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Hiking tents - otherwise known as lightweight camping tents, backpacking tents, trekking tents or bushwalking tents - are specifically designed to be lightweight, quick to set up, waterproof and ultra portable when you're out on a hike. We stock a quality range of hiking tents, from all the leading brands, available to buy online for delivery Australia wide. 

Whether you're setting off on an overnight trek, a backpacking trip or you're an avid hiker tackling a serious ascent on a hardcore mountaineering expedition, the quality of your hiking tent can make a huge difference to not only getting a good nights sleep but your whole trekking experience given that you'll need to carry it along with all you're other camping gear on your back! However, choosing the best hiking tent for you will depend on a number of factors, including your trip frequency, duration, and location; the likely weather; the distance you plan to carry your hiking tent; whether you want to go alone or with others (or pets); which additional features are most important to you; and, of course, your budget.

How To Choose A Tent For Hiking:

Hiking tents are specially designed to be one of the smallest and lightest types of camping tents for good reason; you don't want to be lugging around a heavy tent on your back when you're trekking on the Aussie trails. Here's a rundown of the main types and designs of hiking tents we stock:

Two-Wall Hiking Tents:

Three main components make up a double-wall tent: (1) an inner tent with a non-waterproof canopy (almost often mesh) and a waterproof floor, (2) poles, and (3) a rainfly. The majority of double-wall trekking tents are designed to be comfortable, quick to set up, and completely bug and rain-proof. Due to a specific combination of poles and numerous layers of fabric, they also tend to be the heaviest type of shelter. There are two main sub-types of double-wall tents:

1. Free-standing Hiking Tents:

A double wall freestanding tent is probably what comes to mind when you envision a trekking tent. This variety may stand on its own (with ground stakes to hold it in place). They are designed to be used for backpacking trips where weight is less of an issue, such as vehicle camping and overnight stays. For hard weather and winter camping, stronger models might be better.

2. Semi-freestanding hiking tents:

Although these types of hiking tents come with a set of poles of their own, they also need a few stakes or guy points to be fully erected. Because it provides the safety and comfort of a double-wall hiking tent while decreasing weight by removing some of the pole structure, this design is becoming more and more popular. In some types, poles can be used to pitch the hiking tent in place of the provided poles, thus reducing the amount of weight that must be carried.

The cosiest and adaptable hiking tents, those with entrances on both sides, are those with double side doors. Each hiker having their own entrance and corresponding vestibule is a major bonus when camping with multiple people. Additionally, it means that there is greater freedom with the hiking tents orientation if you are erecting it on a small or uneven tent site. There is a second door on the other side if one is blocked by a boulder or tree. In a two-person tent, front-end door models—those with just one door at the head of the tent—also provide equal access for all occupants, but it's more difficult to leave quietly. Single-side door hiking tents, or those with just one door on one person's side, are the least comfortable if there are two or more people since the person on the far side must clamber over the person nearest to the door in order to enter and exit the tent.

The Pros of a Three-Person Hiking Tent:

Trekking tents are generally available in configurations for one, two, three, or four people. Hiking tents designed for two hikers are by far the most common. The width typically differs between a two-person and three-person hiking tent. Once the manufacturer adds about 50 centimeters (the width of a typical sleeping pad), your tent is ready to accommodate three people. Sometimes, the additional floor space also offers a little bit more headroom and possibly a little bit more length, although this is not always the case.

It makes sense to look at the three-person version of whichever model you are considering if it's probable that you'll bring a few pals or your dog on your trip. A larger 2-person hiking tent is certainly an option, and you would almost certainly spend less for it. But take into account this: if the hiking tent you're interested in is a lightweight 2-person hiking tent, it will very definitely also be a lightweight 3-person hiking tent. In other words, if weight and space are equally important to you, think about sizing up since the 3-person version of a lightweight tent may still be lighter than many 2-person hiking tents.


The degree of comfort you require depends the length of time you intend to stay inside your shelter, and the degree of weather protection you require. Hiking tents are generally classified as two, three or four season tents - relating to the amount of protection they provide from wind, rain and cold temperatures. Two season tents are generally used in warmer climates, whereas four season hiking tents are specifically designed to provide the highest levels of protection from the cold temperatures and high winds which can occur at Australia's higher altitudes. 

If having a "genuine wilderness experience" is your main goal, specially designed ultralight shelters provide a far stronger sense of connection to the outdoors. Shelters provide a great deal of comfort when utilised with the appropriate accessories (bivy, insert, head nett, etc.), albeit these increase complexity and weight. A double-wall tent is a wonderful place to start if you're just starting out and want something that feels cosier and is simpler to pitch. As opposed to lightweight shelters, which are not free-standing and need trekking poles, guy line systems, and precise tensioning, double-wall tents are typically much simpler to erect. Take into account additional ways that geography of the trail will affect the your comfort. e.g. A lengthy valley could turn into a wind tunnel. Where will the rain gather and flow to? Be strategic with where you camp.

Hiking Tent Storage:

If stored wet, fabric coatings degrade more quickly and your trekking tent should always be folded and rolled up with the poles inside. It should also be properly dried before being stored (mould and mildew are other important issues). The way these expedition shelters can be stuffed haphazardly into a storage bag is useful on the route, but wrapping it up properly for long-term storage will extend its life.

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Stay in complete control of your camping experience with the best hiking tents from Outback Equipment. For the best hiking tents and camping tent accessories, Australia has to offer, shop online to find the finishing touches for your campsite today.