Popular Mechanics Names the Best New Tents of 2019

With spring now fully in bloom here in the Northern Hemisphere I’m sure more than a few of you are getting ready to head out on that first camping or backpacking trip of the year. If you’re in the market for a new tent before you start that adventure however, than you may want to check out the latest story from Popular Mechanics which breaks down the best new tents of spring 2019.

The list consists of 11 tents in total from manufacturers such as Big Agnes, Kelty, and MSR. It is further sub-divided into categories that include “Best Overall,” “Best for Bikepacking,” and “Best Value.”

Each of the entires also includes a photo of the tent, a brief description of what makes it special, and the official weight, dimensions, and number of doors. In short, it’s a quick and easy breakdown of what makes that particular model stand out from the others, whether that’s design, durability, price, or something else entirely.

Taking home top honors in the Pop Mech gear test was the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 2, a mainstay in the tent market. While not as lightweight or spacious as some of the other models on the list, the Copper Spur offers a great balance in terms of size, weight, and functionality.

With two doors, two vestibules, and a robust interior, the tent was a bit hit with the editors. It also tips the scales at just over 3 pounds (1.3 kg), which is still plenty light. This tent was also one of three that Big Agnes managed to get into the top 11, which says a lot for the company’s current line-up.

If the Copper Spur doesn’t fit your needs there are plenty of other tents to sort through on the list as well. Whether you’re going car camping, bringing the entire family along, or just looking for a lightweight shelter for yourself, there are some great choices to be found on this list. Find out what other tents made the cut by clicking here.

Kraig Becker