promise great space for a 1-person tent. There is space for equipment on both sides: on one side, a triangular area has been added to the inner tent for storage space. There is an apse on the other side.

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL1

Big Agnes Fly Creek Bikepacking Tent

Weight: 0.98 kg Pack size: 48 x 10cm Water column: 1200, 1200mm Features: super light, 3 seasons.

Big Agnes is especially popular with bikepackers and backpackers in the USA. The most popular models are now also available from us. Anyway, there is a whole range of interesting tents from Big Agnes. These combine light weight with a pleasantly large amount of space. Ideal bikepacking tent therefore.

To be sure, the Fly Creek is not completely freestanding. On the other hand, it is particularly light with a total weight of 980 grams. We are dealing with a 1 person and 3 season tent here. The price of about 330 euros is also very fair for what is offered.

There are also 2- and 3-person models of the Big Agnes Fly Creek HV. The 3-person model is still pleasantly light at 1.5 kilos. It is therefore particularly suitable for cyclists with a large space requirement, who nevertheless attach importance to a lightweight tent.

By the way, the addition HV in the product name indicates the revised version of the Big Agnes Fly Creek. In the new HV model, the tent walls have been pulled up more steeply. This makes better use of the indoor space.

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1

Big Agnes Copper Spur Bikepacking Tent

Weight: 1.13 kg Pack size: 42 x 10cm Water column: 1200mm, 1200mm Features: very light, 3 seasons.

Another Big Agnes tent in the bikepacking tent category. Compared to the Fly Creek, the Copper Spur is completely freestanding. With a total weight of 1.5 kilos, the tent is still pleasantly light.

As is often the case with freestanding tents: With the Copper Spur, the inner tent can be pitched independently of the outer tent. This optimises ventilation and the view on hot summer nights. Or the outer tent is used as a tarp without the inner tent to save a few more grams. Can also be used for

There is also a 2-person and a 3-person model of the Copper Spur. The weight is then still absolutely within the framework and the space is of course comfortably large.

The same applies to the Copper Spur: the HV suffix in the name identifies the revised version of the bikepacking tent. The tent walls rise more steeply, which increases the space available in the interior.

Nordisk Telemark 2 ULW

Nordisk Telemark 2 ULW Bikepacking Tent

Weight: 0.88 kg Pack size: 41 x 12 cm Water column: 2000mm, 2000mm Features: received multiple awards & Design Award

The Nordisk Telemark 2 ULW has received several awards for its special design. It’s also incredibly lightweight at just 880 grams. For a double-walled tent, that’s a house number. Officially, the Nordisk Telemark 2 ULW is a 2-person tent. However, I recommend using it for only one person.

Then you can also be pleased about the large amount of space: Luxurious 1 metre seat height and 1.02 lying width are offered. Thus also still another some equipment in the tent comes under.

At around 600 euros, the bikepacking tent is not exactly cheap. If you’re looking for a tent that’s both high-quality and lightweight, you should definitely check out the Nordisk Telemark 2 ULW.

Ultralight tent – The TOP 5

Overview – ultralight tent, guide – tent for bike travel and bikepacking tent.

So by now you know what you need your tent for and I have introduced you to the most suitable tents currently available. In this guide, we delve deeper into the topic of bikepacking tents and tents for bike touring.

Important questions before buying a tent

Some important aspects should be considered before buying a bikepacking tent and a tent for bike travel. Let’s get the main points straight. I also give my own practical experience on each point.

Single and double-walled – the type of construction

A single-wall tent, as the name implies, consists of one wall. In such a tent you are less well protected from the weather, insects and dirt. You can also come into direct contact with condensation on the tent wall.

A double-walled tent offers many advantages in comparison: The outer tent provides weather protection and ventilation. The inner tent offers protection from insects, the weather and dirt. In addition, one is much better protected from condensation inside.

In comparison, a double-walled tent therefore offers many advantages. In return, it is about 200 grams heavier. You also lose about 5 inches to each side through the inner tent. In summary, a multi-wall tent offers many clear advantages. Most travelers can certainly get over the slightly higher weight. For most cyclists, therefore, a double-walled tent is probably the best choice. Only if every gram is important, a single wall tent could be an alternative.

With many tents, the inner tent and outer tent can be pitched and packed separately. This opens up many possibilities:

  • Building the outer tent without inner tent: Opportunities especially in dry areas without insects. You save weight and have more space.
  • Pitching the inner tent without the outer tent: Recommended in Hot regions, indoors, under canopies or even indoors. The inner tent serves as mosquito protection. In addition, one has a better ventilation which can be especially pleasant in hot areas. The view of the starry sky is also free.
  • In the event of rain, pack and transport the wet outer tent separately from the dry inner tent.

Type of guy: freestanding or guyed?

Some tents are free-standing, i.e. you do not have to tie them down with a peg. They stand by the tension of the tent poles alone. For even more stability, these tents can be additionally braced with tent cords and pegs. Dome tents and geo tents are representatives of the freestanding category.

Note should be taken: On stony ground or if the ground is too soft or too hard, then no herring holds. Nor indoors. In such a case, a free-standing tent is worth its weight in gold. In addition, you don’t have to unpeg the tent, saving you time and effort.

Free-standing tents are also usually quicker to erect than non-free-standing tents. Especially in rainy weather and at the end of an exhausting day an uncomplicated tent has advantages.

Free-standing tents are usually about 200 grams heavier than non-free-standing tents.

The ideal tent should weigh as little as possible. When you carry less weight on your bike, you move faster and easier – and riding is more fun. At the latest when you have to push or carry the bike, you know what I mean.

Modern tents can be incredibly light. So the best tent for a bike trip should be as light as possible. This is especially true for bikepackers.

The ideal tent for bike trips should have the smallest possible pack size. Then it takes up less space in the bike bags. The sticking point when it comes to tent packing dimensions are often the tent poles: These are the longest items. Unfortunately, especially free-standing tents often have somewhat longer tent poles. This is usually not a problem on a bike trip: The tent poles are then simply fastened securely in the middle of the luggage rack.

Thanks to its small pack size, the ideal bikepacking tent fits in the handlebar roll or in the frame bag. Some manufacturers now sell special bikepacking versions of their tried-and-tested tents: these feature particularly short tent poles, making them ideal for stowing in the handlebar pulley or frame bag.

The longer your bike trip, the more important the durability of a tent. But also in general you want to have a long time pleasure with your purchase. Modern lightweight tents have a limited lifespan. So on a really long bike ride, strictly speaking, you could talk about a consumable. I’m sure many long-term travellers had a number of tents in use at once on their trip. There is a whole series of common sources of faults: zips no longer work, the underbody is less and less waterproof or the tent poles break after a certain time. UV rays also damage the outer tent over time.

Can your bikepacking tent withstand stormy weather? Stormy weather is the exception rather than the norm. However, if the cycling trip lasts for a long time, it can sometimes come to a thunderstorm or squalls. Some regions are also known for particularly unpredictable and harsh weather – for example Iceland.

So the ideal tent should be able to withstand a storm. Even if houses, animals or even cars are blown away in the surrounding area 😉

Two factors significantly influence the stability of a tent: the type of tent and often also the weight.

  • Influence of tent design on stability: Geodesic and tunnel tents are particularly stable in windy weather. Always provided they are correctly braced. The direction in which the tent is pitched also plays a role: the tent should be pitched in such a way as to give the wind as little of an attack surface as possible. Ridge tents, which are wedge-shaped tents, are most susceptible to strong gusts of wind. Nowadays, however, tents of this design have largely been superseded by other designs. More about this also further down in this article
  • Influence of the tent weight on the stability: Basically, a very light or even a UL tent (Ultralight tent) is often not as storm-proof as a slightly heavier one. As described above, some tents do not need to be braced. These are then so-called free-standing tents. The additional support provided by the pegs in the ground and the guy ropes naturally increases the weather and wind resistance.

In the event of a storm, it is then also worthwhile to unhitch this tent.

Interior space

In the ideal tent there is enough space for more than just a sleeping mat. In the ideal tent, people sleep, unpack and repack travel gear, work, play, change clothes and invite guests.

A tent for a bike trip usually provides space for the sleeping pad and the bike bags.

In a bikepacking tent there is usually room for a small backpack or saddle bag in addition to the sleeping pad. In a very minimalist Ultralight tent there is usually only room for the sleeping pad.

Vestibule – space outside

The best tent for bike touring and bikepacking also has room to keep gear safe and dry. The bike has to stay outside most of the time for space reasons. But even quite small tents usually have a vestibule, i.e. an awning. Larger tents sometimes even have two of them. Additional equipment such as panniers can be stored there. The vestibule is also an ideal place to put your shoes or cook.

With many modern tents, the size of the vestibule can be changed by bracing it accordingly. If the vestibule is correctly tensioned, the equipment will usually only get a few splashes, even in moderately heavy rain.

Color and visibility

The tent color is not only a matter of personal taste. If you would like to go wild camping, for example, then you should remain undetected. An inconspicuous tent color helps a lot. A tent that adapts to its surroundings, almost like a chameleon, is therefore ideally suited.

For the following cases, different colors have proven to be useful:

  • Dark green, dark brown and neutral colors: The tent is particularly inconspicuous in nature and you will not be seen immediately.
  • Red, light brown, bright orange colors and yellow: The tent is more suitable for the high mountains. Here the tent can be discovered quickly. In dangerous situations such as avalanches or for orientation, this feature can save lives. In desert regions these colors are very inconspicuous.

The choice of colour therefore depends entirely on the environment in which you intend to use the tent most of the time.

Weather resistance

A good tent keeps you dry inside and stays tight even in the rain. The best tents will do that even in monsoon-like rain or if they get washed out. Could you get into a weather situation like this? You should think about this before your bike trip.

The following measures can increase the weather resistance of a tent:

  • Footprint: A footprint is available as an accessory for most tents. Sometimes this ground cover is already included in the delivery. The Footprint increases the water resistance of the tent floor and protects it from wear and tear. For some tents there are special large groundsheets. In addition to the tent floor, these also protect the space in the awning so that the equipment in the awning also stays dry.
  • Adaptable outer tent: With flexible tents, the outer tent can be pulled down low. Also, the outer tent should generally reach all the way down at the corners. This will keep rain splashes out safely. The side walls can then be left up in good weather and allow pleasant air circulation.


Comfortable ventilation is one of the most important aspects when buying a tent for bike touring and for a bikepacking tent. In the worst case, a large amount of condensation can collect on the tent wall. So much that water drips down and literally makes you wet! Tents with poor ventilation also heat up quickly, even in the early morning.

The following points ensure particularly good ventilation in the tent:

  • Double-walled tent: Due to sweating and breathing, condensation forms on the outer tent. With a single-wall tent, you can easily touch the tent wall. In addition, the condensation water can also drip downwards. An inner tent prevents condensation from touching the tent and sometimes keeps water from dripping down.
  • Adjustable outer tent: The ventilation of the outer tent should be adjustable. Basically, raised exterior walls provide better ventilation. In the event of bad weather, the outer tent can then be pulled lower for rain protection.
  • High mesh content in the inner tent: Large areas of sewn fly netting promote ventilation in the inner tent. In hot weather, only the inner tent can be pitched (without the outer tent). Then a pleasant breeze can blow through the tent. You can also marvel at the starry sky at night.

Privacy in the tent

After a long day on the bike, you’ll probably want to retire for a while. In the ideal tent you should therefore feel safe and secure. Especially in hot weather, the following point can be important: For ideal ventilation, you can only pitch the inner tent without the outer tent. Then you can be pampered by a warm breeze. Not everyone should look directly into your tent? Then an inner tent with a combination of mesh and solid tent makes sense. An inner tent completely made of mesh is very easy to see from the outside.

View from the tent

Your tent should protect you from rain and bad weather. But thou shalt not suffer from claustrophobia in it! But when the weather and nature are at their best, you want to soak it up 🙂 Right out of your tent! For a particularly beautiful view out of the tent: a retractable vestibule (awning) and a fly net (mesh) on the tent door or a high mesh section on the inner tent.

Of course, price is also an important factor when buying a tent! How much tent do you get for your money? Really good tents from well-known outdoor brands cost several hundred euros and are definitely worth the money. However, it is understandable that many people have a price ceiling for buying a tent.

The good news in this case: There are also some good alternatives for just over a hundred euros. In the core, the weight of these tents is then usually a few hundred grams higher. However, compared to the top tents, they cost only about half. I realize that price is an important factor. That’s why I’ve included these inexpensive alternatives above.

What types of tents are there?

In this section I explain in detail the different tent designs. I’ll also list the pros and cons for you, and then give a conclusion on tent construction.

The following designs are possible for a tent for bike touring and a bikepacking tent

The ridge tent is a very simple tent design. It is built in a wedge shape and the tent walls slope steeply towards the outside.

advantages and disadvantages

✅ Special lightweight construction: This construction can be a few hundred grams lighter than other types of tents. There are therefore some UL tents in the ridge tent design. ❌ Steeply sloping tent walls: This also severely limits the space inside.

Because of this disadvantage, ridge tents are only the exception nowadays. This design was superseded by other designs.

Tunnel tent

As the name suggests, these tents look very similar to a tunnel. The tent poles are almost perpendicular to the ground when the tent is erected. This results in the following properties:

✅ Good ratio between floor space and available space as well as seat height Comparatively large vestibule due to the tunnel construction, especially an advantage in comparison with dome tents. ✅ very good space-to-weight ratio ❌ Unfavorable much attack surface for wind and squalls. To minimise the area of attack, the tent should be aligned lengthwise to the wind. ❌ Not free-standing: Must be braced

The walls of the dome tent are almost as steep as those of the tunnel tent. This results in a number of interesting properties

✅ Good ratio between floor space and space available as well as seat height – but somewhat worse than the tunnel tent ✅ good space-to-weight ratio – here also somewhat worse than a tunnel tent ✅ Free-standing: Stands without guy ropes and pegs ✅ Resistant to wind gusts and storms

The geo tent is a complex tent construction, suitable for 2 persons and more and offers a number of unique advantages. If the tent has to be particularly robust, then the geo tent can be a good choice.

✅ Also good ratio between floor space and space available – similar to dome tent ✅ Very robust against wind and storm: Due to the multiple crossed pole construction ✅ Carries snow loads well ✅ Free-standing: Stands without guy ropes or pegs ❌ Complex under construction: Requires at least 2 people

Bivouac tent

Take a bivy sack, add a mini tent to the head end and the bivy tent is ready. Due to the limited space, as well as low comfort, the Biwack tent is a niche product. For a short bikepacking trip, the bivy tent can be an alternative to a bivy sack or a 1-person tent.

Advantages and disadvantages of the Biwack tent

✅ Unbeatable light tent ✅ Unbeatable small tent pack size ❌ Low comfort ❌ Hardly any space: Can only be used for sleeping

A roll-up tent is more suitable for weekend trips by car. I mention this design therefore only for the sake of completeness. The poles are integrated into the tent. The tent practically pops up by itself when it is opened. Thus it stands within a few seconds and is also quickly packed again.

However, due to its construction, the packed tent is very heavy and large. This makes it unsuitable as a tent for bike touring and certainly not as a bikepacking tent. A throw tent is also not wind and weather resistant. Tents of this type are therefore more often found at festivals.

Conclusion – Tent construction

At the beginning of this article we clarified your requirements for a tent. Then we took a close look at the most important features when buying a tent. Now you know the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of tents. So match your requirements with the features of the tent builders and then make a buying decision.

The tents presented in this article can also help you decide. Do you have any questions or suggestions for additions? Then feel free to write me a comment 🙂

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7 BEST Bikepacking Tents of 2024 | Options For ALL Trips and Budgets!

The allure of bike-packing lies in the seamless blend of freedom, speed, and the raw, unfiltered embrace of nature. It’s an odyssey on two wheels, a journey defined by the path less traveled, the pumping of legs and the tent you choose to carry.

A bike packers tent becomes their home and their place of refuge after a long days riding. As you know, the nature of bikepacking trips can mean having to pitch up miles from civilisation and sleeping out in all conditions. But, like tortoises, bikepackers also need to carry these homes with them wherever they go.

As such, the best bikepacking tent needs to be comfortable, durable, easy to pitch and as light as possible in order to facilitate riding. Well the good news that If you’re looking for the best bikepacking tents right now, this list will answer all your questions. We have tried and tested Solo tents, ultralight tents, two and three man tents – whatever you’re after, we got you covered.

On my list of the top bikepacking tents of 2024, I’ve taken into consideration a bunch of different factors to make sure that only the best of the best has made it onto this list — how easy they are to put up, water resistance, price, durability, and more — all to make it easy to find the right bikepacking tent for your travel needs.

I tried a LOT of Bikepacking tents so rest assures that the ones featured here are the very best.

Quick Answer: These are the Bikepacking Tents of 2024

Best bikepacking tents of 2024, #1 – overall best quality bikepacking tent, #2 – best (solo) ultralight tent for bikepacking, #3 – best (solo) budget bikepacking tent, #4 – best 2 person bikepacking tent, #5 – best 3 person bikepacking tent, #6 – best bikepacking tent for the tropics, #7 – best bikepacking tent for europe, buyer guide – how to choose the best bikepacking tent for you, faq about the best bikepacking tents, final thoughts on the best bikepacking tents.

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#1 Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1 Ultralight Bikepacking Tent – Overall Best Quality Bikepacking Tent

#2 nemo dragonfly osmo 2p bikepack tent – best (solo) ultralight tent for bikepacking, #3 coleman sundome tent – best (solo) budget bikepacking tent, #4 msr hubba hubba 2-person lightweight backpacking tent – best 2 person bikepacking tent, #5 msr hubba tour 3 – best 3 person bikepacking tent, #6 nemo hornet osmo ultralight backpacking tent – best bikepacking tent for the tropics, #7   lone rider mototent – best bikepacking tent for europe.

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL Ultralight Backpacking Tent

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1 Bikepack Tent

  • Price > $$$
  • > Full coverage rainfly
  • > Dry entry vestibule

Nemo Dragonfly Ultralight Backpacking Tent

NEMO Dragonfly OSMO 2P Bikepack Tent

  • > High arching poles
  • > Easy set up

Coleman Sundome Tent

Coleman Sundome Tent

  • > It has large door
  • > Best for mild conditions

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MSR Hubba Hubba 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent

  • > 3 year warranty
  • > Three-season backpacking tent

bike trip tent

MSR Hubba Hubba 3

  • > Plenty of room for three people
  • > Massive ceiling pocket & 7 other pockets inside

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Nemo Hornet OSMO Ultralight Backpacking Tent

  • > Designed to be weathertight and rugged
  • > Lifetime warranty

Lone Rider MotoTent

Lone Rider MotoTent

  • > Lightweight
  • > 2-year guarantee

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1 Ultralight Bikepacking Tent

Big Agnes Copper Spur Tent

Want a cool bikepacking tent for a European bikepacking adventure ? The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1 Ultralight Backpacking Tent is definitely one that you should be considering, especially if you’re looking for a lightweight tent.

While 2 and 3 person versions are available, for now we’re going to focus on the one-person Big Agnes Fly Creek as we believe it makes the perfect solo bikepacking tent. Though the Big Agnes Fly Creek looks like a simple tent, there are actually a lot of features to this bikepacking tent that we want to shout about so here goes! The tent poles here create an architecture that provides high volume and increases the interior space. The featherlight pole system creates a floor area of 20 square feet, with a head height of 38 inches. For one of the lighter tents on the market, it offers epic storage space.

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL 2

The tent fabric materials are designed to hold up in adverse weather conditions, with a full-coverage rainfly that means you should be sheltered from a storm wherever you happen to set up camp – even in the mountains. There’s also a dry entry vestibule space , which does what it sounds like it might do, keeping your tent dry as you come in and out, but also providing space for you to stash your camping gear.

The packed weight of this top bikepacking tent is a very light 2 pounds 1 ounce, with a super light 1 pound 11 ounces once pitched. It’s the lightest tent on our list, and it’s easy to set up, too. An all-around awesome tent that will provide you with all the protection and comfort you need on your Europe adventure. In short, it’s simply one of the best ultralight backpacking tents there is.

Need more info? Have a look at our more in-depth Big Agnes Fly Creek tent review.

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Nemo Dragonfly Ultralight Backpacking Tent

When you’re out on a ride, the last thing you want is to be carrying weight than you absolutely need to and the fact is that tent can really add weight to your load. For this reason we love ultra-lightweight tents for bikepacking trips!

We have tried a lot of differ ultralight tents over the years and consider the NEMO Dragonfly OSMO 2P Bikepack Tent to be amongst the absolute best. It offers a heady combo of lightweight packability along with high comfort levels. This awesome bikepacking tent weighs in at just 2 pounds 1 ounces so you will barely feel it on your bike.

This lightweight model is made from pre-bent DAC featherlight poles making it super easy to pack down to its modest 19.5 x 4 inches. As well as being light, this epic camping tent will fit easily into your frame bag.

Ultralight tents are usually less resilient and durable than other tents as the lighter materials are more sensitive to strains. However, the Nemo Dragonfly is as hard wearing an ultralight tent as there is. This top bikepacking tent is constructed from integrated 20D nylon and 15D nylon ripstop , with waterproof protection and the integrated groundsheet Is also very tough. The canopy is 1200mm waterproof nylon ripstop. The protected strut vents mean humidity can be easily released, too.

It’s actually a very liveable tent ideal for long trips. It’s got high arching poles, for an expansive interior, making it feel quite roomy. You can actually sit up inside the tent (it’s 36″ in height).

There’s also enough room to store your gear and sleeping bag inside, too, as the tent is covered by a large trapezoidal cover – ample room to keep your precious stuff safe, dry and out of the way. It doesn’t block entry to the tent, which is a plus.

The Nemo Dragonfly boasts an easy set-up , which is a godsend. Colour-coded poles make it easy to set up (around 12 minutes) with a rainfly that snaps into place.

Coleman Sundome Tent

Bikepacking tents generally don’t come cheap. However the Coleman Sundome Tent halves (and then halves again, and then maybe again) the price of most bikepacking tents making it the super budget-friendly bike touring tent option.

You may be thinking, ‘Ok, so it’s cheap, that must mean it’s rubbish.’ And while it is does not perform as well as some other tents in this round up, it’s still a decent piece of travel gear.

Best for mild conditions, this offering from Coleman – depending on which size variation you go for (yes, you have options) weighs in at 7.2 lbs at its lightest and is relatively spacious regardless of which size you go for. It comes in two, three, four and six-man versions.

The tent has a large door, which is nice because no one likes getting tangled up as they try to get settled into their sleeping bag for the night. There’s also a rear hooded window and a hooded fly for extra ventilation. The integrated groundsheet is made of 1000D polythene with welded seams to guard against any leaks; the fly and walls of the tent are coated polyester, meaning they’re durable and shouldn’t let any water in. If you do have to weather a storm in this tent, there are external guy points to keep you stable in high winds.

Not only is this budget bikepacking tent great value for money , but it’s also easy to set up – you should be ready to jump in for some well-deserved rest after around 15 minutes, thanks to the pin and ring pole to body connections. You won’t even have to look at the instructions.

Looking for other reasonably priced tents? Check out our guide to the best budget backpacking tents .

MSR Hubba Hubba 2 Tent.

Not all biking tours and cycling excursions are done solo, of course. You may want to hit the road with your mate, or your partner, and if you do that, you’ll want a two-person tent that ensures that you’re as comfortable as can be.

So for the best two-person bikepacking tent out there, we would definitely recommend the MSR Hubba Hubba 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent. This three-season backpacking tent is one of the top tents out there whether for bikepacking or straight up camping.

There is plenty of space for you and whoever to sit inside and share a cup of tea or coffee. The MSR Hubba Hubba is cosy and convenient addition . Size-wise it’s 2.13 metres (84″) in length by 1.27 metres (50″) wide, with room to sleep side by side; the peak of the tent is 1 metre (39″) high. Ample crouching room.

When it comes to rolling up the tent and slinging it on the bike, the dimensions of this awesome bikepacking tent all packed up is 18 x 6 inches – its weight of 3 pounds 14 ounces. You can leave the flysheet or the bottom half of the tent at home for even lighter weight.

The freestanding design of the Hubba Hubba is interesting. This means you get a whole 29 square feet of floor area with no tapering sides stealing away your precious space. There are also two doors on the tent (one for each of you, right?) and an additional 8.75 square feet on either side for storing your all-important gear away from the elements.

On top of all that goodness, the set-up is straightforward (under 5 minutes!) and there’s a three-year warranty , even though this super lightweight tent will no doubt last you for years. You’ll be thankful you got this one!

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MSR Hubba Hubba 3 Tent

Maybe a two-person tent isn’t enough for you. If you love extra space when bikepacking, or you’re travelling in a group of three, this tent is the one for you!

girl sitting in a msr hubba hubba 3 person tent while camping in front of a snow capped mountain in tajikistan central asia

The MSR Hubba Hubba 3 Backpacking Tent really is our top choice for the best 3 person bikepacking tent you’re likely to find at the moment. It’s awesome. Made by the good people at MRS, this tent has been specifically designed for three people in mind – it’s not just a larger version of a two-man tent.

Made for high volume to increase living space without adding weight, the dimensions of this baby are 70 inches by 90 inches, with a floor area that covers 43 square feet –  lots of room for everyone in your group to have a good night’s sleep.

This bikepacking tent has one thing we like a lot: steep walls that create a decent amount of living space. Not only that but there’s also room for your gear storage with dual vestibules for keeping your gear nice and dry. There’s also a massive ceiling pocket and seven other pockets inside . We love pockets.

In terms of weight, adding room for one more doesn’t add much to the weight of this tent: it’s a mere 3lbs 7oz. Packed, that’s 6.4lbs with a size of 7″ x 17″. As a fun bonus, it comes in two colourways : a punchy orange and grey combo, and a more muted olive green. Yay.

Nemo Hornet OSMO Tent

If you’re thinking of a bikepacking tour around Vietnam or Thailand then you’ll want something suited to the hot and humid climate of the region. Less is more when it comes to camping somewhere like this, so the Nemo Hornet Ultralight Backpacking Tent is a bloody good option.

Packing down to a very light (and pretty small) 2 pounds, 19.5 (50cm) inches by 4.5 inches (12cm), it really won’t add much to your kit weight.

This top bikepacking tent for the tropics comes in both one and two-person sizes although we’re focusing on the one-man version for now. It’s got a single vestibule with enough space to keep your precious belongings safe from the elements, be it a downpour or the blazing sun.

Designed to be weathertight and rugged , the Nemo Hornet has a 10D nylon ripstop fly , which makes it durable, water repellent and very light; the canopy, constructed of 10D nylon ripstop as well, has no-see-um mesh to keep those pesky bugs out, but to allow a breeze in (privacy, too). It’s super quick to set up. You won’t have to fiddle around with confusing details and will be lounging inside your tent within minutes.

There are a few nice little added features that we want to talk about – the kinds of things that make your life a little more easy on the road. We like the Diffusing Light Pocket s – slot a torch in here and it becomes a lantern for the tent. There are also guys and struts that pull out the corners, so you and your stuff don’t get covered in condensation. Add to that a lifetime warranty for defects and you have yourself a winner.

Want some more info? Check out our dedicated and more in-depth review of the Nemo Hornet tent .

Lone Rider MotoTent

The overall best quality bikepacking tent out there at the moment has to be the Lone Rider MotoTent , for a lot of reasons. Made by bikers, for bikers, the Lone Rider MotoTent is cool because there’s a dedicated space to park your ride inside the tent itself. This means it’s not only kept away from prying eyes, but also from the elements, meaning rain, snow or the sun won’t affect your bike in any way.

There’s enough space for two riders and their gear inside (the porch is 2 metres high – 6’7″ – so you can stand up inside it), with room for panniers as well. The length is 4.15 metres. We love that you can stretch out and keep your stuff dry in this tent!

Though built specifically as a motorcycle tent , it’s definitely possible to use this is if you’re a cyclist, too. Bicycles can be expensive too!

It’s well-built , with a high-quality groundsheet that will keep you dry, and a pretty amazing 7-minute set-up time thanks to colour coded, easy-use pole sleeves amongst other things. It’s also pretty lightweight, weighing in at 5.54kg (12lb), with a bold claim that it’s the lightest tent (with a motorcycle canopy) around.

The lightweight structure doesn’t take away from its durability : it’s got a strong tunnel design that’s constructed of high-quality material, with fly fabric that’s ultralight and UV-resistant with waterproof coating. Even the poles and pegs are made from aircraft-grade aluminium . It’s definitely reliable.

When you want to hit the road again and start the next leg of your adventure, the Lone Rider MotoTent rolls up to a very portable 60 (24″) x 20 (8″) centimetres, so it’ll easily fit on your bike. Last but not least is the 2-year guarantee, which means if your tent should become faulty, Lone Rider will replace it free of charge. Can’t argue with that!

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Now, you  could spend a fat chunk of $$$ on the WRONG present for someone. Wrong size hiking boots, wrong fit backpack, wrong shape sleeping bag… As any adventurer will tell you, gear is a personal choice.

So give the adventurer in your life the gift of convenience: buy them an REI Co-op gift card!  REI is The Broke Backpacker’s retailer of choice for ALL things outdoors, and an REI gift card is the perfect present you can buy from them. And then you won’t have to keep the receipt. 😉

Will Hatton enjoys an epic view in Pakistan from his motorbike

Those were the seven best bikepacking tents going right now, the best you’re likely to find anywhere. But though our handy list puts all these heavy hitters in once place to make it easy for you to make a decision, it’s not always easy to pick the right tent for you. There are a lot of factors to think about.

Don’t worry: as usual, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a handy guide of things to consider when you’re thinking about purchasing a brand new bikepacking tent.

1. Packability

If you’re heading out on the road, not only are you going to be looking for a tent that will keep you dry and safe once it’s set up but one that you will be able to pack away tightly and securely.

There’s no use getting a tent that you can’t pack up and put away onto your bike easily; it will become a hindrance to your trip and that is not what you want at all.

Choose a bikepacking tent that suits how you pack. Do you have a big bag, and don’t mind a bit of extra weight? Then you can afford to go for something larger. If you’re all about keeping extra weight, and space, to a minimum, then something that’s ultralight will be what suits your bikepacking adventure.

Remember, you will want to consider the practicalities of traveling on a bike in each location including having to attach it to buses or ship overland or air, so having a smaller tent can keep costs down in this regard too.

Though tents aren’t exactly well known for being easy to set up, it doesn’t have to be this way! There are a lot of good bikepacking tents out there that are surprisingly easy to set up, making the process of arriving at your destination for the night a relative breeze.

You need to consider what sort of weather you’re be riding in, and what lighting conditions you need to be able to set up a tent quickly. Too many steps and fiddly poles and you’ll just end up frustrated at the end of a long day.

If you’re all about doing speed and getting things done quickly, then you are going to want to focus on looking for a good bikepacking tent that boasts a quick set-up time. Tip : It’s also a good idea to set up your tent in your backyard (maybe a few times) before you set off on your travels, just so you know how it works.

The weight of every piece you pack on a bikepacking trip is important, and as one of the bulkier items you’ll be carrying with you, a tent is certainly no exception.

For that reason, ultralight tents are almost always a good call – especially if you’re also riding a lightweight bike.

However, if you’re only setting out for a few days, or if you’re a relative newcomer to the world of bikepacking, you may not have a need for getting the most super ultra featherlight tent out there, which can run more expensive.

4. Durability

You’re not going to want to fork out hundreds (and hundreds) of dollars for a tent that isn’t worth it’s salt. If you are going to be heading out on adventures a lot with your new bikepacking tent, then you are going to want to choose something that will last.

Value for money is a good idea, that’s for sure, but if you’re racing in more rugged conditions, you might want to splash some extra cash.

If there is a lot of rain and wind in your future, and maybe even rugged terrain, then you should really consider getting something that ticks all the boxes when it comes to weatherproof, durable materials.

If not, you might be ok with a more ‘basic’ tent.

Another thing to consider is the warrantees that a lot of bikepacking tents offer. Two and three years is good, but if you think you’re going to be in the bikepacking game for the long haul, then you may want to consider something that comes with a lifetime guarantee.

It’s an obvious one, but basically, you have to think about two things: the size the tent packs down to (packability) and the size of the actual tent once it’s pitched.

Since we’ve already covered how packability can affect how you choose the best bikepacking tent for you, we’ll focus on the actual size of the tent after it’s been set up.

First of all, you’ll want to think about whether you can stand a one-person tent, or if you want a two-person tent for more room (or if you’re going to be travelling as a couple) – or maybe even a three or four-person might be a good idea for you. It all depends on how many people you’re travelling with – and how much you want to spread out.

If you’ve got a lot of stuff, you’ll either want a big tent, or you’ll want something with a lot of storage space.

Lastly, do you want something with room to stand or are you ok with just sitting? Bear in mind that some bikepacking tents can really be mini. Make sure you check the dimensions thoroughly, as tall people probably won’t enjoy smaller tents!

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Still, have some questions? No problem! We’ve listed and answered the most commonly asked questions below. Here’s what people usually want to know:

How heavy should a bikepacking tent be?

Ideally, a bikepacking tent should be light so that you could carry it yourself with ease. Luckily, most tents are ultralight nowadays and you can expect a 2-4 pound weight, depending on the size.

How do I choose a bikepacking tent?

Keep these things in mind: 1. Packability and set Up 2. Your budget 3. Size and durability 4. Weight and material

What is the best 1 person bikepacking tent?

We think the NEMO Dragonfly OSMO 2P Bikepack Tent is ideal for solo bikers.

What is the best bikepacking tent on a budget?

A great budget bikepacking tent is the Coleman Sundome Tent . It’s super affordable, yet offers quite a bit of bang for your buck.

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You already know there are so many reasons to go bikepacking . Whatever sort of cycling or motorbike adventure you’re thinking of heading off on, it pays to invest in a bikepacking tent to make sure that your time on the road goes as smoothly as possible. A good tent will definitely be the difference between comfort and annoyance.

We are certain that, whoever you are and however you prefer to travel on your adventures, you will be able to hone in on something on our list of the best bikepacking tents.

There’s a lot to choose from, but we would say that our top choice for the definitive, overall best quality bikepacking tent has to be the Lone Rider MotoTent . That space to store your bike is simply genius.

That said if you don’t care all that much about having a little porch for your bike – and especially if you’re on a budget – a good beginner’s option would be the Coleman Sundome Tent. At that price, this highly reviewed tent is just an amazing purchase.

Let us know in the comments below which bikepacking tent you go for – and tell us if you’ve got a favourite that isn’t on this list!

Hey, carrying a lot of weight on your bike can really make the trip that much more hard work, check the best electric bikes out there if you want to lighten the load on your legs!

You’ll also need a good quality bikepacking bag for your adventure too!

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Best bikepacking tents: overnight shelters for all weathers

Get out for a comfortable overnight adventure on your bike with the best bikepacking tents

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The best bikepacking tents should provide adequate shelter in whatever conditions you find yourself in, without taking up too much precious space or weighing you down.

There are many different approaches to bikepacking sleeping systems but the humble tent is one that provides significantly more protection from rain, wind, insects, and other outdoor elements than the rest. While the thought of sleeping out under nothing but a vast canopy of stars might fill us with wanderlust, the reality is that weather happens. 

Choosing the best bikepacking tent should guarantee the best possible night's sleep out in the wilderness, however, if your tent is poorly designed, badly made, or too heavy and bulky, it’s going to have a serious impact on your bikepacking enjoyment.

Luckily tents have been getting progressively smaller, lighter and, with the increasing popularity of bikepacking, better tailored to be transported as part of an ultra-light bikepacking setup. There are now a number of tents that either consider or are specifically designed to meet the needs of bikepackers, including features such as shorter pack sizes and added storage space for things like helmets. Keep reading for our pick of the best bikepacking tents, or skip to the bottom of this guide for advice on what to look for when picking a tent.

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Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Bikepack Solution Dye

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Bikepack Solution Dye

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We have mostly focused on one-person tents as these are the smallest and lightest however for riders who adventure in pairs or just want a little more living space to spread out, the Tiger Wall UL2 is one of the best options. The double vestibule makes it easier to get in and out for both occupants or gives more pitching flexibility if being used by a single person. If the company of another person isn’t enough and you prefer a crowd, Big Agnes also does a three-person version of the Tiger Wall.

Big Agnes uses a Shortstik Poleset to help keep pack size down and the whole tent packs up into a compression sack that features daisy chain webbing loops for attaching to handlebars, frames or racks with the poles lashed to the outside of the stuff sack.

Gear organization is easy as the Tiger Wall not only has the vestibules but also internal pockets and helmet-specific storage too so your gear should be easy to organize and out the way once you are in camp mode.

Finally, Big Agnes uses its new Solution-dyed fabric for the Tiger Wall which it says is not only better for the environment as it uses 80 per cent less energy, 80 perc ent fewer chemicals and 50 per cent less water to produce, but is also more durable and UV resistant.

Terra Nova Laser Pulse 1

Terra Nova Laser Pulse 1

Terra Nova is known for making ultra-lightweight kit and the Laser Pulse 1 is the lightest tent on our list. If the staggering 545g weight, with an equally impressive pack size, still seems a bit heavy, Terra Nova does an Ultra version which is claimed to be the lightest tent in the world at just 490g. That 55g saving does come at a serious premium so for most riders the regular Laser Pulse 1 is probably light enough.

Despite its light weight the Laser Pulse is still big enough to almost sit up in and has a little porch space to store a few bags and your shoes. Pitching is straightforward too and the outer and inner can be erected together, so if it's pouring with rain you will be able to quickly get set up and under shelter. The inner and outer can also be pitched separately too should you only want to use part of the tent.

Sea to Summit Alto TR1

Sea to Summit Alto TR1

Sea to Summit has clearly spent a lot of time thinking about the features that are important to making a tent that is extremely user-friendly. For a start, thanks to the TensionRidge cross beam the tent has one of the best living areas as the walls are steeper, providing more shoulder and head space when sitting up. This also benefits  entering and exiting the tent as the doors are taller as well as allowing the front to be completely opened up. The TensionRidge isn’t just structural either, as Sea to Summit has built exit vents around the top of the tent to give better air circulation and improve condensation management.

The Alto can be erected rainfly first and the DAC poles are all color-coded with the aluminum machined Quick-Connect pole feet for simple setup. Sea to Summit's Quick-Connect system uses these special clips to simply hold the inner tent or tent footprint to the flysheet outer layer. 

Attention to detail is superb even down to the stuff sack design. The tent itself packs into three separate bags which can either be linked together or split into three parts for more versatile packing arrangements. Once the tent is set up, the stuff sacks clip into the inside of the tent for internal storage and the pole bag can be turned into a diffusing overhead light source when paired with a head torch for even illumination.

Vango F10 Project Hydrogen

Vango F10 Hydrogen Air Tent

For bikepackers the most inconvenient part of a tent is the poles. Without a large backpack or the option of substituting your walking poles to the tent structure, they have to be short enough to fit in a frame bag or between the handlebars. However what if you just got rid of the poles entirely? Well, that is exactly what Vango has done with the F10 Hydrogen Air. By swapping out rigid poles for an inflatable pole Vango has created a tent that packs down into a staggeringly small 1L stuff sack. For comparison, that's about as small as some bivy bags.

Going poleless has other advantages as well. The F10 Hydrogen Air can be set up extremely quickly as, despite being a double-wall tent, the inner and outer are attached so it's just a case of picking your sleeping spot, laying the tent out, pump up the AirBeam pole and stake it out. While your bike pump will likely be your go-to for inflation, Vango says you can also use a CO2 canister. When it comes to breaking camp the tent can just be deflated, unpegged and stuffed away quickly. 

Space is on par with other low profile one-person tents and the side entrance with inner mesh door opens out wide making it easier to access the tent. In terms of weatherproofing and durability, Vango is one of the most recognized tent manufacturers around so it should last for many years to come.

Alpkit Aeronaut 1

Alpkit Aeronaut 1

Another inflatable tent, the Alpkit Aeronaut follows the same recipe as the Vango F10 using an inflated tube as the main method of holding the shape of the tent. The main difference between the two is price, Alpkit is well known for its very competitive pricing and the Aeronaut retails for considerably less than the Vango. This does come at a compromise though, as the weight plus stowed volume is noticeably larger. It still packs down relatively small, so for space-conscious bikepackers looking for a tent on a budget, the Aeronaut is a great option.

The inner and outer are connected to make pitching quick and simple by just inflating the pole sleeve using the Schrader valve and pegging the tent out. Last thing you want is a deflation through the night and Alpkit provides a puncture repair kit with the tent should you spring a leak. A wide side entrance door makes easy work of entry, exit and general campsite hanging out.

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL1

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL1

Big Agnes is quickly cornering the market as one the the main players when it comes to bikepacking tents. This is in part thanks to the Fly Creek range which is becoming a classic for those tackling multi day adventures by bike and looking for a balance in durability, pack size and features. The HV is the updated version of the Fly Creek UL1 and takes all the features that were so popular with the original while tweaking the structure to provide improved liveable space. A more square profile makes the living space feel larger without actually increasing square footage, and reworked mounting points on the inner help hold the tent more tightly. 

It gets the same beefed-up stuff sack as the Big Agnes Tiger Wall which can be mounted directly to the bike. You also get internal shelves and pockets for your gear as well to keep everything dry. 

While the Fly Creek HV UL1 is more than competitive in weight and pack size, Big Agnes does a ‘crazylight’ version for those who want to save even more grams. It’s almost half the weight although over double the cost and does not pack down as small due to the folded length of the carbon Easton poles.

MSR Carbon Reflex 1

MSR Carbon Reflex 1

MSR is another big name in the outdoor equipment world and its Carbon Reflex 1 tent is an ultralight option that's great for bikepacking. Despite being a fully featured tent it still packs away small thanks to the lightweight fabric of the rainfly sheet and the Easton Carbon poles. The inner is mostly made from mesh, so ventilation and moisture management is great, although be careful when packing as it's easy to snag and damage the mesh material. Like some of the other tents here the use of mesh on the inner and ability to be pitched in separate parts means, weather permitting, you can opt to sleep without the outer and enjoy the stars.

The MSR has a narrow pitch size so it's great if you often find yourself struggling for space. Despite its small footprint there is a good amount of vestibule space for shoes and bags to be brought under cover. MSR has chosen to make the vestibule zipper-less, instead choosing two strips of Velcro for closure to save overall weight and space. While this is easy to use, it's worth considering your pitching position in case a gust of wind blows it open in the middle of the night.

Hexamid Solo Tent

Zpacks Hexamid Solo Tent

While Terra Nova has the world record for the lightest tent, Zpacks' Hexamid Solo tent’s modular design is giving it serious competition. In its lightest format the Hexamid is a staggering 294g although once you add the Zpacks bathtub ground sheet and required 48 inch pole the weight will be around 480g. This is mostly down to the Dyneema fabric which is incredibly strong and lightweight and is used in a single wall design, the bathtub groundsheet is also Dyneema although twice as thick as the canopy to ward off punctures from below. Inside the tent there is a fully enclosed insect screen to keep the bugs out.

As we all know lightweight always comes at the cost of features and there are a few quirks with the Hexamid Solo you should be aware of. Firstly and unsurprisingly there is no storage other than the vestibule which does not exactly get close to the ground. Number two is that the Dyneema fabric is a little translucent, that means during the day people will be able to see your silhouette moving about inside and you will be able to see outlines of the outside, Zpacks is a glass-half-full brand describing it as “a more immersed outdoor experience” but light sleepers might want to bring a sleeping mask. 

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How to choose the best bikepacking tent

1. Why choose a tent?

For some, the idea of choosing a tent means adding unnecessary weight and packing complications to the bike. However, these days tents have dropped a lot of weight and greatly reduced pack size so if you are looking for some extra comfort it might only cost you 100g over a tarp and bivy setup.

Where a tent excels is that they can be free-standing for a simpler setup and provide far more protection from the elements than a tarp could, greatly increasing your chances of getting a good night’s sleep and feeling refreshed for the next day ahead. Ultimately bikepacking, whether it's just for fun or at the pointy end of an ultra-endurance race is a game of attrition, a guarantee of a reliable night’s sleep could easily be worth the little extra weight to ultimately ride faster or have more fun.

2. Different types of tent

Tents are usually broken up into a few different styles: freestanding, semi-freestanding and non-freestanding. The difference between these three types of tent comes down to how they are erected. Freestanding tents don’t require pegging out as the poles hold the tent’s shape, this means you can build it and then move it easily to find the perfect sleeping spot. Generally, a freestanding tent will have a double-wall construction, meaning there is a separate rain sheet, although single-wall versions do exist. Freestanding double-wall tents usually provide better protection from the rain and wind and offer more ventilation too. Semi-freestanding tents use the poles for a portion of the structure with additional sections needing to be pegged out to achieve the full tent sizes. True non-freestanding tent designs are less common for bikepacking as they are designed with hiking in mind and use hiking poles as part of the structure although they do exist using short auxiliary poles. The advantage of non- or semi-freestanding tents is a lower pack size and weight.

3. Pack size

While plenty of tents on the market meet the weight and weather protection requirements, bikepacking has a unique limitation that will rule out a large number of ultra-light tents. Pack size of a tent needs to be compatible with your best bikepacking bag setup. If you are using drop bars or storing the poles in a frame bag, double-check that the packed tent and poles will actually fit. It’s also worth erecting the tent before you embark on your first trip as it will allow you to learn how to put it up and most importantly, how to put it all away again.

4. Comfort levels

In bikepacking, there are two things that very rarely go hand in hand, comfort and lightweight. Ultimately the fewer creature comforts, features and space your tent has, the lighter it is going to be. For some, the space to sit up in your tent or easily get out the door is well worth the extra weight while others are just wanting a lightweight shelter to crawl inside for 40 winks. Think about the time you spend at camp, if having a semi-liveable area will make your trip more pleasurable it’s probably worth it. If your sleeping time is counted in minutes rather than hours, being able to read a book in your sleeping bag is not a concern.

It’s worth noting that while a tent says that it comfortably fits one human being, that isn’t always the case. While petite bikepackers probably won’t have any problems it can be an issue even for relatively average-sized people, so it’s worth double-checking the floor dimensions of any tent you are thinking of buying to make sure you are getting the amount of space that you expect. 

5. What's included?

Some tent companies aren't just deceiving when it comes to real estate, so make sure you check what is actually included with the tent and confirm whether the stated weights and pack sizes actually include all the items that you need for camping. Otherwise, you won't be able to make a realistic comparison between the tents that you are interested in. While all the main parts of a tent will be included, like outer and inner layers, some brands don’t include items like pegs and poles, and they rarely come with a groundsheet included. Whether you need to purchase a groundsheet very much depends on the tent’s material and the ground that you are camping on.

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The 10 Best Tents For Cycle Touring In 2024

Best tent for cycle touring

Looking to find out which are the best tents for cycle touring in 2024? You’re in the right place! In this guide, I’ll be showcasing 10 of the most popular and best-loved options, with information on what makes them so great for touring, their weight, price and more.

I should begin by saying that there isn’t much of a market for tents specifically designed for cycle tourists or bikepackers. They do exist, but they are far and few between, as outdoor brands prefer to market to backpackers and hikers — simply because there is far more demand. That being said, there are crossovers between hikers and cyclists, so many tents designed for hikers make good choices for cycle tourists, too.

What kind of tent is best for cycle touring?

The ‘ideal’ tent will vary from one cyclist to another. But generally speaking, it should be quick and easy to pitch, offer sufficient space, and be able to withstand the conditions you’re likely to encounter. If we take a look at the average cycle tourist, their tent is usually a freestanding, 2-walled, 2-berth, 3-season tent. Tents like these balance comfort, durability and weight nicely.

Not everyone looks like the average cycle tourist, though, and so the best cycle touring tent for you might differ. For example, cyclists who choose to wild camp throughout their tour might prefer a low-profiled, 1-berth tent in a green/brown colour that blends into the environment. If you’ll be cycling in a pair, the extra space of a 3-berth tent might be very much appreciated.

Before I show you the best tents for cycle touring available on the market, you might want to ponder the following questions.

Where will you be sleeping? Will you be sleeping on designated campsites or wild camping? If you’ll be wild camping, you’ll want to opt for a tent with a discreet colour scheme and a low profile to minimise your chances of being spotted.

How spacious do you need your tent to be? If you’re like me, you’d prefer to have a fair amount of room inside your tent. This is why I tour with a two-man tent, even though I’m just one person. I like to have my gear inside the tent with me, and a two-man tent accommodates this.

What kind of gear setup are you going for? Will you be touring ultralight or are you happy to carry a heavier load? Heavier tents might be more comfortable and spacious, but lighter tents will enable a more streamlined gear setup.

What’s your budget? Like with most things, your budget will determine the quality of tent you can buy. However, don’t let your budget put you off: a cheap tent will still do the job! You could also look into buying secondhand to grab a bargain.

What tent do I use for cycle touring? I personally use the Quechua Quickhiker Ultralight 2 Tent. It’s super lightweight, quick to pitch and takedown, and just an all-around great tent. Sadly, this tent now seems to be discontinued, although the Forclaz Ultralight 2 Person Tunnel Tent is almost identical.

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The 10 best tents for cycle touring

Here’s the lowdown on the best tents for touring, including tunnel tents, dome tents and a bivvy-style model.

Vango Nevis 200 (£155)

Vango Nevis 200 Tent

While the Vango Nevis 200 may not be the lightest tent on this list, it is incredible value for money at just £140. If you’re new to cycle touring and don’t want to spend a fortune on gear, you can’t go too far wrong with this. It’s waterproof, has good ventilation, and would even make a decent wild camping companion, thanks to its low profile and green colour scheme.

Weight:  2.02kg

✔ Great budget option ✔ Good for stealthy wild camping ✔ Easy to pitch and take down

Forclaz Ultralight 2 Person Tunnel Tent (£219.99)

Forclaz Ultralight 2 Tent

The Forclaz Ultralight 2 Person Tunnel Tent is almost identical to my trusty Quechua Quickhiker, which is why I’m recommending it here. The 1-pole design makes it quick and easy to pitch, plus it’s lightweight and packs up reasonably small. And, at just £220, it’s pretty decent value for money. The 2-berth version of this is a little claustrophobic for 2 people, but it’s plenty spacious for a solo cyclist.

✔ Good budget option ✔ 1 pole design for speedy pitching ✔ Small and compact

Weight: 1.75kg

Winterial Single Person Bivvy Tent (£135)

Winterial Single Person Bivvy Tent

The Winterial Single Person Bivvy Tent is a real bikepacking tent. Ideal for ultralight solo cyclists, this glorified bivvy bag is super lightweight and low on fuss. Its low profile and forest green colouring make it ideal for stealthy wild camping as it blends nicely into the environment. It’s super easy to set up, taking less than 5 minutes — simply install the two aluminium poles and stake down the corners of the tent. The Winterial Single Person Bivvy Tent is good for 3 seasons, so will see you comfortably on cycle tours from spring to autumn.

✔ Excellent for stealthy wild camping ✔ Quick to pitch ✔ Ultra lightweight

Weight: 1.31kg

Alpkit Ordos 2 (£219.99)

Alpkit Ordos 2 Tent

The Ordos 2 is Alpkit’s lightest 2-person tent, packing down to just 1.4kg. It has collapsible poles so it packs up small and compact — about the size of a 1.5-litre bottle — making it easy to secure to your bike’s handlebars. The central ridgeline design creates a stable yet spacious shelter, offering maximum living space while maintaining its low weight. Plus, the tent has a vestibule for storing luggage, as well as hang loops and pockets in the interior for further storage.

✔ Ultra lightweight ✔ Handle-bar friendly pack size ✔ Spacious with vestibules and interior pockets for storage

Weight: 1.4 kg

Vaude Lizard (€650)

Vaude Lizard Tent for Cycle Touring

At just 1.13kg, the Vaude Lizard is seriously light. This, coupled with its low profile and green colour scheme, makes it ideal for stealth camping. Despite the compact size and featherweight design, the tent is fully waterproof and rated for three-season use.

✔ Ultra lightweight ✔ Great for stealthy wild camping ✔ Excellent build quality

Weight: 1.13 kg

MEC Spark 2.0 (CA$474.95)

MEC Spark 2.0 2-Person Tent

The Spark 2.0 is a dome tent from Canadian outdoor brand MEC. Set up is fast and easy, thanks to the thoughtful design and clear colour coding. It balances weight and size well, providing room for two cyclists, or ample room for a solo rider. And, with two vestibules, there’s plenty of room for luggage storage.

The Spark is also great value for money: it’s designed in-house by Canada’s largest gear co-op, so is quite a bit cheaper than similar tents. You’ll also be pleased to know that this tent is rated for three-season use and holds up impressively well in heavy rain.

Weight: 1.75 kg

✔ Great value for money ✔ Spacious with vestibules and interior pockets for storage ✔ Quick and easy to pitch, thanks to clear colour coding

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Bikepack ($579.95)

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Bikepack Tent

Given the fast-growing popularity of bikepacking, it’s not surprising to see bikepacking-specific tents start to pop up. The Copper Spur HV UL2 Bikepack from US brand Big Agnes is one such tent, designed to have a handlebar-friendly pack size and a low weight.

The Copper Spur offers a good balance between weight and size, making it a comfortable cycle touring tent for two people. It has two doors and vestibules, plenty of headroom to sit up, and interior pockets for storage. In addition to its spacious interior, it’s also easy to pitch and take down — an all-around great tent.

✔ Specifically designed for cycle tourists and bikepackers ✔ Spacious with vestibules and interior pockets for storage ✔ Handle-bar friendly pack size

Weight: 1.59 kg

Terra Nova Laser Compact 2 (£600)

Terra Nova Laser Compact 2 Tent

Another great option for bikepackers and wild campers, the Terra Nova Laser Compact 2 has a low profile and a dark green colour scheme. It’s not cheap at £600, but it’s been tried and tested and has even won awards. It’s safe to say that the Laser Compact 2 will be a long-lasting, reliable touring companion.

The tent pitches all-in-one, with the flysheet and inner attached, making it quick and easy to pitch. With a low weight and a small pack size of 30x15cm, the Laser Compact 2 is ideally sized for a handlebar bag. Despite its low weight and small size, it’s rated for three-season use and has two porches for storing gear. It will be quite cosy for two cyclists but plenty spacious for a solo rider.

✔ Great for stealthy wild camping ✔ Handle-bar friendly pack size ✔ Excellent build quality

MSR Hubba Hubba NX (£540)

MSR Hubba Hubba Tent

The MSR Hubba Hubba NX is perhaps the most recommended series of tents among cycle tourists. It’s lightweight, it packs up small, it’s spacious with plenty of headroom and it has ample vestibule space for storing luggage. On top of that, the tent is very durable, with high-quality weatherproofing, good ventilation, and overall great build quality. What more could a cycle tourist want? The 2-berth version will likely be the model of choice for most cyclists, while the 1-berth model will suit ultralight cyclists and the 3-berth for a pair of riders.

✔ One of the most recommend tents among cycle tourists ✔ Spacious with a vestibule for storing luggage ✔ Excellent build quality

Weight: 1.72 kg

MSR Elixir 2 (£340)

MSR Elixir 2 Tent

While the above MSR Hubba Hubba NX is one of the very best tents for cycle touring, the £515 price point might not suit everyone’s budget. This is where the MSR Elixir 2 comes in. The Elixir is also a high-quality MSR tent, and the £200 saving is likely worth it to those who aren’t too bothered about saving on weight. At 2.77kg, it’s the heaviest tent on this list, but it doesn’t sacrifice on quality or durability.

✔ Cheaper alternative to the much-loved Hubba Hubba NX ✔ Great build quality ✔ Spacious with a vestibule for storing luggage

Weight: 2.77 kg

More great tents for cycle touring

Not enough choice in my list above? Here are some more options to look into:

  • OEX Salamanda Bivi Tent
  • Wild Country Zephyros Compact 2
  • REI Co-op Quarter Dome 2
  • Nemo Hornet 2P
  • Sierra Designs Meteor 3000
  • Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2
  • Vango F10 Hydrogen Air Tent

Which tent(s) have you enjoyed using on cycle tours? Let me know in the comments below!

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Really helpful article. I currently have a Stratospire Li by Tarptent. Pricey but super light. I have used it with my spouse and individually. I am 5’10” and partner is 5’4”. Vestibule on both sides as well as doors on both. Great for storing gear out of the weather if needed.

Thanks for the recommendation Kenn, sounds like a good tent!

Why there is no word for Nemo tents. I feel Osmo by them is worthy of being in the list. Another one is by Druston,(Hope spelled it correct). They are making extremely light weight and durable tents.

Yes I’ve heard a lot of good things about Nemo! Thanks for mentioning them.

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The Best Bikepacking and Bicycle Touring Tents And How To Choose One

Choosing the right tent can make or break a cycle touring or bikepacking trip.

Bikepacking tents are a relatively new concept. Just a few years ago, this uber-niche category of tent didn’t exist.

Even now, cycle touring is still a relatively niche activity.  However, the recent resurgence of interest under the guise of bikepacking has exploded the marketing of lightweight, bike-based kit.

Due to this influx of popularity, there are now specific bikepacking and bicycle touring tents available on the market.

Which makes selecting the best bikepacking tent for cycle touring all the more subjective. More choice = more confusion.

What are the important characteristics of a bikepacking or cycle touring tent?

To help answer this question I’ve decided to offer guiding principles for choosing the best bikepacking tent based on my experiences cycle touring in over 40 countries.

best bikepacking tent? wild camping in the Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT in Tajikistan

What’s the difference between a tent for hiking and camping and a cycle touring or bikepacking tent?

Before we jump into the best tents for bikepacking and cycle touring, it’s important to understand the industries from which we choose a tent. Tents are made for many specialist reasons and hiking is a popular one.

The best tent for hiking would be super lightweight and portable. Since a hiking tent is carried by one or two people in a backpack, weight is a major consideration.

Bikepacking tents vs tent for hiking

That may not necessarily be the same criteria for cycle touring. Since you have a bicycle to bear the load you may prefer the extra space of a larger tent.

A tent for climbing on the other hand would be designed for strength and durability. Pitching a tent on the side of a mountain requires additional ruggedness and toughness. Arguably, the best tent pegs money can buy would come in handy too.

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Essential questions to ask yourself before buying a tent for cycle touring

First up, where are you going and how long for? Do you even need a tent?

When I cycled from Vietnam to the UK , I immediately realised once in Vietnam that a decent hammock would have been WAY more appropriate for cycle touring in South East Asia.

Stubbornly, I persisted with the tent and found out the hard way that ‘camping’ is not such a big thing. It essentially looks like you’re hiding in the bushes. Not cool in a place like Vietnam.

The humidity was stifling, which made the tent so unappealing that in the end, I simply slept on top of the tent using the canvas like a bivvy bag.

What is the best tent for bikepacking and cycling touring?

The point I make here is that the first consideration when choosing the right tent is context. How will you use the tent?

Is it a long-distance solo journey or a multi-month family cycle tour?

Are you a couple going on a short bikepacking jaunt in the UK or a multicountry ‘world cycle’?

Start to think about what you want from a night under canvas. There are many ways to sleep out at night. There is little to recommend the best tent for cycle touring except the requirements of your trip.

When I collected my Dawes Galaxy from Spa Cycles in 2011, the chap that built the bike, Andrew, recommended that no tent or bedding were required. Simply visit a local supermarket and pilfer a pile of cardboard – bed and shelter all in one move.

That said if you still need recommendations on the qualities of a decent tent for cycle touring, here’s a shortlist of the best tents for bikepacking and cycle touring according to dozens of experienced cyclists, adventurers and bikepackers.

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Expert Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose the Perfect Bikepacking Tent for Your Adventure

As you embark on your epic bikepacking adventure, the importance of choosing the right tent cannot be underestimated. Your tent will be your home away from home, providing shelter and comfort after long days of pedaling.

With so many options on the market, finding the best bikepacking tent that suits your needs can be overwhelming. But fear not!

We’ve reviewed the bikepacking kit that we feel offers the best bang for your buck – to help you make an informed decision.

Consider these essential factors when reviewing bikepacking tents:

Packability: As a bikepacker, efficient use of space is paramount. Look for a tent that not only offers reliable protection when set up but also packs away neatly and securely.

Opt for a size and weight that complements your bikepacking style. If you have a large bag and don’t mind a bit of extra weight, a roomier tent may be suitable.

However, if you prioritize minimizing weight and space, go for an ultralight option. Remember, a compact tent is also practical when attaching it to buses or shipping it during your travels, potentially reducing costs.

Set up: A quick and hassle-free tent setup can make a world of difference, especially after a long day of riding. Consider the weather conditions you’ll encounter and the lighting available for setting up camp.

Look for a bikepacking tent with a straightforward setup process, as complex procedures and fiddly poles can be frustrating and time-consuming.

Pro tip: Before embarking on your adventure, practice setting up your tent in your backyard a few times to ensure you are familiar with the process.

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Size matter with bikepacking tents

Weight: Every ounce counts when you’re on a bikepacking trip, so the weight of your tent is crucial. Ultralight tents are an excellent choice, particularly if you ride a lightweight bike.

However, if you’re going on a short trip or are new to bikepacking, you may not need the lightest tent available, which often comes at a premium price.

Durability: Investing in a sturdy and long-lasting tent is a wise decision, especially if you plan on frequent bikepacking adventures.

Focus on finding a tent made from weatherproof and durable materials, particularly if you expect to encounter challenging conditions like rain, wind, or rugged terrain.

Some bikepacking tents come with warranties, with options ranging from two to three years or even a lifetime guarantee.

Size: When it comes to size, consider both the packed-down dimensions and the tent’s actual size once pitched. We’ve already discussed the importance of packability, so now let’s focus on the tent’s interior space.

Determine whether you prefer a one-person tent for solo adventures or if you need more room with a two-person tent for couples or friends travelling together.

For individuals with ample gear, a larger tent or one with plenty of storage space might be necessary. Additionally, consider the height of the tent, as taller individuals might not be comfortable in smaller, more compact tents.

By carefully considering these factors, you can confidently choose the best bikepacking tent for your unique adventure, ensuring a comfortable and memorable journey. Happy riding!

Bikepacking Tents Reviews – The Best Bike Touring Tents of 2022/3

Big agnes copper spur hv ul ultralight bikepacking tent.

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The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Ultralight Bikepacking Tent* is an ultralight tent that recently underwent a redesign, offering steeper walls and more interior space.

It’s a practical choice for weight-conscious adventurers who prefer proper tent poles over trekking poles.

While it might not suit taller and broader individuals sharing it, this tent excels for solo hikers seeking a lightweight option for summer and spring tours.

The North Face Stormbreak 1

The North Face Stormbreak 1

If you anticipate windy and wild weather on your tour, The North Face Stormbreak 1* is an ideal choice. Its X-pole design provides structural stability against strong winds, while the mesh netting ensures good ventilation.

With a lightweight package and clever colour coding for easy assembly, this tent is perfect for solo bike tourers looking for a reliable and quick-pitch option.

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent

For the luxury bike tourer seeking extra space for both gear and themselves, the MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent is a great choice. Its exoskeleton frame allows for quick and easy pitching, and the unified rainfly keeps the inside dry in wet weather.

Despite not being the lightest on the list, its spaciousness and small packed size make it a fantastic option for bike packing.

Winterial Single Person Bivy Tent

Winterial Single Person Bivy Tent

Budget-conscious adventurers will appreciate the Winterial Single Person Bivy Tent. Weighing under 3 pounds and packing into a compact bag, this bivy tent offers a cost-effective solution for bike touring.

Its 2 hoop design simplifies pitching, and the inner mesh material ensures proper ventilation for warmer months. With a rain fly for rainy days, this tent is a valuable choice for three-season adventures.

MSR Hubba Hubba 3-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent

MSR Hubba Hubba 3-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent

Planning a summer bike-packing adventure with friends or want to share space with your gear? The MSR Hubba Hubba 3-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent is perfect for such scenarios.

Although made for backpacking, this hardwearing three-person tent is spacious enough for a trip of adventurers to feel comfortable. Plus, the Easton Syclone poles are virtually indestructible. It’s fully waterproof too.

Remember: Things to Consider When Buying a Bikepacking Tent for Cycle Touring

  • Weight: Choose lightweight tents to reduce the burden while cycling.
  • Tent Style: Consider bivy tents, single pole designs, or exoskeletal frame tents based on your preferences and requirements.
  • Internal Tent Space: Determine how many people and gear you want to fit inside the tent.
  • Packed Size: Ensure the tent fits onto your bike without hindering your movements.
  • Features Explained: Familiarize yourself with tent shells, ventilation options, pitching methods, stakes, and pole designs.

The Best Bikepacking Tent is the one fits your adventure

Finding the best tent for cycle touring and bikepacking is essential to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable journey.

The options we’ve listed above cater to various preferences and needs, from ultralight solo hikers to adventurers seeking extra space.

While material and construction technology has moved on, I still consider the Hilleberg Nallo 2GT a great all-rounder. Failing that, a hammock is also a great choice depending on the climate.

Consider your requirements, and select the perfect tent that will be your reliable companion on your next bike touring adventure. Happy riding!

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Bicycle Touring Tents: Everything You Need To Know

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Tents are my home away from home. They are my space to take a well-deserved break and relax after a long day in the saddle.

Having spent hundreds, if not thousands of nights under sheets of expensive, lightweight, waterproof nylon – this is what I know about bicycle touring tents.

Tent Classification

In this article I will reference three different types of tent:

Ultralight: This type of tent favours weight over all other factors. Ultralight tents are great for short trips in good conditions – so don’t expect them to last a long time or be brilliant in wet and windy conditions. A typical problem with ultralight tents is broken poles, so always carry a splint. Typical weight: 800-2000g.

Backpacking: These mid-weight tents pick up some of the key durability features of 4-season tents and place them in a lighter weight and better ventilating package. Backpacking tents are often great for the average bicycle tour, or for longer journeys in warmer climates. Typical weight: 1500-2800g.

4-season: These tents tend to be most suitable for cool-mid climates and adverse weather conditions. If you’re planning on hitting sub-zero temperatures, snow and strong winds – this is what will work best. 4-season tents are often great for six-month or longer bicycle trips because of how durable they are. Typical weight: 2500-4000g.

Horses for Courses

Ok, so there is no best tent; different tents are better in certain situations.

Most of the time, you’ll need to strike a balance between weight (ultralight tents) and durability (4-season tents). With durability also comes better performance in the wind, tougher, more waterproof floors, and additional insulation properties in cooler climates.

High-quality 4-season tents tend to be expensive, twice the pack weight/size of an ultralight equivalent and perform poorly in warmer climates where heavier fabrics (and reduced mesh) limit the tents ability to ventilate well.

In summary, look for a tent that will suit both the climates you intend to travel through, the types of places you will camp and the number of times you’ll need to use it.

Freestanding vs Tunnel Tents

A great way to reduce your options is to decide whether you’re after a tunnel or freestanding tent.

Why should you buy a tunnel tent? – Tunnel tents are undoubtedly better in the wind at any given weight (eg. a 2kg freestanding tent vs 2kg tunnel tent). – The vestibules are often large and great for entertaining/cooking under. – They’re easy to set up (especially in the wind).

Why should you NOT buy a tunnel tent? – Tunnel tents rely on being staked out, limiting where you can set them up. – They’re 20-40% longer in length (bigger footprint) than a dome tent for the same inner size, again limiting where you can set them up. – Not as good at supporting snow on their roof. – They’re most of the time single entrance. – They have a lower, sloping roof; two people sometimes can’t sit up at once, or at all. – Poorer ventilation than most freestanding tents, especially if your gear is stored in the front and rear.

Why should you buy a freestanding tent? – They stand without staking, allowing you to pitch them anywhere. – You can easily pitch just the inner. – Two entrances is common. – They often have great ventilation. – You can pick up the tent, move it, shake it out, clean it etc – The roof can often withstand snow. – They’re more spacious internally (eg. headroom).

Why should you NOT buy a freestanding tent? – Not as good in the wind as a tunnel tent – you’ll need a comparably heavy freestanding tent to do well in adverse conditions.

My take:  I cannot imagine travelling with a tunnel tent because I sleep on many surfaces which will not allow pegging – such as a concrete pier or basketball court. Heavy objects can be laid out to hold up a tunnel tent, but I prefer to pop up my freestanding tent anywhere without hassle.

Tents suitable for bike touring can be as lights as 800g or as heavy as 4000g. When comparing similarly priced products, the weight of a tent is often a good indicator as to how durable it will be.

Heavier 4-season tents employ more poles (that are reinforced) and thicker materials for the fly and inner. As a result, you will probably find a 4-season tent that lasts longer than an ultralight.

Size (1, 2 or 3-Person?)

What size tent is best for bicycle touring? It depends on how long you’re on the road.

On shorter tours (less than six weeks), you’ll be fine with a tent designed for the number of people you’re travelling with (eg. a solo traveller in a 1-person tent, or a couple in a 2-person tent).

On longer tours (more than six weeks) it’s worth getting a tent with a bit more space (eg. a couple in a 3-person tent). The space is nice; I can even fit all of my bags inside my 3-person tent inner with another person, giving me quick access to everything I carry.

If you will be camping in adverse weather conditions, you may want to consider a tent with large, usable vestibules (or a gear shed). They are great for entertaining, cooking, cleaning or repairing your bike in the rain.

Most freestanding ‘dome’ tent vestibules are actually pretty useless when it comes to their space being usable – tunnel tents with a gear shed are much better. If all you need is to store your bags, dome tents will of course be fine.

I’ve found that floors are one of the most important features of a tent in wet weather conditions. This is because the pressure applied from your body weight and bags is enough to force groundwater through the floor of most tents with a 5000mm (or less) Waterhead rating.

This is a common problem when you camp on surfaces that don’t absorb water well (gravel, clay, rock, concrete), as the water tends to run under your tent floor and permeates inside.


In general, ultralight and backpacking tent inners have more mesh, and 4-season tent inners employ more nylon. As a result, lighter weight tents tend to be better in warmer climates.

Some 4-season tents have nylon panels that zip away to expose large areas of mesh, which increases their ventilation and makes them more versatile. If you’re planning to use your tent in various climates, look out for this feature.

Depending on who you’re travelling with, the number of entrances in and out of your tent may be something to consider. It is no doubt less obstructive to have two side doors, where people can enter and exit the tent without climbing over or zipping near somebodies head.

If a tent with two entrances is important to you, you’ll find mostly freestanding tents with this feature.

Clips, Straps, Guy Ropes

The rule here is that simpler is better – complex clips and straps are just asking for trouble and are almost never field repairable.

Ideally guy ropes should attach at two locations on the tent poles, which dramatically increases the stabilisation of the tent in windy conditions. You’ll notice that all 4-season tents have this feature, and high end companies such as Hilleberg, have this feature on almost all of their tents.

Some tents are able to be pitched in the rain without getting the inner wet – such as my Mountain Hardwear Skyledge.

The way it works is that the groundsheet and fly can be pitched together, and the inner is brought in later and clipped to the poles. This has been handy for us from time to time but isn’t 100% necessary.

If you’re wild camping like me, you’ll find that light green or sandy coloured tents are great for a mixture of climates, from desert to forest. Darker green tents are great in thicker wooded areas.

Yellow and red tents do stand out, so only use them if you don’t need to be discreet.


I love tent groundsheets. These thick material sheets keep my tent inner clean, protect the tent floor from sharp objects and are great to use as a picnic blanket at lunch time .

When I pitch my tent for days in a row, I also throw a groundsheet over the fly to protect it from the sun’s harmful UV rays. They are truly multipurpose.

Pick a bicycle touring tent which best suits your needs.

If you’re camping in warm climates, an ultralight or backpacking tent will be much more comfortable than a 4-season given the liberal use of mesh.

In adverse weather conditions or if you’re travelling for a long time, a 4-season bicycle touring tent with a gear shed may be beneficial.


For someone…

Who will spend 2-3 weeks touring per year in good weather conditions? A sub-1500g ultralight freestanding tent designed for the number of people travelling together. Check out the Tarptent Double Rainbow .

Who is on a three month trip in good weather conditions? A freestanding backpacking tent with space for one more person. Try the MSR Nook, Vaude Hogan , Mountain Hardwear Skyledge or Mont Moondance .

Who is on a three month trip in a cooler climate with a high chance of adverse weather conditions? A 4-season freestanding or tunnel tent with a gear shed. Try the Hilleberg Nallo GT or Vaude Hogan XT.

Who is riding through lots of deserts? A 4-season freestanding or 3-season tunnel tent for sure. Deserts are windy! Check out the Hilleberg Nallo or Allak .

Who is on a 12-month plus trip? Either: Invest, invest, invest in a high-end 4-season tent. A Hilleberg Staika or Exped Venus freestanding tent will cost an arm and leg but you will almost definitely get 1000+ nights out of it. Or: If your trip will take you through predominantly warmer climates, an ultralight or backpacking tent will be cooler, but less durable. You may have to replace it sometime on your journey. Check out the Mountain Hardwear Skyledge , Vaude Hogan or Mont Moondance .

Reputable Brands

Exped: High quality, high-end tents. Hilleberg: This company is world-renowned for making some of the best, most durable tents. Don’t expect to end up with change after purchasing one. Mont: Australian tents which have the magic combination of a 10,000mm floor and lots of inner mesh. Mountain Hardwear: Although I broke poles and clips on my original Skyledge 3 tent, the replacement tent is very light, easy to pitch and super ventilated. MSR: Highly popular for a reason – good range, decent quality and ok price. REI: Great budget tents. Tarptent: Ultralight tents at a decent price point. Terra Nova: Super high quality, renowned for their waterproofness. Vaude: A decent range, high quality and popular for many world tourers.

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I had a light weight summer hiking tent but it devoloped a hole in the mesh so I am planing on buying a new one. I wasn’t sure if I should get a 3 or 4 sesson tent so I statred to look at some bivys becasue they are small and light, and can be rolled out and climbed into after a long day. They are good for quick sleeps but don’t afford much room for extened stays. I want to ride through the Snowy Mountains and do some hiking just before the ski season. I know a 4 season tent is required and I will buy one, but I still think I should get a bivy sac as well.

There is a tent that really deserves attention, the american-made Tarptent Scarp, It is basically a tunnel tent with central arcg like the iconic Hilleberg atko, but with many improvements, it has entrances and vestibules on both sides, rectangular rather than wedge-shaped and a bit more spatious, they make it for one or two persons bur the solo version can reportedly accomodate two. It is cheaper and lighter than the atko but lighter wieight comes at the cost of less durable materials. It has the wind resilience of a tunnel tent but with two optional bars can be reinforced and transformed into a free standing tent, the best of both worlds type of thing. On the down side, they make only a greyish white colour which may be good to reflect off the sun but doesn’t hel to blend in anywhere.

Thanks for the suggestion!

A very comprehensive guide and Mont is grateful for the mention. Thanks Alee!

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The most important change in tents in decades is just around the corner and it’s name is Dyneema. When Hilleberg makes a big tunnel tent with vestibule and they build the fly out of Dyneema I will Jump on it. 2/3 the weight, totally waterproof and only twice the price!

No mention of Wilderness Equipment out of Fremantle? I used one of their Second Arrow tunnel tents on two long trips – first from Perth to Brisbane and then half-way up South America. In all weathers, it never let me down. Admittedly not the two person tent they claimed it to be, but a very livable tent for one person. It can be pegged out with just three pegs, the floor of the inner can be rolled back for plenty of room for cooking, and the ventilation options make it suitable for almost any climate. Mine’s nearly twenty years old and not as waterproof as it once was, but I’d certainly buy another.

There’s too many tents to mention! Thanks for the recommendation.

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Are you planning a bikepacking adventure and in need of a reliable and comfortable tent? Look no further! In this article, we will be showcasing the top 10 bikepacking tents on the market. From ultralight options to spacious designs, there is a tent on this list for every type of bikepacker.

We’ve done the research and rounded up the best of the best, so you can focus on hitting the trails with confidence and comfort. Whether you are a seasoned bikepacker or new to the game, these tents are sure to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. So grab your helmet and saddle up, because it’s time to hit the trails with one of these top-rated bikepacking tents.

When considering a tent for your next bike adventure. There are some things worth considering before you jump right in a buy just any tent. Ideally serving your personal preferences and needs, depending on your type of adventure.

How long are you travelling for? Are you going on a multi-year trip? You might need a spacious tent to store all your gear and high quality to last the test of time. The great thing about bikepacking tents is that they offer some subtle differences from standard tents. With vestibule storage space for all your gear, mounting straps on the tent to hang up your helmet for the night, while also offering a lightweight solution and smaller packed size for storing on the bike.

Below is the criteria I go through with each tent to compare them and see which one stacks up on top!

What to look for in a bikepacking tent

  • Pitch instantly
  • Size (1 person, 2 person or 3 person)
  • Stay up in heavy winds
  • Suited for all climates
  • Space to live
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  • Even vestibules or gear shed
  • Possibility for taking in amazing views
  • Keep you dry from wet weather
  • Dry out quickly
  • Can pack wet
  • Last for along time
  • Pitch anywhere
  • Number of entrances
  • Ventilation
  • Stealthiness and Colour
  • Ground sheet
  • Packed Size

What types of tents are suited for bikepacking?

When looking at a tent for bikepacking the weight is one of the more important factors. You need something that is going to be light enough, it is becoming easier and easier nowadays with companies making tents suited for this ultralight style of travel.

The packed volume of the tent is another thing that makes a tent suitable for bikepacking. Depending on the bikepacking bags you have. Generally, a tent is stored in the front handlebar bag on a normal bikepacking setup. Getting a tent that fits in these dry bags with extra room to store other gear is ideal. Most bikepacking-specific tents offer a stuff sack which easily fastens to your bike.

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Bikepack

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The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL is ultralight, with the 1-person weighing 2 lbs. 13 oz (1.28 kg) or the 2-person option weighing 3 lbs. 8 oz (1.59 kg). For that little weight increase, you are worth getting the larger tent, perfect for solo trips and gear storage. It has a high-volume design that provides plenty of headroom and space for gear storage. The tent is also easy to set up, with a single hubbed pole structure and color-coded setup. Quality build with more than enough storage (inside pockets and vestibules)

It’s surprisingly durable for how delicate the material appears. Holding up well in rain, as the rainfly will soak, but the inside will stay dry (unless there’s high wind, then droplets will flick). But super packable for bikepacking thanks to the shorter poles. And comes with a compression stuff-sack with daisy-chain webbing that allows for multiple bike attachment configurations. Check Price

REI Co-op Quarter Dome SL1

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This tent is another ultralight option that is great for bikepacking weighing in at 2 lbs. 6 oz which is slightly lighter than the Big Agnes above. It is however discontinued so it won’t be sticking around for long. Featuring a single-pole design that is easy to set up and a unique shape that provides plenty of headroom and interior space. The tent also has a waterproof rainfly and is made with durable materials.

Designed for solo backpackers, would want to pack light but not sacrifice on a comfortable night’s sleep. It is a semi-free standing tent. But for the price , it’s amazing value.

Nemo Hornet Elite OSMO Ultralight

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This tent is another ultralight option that is perfect for bikepacking. Featuring the all-new OSMO™ fabric. Delivering 4x better water repellency and 3x less stretch when wet, our new OSMO tent fabric is also made from 100% recycled yarns. The tent has a single-pole structure and a waterproof rainfly, as well as a unique shape that provides plenty of interior space and headroom. The tent is also made of durable materials and has high-quality construction.

Nightlight Pockets turn your headlamp into a tent lantern while removing blue light and casting an even glow. The 1-person model weighs 1 lb 13 oz / 812 grams and the 2-person 2 lb 1 oz / 935 g.

Sea To Summit Telos Bikepacking TR2

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Sea to Summit has taken their award-winning Telos TR2 tent and made some improvements to better suit those looking to explore by bike while having somewhere comfortable to sleep. Equipping the tent with a pole set, with shorter pole segments. The tent comes ready to mount on your bike with a bike-specific storage system. Packing into two 420D waterproof and durable eVent Dry Sacks with Stretch-Loc Straps for reliable mounting.

A free-standing tent weighing 1.9 kg or 4.18 pounds which is a little on the heavier side. Ideal for bicycle touring as it takes up two fork bags when stored on the bike. You might have to compromise on your bikepacking setup to make it work. Check Price

Big Agnes Blacktail Hotel 3 Bikepack Tent

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Looking for a hotel on wheels? This has to be the most comfort you can experience on a bikepacking trip. Even garage space for the bikes? The Blacktail Hotel 3 Bikepack by Big Agnes is a 3-season, free-standing tent with extended vestibules, offering two vestibules with 28ft²/ 9ft² or 2.6m²/ 0.8m² in space.

A bit of a heavier tent than most others in this list at almost twice the weight comparatively, at 7 lbs. 6 oz (3.35 kg). But that’s expected for a larger tent. As they say, it’s light enough for the backcountry and strong enough for the front country.

Featuring those short 12″ Shortstik Pole set for easy storage on handlebars, in bike bags or panniers. Including most other bikepacking features available in the Big Agnes bikepack tent range. You also get maximized storage options with an oversized ceiling pocket and multiple interior loops for use with gear lofts, and accessories.

Nemo Dragonfly Bikepack Tent

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A ten made specifically for bikepacking. Comes with a durable diamond ripstop roll-top stuff sack featuring reinforcements and tie-down straps perfect for fastening to your bike. It can attach to your handlebars, under the seat, to any rack, or inside the frame. The poles are also made of shortened segments that keep the packed size small. The poles are also color coded with matching webbing for an intuitive set up.

The tent itself uses premium materials and a tapered floor plan to save weight without sacrificing livable space. A large vestibule with our new Landing Zone™ storage tub offers plenty of gear organization and space to put riding gear out of the mud. Weighing 3 lb 8 oz / 1.6 kg for the 2-person model.

Naturehike Cloud-Up 2

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Looking for a tent that doesn’t break the bank? Super affordable while still backed up with quality and positive user experiences in the field. Including, mesh interior pockets, fairly durable rip-stop fabric materials, and a full-coverage rainfly, in a firm lightweight structure (1.7 kg or 3.75 pounds) that holds up well in windy conditions. But the price is really where this tent shines,  check the price.

MSR Carbon Reflex

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This tent is designed specifically for bikepackers, with a lightweight and packable design that is easy to carry on your bike. It has a single-pole structure and a waterproof rainfly, as well as plenty of ventilation to keep you comfortable in any weather.

The lightest full-protection, solo tent in the MSR lineup at 1 lb. 13 oz (822 grams) with double wall protection and maximum interior space. a simple, nonfreestanding design featuring a weight-saving, zipper-free vestibule. If you want to go even lighter weight in mild weather, leave the tent body behind and use the rainfly and footprint (sold separately) with the poles and stakes.

This tent does have some drawbacks as some users have complained about the pole failing multiple times and the hood ripping. Not the highest recommended tent in the list but worth mentioning.

Overall, these are some of the best bikepacking tents on the market. Whether you are looking for an ultralight option or a tent with plenty of interior space and headroom, there is a tent on this list that will meet your needs.

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Trading Space for Comfort: Gear for a Semi-Minimalist Bike Tour

Space (and weight) versus comfort is a tricky (and expensive) battle that we cyclocampers fight regularly. Tents, sleeping bags and pads make up the majority of heft and bulk that has to be packed and stowed. In an effort to go as ultralight as possible for an upcoming trip, with minimal luggage, I put together a kit using The Mother of Comfort.

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There are many forms of cycle touring that differ by the type of luggage used, nature of the terrain covered and the amount of gear carried. On our last tour we were ‘fully loaded’ with four panniers per bike, and then some. While we were still able to push these weighty rigs through some mountain biking style routes, we decided to make our next tour more about ride and route quality than quantity. In December we depart on a trip through South and eastern Africa, and our plan is to bikepack with as little gear as possible, light enough to have fun exploring some off-road routes, but still have the gear to camp comfortably. Because we’ll be covering a lot of ground, we also intend to skip some of the big monotonous stretches by relying on a few rides as well as a train or two. This mountain-hitchbiking method of touring requires careful consideration of gear and luggage. Space is key for a bikepacking setup, as well as ease of public transport, and sleeping gear is always the capacity hog. In a previous post I mentioned sleeping pad options for bike touring ; we’ll both be taking the Big Agnes Q-Core Superlight pads stowed in fork-mounted cages to cut down the bulk in our saddlebags. Through trial and review we’ve settled on tents and sleeping bags as well; here’s what I’ve found:

Bike Touring Tents - Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3, Fly Creek UL3, Slater UL2+

Tents for Bike Touring, Bikepacking and In Between

For two people traveling over several months, a solid and spacious tent is a must. There are couples that tour and get by with two-man tents, but in my opinion, a two-person tent is really a one-person tent. This is especially obvious when attempting to stow gear inside. Not to mention if it is 90 plus degrees outside, close quarters are none to pleasant. Here are my comparisons and contrasts regarding three tents, as well as the reasoning for choosing the one that’s going with us:

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 – Perfect Tent for a Big, Loaded Bike Tour

2,128 grams or 4.69 lbs / 7″ x 22″ packed / 44 sq ft interior / 9 sq ft vestibule

The Copper Spur is a fairly popular option amongst bike tourists, because of its large floor plan within a fairly lightweight package. It is, in fact, the most spacious three-person option within Big Agnes’ ultralight and superlight lines. The most pleasant feature, that makes it perfect for a couple, is the fact that each person can lay claim to their own door and vestibule. When folks are traveling together for an extended period of time, it’s nice to retain some personal space.

Bike Touring Tent - Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3

Although the Copper Spur is made from thin and ultralight materials, it proved to be very tough on our tour of Mexico and Central America. However, we decided not to bring it on our upcoming trip for the sake of packing space. I plan to carry a tent, or at least part of it, within the long flap of a saddle bag, and the Copper Spur UL3 is just too bulky.

Bike Touring Tent - Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3

Another small con worth mentioning about this tent is that it’s fairly difficult to maneuver in and out of it’s shallow doors and encumbering vestibules. But, that’s camping, and that’s just one of those sacrifices you make for the weight savings. It’s perfect for a fully loaded tour and served us well in Mexico and Central America.

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 – Solid Tent for Lightweight Adventure Cycling

1662 grams or 3.66 lbs / 6″ x 19″ packed / 39 sq ft interior / 12.5 sq ft vestibule

I was torn between the Fly Creek UL3 and the Slater UL2+, but after erecting them both and wallowing around in their not-so-vast chambers, this is the one. The UL3 has a nice long and spacious layout, but it’s shining star are the steep sidewalls and front door. The Fly Creek also has a larger vestibule that the two on the Copper Spur combined.

Bike Touring Tent - Fly Creek UL3

One thing that immediately impressed me was the inner clip system that attaches to the rain fly, then allows it to be pulled and staked to create a perfect space between the fly and the tent body. One issue I found with the Copper Spur was that it was rather difficult to get it set up perfectly taught; on several rainy occasions the fly brushed the tent mesh causing water to wick inside. I don’t think that will be a problem with the Fly Creek.

Bike Touring Tent - Fly Creek UL3

Another plus to note is that the rain fly is a neutral color that will blend in with the surroundings when wild camping. There are a view pieces of orange trim, but it’s not nearly as loud as the Slater.

Bike Touring Tent - Fly Creek UL3

Big Agnes Slater UL2+ – Great Minimalist Shelter for Bikepacking

1361 grams or 3 bs / 5″ x 18″ packed / 37 sq ft interior / 8 sq ft vestibule

For short trips, a tarp or fast-fly setup could work, but if bugs run amok or there is threat of significant rainfall, a tent it is. The Slater UL 2+ is almost as minimal a two-part tent as you can get and is perfect for short bikepacking trips. As much as I love the idea of this minimal shelter, I just couldn’t talk myself into using it for our Africa trip. The low sidewalls leave you feeling pretty constricted. Again, fine for a few nights, but for several months it could get old. Also the fact that it requires stakes to setup would make it difficult in the off chance we had to set it up inside, or on a concrete pad (both of those situations presented themselves in Central America). Another con for wild camping is the fact that the rain fly is orange which could attract attention.

Bikepacking gear - Big Agnes Slater UL 2+

I will be taking it out this weekend and will learn how it works on a full-suspension bikepacking setup. I’ll also have the pleasure of seeing how it fares in sub-freezing temps. One plus for the Slater line is instead of having a large percentage of mesh on the main tent body, they use a very thin ripstop nylon, which adds a little more warmth, and makes it almost a 3+ season tent. At 5×18″, the Slater packs up tiny considering it has 37 square feet of interior space.

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Another plus for the the Slater is that with ripstop nylon replacing mesh, although not thoroughly tested, it seems like it could be tougher in the long run.

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Two Ultralight Down Sleeping bags for Bikepacking or Bike Touring

These two down sleeping bags from Big Agnes pack fairly small and weigh in super light. I’ve spent a fair share of nights in each of these bags and have been impressed. For our trip to Africa in December, I’ll be packing the Pitchpine and Gin, who’s a little more cold-natured, will be using the Lost Lake.

Big Agnes Pitchpine UL 45

45 degree rating / 567 grams or 20 oz / 6″ x 15″ / 78″ model

I bought the Pitchpine for our Central America Tour and have used it in both ridiculously hot temps and below freezing. At 20oz/567 grams, this bag is a featherweight, and there are a few reasons why. One is the fact that there is no bottom-side insulation. You must depend on the R-factor of your sleeping pad. But that is not a bad thing. It actually made room for Big Agnes to add a generous 72.5″ girth to the shoulder area so you don’t feel like a mummy while you sleep. The sleeve on the bottom is designed to fit a 20″ wide sleeping pad so it doesn’t slide out from under the bag during the night. The other thing missing from the Pitchpine is a hood, typical of mummy style bags. It’s a warmer weather bag, so there is just no reason to have a hood.

Bikepacking gear - Big Agnes Pitchpine SL 40

This bag comes in a 6×15″ stuff sack, but can easily be compressed into a 5L dry bag at about 5×12″, which is the perfect size for a fork-mount Anything cage.

Bikepacking gear - Big Agnes Pitchpine SL 40

In temps ranging from 40-80 degrees, this bag is perfect. There were a few nights where it got rather sticky in the heat, as does any sleeping bag. And there have been a couple nights where it got below freezing and I was slightly chilled even wearing a wool under layer. Not an ideal bag for winter bikepacking, but perfect for a tour during the other three seasons in moderate climates.

Bikepacking gear - Big Agnes Pitchpine SL 40

Big Agnes Lost Lake SL 30

30 degree rating / 850 grams or 30 oz / 6″ x 15″ / 72″ model

There are lighter bags in this category and price range. Barely. The 6′ model weighs about 30oz/850g. But, some old-school tricks and new school tech make up for the few extra grams. The Lost Lake SL has a full-length big #8 zipper, which you don’t see very often, but is nice when it’s warmer than anticipated. The Big Agnes proprietary DownTek™ purportedly keeps the moisture out of the stuffing during damp nights. I haven’t tested it in a wet environment, but if it acts as claimed, it’s a great feature. A wet bag is a heavy bag.

Bike Touring Sleeping Bag - Big Agnes Lost Lake 30

The sleeping bag is very well baffled and seems to maintain heat from head to toe. My wife, who is pretty cold natured when sleeping, kept very toasty and comfortable during a recent night in Vermont where it got close to freezing.

Bike Touring Sleeping Bag - Big Agnes Lost Lake 30

The bag comes in a stuff sack that’s 8×17.5″ and doesn’t quite compress into a 5L Sea To Summit River Bag, but still gets small enough to work on a fork-mount cage.

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Best Tent for Bike Touring: Comprehensive Guide and Top Picks for 2023

SUMMARY: The best tent for bike touring combines light weight, compactness, and durability. Just about any backpacking tent will do! We like the ALPS Engineering Zephyr, the Big Agnes Tiger Claw, and the premium Vango F10!

Ever struggled to find the best tent for a bike touring experience? 🚲⛺

Feared you might have to resign yourself to being the butt of Bigfoot jokes after a night in an ill-suited, cramped shelter? 🦶🤣

Fear not, this blog post is here to save the day (and potentially spare you some unflattering nicknames)! Here’s what we’ll unravel:

  • Why the right kind of shelter can make your bike touring so much nicer (and why Bigfoot would agree 😂)
  • What exactly should you put on your checklist when choosing your biking companion tent 🗒
  • A curated list of the top five tents that have been tried, tested, and bike-tourist-approved 🏕
  • Tips on how to maintain your tent so it can outlast all your epic biking adventures 🛠

Get ready to find out just how refreshing your bike tour rest stops can be! 💪😎

Why You Need the Best Tent for Bike Touring

Ever felt like a contortionist, trying to fit yourself into a supposedly “spacious” bike tent? Or maybe you’ve spent a night feeling like you’re that cooked piece of pasta clinging to the side of the pot, soaked and miserable in your leaky shelter? 🍝🎪

Yeah, we’ve been there. Choosing the right tent while embarking on a bike tour is as important as picking the perfect playlist for your journey. (We all know that one mate who brings a playlist stuffed with Celine Dion and ABBA, don’t we? 🦜🎵)

Let’s put it this way:

  • The right tent can turn your trip from a soggy slog (think, biking alley cats during a monsoon) to a comfy stroll in the park.
  • It’s the guardian of your sweet dreams and the knight against all those creepy crawlies who just love to invade your space. 🐜🕷
  • A bike-friendly tent makes a real difference when it comes to packing up. It’s the difference between a hassle-free 5-minute job and a 2-hour wrestling match with a canvas and poles. (Round 1… fight!) 🥊💥

In essence, your tent is the silent, uncelebrated hero of your bike touring party. So, let’s pay rightful tribute by choosing wisely and thanking the sleeping-in-comfort gods. 🏕🦸‍♂️

Factors to Consider when Choosing a Tent for Bike Touring

When it comes to selecting the best tent for bike touring, it’s crucial to consider a variety of factors. Here are few key points that every bike tourist should keep in mind: weight, size, durability, setup ease, and weather resistance.

  • The weight of your tent is paramount when bike touring. Remember, you’ll be hauling this tent on your bike so a lighter tent could make a significant difference.
  • From personal experience, maintaining balance in your packing is critical, and heavy tents can tilt your balance off.
  • You need to consider the size of the packed tent. It should be compact enough to carry on your bike without trouble.
  • A small anecdote: During one of our bike tours, we had the misfortune of over-packing a tent that was too big for our bikes. The result? A few ‘wobbly’ moments and a few scratches.
  • Bike touring is a rough and tumble excursion, so your tent should be robust to withstand possible rough conditions.
  • I once owned a beautiful, lightweight tent that couldn’t stand up to the gusty winds we experienced while bike touring. We were forced to spend a chilly night without shelter!
  • You should be able to set up your tent quickly and easily. After a long day on the bike, the last thing you want is to grapple with a complicated tent setup.
  • My quickest record of setting up a tent is 7 minutes flat. It was a lifesaver when raindrops started beating upon us heavily.

Weather Resistance

  • A tent capable of withstanding various weather conditions is vital. It should be windproof and waterproof, but also breathable for warmer conditions.
  • My golden rule is: always prepare for the worst when it comes to weather. We have braved storms and scorching sun all in one trip. Trust me, a good weather-resistant tent can really save your day.

In the end, the best tent for bike touring is a balanced blend of these factors. It’s all about picking priorities and making compromises based on your specific needs. Trust your gut, and think about the kind of journey you want to embark on.

3 Tents for Bike Touring

Choosing the right tent can make or break your bike touring experience. Here are my top five tent recommendations, based on personal experience and a dash of humor.

ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2-Person Tent

  • Quality: High-quality stitching, materials, and poles. The tent has proven to be durable in various conditions.
  • Setup: Freestanding design allows for quick and easy setup.
  • Size: Suitable for two people, but might feel snug for larger individuals.
  • Weather Resistance: Holds up well in storms and rainy conditions. Some users mentioned its ability to stay dry even in heavy rain.
  • Ventilation: Designed for wind resistance, but there might be some issues with sealing the tent to the ground, allowing wind to get underneath.
  • Features: Two roomy vestibules on each side, all-mesh doors for easy access, and additional storage options inside.
  • Weight: Slightly on the heavier side for a backpacking tent but manageable when shared between two people.
  • Price: Offers great value for its price, making it a cost-effective choice for campers.

Bottom Line: The ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 2-Person Tent is a reliable and well-constructed tent that offers excellent value for its price. It’s suitable for various conditions and is especially recommended for those looking for a combination of durability, features, and affordability.

PREMIUM PICK: Vango F10 Project Hydrogen Air – Alpine Green

The Vango F10 Project Hydrogen Air is a 1-person ultra-light dome tent, touted as the world’s lightest two-skin tent with air jet technology. This technology enhances the tent’s strength and stability, allowing for quick setup and a highly compressible structure.

Key Features:

  • Material: Made with PROTEX 7D Double Silicone (2000MM HH) for the outer tent and 7D breathable material for the interior.
  • Setup: The tent can be set up in one go, both the outer and inner tent simultaneously. It also packs quickly.
  • AirBeam Technology: This provides a strong and rigid tent structure combined with a very easy and fast pitching time.
  • Compact: The tent is small when folded, making it easy to store and carry.
  • Inflation: Comes with a Shrader Valve that can be inflated quickly using a bicycle pump or compressed air cartridge.
  • Protection: The tent is designed to keep you dry under all circumstances, with mesh vents in the exterior tent for airflow and insect protection.
  • Additional Features: It includes a functional awning for dry storage, ultralight titanium pegs, and a carbon upright pole that is short, strong, and lightweight.

Price: USD 469.95 (Discounted from USD 784.95) Yeah, it’s a lot 💰

Bottom Line: The Vango F10 Project Hydrogen Air is an innovative tent designed for those who prioritize weight and efficiency. Its unique air jet technology and high-quality materials make it a top choice for solo backpackers and hikers. The tent’s design ensures durability, protection from the elements, and ease of use, all while being ultra-lightweight.

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Here’s another fantastic option right on Amazon (also quite expensive though).

This one packs down small enough, but is much larger than your average 1-person dome tent!

Tips for Maintaining Your Tent while Bike Touring

A good tent can be a savior on your bike tour, but only if you take good care of it. Here are few tips to keep your tent in top condition while you venture into the great outdoors.

Keeping It Clean

  • The cleanliness of your tent can play a significant role in its longevity.
  • After one trek where my tent ended up looking like it had been in a mud wrestling match, I learned to always shake out any dirt or leaves before packing it up.

Proper Packing

  • How you store your tent can affect its lifespan.
  • Don’t just stuff your tent back into its bag. Ensure it’s dry and clean, and try to pack it lightly without crushing it. I once packed my tent in a hurry during a downpour, only to find it moldy on my next adventure.

Small Repairs

  • Regular checks and minor repairs can prevent bigger issues in the future.
  • A duct tape can temporarily fix small rips and tears. Quick fixes after one tour can save you from the disaster of a ripped tent on the next.


  • Ventilating your tent can prevent condensation which eventually leads to mold and mildew.
  • On a tour in humid weather, my buddy didn’t ventilate his tent properly. He woke up soaked from the condensation, not the best start to a day!

Remember, a little care goes a long way in maintaining your tent. After all, it’s not just a tent; it’s your home away from home on the trail.

Choosing the right tent for bike touring is incredibly crucial. The tent you select can considerably elevate your camping experience by ensuring comfort and security, or it can ruin your trip if it’s not suited to your needs. As a seasoned bike tourist, I can’t stress enough how vital it is to invest time and effort into finding the best tent for bike touring.

My personal journey has seen me through a variety of tents, and through trial and error, I’ve found the ones that work best for me. In this blog post, I’ve shared those options in the hope they help you find your perfect fit. Lastly, remember that a tent is a long-term investment and taking good care of it, will only extend and enhance your bike touring adventures.

Bike Tent FAQs

What’s the best lightweight tent for bike touring.

In my experience, Tent A is an excellent option for a lightweight tent. Its minimal weight and size make it convenient for biking, and it still offers a high level of comfort and weather resistance.

Can I use my regular camping tent for bike touring?

Yes, you can use your regular camping tent for bike touring. However, keep in mind that these are usually larger and heavier, which may prove troublesome when you need to cycle long distances or up steep hills.

What should I do if my tent gets ripped during my tour?

Investing in a tent repair kit before you set off on your tour is a good idea. This way, if your tent gets ripped, you can patch it up and continue your adventure without needing to find a replacement.

How do I set up my tent quickly when it’s raining?

Time is of the essence when setting up your tent in the rain. Practice setting it up at home so you’re familiar with the process. It’s also helpful to have a rainfly or tarp to put up first to provide cover while you set up the rest of the tent.

Sleep With Your Bike In This Roomy Cycling Tent: Review

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The Bicycle Tour Camping Tent lets you store your bike inside, with plenty of room left over for quality slumber.

 NSR Riding Bicycle Tour Camping Tent review

I rolled out of my south Minneapolis apartment on a Friday night in search of a little clandestine bike camping within city limits. My sleeping partner for the night would be my bike, inside the tent with me.

I knew it wouldn’t fall over and wake me up in the middle of the night, thanks to the Bicycle Tour Camping Tent from NSR Riding.

NSR Bicycle Touring Camping Tent

The Bicycle Tour Camping Tent is said to be the first of its kind with dedicated straps and room for a bike inside. While it looks like a standard single-wall tent, protrusions extend out of the tent body for the handlebars and front wheel.

From my experience reviewing the tent, and an interview with the North American Director of Products, Christian Mo, I got the lowdown on this wacky-looking shelter.

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Review: NSR Bicycle Tour Camping Tent

Secluded near the river in St. Paul, I quickly set up the NSR Tent, thanks to its amazingly simple design. Two shock-corded aluminum poles cross over the top in separate sheaths, anchoring into four corner grommets.

It is a free-standing tent but includes nine light and sturdy anodized stakes for windy situations. My drop-bar Breadwinner B-Road bike rolled right inside—with the wheels on, thank you very much. I secured it with buckles around the fork.

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The tent material bumps out for the front wheel, drop bars, and pedal, and an internal shock cord wraps around the top tube and stakes on the outside. The bike has all the support it needs to stand up without tipping.

Sleep Test: Cycling Tent

NSR Bicycle Touring Camping Tent

A zippered mesh window on either side makes air-flow and cross-ventilation a breeze (see what I did there?).

There is a pocket on one side but it is at ground level, so I had to make sure I didn’t roll over in my sleep and break my glasses.

I had no opportunity to test the weatherproof-qualities of the NSR Riding Tent on the first night. The temps hovered in the low 60s and it was beautifully calm.

In the morning, I broke camp and stealthily rejoined the bike path brethren who were none the wiser.

Who It’s For: NSR Cycling Tent

Bike-packers and tourers would be the obvious contenders to purchase this tent. It could be useful for cyclocross or mountain bike racers, offering space to change before and after their events, and it would work as semi-secure storage spot for the bike. It’s essentially a portable bike garage.

 NSR Riding Bicycle Tour Camping Tent review

For bike-packers, the NSR Bicycle Tour Camping Tent does come in its own saddle bag, which on the surface is a great idea and value.

However, the nylon webbing and buckles on my bag did not offer enough friction while under compression. Thus, the bag sagged when mounted.

NSR Bicycle Touring Camping Tent

This wasn’t a deal-breaker, though. I solved the issue with a Surly Bike Junk Strap .

NSR claims a weight of around 3.7 lbs. My tent weighed in at 4.1 lbs. on its own, and 4.9 in the included saddle bag.

My version was the road bike tent, but NSR also offers mountain bike versions.

The Fine Print

 NSR Riding Bicycle Tour Camping Tent review

Taped seams and a water-resistant coating do lend a feeling of quality. This is a well-made piece of camping gear.

Based in Seoul, South Korea, NSR Riding started in 2011. The brand holds North American offices in New Jersey and Florida.

NSR Riding offers the Bicycle Tour Camping Tent for $270 (at 25 percent off as of press time). Your purchase includes free shipping.

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7 Ways to Carry A Tent While Bikepacking

When it comes to dialing in the perfect bikepacking setup, figuring out where to pack the tent is one of the trickiest parts. Panniers and rack make it easier, but with a rackless bikepacking bag setup there’s no obvious place to bungee a tent. You’re limited to a seat bag, frame bag, handlebar bag, and maybe (but ideally not) a small backpack.

Unfortunately a bulky tent, with awkwardly long poles, may not fit in any of those places. Even a svelte lightweight solo tent with shorter bikepacking-length poles, like my personal favorite , can still be too big for any of your bikepacking bags. What to do?

One of the many fun things about bikepacking is that there’s no one right way to do it. There are as many packing methods as there are combinations of riders, bikes, routes, and gear lists. Packing for bikepacking is a puzzle, and an invitation to get creative.

Yet sometimes we need a little inspiration, or at least the comfort of knowing that someone somewhere has tried this before. I’ve tried many different ways of packing my tent (and everything else) on my bike during many thousands of miles of bikepacking and touring on various types of bikes. In this post I offer you everything I know about how to carry a tent on a bike, from the obvious to the innovative.

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Do You Need a Special Tent for Bikepacking?

Maybe you already have a tent sitting in your garage. Do you actually need to run out and buy a brand new tent specifically for bikepacking? The short answer is no, but there are a few things to consider. Before getting into the details of how to carry your tent on your bike, here’s a quick overview of important considerations when choosing a tent for bikepacking .

The Tent You Already Have?

If you haven’t bikepacked much before but have an old backpacking tent sitting around, I’d encourage you to just get out there with the tent you have. After one or two short trips you’ll have a much better sense of what you need and like.

If you’re worried it’s too big or heavy, that’s what the rest of this post is for! Keep reading to learn how you can carry a big or bulky tent on your bike.

Lightweight Backpacking Tents Can Work

With the backpacking industry being much larger and more mature than the bikepacking industry, most bikepackers “borrow” our gear from the backpacking world. Lucky for us, the backpacking industry has been fine-tuning compact and lightweight shelters for a long time, and many of them are excellent.

One secret of the lightweight backpacking world is that much of the best and lightest gear isn’t found at REI or other big stores. For an entry point into this world, including a list of well-regarded brands and their websites, check out my post on lightweight backpacking tips .

Important point for bikepackers: many lightweight backpacking shelters are so lightweight because they’re designed to be pitched with trekking poles , thus the poles aren’t counted in the tent weight. This is very clever if you’re a hiker, but if you’re a bikepacker it means you’ll need to carry trekking poles or buy additional poles as a substitute.

Related : Best Lightweight Solo Tents by Price vs. Weight

Freestanding Tents for Bikepacking

Bikepackers are more likely than hikers to find ourselves pitching a tent on a hard surface: parking lot, inside a church or classroom, someone’s patio or front porch. This is especially true if you intend to bikepack or bicycle tour internationally, but I’ve also found it to be a factor at home in the US.

Therefore, I recommend that bike travelers consider freestanding tent designs , especially if you plan on longer trips in more populated areas. These can be pitched without the need for stakes or tie-out points. They tend to be slightly heavier than their stake-dependent counterparts, but oh-so-worth-it in my opinion.

The popular Copper Spur from Big Agnes is freestanding. So is my personal favorite, the Big Sky Soul .

Bikepacking-Specific Shelters

Big Agnes is the first brand I know of to release a bikepacking-specific line of tents. As mentioned above, two of their most popular models come in “bikepack” models with 12 inch folding poles to fit between drop handlebars. This does make the packing puzzle a bit easier to solve, though as the rest of this post is dedicated to explaining, it’s far from essential.

In 2020 my favorite solo tent, the Big Sky Soul, was released in a bikepacking-specific version with shorter poles as well! It’s awesome to see gear manufacturers getting on board with the bikepacking boom.

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Read more: Bikepacking Tents: What to Look For + Top Picks

Now that you have your tent, let’s go through the different ways to carry it on your bike. Having this in the back of your mind will be helpful whether choosing a new tent or making your current one work.

Two Straps + Your Handlebars

Bikepacking doesn’t have to be all about the fancy gear. To prove it, let’s start with the simplest and most budget-friendly option of all: two straps. Simply wrap each strap around one side of the handlebars, secure the tent to the bars, and voila! You’re well on your way to a bikepacking setup.

This $4 set of straps will work just fine; it’s what you see in the picture below. If you’re looking to invest in your bikepacking future, spring for a pair of these stretchy Voile straps which are a bit easier to work with and more versatile.

tent strapped to handlebars of mountain bike at beach

Simply strapping your tent to the handlebars works especially well if:

You have flat MTB-style handlebars . Most tent poles, with the exception of bikepacking-specific models, won’t fit between the sides of drop handlebars on bikes like the Salsa Fargo .

You have somewhere else to pack your sleeping bag , which is the other thing people often pack in their handlebar harness. Your saddle bag is a good place for the sleeping bag, but then you still need somewhere to put those warm layers… As I said, packing for bikepacking can be a puzzle.

Your tent is reasonably compact and lightweight. It’s reasonable to carry a few pounds on your handlebars without impacting steering too much, so most modern lightweight 1 and 2 person tents are no problem. But that vintage department store 3-person car camping tent? Maybe not.

Related: Bikepacking Handlebars: How to Choose

Handlebar Harness

A bikepacking handlebar harness is a contraption that mounts to the front of your handlebars and uses two straps to secure an item, usually something cylindrical like a stuff sack or dry bag, against the harness. It’s basically an upgraded version of the “two straps” solution above with the advantages of being more stable, durable, lifted away from cables and housing, and easier to pack and unpack.

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You often see handlebar harnesses holding a dry bag filled with soft fluffy stuff like a sleeping bag or clothing. Many harnesses even come with a removable dry bag for this purpose, but there’s no reason you can’t carry a tent here instead. And as we’ll get into in the next section, many harnesses can accommodate both at once.

Popular handlebar harnesses include:

  • Salsa EXP Anything Cradle
  • Revelate Designs Handlebar Harness (see my long-term review )
  • Roswheel budget-friendly harness on Amazon
  • REI Co-op Link Handlebar Harness

The ideal circumstances for carrying a tent in a handlebar harness are similar to the basic straps method above: you’re running flat bars (or using short tent poles that fit between drops), you have another place to carry your sleeping bag, and your tent is relatively compact and light.

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Integrated Handlebar Bag

This style of handlebar bag combines a dry bag and handlebar mount into one. It’s a bit less flexible because the bag is attached, so you can’t simply remove it and strap your tent there instead. However, if your tent happens to fit inside the handlebar bag then it’s also an excellent option for carrying your tent.

Popular all-in-one options are the Ortlieb Handlebar Bag , the Revelate Designs Sweetroll , or the budget-friendly RockBros (see my review here ).

In addition to needing a good fit between tent and bag, the same conditions from above apply: works best with flat handlebars, a light tent, and space somewhere else to put your sleeping bag.

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Double-Loaded Handlebar Bag / Harness

A handlebar harness or bag is prime cargo real estate for a stuffable item like your sleeping bag. If you don’t want to dedicate this space to your tent alone, look for a harness or bag that can hold more than one thing. There might be a second set of straps (like the Revelate Harness when using the Egress Pouch ), an adjustable front flap (like the Revelate Sweetroll ), or daisy chain webbing for you to fasten Voile straps through.

One downside of this method is that it’s not always stable, and it’s easy to overload your handlebars. If riding technical terrain too much weight will make bike handling harder. If you’re a small rider on a 29er bike (* raises hand *) you might have to watch out for tire rub if the load sags while riding.

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A major upside of this method is that your long tent poles can still fit on your handlebars even with drop bars. I’ve used this method to carry a tent on my Salsa Fargo for many thousands of miles, and it works because the tent is strapped out in front of the main dry bag. The dry bag sits between the drops while the tent sits out in front of them, with no width restrictions. If you have space above your tire the tent could also ride below the drops.

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In / On Your Seat Bag

A larger seat bag may be an option for carrying a compact tent, especially if you remove it from its stuff sack and split it into pieces. Tent poles placed along the bottom of a seat bag can actually provide helpful support that keeps the bag from drooping onto your rear tire.

If your seat bag is already full, you can strap a small light tent to the top (use more than one strap – if it bounces off you’ll never see it again). This might be a bit too much weight back there for technical riding, but with a stable enough seat bag it’s doable for dirt and gravel roads.

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It’s not a common feature but I’ve even seen a seat bag with pockets that fit tent poles on the outside, the Olliepack :

Olliepack seat bag with 17" tent poles in pocket, secured by Voile strap

Split It Up

Maybe you have a bulky tent and a bike with narrow drop bars, or full suspension, or a small frame and minimal tire clearance . Don’t give up hope! This is the method for you.

Most tents come in multiple parts. Maybe there’s a mesh inner and a separate rainfly, or a separate footprint. In almost all cases, the poles – the trickiest part to fit into oddly shaped bikepacking bags – are separate from the rest. So let’s take advantage of this.

Stuff the separate fabric pieces wherever they go best. Maybe the main body of your tent fits fine in your handlebar bag as long as you put the rain fly and poles somewhere else. If you’re sharing a tent with another rider, this is a great way to share the load.

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As for those pesky tent poles:

  • Tall people can sometimes fit poles in their frame bag.
  • Try the bottom of your seat bag – helps prevent sagging too!
  • Strap them to your top tube if they fit.
  • If not, try the down tube,
  • Or even the side of your seat tube.
  • If the bundle is too thick, split them up in two different places.

Secure the poles with velcro straps or a pair of short Voile straps . The latter are easy to cinch down and the rubber will help keep the poles from slipping. If you’re really looking for luxury (and want to protect your poles from rough conditions), Tarptent makes a pole pouch designed specifically for this purpose. You could also always make your own.

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Strapped to a Rear Rack

Though I’ve focused on rackless bikepacking setups because they pose a bigger packing challenge, there’s no rule against bikepacking with a rear rack. In fact, sometimes it’s helpful or even necessary (see Panniers vs. Bikepacking Bags ). If you’re a small rider tackling a remote trip with long food and water carries, for example, a rear rack might be your only option.

Strapping a tent to a rear rack is usually easy and straightforward. I recommend a couple of sturdy Voile straps . Voile even makes adjustable rack straps which are nice for variable-size loads, but personally I find the regular straps easier to use.

Related: Old Man Mountain Divide Rack – Detailed Review

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Forget The Tent

I know this isn’t what you were looking for, but a discussion of bikepacking tents wouldn’t be complete without mentioning an increasingly popular alternative: going without one.

In bikepacking as well as lightweight backpacking, more people are turning to tarp shelters in order to save weight while staying protected from the elements. Tarps frequently pitch with the help of trekking poles, but there are even some crazy things like this starting to pop up as bikepacking grows in popularity.

And then, there’s the bivy sack. As some of the lightest waterproof shelters available and definitely the quickest to set up, bivy sacks are standard kit in endurance bikepack racing . For relaxed riding some people find them cramped, are bothered by the condensation they collect, or simply prefer the privacy and comfort of a larger shelter.

Woman in bivy sack drinking coffee on bikepacking trip

For relatively clear weather and summer rides, I’m currently loving my super-lightweight water-resistant bug bivy , paired with a simple lightweight tarp or SOL emergency bivy in case of unexpected rain. But when camping in places with lots of people around, or when stormy weather is expected, I still prefer my lightweight tent .

More Bikepacking Resources

If you’re wondering where to pack your tent, chances are good you might also find these helpful:

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  • Bikepacking the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route
  • What Goes in a Bikepacking Repair Kit?

Or visit the bikepacking section for lots more!

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Love seeing the posts and what gear works for you. I live in Redwood City, and am quite familiar with the locations in your read. Thanks !!

This was very helpful article.

How are you attaching your water bottles?

Thank you, Liz

Hi Liz, if you’re referring to the fork mounted bottles they’re strapped into Blackburn Outpost cages.

Tent poles…find an old inner tube, or something similar …I had used a piece of old piece of a yoga mat before but inner tube works better… and slip them into that, fold over the ends and secure with elastic bands, then lash to your top tube/down tube. Shouldn’t rattle much.

That’s a great tip, thank you!

Copper Spur UL 2 Bike Packing vs. Copper Spur UL 3 or 4 with two strap method.

Which one is the way to go? I have a hardtail mtb with a flat handlebar. Thanks. I initially expect one of my kids to follow for the bikepacking trip but eventually more as they age, which is why 3 or 4 person tent I am considering to buy.

I think that decision depends entirely on how much space you need. If you need the 3 or 4 person tent, you can adapt your setup to carry it. Two adults in a 2 person tent is a tight fit but doable. When I bikepack for a long time with my husband we like a 3 person tent for the extra space.

Thank you for the response. We went for 3 person one. Yeah 1 adult with 2 kids with all gears in the tent were very tight. I cannot imagine doing it with 2 person tent. Two strap method worked for me! Again, thank you!

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How to travel by bicycle in Russia: ideas and suggestions

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Newcomers can test their “strength” on a one-day trip – the roads should not be complicated and the distances should not be too long. For first-time riders, study the route carefully, taking into account not only the length of the road, but also the conditions: there should be no long climbs and no high mountain passes. The flatter the road, the better. Do not ride close to crowded and busy large traffic lanes, even if conditions permit.  Also, make sure carry your Russian invitation letter with your visa . 

Route: Levutov – Pavlovsky town

Distance: 65 km

From Reutov (metro station “Novokosino”) outside Moscow, via Saltykovsk, Zheleznodorozhny, Fedurnovo, then turn to Biserovo, to Staraya Kupavna, then to Elektrostal via Ivashevo, and finally to Pavlovsky Posad via Subbotino, the intercity electric train This is a good route for newcomers to the town of Pavlovsky Posad (Vokhna or Pavlovsky Posad station).

This route is good for beginners: the terrain remains almost unchanged throughout the route. It’s mainly asphalt, but it’s quiet, with a rural landscape and few cars. Also, there are many intercity train stations along the way – if you get tired, you can take the train back to Moscow.

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For the uninitiated, there are plenty of suitable roads around Moscow. The entire Moscow region is dotted with railway lines, so it is not necessary to make a circular route. You can take an intercity train to one station and back from another. There are many convenient route options around most Russian cities. You can make your own route, or take the advice of experienced travelers and use an already prepared route map.

Two-day trips in Russia

If you can travel 60-70 km per day, it’s no problem and you’ll be able to ride for two days. First of all, you need to solve your overnight problem: will you stay in a hotel, borrow a private house or pitch your own tent? Be sure to take the weather into account and take extra things that will keep you warm or heated.

When choosing your route, add some “hills” on the way, but not too steep.

Keep an eye on your bike. Ideally, it should be carefully checked and tested two days before departure; if you don’t know much about bike parts, you should have a full “car check” at a good mechanic’s shop to remove all faults in time.

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Route: ride along Nizhny Novgorod and rest on the Volga

Distance: 140 km

This is a self-guided route with picturesque Volga forests, where you will have to pitch a tent on the road overnight. You don’t have to think about the schedule of electric trains or buses, even if you are delayed on the way, don’t worry.

From Nizhny Novgorod, you will pass through the town of Bor (you can cross the Volga by cable car). Next, head to Ivanovskoye. On the way, note the unique, interlocking bi-level railroad: it is no longer in use, but the original structure is still there. Then go in the direction of Yurasovo, where you will turn to Maloye Utkino, then to Beryozovka, to Vypolzovo, then to the Volga River, to Apraksino, passing through the hill fortress with its ancient earthen embankment. Hillfort, which retains its ancient earthen berm.

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After that, follow Orlovo, Belkino, Yamnovo, Zavrazhnoye, Selishi. After passing through Zhukovka, you can go straight through the forest to the bank of the Volga River and find a place to pitch your tent.

The next day, go in the direction of Pumra, then through Vagankovo, Orekhovo, Markovo, turn left at Matveyevka, go to Vatoma, then through Put’kovo and back to the banks of the Volga, then to the town of Pol, and then to Nizhny Novgorod.

There are many suitable two-day rides in the Volga Valley, around the Voronezh region, around the cities along the Golden Ring and in the Crimean steppe.

Multi-day rides in Russia

Riding for several days in a row is a very serious matter and you need to be physically prepared. For the first time, choose a route that is not too difficult and not extreme, because riding a few days in a row is not at all the same as riding 100 km in a week. Please estimate that it is more comfortable to travel 70-80 km per day on the plains and with much less hills.

Check to see if there are any settlements along the way – it depends on whether you’ll be carrying a lot of food, or if you can buy all your food along the way. But whenever and wherever you go, make sure you have drinking water on you. Please do not forget to constantly replenish your supplies and have an emergency reserve – about 1.5 liters of water per person. 

Route: “Crimean coast: from Kerch to Alushta”

Distance: 270 km , 5-7 days

We have intentionally divided the trip on this route into several days, as it depends a lot on your fitness and desire to visit the sights – which will be seen on the way, and quite a lot of them. There will be some mountain passes – if you feel tired as you pass them, it is always possible to set up camp early and prepare for an overnight stay. Almost the entire road runs along the coastline. If you don’t want to pitch a tent, you can easily find a place to spend the night in the resort.

Get off the ferry to Kerch and head directly to the Feodossia steppe. Pass through the town of Ordzhonikidze and head to Koktebel. Be prepared for a long and tiring uphill climb. If you don’t want to tire yourself out that much, then sacrifice some of the scenic views and take a different route – along the Simferopol highway.

From Koktebeli there is a difficult mountain road leading to Sudak. The strongest will can cycle to the town of “Novyi Svit” in one day, while the rest of the people should go to the village of Morske and then to Alushta via Rybache and Malorichens’ke. From Alushta, you can take a bicycle and a trolleybus to Simferopol, from where you can return by plane or return to Kerch by bus or taxi.

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Hundreds of bicyclists are blessed at NYC church ahead of 5 Boro Bike Tour on Sunday

Hundreds of bicyclists packed the Cathedral of St. John the Divine Saturday morning to have their rides blessed before they embark on a 40-mile journey through the city for the 5 Boro Bike Tour Sunday.

Rev. Patrick Malloy led the 26th annual non-denominational service at the Morningside Heights cathedral. Riders, many in helmets and racing gear, gathered alongside their bikes to be splashed with holy water.

The cathedral welcomes bikers, skaters, scooter-riders and “users of self-propelled vehicles” of all ages to take part in the ceremony.

One woman even juggled atop a unicycle, while another rolled up on a Citi Bike.

“This is a great day,” Malloy told reporters outside the church.

“People come from all over the world. They bring so much good energy to us, so much warmth,” he said.

“Maybe the energy comes from the fact that they’re also athletic.”

The service also honored bicyclists and pedestrians killed in the past year. Bagpipes were played as a white “ ghost bike ” symbolizing those killed was rolled down the aisle.

The city Department of Transportation set up tents outside the church and fitted riders for free.

About 32,000 people will cycle 40 miles across the Big Apple starting at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, beginning in Lower Manhattan and looping through the boroughs, crossing the Queensboro, Pulaski and Verrazzano-Narrows bridges to end in Staten Island’s Fort Wadsworth Park.

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Five Boro Bike Tour held Sunday in NYC. See the route map and list of road closures.

By Mark Prussin , Alecia Reid

Updated on: May 6, 2024 / 6:50 AM EDT / CBS New York

NEW YORK -- The Five Boro Bike Tour returns to New York City this weekend, which means street, bridge and tunnel closures citywide. 

Use this guide to get around if have to be on the road. See where the bike tour starts and when it will end.

What time does the Five Boro Bike Tour start?

The Five Boro Bike Tour map shows the route of the 40-mile event, which starts at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, May 5 in Manhattan. 


Here are the bridge and tunnel closures announced by the MTA: 

Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge  

The Staten Island-bound lower level of the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge will be closed from 2 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, according to the MTA. The upper level will remain open in both directions, but drivers heading to Staten Island must use the Belt Parkway. 

Other closures include:

  • One Brooklyn-bound lane on the lower level from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
  • The Bay Street exit from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
  • The 92nd Street entrance ramp to the Staten Island-bound lower level from approximately 12:01 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
  • The Belt Parkway entrance ramp to the Staten Island-bound lower level from approximately 12:01 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
  • The Lily Pond Avenue exit from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

Robert F. Kennedy Bridge

The Robert F. Kennedy Bridge exit ramp to the southbound FDR Drive will be closed from approximately 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. All southbound traffic must exit via the 2nd Avenue-East 125th Street ramp.  

Hugh Carey Tunnel

The approach from the Hugh Carey Tunnel to the westbound Gowanus/BQE will be closed from approximately 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to this off-property closure, all traffic exiting the tunnel in Brooklyn will be diverted to Hamilton Avenue during this time, and the Trinity Place exit in Manhattan will also be closed from approximately 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

Here's the full list of streets that will be closed at NYPD's discretion during the bike tour:

  • Greenwich Street between Battery Place and Morris Street
  • Trinity Place between Morris Street and Liberty Street
  • Church Street between Liberty Street and Canal Street
  • Chambers Street between Broadway and West Broadway
  • Worth Street between Broadway and West Broadway
  • Canal Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue between Franklin Street and West 59th Street
  • West 59th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue
  • Grand Army Plaza between West 59th Street and East Drive
  • East Drive between Grand Army Plaza and Center Drive
  • Center Drive between 5th Avenue and East Drive
  • East Drive between Center Drive and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
  • Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard between West 110th Street and West 135th Street
  • East / West 135th Street between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Madison Avenue
  • Madison Avenue between East 135th Street and East 138th Street
  • Madison Avenue Bridge (Bronx-bound)
  • Harlem River Drive / FDR Drive (Southbound) between 3rd Avenue Bridge and East 116th Street
  • East 116th Street between FDR Drive and Pleasant Avenue
  • Pleasant Avenue between East 116th Street and East 114th Street
  • Harlem River Drive / FDR Drive (Southbound) between 116th Street and 63rd Street Exit
  • East 63rd Street between FDR Drive (Southbound) and Queensboro Bridge Exit
  • Queensboro Bridge Exit between East 63rd Street and East 60th Street
  • Queensboro Bridge Upper Level (Manhattan-bound)
  • Peter Minuit Plaza between State Street and South Street
  • Whitehall Street between South Street and Water Street
  • State Street between Whitehall Street and Battery Place
  • Battery Place between State Street and West Street
  • Morris Street between Broadway and Greenwich Street
  • Albany Street between West Street and Greenwich Street
  • Greenwich Street between Rector Street and Cedar Street
  • West Broadway between Vesey Street and Barclay Street
  • West Broadway between Murray Street and Warren Street
  • Rector Street between Broadway and Greenwich Street
  • Cedar Street between Broadway and Greenwich Street
  • Liberty Street between Broadway and Greenwich Street
  • Dey Street between Broadway and Church Street
  • Vesey Street between West Street and West Broadway
  • Murray Street between Broadway and West Broadway
  • Warren Street between West Street and Broadway
  • Duane Street between Broadway and West Broadway
  • Thomas Street between Broadway and West Broadway
  • Leonard Street between Broadway and West Broadway
  • Franklin Street between Broadway and West Broadway
  • White Street between Broadway and West Broadway
  • Walker Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
  • Lispenard Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
  • Broad Street between Pearl Street and South Street
  • Broadway between Morris Street and Battery Place
  • South Street between Broad Street and Whitehall Street
  • Water Street between Whitehall Street and Broad Street
  • 138th Street between Madison Avenue Bridge and 3rd Avenue
  • 3rd Avenue between 138th Street and 3rd Avenue Bridge
  • Rider Avenue between 138th Street and 137th Street
  • 137th Street between Rider Avenue and 3rd Avenue
  • 3rd Avenue Bridge (Manhattan-bound)
  • 21st Street between Queens Plaza South and Hoyt Avenue North
  • Queens Plaza South between 21st Street and Vernon Boulevard / Alternate Route
  • Hoyt Avenue North between 21st Street and 19th Street
  • 19th Street between Hoyt Avenue North and Ditmars Boulevard
  • Ditmars Boulevard between 19th Street and Shore Boulevard
  • Shore Boulevard between Ditmars Boulevard and Astoria Park South
  • Astoria Park South between Shore Boulevard and 14th Street
  • 14th Street between Astoria Park South and 31st Avenue
  • 31st Avenue between 14th Street and Vernon Boulevard
  • Vernon Boulevard between 31st Avenue and 44th Drive
  • 44th Drive between Vernon Boulevard and 11th Street
  • 11th Street between 44th Drive and Pulaski Bridge
  • Pulaski Bridge (Brooklyn-bound)
  • McGuiness Boulevard between Pulaski Bridge and Greenpoint Avenue
  • Java Street between McGuinness Boulevard and Franklin Street
  • Greenpoint Avenue between McGuinness Boulevard and Franklin Street
  • Franklin Street between Java Street and North 14th Street
  • Kent Avenue between North 14th Street and Williamsburg Street West
  • Williamsburg Street West between Kent Avenue and Flushing Avenue
  • Flushing Avenue between Williamsburg Street West and Navy Street
  • North Elliot Place between Flushing Avenue and Park Avenue
  • Navy Street between Flushing Avenue and York Street
  • York Street between Navy Street and Gold Street
  • Gold Street between York Street and Front Street
  • Front Street between Gold Street and Old Fulton Street
  • Old Fulton between Furman Street and Prospect Street
  • Cadman Plaza West between Prospect Street and Tillary Street
  • Tillary Street between Cadman Plaza West and Adams Street
  • Brooklyn Bridge Promenade between Tillary Street and Centre Street
  • Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
  • Atlantic Avenue between Furman Street and Columbia Street
  • Columbia Street between Atlantic Avenue and BQE West Entrance Columbia Street
  • BQE / Gowanus Expressway between BQE West Entrance Columbia Street and Verrazano
  • Verrazano Bridge Lower Level (Staten Island-bound)
  • Staten Island
  • Bay Street between New York Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
  • Hylan Boulevard between Bay Street and Edgewater Street
  • Edgewater Street/ Front Street between Hylan Boulevard and Hannah Street
  • Hannah Street between Front Street and Bay Street
  • Bay Street between Hannah Street and Richmond Terrace
  • Richmond Terrace between Bay Street and Nicholas Street Wall Street between Richmond Terrace and Dead End

Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5k + Long Island Marathon results

Another heads up for drivers: The Lincoln Tunnel Challenge 5k is also taking place Sunday. Expect heavy traffic around the Weehawken toll booths, which mark both the start and finish.  

The Long Island Marathon is also being held in Nassau County. Several roads are closed for the race, but they are expected to reopen by 1:30 p.m. See the Long Island marathon results page.

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New York on two wheels: What to know about the Five Boro Bike Tour

May 5 marks the 46th Five Boro Bike Tour in the city. Less than a year after the New York City Marathon became a five-borough course, the city’s cyclists decided to do their own version of the idea.

The first Five Boro Bike Tour took place in 1977, with only around 200-250 participants . Now, over 32,000 riders take part in what organizers say is more of a community than a competition.

What is the Five Boro Bike Tour?

The Five Boro Bike Tour is the cyclist’s annual opportunity to enjoy 40 miles of car-free roads in the city, including the chance to ride on city highways.

Bike New York, the nonprofit that manages the tour, says it’s the largest charitable bike ride in the world, with the proceeds funding free bike education programs.

When is the bike tour?

The tour starts on the morning of Sunday, May 5. The first waves start as early as 7:30 a.m. All cyclists will set off by 10:30 a.m.

The time it takes to complete the tour depends on your bicycle and experience level. Most cyclists report anywhere between three to five hours.

Where does the tour take riders?

Cyclists start the 40-mile, traffic-free route by gathering in Lower Manhattan and making their way up Sixth Avenue. The tour stretches through Central Park and Harlem before briefly crossing into the Bronx. It then makes its way along FDR Drive before going across the Queensboro Bridge into Long Island City. Next is a trip across the Pulaski Bridge into Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Then, the tour travels onto the BQE and the Gowanus Parkway, and then heads onto the lower level of the Verrazzano Bridge and into Staten Island.

At the end of the line is the Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island. Participants are treated to live music, food trucks and photo opportunities.

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Are there any major street closures to be aware of?

Yes, there are a number of closures in each of the five boroughs. A full list can be found here .

Can I still sign up?

Unfortunately, registration closed on April 12, but there are spots in each borough for spectators to cheer on and support cyclists along the route.

Cheer zones include Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard in Harlem, 138th Street and Third Ave in Mott Haven, off the exit of the Queensboro Bridge in Long Island City, near Seventh Street in Williamsburg and at the finish line at Fort Wadsworth.

I’m already signed up, but I don’t know where my start point is. What do I need to do?

Those registered should have received their wave assignment, including their start time and point of entry to the route, via email. They were emailed out between April 26 and April 29.

Also included in the email are the times and location riders can pick up their participation packet. It includes the racer ID plate and helmet cover required to take part in the tour.

For all other questions on the tour, head here .

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After 3 Tourists Go Missing, Bodies Are Found in Baja California

Mexican authorities recovered the three bodies as a search went on for two Australian tourists and a U.S. citizen who disappeared while on vacation.

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A dayslong search for three missing tourists who disappeared near a surfing town close to the U.S.-Mexico border ended tragically on Friday as the authorities said that they had located three bodies in a water hole.

Two Australian brothers, Callum and Jake Robinson, and their friend, Jack Carter Rhoad, a U.S. citizen, had been on vacation surfing and camping along the coast near the Mexican city of Ensenada when they disappeared on Saturday.

Debra Robinson, the mother of the brothers, said in a social media post on Wednesday that they had booked an Airbnb in another coastal town north of Ensenada but never showed up there.

“Reaching out to anyone who has seen my two sons. They have not contacted us,” she pleaded to the more than 120,000 members of a community Facebook page created for people interested in touring Mexico’s Baja California peninsula.

She added that Callum was a Type 1 diabetic.

The state’s attorney general, María Elena Andrade Ramírez, said in a news conference on Thursday that prosecutors were investigating three people related to the case but that crucial time had passed since the disappearance of the three men.

“Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the last few days that they were reported missing,” Ms. Andrade Ramírez told reporters. “So, that meant that important hours or time was lost.”

In an interview, Ms. Andrade Ramírez said that after close examination of a 50-foot-deep water hole in La Bocana beach, near the town of Santo Tomás, Mexican authorities found three male bodies early on Friday. The already decomposed remains, she added, “meet the characteristics to assume with a high degree of probability” that they are the Robinson siblings and Mr. Rhoad.

Researchers will perform DNA tests to confirm the findings.

Prosecutors also believe that the three people tied to the deaths tried to seize the victims’ vehicle. When they resisted, Ms. Andrade Ramírez said, one man took out a gun, opened fire and then tried to dispose of their bodies. That person has been arrested.

“This aggression seems to have occurred in an unforeseen, circumstantial manner,” she added. “We pledge that this crime will not go unpunished.”

Human remains of a fourth male body, which has not yet been identified and is not connected to this case, was also found at the same site.

In 2022, 192 American citizens died in Mexico, State Department figures show , but most of those deaths were accidents or suicides. Only 46 were ruled as homicides.

The big waves in Baja California have long attracted throngs of surfers and travelers, many of whom have dealt with rising crime rates for nearly two decades.

But record levels of violence have hit the state in recent years. Government data shows that Baja California currently holds first place in vehicle theft and second place in homicides, most of which are related to drug dealing or organized crime, Mexico’s secretary of defense, Luis Cresencio Sandoval, said this year.

An official familiar with the investigation, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said a white pickup truck that the missing tourists had been traveling in was found charred near La Bocana beach. Other belongings and pieces of evidence were also being analyzed, the official added.

The swift effort to find the tourists was a rare exception in a country where nearly 100,000 people remain missing, according to the latest count provided by Mexican officials in March.

A majority of cases remain unsolved. Family members and volunteers are left on their own to follow up on leads, but the presence of cartels and a lack of support from the authorities make searching a dangerous mission .

The recent case in Ensenada recalled an episode in 2015 in which two Australian surfers, Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas, were killed as they drove across Sinaloa, another state in northern Mexico. Local authorities arrested three people who said they shot the two friends after they resisted a robbery. Their bodies were found inside their van, which had been doused in gasoline and set on fire.

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