Best Budget: The North Face Mica FL 1
With a trail weight of 2 pounds, 1 ounce, the North Face Mica isn’t just lightweight but light on the wallet as well, with a price tag under $300—a rarity for ultra-lightweight tents. Almost unbelievably, you also get a footprint and gear loft included with the tent, too. The solo model is great for solo backpackers, with a pole design that maxes out the 14.6-square-foot floor space and a peak height of 38 inches and easy set-up thanks to color-coded poles. The no-see-um mesh is, frankly, a godsend in the summer, and the tent is built to last as well; the fly and floor are made from 20D ripstop nylon treated with silicone and polyurethane to really hold up, even over time. One thing to note: Although it holds up well in light rain, campers might get a bit wet in anything heavier—we recommend using this tent in drier weather.