Best 2 Person Tent Guide

Best 2 Person Tent

Hello and welcome to My Camping Spot’s best 2 person tent guide. In this guide we’ll be looking at all the things you need to consider when buying a tent and also reviews of all the best 2 person tents available at different price points.

If you’re looking for reviews on the best 2 person tents feel free to skip past our ultimate tent buying  guide by clicking here, but if you’re still unsure what kind of tent you need, I’m sure that after reading our tent buying guide you will be much clearer on what the perfect tent is for you.


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Finding the right tent can be hard work, there are lots of styles, designs, sizes, and different features to consider. In this guide we will go through all the essential things you need to consider when looking for a tent.

 

Tent Sleeping Capacity

The first thing to look for when choosing your tent is sleeping capacity, you need to base this on your group’s size and who will be sleeping in there, whether or not you may need extra space for additional guests, for your gear or even maybe dogs. However, there is no industry standard that defines the per-person tent dimensions, so some tents maybe smaller or larger than others, so make sure you check the dimensions.

Our rule of thumb is to assess your situation. If you want something lightweight, then the smaller the better. But if you’re looking for more room we’d suggest upping your tent capacity by at least 1 person, especially if you are taller people, claustrophobic, toss and turn while you sleep or are camping with dogs or small children.

 

See our guides:

Best 2 Person Tent

Best 3 Person Tent

Best 4 Person Tent

Best 6 Person Tent

 

Tent Types And Seasonality

Most tents fall into seven different categories; these are:

  • Summer / Screen
  • Three-Season
  • Three-Four Season / Convertible
  • Four-Season / Mountaineering / Winter
  • Tarp

 

Summer/Screen

These are designed especially for those steamy summer months with maximum ventilation, using mesh instead of nylon, to let air flow freely through. Some good summer tents with stronger skeletal systems can handle most summer weather through light breezes to stormy summer nights, although most screen tents are used for shielding from insects or the sun.

 

Three-Season

The most popular choice of tents. Three-season tents are aimed at keeping you dry in any conditions, as the name suggests these tents are designed to handle most weather conditions from spring to fall, including strong winds, but the only thing these tents aren’t designed for is snow loads. Most three-season tents are made with a mix of nylon, mesh and ventilation, so these tents have the best balance when it comes to ventilation and protection. Three-season tents are best used for keeping you dry during rain and light snow, shielding from bugs and providing privacy, they are not the best option for sustained exposure to violent winds, storms or heavy snow.

 

Three-Four Season / Convertible

Designed for campers who use their tent in most conditions. Typically, they come with multiple poles, fewer mesh panels and different rainfly options, this allows you to strip down for summer months and to make the tent sturdy and more weather proof during stormy adventures. The only downside of three-four season tents is the weight; they are usually heavier than their three-season alternative. Another thing to note is although convertible tents are very sturdy, they’re not the best choice if you’re looking at camping in harsh winter weather, whereas four-season tents would be a better choice.

 

Four-Season / Mountaineering / Winter

Made to withstand the fiercest and most epic adventures, strong winds, snow loads, and storms, these tents can be used any season. Four-season tents use more poles and heavier fabric to stay firm, and less ventilation which can become stuffy in mild weather. But in howling winds and snow there is no other alternative to keeping you dry, warm, and safe.

 

Tarp

A tarp tent is exactly what it sounds like, one solid sheet of nylon or polyester, used when ultralight backpacking is needed. You’ll need some good knot-tying skills and somewhere to rig it up, either trees, boulders or trekking poles. With no walls protecting you from the elements and bugs are limited, but if you’re looking for a lightweight ‘back to nature’ approach then tarp is the way to go.

 

Tent Size

 

Floor Space

Check the dimensions of the tents floor space, not only square footage. Taller campers need longer length, if you’re over 6 feet look for tents of 90 inches or longer, rather than the more typical 84-88.

 

Headroom / Peak Height

If you your looking to stand up inside your tent look for a tent with a taller peak height.

 

Tent Shapes and Styles

Tents come in all different shapes and styles, each having different pros and cons.

 

Cabin-Style Tents

Cabin tents have almost vertical walls to maximize livable space and overall peak height, some models even have room dividers and an awning.

 

A-frame

These tents are simple, very light-weight and often inexpensive. They have sloping walls which limits available head and elbow room. These tents are best for kinder weather as the broad sides can get battered by high winds.

 

Modified A-frame

Similar to the A-frame tents but they use different poles or curved sidewalls to create more space and a sturdier structure than standard A-frames.

 

Dome

Super sturdy tents with wind-shielding ability, so dome tents are ideal in a storm. Peak height is usually tall but the walls have a lot of slope which reduced living space.

 

Tunnel / Hoop

Lightweight and water-resistant, hoop, tunnel or tube tents are a good option but are not free standing, they require staking.

 

Pyramid / Tepee

Shaped like a pyramid or tepee, these tents are supported by a vertical center pole with a rainfly over the top. Great space but the lack of floor can be a problem in wet weather or when there are a lot of insects.

 

Wedge

Wedge tents are higher at the head end and lower at the foot end. These tents are aerodynamic when the tent is pitched with the low end into the wind. Very low interior space but good in windy weather.

 

Tent Features

Number of Doors

When picking your tent, think about what size and the number of doors you may need. If there is a few of you in a tent think about having more doors or ones easier to access, so you don’t wake others during a midnight bathroom break. Cabin tents are the best for this, they usually have multiple large doors, with doors and walls between room for extra privacy and ease of getting out.

 

Poles

The number of tent poles usually determines how easy and fast it is to put up a tent, the fewer poles the easier. Most family tents are now free-standing making it easier to put up and move if needed.

 

Rainfly

A rainfly is the extra waterproof cover for your tent, used to fit over the roof in wet conditions. Use it whenever there is rain forecast, or even if you want to keep in extra warmth. There are two common types of rainfly, roof-only which offers good rain protection but also lets light in, and full-coverage rainflies, which offer the maximum protection from rain and wind.

 

Material

When looking at the specs of these tents, check out the denier of the fabric, higher-denier canopies and rainflies are more rugged than the lower-denier counterpart. Seem tape with high-denier fabrics reduce the chance of leaks on tent floors.

 

Ventilation

Mesh panels are used in the doors, windows, walls and ceilings of tents. This allows more ventilation so when you’re camping in a humid climate, look for larger mesh panels, and the opposite is true when you’re looking for a winter or wet weather tent.

 

Pole Material

Fiberglass

Found on inexpensive tents. Fiberglass is cheaper, heavier and less durable than the other two.

 

Aluminum

Most good tents have aluminum poles, as they are strong, light and easy to replace.

 

Carbon Fiber

Found on the best high-end tents, super-light and super-strong. The most expensive of the three, only down point is they are not as durable as aluminum.

 

 

Wall Construction

Double wall

Double wall tents have an inner canopy (which you sleep inside) then a rainfly (which keeps the rain off). Double wall tents usually have better ventilation and are drier, and can even be less expensive.

 

Single wall

Single wall tents have one layer of breathable/waterproof fabric, this makes them very light and easy to put up. The only problem can be condensation, so look for one with extra vents or a hybrid tent, with a partial rainfly.

 

Hopefully after reading through our tent buying guide you’ll be a lot clearer on what tent you need.

 

See our guides:

Best 2 Person Tent

Best 3 Person Tent

Best 4 Person Tent

Best 6 Person Tent

 


Best 2 Person Tent Guide

So now on to our best 2 person tent guide, we’re going to review and go through the best two man tents available. We will be assessing them on all the features and criteria we mentioned in the previous guide, and splitting them into different price ranges to help you work out your own budget for a tent.

Things to look for to find the best 2 person tent are size, shape and seasonality, knowing when, where and what conditions you will be camping in, if you’re not sure on what seasonality you will need for your tent then check back on our guide here.

Another thing to look for is weight, if you are backpacking, bike packing or trekking, you will need a lightweight tent so it is easy to carry. There are many lightweight tents on our list but to get the balance between sturdiness, ease to put up and weight, you will be looking at the more expensive tents, but if the tent will be used regularly we feel investing in a decent tent is the best option long-term.

If you are looking for comfort, then take special attention to floor area, size and center height. The larger these are, the more room then will be to sleep or stand, if you’re especially tall take into account the longest length of the tent as this will be the space you need to fit into when led down.

If you’re looking for extra space or the most comfortable experience we advise that you go for a slightly larger tent, see our Best 3 Person Tent and Best 4 Person Tent guides for more details.

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Best 2 Person Tent Under $50


Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tentcoleman sundome

The Coleman Sundome tent can easily accommodate two people at a time with a 35 square feet floor area. The tent has a decent rainfly, although this is a half fly, this tent promises to keep you dry in wet weather, but is probably not the most advisable tent in really bad weather. It has good ventilation, with a system that lets you control airflow. We also found it very easy to set up. Overall a great tent at this price point, the best 2 person tent on a budget but with it only being a half rainfly it may not perform as well as others in heavy rain.coleman sundome2

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area 35 Square Feet
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet 75
Size 5’ x 7’ 5’ H
Doors 1 Door
Center Height 48 inches
Weight 4 Kg

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Coleman Hooligan 2 Person Tent

Coleman Hooligan 2The biggest plus for this tent is the pitch time. Although it’s not an instant tent, it could be named that. With the one pole layout, it can be set up super-fast. The comfort factor for this tent is great, it has enough room for two people to sleep very comfortably. Great ventilation which lets air in but keeps bugs out. Not as light as some more expensive lightweight models but can be carried by one person, although an extra bag helps you share the load between two. Again a great tent for the price, not advisable as a winter tent but Coleman’s “weather-tec” system should protect you from most elements.Coleman Hooligan

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area 39.65 Square Feet
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet 75
Size 96″ L x 72″ W x 56″ H
Doors 1 Door
Center Height 56 inches
Weight 3.2 Kg

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Stansport Scout Backpack TentStansport Scout Backpack Tent

This is a lightweight A-frame tent perfect for backpacking or trekking as it is easy to carry. The tent is made for mild weather conditions and showers, but further waterproofing would be needed for extreme downpours and may lack stability in extreme winds. Some knot tying skills would be helpful when setting up the tent, but with its freestanding frame it’s not as difficult as it looks. This is a great lightweight tent for this price range definitely suited to adventurers and backpackers out there.Stansport Scout Backpack

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area 29 Square Feet
Form Factor A-frame
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Aluminium
Denier Flysheet
Size 54″ W x 36″ H x 78″ D
Doors 1 Door
Center Height
Weight 1.4 Pounds

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Alvantor Camping Tent Outdoor Travel Backpacking 2 Person TentAlvantor Camping Tent Outdoor Travel Backpacking 2 Person Tent
The Alvantor tent is relatively lightweight and holds up in a small carry bag (21 x 5 4 inches), which can fit in a backpack. Easy to set up and has strong fiberglass poles. Advised to use in spring/summer, as it’s not weatherproof in heavy rain, strong wind or cold (under 40 F). None the less it is still a great all round 2-3 season tent (depending on weather).Alvantor Camping Tent Outdoor Travel Backpacking

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet
Size 59 x 86 x 46H inches
Doors 1 Door
Center Height
Weight 3.5 Pounds

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GigaTent Paramount 7′ x 6′ Camping Dome TentGigaTent Paramount 7' x 6' Camping Dome Tent
A larger tent then most on this list, can sleep 2-3 people. Shock-corded, fiberglass poles ensure strength and durability in outdoor conditions, while UV-resistant materials used in the tent minimize sun damage. Biggest advantage to this tent is space and comfort, with its 7′ x 6’ interior footprint and 50” vertical space.GigaTent Paramount 7' x 6' Camping Dome

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area 7′ x 6’ interior footprint
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two/Three-person
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet
Size 50 x 72 x 84 inches
Doors 1 Door
Center Height 50”
Weight 4.85 pounds

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Poco Divo 2-person Family Camping Dome Backpacking TentPoco Divo 2-person Family Camping Dome Backpacking Tent

Made for quick and simple camping, easy to set up and very reasonably priced. Comes with a rainfly for showers and rain, again not the most advisable tent in bad weather but perfect for spring/summer in fair weather. Also lightweight at 2.6 pounds, perfect for hiking and backpacking.Poco Divo 2-person Family Camping Dome Backpacking

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet
Size 78” (L) x 55” (W) x 39” (H)
Doors 1 Door
Center Height
Weight 2.60LB

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Semoo Half-Moon Style Door, 2 Person Lightweight Camping/Traveling Family Dome Tent with Carry BagSemoo Half-Moon Style Door, 2 Person

The Semoo is a comfortable fit for two adults, and is roomy and stylish. Simple to pitch and take down, as with most of these tents on the list even the most inexperienced could pitch this tent. Dry in light rain, not advised in anything more than a shower, lightweight, a good tent at the price.Semoo Half-Moon Style Door

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet
Size 80.7″ L x 69″ W x 51.2″ H
Doors 1 Door
Center Height
Weight 3.85 pounds

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Stansport Hunter Series Hunter Buddy 2 Pole Dome TentStansport Hunter Series Hunter Buddy

The Stansport Hunter is a good basic tent for the money, definitely one for dry weather. Not the biggest two person tent but ideal for backyard camp outs for kids (and adults), would be good as a starter tent, but not advised for serious backpackers.Stansport Hunter Series Hunte

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area 36 Square Feet
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-Children One-Adult / Two Small Adults
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet
Size 66 by 44 by 78 inches
Doors 1 Door
Center Height
Weight Four-pound, ten-ounce weight

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Best 2 Person Tent Between $50-$100


Weanas® Waterproof Double Layer 2 Person 3 Season Aluminum Rod Double Skylight Outdoor Camping TentWeanas® Waterproof Double Layer 2

The Weanas is a really great quality tent for the price, it’s easy and straightforward to setup, it’s lightweight and packs down into a compact case for backpacking. The best thing about this tent for the price is the sturdiness and its water resistance, being a three season tent you’d except it to withstand rain and wind but this tent does that excellently. The one downside is size, we recommended you 1 up the sleeping capacity if you’re looking for extra comfort.Weanas® Waterproof Double Layer

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Aluminium
Denier Flysheet
Size 6.9’x4.5’x3.6’
Doors 1 Door
Center Height
Weight 4.5 Pound

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Azurec 2 Person 3 Season Double Doors Lightweight Waterproof Double Layer Backpacking Tent for Camping HikingAzurec 2 Person 3 Season

The Azurec is very similar to the previous Weanas, it is just as easy to set up, also 3 season, compact and light. It has the same size problem as the Weanas so we suggest going 1 person bigger on the capacity, unless you and your camping partner are looking at getting really comfortable with each other.Azurec 2 Person 3 Season Double Doors

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Aluminium
Denier Flysheet
Size 6.9’x4.5’x3.6’
Doors Double Door
Center Height
Weight 4.5 Pound

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Semoo Water Resistant, 2-3 Person, 1 Door, 3-Season Lightweight Tent for Camping with Carry BagSemoo Water Resistant, 2-3 Person

This tent is a great pick for fair weather, although the tent is quite capable of handling rain. Very easy to set up, first time set up with one person took around 5-10 minutes using the instructions. Lightweight at 5 pounds. Great size as this is a 2-3 person tent, although 3 people can fit in the tent, it would be more comfortable with 2. The tent has great ventilation windows and pockets, so great in warm weather.Semoo Water Resistant, 2-3

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two – Three person
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet
Size 51.2 x 82.7 x 82.7 inches
Doors 1 Door
Center Height
Weight 5.35 pounds

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ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Person Tent – Fiberglass PolesALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Person Tent

The ALPS Meramac is a great lightweight two person tent, probably our top pick for first time serious backpackers, due to its quality and price. Really strong and durable tent for the money, waterproof and has great ventilation. The only downside is the thin bottom (which a lot of these tents can have) but a tip is to put a tarp or tent footprint under the tent. A seriously great tent for the price.ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2 Person

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet
Size 5-Feet x 7-Feet 6-Inch
Doors 1 Door
Center Height
Weight

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ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 2-Person Tent with Fiber GlassALPS Mountaineering Taurus 2-Person

Our next offering from ALPS Mountaineering the Taurus is another great tent. The tent sets up easily and is well constructed. It’s a good size for two people, very waterproof with a good quality rainfly provided. A good weight for backpacking considering its size.ALPS Mountaineering Taurus

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area 37 Square Feet
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet
Size 6″ (W) x 6″ (H) x 19.5″ (D)
Doors 1 Door
Center Height 46 inches
Weight 6.5 Pounds

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Mountaintop Outdoor 2 Person Camping Tent/Backpacking Tents with Carry Bag 3 Season Tents for CampingMountaintop Outdoor 2 Person Camping

This tent comes with sturdier and longer lasting aluminum poles compared to the fiberglass version many tents come with at this price range. It has a full fly which covers the whole tent, making it waterproof. The tent is also lightweight and compact, and very easy to set up and take down.Mountaintop Outdoor 2 Person

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Aluminum
Denier Flysheet
Size 82.7 x 55.1 x 43.30 inches (210 x 140 x 110 cm)
Doors 2 Door

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Pop Up Tent by Survival Hax – Automatic & Instant Setup – Lightweight 2 to 4 Person Tent includes Portable Pack for Hiking and CampingPop Up Tent by Survival Hax

If you’re looking for a really easy tent to set up then this is the answer. This automatic pop up tent sets up in seconds just throw it in the air! This tent is super lightweight and can fit two to three people (or more with children) comfortably. Three season tent that is waterproof, whether it is as strong and weatherproof as some on the list, we’d say probably not. But as a fun easy tent to set up it’s a good buy.Pop Up Tent by Survival

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-person to Four-person
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet
Size 6 ½ x 6 ½ feet when open. 4 1/4 ft tall
Doors 1 Door
Center Height
Weight 3.5 pounds

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Best 2 Person Tent Over $100


Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person 3 Season TentMountainsmith Morrison 2 Person 3 Season Tent

This tent is really easy to pitch and has color coded poles to speed up assembly. It’s a good size two person tent which has two doors. The tent is really sturdy and really waterproof for a three season, and is also lightweight at 5.5 pounds. This is a really great tent and a perfect investment if you are looking for a three season tent to use time and time again in most weathers. We think this is the best 2 person tent for the money.Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person 3 Season

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area 35 Square Feet
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Aluminum
Denier Flysheet
Size 56 by 43 by 92 inches
Doors 2 Doors
Center Height 43 inches
Weight 5.5 pounds

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Mountaintop Outdoor 2-3 Person Camping Tent/Backpacking Tents with Carry Bag 3 Season Tents for CampingMountaintop Outdoor 2-3 Person Camping Tent

This tent offers lots of room for 2 campers, and is easy to set up. The tent stays dry and is very sturdy even through storms. The tent has a few really great features such as having two doors, and a standalone rainfly, which can be used as a pavilion, shielding you from the sun or rain showers.Mountaintop Outdoor 2-3 Person Camping

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two – three person
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet
Size 85x77x54inches(215x195x138cm)
Doors 1 Door
Center Height
Weight 2.3 Kg

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Bryce 2P Two Person Ultralight Tent and Footprint – Perfect for Backpacking, Kayaking, Camping and BikepackingBryce 2P Two Person Ultralight Tent

This is one of our top picks for a backpacking tent, as it’s really lightweight, easy to pack and carry and is a really great quality tent. This tent is really durable, using aluminum poles, stakes and adjusters, this tent will last for countless adventures. The things we like most about this tent is the ease of setup, quality construction, great breathability, and overall function. The Bryce 2P is a really top-quality tent.Bryce 2P Two Person

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area 31.3 Square Feet
Form Factor
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet 70 Denier floor footprint
Size 85 inch length x 53 inch width, 36 inch height
Doors 1 Door
Center Height
Weight 4.8 pounds

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GEERTOP® 4-season 2-person Waterproof Dome Backpacking Tent For Camping, Hiking, Travel, Climbing – Easy Set Up GEERTOP® 4-season 2-person Waterproof

This is an amazing quality tent and is really easy to assemble. The tent is super durable and rain resistant as the rainfly goes all the way to the ground, it’s also strong enough to withstand high winds as it is a 4 season tent. The tent is nice and roomy inside and is a very reasonable price it’s the best 2 person tent on our list at performing in bad weather.GEERTOP® 4-season 2-person

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Technical Specifications

Floor Area
Form Factor Dome
Occupancy Two-person
Pole Material Type Fiberglass
Denier Flysheet
Size 45.28 x 82.68 x 102.36 inches
Doors 1 Door
Center Height
Weight 2.59 Kg

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Conclusion

Well we hope you found this guide helpful. If you would like to give us any feedback or need a recommendation for the best 2 person tent, then feel free to contact us.

 

See Our Other Tent Guides:

Best 2 Person Tent

Best 3 Person Tent

Best 4 Person Tent

Best 6 Person Tent