Choosing A Tent for Bicycle Touring -Discover Evolution

Updated: Jun 2

Choosing a tent for Bicycle touring or camping

A tent is perhaps the most crucial piece of equipment that the independent bicycle tourist or a camper will carry.

It will be your home away from home, a haven from wind, rain and cold temperatures, a key to travelling on a budget and one of the few constants that appears every night as you go from place to place. Choose well and your tent will be your best friend. Pick poorly and it may be the cause of more than a few unprintable words!

Key features before you buy:

  • As lightweight as possible – Tents made for car camping are like big lumps of lead! Try to find a tent that weighs between 2-4kg; towards the lighter end if you’re going solo and a bit more if you’re travelling with a partner.

  • Muted colors – A bright orange tent looks pretty in the shop but it’s hardly ideal when you’re trying to wild camp in the woods. Get something that will blend in with your surroundings. Even if you don’t intend to free camp, you never know when an unexpected rain storm or some other event will change those plans and being as invisible as possible will help ensure you don’t attract attention.

  • Packed Size – Make sure it packs down small enough to fit in your panniers, trailer or across the back luggage rack of your bike.

  • Easy Set-up – If you intend to do any amount of camping, you can be sure there will be at least one day where you’re trying to set your tent up in the dark, in the middle of a gale-force wind or with hordes of mosquitoes attacking every inch of bare flesh. This is not the time to be fiddling with 20 poles and an incomprehensible series of hoops, loops and straps. Get the simplest set-up system possible.

There are an overwhelming number of tents to choose from. How to pick? Start by looking at the 10 awesome selection that we have made for you & let us know on the comment below what your using.

MSR Elixir 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent

The MSR Elixir 2 tent is an extremely livable performance camping and backpacking tent I ve been using it during numerous bikepacking trip and it is an ideal option for adventurers seeking an easy-to-assemble tent at a great value.

Unlike many tents in this class, freestanding tent ( this make a HUGE difference trust me) design offers two large doors plus new larger vestibules with more space. The versatile tent balances breathable mesh fabric with solid canopy fabric to provide ventilation, warmth and privacy. Whether you’re planning your first bikepacking or camping trip the Elixir 2 tent is your remedy.

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 84 x 110 x 40 inches (213 x 279 x 101cm)

  • Weight: 6 pounds = 2,7 kg

  • Unique pole geometry optimizes headroom and fits two mats; adaptable rainfly allows for excellent views

  • Built-in gear lofts and glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls enhance livability

  • Includes an MSR Elixir footprint that allows for a lightweight fast & light setup with rainfly

  • Freestanding system features color-coded poles, clips and webbing, Plus red vestibules for fast and easy setup

  • Mesh and solid fabric panels offer ventilation, warmth and privacy

Designed with the backpacker in mind

Weather Protection, Ample Space, & Interior Views

Great backpacking trips start with the right shelter. Whether it be camping in the desert, forest, or beach you'll definitely need a tent that can offer you the best comfort and protection needed from whatever lies ahead on your trail.

Weight & Durability

When it comes to backpacking, weight is one of the primary obstacles that creates concern for backpackers. For many, reducing backpack weight usually involves sacrificing the comfort and durability of your shelter. With Featherstone's line of backpacking tents, this is no longer holds true. We've researched and designed an efficient combination of lightweight and durable materials which culminate key elements that would provide backpackers a greater experience on the trail.

Technical Specs

Seasons: 3-season

Sleeping Capacity: 2- 3 persons

Floor Dimensions: 84 x 51 inches

Peak Height: 43 inches

Rainfly: 75-denier Ripstop Polyester with 3000mm polyurethane hydrostatic rated coating

Floor: 210-denier Nylon with 3000mm polyurethane hydrostatic rated coating

Canopy: Noseeum Mesh

Pack Weight(Tent Body, Rainfly, Poles, Stakes, Guylines, Footprint): 6 lbs

Trail Weight(Tent Body, Rainfly, & Poles): 5 lbs

Ultralight Setup(Rainfly, Footprint, & Poles): 3.8 lbs

3- Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1 Tent

Big Agnes Fly Creek tents (award winning) have been redesigned with steep wall architecture and a vertical door to maximize floor and head space. These features create more livable space so you can be more comfortable in the backcountry. All of the weatherproof and technical features of a three-season tent, with ultralight materials to keep the Fly Creek your go-to, easy to set up shelter when you need to pack ultralight.

Time Lapse in the Gobi Desert...

4- NEMO Spike Tent

Nemo Spike tent: Whether you’re headed out on a solo multi-day hunt, or just need a bug-out shelter for a day of fishing deep woods tributaries, Spike™ is a truly minimalist tent that will get you even deeper into the backcountry. Spike’s single-walled, trekking pole-supported design is meant to shave weight to just over a pound and pack down incredibly small. Premium silicone-treated 30D Nylon Ripstop fabric greatly increases strength, durability, and waterproofness, offering reliable waterproof protection. A large vestibule offers plenty of waterproof gear storage and shelters a No-See-Um mesh door for increased air flow and condensation control. Offering the ultralight space and protection you need, Spike™ is the solution to go farther and stay in the high country for as long as it takes to punch your tag.

Product details

  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

  • synthetic

  • Designed with guidance from professional backcountry hunters and anglers.

  • Trekking pole supported, floorless designs pair perfectly with our new Argali sleeping bags and their waterproof bottoms.

  • Silicone impregnated fabrics for strength and waterproofness.

“Don't listen to what they say, go see” ~ Chinese Proverb.

Pamir Highway - Tajikistan

5- NEMO Hornet Elite Backpacking Tent

Hornet™ Elite is the ultralight tent of choice for extreme minimalists wanting the best in technical materials and design. Top shelf fabrics and a minimal pole structure shave every ounce possible, while our latest updates and new patent-pending Flybar™ volumizing clip adds even more room without adding any weight.

At a mere 1 pound and 11 ounces, this premium technical, ultralight 2-Person shelter provides maximum livable space and large doors and vestibules. The 1-Person sheds a few more ounces to make its mark as one of the lightest, most advanced semi-freestanding tents in the NEMO line-up. Split the load with a partner using the unique Divvy™ dual-stage stuff sack to further lighten your pack.

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 9 x 5 inches ; 2 pounds

  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

  • Ultra-fine 7D Nylon Ripstop fly with silicone water repellent is extremely light and technical

  • Generous doors and vestibules for each person provide more coverage in the rain

  • Unique Divvy dual stage stuff sack makes it easy to divide the load with a partner

  • Patent-pending Flybar volumizing pole clip adds more room at the head and distributes fly tension evenly

  • Minimum Weight: 1lb 11oz; Floor Dimensions: 85 x 50/42 inches

6- Hilleberg Enan 1 Person Tent

We modeled THE ENAN after our award-winning, best-selling Akto, with the goal of making a three season version that was as light as possible while still having the strength we require from a Hilleberg tent. We knew that we could have made the Enan even lighter, but we also knew that doing so would yield less than “true Hilleberg” durability and function.

We used the Akto’s proven single pole design and its single-ended full pole sleeve system, then reduced weight by using lighter, Kerlon 1000 in the outer tent and a very light inner tent fabric. At the same time, we kept the same 9 mm DAC NSL pole the Akto uses, because the weight savings of a smaller diameter pole is quite negligible, while the loss in strength is significant.

Product details

Color: Green | Size: 1 Person

  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds

  • Made with lightweight and strong Kerlon 1000 fabric

  • Single pole construction offers excellent space to weight ratio

  • High bathtub floor keeps out ground water

Mongolia - Gobi desert

7- Topeak Bikamper One-Person Bicycling Tent


Bikamper® is a personal shelter that utilizes a 26”, 27.5”, 29” mountain or 700c road front wheel in place of tent poles. The main body is constructed of water-resistant urethane coated 45D ripstop nylon and features three mesh panels for ventilation and stargazing on pleasant nights. The fly is constructed of waterproofed 70D ripstop nylon for additional protection should the weather take a turn for the worse. Both tent and fly pack down to a small, space saving size. Includes its own special stuff sack that straps to the handlebars. Not compatible with fat tire bikes.

Product details


  • Capacity: 1

  • Seasons: 3

  • Canopy: 45D 210T ripstop nylon with 2500mm polyurethane

  • Fly: 70D 190T ripstop nylon with 2500mm polyurethane

  • Floor: 70D 210T taffeta nylon with 3000mm polyurethane

  • Doors: 1 (right side)

  • Windows: 2 side, 1 end

  • Floor space: 78.7 x 35.4 inches (at its widest point)

  • Packed size: 10.2 x 5.5 inches

  • Weight (tent only): 2.98 pounds

  • Total weight: 3.59 pounds

8- Naturehike 1 Person Tent 3 Seasons Camping Tent Ultralight

The first thing you notice about the naturalhike tent is how small and light it is when packed, weighing in at only 1,5kg. It fits squarely in the ultralight category which, by necessity, renders a compact design and uses high-tech lightweight material. The second thing one notices is the ultralight price. At only $145 (at the time of writing) the tent’s specifications punches far above its price category – similar tents from European/North American brands will cost at least double the price.

Product details:

  • PERFECT FOR HIKING AND BACKPACKING - Naturehike Tent Sleeps One Person take it with you on any trip

  • 3 SEASON TENT - Ventilated Roof Mesh With a Full Coverage Rain Fly for Colder/Rainy Weather

  • EASY ASSEMBLY - One person first using this tent can easily set it up in less than ten minutes.

  • The tent fly can be single use as sunshade.

  • Solid aluminum perfectly match the strong tent pegs,which makes the tent very stable.


9- Ferrino Sintesi 1 Tent, Green, 1-Person

In trekkinn we are dedicated to create high quality outdoor products which will make your activity comfortable. Are you interested in buying Ferrino Sintesi 1? You are lucky, because at trekking in the Tents catalog and Tents category, we offer other outdoor products that can complement your order. Place your order now and receive it in a few days.

Product details:

  • Single walled tent in Ripstop 50D 3000 mm polyester FR treatment with mosquito net inside FR treated.

  • Floor in waterproof polyester (3000 mm) with FR treatment

  • Taped seams on fly-sheet and floor

  • Exernal poles

  • 3 pre-formed duraluminium poles in different colours for easy setup

  • Exagon aluminium pegs

  • Vestibule

  • Mosquito net door

  • Front ventilation


  • Weight min: 830 g / max: 990g

  • Volume: 0.6 m3

  • Capacity: 1 Place

  • Dimensions: 14x30 cm

10- Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 1 Tent


Our award winning Fly Creek tents have been redesigned with steep wall architecture and a vertical door to maximize floor and head space. These features create more livable space so you can be more comfortable in the backcountry. All of the weatherproof and technical features of a three-season tent, with ultralight materials to keep the Fly Creek your go-to, easy to set up shelter when you need to pack ultralight.


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