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

  1. Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent

  2. Editors Rating:
    (5 / 5)

    Best 2 Person Tent

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 2 lbs. 12 oz.
    Packed Dimensions 4" x 19.5"
    Assembled Dimensions 88"L x 52/42"W X 40"H
    Rainfly Yes
    Current Price $449.94
    Pros Excellent Rainfly, Dual entry - No Climbing Over Each other, Awesome height for maneuvering, ,
    Cons Expensive footprint - We just used our tarp, Some complained of zippers getting stuck during rain. We did not experience this., , ,
    Our Take:

    The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent is perfect for two people. Two entrances on either side allow for you and your hiking partner to not have to climb over each other.

    While there is plenty of room for two people in this tent, if you are planning to bring along a dog, we recommend the three-person version of this tent.

    Set up was a breeze. Color-coded poles and straps helped us set this tent up within 5 minutes.

    The UL 2 has a roof height is what really stands out. That allowed us to play games at night and was very helpful when getting ready on a cold morning.

    The rain fly is considerably easier to set up and remove than other tents in its class, and the vestibules are big enough that we fit our duffel bags into them.

    Big Agnes showed some forethought when they added the velcro feature to the door of the fly. You’ll also find this feature on the side wall, so you can easily pull the door off the outside of the fly when you’re ready to call it a day.

    This is truly a fully featured Ultralight backpacking tent that leaves nothing to be desired.

    Read our full review of the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL Backpacking Tent


  3. Luxe Tempo 2 Person 4 Season Tent

  4. Editors Rating:
    (4.9 / 5)

    Best 4 Season Option

    People 2
    Seasons 4
    Weight 5.7 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 7"L x 7"W x 17"H
    Assembled Dimensions 82.6"L x 35.4"W x 39.3"H
    Current Price $115.00
    Pros Easy assembly, ,, UV and Waterproof, Vestibules for extra storage space, ,, Secure bathtub style floor,
    Cons 5.7 pounds packed, Some people have complained about the zippers, , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    With the Luxe Tempo you get 2 doors which we feel is a must for a 2 person tent for easy entry and exit.

    Nobody has to climb over anyone to go pee in the middle of the night. You also get a ton of storage space thanks to 2 vestibules including the ability to vertically open a whole side of the tent as a canopy for extra space, shade and cool breezes.

    The Coated 210T Rip-stop breathable Polyester keeps the inside nice and toasty and comfortable while at the same time having enough floor space to keep 2 people, gear and maybe even a dog.

    The rain fly, made from Rip-Stop rain fly with 210T Rip-stop 3000mm Coated Polyester has proven to be extremely waterproof with not a drop leaking on the inside and even works well against horizontal rain.

    The floor of the Luxe is designed bathtub style made from Taped 210T Rip-Stop Coated Polyester 5000mm to help keep any unwanted water from seeping inside and prevent any tearing that comes with normal wear and tear.

    There’s also included space to attach a footprint.

    The packed weight is close to 6 pounds which is a bit heavy for lightweight backpacking but considering the convenience and 4 season capabilities its worth the extra few pounds between 2 people.

    Read our full review of the Luxe Tempo 2 Person 4 Season Tent


  5. ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent

  6. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 5.9 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 8"L x 8"W x 17.5"H
    Assembled Dimensions 90"L x 60"W x 46"H
    Current Price $105.98
    Pros Lightweight with plenty of space, 2 doors for easy entry and exit, 2 vestibules for extra storage space, Reliable zippers and stitching,
    Cons Heavier rainfly, Also the rain fly material seemed to be a bit small to easily zip it all up. It almost felt like the zipper might break zipping it up, Condensation build up in humid weather, The vent on the fly can be noisy especially in windy conditions,
    Our Take:

    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.

    The tent itself weighs just over 5 pounds so it won’t be too heavy on your back and comes with a very robust rainfly that stands up to extreme weather.

    The flooring is built in the classic bathtub style to prevent outside water from finding its way inside.

    Pair this with the factory sealed seams and 2000mm coated polyester flooring and you should be able to avoid any water from seeping in.

    You get two doors and two vestibules for easier entry and extra space to store gear, not to mention plenty of cool breezes.

    It’s equipped with big #8 zippers for problem free zipping which help to avoid any zipper nightmares.

    This is also technically a free-standing tent consisting of two lightweight aluminum poles that provide easy snapping of the tent material.

    This made Set up and breakdown incredibly easy.

    Read our full review of the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent


    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 3.4
    Packed Dimensions 6"L x 6"W x 18"H
    Assembled Dimensions 84"L x 50"W x 39"H
    Current Price $299.95
    Pros Easy setup with simple pole and clip on tent attachments, Dual ventilation on the tent and the rainfly helps in the warmer months, Compression sack helps to squeeze the tent down to a manageable size, ,
    Cons Not great in heavy rain and strong winds, , , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    Simply just snap the poles together, and clip the body of the tent into the pole frame and you’re ready to go.

    The tent itself is made up 20 denier ripstop nylon which adds some toughness to help Hubba deal with the wear and tear of the trail.

    There are 2 large doors with built-in “rain gutters” which help direct the water away from the body of the tent.

    This is a small detail that can save excess rainwater from seeping into the tent. Not to mention a mesh roof for ventilation, and a ventilated rainfly that also makes 2 vestibules for extra storage.

    The Hubba will add an extra 4 pounds to your pack but comes with a solid compression sack to squeeze it down to 18 x 6 inches which will fit seamlessly in most packs.

    For the quality and ease of setup, this may be one of the better 2 person tents on the market.

    Highly recommend.

    Read our full review of the MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent


  7. Topnaca Naturehike 2 Person 3 Season Ultralight Camping Tent

  8. Editors Rating:
    (4.8 / 5)

    Best Budget Option

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 4.4
    Packed Dimensions 6"L x 6"W x 16"H
    Assembled Dimensions 80"L x 51"W x 43"H
    Current Price from $19.99
    Pros Strong waterproofed Fly and Bottom, Lightweight at under 4 pounds, Comfortably fits 2 people with all your gear/3 people for a tight fit, ,
    Cons Poles seem a bit cheap and flimsy, , , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    The quality of the tent is where you really get the bang for your buck with strong aluminum frame poles, excellent fabric stitching while also providing an extremely waterproof nylon/silicone rainfly built from 20D 380T Nylon Cloth + Silicone Coating (Waterproof Index: 4000+mm) and the bottom made from 150D Anti-tear Oxford Cloth + PU Coating (Waterproof Index: 3000+mm), with enough space to easily fit 2 people and gear.

    If you’re backpacking spring/summer/fall and need a reliable tent Topnaca’s Naturhike tent won’t let you down.

    Read our full review of the Topnaca Naturehike 2 Person 3 Season Ultralight Camping Tent


    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 5.4 lbs
    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
    Current Price $69.99
    Pros Good space for 2 people plus gear, Bathtub style flooring and tough stitching keep water out., LED lights for easier night time setup, Inexpensive under $70,
    Cons Heavy for a 2 person tent at 5 and a half pounds, LED's need charging which is not always available for the lightweight backpacker, , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    If the weather gets bad the sturdy rain fly easily snaps into place that can hold up in even the heaviest rain.

    The bathtub style floor and tough stitching will help keep any water from seeping inside, and the extra floor space can act as a bit of a vestibule to store dirty gear like shoes and boots.

    The LED lighting system helps when setting up in the night.

    Our only complaints are actually having to remember to charge the LED’s which can be inconvenient for the lightweight backpacker.

    Also at about 5 1/2 pounds, it can be a bit heavy for a 3 season tent.

    All in all the tent is still great and will give you excellent value for the price.

    Read our full review of the Campla Backpacking Tent for Two Persons With LED


  9. Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent

  10. Editors Rating:
    (4.3 / 5)

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 6.3 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 6"L x 6"W x 24"H
    Assembled Dimensions 84"L x 60"W x 48"H
    Current Price from $38.13
    Pros Under $50, Comfy for one person with a full size air mattress, Good circulation, Very easy and basic setup, Great rain and weather protection
    Cons Tight fit for 2 people plus sleeping bags and gear, Some leakage under extreme weather conditions, , ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    Sundome advertises this tent for 2 people, but it would be a tight fit for 2 people unless it’s 2 small kids.

    If it’s just one person you can fit a twin or full-size air bed comfortably and the 4-foot height in the center is nice for some extra liveability that can be hard to find in a 2 person tent.

    The carrying weight is about 6 pounds so it’s not lightweight, but if you’ll be out for a while and need something reliable this tent will make you happy.

    You get very robust rain protection with a 75D polyester rainfly and a rear window to provide cross ventilation along with an extra sealed floor.

    For under $50, this tent is very affordable with a ton of value.

    Read our full review of the Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent


    People 2
    Seasons 4
    Weight 5.7 lbs
    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
    Pros Manageable weight at just under 6 pounds, Good ventilation without the rainfly, 2 vestibules on each side for extra storage room, ,
    Cons Bad zipper, Low ventilation with the rainfly, Condensation build up, ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    It has 2 vestibules, one on each side which is perfect for keeping muddy boots out of the tent and a velcro ventilation latch which gives you the option to let more air flow to make it more comfortable on the inside, especially if it’s a little warmer out.

    The 210T breathable polyester and high-density fine nylon mesh keep the temperature fairly regulated on the inside and if you are climbing elevation or going where its a bit colder the Geertop 4 season tent is great.

    The high-density polyester and taped seams keep the warm air in and you can rest well even when the temps drop well below freezing.

    The My only complaint is the zipper on the rain fly was a bit stingy.

    It didn’t break, but it also didn’t seem like it would be good for the long haul and there have been some others complaining about this as well.

    Read our full review of the GEERTOP 2-person 4-season Backpacking Tent


  11. Kelty Salida 2 Tent

  12. Editors Rating:
    (4 / 5)

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 3.8 lbs
    Packed Dimensions 12"L x 3"W x 14"H
    Assembled Dimensions 88"L x 55"W x 43"H
    Current Price $112.00
    Pros Easy setup, 10 feet of Vestibule space,, Durable coated floor and rainfly,, Ultralight tent at 3 pounds, Extra internal pockets
    Cons Only 1 door, Small space for 2 people, Not a lot of ventilation with the rainfly on, ,
    Our Take:

    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. It’s a little over 3 pounds so it can work great as a backpacking tent for a solo camper or a 2 person backpacking duo. It can fit 2 medium sized people, but the fit will be tight. There are 30 square feet of space to find comfort in while the floor integrity itself is ensured with 68 Denier nylon along with 1800mm coating. The lower walls are built from 68 Denier polyester. We loved how the rainfly, made from 68D Polyester with 1800 mm clips into the post and grommet style frame which makes setup easy and gives a bit of ventilation as long as the included guy lines are in use. Without the fly, the Kelty provides no-see-um mesh upper walls for 360 ventilation. The fly provides plenty of water and UV protection. We’d love to have a second door to make it more convenient for 2 people, but the 10ft of vestibule space offers some gear storage space along with a few mesh pockets to keep smaller items like phone, GPS, flashlights, and headlamps organized.

    Read our full review of the Kelty Salida 2 Tent


  13. Coleman Pop-Up Tent

  14. Editors Rating:
    (3.8 / 5)

    People 2
    Seasons 3
    Weight 5 lbs
    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
    Pros Affordable price, Good water protection, Pop Up for easy set up, ,
    Cons Poorly designed rainfly collects water in puddles, Hard to break down for 1 person, Cheap poles and zippers break easily, ,
    Our Take:

    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.

    Definitely make sure no kids are around because there will be some cursing involved.

    However, once it’s folded up it’s fairly transportable.

    Not the best for long-term backpacking but will take up little space in your car.

    The fly does a surprisingly great job at keeping water out of the tent, but our biggest complaint was the collection of water on the fly and because of the way the door opens the water can fall into the tent.

    This isn’t a deal breaker by any means, just something to be aware of.

    The fit for 2 people was a little tight, but not too tight that we’d discourage using this to sleep 2.

    For the price, this is still a great buy.

    Another nice add-on is the option to stake down.

    You don’t find this in a lot of pop up freestanding tents but can help promote stabilization.

    Read our full review of the Coleman Pop-Up Tent


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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.

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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.

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