If you're looking for the perfect 1-person tent for your next adventure, check out this list of our experts' top picks. Want to make sure you're getting the right tent for you? Be sure to chat with a Camping & Hiking expert to get free, personalized recommendations.
- Nemo Hornet Tent
- Nemo Dragonfly Tent
- MSR Elixir 1 Tent
- Sea to Summit Alto TR1 1 person Tent
- MSR Hubba Tour 1 Tent
Nemo Hornet Tent
At 2lb 6 oz packed weight for a 2-person tent this is about as ultralight as it gets! NEMO makes some incredibly solid gear that do a great job withstanding the elements. 85" x 51"/43" dimensions on this one so enough room for 1 person and plenty of extra gear or a 2-person endeavor with space in the vestibules for storage. 1-pole system makes it incredibly easy to set up and take down. The Nemo Hornet's rain fly is secure AND easy to attach. You can set this bad boy up in all conditions, including some less than ideal (think mountain lake at night in some nasty winds).
Lightweight and easy to pack. This packs down to a slender 19.5"x5.5", and it's trail weight is 1lb15oz. Very hard to beat anywhere on the market. Short of switching over to a bivy or tarp, it's hard to get any lighter than this. And it does not sacrifice strength and durability. Comparing it to it's ultralight counterpart, the Big Agnes Fly Creek, it is much tougher, stands up to wind better, and will have a longer life.
The Hornet being a 3 season tent allows for versatility along with the ultralight allowing for extensive backcountry trips. Combining durability, breathability, and extreme lightweight coming in at just under two pounds packaged weight, the Hornet provides good space and comfort!
Nemo Dragonfly Tent
This thing basically weighs nothing. The 1 person option weighs 2 lbs 10 oz - super lightweight and high quality. NEMO makes some solid gear - their tents last for years! This one has large doors with versatile vestibules, a high-arching main pole for a lofty feel, and super easy setup with color-coded poles and matched webbing.
A top-of-the-line contender for a ultralight, quality backpacking or thru-hiking with features like double doors/vestibules, lighting pockets and a freestanding design.
Great price for an ultralight 1 person, NEMO makes some solid tents that are easy to set up. 2 lbs 13 oz
MSR Elixir 1 Tent
At 3lbs 15 oz, this is the heaviest 1-person tent I've sent you, but still light enough for backpacking trips of any length! 20 sq ft of interior space plus a large 12 sq ft vestibule provides you tons of space, and a small packed size of 19x6 inches makes it easy to carry in or strapped to your pack. And with a full coverage rain fly and a footprint included, the price point is even sweeter!
The design of this 1 person tent optimizes head room to create a comfortable area. It features a built in gear loft to help keep smaller items organized inside the tent. This tent is quick and easy to set up and the rainfly will keep you dry in even the heaviest rains.
Light and compact enough for backpacking, but also useful for car camping. Waterproof layer is useful for camping in extreme weather.
Sea to Summit Alto TR1 1 person Tent
At 2 pounds, this 1p shelter is designed for UL yet comfortable and spacious backpacking. Still offering over 42" of peak height with slick, modern features like a tension ridge which elevates the ceiling and provides more vertical interior walls, quick connect pole feet which are durable and easy to use while allowing you to set up just the fly for shade or going super light. Great ventilation and a light bar too will add ambient interior lighting with just your headlamp. Color coded DAC poles are easy to assemble and feature industry leading strength to weight ratio. This is the premium option to stay dry, light weight and comfortable!!
MSR Hubba Tour 1 Tent
4lbs7oz, so on the heavier side for sure, but the added space is worth it. It has a dry setup meaning the exoskeleton frame and unified rainfly and body keep the tent body dry during setup in bad weather conditions. If you have dogs or a ton of gear the vestibule is a perfect way to keep everything contained, dry, and comfortable.
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