If you're budget is tight, another tent you might look at is the Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1. It's a little heavier than a more expensive tent, but I used one for several years and never had any issues with durability. I did eventually break a pole, but I bought a replacement from them at a reasonable cost. It's freestanding and super easy to set up. I only gave it up because of the weight, and moved up to an REI Quarter Dome. It's almost exactly the same size except it's taller than the lynx 1.

My backpack is an Osprey Exos 58 and I think it's great, even though there are lighter options out there. It's very comfortable.

Good luck in your search and welcome to the wonderful world of backpacking!!


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