There's nothing better than sharing some quality mountain time with a friend, here's our selection of the best two person tents for hiking
Tents come in many different shapes and sizes, but the most useful type to have in your gear cupboard and the one you’ll undoubtedly use most, is a two-person tent (or a two-man tent). After all, there are few better outdoor experiences than being pitched up under the stars, protected from the elements after a big day in the mountains and looking forward to another big one come the following day, while being comfortably ensconced in your very own home from home.
The best two person tents for backpacking should meet a tricky set of demands: they need to provide enough space to be comfortable for two while also protecting you from rain, wind, hail, snow and anything else the mountains can conceivably throw at you. On top of that, ideally they should also be lightweight, packable, low cost and quick to pitch.
Yes, these tents are inevitably going to be heavier than the tents we featured in our Best Solo Tents For Backpacking test, but as these backpacking tents are designed to accommodate two people, you’ll be able to split many of the components between yourself and your partner in an effort to evenly distribute weight. Many of these tents can be split up into four different components; outer (fly), inner, pegs and poles.
That said, there’s also nothing better than having a two person tent all to yourself for maximum comfort in the hills and mountains (as long as you’ve also got your sleeping bag and sleeping mat setup squared away). Those of us who are taller than average will infinitely prefer the space offered in these tents, compared to the much smaller footprints typically found in ultra lightweight solo tents.
The Best Two Person Tents For Backpacking
We’ve put a range of two-person tents to the test and the below came out on top. Some of the tents featured are also found within our Outdoor 100 and our Green Gear Guide. In these guides, you’ll be able check out a more in depth review of each shelter, including testers’ verdicts and industry trade secrets.
Best Overall Two Person Tent: Nemo Dagger OSMO
Best Value Two Person Tent: Sierra Designs Meteor 3000 2P
Best Ultralight Two Person Tent: Nordisk Telemark 2 LW
Best Budget Tent: Vango Banshee 200
Best Two Person Tent for Tall People: MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2
Best Overall Two Person Tent
1. NEMO Dagger OSMO
Weight: 1.89kg Price: £479.99 Best for: Three-season backpacking, bikepacking and cycle touring Key attributes: Eco-friendly, high-spec materials, easy to pitch, excellent space-to-weight
Roomy but without being heavy, very sturdy, easy to pitch and made using recycled materials, there’s a lot to like about Nemo’s Dagger OSMO tent.
This is in fact an evolution of a previous design from Nemo that’s been hugely popular over the years. The main change is to the fabric which now features Nemo’s impressive OSMO fabric. It’s a material that brings 4x more water repellency than standard tent fabrics and 3x less stretch – that means it can keep its structure when it gets wet and doesn’t end up sagging.
Expect plenty of space to sit up in this thing, two large porches with ‘Landing Zones’ to keep porch-based kit off any wet ground, loads of internal storage options and one-handed tabs that hold back the doors when they’re rolled up.
The single hubbed pole structure also makes this a sturdy design too – one our testers were able to sleep soundly in, even when the wind picked up.
Available in two or three person sizes / DAC Featherlite pole / OSMO fly fabric / 0D OSMO Ripstop 2000mm floor fabric / colour-coded hubbed pole set / 100% recycled pole bag / Light dispersing pockets / landing zone in porch / top strut vents / 19.5 x 6.5 x 3.5 in / 50 x 16 x 9 cm packed size / 31.3 sq ft / 2.9 sq m floor area
Weight: 2126g Price: £250 Best for: Backpacking Key attributes: Excellent space-to-weight, eco-friendly materials, good value.
This is the first tent from Sierra Designs that we’ve featured on our website and we’re very, very impressed.
It’s the space-to-weight balance that Sierra Designs have struck that has us sold. You’ve got plenty of space for two people to sleep comfortably alongside each other, loads of headroom and then the two big porches on either side as well. And the total weight is just 2126g – not bad at all.
The Meteor 3,000 is actually a reworking of the popular Meteor 2 which has been on sale in the States for a while. Sierra Designs recognised that hikers in northern Europe want their tents to be super sturdy, reliable and very, very waterproof, so they beefed up the design to make it fit the bill. The 3,000 is actually a reference to the hydrostatic head of the flysheet which is 3,000mm compared to the 1,800mm fly on the Meteor 2.
Kudos to Sierra Designs for their eco efforts here as well. Out of all the tents in this best two-person tents round-up, this one is arugably the most eco-friendly. The materials, for instance, come from recycled sources and no eco-hazardous chemicals are present.
One other small detail we love is the fact that the flysheet can be rolled back across the roof of the tent quickly and easily if you ever want to stargaze or to simply just get extra airflow. Nice touch.
Three-season / two-person / inner pitched first / height: 104cm, length 213cm / two porches / 10 pegs provided / two DAC Pressfit Aluminium Poles / fly: 68D 190T Poly Taffeta 3000mm PU / floor: 68D 190T Poly Taffeta 3000MM PU / 70% 15D Taffeta: 30% 15D No-See-Um mesh.
Price: £718 Weight: 1024g Best for: Three season fast packing, backpacking, bikepacking, cycle touring Key attributes: Very lightweight, suitable as a one person but can cater for two
Danish firm Nordisk claim the Telemark 2.2 is ‘one of the most advanced tents in the world’. That’s a bold statement, but it’s easy to see where the confidence comes from. The Telemark 2.2 is, without doubt, a durable, top quality and ridiculously lightweight tent – and, consequently, its trophy cabinet is bulging with an impressive array of industry awards. If being ultra-lightweight is your number one priority, then this is the tent for you. At 1024g, it’s difficult to beat – unless you opt for the Telemark 2 ULW, which is 100g lighter and £160 more expensive, courtesy of its carbon poles.
Like similar tents from rivals Terra Nova and Hilleberg, the Telemark 2 uses a well-established design known for providing space and stability at low weight, with a single hoop central pole with shorter poles at each end. Nordisk say this approach creates a ‘very spacious tent with room enough for two’. This is a slight exaggeration. The Telemark 2.2 does have a spacious interior for one person, but it is on the cramped side for two, with not too much space for moving around or organising yourselves. Like the Terra Nova Compact 2, it is perhaps best regarded as a comfortable, spacious tent for a solo backpacker, or on the ‘cosy’ side of things for two. It does have one decent size porched, however, for kit and cooking and doors on either side so the campers don’t have to climb over each other.
Features we love about the Telemark 2.2 include: the four small corner poles which seem to provide greater structure and height to the tent at the foot and head ends (as opposed to using one single centred pole at the end like Terra Nova and Hilleberg); the ease of pitching; the toughness of the flysheet and inner, despite how thin and lightweight they are; its ability to stand up to adverse weather during our tests out in the Highlands; and the magnetic quick-snap door closure is neat. There is all the usual stuff too – adjustable guy ropes, mesh for breathability, and inner pockets for expedition ‘admin’.We were somewhat nervy about threading the main pole through its sleeve, as it caught a few times and felt like you could rip the thin outer if you weren’t careful, but if you’re careful that shouldn’t be a problem. Nordisk’s Telemark 2.2 is a durable, weatherproof and incredibly lightweight two-person tent.
Flysheet: 100 Nylon ripstop 20D silicon coating, 2000mm Hydrostatic Head / Inner: 100% Nylon ripstop 15D / Floor 100% Nylon ripstop 20D PU coated, 8000mm Hydrostatic Head / poles: DAC aluminium / pegs: 4 x aluminium / Inner dimensions: 220 x 135 x 100cm / two doors, one porch.
Price: £484 Weight: 1.54kg Best for: three-season backpacking and bikepacking Key attributes: excellent space-to-weight, quality materials
This tried and tested design from MSR balances all the key things you want from a tent for backpacking. It’s low weight, has a small packed size but it offers space and liveability and the overall reliability that you want from a three-season backpacking tent is there too.
It has a long and high sleeping compartment, which is comfortable for two people to sleep and move about in, and it has medium-sized porches on either side, each providing plenty more space for storing kit or for cooking in. Pitching it is simple and it’s easy to get a taut flysheet quickly.
The Hubba Hubba NX 2’s solid design involves a long length-ways pole which forks at each end and a short pole across the top which creates some width to the inner. It is inner pitch first and freestanding, so you could sleep in this without pegging in, but then you’d have the porches on either side flapping about.
Inner pitched first tents can be a little troublesome in moist conditions as it’s hard to put them up without getting the inner mesh wet, so you could say that’s the main drawback to the MSR Hubba Hubba NX. The flipside however, is that on clear nights, it means you can keep the flysheet off and leave yourself open to the elements but closed off from any insects. Usefully, there are high nylon panels on the lower half of the inner tent’s walls to give you a bit of privacy when you’re using the tent like this.
Other features worth noting include the mesh storage pockets at each end of the sleeping compartment, reflective guylines, large vents at each end, pouches for stuffing away the inner’s doors, and a front-loading stuff sack with webbing straps that makes packing the whole thing away quick and easy.
Price: £150 Weight: 2390g Best for: Three-season backpacking Key attributes: Great value, sturdy
Ah, the Vango Banshee, a classic, extremely popular tent that seems to polarise opinion. Loved, even adored, by many; ridiculed by others, camping snobs who – from the porches of their £700 tents – label the Banshee a heavy, simplistic tent for beginners only. But we’d certainly side with the former camp.
The Vango Banshee Pro 200 is a great tent at an unbelievable price. For just £150 you get a Duke of Edinburgh approved two-person, tunnel-style tent, with decent space, durable and weatherproof materials, and a host of positive features. Yes, it is a starter tent for those on a budget or those just getting into camping, but its design, quality and build are more advanced than critics will lead you to believe.
The Vango Banshee Pro 200 consists of a robust flysheet, with a ripstop weave and a high-performing hydrostatic head waterproof rating of 5,000mm; a breathable polyester inner and a strong, thick and reliable 70-denier groundsheet; and pre-angled alloy poles that are both light and strong. Setting up the tent, either flysheet first or all as one, is very straightforward, by inserting two poles into sleeves and pegging out. There are two doors, one for each camper, as well as two porches, although one is smaller than the other. Inside space is a little limited, as with other tents on test here, so the Banshee should perhaps be considered a roomy one-person tent or a rather cosy one -person tent. Either way, the six inner pockets are handy for storing your essential items such as a headtorch and snacks, while the internal triangular mesh vents and semi-circle mesh window ensure adequate breathability.
During our tests the Banshee held up well to strong winds, helped by the presence of five guylines, and the durable flysheet safely kept out the rain. We found the side-loading, fast-pack tent bag really easy for packing, unlike others that are annoyingly small, and we also loved the flexibility of being able to separate the outer and inner after a rainy night, thus ensuring the inner stays dry.Our only gripes were a feeling of being a little cramped inside, as well as the overall weight of the tent. But, that aside, the Banshee is a bona fide bargain, providing a robust, quality shelter for a fraction of the price of others on the market. It’s a classic, popular tent – and rightfully so.
Inner dimensions: 115cm x 220cm x 100cm / Packed size 46cm x 16cm / Protex ripstop flysheet (5000mm); 70D groundsheet (6000mm); polyester mesh inner / Yunan Eco Alloy poles / internal Tension Band System / twin flysheet doors / inner pockets / reflective guys.
Weight: 1400g Price: £500 Best for: Three-season bikepacking, backpacking Key attributes: Clever features, very spacious, high spec materials
We couldn’t be happier that U.S. based brand Big Agnes have started to bring their well thought-out and fully featured tents to our side of the pond. This, the Copper Spur HV UL2 is very similar to that of the MSR Hubba Hubba NX in that it’s inner pitched first yet can be used freestanding and without the fly when conditions are more favourable.
It has a decent-sized porch on either side and is certainly high enough to sit up in, yet it’s also still sturdy enough for any three-season use. An excellent quality of materials have been used alongside simple but effective design features – like the ‘Quick Stash’ door keeper, colour coded clips on the corners of the flysheet, and the hole at the bottom of the internal gear organising pocket that allows you to thread through the wire of a phone charger.
Ripstop flysheet with 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating / seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape / single porch / single door / lightweight pole system / lightweight plastic clips attach tent body to pole frame / 4-way high volume hub pole design.
Price: £390 Weight: 1080 Best for: bikepacking, cycle touring, backpacking Key attributes: Quality materials, well ventilated, clever design features
This is a great option for lightweight backpacking or bikepacking, offering a decent amount of room for two people plus their kit. Two-person tents that are pushing the sub-1kg barrier are usually short of headroom and lack two entrances and vestibules, but that’s certainly not the case here.
The single forked pole design makes for an easy pitch, while Nemo’s own ‘Flybar’ extends headroom space by giving two additional attachment points for the inner thus widening the width of the roof. This simple freestanding design can either be pitched inner only, or with a lightweight flysheet.
The flysheet is 10D and PU and silicone coated nylon, with a large cutout at the head of the tent which keeps the overall weight down while increasing ventilation as well. The bathtub groundsheet reaches up high enough to protect the exposed section that this section creates.
To help to increase space inside the tent and to keep your feet away from any potential condensation, two carbon fibre struts are added into the corners of the inner at the bottom end. When pegged down these make a big difference. Further space inside the inner can be achieved by using two ‘volumising guyouts’ that sit on either side of the tent. These thin cords attach the inner to the fly, pulling the inner out, creating a little more width.
Packed size 50 x 14 cm / peak height: 98cm / floor dimensions 215 x 130/108cm / vestibule area: 0.7 sq m + 0.7 sq m / three-season / DAC Featherlite Aluminium poles / 10D Sil/PeU Nylon ripstop fly 1200mm / 15D Sil/PeU Nylon Ripstop floor 1200mm / two doors / large vent / internal pockets.
Weight: 1230g Price: £660 Best for: Backpacking and fastpacking Key attributes: Stealthy profile, high spec materials
Terra Nova’s new Laser Compact 2 is a tweaked version of its iconic, much-loved Laser Competition 2 tent. The changes? It has a smaller overall packed size, just 30cm in length (15cm shorter than the Competition 2), making it easier to stow away in your backpack. But that’s about it in terms of changes. ‘If ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ has been Terra Nova’s approach, you could say, and therefore it sticks to the tried and tested design of the Competition. This means the Compact has an excellent space-to-weight ratio, is super-lightweight at just 1,230g, and has a three-season rating that is sturdy enough for wind and rain except in the harshest of storms. And these attributes helped it claim the best tent gong at the Outdoor Industry Association Awards.
The Laser Compact 2’s simple but effective single-pole, hoop design, complemented by two tiny poles at each end, provides just enough space for two, especially when sleeping top-to-tail as recommended, while two doors provide access to porches for kit storage.
Sadly, it isn’t the roomiest of tents, and it can feel a little cramped inside for two, while the porches are pretty small too – one is just about big enough for packs, while the other can only really accommodate a pair of boots. But you can’t have it all at this weight bracket. And, despite being ultra-lightweight, the Laser Compact 2 is very sturdy and weatherproof. The flysheet is made from a 5000mm silicone-coated ripstop nylon while inside there’s a half mesh inner with an impressive 6000mm waterproof rating on the base – they both held up to a battering in the Highlands during our in-field tests.
Other positive features include: the simple set-up, which can be undertaken flysheet first or the whole thing as one; meshes and vents for air flow and to combat condensation; extremely durable Dyneema guylines; and an optional pole sleeve cover with extra guylines for additional stability in the worst of conditions. Our tests did, however, reveal some flaws in an otherwise excellent tent: we found the featherlight, technical fabrics to be quite ‘flappy’ in the wind; the zips were annoyingly prone to snagging on the zip shield; and, overall, we would have been more comfortable with some additional interior space and bigger porches. But that didn’t spoil our overall impression. The Terra Nova Compact 2 is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a lightweight, reliable tent for your backpacking adventures.
Watershed Si2 5,000mm flysheet / single porch / single door / 30x15cm packed size / 8.7mm DAC poles 10 x 11g alloy pegs / 5 minute pitch time.
Weight: 1.06kg Price: £484 Best for: Three-season backpacking, bikepacking and cycle touring Key attributes: Ultralight, double skin design, twin doors and porch areas
If you’re looking for a two-person tent that’s even lighter than the MSR Hubba Hubba, MSR also offers the FreeLite 2. Designed for ultralight adventures of all descriptions, this tent is all about maximum space-to-weight, without compromising too much in terms of overall protection or durability.
The flysheet is 15D ripstop nylon, coated on both sides with MSR’s proprietary Durashield PU, and finished with taped seams. The inner is almost entirely made from 10D polyester micro mesh, with a bathtub groundsheet made of the same material as the rainfly (again 1,200mm HH). The mesh inner keeps the tent weight down while ensuring excellent condensation control. In terms of waterproofing, the Hydrostatic Head rating is 1,200mm.
The poles are high-quality aluminium alloy DAC NFL, measuring 8.7mm in diameter. The tent is supplied with lightweight pegs and guylines, plus a stuff sack.
15D ripstop nylon flysheet with MSR Durashield PU coating and taped seams / Hydrostatic Head rating: 1,200mm / 10D polyester micro mesh inner with bathtub groundsheet / aluminium alloy DAC NFL poles (8.7mm diameter) / twin porches / hanging tabs throughout / pitches inner first / includes pegs, guylines and stuff sack.
Weight: 2,500g Price: €449 Best for: Weekend camping and three-season bikepacking Key attributes:Innovative, surprisingly sturdy and reliable, fun
At 2.5kg, the Fistral Classic is by no means a lightweight tent but it is still light enough and packable enough to carry in a backpack. It’d be great for weekend wild camps from spring through to autumn – especially if it’s split between two backpacks. It takes no time at all to inflate this and have a freestanding structure. We’d still recommend staking it in however, just as it makes sure the flysheet is nice and taut and the porch space is maximised. Once you’ve done that it’s remarkably sturdy.
As far as space goes, this thing is super, super roomy for a single person, with two vestibules on either side (each big enough for a large backpack and pair of boots), a spacious area to sleep in and plenty of head height so you can sit up comfortably. Our tallest tester, Jordan, who’s 191cm tall, found his head was just about touching the top mesh and said there was plenty of extra lengthways space when he was lying down. For two people, it’s a cosy fit but it’s certainly doable.
Weight: 1.67kg Price: £220 Best for: Lightweight adventures in the UK Key attributes: Good value, easy to pitch, great porch/awning design
The Clip Flashlight is a proven design that has been around for a long time – about 25 years in fact, though it’s far better known in the States than it is here in the UK. It’s favoured for its good peak height, which means you get plenty of headroom at the entrance. It’s also a very liveable tent, with lots of usable interior space and decent gear storage too. It’s a non-freestanding design with just the one door and single porch area, but thanks to a dual zipper, the fly can be propped up with trekking poles to create a useful awning.
Just like other tents in the Sierra Designs 3,000 series, the Clip Flashlight is all made from recycled polyester taffeta fabrics. What’s more, they’re also finished with an eco-friendly Durable Water Repellent treatment that is free from PFCs, the harmful chemical compounds that have been shown to be environmentally damaging.
Inside, the interior dimensions aren’t exactly cavernous yet still roomy enough for two, and the inner tent is fitted with two gear pockets and hanging tabs for a gear line or tent lantern. It’s reliable in wet or windy weather too, with a low-profile design that sheds wind well. The full coverage fly sheet has upgraded waterproofing of 3,000 mm Hydrostatic Head, while the inner has also been redesigned with a 70:30 fabric to mesh ratio for added warmth in cooler conditions without sacrificing airflow and moisture management.
3,000mm Hydrostatic Head / non-freestanding / one door and single porch / dual zipper entrance / awning compatible / recycled polyester taffeta fabrics / PFC-free DWR / recyclable DAC Pressfit Aluminium poles / large vestibule / two inner gear pockets / hanging tabs.
Weight: 1,700g Price: £600 Best for: Backpacking, bikepacking, cycle touring Key attributes: Good headroom, freestanding, simple to set up
The Snow Peak Fal Pro Air 2 is a quick-to-set-up, two-person tent classified as four-season ready. As the price suggests, this isn’t a tent for a beginner wild camper. Instead it’s a high-end tent designed for the serious user looking for a tent capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions in tough environments. It might, therefore, be of interest to an ambitious Munro bagger or seasoned UK wild camper who is out camping in the fells come rain or shine.
The Fal Pro Air 2 has a dome-style design, with two poles crossing each other at the apex of the tent in an X-shape. This gives good headroom, creates an internal floor space of 210x130x100cm, and is very simple to set up. It is all-as-one pitching, meaning you don’t have to faff around with the flysheet and inner separately (though you can detach them if you need to).
The sleeping space is generous, though this tent doesn’t have the biggest of porches. There’s certainly enough room for two backpacks and two pairs of boots but that wouldn’t leave you with much space if you needed to cook from the porch in rainy conditions. However, it weighs 1.7kg, which is pretty good for a two-person tent. It also packs away pretty compactly, with the flysheet and inner stashing in a stuff sack sized 33x17cm and the poles fitting into a separate sack sized 50x11cm.
20-denier ripstop silicon polyester, with a hydrostatic head rating of 1,500mm / double porch / twin door / pitches all-in-one construction.
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