Whether your backpacking out in the mountainous wilderness or just camping in the backyard with your family, you’ll need a reliable tent to keep you and your partner safe and comfortable. With so many tents available on the market it can be hard knowing where to start which is why we’ve put together this list of the best two-person tents on the market for 2017. A two-person tent is perfect for couples, buddies or when going solo. If you’re an avid outdoors lover then a good two-person tent is a prerequisite.

Kelty Grand Mesa 2

The Grand Mesa is a solid budget buy that is perfect for short trips. Despite its compact size, it’s surprisingly roomy inside and lightweight enough that it can be packed up easily and travelled with on the go. It comes with internal storage pockets, a D-shaped entry door and color coded clip and fly attachments if you need to quickly add the fly in an emergency rainstorm.



  • Easy to set up
  • Budget-friendly


  • Doesn’t come with a gear loft or Footprint which need to be bought separately
  • May be too small for taller/larger campers



Tropicana 2-person 4 seasons tent


If you’d like a little more space for you and your partner this tent also comes in a 3-person option. For a high and dry performance thanks to its polyester fabric with a waterproof index of 5000ml. the outer layer can be closed to serve as storage space and it comes with its own footprint. Plenty of online reviews insist it can hold up in all four sessions, which is pretty good for its price tag.



  • Includes foot print
  • Easy to clean by turning inside out
  • Extra room thanks to the weather fly.


  • Some complaints about the stakes being cheap quality
  • Two-person option pretty small for large people.


ALPS Mountaineering Extreme 2-person tent

With a total weight of 6.5lbs, the Extreme is a bit bulkier than most tents but makes up for it with improved performance. Thanks to the shape of the fly, the wind is diverted rather than allowed to blow directly into the tent. It comes with two doors and two vestibules for storage. Zipped mesh windows allow plenty of air ventilation. It also comes with aluminum stakes and guy ropes. For serious outdoor wilderness survival, the Extreme has got you covered



  • Sturdy design
  • Has two doors
  • Mesh roof vents allow for star gazing


  • Three pole design is a little trickier than standard two pole design
  • A bit heavy for hiking


REI Half Dome 2 Plus

Up till now the tents we’ve looked at all have the common feature (or lack of it rather) of not being suitable for tall people. That changes with the Half Dome 2 Plus which adds an extra 10in length and 4in in width to the standard Half Dome 2. Combined with two large roof pockets, two small side pockets and two large vestibules you get an extra 20.4 square feet of covered storage space. For comfort and livability, the Half Dome 2 score top marks but weighing 93 ounces it may be a bit heavy for hiking


  • Lots of room for its weight
  • Great value
  • Durable


  • Heavy for backpacking
  • Not enough stakes or guy lines


Final Thoughts

The whole wide world is open to you with a two-person tent. These tents are generally made to be easily travelled with and set up quickly when needed. Depending though on where you’re going, for how long, and the expected weather conditions some will suit your choice better than others. If you’re making a long hiking trip and need some light and easy to set up we recommend the Kelty Grand Mesa 2. For 1-2 people in good conditions it will do all you’ll need. If going for a weekend trip or if you’re expecting some rough conditions then the ALPS Mountaineering Extreme will hold up against heavy winds while providing plenty of space and comfort. Whatever your needs are there’s a tent out there that will fill them.