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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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