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
One Person Tents Buying Guide 2019
How to Pick
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.