About One Person Tents

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!

Best One Person Tents - Updated January 2020

    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 $99.50

    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.

    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

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


    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 Price not available

    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.

    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

    Read our full review of the TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent


    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 Price not available

    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.

    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

    Read our full review of the Winterial Single Person Tent


    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 $89.99

    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.

    Pros
    • Great Ultralight size
    • Keeps you warm in cooler conditions
    • All around excellent weather protection
    Cons
    • Some campers experience problems with stitching and zippers

    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

    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

    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

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


    People 1
    Seasons 3
    Weight 1.12 kg / 2 lb 7 oz
    Packed Dimensions 46 x 15 cm
    Assembled Dimensions 216 x 76 x 91 cm
    Rainfly Yes
    Capacity 241 L
    Cubic Inches 102 in3
    Current Price $379.95

    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.

    Pros
    • 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
    Cons
    • A bit overpriced for what it is
    • Rain fly is a bit small, and can be tricky to set up

    Read our full review of the MSR Hubba NX 1-Person Lightweight Backpacking 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.