Tents come in many different styles and sizes, but the most useful type of one to have in yourgear cupboard, the one you’ll get most use out of, is a two-person tent( or a two-man tent). We can’t think of many things better than being tucked up under the stars, protected from the elements after a big day in the mountains and ready for another big one the following day in something that doesn’t feel like a cocoon.
The best two person tents for hiking need to meet a tricky set of features: they need to provide enough space to become a comfortable home away from home for two and need to protect you from all the hail, rain, snow and/or wind the mountains can conceivably throw at you. On top of requiring our two person tents to meet these fundamentals, it also helps when they’re 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.
Saying that, there’s also nothing better than having a two person tent all to yourself for what could possibly be the most comfortable night you’ll spend on the mountains (as long as you’ve also got your sleeping bag and sleeping mat setup dialled). Those of us coming in 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 2020/21 and the Outdoor 100 2019. In these guides, you’ll be able check out a more in depth review of each shelter, including testers’ verdicts and industry trade secrets.
- Sierra Designs Meteor 3000 – Best Two Person Tent
- Snugpak Journey Duo – Best Value Two Person Tent
- Force Ten Arete 2 – Best Lightweight Two Person Tent
- Nigor Didis 2 – Best Four Season Tent
- Nemo Hornet 2P
- MSR Hubba Hubba NX
- Terra Nova Laser Compact 2
- Vaude Terra Hogan 2P
- Robens Goldcrest 2
- Lightwave Sigma S20
- Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2
- Vango Banshee Pro 200
- Nordisk Telemark 2 LW
BEST BUY: Sierra Designs Meteor 3000
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 as you can tell from that ‘BEST BUY’ tag up above, 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.