I have been watching other camping and hiking sites and I have noticed a common trend and wanted to give my opinion on the subject. Some are likely to get upset with me on what I’m about to share with you concerning this issue and will give you some insight into why they are saying to buy high end hiking tents.
First, let’s look at some of the reason that they may be pushing high priced tents for one or two. The first is they are getting paid every time that you click their links and buy one. Next is that they may be people who’s passion is hiking and they are constantly on the trail and really need the high end equipment because they spend over 200 of their nights in them.
I understand that the average hiker has anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds in their pack and needs the lightest tent they can find and if this is the case with you, then by all means you need the best you can get. You may also be one of the few that goes to extreme locations and need the extra protection and options available with a high end hiking tent, but the vast majority does not need to spend 500 to 1,500 bucks for a two person tent.
If you take one trip a year to national parks and hike the managed trails and are not going to extreme altitudes, there is absolutely no reason to spend that much money. There are smarter and cheaper options that will do the job just fine for the once a year vacation.
You may sacrifice 2 pounds or so, but you’ll also sacrifice 2 pounds of 20 dollar bills to get something you really don’t need.
Look, you need to take a look at our top 5 hiking tents that were picked for the average person, not the extreme or professional outdoors people.
I know it is blunt, but it’is the truth. Skip the high end stuff if you can.