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- Nemo Aurora Tent w/Footprint
- Mountainsmith Bear Creek 2 Person Tent, Blue
- Marmot Tungsten 2P Tent
- Eureka Suma 2 Tent
- Mountainsmith - Morrison Evo 2-Person Tent
- Mountainsmith Bear Creek 4 Person Tent
- MSR Elixir 2 Backpacking Tent in Red, Nylon
- Marmot Mantis 2P Plus Tent
- Eureka Copper Canyon LX 4 Tent
- Coleman Skydome™ Tent
Nemo Aurora Tent w/Footprint
At 5lbs 7oz, this tent is a little heavier but still light enough for backpacking trips if you don't mind carrying a couple extra pounds! It includes the footprint, which makes this a fantastic price for a high-quality 2-person tent, and NEMO's lifetime warranty sweetens that deal even more! with 31.8 sq ft of interior space and a peak height of 44 inches, this is the largest of the tents I've sent you, although it still packs up relatively small! 2 vestibules add extra space for gear storage, and plenty of great features such as 2-doors, internal gear pockets, and easy set up make this tent worth the extra weight!
Backpacking trips or just a great all around multi-use tent.
Mountainsmith Bear Creek 2 Person Tent, Blue
A versatile one-door tent, this piece is thoroughly waterproof and is 5lbs 3 oz! Great for concerts, car camping, picnics, and everything in between. Designed for three-season camping, this two pole design will be a great addition to your personal collection when you want to either have a little extra room for yourself or you want to camp with your significant other.
Weighs 5lbs 3oz when packed with the footprint (included!). The tent body is not required to set up. You can combine the footprint and the rainfly for a lightweight options. Great ventilation with the No-See-Um mesh and bathtub floor combo!
Comes with a rainfly and a footprint that can be used without the tent body to save space and weight when backpacking.
Marmot Tungsten 2P Tent
This is a heavier tent of the options, coming in at 5 lbs 4 oz. There is a lot of head room in this and vestibule space on both entrances when the rain fly is on.
Can be used as a solo tent or for two adults. The side vestibules give your gear some room so you can sleep comfortably.
This roomy, freestanding tent has two vestibules, and is great for 3 season backpacking with one or two people.
Eureka Suma 2 Tent
Super lightweight and affordable 2 person tent! Ample space - 88" x 55" floor dimensions and a peak height of 42". Plus it has a mesh lining for those starry nights :)
A solid first tent, it won't break the bank but will still last a long time. This tent is decently lightweight, but has plenty of headroom.
It's lightweight, easy to use, and affordable! Great for camping, and not heavy if you ever want to take it out on the trails.
Mountainsmith - Morrison Evo 2-Person Tent
A nice durable and great weather-resistant tent that folds down nicely for backpacking that fits 2 comfortably! Fast setup, easy takedown. Also has mesh storage pockets on the interior for any gear that needs to stay outside the sleeping back or backpacks!
Comes with a brow pole for a roomy feel and a good amount of space! Great price an a sweet tent. Based on the award winning Morrison Evo!
2 Person tent on a budget. Great for car camping and casual backpacking.
Mountainsmith Bear Creek 4 Person Tent
MSR Elixir 2 Backpacking Tent in Red, Nylon
This tent is versatile, and includes a footprint that can enable you to pitch fast and pack light with just the footprint and rainfly. Easy pitch design color coded poles, clips and webbing make setting it up a breeze. A height of 3 feet gives you plenty of headroom too!
This is a super high quality tent which is super quick and easy to set up! Constructed from durable fabrics and with a full coverage rainfly, this tent holds up during poor weather spells to keep you and your gear dry. Two doors and two vestibules.
Camping in inclement weather. Includes a rainfly and footprint for easy set-up!
Marmot Mantis 2P Plus Tent
Linear-shaped tents are great, because they usually do better in the wind. This one also comes with a weatherproof fly and huge front-facing door and vestibule. Marmot makes quality gear!
Eureka Copper Canyon LX 4 Tent
Highly rated and reviewed - Eureka is a brand that lives up to its name. This cabin-style tent can sleep up to 4, has 4 large zippered windows, a hanging gear loft, internal pockets for storage, and a 75 denier StormShield fly, making it durable and weather-resistant. 7' ceilings make this super roomy as well.
Casual camping, established campground camping, weekend trips, this is a remote barbecue workhorse! Great for the ability to drive up and have a quick shelter you can trust in relatively mild conditions.
Ideal for comfort camping close to the car. Accommodates air mattresses and cots with ease. Contains ample storage and high-grade materials to keep you safe and warm in the elements.
Coleman Skydome™ Tent
6 person tent providing you ample room. The dark room technology will block out that early morning light, giving you a chance to sleep in. the Tent is designed for easy set up in under 5 minutes and Weather Tec welded seams and bathtub flooring give you security from wet conditions. The center height is 6 feet tall allowing you to stand and move around when inside.
With a large door for ease of entry and exit as well as a partial fly, the whole crew of 6 can stay comfortable, dry and spaced out in this roomy option. Setup is simple to move from the car to the site or backyard for a great camping experience at an unbeatable price.
Nearly vertical walls offer a peak height of 6 feet! This tent also has a wide door for easy entrance/exit and loading of gear. WeatherTec system helps keep you dry with it's tub-like floor, welded corners and inverted seams. Easy set up and good reviews, too!
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