11 Best 2 Person Ultralight Backpacking Tent Reviews

    2 Person tents work for 2 people, but are also great for 1 person cutting down on the need to have a tent for each occasion.
    The 2 person backpacking tent will give you that extra space you need as a solo traveler to fit not just you but also your gear without adding too much weight to your pack.
    The best rated 2 person tents weigh up to 5-7 pounds.
    Due to their flexibility, 2 person tents are the most widely used of any size tents on the trail.

Best 2 Person Tents – Ranked

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  1. Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent

  2. Editors Rating:
    (5 / 5)

    Best 2 Person Tent

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 2 lbs. 12 oz.
    Packed Dimensions 4" x 19.5"
    Assembled Dimensions 88"L x 52/42"W X 40"H
    Rainfly Yes
    Current Price $449.95
    Pros Excellent Rainfly, Dual entry - No Climbing Over Each other, Awesome height for maneuvering, ,
    Cons Expensive footprint - We just used our tarp, Some complained of zippers getting stuck during rain. We did not experience this., , ,
    Our Take:

    The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent is perfect for two people. Two entrances on either side allow for you and your hiking partner to not have to climb over each other.

    While there is plenty of room for two people in this tent, if you are planning to bring along a dog, we recommend the three-person version of this tent.

    Set up was a breeze. Color-coded poles and straps helped us set this tent up within 5 minutes.

    The UL 2 has a roof height is what really stands out. That allowed us to play games at night and was very helpful when getting ready on a cold morning.

    The rain fly is considerably easier to set up and remove than other tents in its class, and the vestibules are big enough that we fit our duffel bags into them.

    Big Agnes showed some forethought when they added the velcro feature to the door of the fly. You’ll also find this feature on the side wall, so you can easily pull the door off the outside of the fly when you’re ready to call it a day.

    This is truly a fully featured Ultralight backpacking tent that leaves nothing to be desired.

    Read our full review of the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent


  3. Luxe Tempo 2 Person 4 Season Tent

  4. Editors Rating:
    (4.9 / 5)

    Best 4 Season Option

    People 2
    Seasons 4
    Weight 5.7 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 7"L x 7"W x 17"H
    Assembled Dimensions 82.6"L x 35.4"W x 39.3"H
    Current Price $115.00
    Pros Easy assembly, ,, UV and Waterproof, Vestibules for extra storage space, ,, Secure bathtub style floor,
    Cons 5.7 pounds packed, Some people have complained about the zippers, , ,
    Our Take:

    The Luxe Tempo 2 person, 4 season tent is a great freestanding, easy set up tent that’s perfect for year-round outdoor adventures.

    The fixed, freestanding pole system is one continuous pole where the sections are all joined by shock cord making it simple to set up for even the novice backpacker.

    With the Luxe Tempo you get 2 doors which we feel is a must for a 2 person tent for easy entry and exit.

    Nobody has to climb over anyone to go pee in the middle of the night. You also get a ton of storage space thanks to 2 vestibules including the ability to vertically open a whole side of the tent as a canopy for extra space, shade and cool breezes.

    The Coated 210T Rip-stop breathable Polyester keeps the inside nice and toasty and comfortable while at the same time having enough floor space to keep 2 people, gear and maybe even a dog.

    The rain fly, made from Rip-Stop rain fly with 210T Rip-stop 3000mm Coated Polyester has proven to be extremely waterproof with not a drop leaking on the inside and even works well against horizontal rain.

    The floor of the Luxe is designed bathtub style made from Taped 210T Rip-Stop Coated Polyester 5000mm to help keep any unwanted water from seeping inside and prevent any tearing that comes with normal wear and tear.

    There’s also included space to attach a footprint.

    The packed weight is close to 6 pounds which is a bit heavy for lightweight backpacking but considering the convenience and 4 season capabilities its worth the extra few pounds between 2 people.

    Read our full review of the Luxe Tempo 2 Person 4 Season Tent


    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 3.4
    Packed Dimensions 6"L x 6"W x 18"H
    Assembled Dimensions 84"L x 50"W x 39"H
    Current Price $329.95
    Pros Easy setup with simple pole and clip on tent attachments, Dual ventilation on the tent and the rainfly helps in the warmer months, Compression sack helps to squeeze the tent down to a manageable size, ,
    Cons Not great in heavy rain and strong winds, , , ,
    Our Take:

    The MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Backpacking Tent is a great lightweight backpacking tent, perfect for the solo backpacker or for 2 people who don’t mind tighter space.

    Setting up the Hubba takes less than 5 minutes to do.

    Simply just snap the poles together, and clip the body of the tent into the pole frame and you’re ready to go.

    The tent itself is made up 20 denier ripstop nylon which adds some toughness to help Hubba deal with the wear and tear of the trail.

    There are 2 large doors with built-in “rain gutters” which help direct the water away from the body of the tent.

    This is a small detail that can save excess rainwater from seeping into the tent. Not to mention a mesh roof for ventilation, and a ventilated rainfly that also makes 2 vestibules for extra storage.

    The Hubba will add an extra 4 pounds to your pack but comes with a solid compression sack to squeeze it down to 18 x 6 inches which will fit seamlessly in most packs.

    For the quality and ease of setup, this may be one of the better 2 person tents on the market.

    Highly recommend.

    Read our full review of the MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent


  5. Topnaca Naturehike 2 Person 3 Season Ultralight Camping Tent

  6. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)

    Best Budget Option

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 4.4
    Packed Dimensions 6"L x 6"W x 16"H
    Assembled Dimensions 80"L x 51"W x 43"H
    Current Price from $18.99
    Pros Strong waterproofed Fly and Bottom, Lightweight at under 4 pounds, Comfortably fits 2 people with all your gear/3 people for a tight fit, ,
    Cons Poles seem a bit cheap and flimsy, , , ,
    Our Take:

    The Topnaca Naturehike 2 person, 3 season tent offers amazing quality at under $100.

    This lightweight tent helps keep your pack light weighing in at under 4 pounds.

    The quality of the tent is where you really get the bang for your buck with strong aluminum frame poles, excellent fabric stitching while also providing an extremely waterproof nylon/silicone rainfly built from 20D 380T Nylon Cloth + Silicone Coating (Waterproof Index: 4000+mm) and the bottom made from 150D Anti-tear Oxford Cloth + PU Coating (Waterproof Index: 3000+mm), with enough space to easily fit 2 people and gear.

    If you’re backpacking spring/summer/fall and need a reliable tent Topnaca’s Naturhike tent won’t let you down.

    Read our full review of the Topnaca Naturehike 2 Person 3 Season Ultralight Camping Tent


  7. ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent

  8. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 5.9 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 8"L x 8"W x 17.5"H
    Assembled Dimensions 90"L x 60"W x 46"H
    Current Price $115.68
    Pros Lightweight with plenty of space, 2 doors for easy entry and exit, 2 vestibules for extra storage space, Reliable zippers and stitching,
    Cons Heavier rainfly, Also the rain fly material seemed to be a bit small to easily zip it all up. It almost felt like the zipper might break zipping it up, Condensation build up in humid weather, The vent on the fly can be noisy especially in windy conditions,
    Our Take:

    The ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent is the perfect lightweight tent to fit 2 average size people with a couple of bags quite easily.

    The Lynx provides mostly mesh walls to keep fresh air flowing throughout the night while providing a view of the night sky.

    The tent itself weighs just over 5 pounds so it won’t be too heavy on your back and comes with a very robust rainfly that stands up to extreme weather.

    The flooring is built in the classic bathtub style to prevent outside water from finding its way inside.

    Pair this with the factory sealed seams and 2000mm coated polyester flooring and you should be able to avoid any water from seeping in.

    You get two doors and two vestibules for easier entry and extra space to store gear, not to mention plenty of cool breezes.

    It’s equipped with big #8 zippers for problem free zipping which help to avoid any zipper nightmares.

    This is also technically a free-standing tent consisting of two lightweight aluminum poles that provide easy snapping of the tent material.

    This made Set up and breakdown incredibly easy.

    Read our full review of the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent


  9. Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent

  10. Editors Rating:
    (4.3 / 5)

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 6.3 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 6"L x 6"W x 24"H
    Assembled Dimensions 84"L x 60"W x 48"H
    Current Price from $38.13
    Pros Under $50, Comfy for one person with a full size air mattress, Good circulation, Very easy and basic setup, Great rain and weather protection
    Cons Tight fit for 2 people plus sleeping bags and gear, Some leakage under extreme weather conditions, , ,
    Our Take:

    The Sundome 2 Person Tent is perfect for the single backpacker who doesn’t mind a little extra weight to carry for the extra space you get.

    Setup is very easy by simply running 2 poles through the included continuous pole sleeves and should take even a novice backpacker less than 10 minutes to set up.

    Sundome advertises this tent for 2 people, but it would be a tight fit for 2 people unless it’s 2 small kids.

    If it’s just one person you can fit a twin or full-size air bed comfortably and the 4-foot height in the center is nice for some extra liveability that can be hard to find in a 2 person tent.

    The carrying weight is about 6 pounds so it’s not lightweight, but if you’ll be out for a while and need something reliable this tent will make you happy.

    You get very robust rain protection with a 75D polyester rainfly and a rear window to provide cross ventilation along with an extra sealed floor.

    For under $50, this tent is very affordable with a ton of value.

    Read our full review of the Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent


    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 5.4 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 5.9"L x 5.9"W x 18.5"H
    Assembled Dimensions 82.7"L x 55.1"W x 43.3"H
    Current Price $69.99
    Pros Good space for 2 people plus gear, Bathtub style flooring and tough stitching keep water out., LED lights for easier night time setup, Inexpensive under $70,
    Cons Heavy for a 2 person tent at 5 and a half pounds, LED's need charging which is not always available for the lightweight backpacker, , ,
    Our Take:

    The Campla 2 person backpacking tent is a great shelter that is extremely durable even for a long-term backpacking trip.

    For $60 you get a really great tent.

    There’s enough space to easily fit 2 people with gear with a mesh ceiling to enjoy the night sky.

    If the weather gets bad the sturdy rain fly easily snaps into place that can hold up in even the heaviest rain.

    The bathtub style floor and tough stitching will help keep any water from seeping inside, and the extra floor space can act as a bit of a vestibule to store dirty gear like shoes and boots.

    The LED lighting system helps when setting up in the night.

    Our only complaints are actually having to remember to charge the LED’s which can be inconvenient for the lightweight backpacker.

    Also at about 5 1/2 pounds, it can be a bit heavy for a 3 season tent.

    All in all the tent is still great and will give you excellent value for the price.

    Read our full review of the Campla Backpacking Tent for Two Persons With LED


    People 2
    Seasons 4
    Weight 5.7 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 10"L x 4"W x 16"H
    Assembled Dimensions 83"L x 82"W x 45"H
    Current Price from $199.98
    Pros Manageable weight at just under 6 pounds, Good ventilation without the rainfly, 2 vestibules on each side for extra storage room, ,
    Cons Bad zipper, Low ventilation with the rainfly, Condensation build up, ,
    Our Take:

    The Geertop 2 person, 4 season tent is an extremely robust tent especially for those camping in the snow.

    The weight is manageable clocking in just under 6 pounds.

    It has 2 vestibules, one on each side which is perfect for keeping muddy boots out of the tent and a velcro ventilation latch which gives you the option to let more air flow to make it more comfortable on the inside, especially if it’s a little warmer out.

    The 210T breathable polyester and high-density fine nylon mesh keep the temperature fairly regulated on the inside and if you are climbing elevation or going where its a bit colder the Geertop 4 season tent is great.

    The high-density polyester and taped seams keep the warm air in and you can rest well even when the temps drop well below freezing.

    The My only complaint is the zipper on the rain fly was a bit stingy.

    It didn’t break, but it also didn’t seem like it would be good for the long haul and there have been some others complaining about this as well.

    Read our full review of the GEERTOP 2-person 4-season Backpacking Tent


  11. Kelty Salida 2 Tent

  12. Editors Rating:
    (4 / 5)

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 3.8 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 12"L x 3"W x 14"H
    Assembled Dimensions 88"L x 55"W x 43"H
    Current Price $120.00
    Pros Easy setup, 10 feet of Vestibule space,, Durable coated floor and rainfly,, Ultralight tent at 3 pounds, Extra internal pockets
    Cons Only 1 door, Small space for 2 people, Not a lot of ventilation with the rainfly on, ,
    Our Take:

    The Kelty Salida is a very durable 2 person tent. At first glance, the Kelty 2 doesn’t seem like much but once you dive into the details you’ll see why this lightweight, 2 person tent was awarded the 2011 Backpacker Editor’s Choice Award. It’s a little over 3 pounds so it can work great as a backpacking tent for a solo camper or a 2 person backpacking duo. It can fit 2 medium sized people, but the fit will be tight. There are 30 square feet of space to find comfort in while the floor integrity itself is ensured with 68 Denier nylon along with 1800mm coating. The lower walls are built from 68 Denier polyester. We loved how the rainfly, made from 68D Polyester with 1800 mm clips into the post and grommet style frame which makes setup easy and gives a bit of ventilation as long as the included guy lines are in use. Without the fly, the Kelty provides no-see-um mesh upper walls for 360 ventilation. The fly provides plenty of water and UV protection. We’d love to have a second door to make it more convenient for 2 people, but the 10ft of vestibule space offers some gear storage space along with a few mesh pockets to keep smaller items like phone, GPS, flashlights, and headlamps organized.

    Read our full review of the Kelty Salida 2 Tent


  13. Coleman Pop-Up Tent

  14. Editors Rating:
    (3.8 / 5)

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 5 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 3"L x 3"W x 30"H
    Assembled Dimensions 90"L x 53"W x 35"H
    Current Price from $52.01
    Pros Affordable price, Good water protection, Pop Up for easy set up, ,
    Cons Poorly designed rainfly collects water in puddles, Hard to break down for 1 person, Cheap poles and zippers break easily, ,
    Our Take:

    The Coleman Pop Up Tent is a great tent for camping beginners.

    Set up could not be easier as it literally pops open and be handled easily by one person.

    Folding up, on the other hand, takes some practice and can be tricky to be done by one person.

    Definitely make sure no kids are around because there will be some cursing involved.

    However, once it’s folded up it’s fairly transportable.

    Not the best for long-term backpacking but will take up little space in your car.

    The fly does a surprisingly great job at keeping water out of the tent, but our biggest complaint was the collection of water on the fly and because of the way the door opens the water can fall into the tent.

    This isn’t a deal breaker by any means, just something to be aware of.

    The fit for 2 people was a little tight, but not too tight that we’d discourage using this to sleep 2.

    For the price, this is still a great buy.

    Another nice add-on is the option to stake down.

    You don’t find this in a lot of pop up freestanding tents but can help promote stabilization.

    Read our full review of the Coleman Pop-Up Tent


  15. WEANAS Professional Backpacking Tent

  16. Editors Rating:
    (3.7 / 5)

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 5
    Packed Dimensions 16.9"L x 5.5"W x 16.9"H
    Assembled Dimensions 92"L x 48"W x 88"H
    Current Price from $79.99
    Pros Lightweight at 4 pounds, Strong inner tent and rainfly construction, Breathable, 2 doors for easy entrance and exit, Very easy setup
    Cons Inside not as roomy as we'd like, Problems with the zipper catching on tent material, , ,
    Our Take:

    The Weanas 3 season backpacking tent is a great lightweight backpacking tent that can be purchased in several different sizes in 2,3,4 person tents.

    Weighing in at around 4 pounds it is one of the lighter tents we’ve tried and setting it up was a breeze.

    Both the inner tent and rainfly are made of 201T Polyester so you get nice waterproofing while remaining breathable.

    Of course, we loved the 2 door system which comes in handy with more people crammed inside.

    There are also 2 decent sized vestibules to help with gear storage.

    The rainfly also has a folded canopy that can be propped up with trekking poles for extra shaded lounging space.

    The footprint is made from 150D Anti-Tear Oxford Cloth along with a 5000mm waterproof index.

    Setup is a breeze utilizing strong, lightweight aluminum poles with ultralight plastic clips that easily attach the tent body to the pole frame.

    Maybe our biggest complaint is the inside did feel a little cramped so maybe get one size bigger, and we noticed the zipper would often catch the flap on the outside when zipping up.

    Not sure if that always happens but it did with ours.

    Read our full review of the WEANAS Professional Backpacking Tent


  17. ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Tent

  18. Editors Rating:
    (3.7 / 5)

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 7.7 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 6"L x 6"W x 24"H
    Assembled Dimensions 90"L x 60"W x 48"H
    Current Price $82.99
    Pros Nice big mesh windows, ALPS' limited lifetime warranty, Good size for 2 people plus gear, Weatherproof coated rainfly and floor,
    Cons Fiberglass poles take away some durability, No vestibule, Bad ventilation with the rainfly, Heavy for a lightweight tent,
    Our Take:

    The ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Tent is a great lightweight tent with enough space to snugly fit a queen sized air mattress.

    Perfect for summertime backpacking or car camping. No vestibule on this one so everything’s going inside.

    If you’re ok with that than this tent is great for the price, but I do enjoy the luxury of being able to keep dirty shoes and gear outside and avoid random dirt floating around which is not available on this tent.

    This classic 2 pole, freestanding design makes setting up and breaking down super easy for backpackers at any level.

    I’m not a huge fan of the fiberglass poles as it adds some weight compared to the aluminum poles without the durability.

    Not a deal breaker but definitely something to keep in mind, especially for lightweight backpacking.

    However, for the price, this tent gives great value.

    Also, keep in mind that you get get a limited lifetime warranty through ALPS which is good for peace of mind with any lightweight camping gear.

    The tent overall is a bit heavy for a 2 person tent at close to 7 pounds.

    The big windows do give nice circulation with the rain fly kept off.

    Read our full review of the ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Tent


  19. Techcell 2 Person Tent

  20. Editors Rating:
    (3 / 5)

    People 2
    Seasons 2
    Weight 3.3
    Packed Dimensions 4.8"L x 2.8"W x 23.6"H
    Assembled Dimensions 78.7"L x 59.9"W x 39.4"H
    Current Price from $25.99
    Pros Inexpensive tent,, Ultralightweight, Good weather coating on the floor and the side walls, Super simple setup, Usually found for under $30
    Cons Built cheap, the material tends to rip easily, Too tight for 2 people, ,
    Our Take:

    The Techcell 2 Person Waterproof Camping Tent is a low cost 2 person tent that works well for beginning campers or a backup for more experienced camping families.

    Although the Techcell is sold as a 2 person tent, to fit two people inside would be a tight fit.

    It’s more appropriate for 1 person with gear. The unit weighs under 3 1/2 pounds so extremely lightweight, perfect for a solo lightweight backpacker under 6 feet.

    The walls and floor are waterproof and provide decent weather protection.

    If camping in more humid conditions expect to see some condensation built up around you.

    There is some ventilation from a “sunroof” that’s placed at the top of the tent. Alone it won’t provide much circulation, but with the door kept open you should get some better air moving around.

    On the bright side, the Techcell is very simple to set up even for beginners and the price is one of the lowest around for a 2 person tent.

    Read our full review of the Techcell 2 Person Tent


    People 3
    Seasons 3
    Weight 11.70
    Packed Dimensions 8"L x 7"W x 31"H
    Assembled Dimensions 91"L x 83"W x 57"H
    Current Price $33.86
    Pros Good size for 2 people, Plenty of mesh for air circulation, Easy setup, Water-resistant floor, and fly,
    Cons Made cheaply,, Tears easily, Zippers easily broken, ,
    Our Take:

    The Yonovo Instant Dome Tent is a great summertime tent.

    The mesh roof allows plenty of cool breezes and inside can easily fit 3 people comfortably or 2 with an air mattress.

    4 would definitely be pushing it on this one.

    The setup is very easy as it is a pop-up tent and comes with an extremely reliable rain fly made from high-density 210D Polyester/PU coating with a waterproof index 3000mm while the bottom is also built from 210D Polyester/PU coating with a waterproof index 3000mm.

    The 2 built-in windows will give you a nice cross breeze to help keep things cool in the summer time and 2 doors for easy entry and exit.

    We did love this tent, especially for 2 people looking for comfort.

    At just under 12 pounds this tent is better suited for car and tent camping, not so much for backpacking.

    Read our full review of the Yonovo 2-3 Person Family Pop Up Instant Dome Tent


ImageNameOur RatingPriceWhere to BuyWeightSizePacked SizeSeasonsSleeps
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Backpacking Tent, Grey/Orange,...Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent (5 / 5)

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$449.95Buy on Amazon2 lbs. 12 oz.88"L x 52/42"W X 40"H4" x 19.5"32
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent,...MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent (4.8 / 5)$329.95Buy on Amazon3.484"L x 50"W x 39"H6"L x 6"W x 18"H32
YONOVO 2-3 Person Family Pop Up Instant Dome Tent Outdoor...Yonovo 2-3 Person Family Pop Up Instant Dome Tent (1.5 / 5)$33.86Buy on Amazon11.7091"L x 83"W x 57"H8"L x 7"W x 31"H33
Coleman Pop-Up TentColeman Pop-Up Tent (3.8 / 5)from $52.01Buy on Amazon5 lbs90"L x 53"W x 35"H3"L x 3"W x 30"H32
Coleman  2-Person Sundome Tent, GreenColeman Sundome 2 Person Tent (4.3 / 5)from $38.13Buy on Amazon6.3 lbs84"L x 60"W x 48"H6"L x 6"W x 24"H32
Luxe Tempo 2 Person 4 Season Tents Freestanding for Camping...Luxe Tempo 2 Person 4 Season Tent (4.9 / 5)$115.00Buy on Amazon5.7 lbs82.6"L x 35.4"W x 39.3"H7"L x 7"W x 17"H42
Weanas Professional Backpacking Tent 2 3 4 Person 3 Season...WEANAS Professional Backpacking Tent (3.7 / 5)from $79.99Buy on Amazon592"L x 48"W x 88"H16.9"L x 5.5"W x 16.9"H32
GEERTOP Ultralight 2 Man Tents for Camping Waterproof Double...GEERTOP 2-person 4-season Backpacking Tent (4.2 / 5)from $199.98Buy on Amazon5.7 lbs83"L x 82"W x 45"H10"L x 4"W x 16"H42
Kelty Salida Camping and Backpacking TentKelty Salida 2 Tent (4 / 5)$120.00Buy on Amazon3.8 lbs88"L x 55"W x 43"H12"L x 3"W x 14"H32
Topnaca Naturehike Lightweight Camping Tarp Shelter Beach...Topnaca Naturehike 2 Person 3 Season Ultralight Camping Tent (4.8 / 5)from $18.99Buy on Amazon4.480"L x 51"W x 43"H6"L x 6"W x 16"H32
Campla Tent for Camping Outdoors,Backpacking Tents with LED...Campla Backpacking Tent for Two Persons With LED (4.3 / 5)$69.99Buy on Amazon5.4 lbs82.7"L x 55.1"W x 43.3"H5.9"L x 5.9"W x 18.5"H32
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2-Person Tent, Sage/RustALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Tent (3.7 / 5)$82.99Buy on Amazon7.7 lbs90"L x 60"W x 48"H6"L x 6"W x 24"H32
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent, Clay/RustALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent (4.8 / 5)$115.68Buy on Amazon5.9 lbs90"L x 60"W x 46"H8"L x 8"W x 17.5"H32
Techcell 2 Person Tent Camping Instant Tent Waterproof Tent...Techcell 2 Person Tent (3 / 5)from $25.99Buy on Amazon3.378.7"L x 59.9"W x 39.4"H4.8"L x 2.8"W x 23.6"H22

2 Person Backpacking Tents For Ultralight Camping

A 2 person ultralight backpacking tent opens up a lot of possibilities for your lightweight camping adventure.

As a solo backpacker, it gives you extra space with the option to sleep one more.

For you and a plus one, or even for just a solo trip, a 2 person tent will work great.

However, despite the extra space, these tents add very little weight to your pack.

They’re a must-have for any lightweight backpacker’s gear chest.

A 2 Person Tent for 1 Person

Versatility with your camping gear is important.

It allows you to get more out of each piece of equipment versus having to always buy new gear for a special need. Then, before you know it you have a garage full of camping gear you never use.

This is one of the major reasons 2 person ultralight backpacking tents are so popular.

They work for 2 people but are also great for 1 person cutting down on the need to have a tent for each occasion.

2 Person Tent for Ultralight Backpacking

An ultralight backpacker is someone who scrutinizes each piece of equipment to cut weight anywhere they possibly can.

Maybe you’re a backpacker who tries to stay lightweight, but you don’t overextend yourself into the ultralight territory.

Ultralight backpacking is almost a religion these days and for someone who just wants to enjoy the outdoors some of the weight, cuts aren’t necessary.

ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2-Person Tent, Sage/Rust
The ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Tent has enough space to snugly fit a queen sized air mattress.

You genuinely enjoy the quiet and solitude of solo backpacking but also want some extra space while you camp.

The extra pound or 2 that you add to your pack from a one person tent or a bivy sack is no bother to you.

Regardless if you’re an ultralight backpacker or a lightweight camper, or even just a weekend warrior, we can all agree that a lighter bag makes the trail more enjoyable.

2 Person Tents vs. 1 Person Tents

Many 1 person tents offer plenty of space while weighing less

As we’ve discussed in our article about 1 Person backpacking tents, many of these smaller tents just don’t fit the modern backpacker, even if you are going as lightweight as possible.

The 2 person backpacking tent will give you that extra space you need as a solo traveler to fit not just you but also your gear without adding too much weight to your pack.

They offer more space than a solo tent or a bivy sack without adding a lot of weight to your pack.

In fact, many 2 person tents can weigh just as much as a 1 person tent. Even the best rated 2 person tents weigh up to 5-7 pounds.

In effect, it’s not like you’re exhausting yourself on the trail for a noticeable difference in space.

ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent, Clay/Rust
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent includes mostly mesh walls to keep fresh air flowing throughout the night while providing a view of the night sky.

1 person tents can also be very tight and many aren’t even big enough to fit a person over 6 feet tall.

That is without you having to sleep diagonally or having your feet popping out the side door.

There’s also the issue of where to store your gear in a tiny 1 person tent?

Sure it will fit you, but what do you do when it starts to rain and you had to leave your bag perched upon a tree because there’s no room for it in the tent?

This is probably the reason why 2 person tents are the most widely used of any size tents on the trail.

A 2 Person Tent For 2 People

Maybe you plan on bringing a second person to join you on the trail.

There’s nothing like the shared experience of the backcountry between 2 people. The sites, the pictures, the laughs, the motivation.. backpacking is just more enjoyable with more people.

A 2 person ultralight backpacking tent works great for sleeping, 2 people.

Coleman  2-Person Sundome Tent, Green
The Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent is easy to setup and ofers good height space.

They’re actually built to hold 2 people.

But as any experienced backpacker knows the advertised size doesn’t always match the reality.

Truth be told the fit will be a bit snug for 2.

But if you’re looking to cut down on cargo to avoid each person carrying individual shelters then the 2 person tent will work.

A word of caution though, that just because a lot of these tents market themselves as “2 people” they may not exactly fit 2 full sized adults.

If you or your partner are a bit on the bigger size (there’s nothing wrong with that) and you know you won’t be comfortable sleeping crammed in like sardines, then you might want to look into checking our reviews of the best 3 person tents.

We recommend purchasing a tent that’s one size up from the number of people who will be sleeping inside.

Kelty Salida Camping and Backpacking Tent
The Kelty Salida 2 Tent was awarded the 2011 Backpacker Editor’s Choice Award.

So in the case of 2 people, you may want to look at 3 person tents.

That being said, unlike a lot of 1 person tents, many 2 person tents are actually built big enough to sleep 2 average size people with gear and a little wiggle room.

If you’re a solo hiker and are on the fence between a 2 person ultralight backpacking tent, a solo tent, or even a bivy sack, check our guide on Tents vs Bivy Sacks.

Season Ratings

The time of year you decide to go camping will also determine the kind of tent you choose.

A good backpacking tent should give you protection from extreme weather conditions along with keeping you warm, dry, and safe.

3 season tents are meant for spring, summer, and fall and provide enough circulation to ventilate the warmer air.

3 season tents are typically lighter weight made from lower density nylon and polyester.

Always be sure to check the DENIER and THREAD COUNT rating, meaning the number next to the “D” and “T” in the materials description (30D nylon, 330T Polyester).

The higher the number, the heavier the tent will be.. but also the more durable it is.

Rip-stop nylon is also heavier.

Most 3 season tents are built with extra mesh walls for more ventilation with a lightweight rain-fly to be added on as needed.

These are known as double walled tents for the 2 walls of layering.

For those lightweight backpackers traversing the cold and snow, go with a 4 season tent.

A bivy sack will also work great for colder conditions.

As opposed to the 3 season tent, the 4 season will not offer the extra ventilation.

4 season tents are built for winter so they will be made with heavier materials with little to no mesh screens.

GEERTOP Ultralight 2 Man Tents for Camping Waterproof Double...
The GEERTOP 2-person 4-season Backpacking Tent is an extremely robust tent especially for those camping in the snow.

A 4 season tent can get very hot in the warmer months but can be fine in the early spring and mid to late fall months.

Don’t feel constrained if you have a 4 season tent to not use it outside of winter, although we do caution against a 3 season tent in the colder months of the year.

Doors and Vestibules

If you plan on traveling with 2 people, then look for an ultralight 2 person backpacking tent with 2 doors.

There are plenty of 2 person tents with one door, but they are very inconvenient for 2 people to easily get in and out of.

2 Person backpacking tents with 2 doors make entry and exit much easier instead of constantly having to crawl over each other.

Ideally, in a tent, you want to do as little walking around as possible.

2 doors make it easier to get in and out of with less stepping around.

Also having the option to open both doors and create a cross draft in the warmer months will make your tent a nice place to lay and enjoy the outdoors.

Air ventilation is one of the most important qualities in a tent, otherwise, condensation and body heat can build up making the tent more uncomfortable.

Also look for tents with VESTIBULES as these give campers more storage space and provide a nice overhang to enjoy the outdoors while protected from sun and rain.

TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent; 1-4 Person Backpacking...
The TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent is a low cost 1-4 Person Backpacking Dome Tent and Includes Footprint and Rainfly.

Vestibules will also help the durability and longevity of your tent.

By keeping your muddy, smelly gear outside you help preserve the interior of the tent and keeping it livable, not to mention extra space to lay out.

Freestanding Tent vs. Staked Tent

A lot of people will go for freestanding tents simply because they are easier and quicker to pitch.

Even a beginning camper can have a freestanding tent setup in less than a minute.

Because of their simple design, they can also be set up almost anywhere and seem to be more durable.

The downside to a freestanding tent is that they’re heavier, and not good in windy conditions.

Regular, non-freestanding tents on the other hand use guylines, stakes and trekking poles.

Techcell 2 Person Tent Camping Instant Tent Waterproof Tent...
The Techcell 2 Person Waterproof Camping Tent is a low cost 2 person tent that works well for beginning campers or a backup for more experienced camping families.

They weigh a little less but pitching them requires more time and space, not to mention the extra stuff you have to bring to set them up in the 1st place.

The biggest advantage of a staked tent is its flexibility when setting up and when packed down.

Staked tents are also better in extreme weather.

There is a small learning curve when it comes to setting up a staked tent.

But once you’ve got the knowledge, the process of setting up and breaking down any tent can be quite easy.

Durability

Most ultralight 2 person backpacking tents on the market are using durable nylon and polyester for the walls and flooring of the tents and rainflies.

Materials like rip-stop nylon use the extra material on top of the nylon to create a bit of stretch to prevent tearing that is so commonly found in cheaper tents.

Topnaca Naturehike Lightweight Camping Tarp Shelter Beach...
The Topnaca Naturehike 2 Person 3 Season Ultralight Camping Tent includes strong aluminum frame poles, excellent fabric stitching while also providing an extremely waterproof nylon/silicone rainfly.

The downside to this is you’ll gain a few ounces but you won’t be afraid to abuse the tent.

Better quality polyester and nylon will typically come at the expense of adding a few ounces here and there and can generally increase the overall weight of the tent by a pound or so.

That being said, most tents on the market are built to get beat up.

Nobody is building a tent for your living room.

Tent manufacturers know these shelters will be used in rough situations, so any tent you get will be able to handle at least a moderate amount of abuse.

Just don’t expect to constantly drag it along the rocky floor and not experience scuffing and bruising.

If you decide to choose an ultralight tent, we recommend going with rip-stop nylon flooring and higher rated denier and thread count nylon or polyester.

You’ll add a few ounces and maybe a pound to your pack, but you won’t have a broken tent.

Tent Zipper

MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2-Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent,...
The MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent includes a mesh roof for air circulation, and a ventilated rainfly that also makes 2 vestibules for extra storage.

Tent zippers are one of the most problematic parts of the tent.

No matter how much research you do, predicting whether a zipper will catch on loose material, get stuck on itself, or just plain fall off is almost impossible.

When selecting a tent, especially online be sure to read reviews of other campers and see if they had any problems with the zipper.

If there are more than 1 or 2 complaints then it could be a trend and we’d caution you to stay away.

If you experience a stuck zipper on the trail, try manually jimmying it loosely with your fingers.

Make sure it’s not stuck on the tent cloth.

If the zipper isn’t stuck to the tent cloth then it may be that the zipper teeth need to be lubricated.

Luxe Tempo 2 Person 4 Season Tents Freestanding for Camping...
The Luxe Tempo 2 Person 4 Season Tent is freestanding, easy setup tent that’s perfect for year round outdoor adventures .

The graphite from the tip of a pencil tends to work as dry lubricant.

Just run the tip over the following zipper ridges like your coloring them in and that should loosen it up.

Tent Footprint

These days, most tents don’t come with footprints since most lightweight backpackers deem them unnecessary.

The footprint is meant to protect your tent floor from abrasion and give it durability.

For those who don’t mind carrying a little more weight to add durability of their tents, they should consider getting a footprint or at the very least a light tarp.

Most footprints weigh less than a pound and will help your tent last for years to come.

Tent Wall Construction

A single-walled tent is a naturally lighter weight as there is only one layer of fabric between you and the outdoors.

Up until recently single walled tents gave you more ventilation, but are now commonly coated with polyurethane and other waterproofing that they’ve become less breathable.

This is great for cooler, dryer environments.

In warmer, more humid environments expect to see condensation inside the tent.

Double wall tents have two separate layers, a mesh tent body as well as a rainfly.

The inner mesh offers more air circulation and protection from condensation.

If the weather gets bad simply attach the rain fly and you’ll be protected.

The only thing you may deal with is the condensation building up on the rainfly, but simply remove and the problem is solved.

Be sure to check below for our top 2 person tent recommendations.

If you’re a solo traveler wanting to stick with a smaller tent be sure to check out our article “How To Choose The Best 1 Man Tent For Backpacking in 2018″

For more info on lightweight backpacking tents be sure to check out “Why Backpacking Tents Are Perfect For Lightweight Backpacking”

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Nick P

Nick spent his mostly unsupervised youth raising hell in the woods and ponds of 16 Acres in Springfield, MA (AKA Hell's Acres). He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and loves hitting the northeast trails when his schedule allows and camping on his roof deck when it doesn't.