Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

The 6 Best Small Two-Person Tents of 2022

A man and a woman camping on a Gossamer Gear The Two tent.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

This roundup of small, two-person tents is all about packability. Whether you’re looking to reduce your overall pack size or just free up space for some additional creature comforts, these tents will do the trick. Some of these tents are freestanding and some are not. Freestanding tents are pitched using included tent poles. If you’re really looking to save space (and weight), consider buying a tent that pairs with your trekking poles for setup.

Another consideration when choosing a tent is the durability of the material. Ripstop nylon comes in different deniers (10, 20, 30, etc.) and the higher the number the stronger the fabric — but also the heavier it is. You might want two doors, or maybe one is fine. Again, the choice comes down to weight vs. convenience. But whether you’re looking to spend a night sleeping under the stars or you have a longer backpacking trip coming up, one of these tents is sure to be a great addition to your pack. And once you’ve got your tent sorted out you might want to check out the best sleeping bags for camping.

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 on a white backdrop.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The Copper Spur was first introduced in 2008 and has been a favorite ever since. Big Agnes makes great gear and is well-regarded in the industry. What’s so great about this ultralight freestanding tent? It’s ultralight and packable while still having a spacious interior. It has two doors, both with vestibules, and is made from durable double-nylon ripstop fabric.


  • Packed Weight: 3 lbs 2 oz / 1.42kg
  • Packed Size: 19.5 x 6-in / 50 x 15cm
  • Floor Area: 29 sq ft / 2.7 sq m
  • Head Height: 40 in / 102cm

MSR Hubba Hubba NX2

MSR Hubba Hubba NX2 tent on a white backdrop.
MSR is another great name in the outdoor industry, and makes quality gear across the spectrum. Their Hubba Hubba tent is well known for being lightweight, having a quick set-up time, and spacious interior. MSR uses 30D ripstop nylon for the floor of this tent, and includes DWR (durable water repellent) finish on the fabric. Because of its slightly more durable floor, the Hubba Hubba comes in a little heavier than the first two tents on our list but retains a very respectable 18 x 6-inch pack size, and 29 sq ft of interior space.


  • Packed Weight: 3 lbs 14 oz
  • Packed Size: 18 x 6 in
  • Floor Area: 29 sq ft
  • Head Height: 39 in

REI Co-op Half Dome SL 2+ Tent with Footprint

REI Co-op Half Dome SL 2+ Tent with Footprint on a white backdrop.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The Half Dome is an REI classic in the two-person freestanding tent arena. Recent updates have further improved an already great tent, including the “SL” in the name, for superlight. Coming in at 4 lbs 11.5 oz, the Half Dome is a little heavier than the previous ultralight tents, but is still plenty light for backpacking. Where does that extra weight come from? Well, REI uses 40D ripstop nylon meaning greater durability than the other tents on this list. The new Half Dome also offers 33.75 sq ft of floor space, a few feet more than previous tents. That said, a packed size of 7 x 20.5 inches isn’t that large and this tent comes with a footprint. Maybe best of all, the Half Dome is only $279, quite a bit more affordable than the previous tents on our list.


  • Packed Weight: 4 lbs 11.5 oz
  • Packed Size: 7 x 20.5 in
  • Floor Area: 33.75 sq ft
  • Head Height: 42 in

Mountain Hardwear Strato UL 2 Tent

Mountain Hardwear Strato UL 2 Tent on a white backdrop.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

The Strato 2 strikes a really nice balance in the small, ultralight tent space. Mountain Hardwear packages the tent in two bags so it can be easily split between two people. Weighing in at 2 lbs. 6.7 oz, the Strato UL 2 is the best choice for someone wanting a really light freestanding tent. And with 31.1 sq ft of floor area and a head height of 39 inches, you’re not really sacrificing that much interior space.


  • Packaged Weight: 2 lbs. 6.7 oz.
  • Packed Size: 6 x 12 and 2.5 x 16 in
  • Floor Area: 31.1 sq ft
  • Head Height: 39 in

REI Flash Air 2

REI Flash Air 2 tent on a white backdrop.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Though the Half Dome is a classic, I wanted to include a really packable and lightweight tent from REI on this list as well. The Flash Air 2 is great in that you can bring the included poles or pitch it with your trekking poles. With the included poles this tent packs to 16 x 7 in. and weighs only 2 lbs 8 oz. Without the poles, the weight drops to 1 lbs 15 oz, which is competitive with the lightest tents on this list. Though the square footage is a little smaller than some of the other tents on this list, the Flash Air 2 is still a great option for those wanting a small two-person tent.


  • Packaged Weight: 2 lbs 8 oz
  • Packed Size: 16 x 7 in
  • Floor Area: 28.7 sq ft
  • Head Height: 42 in

Sea to Summit Alto TR2 Tent

Sea to Summit Alto TR2 Tent on a white backdrop.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Last on the list, but certainly not least, is the Alto TR2. Sea to Summit has included a lot of really thoughtful design elements with this tent. Adjustable vents allow for better air control, preventing condensation build up. The rainfly can be rolled up on clear nights but easily rolled back down in case of rain. With a packed size of 4.7 x 20.5 inches the long, skinny Alto TR2 will leave plenty of space in your bag. Weighing in at 2 lbs 15.3 oz, this tent is plenty light for those looking to put some serious miles on the trail.


  • Packed Weight: 2 lbs 15.3 oz
  • Packed Size: 4.7 x 20.5 in
  • Floor Area: 27 sq ft
  • Head Height: 42.5 in

Editors' Recommendations

Benjamin Buckingham
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Ben lives in Portland, Oregon where he works as a freelance writer and outdoor guide.
Best cheap bicycle deals for December 2022
Mongoose Dolomite Fat Tire Mountain Bike

This is one of the best times of the year to find the best cheap bicycle deals. If you're looking for a new mountain bike, a fitness ride, a bike for commuting, a casual beach cruiser, or touring bicycle, there are plenty of cheap bicycles for sale. We listed below the best cheap bicycle deals today -- check back as we'll update this list frequently. Below, we also explain significant factors to consider when you are ready to choose a new bicycle.
Today's Best Cheap Bicycle Deals
Co-Op Cycles CTY 1.1 Bike -- $449, was $649

With a 6061 aluminum frame and fork, the Co-Op Cycles CTY 1.1 Bike offers a smooth and stable ride so it's ideal for many people. It has a 24-speed drivetrain that promises to be precise and ensure clean shifting along with efficient pedaling. Easy-to-use trigger shifters further help here. For when you need to slow down, mechanical disc brakes provide great stopping power, even in wet weather, so it's an ideal bike for commuters looking to explore urban or suburban land. Beefy tires keep you on the ground well while reflective sidewalls ensure other road users can see you. A comfortable Selle Royal saddle means you can sit on this bicycle for extended periods with platform pedals meaning you won't need dedicated shoes.

Read more
Best cheap Ryobi tool deals for October 2022
Using a Ryobi String Trimmer on a lawn.

For many of us, fall means yard work. If you're shopping for power tools for your shop or yard, be sure to check the current Ryobi deals. Ryobi's massive selection of battery-operated power tools attracts a loyal customer base that searches for Ryobi sales whenever they want to add to their collection or upgrade. There are so many Ryobi landscaping tools, yard tools, and power hand and bench tools that keeping track of the best Ryobi deals can be a challenge -- but we do it for you. Ryobi frequently introduces new models to its lines of 18V and 40V cordless power tools, and the discounts on individual tools and tool combination bundles can add up to significant savings. If you don't see a Ryobi deal for a tool you are looking for, be sure to check back regularly.

If you're not interested specifically in Ryobi brand tools but you are looking for lawnmower deals or essential tools for home, we have you covered there, too.
Today's Best Ryobi Deals

Read more
The best golf club deals for October 2022
Golf clubs in a bag.

If you're looking for golf club deals, your timing is perfect. While it's totally true you can find golf club sales all year, there are certain times of the year when retailers and manufacturers work together to offer customers extra-special golf club deals. If you're an advanced player you likely know exactly what brand, model, and configurations, and modifications you want. Beginners and even intermediate golfers can get confused and even overwhelmed by the advertising and marketing rhetoric that surrounds golf clubs. We've lined up some of the best deals for individual golf clubs and sets of clubs on sale today. Sales change often and we update this post on a regular basis, so if you don't see what you want today, check back regularly.

Any golfer can benefit from Garmin watch deals for GPS golf watches. Garmin's Approach model smartwatches have data about courses worldwide and allow you to enter your own data each time you play.
Today's Best Golf Club Deals

Read more