2-person tents are the backbone of most lightweight backpacking trips. While some folks opt to go backpacking or camping alone, most go camping accompanied by a partner (or pet). Even if you’re a solo camper, bivy sacks and 1-person tents often don’t leave a lot of room for gear, and many soloists opt to carry a 2-person tent instead. The best 2-person tents for camping are lightweight, compact, and durable, and will hold up for many seasons to come.
How to choose a camping tent for two people
When choosing a camping tent for two people, you must first consider the style of camping you’ll be doing. If you’re taking a simple camping trip for two, and additional activities and gear aren’t of concern, then a 3-person tent should suffice. For casual camping outings, like car camping or trips where you’ll be packing extra gear (for activities like hunting or fishing), you generally want to size up your tent. If additional activities aren’t planned, a 3-person tent will make for comfortable accommodations for both you, your partner, and your essential gear. For relaxed summer camping trips at the beach, in the backyard, or other similar locations where foul weather isn’t a concern, then 2-person pop-up tents are a great choice
However, if you’re looking to minimize weight and bulk, then you’ll need to choose a 2-person tent, like our Pinnacle 2-Person 4-Season Tent or our Cascade 2-Person 3-Season Tent. Remember, 4-season tents are a must-have for winter and cold-climate camping.
What size tent should I get for two people?
Most serious campers will opt to purchase a 2-person tent when heading out on two-person backpacking outings or other trips, prioritizing weight, size, and camp gear portability for the journey ahead. However, if you’re car camping, or heading on a camping trip where you’ll set up a more permanent basecamp, then an ultra-lightweight 2-person tent might not be ideal, even if your group only consists of two people. You'll likely do better purchasing a 3-person or 4-person tent in that case, giving yourself more flexibility for future excursions and to meet the needs of most planned outdoor activities.
What is the best 2-person tent?
If you’re looking for maximum performance and versatility, the Woods Pinnacle 2-Person 4-Season Tent can’t be beat. This compact 2-person tent is designed for year-round use, and can withstand frigid winter temps to warm summer climes. It features a large door for easy entry and exit, along with a vestibule for additional storage. Reflective piping provides nighttime visibility, while PowerLight aluminum poles are extremely lightweight. The Ripstop polyester shell will provide shelter in even the harshest of conditions.