The Best 2 Person Backpacking Tent For Camping
Picking a 2 person backpacking tent to suit two people instead of one can be tricky. Everyone has their own idea of what they like. But certain qualities are important in a tent, no matter how many people will be using it: space, weight, and ease of set-up.
I’ve chosen these tents as the best 2 person backpacking tents based on these criteria. They are all free-standing dome or modified-dome tents, so they’re easy to set up. The frames of the tents help provide more headroom for two people. And the weight of these tents is reasonable for their size, especially if it is split to be carried by two people. (read ultra lightweight tent & 5 Best Ultralight Tent here)
One more thing — these are not cheap department store tents. These are respected brands that will last for many backpacking trips.
MSR Hubba Hubba NX
3-season 2 person backpacking tent
MSR has packed a lot backpacking functionality into a small package with this tent. The Hubba Hubba NX tent has an updated design for backcountry backpacking that hikers will appreciate. Its arrangement of poles holds the side walls more vertical, creating more usable space for two people, while less mesh and more fabric in those walls means the tent is comfortable earlier in the spring and later in the fall when cooler temperatures might otherwise end the camping season. And MSR manages all that extra utility with light, but tough, fabrics for a tent weight of just 3 pounds, 7 ounces.
MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 Person Backpacking Tent
The two doors and twin vestibules are cited as a huge plus, great for easy access and gear storage. This is the tent to have if backpacking season just isn’t long enough for you — it will keep you cozy down to about 30 degrees.
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
Lightweight 2 person backpacking tents
The Big Agnes Seedhouse tent shows up year after year, which can mean only one thing: it’s a great tent! It’s hard to find a roomy 2 person backpacking tent for under 4 pounds, but Big Agnes pulls it off. Appalachian Trail hikers praise the Seedhouse SL2 tent for its durability, breathability, and light weight.
Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 2 – Two Person Tent
This freestanding tent uses three aluminum poles and a clip attachment system to make set-up fast and easy. Mesh walls and door allow plenty of cooling ventilation, so the Seedhouse shines for summer camping. You’ll appreciate 8 square feet of vestibule space and plenty of room for two.
Marmot Limelight Tent
2 person backpacking tent
If you like more headroom in a tent, the Marmot Limelight dome tent is for you. A third pole across the top holds the tent body up and away from the center, and the interior height is 41 inches, giving you room to sit up even if you’re off-center.
Marmot Limelight 2 Persons Tent, Green, One
Campers like the mesh in the Limelight tent both for ventilation and for star-gazing. And if clouds cover up the stars, you can cover up with the rain fly (creating 9 square feet of vestibule space). The fly and the bathtub floor will keep you dry inside, and a window in the fly will let you keep tabs on the weather.
Eureka Apex 2XT
2 Person Backpacking tent
At 5 pounds, 12 ounces, the Eureka Apex 2XT freestanding tent is heavier than a lot of two-person backpacker tents these days, but look what you get for the weight! Two doors, and two full vestibules! For that kind of access and gear storage, it’s worth splitting the weight with your partner; one can carry the tent and one can carry the fiberglass poles.
Eureka! Apex 2XT – Tent (sleeps 2)
The rain fly covers the Apex 2XT almost completely, and the bathtub floor ensures that water stays out. Check out the partial pole sleeves on one end…they’ll hold the poles in place during set-up so you can easily attach the other end. As usual, Eureka has designed this tent with plenty of mesh for ventilation and for stargazing with that special someone. read full review here!