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5 Of Our Best Bikepacking Tents

5 Of Our Best Bikepacking Tents
9 June 2021 No comments

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Bikepacking or cycle touring is a fantastic way to see the world, allowing you to cover big distances while still fully experiencing your surroundings. Being able to travel at a much faster pace than backpacking, yet still having the same immersive experience can be a real game-changer.

In similarity to backpacking, lightweight and packable gear is key for bikepacking. So, aside from a bicycle (and a strong pair of legs) a packable, lightweight tent or bivi is one of the most important pieces of gear to make your adventures in the saddle a success.

Generally, two-man tents are the ideal for bikepacking/cycle touring, providing a nice balance of space for all of your cycle gear but still coming at a small pack size. This can vary on your needs though, and those looking for the most lightweight option should consider one-man tents. Typically you wouldn’t expect to keep your bike inside the tent, so there’s no need to take that into consideration (just be sure to take a lock if you are in an area where there might be passer-by’s).

Here are our five top picks for the best bikepacking tents to go for.

big agnes tiger wall ull2 bikepack tent

  • Weight: 1.33kg/1.11kg(min)
  • Pack size: 33 x 17cm
  • Capacity: 2 Person
  • Price: £424.99

The bikepack specific Tiger Wall UL2 is lightweight, packable and full of cycle-friendly features. All of your equipment is easily organised with daisy chain webbing on the flysheet for drying wet clothes and gear, an inner helmet stash loop, and large mesh storage pockets. Used with an extended footprint (available separately) the vestibule becomes a dry and dirt-free changing and storage area. The tent and poles pack down small into a compression stuff sack which thanks to daisy-chain webbing, can be mounted straight onto your bike. With Big Agnes solution-dyed fabrics using 80% less energy and 50% less water during production, you really can’t go wrong with the Tiger Wall UL2 Bikepack Tent.

vango f10 hydrogen air

  • Weight: 0.6kg/0.58kg(min)
  • Pack size: 20 x 10cm
  • Capacity: 1 Person
  • Price: £599.99

Vango’s F10 Hydrogen air is at the forefront of technology and one of the lightest tents currently available. Weighing roughly the same as a small bottle of water, you’ll barely notice you have the tent with you. The F10 features an AirBeam, rather than traditional poles, which is quickly inflated with your bike pump and helps facilitate the tents tiny pack size. The F10 is the perfect choice for those looking for maximum weight savings and packability.

Big Agnes Blacktail Hotel 2 Bikepack

big agnes blacktail hotel 2 bikepack tent

  • Weight: 3.03kg/2.75kg(min)
  • Pack size: 22 x 37 x 20cm
  • Capacity: 2 Person
  • Price: £299.99

If comfort and space is your top priority, then the Blacktail Hotel 2 Bikepack makes for an excellent choice. With a large porch and rear access, there is plenty of room to store and sort your gear after a day on the bike. Pre-bent poles help to increase headroom, and mesh pockets make sure you’re never too far from your essentials. With daisy chain webbing on the compression sack, the bag is easily strapped directly to your bike.

big agnes fly creek hv ul2 bikepack tent

  • Weight: 1.19kg/0.96kg(min)
  • Pack size: 32 x 14cm
  • Capacity: 2 Person
  • Price: £374.99

The ultralight Fly Creek is another great option for those looking to minimise weight and maximise space-saving. The tent is quick to pitch and offers plenty of comfort inside with helmet storage and wet-clothing webbing loops to help keep things tidy. Shortstik poles pack small enough to fit in one of your bags, or can be attached to the compression stuff sack which features webbing to allow mounting directly onto your bike.

sea to summit telos tr2 tent

  • Weight: 1.66kg/1.48kg(min)
  • Pack size: 48 x13cm
  • Capacity: 2 Person
  • Price: £489.99

The Telos TR2 is as comfortable as it is versatile. The Tension Ridge system creates a high ceiling, wide doorways and excellent climate control. With six different ways to set up, the Telos TR2 has you covered whatever the conditions. The tent is a great option for versatility, and although not bikepack specific, offers ample space for you and your gear.

Huw Saunders

About the Author:

Huw Saunders - Outdoor Expert

Growing up in rural Wales, Huw has been immersed in the outdoors for as long as he can remember. If not surfing the Welsh coast, he can now usually be found either running or hiking in the Peak District and through the winter, tries to get out to Europe to ski as much as possible.

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