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All good road trips in­clude a few nights spent in a tent. Whether you’re tent­ing at a camp­ground next to your car or 20 km in the back­coun­try, hav­ing the best shel­ter is key. Here are some top tents from small to big for this sum­mer.

$400 Eas­ily one of the best bivy/back­coun­try tents we have used in the past few sea­sons. The First­light packs up smaller than any other tent on this list. It is great for climbers on a road trip hit­ting up cold alpine climbs in the spring and spend­ing nights above the freez­ing level. It’s not com­pletely wa­ter­proof, so avoid us­ing in heavy rains. A great alpine tent for those on the move. A vestibule is avail­able for pur­chase separately.

$280 One of the best tents you can own for two-per­son road trips where you’re sleep­ing in camp­grounds close to the road. The Wan­derer 2 as­sem­bles fast, has a full fab­ric canopy to keep out bad weather and is rugged. It’s a lit­tle heavy to carry on a climb, but a per­fect base camp. The pegs are easy to sink into any ground type and se­cure the guide­lines nice and tight. Still one of our go-to three­sea­son shel­ters.

$400 Moun­tain Hard­wear has al­ways pro­duced great tents and con­tinue to do so with the sin­gle-wall Hylo 2. It has a high ceil­ing, big door and vestibule which is great for keep­ing wet boots and climb­ing gear out of the tent and rain. We found it works at its best on hot days be­cause the big vents keep the air cy­cling. Light enough to pack with your climb­ing gear for a big ob­jec­tive and enough space to work as a good car camper.

$735 The new Cop­per Spur is a big tent that packs light. Great for three peo­ple head­ing into the back­coun­try with its feather-light poles and ny­lon fab­ric. It has smartly-de­signed in­te­rior pock­ets for string­ing up me­dia screens and cords. It’s more than wide enough for three peo­ple in the shoul­der zone and ta­per to­wards the feet. Top choice for those camp­ing next to the car with a few ap­proach­style camp­grounds in mind.

$615 A new light­weight two-per­son tent from The North Face that will keep things cool in hot weather. The crafty de­sign uses mesh that will keep out small bugs and in­crease ven­ti­la­tion. This shel­ter is a lit­tle more frag­ile than burlier tents, but is per­fect for ap­proach­style camp­grounds. An­other highly rec­om­mended tent by The North Face.

Black Di­a­mond Add-on First­light Vestibule Black Di­a­mond First­light

MEC Wan­derer 2

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