How To Select The Proper Backpacking Tent

Quebec, like Canada, has its fair proportion of hidden gems. With a geography as various because the individuals who inhabit it, there’s nonetheless lots left to discover. Now’s the time to step out of wi-fi vary and past these campsites simply accessible by automobile.

By bike or on foot, for these of you prepared to enterprise out into wild unclaimed lands, having the fitting gear is important. A light-weight compact tent ought to be the very first thing in your listing. Listed here are some suggestions and ideas for all of your tenting tent wants.

The North Face Triarch

The tent I’m at the moment utilizing is The North Face Triarch 1. It’s made out of light-weight and sturdy DAC aluminum poles. The arctic entry gives further room to retailer baggage and retains them out of the rain whereas maximizing the area inside. It’s additionally tall sufficient that you simply’re not bumping your head when transferring round. My Triarch has at all times been straightforward to assemble (and disassemble) and after 4 years of use in varied situations, it has but to fail me. It’s labored effectively for me as a result of I did my analysis and located the right tent for my wants. Earlier than going out and shopping for a tent, right here are some things I thought-about.

Packability and Weight

The very first thing to contemplate when shopping for a tent is the place you’re going and the way you’re getting there. Should you’re bikepacking, go for a tent that packs compact to keep away from going previous the handlebar when travelling to your campsite. Avoiding overhang will preserve you aerodynamic and agile. Whenever you’re travelling by foot, a light-weight tent that doesn’t really feel heavy when it’s packed away in your bag makes all of the distinction when making an attempt to avoid wasting power and never tire your self out on lengthy journeys. 

A compact tent could be simply mounted to the handlebars of your bike with out including weight or affecting dealing with.
A light-weight tent is simple to move and makes establishing on the seashore hassle-free. Surf’s up!


Placing a tent collectively shouldn’t be rocket science. Some are made to fold out whereas others require some meeting. The North Face Triarch was straightforward to assemble in the dead of night, and fast to disassemble within the morning. This was good after we wanted to rise up and go early. Test how lengthy setup takes. The faster the higher. Along with discovering a tent with a stable basis, it’s at all times good to spend money on some aluminum pickets. Smaller tents are much less prone to fly away, so long as they’re effectively anchored. A very good backpacking tent shouldn’t require any instruments that don’t serve multiple-purposes, or can’t be present in nature.

On the base camp in Landmannalaugar, Iceland. The volcanic soil required that we anchor the tent utilizing rocks at every nook.
Wilderness tenting in restricted areas.


The phrase much less is extra applies right here. Buy in your wants. Relying in your mode of transport you’ll be able to convey a much bigger tent. However, you may not want a much bigger tent. Compact tents have the benefit of letting you setup in tight areas. You don’t want a four-person tent on solo journeys, however you additionally need sufficient room for a weekend away along with your buddies. It’s additionally good to have a ‘Plan B.’ You by no means know in case your journey will lead you to hidden gems that require an in a single day keep for early morning exploration. In that case, it’s at all times good to have one thing snug that gained’t be too laborious to hold and gained’t take up an excessive amount of area while you need to go off-trail.

Climate & Circumstances

It’s at all times good to select a tent that may swimsuit all situations. Most tents are made to deal with the outside, however nature could be tough. Earlier than heading to Joshua Tree with a summer season tent, examine the climate and plan for chilly nights and snowy trails. A 3 or 4 season tent is perhaps helpful even in the event you plan on solely tenting one season. 3 season tents are capable of deal with wind, gentle to average downpours and even some snow. For extra rugged situations and snowy climates, a 4 season tent is your finest guess. 

One other element that some are inclined to overlook is the carrying case. At all times make it possible for it’s seal-tight. You by no means know what sort of terrain you’ll encounter in your solution to the campsite.

The Homestead tent by The North Face isn’t as gentle because the Triarch, however nonetheless snug and proof against the California desert winds.
Be sure that the tent has a sturdy carrying case. There’s nothing worse than establishing a moist tent after a day within the rain – or within the water!


From technical ascents on the windy cliffs of Ucluelet, British Columbia to bikepacking in Iceland, a superb evening’s sleep is important to a protracted day of exploration. With a light-weight and compact tent that fits your wants, you’ll sleep effectively wherever you select to journey. And don’t neglect to take some depraved #campvibes photographs.


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Due to Julien Grimard (@juliengrimard), Paul Ladevèze (@paulladeveze), Antoine Caron (@antoineclae) and Jordan Lovelis (@jlovelis) for the journey footage.