Big Agnes Copper Spur Tent

Photo by Willow Belden

Photo by Willow Belden

By Willow Belden

If you're looking for a backpacking tent that is both spacious and light, the Big Agnes Copper Spur is the winning ticket. I took the one-person version on a solo thru-hike of the Colorado Trail in 2014, and it held up splendidly for five weeks of rain, wind, and hail.

The spacious interior gave me plenty of room to lounge, eat, and read without feeling claustrophobic; there was ample space to stow all my gear inside; and I was able to stash boots, trekking poles, and other muddy gear in the vestibule.

At 2 lb 8 oz, this little shelter is refreshingly light; and the bright, cheerful color scheme makes it pop in photos.