Going camping with a partner and think you need a two-person tent? It’s not quite that simple. If you pick one up without doing your research, you could be for a very uncomfortable trip.
Let’s avoid tension (“Tent-sion” if you will) with your travel buddy. Two-person tents can work, but if you plan on actually fitting two people inside, you should keep a few things in mind. The number and location of doors are essential. The length and peak height of the tent is critical. Is there a vestibule for your gear? Vital.
We’ve put together a list of the ten best two-person tents. They’re great for a bit of extra space for solo camping, and each one has elements to make the tight squeeze of partner camping worth it.
Our first tent is an affordable three-season tent with a high arch and a full zip rain fly. It features two doors and a nearly 100% mesh body. Kelty’s fly can be removed for mild nights to give you a view of the stars without inviting all the bugs.
The material on the fly is 40 denier sil nylon, an ultra-strong material that won’t snag and tear at the first sign of a sharp edge. It’s rated 1800 mm waterproof. The floor is even more durable; it’s made of 70 denier sil nylon and 3000 mm waterproof rated. It features taped seams and a bathtub style to prevent splash back.
The poles are lightweight DAC pressfit poles, some of the most rugged poles on the market. Their design prevents weak spots at connecting points without adding extra weight. Pitching uses a simple color-coded clip system.
The fly zips completely to create vestibule space on either side of the door, so both you and your partner aren’t crawling over each other to get to gear. You’ll need that space because, at just four feet wide, you’ve got room for two camping pads side by side. That’s it.
There’s three and a half feet of headspace at peak height. There’s a sweet spot, but you should both be able to sit up and move around.
The Catalyst 2P is a livable three-season tent with two doors and two vestibules. The body is mesh for excellent views on good nights and to alleviate condensation and humidity. It features a full coverage rain fly and aluminum poles.
The design of the tent pulls the ceiling and walls up, giving you more space to move around and for both campers to sit up. The floor uses 68 denier seam taped catenary design and 2000 mm waterproofing. The fly itself is 68 denier polyester taffeta rated 1500 mm waterproof.
Two doors on either side ease movement in and out of the tent. The full coverage rain fly creates separate vestibule areas for both campers, and you’ve got the tiniest bit more floor space at 32.5 square feet (as opposed to 27.5 for the Kelty above) The trade-off is nearly a pound more weight.
You do get a footprint (the Kelty doesn’t include this), and with color-coded clips for pitching, it’s easy to set up. Unfortunately, the tent features just a one-way zipper, which reduces your options for controlling condensation in lousy weather.
The Stormbreak is a bright yellow tent with two doors and two vestibule spaces. It isn’t all mesh like the first two tents, but it does have large D-shaped doors and ventilation across the ceiling.
It has a fully taped ceiling and floor with a 68 denier polyester taffeta floor fabric. 1500 mm water-resistant PU coating keeps moisture out. The fly itself is 78 denier polyester taffeta.
It uses a high-low ventilation system to draw in fresh air and vent heat and humidity through the top. The headroom is good at 43 inches peak height, and the wall design should allow both campers to sit up fully at the same time.
The 8.5 mm aluminum poles are the weakest point of this tent. They’re flimsy, honestly. The design of the tent uses a cross pole system to reinforce the tent, but we’d hesitate to take this one out in high winds.
Northface has a lifetime guarantee backing up all their tents, so if you notice any abnormal wear and tear, you’re covered.
The Hornet is one of the lightest tents on the market. It provides bomber protection with a full coverage rain fly and a true bathtub floor construction.
It has two doors and two vestibules for better coordination and is one of the only tents on the market in the sub two category with that kind of design. Volumizing guy outs increase living space by about 15%, but you are confined to sleeping in the same direction instead of feet to head. That could get tight if you have broad shoulders.
A single hub design using DAC Featherlite NFL poles is comfortable to put together and the all-mesh body gives you great views and ventilation on mild nights. The tent floor reduces the amount of seaming needed (making it more durable), but it’s 15 denier nylon. You’ll need to invest in a footprint. The fly is 10 denier sil-nylon ripstop, so be careful during assembly.
The Hubba Hubba is a classic three-season tent. It features a two-door design with a stargazer view (mesh tent body) and a unified hub and pole system. It also gives you two large vestibules for stowing gear outside the living space.
The canopy and the floor are coated with MSR’s Durashield weatherproofing. The floor is 30 denier ripstop nylon with 3000 mm waterproof rating, and the rainfly is 20 denier ripstop nylon with 1200 mm waterproof rating. The system uses one DAC Featherlite NFL integrated pole that draws the ceiling and walls up for better manoeuvrability.
Set up is intuitive down to integrated stake out loops that speed things up a lot. The Durashield coating has some issues with longevity. Watch out for flaking before you set in for a rainy night. You trade a lot for weight reduction, however, and this tent manages that balance for the most part.
It has plenty of interior gear pockets and accommodates foot to head sleeping arrangements. It also has a good system for securing the tent on uneven ground.
The Limelight has an interesting build. It features a large front door and a smaller D-shaped door in the back with two vestibule areas. It does have good livable space, but we’d prefer this tent for single camping.
The large double door is excellent, but most campers will have trouble getting into the smaller door in the back without disturbing the tent. Vestibule space is minimal, so you’ll have to store a lot of your gear inside. The full coverage fly is made of 68 denier polyester taffeta with a 1500 mm waterproof rating, and the catenary style floor uses the same 68 denier fabric with a 2000 mm waterproofing.
DAC Pressfit poles are a highlight of the tent and provide excellent structural integrity. Pitching uses a color-coded system to cut down on confusion, but make sure you guy out the fly properly, so you don’t get rain or splash back in the floor mesh vent.
It comes with a footprint making fast pitching an option, but it does add weight to an already heavy pack.
The Zion comes with a footprint for fastpitch options and features some of the best views on the list. The entire body is a lightweight mesh, and with two doors and fully rectangular floor, it’s a good single or double option.
It has two vestibules for gear storage and a tent floor fabric of 40 denier ripstop nylon with 3000 mm waterproofing and taped seams. The fly is 20 denier ripstop. It uses double vents and a kickstand to reduce humidity inside the tent. Tent poles are 8.5mm aluminum alloy.
The fastpitch option reduces trail weight to under three pounds but set up with everything hovers closer to five. It’s heavy, but dividing the tent for two people can reduce that weight. The main draw for this tent is the price. It’s a copy of the Big Agnes Copper Spur design but at a fraction of the investment.
Another classic. This is the inspiration for the budget tent above. The Copper Spur is designed to maximize living space by using a four-way high volume hub design. It pulls the walls and ceiling up nearly vertical, so there’s minimal “sweet spot” inside the tent.
It uses two doors and two vestibule areas to coordinate double occupancy. You can purchase an optional porch add-on that extends exterior living space even further. The fly and the floor are a unique high tenacity yarn weave in a proprietary patterned ripstop nylon and polyester blend. It’s sturdy and more weatherproof.
The DAC Featherlite NFL and NSL pole system improves wind resistance without adding huge amounts of weight. Taped seams are durable but use solvent-free polyurethane tape (no VOC odor).
This tent is a significant investment, but it’s meant to stand the test of time. If you’ve got the budget, upgrading to this one gives you more living space and better durability.
Our first four-season two person tent is a bright red, full coverage fly, bomb out shelter. The outer tent material is a 20 denier lightweight nylon with a 10,000 mm waterproofing, an ultra waterproof, tear-resistant fabric.
The slope of the shelter reduces the interior living space, but it spreads out the weight of possible snow across the ceiling so there’s no collapsing. It has an inner and outer layer for better insulation. The cross-pole design increases durability and reinforces the tent walls and ceiling against wind pressure.
You’re going to have a little bit more condensation than you would with the ventilation of three-season tents, but there’s not much you can do to prevent that. It’s easy to set up, which is good because the included instructions are terrible. Make sure you have a practice run before you’re setting up in the snow.
There’s a single front door and vestibule space, common with bomber shelters like these. You won’t have your own entry, but it will reduce wind and weather entering the shelter through doors or windows.
Our last tent is a simple three-season tent with a two pole design that speeds pitching. The 75 denier 1500 mm polyester fly is durable and weather resistant. The floor has a 2000 mm waterproofing with taped seams to prevent leaks and splash back.
The 7000 series aluminum poles are lightweight, even if they aren’t the most durable, and provide good structure. Two doors and two vestibules give each camper space to come and go. There’s mesh across the doors and part of the body of the tent to encourage ventilation and reduce humidity.
It’s difficult to unzip the doors despite the heavy-duty zipper, and the door is at an unusual height off the ground. It prevents ground leaks but makes getting in and out awkward.