3.9 lb to 4.9 lb | $105 to ~$230
These inexpensive small 2 person tents perform remarkably well. They will keep money in your wallet but still keep you warm and dry. They are great for camping and some are still small and light enough for a multi-day backpacking trip.
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1.9 to 3.4 lb | $299 to $400
The first choice for dedicated backpackers, these are the “classic,” full-featured, backpacking tents most are familiar with. These are lighter weight and have more “advanced” materials and construction than the lower-priced tents listed above, but some of these models are still a good value. And of course, while they won’t be the most spacious tents in the campground, they’re still great for car camping.
These are the tents you’ll most likely see at big retailers like REI, e.g. Big Agnes Tiger Wall. They are full of features and provide good to excellent storm and bug protection. These tents are simple to setup and use, and are light and small enough to carry into the backcountry.
Key Information for Buying Small 2 Person Tents
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