2-Person Tent Reviews

The 10 Best Tents of 2020 for Backpacking

Find the perfect shelter to match the perfect spot.

There’s a perfect tent out there for everyone, whether you like to go light, fast, and alone, or set up a base camp with a few friends and take your time to enjoy the scenery. The lightest on this list: an unbelievably featherweight 13 ounces. With 10 options, the hard part won’t be finding your next tent, it’ll be deciding where to take it first.

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One-Person Tents

Prefer to go solo? Here’s your shelter.

Big Agnes Scout 1 Platinum


Say it with us: 13 ounces. That’s all you’ll have to shoulder with this single-wall trekking pole tent that’s one of the lightest fully-enclosed solo models on the market. $350 Buy Now on REIRead the Full Review

Two-Person Tents

Go light with a friend—or by yourself—with these shelters for a duo.

Gossamer Gear
The Two – DCF


We lauded The Two last year for its livability, and this redesign beefs up the strength (and price) and cuts ounces by using a Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF) canopy. $700 Read the Full Review

NEMO Aurora 2


For backpackers who would rather tax their backs than their wallets, the double-wall Aurora is a can’t-miss choice. Its above-average, 32-square-foot floor feels palatial, and vertical walls expand the roominess. $250 Buy Now on REIRead the Full Review

Exped Lyra II


Many tents require careful site selection to avoid the full brunt of heavy weather or sharp terrain, but you can pitch the Lyra II wherever you want. Credit the multi-hubbed pole and 68-denier polyester fly and floor for the bulletproof design. $279 Buy Now on REI / Read the Full Review

Marmot Superalloy 2P


The Superalloy achieves an attractive trifecta: livable, lightweight, and affordable (for an ultralight shelter), making it a good pick for minimalist hikers on a budget. Its smaller-than-average 28-square-foot floor still fit two 6-foot testers thanks to an 87-inch length and nearly vertical walls. $399 Buy Now on Moosejaw / Read the Full Review

Big Agnes Salt Creek SL2


Calling all gear junkies: This tent has room to store all your stuff, and still provide a chill-out spot in camp. The two-person Salt Creek has three doors, two of which have large, 10-square-foot vestibules that easily house a multiday pack and boots. $300 Buy Now at REI / Read the Full Review

Three-Person Tents

The more the merrier: Bring along a couple of hiking buddies with these tents.

Jack Wolfskin Exolight III FR


Watching your tent fill with water as you pitch it in a storm will ruin any trip. That’s why we love the external pitch of the three-person Exolight (the poles are on the outside of the fly). $300 Buy Now on Moosejaw / Read the Full Review

Mountain Hardwear Mineral King 3


When a tent is an all-around solid performer and has eco cred to match, it’s a keeper. The Mineral King impressed us with its oversize doors (great for entries and exits when filled to capacity), all-mesh walls and rollback fly for stargazing, and balance between weight and price. $300 Buy Now on REIRead the Full Review

Four-Person Tents

Fit the biggest backpacking groups in these backcountry palaces.

MSR Front Range 4 Person Ultralight Tarp Shelter


At less than half a pound per head for four people, this floorless tarp (an insert is sold separately) offers a lot of space for not a lot of weight. $280 Buy Now From MSR  / Read the Full Review

Klymit Maxfield 4


The Maxfield is one of the lightest four-person shelters out there, making it great for family trips that tend to be heavy on gear. Its 53-square-foot floor is slightly smaller than average, but still fits four standard sleeping pads (everyone can sleep facing the same direction). $290 Buy Klymit Maxfield 4 on Amazon / Read the Full Review