Top One Person Tents Reviewed

As an ultralight backpacker, there are only 2 things you care about.  The trail, and the weight in your pack.

While some ultralight backpackers do everything they can to shave each and every gram out of their load, there are some pieces of gear you absolutely need.  An ultralight backpacking tent is one of them.

If weight and pack space is your biggest concern a 1 person backpacking tent will be your best overnight shelter.

1 person tents are ultralight yet built with tough, waterproof materials.

Most come with a reliable, easy to install rainfly, strong stakes, flexible frame, and plenty of ventilation.

One of the biggest questions ultralight shelters bring to light is benefits of a bivy sack vs tent.  Both are great options and it really comes down to which one you prefer.

With so many great ultralight 1 person tents to choose from the selection can feel overwhelming.

Be sure to check out our rankings and reviews of the best 1 person tents below, along with a buying guide to help you find the best tent for your next adventure!

Top One Person Tents Rankings

  1. Luxe Tempo Single 1 Person Tent

  2. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)

    People 1
    Seasons 4
    Weight 3.3 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 5"L x 5"W x 15"H
    Assembled Dimensions 82.6"L x 35.4"W x 39.3"H
    Current Price $108.90
    Pros Great ventilation for a 4 season Tent, tough footprint included, excellent waterproofing, lightweight at 3.3 pounds,
    Cons Can get hot in the warmer months, tight fit for taller campers, , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    It’s perfect for the solo, cold weather lightweight backpacker weighing only 3.3 pounds.

    You get 2 doors and 2 vestibules so easy entry/exit, plenty of space to keep gear and a good amount of fresh air flow in and out of the tent, even with the rain fly on.

    The rainfly is weather rated with 20-Denier 360T Rip-stop Silnylon along with 5000mm silicone coating.

    This pairs especially well in wetter, cooler weather with the built-in canopy rated at 210T Breathable Polyester.

    The floor is fully waterproof with taped 210T Ripstop Polyester with 8000mm PU coating.

    Remember to throw down the 210T PU coated polyester footprint that comes with the tent and you’ll preserve this Luxe Tempo 1 for years to come.

    Despite the high waterproofing the 2 doors and 2 vestibules help create plenty of ventilation so it will still work in the warmer months.

    Also at 4 pounds, this tent is on the more lightweight side for 4 season tents.

    Definitely one of our favorite in the single person tent genre.

    Read our full review of the Luxe Tempo Single 1 Person Tent


  3. TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent

  4. Editors Rating:
    (4.7 / 5)

    Best Ultra-Light Option

    People 1
    Seasons 4
    Weight 4.5 lbs
    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 from $99.99
    Pros Lightweight at 4.5 packed pounds, Micro mesh fabric keeps it cool during the warmer months, Two vestibules for extra storage, Includes a footprint,
    Cons Condensation build up during heavier storms, , , ,
    Our Take:

    The Teton Sports Mountain Ultra Tent offers a range of sizes from 1-4 person tents.

    We reviewed the 1 person and it we found it to be a very reliable lightweight tent.

    It clocks in at just over 3 pounds on the trail, 4 and a half pounds packed with everything.

    The Mountain Ultra Tent will work for the trail or biking. Even with the lightweight, you get a lot of room inside, enough for a tall person with gear along with 2 vestibules for extra storage space.

    Without the rainfly, the tent is made up of durable micro mesh fabric for a fully ventilated 360-degree view experience, but even with the rain fly on there’s still air ventilation at the top to keep the air flowing even during rain or sleeping.

    Extra-high waterproof bathtub floor is made of strong 150D Oxford canvas for ultimate water protection.

    The tent held up very well to rain and wind and setup couldn’t be easier.

    The yellow was a bit much, but we weren’t camping at a fashion show so it was ok.

    Read our full review of the TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent


  5. Winterial Single Person Tent

  6. Editors Rating:
    (4.5 / 5)

    People 1
    Seasons 3
    Weight 2.9 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 7"L x 6"W x 22"H
    Assembled Dimensions 90"L x 38"W x 28"H
    Current Price from $64.99
    Pros Easy setup, under $80, strong/reliable removable rainfly, good air ventilation, lightweight under 4 pounds,
    Cons Once the rainfly is attached in heavy rain you'll get some condensation, claustrophobic when used in place of a tent, , ,
    Our Take:

    The Winterial Single Person Tent is a nice tent for the lightweight solo backpacker. It packs down to just under 4 pounds so it won’t put too much strain on your back.

    It can withstand the wind and the rain fairly well.

    There’s a small vestibule on the side that will protect your shoes or boots, but not big enough for a pack.

    With the rainfly off the walls are mostly mesh and provide excellent air circulation.

    The setup is also very simple with only a 2 hoop design utilizing lightweight aluminum poles that simply snap together.

    There is some staking involved, so if you’re new to backpacking this could be a challenge, otherwise experienced backpackers will find it fairly easy.

    Keep in mind that taller backpackers over 6 feet won’t fit in this tent. 5’11 is about as tall as you’re going to get.

    Our main complaint is the lack of ventilation that allows condensation to build up.

    This also can work as a bivy, but definitely one of the better 1 person tents out there.

    If you’re small it could maybe even fit a 2nd.

    Read our full review of the Winterial Single Person Tent


  7. ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent

  8. Editors Rating:
    (4.2 / 5)

    People 1
    Seasons 3
    Weight 4 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 6"L x 6"W x 17.5"H
    Assembled Dimensions 90"L x 32"W x 36"H
    Current Price $99.97
    Pros Great Ultralight size, Keeps you warm in cooler conditions, All around excellent weather protection, ,
    Cons Some campers experience problems with stitching and zippers, , , ,
    Our Take:

    The ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent is one of the best 1 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.

    The Lynx 1 person tent also includes a free-standing, lightweight aluminum 2-pole infrastructure which makes setting up easy for even beginning backpackers.

    The floor is bathtub style meaning it angles up a few inches off the ground which helps keep any water underneath the tent from seeping in.

    Pair this feature with the 75D 185T Poly Taffeta coated at 2000mm and you get premium water protection at the base of this tent.

    The seams are factory sealed around the nonmesh part to protect from any rogue rain and wind. Inside you’ll stay dry and warm.

    Keep in mind that this is a 3-season tent so it may not work best in the dead of winter, but the rain fly is extremely robust and will definitely hold up to late fall, early winter weather conditions.

    The mesh walls make it perfect for warmer months and sets up fast and easy.

    Perfect for the solo backpacker.

    Read our full review of the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent


    People 1
    Seasons 3
    Weight 2.25 lbs
    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
    Pros Good length, width, and height specs, strong durable flooring., ultralight at just over 2 pounds, awnings and 2 doors give lots of ventilation,
    Cons Rain easily leaks in through the sides, condensation build up, cheaper materials, ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    At just over 2 pounds the weight is nice and ultralight, and the 2 open sides with awnings are nice especially on warm/dry nights but we did run into some issues with clipping in the vestibule and one of the zippers.

    The 88-inch length gives you more lounging space than many other 1 person tents and bivy sacks, and the 35-inch height on one side of the tent is a little more convenient than a peak height in the middle.

    This especially helps if you get stuck inside due to bad weather or for just having the ability to change clothes.

    If you get sideways rain, the water can soak the inside.

    However, the tent floor is made from 30D Nylon Ripstop, water-resistant 3000mm polyurethane coating which ensures the wear and tear you’ll inevitably encounter.

    Also for the price, you can get a much nicer, bigger tent. Not our favorite tent, but it may do someone out there well.

    Read our full review of the Sierra Designs Flashlight 1 Person Tent


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One Person Tents Buying Guide 2019

How to Pick

Footprint

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.

Wall Construction

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.

Headroom

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.

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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.