Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Two-person Tent
Two-person tents are small, lightweight, and ideal for quick adventures.
A two-person tent is easy to set up and transport, and there are models with great options and comfort features in every price range. Just keep in mind you and whoever you’re camping with will be limited to the amount of personal space you’ll have inside. When you’re ready to hit the road, here are three things to consider when choosing a two-person tent.
A solid two-person tent will have enough floor space for two sleeping pads and bags with a bit left over for gear, but there are design elements that will help keep your gear bags and personal items close at hand. Look for tents with exterior vestibules where you can stash bags, boots, and other gear outside but under cover of the rainfly, and pre-bent tent poles can keep tent walls vertical for more interior room.
There are good rain flys, and there are not-so-good rain flys that let water weep, seep, drip, and drain inside the tent. The best choice is a full-cover rain fly that reaches almost to the ground all the way around the tent. But bathtub floors and large overhangs over tent windows and screens will go a long way towards ensuring a dry night in the rain.
For all-night comfort, ventilation in a tent can be as important as waterproofness. The more mesh in the tent body’s walls and roof, the better the shelter will breathe through the night. Other tent designs to look for are small, peaked windows in the tent fly that will keep heat from building up inside, and options for zipping open tent walls or large panels of the rainfly to open the roof up to the stars.