Top Two Person Tents Reviewed
Hitting the trail this season?
Don’t forget to pack away a 2 person tent for a reliable overnight shelter.
A good camping tent is one of the most important pieces of gear you’ll bring with you on the trail.
A 2 person backpacking tent works great for both solo backpackers and backpacking duos.
Most 2 person tents offer plenty of space, reliable waterproof materials, solid base and rain fly, along with plenty of ventilation.
Many 2 person tents offer makeshift vestibules that offer even more space for extra gear storage. This allows you to keep your smelly boots and dirty gear outside.
Because there are so many features and tents to choose from, it can be a challenge to find the best 2 person backpacking tent for your next adventure.
One of the biggest choices to make in style is whether to go with a freestanding tent or non-freestanding tent.
Of course for the more ultralight-conscious solo backpacker, you can always go with a reliable one-person tent.
Make sure to check below for our rankings and reviews of the best 2 person tents along with a buying guide to help you find the best tent for your next adventure!
Top Two Person Tents Rankings
Best 2 Person Tent
|Weight||2 lbs. 12 oz.|
|Packed Dimensions||4" x 19.5"|
|Assembled Dimensions||88"L x 52/42"W X 40"H|
Many of our complaints about two-person tents are the fact that they are just not actually big enough to sleep two people comfortably. Luckily the Big Agnes Copper Spur makes sharing a tent with even your worst enemy.
Best 4 Season Option
|Packed Dimensions||7"L x 7"W x 17"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||82.6"L x 35.4"W x 39.3"H|
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.
|Packed Dimensions||8"L x 8"W x 17.5"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||90"L x 60"W x 46"H|
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.
|Packed Dimensions||6"L x 6"W x 18"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||84"L x 50"W x 39"H|
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.
Best Budget Option
|Packed Dimensions||6"L x 6"W x 16"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||80"L x 51"W x 43"H|
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.
|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|
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.
|Packed Dimensions||6"L x 6"W x 24"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||84"L x 60"W x 48"H|
|Current Price||from $30.51|
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.
|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|
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.
|Packed Dimensions||12"L x 3"W x 14"H|
|Assembled Dimensions||88"L x 55"W x 43"H|
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.
|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|
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.
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Two Person Tents Buying Guide 2019
How to Pick
The time of year you decide to go camping will 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.
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.
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.
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.