5 Best Budget Tents (from under $100) – 2019

If you are going on a backpacking trip, then you will definitely need a good tent. But not all people can afford all these fancy and expensive tents, and we understand that. However, on the market today there are hundreds of different tents under $100, but to be honest, most of the budget tents are absolutely not suitable for comfortable traveling, because they have bad quality and no sealed seams.

To help you buy the best budget tent, we did the research and created the list of the best backpacking tents. We included only the best-rated affordable tents that are available on the market today in the price range under 100 dollars. All of them have a decent quality and are highly-rated by users.





Best Budget Tent No.1: Naturehike 1-Person Tent NH18A095-D

Best Tent Under 100 Dollars No.1: Naturehike 1-Person Tent NH18A095-D

Naturehike NH18A095-D Rating: 9.0/10

Seams: sealed | Free-standing tent: Yes

Why it’s great: The Naturehike is a Chinese company, however, it makes very high-quality outdoor gear. Their products have become popular all over the world, especially among travelers who prefer high-quality and, at the same time – budget outdoor gear.

The Naturehike NH18A095-D is a very lightweight and quite good tent for such a low price. The Naturehike NH18A095-D is a double-layer tent, and because of that it should have less problem with condensation and your sleeping bag should be dry in most cases. In one-layer tents, condensation is a big problem and your sleeping bag almost always will be wet if condensation will occur.

The weight of the orange tent is about 2.86 lbs/1300 grams (without pegs and wind ropes), and the weight of the tent of other colors is 3.30 lbs/1500 grams (without pegs and wind ropes). Tent pegs and ropes weigh 200 grams total. But you can buy separately more lightweight aluminum pegs and the total weight of the tent + pegs will be at the level of the more expensive tents.

However, the orange tent (the one that weighs less) costs a few dollars more, and because of that, the price is a little over $100. But the red and blue tent is under $100.

Naturehike 1 person tent *mini review*
Update - 2018.12.31
 In 2018, I bought this tent for less than $100 and took it with me on a bicycle trip. And after the trip, I can recommend the Naturehike tent if you are looking for a budget, lightweight and a good-quality tent. During my trip, this tent protected me from the rain and wind.

And thanks to its compact size it was convenient to set up it in many places. Sometimes I came across places where only the tent of this size could be placed and the other (two-person tents) would not fit.

Naturehike 1-Person Tent

Photos from my trip. Pay attention to what place I managed to put this tent.

Naturehike tent in Sweden

Naturehike 1-Person tent in Sweden. Behind the tent, you can see a hammock with a tarp.

Backpacking with 1 person tent.

And this is my second trip. This time backpacking trip. Overnight at the sea in this tent was simply amazing.

However, if your height is above 6’1 ” or you love BIG tents or you have a lot of things and you want to keep them inside the tent, then I don’t recommend this tent. But if you need an affordable 1-person tent for hiking/biking/camping then the Naturehike NH18A095-D is a good choice.

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Eureka! Solitaire Tent

Best Tent Under 100 Dollars No.2: Eureka Solitaire

Eureka! Solitaire Rating: 7.2/10

Seams: not sealed | Free-standing tent: no

Why it’s good: The Eureka! Solitaire tent is the lightest tent among others in this price range because its weight is only 2 lbs 9 oz. It is designed for one person, and its design can be called bivy-style tent.

It is designed to just go to bed at the end of a hard backpacking day, as there is not enough room for something else. But, this tent has a mesh on top and if the weather is good, then you can admire the stars.

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Best Budget Tent No.3: ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent

Best Tent Under 100 Dollars No.3: ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 Rating: 9.0/10

Seams: sealed | Free-standing tent: Yes

Why it’s great: If you are looking for the best tent for two people, which costs under $100, then ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2 is just an excellent choice. This two-layer tent has 2 entrances and 2 vestibules for your gear, which is very convenient. Installation of the tent is quite easy and fast.

Poles are made of aluminum which is good and the weight of the ALPS Mountaineering 2 tent is about 5 lbs 4 oz. 75D 185T Polyester Fly and floor with seams that are sealed from the factory, will give you the best weather protection.

“Love this tent”, “Great tent for hiking”, “Awesome”, this is what users usually say about this tent.

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ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent

Best Tent Under 100 Dollars No.4: ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1 Rating: 8.8/10

Seams: sealed | Free-standing tent: Yes

Why it’s great: If you need a tent for one person and you liked the tent mentioned above, then ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person tent will be the perfect choice for you. It has one entrance and one vestibule for storing your gear, sealed seams, and the weight of this tent is 4 lbs. 4 oz total.

Thanks to its two-layer construction, your sleeping bag should remain dry at all times, even when condensation accumulates on the outer layer of the tent. The ALPS Mountaineering Lynx has a lot of positive feedback from users. So this is a really great tent for under $100.

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ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 4-Person Tent

Best Tent Under 100 Dollars No.5: ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 4-Person Tent

ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 4 Rating: 8.9/10

Seams: sealed | Free-standing tent: Yes

Why it’s great: You probably think “What? Again a tent from ALPS Mountaineering? Probably this is a sponsored review!”.

But no, to my regret, no one paid me money from their company and did not promise. The simple fact is that in the price category up to $ 100, the best tents are produced by only 2 companies – Naturehike and ALPS Mountaineering.

Tents of other companies are more expensive or have a medium quality, they accumulate condensation from which your sleeping bag and other gear that is inside the tent becomes wet. In double-layer tents, condensation also happens, but you are protected from it by the second layer of the tent. And for a price of up to $ 100, few tent manufacturers can offer double-layer tents. Which is why the leader is ALPS Mountaineering and Naturehike.

The ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 4 tent is designed for 4 people, has 2 entrances and 2 vestibules. The weight of this tent is 8 lbs. 5 oz which is not very much for this type of tent. Buyers of the Taurus very much praise this tent and say “An excellent tent, worth the money!”. Tent poles are made of 7000 series aluminum (Apple company, also uses this series aluminum in their products).

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