The best 2-person tents 2024: for backpacking and car camping

When it comes to the best 2-person tents, versatility is the word. Get a quality shelter and you've got a ticket to both spectacular wilderness experiences and cozy weekends at the campsite with your better half. Even families can make use of one too, either as a separate sleeping unit, or for gear storage alongside a larger family tent.

Yes, the best 2-person tent is probably the shelter you'll get the most use out of, making it a worthy investment indeed. With this in mind, it's definitely worth taking the time to select the right tent for your planned adventures, giving you a durable model that will last for many years and provide countless cherished memories.

In this guide, we present the twelve best 2-person tents, tested by our experts in the wild backcountry. Every featured shelter is well suited to backpacking, though they're all a great shout for car camping trips too, being among the best camping tents available in 2024. 

Our top pick is the impressively lightweight Sea to Summit Alto TR2, though every shelter that made the cut impressed our camping experts. For more on what to look for when selecting your ultimate shelter, see the how to choose section at the bottom of this guide.

The quick list

This is our quick list, a brief overview of the very best two-person tents available in 2024. For a deeper dive into each product, navigate to the more detailed reviews further down the page on this guide.

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Matthew Jones

An outdoors writer and editor, Matt Jones has been testing kit in the field for nearly a decade. An avid camper, he knows one or two things about camping equipment, and loves all things adventure, particularly long-distance backpacking, wild camping and climbing mountains – especially in Wales. He’s based in Eryri (Snowdonia), where he can often be found wild camping on remote peaks.

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The best two-person tent overall

best 2-person tent: Sea to Summit Alto TR2

A first-class three-season shelter with quality ultralight components (Image credit: Alex Foxfield)
The best two-person tent overall

Specifications

Weight: 1.15 kg / 40 oz
Packed dimensions: 12 x 12 x 52 cm
Dimensions: 111 x 244 x 223 cm
Compatibility: 3-season wild camping and car camping in all but the worst conditions

Reasons to buy

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Innovative design
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Loads of headroom
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Lightweight with load sharing capability

Reasons to avoid

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Gear loft sold separately
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Not as weather resistant as some

Sea to Summit's new range of Alto and Telos tents feature patent pending Tension Ridge Architecture, which features a cross bar that cantilevers upwards, creating near vertical walls, a high ceiling and a kind of unrivalled roominess we very much enjoyed on test. This unique and innovative architecture paves the way for myriad other benefits: high doors, large vestibules and good climate control. On test, this all added up to a superbly liveable tent space, especially for a backpacking tent. "The inner boasts a great amount of headroom," said our expert tester Alex, "feeling less claustrophobic than most backpacking tents."

Other features include five separate setup options depending on the weather, oversized Apex Vents in the ceiling to combat condensation and an illuminating Lightbar that is used in conjunction with a headlamp. With ultralight DAC poles and lightweight fabrics throughout, the Alto TR2 weighs in at just 1.15kg and this weight can be split into three storage units for the trail. Perfect for wild camping expeditions in the warmer months, this is one of the best 2-person tents out there.

Read out full Sea to Summit Alto TR2 review

The best two-person tent for storage options

best two-person tents: The North Face Trail Lite 2-Person Tent

Versatile and spacious, The North Face Trail Lite 2-Person Tent comes with some well-thought-out features and performs well in a range of conditions (Image credit: Craig Taylor)
The best two-person tent for storage options

Specifications

Weight: 2.01 kg / 4.43 lbs
Packed dimensions: 55cm x 17cm x 17cm / 22in x 7in x 7in
Dimensions: 210cm x 130 cm / 83in x 51in
Compatibility: Comfortably sleeps two people and gear

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Easy to pitch
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Suitable in range of conditions
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Freestanding
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Lots of smart storage options

Reasons to avoid

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Inner-first pitch
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Additional pegs needed for pitching in bad weather

A lightweight backpacker's tent from powerhouse brand The North Face, the Trail Lite 2 is ingeniously designed dome tent that offers maximum space for two. This is achieved via a crossing pole that's mounted off-center beneath the flysheet and also provides support for the two sizeable storage pockets.

"In my opinion, these considerations make the tent one of the best options out there for duos who hike and camp together," says Craig, our wild camping expert. Despite its spacious design, it's still compact and light enough for lugging over long distances, such as on a multi-day hike. Two doors provide entry and there are two decent vestibules for all the wet kit. Not only this, it's a doddle to pitch and stands up against challenging conditions too.

So, light, portable and decidedly straightforward to setup, the North Face Trail Lite 2 is a comfortable two-person, three-season shelter that excels in a variety of scenarios.

Read our full The North Face Trail Lite 2-Person Tent review

The best two-person tent for value

best two-person tent: Forclaz MT500 two-person tent

Simple yet reliable, the Forclaz MT500 – Decathlon’s budget backpacking tent – outperforms all expectations and offers incredible value for money (Image credit: Craig Taylor)
The best value two-person tent

Specifications

Weight: 2.8 kgs / 6.1 lbs
Packed dimensions: 39cm x 16cm x 15 cm / 15in x 6in x 5.9 in
Dimensions: 210cm x 120cm / 83in x 47in
Compatibility: Comes in two or three-person models. The two-person will comfortably sleep one person and kit, though two would fit at a push

Reasons to buy

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Budget friendly
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Easy to put up and pack away
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Inner and outer pitch together
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Small pack size
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Two vestibules

Reasons to avoid

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Not the lightest

Our expert reviewer Craig found that the Forclaz MT500 is "a neat little tent" and, as you'd expect from Decathlon, it's also great value. It's not too heavy considering its price, weighing in at 2.8kgs (6.1lbs), which is not quite as light as the premium models in this roundup but decent nonetheless. Compression straps on the stuff sack allowed us to pull everything in tight when packing away.

Decathlon state that it can withstand winds up to 70kmph (40mph), which should be enough for most wild camps but not all, especially in the mountains, so pitching in sheltered spots will often be needed. The inner is pre-attached, which makes for speedy pitching and packing down – always a bonus. Twin vestibules and decent storage space make it spacious for one and doable for two.

Roomy, sturdy and simple to set up, the Forclaz MT500 trekking tent "does way more than you should reasonably expect from a tent at this price point" says Craig. A great value option.

Read our full Forclaz MT500 two-person tent review

The best lightweight two-person tent

Vaude Lizard 1-2P Seamless two-person tent

Technically advanced tent for fast adventure races or mountain missions (Image credit: Vaude)

4. Vaude Lizard 1-2P Seamless

The best lightweight two-person tent

Specifications

Weight: 1kg 290g /2lb 13.5oz
Packed dimensions: 40 x 16cm/15.7 x 6.3in
Dimensions: 230 x 110cm/90.5 x 43.3in
Compatibility: 3-season for quick adventures

Reasons to buy

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Extremely lightweight
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Pitches all-in-one
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Good wind resistance

Reasons to avoid

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Small for two people
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Only a single entrance

Described as a one- to two-person tent, we found the Vaude Lizard Seamless 1-2P is palatial for one but snug for two – making it a good option for quick overnighters, but perhaps less ideal for extended trips, unless you’re a couple of adventure racers who are simply too exhausted to care. It is, however, a technically advanced tent that manages to be impressively lightweight for a double-walled tent yet extremely storm-proof too. 

There’s only a single entrance, with a modest porch, though we found that the inner tent can be pulled aside to offer a little more room. It's an ideal option for weight-conscious solo adventurers who are likely to encounter variable conditions – though be aware that the lightweight fabrics can tend to flap in the wind, so we recommend earplugs for gusty nights in exposed locations. 

Though other tents are cheaper and roomier, few match this one for weight or overall build quality – it is meticulously engineered.

The best two-person tent for bikepackers

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Bikepack two-person tent

An ultralight off-road shelter built for bikepacking (Image credit: Big Agnes)

5. Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Bikepack

The best two-person tent for bikepackers

Specifications

Weight: 2lb 15oz / 1.3kg
Packed dimensions: 13 x 6.5in / 33 x 16.5cm
Dimensions: 86in x 52–42in / 218cm x 132–107cm
Compatibility: 3 season

Reasons to buy

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Specifically designed for bikepacking
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Ultralight build
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Eco-friendly dyed fabrics

Reasons to avoid

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Small floor plan for some users
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Extended footprint sold separately

Campers are always looking for new and exciting ways to get deeper into the woods and wilderness. Bikepacking – strapping gear to mountain bikes and riding remote single track trails for overnight adventures – is becoming increasingly popular. To accommodate bikepackers, Big Agnes has designed the Tiger Wall UL2 as a bike specific shelter. 

On test, we found that every detail of this tent is examined through the expectations and eyes of the cycle-camper. Short 12in/30.5cm pole sections made strapping our tent bag to handlebars or a rack easy. Once we got it down off the bike and started pitching, we found that the proprietary TipLok Tent Buckle makes set-up fast and simple, especially welcome after a long, muddy trail ride. The double-door, two-vestibule set-up offers gear storage and easy access. Overhead pockets keep smartphones and headlamps off the tent floor and close at hand when needed. The stuff sack has attachment points to help secure the tent to the bike. 

The best two-person tent for space

REI Co-op Half Dome SL 2+ two-person tent

A luxurious tent for two, with a thoughtfully designed interior (Image credit: REI)

6. REI Co-op Half Dome SL 2+

The best two-person tent for space

Specifications

Weight: 4lb 13.5oz / 2.2kg
Packed dimensions: 7 x 20.5in / 18 x 52cm
Dimensions: 92 x 56in / 234 x 142cm
Compatibility: 3 season

Reasons to buy

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Environmentally friendly solution dye
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Updated design
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Footprint included

Reasons to avoid

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No gear loft

The best backpack tent designers worry over the smallest details, and the benefit of their hard work is often found in product attributes you don’t immediately notice, because it’s the things that don’t annoy you. We found that this was the case with the Half Dome 2. Once set up, we enjoyed the large door openings and durable zippers, which translated into easy entry, without snagging mesh or tripping over a door seam that’s too high off the floor. 

The Half Dome 2, a pound lighter than the previous model, is filled with the small details that make the difference between frustration and pleasant memories. The proprietary pole architecture delivers vertical walls, while giving us comfortable headroom and floor space. Its a shelter big enough for two adults plus a small child or a trail dog, and ventilation is excellent. Internal organization capacity is good too, with pockets and hanging straps to keep gear readily to hand. In addition to extra storage space under the vestibules, the fly can be rolled up and stowed.

The best two-person tent for easy pitching

The MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 next to a loch

A roomy, ultralight tent that pots up in no time (Image credit: Julia Clarke)
The best two-person tent for easy pitching

Specifications

Weight: 3lb 12.7oz / 1.7kg
Packed dimensions: 46 x 15cm/18.1 x 5.9in
Dimensions: 213 x 127cm / 84 x 50in
Compatibility: 3-season backpacking

Reasons to buy

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Ultralight and packable
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Front loading compression sack
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Quick and easy to set up

Reasons to avoid

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Tent stakes are tricky to pull out
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Not for winter camping
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On the pricier end

"A quality tent with solid construction and fabric," according to our camping expert Julia, this featherweight two-person shelter from MSR's renowned Hubba Hubba series is a backpacker’s dream. We found that, though it easily sleeps two, its low weight and compact unit when packed down makes it comparable to many one-person shelters. It's also very straightforward to erect, with instructions included on the front loading compression sack.

Once we'd set it up, we were pleasantly surprised by how much headroom there is, while there's also plenty of room for trekking packs and kit. Storage wise, both campers are given two pockets for stashing gear, while twin vestibules provide space for dumping wet gear and muddy boots. When the weather is kind, you can pitch inner only and enjoy a spot of stargazing through the mesh upper. 

MSR say the shelter is its 'most liveable tent' – Julia says she "heartily agrees."

Read our full MSR Hubba Hubba NX review

The best two-person tent for backpacking value

best 2-person tents: Alpkit Jaran 3 ultralight backpacking tent

A comfortable tent with two porches and plenty of living space that's also versatile enough to use on long backpacking trips (Image credit: Jessie Leong)
The best two-person tent for backpacking value

Specifications

Weight: 2.36kg / 83.24 oz
Packed dimensions: 15cm x 45cm (D x L)
Dimensions: 220cm x 174/146cm x 106cm / 86in x 68.5/57.5in x 42in
Compatibility: 3-season car and wild camping

Reasons to buy

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Light
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Roomy to fit two people and bags
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Can sit up

Reasons to avoid

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Complicated to put poles up first time
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Pegs need to be hammered in
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Corner grips also different to standard tents 
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Can feel cold

"From a comfort perspective, the Jaran 3 has been my go-to tent recently," said our wild camping expert Jessie. She was very impressed with this roomy and comfortable offering from Alpkit. It boasts the functionality of twin vestibules, a semi-geodesic form and a sturdy wind-resistant design to make for a solid backpacking shelter for the high places.

It sleeps two in luxury or three at more of a squeeze, while the design is no-nonsense, offering plenty of liveable functionality. There's ample headroom to sit up, which isn't always present in 2-person tents. It's also relatively simple to pitch, though the horizontal supporting crossbar can be a little fiddly first time around.

All in all, this is a shelter that's easy to share with your buddies, or even for a couple of parents with a child. 

Read our full Alpkit Jaran 3 ultralight backpacking tent review

The best two-person tent for porch space

Wild Country Hoolie Compact ETC 2 two-person tent

A palatial porch makes this tent a popular choice for bikepackers (Image credit: Wild Country)

9. Wild Country Hoolie Compact ETC 2

The best two-person tent for porch space

Specifications

Weight: 6lb 15.1oz / 3.2kg
Packed dimensions: 11.8 x 8.66in / 30 x 22cm
Dimensions: 90.5 x 39.4in / 230 x 100cm
Compatibility: 3-season backpacking and bikepacking

Reasons to buy

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Huge porch
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Pitches all-in-one
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Good value

Reasons to avoid

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Modest ventilation
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Fairly narrow

Once we had the Hoolie Compact ETC 2 up, the most immediately impressive feature was its cavernous porch. With a total length of some 2 metres, it offered us a capacious amount of space for our kit. This makes this tent a popular choice among bikepackers or cycle tourers, as well as backpackers on extended trips carrying big, heavily-laden packs. We found that the internal sleeping space wasn’t bad either, with generous length plus reasonable width and headroom.  

At just over 3 kilos, this is not the lightest 2-person tent around, making use of heavier weight polyester fabrics as opposed to lighter nylon or DCF. That does, however, keep the cost down and ensures it is both robust and reliable, with fully taped seams throughout and 8.5mm Superflex alloy poles. 

The design pitches all-in-one, while there's only one entrance and it relies on guyline tension for stability, but if securely pitched it is very weatherproof, offering good three-season protection. If there is a drawback to this tent, it’s the relatively modest ventilation. There’s only a half mesh door and two fairly small vents at either end. 

The best two-person tent for all-in-one pitching

Vango F10 Xenon UL 2 two-person tent

A sturdy tunnel tent that offers both performance and practicality (Image credit: Vango)

10. Vango F10 Xenon UL 2

The best two-person tent for all-in-one pitching

Specifications

Weight: 4lb 3oz / 1.9kg
Packed dimensions: 17.7 x 5.9in / 45 x 15cm
Dimensions: 90.5 x 51.2in / 230 x 130cm
Compatibility: 3-season plus

Reasons to buy

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Pitches all-in-one
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Plenty of headroom
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Good wind resistance

Reasons to avoid

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Multiple pegging points
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Modest ventilation

The Vango F10 Xenon UL2 maximises the advantages of a tunnel tent in a lightweight package. In fact, we found Vango’s clever architecture adds head height without affecting stability, thanks to the tent’s arched poles, which gives steeper walls for better rigidity and improved rain run-off compared to standard hooped poles. Inside, these are braced with the brand’s Tension Band System (TBS), which prevents the poles deforming in high winds. 

So, although this isn’t classed as a four-season tent, it's still very weatherproof and stands up well to the rough stuff. Indeed, it prioritises protection at the slight cost of ventilation, and we found that airflow through the tent isn’t as good as many 2-person tents, resulting in condensation in some conditions. However, it pitches all-in-one, which is a practical solution for wetter climates, and with practice goes up very easily. 

Although the design offers only one entrance and a single porch, it’s a good size for either cooking in or storing packs and wet gear. It all makes this a robust tent that is well suited to outdoor adventures in unpredictable weather.

The best two-person tent for speedy pitching

Robens Buck Creek 2 two-person tent

A practical and thoughtfully designed tent that stands out in the crowd (Image credit: Robens)

11. Robens Buck Creek 2

The best two-person tent for speedy pitching

Specifications

Weight: 5lb 2.9oz / 2kg 350g
Packed dimensions: 16.1 x 5.1in / 41 x 13cm
Dimensions: 84.6 x 47.2in / 215 x 120cm
Compatibility: 3-season

Reasons to buy

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Practical porch
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Pitches all-in-one
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Good value

Reasons to avoid

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Not the lightest

The Buck Creek 2 is a very practical and liveable shelter. Inside, we found it has an array of little touches that really enhance overall enjoyment. It's robustly made from ripstop polyester, with sealed seams throughout and high-quality 9mm DAC aluminium alloy hubbed poles. This forms a sturdy exoskeleton, to which you simply clip the fabric fly and pre-attached inner, enabling simple, speedy pitching.

When bringing in our wet gear, we valued the porch, which has a partial groundsheet to keep packs and other gear dry, while still providing wet access for muddy boots. The single side doorway has a double zip to crack it open for extra airflow. Other nice touches include guy line retainers to avoid tangles, storage pockets for inner doors and an internal adjustable ridgeline to hang a tent lantern or dry your kit. Inside, the doorway has a mesh panel for ventilation, while the floor space will comfortably accommodate two. At 2.3kg, the weight is middling for a 2-person tent, but it’s still a viable option for backpacking.

The best two-person tent for winter

Terra Nova Laser Compact All-Season 2 two-person tent

A four-season shelter with a tough design and robust fabrics (Image credit: Terra Nova)

12. Terra Nova Laser Compact All-Season 2

The best two-person tent for winter

Specifications

Weight: 3lb 15.5oz / 1.8kg
Packed dimensions: 11.8 x 6.3in / 30 x 16cm
Dimensions: 90.5 x 41.3in / 230 x 105cm
Compatibility: 4-season all rounder

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and packable 
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Very protective
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Pitches all-in-one

Reasons to avoid

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Not free-standing 
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Not the roomiest

Put two iconic tents together and what do you get? The Laser Compact All-Season 2, which Terra Nova claims is the ultimate four-season lightweight 2-person tent. It takes the distinctive low-profile design of the Laser, a favourite amongst lightweight mountain marathoners and adventure racers, and adds super-robust fabrics from the Quasar, the brand’s classic mountain tent (for which the appellation ‘bombproof’ was surely invented). On test, we found the result is a highly resilient and very stable storm-proof shelter that still weighs in at just 1.8kg and packs down to a mere 30 x 16cm. 

For a genuine four-season tent that will hold up in the most fearsome winter weather those are impressive specs. But Terra Nova haven’t compromised on features in order to save weight. In fact, they’ve specced up this version for added toughness. As well as fully taped seams throughout, the twin door zips have vent hoods at the top for additional rain protection. Of course, as anyone who is familiar with the Laser design will know, it isn’t the roomiest. Once inside, we found it a little on the small side. As such, this tent is a snug fit for two.

The best two-person tents comparison table

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Two-person tentRRPWeightStyleBest use
Sea to Summit Alto TR2$499 (US) / £430 (UK)1.15 kg / 2lb 5ozSemi-freestanding ultralight backpacking tent3 season use: backpacking, car camping
The North Face Trail Lite$300 (US) / £360 (UK)2.01 kg / 4.43 lbsFreestanding dome tent3 season use: backpacking, car camping
Forclaz MT500£119.99 (UK) / $219 (US)2.8 kgs / 6.1 lbsFreestanding dome tent3 season use: backpacking, car camping
Vaude Lizard 1-2P Seamless£540 (UK)1.3 kg / 2lb 14ozUltralight backpacking tent3 season use: backpacking, thru hiking, bikepacking
REI Co-op Half Dome SL 2+$279 (US)2.2 kg / 4lb 13.5ozSpacious backpacking tent3-season use: backpacking, car camping
Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Bikepack$450 (US) / £425 (UK)1.3 kg / 2lb 15ozUltralight bikepacking tent3-season use: bikepacking, backpacking, thru hiking
MSR Hubba Hubba NX$449.45 (US) / £445 (UK)1.7 kg / 3lb 13ozFreestanding lightweight backpacking tent3-season use: backpacking, thru hiking, car camping
Alpkit Jaran 3 Ultralight Backpacking Tent£279.99 (UK)2.36kg / 5lb 2 ozBackpacking tent3-season use: backpacking, thru hiking, car camping
Wild Country Hoolie Compact ETC 2£270 (UK)3.15 kg / 6lb 15ozLarge backpacking tent3-season use: backpacking, bikepacking, car camping
Vango F10 Xenon UL2£340 (UK)1.9 kg / 4lb 3ozBackpacking tunnel tent3-season use: backpacking, thru hiking
Robens Buck Creek 2£374.99 (UK)2.35 kg / 5lb 3ozGeneral camping tent3-season use: backpacking, bikepacking, car camping
Terra Nova Laser Compact All-Season 2£550 (UK)1.8 kg / 3lb 16ozWinter backpacking tent4 season use: backpacking, thru hiking, winter walking

How we test the best two-person tents

At Advnture we endeavor to test every product we feature extensively in the field. That means one of our team of reviewers and writers – all experienced outdoor specialists active across the US, UK, Europe and Australasia – taking it out into the terrain and climatic conditions that it’s designed for. If, for any reason, this isn’t possible, we’ll say so in our buying guides and reviews.

Our reviewers test 2-person tents overnight, sleeping out with an adventure partner in conditions, temperatures and terrain appropriate to the rating assigned to the product by the manufacturers/ brand. They will also carry the tent in a backpacking scenario to test its performance as a shelter for multi day hikes.

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