One day you get up and decide it’s time to get a new tent, but then you realized that there are a lot of options. But which one is the best?
Backpacking can be a very enjoyable experience as long as you have the right gear. Picking out the best 2 person backpacking tent can be difficult due to all of the options available.
If you came here because you couldn’t figure out which tent is the best, then you made the right choice.
Most of the tents in this list will be around the weight of 4-7 pounds.
This will insure that your tent is not to light and has good materials to hold itself up to bad weather.
Here are the…
Best 2 Person Backpacking Tents
|Bryce 2P||85 x 53 inches||4.4 pounds||2 Person||3 Season|
|Kelty TN||83 x 42 x 50 inches||4.6 pounds||2 Person||3 Season|
|Copper Spur||90 x 42 x 52 inches||3 pounds||2 Person||3 Season|
|ALPS Mountaineering Lynx||90 x 60 x 46 inches||5.2 pounds||2 Person||3 Season|
|Mountainsmith Morrison||43 x 92 x 56 inches||5.5 pounds||2 Person||3 Season|
|ALPS Mountaineering Meramac||60 x 90 x 48 inches||3.9 pounds||2 Person||3 Season|
|Kelty Salida||88 x 43 x 55 inches||4.6 pounds||2 Person||3 Season|
|TETON Sports Mountain||82.5 x 63 x 45 inches||4.8 pounds||2 Person||3 Season|
|Kelty Grand Mesa||85 x 43 x 57 inches||4.8 pounds||2 Person||3 Season|
|ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian||62 x 92 x 46 inches||7.4 pounds||2 Person||4 Season|
Bryce 2P Two Person Ultralight Tent Review
This tent might not be made by a brand that you are familiar with. They are called Paria and they have made an outstanding tent that outshines others in its price range. The people at Paria have looked at features that campers favor from a tent and built one with all those features.
There is a rectangular floor with only one entrance which is a more comfortable design for two people. The interior pockets are actually high above the floor instead of laying on the floor.
Not only that but they are actually much bigger then the average inner pockets, allowing you to store more things. Near the roof of the tent there is a hoop to hang a lantern in case you brought one.
This is a freestanding tent which means that it is really easy to set up. It is great against rain or wind so this tent will be hard to knock down. For the price, you can’t do better than the Bryce ultralight tent.
- Footprint – Footprint is already included. It will make the bottom of your tent more durable.
- Space – The amount of room in here is outstanding for a two person tent.
- Price – The pricing on this is a really great deal, considering that it comes with the footprint.
- Weight – Extremely light tent. You won’t even notice the weight inside of you backpack.
- Compact – Packing size is great and will take up a minimal amount of space.
- Ventilation – The ventilation is good. Less humid than other tents.
- Hook – Place to hang your lantern already built-in.
- Rainfly – Should be wider
- Design Flaw – The bathtub would be better if it was higher. Some dirt can still fall through the tent.
Kelty TN2 2 Person Tent Review
This lightweight 2 person tent will be perfect for any backpacker. It is lightweight and compact, making it easy to carry. The rainfly of this tent can be peeled from the top. This allows you to be able to stargaze during the night.
You can also completely take off the rainfly and allow airflow. This is an all mesh tent so you will be protected from bugs and heat when you have the rainfly off. Two people can fit in here without being cramped up. You will each have enough room to be comfortable.
This tent does not have any condensation build up and can stay dry during rainy days. There are also two large vestibules where you can keep your gear. They will also be protected from any rainfall. This tent is very easy to set up and disassemble. Not only that but, it can easily fit back inside of the carrying case.
- Rainfly – The rainfly is easy to set up and allows you to be able to see the sky.
- Doors – The door is large so it will be easy to enter or leave the tent.
- Weight – This tent is pretty light.
- Space – There is enough room for two people to fit comfortably.
- Floor – The floor of this tent is already strong. You wouldn’t have to by a tarp unless you still want a stronger bottom.
- Compact – The size of this tent while packed away is perfect for a backpack.
- Poles – Very strong poles.
- Stakes – Stakes can use an upgrade.
- Water Pools – The poles create a triangle shape and causes water to pool on the roof.
Big Agnes – Copper Spur Backpacking Tent Review
This will be the lightest tent on this list. It is actually able to stand strong against bad weather even though it only weighs 1 pound. This tent is very easy and fast to set up due to the poles. For the most part, they connect to each other on their own. This tents vestibule is the best feature due to its versatility.
If you need more airflow then you could roll it back. You can also use stakes (further away from the tent) to form a safe place for your gear. If you need warmth then you can stake the vestibule closer to the tent. This tent is very compact and can fit in any size backpack you have.
For such a light tent, this thing really is durable and doesn’t tear easily. This is a three season tent but surprisingly, it can hold up pretty well against snow! If 6 inches of snow was to come during a snowstorm, this tent would still hold up and not a drop of water would get inside.
- Stability – This tent can stand strong against heavy thunderstorms (when staked down). Really impressive for an Ultralight backpacking tent.
- Space – This is a nice amount of room for two people. There is also head space so you can sit up without hitting your head.
- Setup – It is easy to have this tent up and ready within a short time frame.
- Compact – Really compact when stored away.
- Weight – It only weighs 3 pound! This is one of the best light backpacking tent available.
- Vestibule – There are two vestibules on each door when the rainfly is on.
- Zipper – Can get caught onto the waterproof flap.
- Footprint – Sold Separately.
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 2-Person Tent Review
I have reviewed a different variation of this tent in another guide, and it made it into this new list due to its great quality. It’s a little bulky/heavy for a backpacking tent but it’s still a great option. This tent can also hold two people comfortably if you place the gear inside of the vestibules.
This tent was made with strong materials so that it will last a long time. Even the zippers work without snagging! Nothing about this tent will seem cheap if you ever decide to get it.
The ventilation is great and makes sure you don’t get to hot while inside. The setup can be done in just a few minutes, and there are handy gear lofts around the tent for extra storage.
- Fully Mesh – Allows for great ventilation on warm days. Also allows you to have a view of the sky.
- Sturdy – Can handle heavy winds and rain storms.
- Vestibules – Has two vestibules for gear/boots.
- Poles – Aluminum high quality poles.
- Hook – Place for you to hang a lantern on the top.
- Pegs – Can be screwed in instead of hammered.
- Ventilation – Airflow is great due to the all mesh body. Even the rainfly has extra flaps that can be used for more airflow.
Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person 3 Season Tent Review
Another previously reviewed tent! There is a full review of this tent here if you want to see the full details of it. Here is a brief explanation if you just want a summary.
The Mountainsmith Morrison is a fan favorite when it comes to backpacking. Want to know why? It’s due to its quality, size, and price. It can stay completely dry during a raining night. Even if it was raining heavy for hours, the inside of the tent will stay dry.
The included stakes are good and are able to hold the tent up well. Setup is relatively easy and fast to do due to the help of the color coded poles. Enough room will be inside for you and your partner to sleep inside. If you are going solo then this is better for you due to the spare room.
- Double Sided Ingress – You wont have to crawl over your gear just to get into the tent.
- Flooring – The floor has a bathtub style which is a better design for rainy days.
- Stable – This tent is very stable when set up correctly.
- Ventilation – The airflow is great. When you have the rainfly on, you will still have a good amount of ventilation.
- Pockets – There is a pocket on each side which is great for storage.
- Hook – There is a loop where you can hang a lantern
- Size – This tent is perfect for 2 people. You and your partner will love the amount of space you have inside of this tent.
- Setup – Easy to assemble due to the color coded poles.
- Vestibules – They are very small.
- Carrying Bag – It is hard to fit this tent back into the case it originally came in.
ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Tent Review
This tent is great for backpacking if you don’t mind the weight. It is a little over 6 pounds which is higher than the average backpacking tent. Even though it is heavy, it can get very compact.
The setup time is around three minutes or less depending on how skilled you are. Only one person is needed to set up the tent and it can fit two people comfortably with some gear inside. You will also have plenty of headroom to sit up as well.
It is well ventilated and doesn’t have condensation build up on the inside. You will also be able to fit this tent easily back inside of its carrying case.
- Compact – This tent can get into a small size.
- Size – This tent is perfect for 2 people. There is plenty of room to share.
- Setup – Easy to setup. It can even be done without the instructions if you are experienced enough.
- Screening – This tent has four screen walls which allows for full ventilation.
- Value – This two person tent is great considering its price.
- Sturdy – The tent will not tear apart during a storm.
- Floor – Doesn’t seem durable but that can be solved with a tarp.
Kelty Salida 2 Tent Review
The Kelty Salida is a great 1-2 person backpacking tent.
The poles are very strong and even the stakes were well made which makes it good at holding up against bad weather. It is easy to set up so you will be up and ready in no time.
If you want a tent that can actually fit two people then this wouldn’t be a a great option.
You will be pretty close to your partner but if you don’t mind that then you will enjoy being in this tent. If you are alone then there will be plenty of extra space and you will be very comfortable.
- Weight – This tent is very light and easy to carry around.
- Setup – Easy to follow instructions and fast assembly.
- Mesh Top – This allows for you to stargaze.
- Carrying bag – Comes with a nice bag to pack your tent in.
- Stakes – The stakes that come with the tent are good and don’t need to be replaced.
- Stability – The poles are sturdy which makes the tent stable.
- Vestibules – Comes with a good-sized vestibule.
- Gear Loft – There is no gear loft.
- Size – This tent is tighter then other 2 person tents.
TETON Sports Mountain Ultra Tent Review
The Teton Sports Mountain has something that the other tents do not, and that is extra space. This tent is really big and seems like it can hold even three people.
I recommend this tent if you are looking for something that has the spare room. You can fit in two people and a lot of gear due to the amount of floor space. This tent has a bathtub floor which is great at stopping rain from puddling at the bottom.
You won’t have to worry about rain getting in through the bottom of the tent during your sleep. The tent has a reasonable weight to it which makes it easy to backpack with.
- Footprint – This tent actually comes with a footprint which will make the tent last longer.
- Height – You will be able to sit up while inside.
- Pockets – There is a pocket on the top where you can hang a lantern.
- Ventilation – The airflow is good.
- Setup – Can be easily assembled within five minutes.
- Sturdy – Has a great wind cover that helps the tent stay up.
- Weight – Light enough to backpack with comfort.
- Space – This is a very spacious two person tent.
- Windows – There are no windows. There are only vents.
- Storage – Only one pocket on the inner side and the vestibule isn’t part of the tent.
Kelty Grand Mesa Tent Review
A cool feature of the Kelty Grand Mesa is in the tented rainfly. It could be an additional place for your gear if you don’t have enough room inside.
There is a good amount of space in here, but if you can leave your gear outside then why not? It will be protected from the rainfly as long as it’s not to windy outside. Just don’t put something that can be damaged from rain out there.
Even though this tent only has two poles, it is quite sturdy. Not only that but the stakes that come with the tent are good enough to handle most weather conditions.
Even with the special rainfly design, this tent can pack small. This tent is well worth it if you want a tent with good material and overall design.
- Ventilation – This tent will have good airflow with or without the rainfly.
- Warmth – This tent can keep in heat at temperatures of around 50 degrees.
- Two Poles – This tent only has two poles and can still handle bad weather.
- Space – You and your partner can fit inside of here. A dog can fit inside as well.
- Bathtub Floor – The floor is well sealed and will prevent any leaks.
- Adjustable rainfly – You can adjust the rainfly to your liking.
- Compact – This tent is great for backpacking due to its ability to get compact and has a reasonable weight.
- Zippers – Zippers aren’t the best quality
- Stakes – The Kelty Grand Mesa comes with heavy stakes. You should change them out to aluminum stakes to make them better for backpacking.
ALPS Mountaineering Tasmanian 2 Tent Review
This tent has two major difference between the other tents. The first is that it was made to handle winter and the second difference is the weight.
This tent wouldn’t be the best option for long-term backpacking. Some people might not like the weight at all, and some might not mind it. If the weight doesn’t bother you then this is a great 4 season backpacking tent.
The size is great for two people but depending on how much gear you have, some would have to go on the outside. You would need to set up the rainfly to get the vestibules setup. Then you can safely put your gear away and have enough room to be comfortable with your partner.
If you don’t have a partner then there will be enough room for you and all of your gear. There are also plenty of pockets on the inside for you to place your small items. This tent was made for high winds so it is really sturdy. The poles are very strong and can stand wind gust of up to 80mph.
- Poles – Since this is a 4 season tent, it has very strong poles to handle the heavy winter winds.
- Rainfly – The rainfly also has thick/light polyester material to make sure your tent is 100% waterproof.
- Space – Two people will be able to fit inside of this tent easily.
- Setup – This tent has easy to follow instructions and only takes a few minutes to assemble.
- Gear loft – Handy gear loft on the ceiling for extra gear or supplies.
- Price – This is a great price for a 4 season backpacking tent.
- Storing – Hard to put back into its carrying bag
- Weight – The weight is kind of pushing it for a backpacking tent but if you plan to go on short backpacking trips during the winter, this tent is perfect.
Here are a few things to consider while picking out which 2 person backpacking tent is the best for you.
Does The Tent Have A Footprint
Having a footprint will always be a benefit. A footprint is a cloth material and it will decrease the chance of your tent tearing from the bottom.
This will significantly increase the durability of your tent and make it last longer. Every time you go out on a camping trip, your tent is being exposed to the ground.
There may be things in the ground that can tear your tent, like rocks. Even if you were to place your tent on a clean surface outside, the tent will still be scratching against the ground all the time.
Having a footprint will always be beneficial, no matter which tent you bring along. Some tents come with it, but most don’t. You can find footprints online easily. Even from the same company that you got your tent from.
Make Sure The Weight Is Something You Are Comfortable With
If you plan on hiking for miles, you might not want to carry a heavy tent around for that long. For most medium distance hiking trips, a 4-5 pound tent would be just fine.
If you plan on going on a long trip then you should go for a 2-3 pound Ultralight tent. If your trip is short then you shouldn’t mind carrying something with a little more weight to it.
Camping is supposed to be something that you enjoy so make sure that you pick the tent that you are comfortable with. The ALPS Mountaineering Meramac is a great option if you are not sure which tent to try.
Will The Tent Be Able To Fit In Your Backpack?
You can’t backpack with a tent if it doesn’t fit inside of your bag! But that shouldn’t be a worry as long as you stick to the list above.
Every tent in this list can get down to a reasonable size when disassembled. Some tents might take up more space than others. One helpful tool that you can get is a compression sack.
This will make the tent get as compact as possible. They are mainly used for sleeping bags but they come in handy for tents too!