Three Tents Built To Withstand Extreme Wind and Rain

by Colin Payne •

In A Nutshell

  • The most durable tent of 2016 is the Hilleberg Anjan 2. This 3.6 pound tent is made with top-tier materials and it is very strong. The tent was tested with a wind machine for six hours, and it survived admirably.
  • Other most durable tents include the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 and the MSR Hubba Hubba NX, which cost $430 and $400 respectively. These are also two-person backpacking tents.
  • The durability of a tent refers to how long it will last, and is determined by the quality of materials, combined with the design and manufacturing process.

 The Details

Most Rugged Tent: Anjan 2

Your ability to stay warm and try is a key factor in a backpacking trip. It can mean the difference between a fun adventure and a miserable experience. Having a good tent is a key to keeping out of the cold and damp when camping, and spending the money on a good one that will both hold up in stormy weather and last for years will be worth it in the long run.

The most durable tent of 2016 you can find is the Hilleberg Anjan 2. Named after a lake in northern Sweden, his two-person, three-season tent is made from Hilleberg’s Kerlon 1000 outer fabric, supported by two 9-millimeter aluminum poles that together create an extremely strong tent that is also lightweight. The Anjan 2 is just 4 pounds (1.8 kg) packed weight, making it easy to carry on those long trips.

Its light weight doesn’t come with a compromise in comfort. The Anjan 2’s tunnel-style design makes it large enough to comfortably sleep two 7-foot-tall people, and includes a good-sized vestibule for storing your wet gear.

It’s also extremely strong, according to Hilleberg, this tent was tested in the company’s “wind machine,” which subjected to it the equivalent of six-to-eight hours worth of very strong winds and the tent admirably withstood the bashing it took.

The durability, size, weight and strength make this tent ideal for go-light two-person trips in the spring, summer and fall.

It’s all backed up by Hilleberg’s lifetime warranty against material and craftsmanship defects, which includes a no-cost repair or replacement guarantee.

Accessories are available, including: an optional footprint that further protects the tent bottom from moisture, and a mesh version of the inner tent for warmer temperatures.

The Hilleberg Anjan 2 is available at Amazon for about $645.

The tent’s home page is here.

Other Alternatives

Most Durable Tent: Big Agnes

 The competitors for most durable tent of 2016 include the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 and the MSR Hubba Hubba NX,, They are significantly less durable, but do have their own strong points.

The Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 is quite spacious relative to its weight (3 pounds, 2 oz, with a low profile that makes it sturdy in strong winds. The MSR Hubba Hubba NX Is also lightweight (3 pounds 13 oz.) and features two doors and configurations for setup.

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