Brand: Big Agnes
Model: Tiger Wall 2 Platinum
Tent makers have been flirting with the 2-pound barrier for years. Like the four-minute mile, the challenge seemed forever out of reach—until it wasn’t. This is the first two-person tent we’ve tested that sneaks in below 2 pounds and doesn’t come with a host of caveats. It has two doors and two vestibules, double-wall construction, and a hassle-free pitch. At 28 square feet, the floor proved comfy for two, and the 8-square-foot vestibules each easily fit a pack and a pair of boots. While the Tiger Wall isn’t technically freestanding (you have to stake out the foot for a taut pitch), it’s easy to move around when picking a site. A full mesh body offers superb breathability: “Even though we camped in snow on an 18°F night, there was no moisture on the interior,” one tester says. The hubbed-pole system held up to 25-mph winds and rain in Nevada’s Lahontan State Recreation Area. And while the price is a bit of an eye-popper, a tent that’s lighter than most solo shelters and roomy enough for two is a splurge we can get behind.