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I have been looking at backpacking tents, and have begun to think of the idea of extra space in a tent for gear. Anyone else considering, or have bought, a 2 person tent for one person?
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Many people do that.  I'm not usually among them, but my solo tent is roomier than most.
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I've done that for decades.  For two people, I would use a three-person tent.

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No. I purchased a five man tent....and use it solo often these days.

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My primary backpacking tent is a Tarptent Double Rainbow.  When it's just me in it it's a palace.  Although I've used it with two people (and it works well for two as well) I prefer it as a solo tent.

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Almost always. One for the extra room as I am tall, but mainly to be able to have all my gear inside with me. By the same token I usually use a 3-person tent for two.

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Not me.  I find that I really don't want/need the extra space.  Plenty of people do super-size their tents though.
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While roomy for 1 person, most tents rated for 2 people are somewhat cramped with 2.

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What are the lightest 2 person tents (3 season) out there? They all seem around 5 lbs. For that matter, which are the lightest 1 person tents?
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Did it for years....I have never been satisfied with any solo tent.....but then again I am probably the only person on earth who thinks Western Mountaineering makes a lousy hood on their bags.

I have been using the Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2 at 3lbs 5 ounces.  For that kind of weight/space ratio I have not been able to find a solo tent that offers as much.  The solo version is only 7 oz lighter.  I can live with the extra weight for the extra space.....plus I got it on Steep and Cheap for less than half of the MSRP.



Only thing keeping it from perfect is I miss the 2 door 2 vestibule set up for keeping things out of the tent but within reach...


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I use the Big Agnes Fly Creek 2 for my solo.
It's still light enough to carry easily by myself.
I'll also use it as a two man tent, if I'm doing a LOT of miles.  8 a day or multiday hikes.
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Heck, I use a 3 person tent for all my solo trips now---though I used to use a 2 person all the time.  And let's face it, some of the older 2 person tents were just about big enough for one. (North Face Tuolumne/Westwind.  Mt Hardwear Muir Trail/Light Wedge 2, etc).


Why go big?  There are many reasons when you're backpacking and living out for 3 weeks at a time.  This is the Hilleberg Keron at 8 lbs 10 ozs.  "Ouch!", I can hear you say.  I've been carrying it for years and don't mind the weight.


It's a big old thing but has great vestibules and great cross ventilation.


And it comes in handy in the winter on top of a mountain during a butt cold windstorm when your friends (Patman and Gonzan) need to get out of the cold.


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I use Mountain hardwear SuperMega UL2 for solo use and before that I used Mountain Hardwear Helion 2 for solo use also..

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You asked which are the lightest. Look at Shire's Tarptents, or Six Moon Designs.  2 person tents for about 2.5 pounds, but some of them use trekking poles for support.  

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What are the lightest 2 person tents (3 season) out there? They all seem around 5 lbs. For that matter, which are the lightest 1 person tents?

The lightest two person tent that I am aware of is ZPacks Hexamid Twin - total 'all in' weight of 19.8 oz.  It is pricey at $510.

Their 'all in' one person weighs 16.0 oz.
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I mostly use a Nemo Meta 2 (courtesy of Ray Estrella) which weighs in at a modest 3 pounds 6 ounces and uses trekking poles.  It is cavernous, even for a 2 person tent, but light enough to carry as a solo shelter, though strictly speaking, I am not usually solo, since I generally backpack with my chesapeake bay retriever.  I have been eyeing the Big Agnes Scout, which lacks a vestibule, but has a roomy interior and comes in at under 2 pounds.
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My five man comes in at under 3 lbs including pole, floors and bug skirt.

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ive got the msr carbon reflex 2.  ive never put 2 in it.  love to have my pack and everything scattered around me for easy access.
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What are the lightest 2 person tents (3 season) out there? They all seem around 5 lbs. For that matter, which are the lightest 1 person tents?

Tarptent Double Rainbow, everything including MSR pegs, in its sack,-- 2# 12.6 oz.  

Stephenson's 2RSBD (actually big enough for 2), everything including extra stakes and guys for the side windows, 3# 9.0 oz.


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My five man comes in at under 3 lbs including pole, floors and bug skirt.

Yep: for lots of acreage and low weight floorless is the way to go.
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I would always use a 2P for backpacking.

For one person:

1P: emergency shelter for kayak daytrip. Don't have this but have often thought of getting it after a mishap.
2P: backpacking, kayak camping, bike camping
3P: car camping, maybe kayak camping depending on size
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Another Tarptent Double Rainbow solo user..

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Smd lunar duo. 43oz.

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Sure.  Magellen Kings Mountain II from Academy Sport.  Bought two at $26 and $18 respectively.  Very roomy for just me.  Cheap enough to toss if necessarry.  Oh, less than five pounds.  My favorite is my texsport pup tent.  Learned how to rig it with my hiking poles and it carries at 2 lb, 12 oz.

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I have an old Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight that's still in good shape.  TAbout the only time I take it when going solo is when my dog is with me, if that's really going solo. Actaully, that raises an interesting question, if you're dog is you only companion, are you going solo or not. ???

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Actaully, that raises an interesting question, if you're dog is you only companion, are you going solo or not. ???

I think your dog would be offended if you answered solo.

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Using a 2-person as a solo tent used to make sense but with UL fabrics, now there's some pretty light offerings in the "1+" category (Tarptent Moment, the discontinued MH Stiletto, etc.. ).

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Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 with Ruta Locura carbon poles 1lb. 14.7oz.
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