Best 2 Person Tents
If you have stumbled across this guide today, there is a high chance you are in the market for a two-person tent. Or, you merely clicked on the wrong link. We are under the assumption it is the former, though, as this guide has been created for buyers just like you. So, what exactly do you need to know about two-person tents? While this guide will go in-depth on everything you need to know and offer you some highly recommended choices, you should know immediately that they may not all fit two people. Some two-person tents are better fitted for one person and their gear; so, it is more important to assess the interior capacity rather than the marketing label of two people. But, that is just a glimpse of what you are in for.
- Hilleberg Anjan
- Large vestibule
- Superb protection
- Black Diamond Mesa
- Waterproof coated
- Double-wall design
- MH Optic 2.5
- Extra room
- Enhanced breathability
10 Best 2 Person Tents
Hilleberg Anjan GT
In terms of durability and weather protection, the Anjan GT is perfect, bar none. It sports metal rings on the four corners to reduce wear, reinforced vestibule zippers, a bathtub floor, and all the elements to prevent even the smallest amount of water from seeping through.
Due to the tunnel design, only four pegs are needed for pitching. On top of this is the pole tensioner pole system and the result is a tent that is very easy to pitch. Also, the inner and outer tents can be used separately if you buy separate pole holders.
From the image, you can tell how long this tent is. One of the reasons why is the 27 square foot vestibule which is probably the largest vestibule you will ever see in a two-person tent.
The aforementioned tunnel construction also maximizes the amount of livable space you have inside. Past this, you can replace the inner tent with a Mesh Inner tent if you buy it separately.
Weight and Portability
Clearly, Hilleberg’s focus was not on making the lightest tent in the world. However, at four pounds and 10 ounces, their Anjan GT is still lighter than some models.
What makes it easy to place the Anjan GT Tent number one on this list is its unique nature. That, and its absolutely insane durability and water protection which is hard to fathom until you actually use it.
- Features an insanely large vestibule
- The outer and inner tents can be used separately
- Offers superb protection from the elements
- Not the lightest tent on this list
Black Diamond Mesa
Both the floor and the fly of the Mesa have had their seams taped and sport 1500-millimeter and 2000-millimeter fabric, respectively. Also, this is a double-wall tent.
Due to the variable-diameter DAC Featherlite poles and the fast-pitch hub, the setup process for the Mesa is not a difficult one. In fact, it should take you 10 minutes or less.
While the interior storage pockets provide enough space for your accessories and small gear, the two vestibules are really worth pointing out. They provide you with the storage space you will need for your larger gear and apparel.
Inside of this tent, there is enough room to comfortably sleep one to two people. In terms of the ventilation, the top canopy is made of mesh to allow adequate airflow inside.
Weight and Portability
As it sits now, the Mesa weighs around five pounds. But, backpackers can invest in the optional footprint to reduce this weight by only using the footprint, poles, and fly to construct the tent.
When it comes down to it, what more could you truly ask for? The Mesa is a durable tent that offers waterproof protection, has enough room to sleep two people, is easy to set up, and sports two vestibules and interior pockets.
- Both the fly and the floor are waterproof coated
- You can buy the optional footprint to create a minimalist shelter
- Sports a freestanding and double-wall design
- There is no easy way to peek outside
Mountain Hardwear Optic 2.5
Other tents are comprised primarily of mesh but not the Optic 2.5. To account for windy and dusty climates, this tent has been outfitted with doors that sport a mesh panel and a full nylon panel.
There are two crisscrossing poles that make up the primary structure of the Optic 2.5 and also a third pole used for enhanced headroom. Overall, this makes assembling the tent very simple.
Instead of just one vestibule, the Optic 2.5 actually sports two of them and they are 12-foot and six-foot in square footage. Additionally, there are big mesh pockets that can hold various accessories.
Were you wondering what the 2.5 of the Optic represented? Well, it basically means it fits 2.5 people. As there is no such thing as half-a-person, this means there is plenty of extra room for you and another guest.
Weight and Portability
Let’s be honest; this is not a lightweight tent. At around six pounds in total weight, it is actually one of the heavier two-person tents out there.
If size is your biggest priority and you do not want a three-person tent, consider the Optic 2.5. Yes, the weight is a bit high but that is a decent tradeoff for enhanced space and durability.
- It is built to withstand the elements
- Built with extra room and enhanced breathability
- Sports a design that is easy to set up
- Weighs around six pounds making it quite heavy for two people
Ultralight fabrics have been utilized throughout but the frame is designed with strong aluminum. Of course, Nemo has strategically placed thicker fabric in exposed areas that are prone to water.
Here is the process of the Dagger. Firstly, you need to anchor the locking pole tips to the grommets. Next, clip the tent to the frame. Yeah, that is the entirety of the assembly process.
Outside of the two doors that sport vestibules for a plausible location for your gear, there is a built-in privacy panel and also overhead light pockets that can cast an even glow of light throughout the tent.
The mesh panels allow for admirable ventilation but the true sensation here is the innovative construction method of the Dagger. Without adding bulk, Nemo is able to maximize the amount of space in their tent.
Weight and Portability
Even without the lightweight alternative, which involves the footprint of this tent, the Dagger weighs less than four pounds making it more than suitable for backpacking.
Whether you decide to go with the three-person or two-person of the Dagger is irrelevant as they both are fantastic. There is a reason so many buyers and users have raved about the quality of this tent.
- Comes with a dual-stage drawstring stuff sack
- Thicker fabric has been integrated into strategic spots
- Designed to maximize the amount of livable space you have
- The vestibule can be hard to get in to
- For whatever reason, there is white mesh on the walls which can look strange in some lighting
Big Agnes Cooper Spur
The canopy is made out of a proprietary-patterned double rip-stop nylon and polyester mesh. As for the fly and the floor, they are designed of proprietary random-patterned rip-stop nylon. Oh yeah, and the entire tent is seam-taped with waterproof polyurethane.
Several buyers have raved about the simplicity of the set up claiming it to be quick and easy.
As with other tents, there are two vestibules in this tent and both have storm flaps added to their doors. Also, there is an oversized mesh media pocket and a large ceiling pocket for even more storage.
Thanks to the architecture of the pole system, the walls are steeper and you are provided with more room. Also, the nylon utilized on the canopy is highly breathable and next to polyester mesh.
Weight and Portability
At just over three pounds, there is little to complain about in regard to the weight of the Cooper Spur UL Tent.
To be honest, some of you probably stopped reading after the build quality and were sold. That alone sparks interest as the fabrics are extra durable and the seams are fully taped. But, it also helps that the interior sports storage compartments and plenty of space.
- The seams have been fully taped for waterproofness
- It is equipped with two vestibules and two doors
- Features a roomy interior for two people
- The zippers on the vestibule can get jammed when wet
When durability is a must, the Tungsten is going to come through for you. This is thanks, in large part, to its sturdy velocity HD poles and polyester fabric instead of nylon.
It seems to be a general consensus amongst buyers and reviewers that the Tungsten 2P is a very simple tent to set up and to disassemble when the time comes.
If you need lighting in the tent, the lampshade pocket will come in handy. Also, there are interior pockets that can be used for small gear and multiple vestibules for even more storage.
First off, the no-see-um mesh does a good job of keeping critters out while also delivering solid ventilation. But, what truly deserves recognition is the implemented zone design which enhances the interior capacity.
Weight and Portability
To be honest, you can find lighter tents on the market. The main reason for the extra weight increase is because of the polyester fabric.
Even though the Tungsten does sacrifice some added extra pounds, it does so to enhance its durability and structural integrity. All in all, it is hard to blame Marmot for doing such.
- Features a zone construction to increase the interior space
- Even on wet and windy nights, the ventilation is good
- Includes a footprint that can be used underneath the tent
- It is a bit heavier than other two-person tents
- One buyer noted the zipper on the rainfly broke immediately
MSR Hubba Hubba NX
The main body of the Hubba Hubba NX is made of rip-stop nylon and mesh, while the rainfly and the floor are made of coated nylon. Plus, at its core, aluminum poles hold the tent together.
When it comes time to assemble this tent, you will appreciate the hub-and-pole system and the color-coded clips. On top of this, it is a freestanding design which should only make the process easier.
Truth be told, MSR could have integrated more interior pockets to better allow gear to be organized. But, the two large vestibules do offer some gear storage for larger items.
For both ventilation and privacy, there is a good blend of mesh and solid panels throughout this tent. In terms of breathing room, the pole geometry maximizes the amount of space you have.
Weight and Portability
MSR includes an ultra-compact compression stuff sack with their tent. The 3.8-pound tent, with its complete setup, will easily fit inside for storage purposes.
Outside of some very minor issues, the Hubba Hubba NX is more than worth your hard-earned money. Plus, it is a two-person tent that can actually comfortable sleep two people, which is nice.
- Features a combination of mesh and solid panels
- The rainfly is designed with a kickstand vent
- Designed with a pole geometry that maximizes space
- Lacks enough internal storage compartments
- Some care is required due to the lighter fabrics
Big Agnes Fly Creek
All the seams have been taped with a waterproof polyurethane tape and both the floor and the fly have been coated with a waterproof polyurethane coating. However, there was one buyer who questioned the durability of the zipper.
The tent is ready to pitch out of the bag with its pre-cut guy lines, plastic clips and hub pole design.
Included inside of the Fly Creek UL Tent is a vestibule. Not only is it obtainable via the dry-entry door, it is also a nice location to store a lot of your gear.
As most designers do, Big Agnes went out of their way to design their tent to be as spacious as possible. Adding on to that is the breathable nylon and polyester mesh makeup of the tent as a whole.
Weight and Portability
At well under three pounds (two pounds and five ounces to be exact), the options are nearly limitless to how and where you wish to utilize this tent from Big Agnes.
Anytime you see a tent from Big Agnes, you know the quality is up to par. They are just that consistent of a company and they have truly established themselves as a go-to in the world of tents.
- The fly and the floor have been coated with 1200-millimeter polyurethane
- Features mesh walls
- Built with a vertical door configuration for enhanced space
- One buyer questioned the longevity of the tent’s zipper
Nemo designed their Hornet with a tub floor construction. Basically, this reduces the number of seams and it creates a floor that is both more durable and waterproof as a result.
The single hubbed pole design of the Hornet does wonders as it simplifies the setup process. For an ultra quick and intuitive setup, this is also a freestanding tent.
On the ceiling of the Hornet there are light pockets and for added security, there is a privacy panel. Of course, this is all outshined by the dual vestibules with each one sporting a door.
On one hand, the triangulated guy outs manage to increase the interior space by up to 15 percent. However, on the other hand, one tester noted that the condensation build-up was extremely noticeable.
Weight and Portability
If need be, even though this is one of the lightest tents on the market already, the dual-stage stuff sack that comes included can be used to split the load amongst you and your friend.
Without a doubt, the breathability of the Nemo Hornet is one of the few areas of concern. Besides possibly having condensation issues, the 15 percent increase in space may still not be enough to sleep two people. But, everything else is above-average.
- Weighs less than two pounds with two doors and two vestibules
- The hubbed pole system creates a single-pole setup
- Comes with a new dual-stage stuff sack
- You would be lucky to fit two people inside with breathing room
- The condensation can be an issue
Big Agnes Tiger Wall
DAC Featherlite materials come together and join forces with the single pole system of the Tiger Wall to deliver a solid core.
With only a single pole to mess around with, set up and take down are breezes. For enhanced stability, the Velcro tabs will also connect the fly to the pole structure.
There should be no shortage of areas to store your gear that is for sure. Designed into the Tiger Wall is an over-sized ceiling pocket, media pockets above the sleeping area and two vestibules.
Venting is not the issue here as the double sliders on the vestibule zippers allow for proper venting. In terms of breathing room, though, this will be a little tight for two grown adults.
Weight and Portability
Big Agnes dubs this as an ultralight tent and this is not an exaggerative claim. After all, at two pounds and six ounces, you would be hard-pressed to find many tents lighter of the same quality.
Look, the Tiger Wall is not perfect. There are stronger and more durable tents out there that much is for sure. Yet, there is something to be said about its lightweight nature and structural integrity.
- Built with a dry entry door design
- Features a minimalist pole structure
- The Quick Stash doorkeeper can easily stow the unzipped door
- The rainfly does not go up high enough
- Can be a little tight to fit two people
Criteria Used For Evaluation
The Build Quality and Waterproofness
No matter what type of tent you are in the market for, they will get you as far as their build quality will. To elaborate, if a tent is comprised of cheap and thin materials that can’t hold up to some decently rough environments, it may not even be worth a look. Oftentimes, you do get what you pay for and it is best to ignore the price tag and focus more on the build quality. Tents are typically constructed of nylon and polyester materials as both offer performance advantages and are tough. If you are looking for the most durable tents, though, pay attention to the denier of a fabric as the higher it is the more rugged the fabric will be.
However, you may also need to consider how your tent will hold up in the rain and through storms. The build quality will certainly help it stay intact during storms but that is only half the battle. The other is assessing the waterproofness of the tent. To do so, ensure the seams are fully taped to prevent water from seeping through. Secondly, assess what type of waterproof coating has been used. Thankfully, even if there is not one, you can waterproof a tent yourself.
How Simple and Easy the Assembly Is
Do you really want to spend minutes on end assembling a tent? The reality is, depending on the design, some tents can be more complicated to assemble and this could be a red flag for you. Besides glancing through user feedback to see what actual users and testers have to say, you can also research the tent itself and predict if it will be easy to set up. For example, if it is a hubbed pole system then it should be a piece of cake. The reason is this type of a pole system eliminates the guesswork when you are assembling the tent.
On the contrary, poles that connect to the canopy via clips or sleeves can be a bit fussier. While still not necessarily hard, this system may not be ideal for you. Of course, it also helps when the tent is color-coded so you can quickly find out where each sleeve goes with each pole. All in all, though, practice makes perfect and before you use it in the field, try assembling it beforehand to get the hang of it.
The Interior Storage Compartments
Of all the design features you need to factor into the equation, this is the one that is easiest to forget about. However, it is also one that could silently be one of the most critical. If you are merely camping in a campground and are looking for a tent to accommodate more people, they may not care if there are storage compartments inside. Yet, if you plan to use this two-person tent frequently and on backpacking trips, it can be nice to have dedicated compartments to store your gear. If this matters to you, look for tents with interior pockets, such as lampshade pockets for lighting, media pockets for electronic devices, and so on.
But, this is also where vestibules come into play. Not all tents will have one but some will and others will have multiples. They are convenient as they are essentially oversized floor areas that give you a location to store your boots or other dirty gear. It essentially can keep certain items separate from your tent.
Their Ventilation and Breathing Room
When it comes down to it, there are two primary factors that determine the breathability of a tent. Firstly, it is the actual ventilation to prevent condensation from building up and the second is how much breathing room is provided. The former is easy to assess as there needs to be enough mesh throughout the tent. But, when it gets cold, you may not want this air flowing in. So, look for mesh panels that can be zipped up.
As far as the breathing room is concerned, this is where things can get controversial. “Controversial” in the sense that manufacturers can sometimes fib and mislead you in regards to the size of their tent. The reality is not all two-person tents will sleep two people; at least, not comfortably. Instead, you need to focus on the specifications of the tent. This would include the peak height, floor area, floor dimensions and interior volume of the tent. These values will go a long way in determining if there truly is enough space for you.
The Overall Weight
Are you going to bring your two-person tent backpacking? This is a very important question that you need to answer before you invest in a tent. The key word there is before. It may not seem like much, but an extra two to three pounds can make all the difference in the world in a backpack. So, you may prioritize a two-pound tent over a six-pound tent. Now, it is also vital to point out that a reduction of weight does not necessarily insinuate that the quality will suffer. In fact, an ultralight tent can actually sport more premium materials if it cuts down on the extra features and roominess.
Also, you may want to keep an eye out for tents that come with a dual-stage stuff sack. These sacks are unique as they can allow you to disperse the load with a friend. As such, you could each carry three pounds worth of the tent, for example.
Q: How Long Will a Tent Last?
When something is as expensive as tents, or at least some of them, you really want to get your money’s worth. If you invest in a $500 tent, you want it to last more than a few seasons. The question is will they? Well, this is a tough question to answer as a lot of variables come into play. For starters, a tent will last longer for someone if they only use it once a year as opposed to 10 to 20 times a year. Then again, it also depends on how you treat your tent. Various questions down below allude to the proper care of a tent so you will be fully knowledgeable by the end of this.
Other factors, however, such as where you use the tent can also decrease its lifespan. If it lives in higher altitudes that experience more extreme conditions, it is only common sense that it will not last as long.
Q: How Do You Properly Clean a Tent?
While it is not a popularity contest, this may be one of the most common questions that tent owners will have. In all honesty, it is a good question as again, you want to protect your multiple hundred dollar investments. Even though your human instinct is to go home and rest after a long adventure, it is best if you assemble your tent when you get home to clean it. All it takes is a sponge and lukewarm water (avoid using cleaning products on most tents). Certain areas, such as inside the zippers, can be prone to sand so spend extra time cleaning them.
However, if there is excessive dirt on your tent and lukewarm water is not doing the trick, you may need to let it soak in a bathtub for a good hour. All in the meanwhile stir it around a couple of times.
Q: How Do You Prevent Mildew?
If you are not careful, mildew can begin to grow in your tent and that is obviously not what you want. Thankfully, it is pretty easy to avoid mildew build-up. Do you want to know how? It is simple, really. Granted you never store your tent wet for more than 24 hours, mildew should not begin to grow. Yet, if you leave it for a few days in warm weather, while it is stored with moisture, the mildew formation process will begin. So, what is the big deal anyway?
A tent with mildew is a tent with a disease; let’s say that. Not only can it damage the waterproof coatings on a tent but it can also leave permanent stains that can void the warranty. All you need to do is ensure your tent is free from moisture before you store it. But, avoid doing so in a dryer and instead allow it to hang dry (or assemble it and allow it to dry that way).
Q: Why Does Condensation Get Inside a Tent?
Without proper ventilation, condensation can become a major issue for tents. Yet, even tents with proper ventilation still may experience condensation build up from time to time. It is almost impossible to prevent it 100 percent of the time as multiple factors are involved that can speed up the process of condensation forming. For example, when the humidity rises outside, temperature changes, the environment is wet, or moisture is released inside the tent, condensation has a tendency to form.
It is tough to combat the environment but you can select a logical campsite away from bodies of water. Also, in these conditions, keep the tent as ventilated as possible to keep the condensation issue to a minimum.
Q: Is There a Way to Repair Tears?
Look, nobody is perfect and even though you may try your hardest, your tent may succumb to a few tears during its lifespan. It is okay as you can easily patch the tear. Of course, it does get a little more complicated the larger the abrasion is. But, most manufacturers should offer self-adhesive waterproof patches for their tent that can be used for such instances. If you do not want to spend the money on their patches, though, you could use a regular seam sealant to patch a small hole.
Now, larger tears could be a bit more complicated as an adhesive patch may not be large enough. In this instance, contact either a local repair shop or the manufacturer to see what they recommend.
Q: Can You Put a Tent in a Washing Machine?
Unfortunately, power is not always the answer. On a small fixture, it is probably wiser to use a traditional Philips screwdriver instead of a screw gun. The same concept can be applied to a tent as they are just no match for the vigorous nature of a stainless steel machine. Washing a tent in a washing machine can cause the mesh to tear, ruin the seam taping and can even damage the waterproof coatings on the fabric.
While you do need to wash your tent, doing so in a machine is simply not going to be the solution this time around.
Well, do you think you are ready to buy a two-person tent? Honestly, if you are still a little apprehensive about it that is okay. Let this information digest and come back to it if you need to. The main goal is to buy a tent that fits your needs and from one person to the next, this could be a little different. Either way, good luck in your search and, hopefully, this guide was able to assist you in the process.