- Luxe Tempo 1P Tent
- Great ventilation for a 4 season Tent
- tough footprint included
- excellent waterproofing
- lightweight at 3.3 pounds
- Can get hot in the warmer months
- tight fit for taller campers
- MSR Hubba NX Bacpacking Tent
- Lightweight, but still spacious when it's set up
- Durable, should last for years
- Good rain protection
- Easy to set up
- Tension adjustment straps are a nice touch
- A bit overpriced for what it is
- Rain fly is a bit small, and can be tricky to set up
- TETON Mountain 1P Ultra Tent - Best Ultra-Light Option
- Lightweight at 4.5 packed pounds
- Micro mesh fabric keeps it cool during the warmer months
- Two vestibules for extra storage
- Includes a footprint
- Condensation build up during heavier storms
- ALPS Lynx 1P Tent
- Great Ultralight size
- Keeps you warm in cooler conditions
- All around excellent weather protection
- Some campers experience problems with stitching and zippers
- Winterial 1P Tent
- Easy setup, under $80
- strong/reliable removable rainfly
- good air ventilation
- lightweight under 4 pounds
- Once the rainfly is attached in heavy rain you'll get some condensation
- claustrophobic when used in place of a tent
- Big Agnes Tiger Wall 1P Tent
- Extremely lightweight
- Comfortable and convenient design
- Good weather protection
- Very pricey
- Not very durable
- Sierra Flashlight 1P Tent
- Good length, width, and height specs
- strong durable flooring.
- ultralight at just over 2 pounds
- awnings and 2 doors give lots of ventilation
- Rain easily leaks in through the sides
- condensation build up
- cheaper materials
|Packed Dimensions||5"L x 5"W x 15"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||82.6"L x 35.4"W x 39.3"H|
The Luxe Tempo 1 Person Tent is a high-performance tent perfect for the solo backpacker looking for a durable tent with decent space that can withstand harsh weather conditions. This 4 season tent will serve you year round, including the cold months of winter. Best of all, it weighs just over 3 pounds.
|Weight||1.12 kg / 2 lb 7 oz|
|Packed Dimensions||46 x 15 cm|
|Assembled Dimensions||216 x 76 x 91 cm|
|Cubic Inches||102 in3|
The Hubba NX 1 by MSR is a great option for solo hikers looking for a relatively large single person tent with excellent protection from the elements that also packs down light.
This tent is a good “all-rounder” that performs well under inclement weather and provides spacious accommodation for how little it weighs.
However, it is a bit pricier than we would like it to be, considering some of the other tents in its class that offer similar features for less money.
|Packed Dimensions||6.25"L x 6.25"W x 17"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||82"L x 39.5"W x 32"H|
|Current Price||Price not available|
The Teton Sports Mountain Ultra Tent is a very reliable lightweight tent. While we love the mesh top for stargazing, we sort of hate it because we’re not the most responsible folks when it comes to remembering the to cover with the rainfly.
Despite our ineptness, its a super breathable tent, fast to set up, and It clocks in at just over 3 pounds on the trail, four and a half pounds packed with everything.
The 1P Mountain Ultra Tent will work for the trail or biking and comes at an excellent price for such an ultralightweight tent.
|Packed Dimensions||6"L x 6"W x 17.5"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||90"L x 32"W x 36"H|
The ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent is one of the best one-person tents on the market today.
This lightweight tent keeps pounds off your back, weighing in at 3-4 pounds while providing enough shelter through even the worst rain and light snow.
|Packed Dimensions||7"L x 6"W x 22"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||90"L x 38"W x 28"H|
|Current Price||Price not available|
For those who aren’t entirely sold on the benefits of a bivy sack and still want the breathability of a tent, there’s The Winterial Single Person Tent
This tent sets up easy, It packs down to just under 4 pounds so it won’t put too much strain on your back.
While there’s enough room for most to get a goods night rest in, we don’t recommend it for tall people looking to spend extended periods sitting up.
|Weight||1 lb 6 oz|
|Packed Dimensions||"5.5 x "17|
|Assembled Dimensions||"52 x "86 x "39|
The Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL 1 Person Tent is a very interesting product. One thing is for sure; it is NOT for everyone.
This tent is probably the lightest double-walled single person tent on the market, weighs only 1 pound and 6 ounces (yes, that’s with the rain fly). We can’t think of any other solo tent that comes close.
However, it does come with some severe drawbacks. For one, it is not very durable. It may not last a week-long trip if the conditions are particularly adverse. It is also expensive, to the tune of about a grand.
So, this tent seems marketed to a particular niche. Let’s explore further what this tent has to offer.
|Packed Dimensions||5.5"L x 5.5"W x 11.6"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||88"L x 32"W x 35"H|
|Current Price||Price not available|
The Sierra Designs Flashlight left us with some mixed emotions.
We were very excited to try this 3 season tent as the design seemed unique, and we were anxious to see what it could do in the wild. It held up nicely in extreme weather but did leave a bit of condensation
The tent footprint is meant to protect your tent floor from abrasion and add durability.
These days, most tents don’t come with footprints since many lightweight backpackers deem them unnecessary.
If your tent doesn’t come with a footprint, you can always buy it separately.
If you don’t mind carrying a little more weight to increase the longevity of your tent, you should consider getting a footprint.
However, with a 1 person backpacking tent, the footprint shouldn’t be that heavy.
There are 2 kinds of tents.
Single wall and double wall.
Single wall tents are typically lighter.
This is because they don’t have a mesh inner tent.
However, they can create internal condensation during cold or humid weather conditions.
Double wall tents have separate parts, usually including a mesh tent body as well as a rainfly.
The inner mesh offers protection from condensation that forms on the rainfly.
While a single wall tent is ideal when camping in a dry, cooler climate, a double wall tent can be used in every climate.
Just look for a double wall tent with good rain fly ventilation.
You want to be able to sit up in your tent, so it’s important that you ensure there’s enough headroom.
Some tents will offer decent height in the center of the tent, but leave you have to bow your neck down to properly fit in the other areas.
You might actually have to sit inside the tent to test it yourself before buying.
With all these factors in mind buying a 1 person backpacking tent shouldn’t be difficult.
In fact, imagining yourself easily pitching one after a long day’s trek can be exciting.
Just make sure you know thyself and take all of the above factors into consideration.
2 Person Tent vs 1 Person Tent
Simply put, the number of people that the tent accommodates, the heavier and bigger it will be.
That being said, it is possible to find 2 man tents that are the perfect size for the solo backpacker.
These tents actually weigh just a pound or 2 more than the 1 man tents. Remember though that the tent is just one piece of equipment that you’ll carry on your back.
When you start adding in other essentials the weight can begin to pile on.
Ultralight backpacking is all about cutting weight wherever possible, but do it within reason.
Don’t go for the 2 man tent if it means you have to start doing other crazy things like shaving your toothbrush down to half its regular size to save an ounce.