Best Overall: ALPS Mountaineering 1-Person Tent
The ALPS Mountaineering 1-Person Tent is perfect whether you’re a learner or adept camper with its sturdy structure and easy set-up. You should feel comfortable taking this tent on any trip that strikes your imagination and it will last you as long as you need.
Premium Pick: SNUGPAK Ionosphere One Man Dome Tent
If you aren’t concerned with price or difficulty, then SNUGPAK CANNOT be beat. It’s made of the highest quality camping material you can find, meaning it will withstand just about everything except a hurricane and it can be set up just about anywhere.
- No-See-Um-Mesh Mosquito Net Will Save You Bug Bites
- 16 Durable Stakes And Sturdy Aluminum Poles Ensure Stability
- Repair-Kit To Save Your Trip From Unforeseen Mishaps
- RipStop And Waterproof Rainfly To Keep You Sealed And Dry
Best Value: LUXE TEMPO 3.3LB 1 Person Backpacking Tent
If price is your main concern though, then you should consider this tent. The LUXE TEMPO 3.3LB 1 Person Backpacking Tent is cheaper by far than many of its competitors while still retaining the quality materials of the pricier brands.
How We Picked
Camping trips are the perfect way to commune with nature. Whether it be for a peaceful, short stay on camping grounds or a long trek through the mountains, removing yourself from the world of instant connection and satisfaction can work wonders for your perspective. Of course, you don’t want to head into the wilderness unprepared. While it’s entirely possible to experience the joy of solitude with another person, the best way to squeeze the most out of your camping experience is with a one-person tent.
There are countless tents to choose from though, so how are you supposed to know which one is best for your individual camping needs? Don’t worry. We’re going to look at the ten best one-person tents we’ve compiled after scouring the market. If you aren’t sure exactly what to look for, we have included a buyer’s guide that shows you some of the most important features to consider. Also, we included a frequently asked questions section below which will hopefully cover any of your remaining concerns.
#1 ALPS Mountaineering 1-Person Tent
Base Size: 2’ 8” x 7’ 6”
Total Weight: 4.3 lbs.
At the top of Amazon’s recommended list, ALPS is a trusted brand with proven product performance. They’ve made a name for themselves as a leading camping product seller since their inception.
The ALPS Mountaineering 1-Person Tent is the first tent on our list. From its relatively small size in and out of the package, this tent is definitely meant for one. When packed up, the tent takes up a 6” x 1’ 5.5” space, making it easy to store or carry on the trail. Unpacked it creates enough space for one person to rest comfortably, but it’ll be tough to fit anything else inside. The footprint area of the tent is narrow and designed for laying down, not standing or even sitting. You shouldn’t expect to hold any receptions or galas at your camping ground.
But if you don’t mind a snug fit, this tent is perfect for a solo hiking or camping trip. With a free-standing, aluminum two pole setup it’s easy for anyone to assemble and dismantle by themselves. The clay/rust color is simple and sleek, standing out no matter where it’s placed. The polyester tent rainfly is durable and resilient in all types of weather while the tent itself keeps out water, snow, and dirt. Having the rainfly up also gives you an extra vestibule for storage.
There are two windows into the tent, but there is no way to cover them without using the rainfly, so if you’re planning on staying at a campground you might have less privacy than you’d like. It’s also important to buy a footprint to seal the floor in the event of storms as the tent doesn’t come with its own. These are minor issues that can be easily solved though, and no one tent ought to be too perfect anyway. The ALPS Mountaineering 1-Person Tent will last you years of travel and use without deteriorating too, ensuring you get bang for your buck.
What We Like
This is an easy to set up, compact individual tent. Its durability and light weight make it ideal for solo adventures into the wilds, no matter how fierce the terrain or how often it’s used. While it is a bit of a tight fit inside the tent, the tent rainfly allows you to store larger items conveniently.
ALPS has a proven track record of great products and the ALPS Mountaineering 1-Person Tent is no exception. The simple set-up, sleek and engaging colors, and good protection in all weather conditions make it an obvious choice for any solo trip. If you’re looking for a durable, easy-to-carry individual tent that will last, it can’t be beat.
#2 SNUGPAK Ionosphere One Man Dome Tent
Base Size: 3’ 3” x 7’ 10”
Height: 2’ 4”
Total Weight: 3.34 lbs.
SNUGPAK comes in at number two with the SnugPak Ionosphere One Man Dome Tent. The company specializes in both outdoor supplies and military/tactical gear, highlighting the quality and durability of their products on both sides.
The SNUGPAK Ionosphere One Man Dome Tent is one of the pricier items on this list. It also comes in two different varieties that are priced differently; with the olive-green version coming in about thirty dollars more expensive than the coyote tan one. When packed it is about 1’7” x 5.5”, making it an incredibly easy tent to store, even compared to others on our list.
In terms of setting up and taking down, it is not as easy as the previous entry, with 16 stakes to set up and three poles. It makes up for the extra preparation time with durability and protection. SNUGPAK specializes in protection, no matter what. The SNUGPAK Ionosphere One Man Dome Tent is made of a 190T Nylon fabric and comes with a 50D Polyester No-See-Um-Mesh that will keep out mosquitoes while camping in warmer climates. It also comes with a 210T Polyester RipStop waterproof rainfly that will stand up to any storm. Once you have this thing set up, it’s almost impossible to knockdown.
One of the drawbacks of this added durability is the extra weight, which can add some pain and struggle if you’re planning on hiking for extended periods with it on your back. As it’s a snug tent, low to the ground to decrease wind resistance, it’s a small struggle to get in and out of the thing. Once inside though there is plenty of room for even the largest of campers and equipment. The tent even comes with a repair kit that can be a lifesaver in the event of any unforeseen damages during your solo adventure when you’re far from any signs of human life.
What We Like
The durability of the SNUGPAK Ionosphere One Man Dome Tent can’t be beat. They don’t advertise those fabric numbers for nothing. Whether you’re looking to hike during the stormy seasons or are simply looking for security in what you’ll end up sleeping in every night on a trip, this tent won’t disappoint.
SNUGPAK has been in business for a long time and it’s no surprise when you examine their quality products. The Ionosphere One Man Dome Tent is perfect for anyone looking to brave the harsher terrains of the world or simply for those who prefer security and protection over ease of use. While it is more expensive than some other tents, that’s only to be expected with the proven quality materials and durability. If you’re willing to shell out a few extra dollars for peace of mind during your trek, then this tent is the right one for you.
- No-See-Um-Mesh Mosquito Net Will Save You Bug Bites
- 16 Durable Stakes And Sturdy Aluminum Poles Ensure Stability
- Repair-Kit To Save Your Trip From Unforeseen Mishaps
- RipStop And Waterproof Rainfly To Keep You Sealed And Dry
#3 TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent
Base Size: 3’ 3” x 6’ 10”
Height: 2’ 8”
Total Weight: 4.2 lbs.
At spot number three is TETON Sports. The main idea behind their products is that no matter what, everyone should be able to explore the outdoors. All their products aim to make that goal a reality.
The TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent is designed for ease of use. The structural hub of the tent allows for you to pop the tent up in under a minute using the four flexible poles included. Even if you have never seen a tent before and would have no idea how to set one up, the pop-up nature of the TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent makes it incredibly simple and fast. It’s also very light-weight and when packed is 2’1” x 8” and incredibly easy to store and carry.
If you are looking to stand out on the trail, this is the tent for you. The lower half of the tent is a bright, yellow color that can be seen easily no matter the scenery. In place of a fabric overhead, this tent’s upper portion is made of a mesh, net window. At night you can lay down with a clear view of the Milky Way watching over your sleep. In the daylight you can use the separately sold and equally bright yellow tent rainfly to cover the tent entirely.
However, with easy set-up comes a decrease in weathering ability. The tent is easy to knock over and might come loose in high wind conditions. It is also on the smaller side in terms of length and can be uncomfortable, leaving you unable to fully stretch out and appreciate those stars at night if you are on the taller side. However, you can also purchase the TETON Sports Outfitter Cot which is a soft mattress about the length of the tent to rest on and save your back from the hard ground.
What We Like
There is no easier tent to set up than the TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent. What the tent loses in sturdiness it makes up for in ease of use and the incredible tent roof viewing portal. It’ll create memorable nights and low-hassle mornings so you can make the most of your nature experience.
This is not a tent for intense hiking trips or stormy nights. However, if you want to take this along to the beach or the local campground it’s lightweight, easy structure will remove the annoyance of heavy camping. For peaceful, easy-going camping trips the TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent is the perfect tent option.
- Pop-Up Easy Set-Up Frame
- Mesh Net Viewing Roof For Starry Nights
- Bright Yellow Color Makes Sure You Stand Out
#4 ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1-Person Tent
Base Size: 3’ 8” x 7’ 2”
Total Weight: 4.3 lbs.
Another tent by ALPS on the list! This one is a bit more costly than its partner.
The Zephyr has a similar design structure to the Lynx, with its two-pole design, but is blockier with a door at the front of the tent, not the side. Packed, this tent’s dimensions are 1’ 7” x 5.5”. The tent is composed entirely of mesh and is meant for use in muggier, humid climates. If you’re looking for a ventilated tent it doesn’t get much more ventilated than this. As a free-standing tent it is also extremely easy to adjust your campsite and move about.
A rainfly is included that can be used to seal off the tent from sudden storms or nosy neighbors. It has a lot more head room than you would expect for its height due to the blocker on top and the vertical mesh walls. One downside of the all-mesh design though is that you won’t be able to escape the wind unless the rainfly is up. And you’ll be completely out of luck if there happens to be a leak in your rainfly because the mesh will not be able to hold back the water.
Besides small problems due to the design though, the tent is great for light camping; easy to set up and tear down, making camping simple and fast. This tent is exclusively for warmer areas though, so if you’re planning on camping anywhere cold this might not be the tent for you.
What We Like
The full mesh body of the tent, while sometimes problematic, is a nice touch that breaks down the boundaries between you and the wild while camping. Its easy set-up and simple two-pole structure make for no-hassle camping.
Though entirely different from the other ALPS tent on our list, the ALPS Mountaineering Zephyr 1-Person Tent is a simple, but endearing camping tent that is perfect for your warm-weather trips. If you’re looking for an easy, breathable tent that allows you to feel closer to nature than ever, this is the tent for you.
- Light-Weight Structure For Easy Set-Up
- Accompanying Waterproof Rainfly
- Entirely Mesh Tent For Visibility And Ventilation
#5 MIER Lightweight 1 Person Easy Setup Outdoor Backpacking Tent
Base Size: 3’ x 7’
Height: 3’ 5”
Total Weight: 3.4 lbs.
MIER Sports is another company that specializes in outdoor/sport equipment. From tents to sneakers to clothing, etc., MIER Sports is all about providing customers with the best equipment for whatever outdoor activity they love.
The MIER Lightweight 1 Person Easy Setup Outdoor Backpacking Tent is actually two sets of tents. You can choose either the 3-Season tent that has a full mesh inner tent or the 4-Season tent with a partial mesh inner tent. The 4-Season tent is a bit pricier than the 3-Season, so be sure to keep that in mind when choosing between the two. If you take one thing away from this guide, let it be that MIER Sports is all about OPTIONS. You can choose a tent from a variety of colors, including green, light blue, and yellow. There is even another variety of their one-person tents that we will be looking at later in the guide.
It has a pack size similar to our previous entry at 1’ 4.9” x 5.5”, making for easy storage and transport. Unlike some other tents, this one comes with a bathtub floor included to keep you dry and sealed without extra expenditure. That coupled with the waterproof rainfly ensure that you won’t be experiencing any discomfort while you sleep. It’s also incredibly easy to set up and with a single pole hub and easy to use tent clips.
Be sure to remember the set-up though as it can be a bit complex taking the thing down again due to its unique structure. Also keep in mind that this is a lightweight tent and not designed for areas with high-speed winds or intense winter weather. However, if kept in milder climates it’s great and keeps bugs out with its mesh netting, whether you choose the 3-Season or 4-Season version.
What We Like
With its unique single-pole structure, the MIER Lightweight 1 Person Easy Setup Outdoor Backpacking Tent is an odd beast in the tent world, but also a relatively easy to set up one as well. The meshing on the inner tent is perfect for keeping yourself bug-free while inside, and if you were left unimpressed by the quiet colors of some of the other entries, these bright options are sure to change your mind.
The weatherproofing and included bathtub floor are perfect in rainier weather and the mesh interior is the same for any buggier climes. You’ll be sure to stand out too compared to other basic tent designs with the single-pole structure and bright, stand-out colors. If you are looking for a fun, comfortable tent to spend a quiet camping trip in, you should definitely consider this one.
- One-Pole Structure For Easy Set-Up
- Plenty Of Options In Design Choice Breaks Things Up
- Included Bathtub Floor Makes Camping Comfortably Dry
#6 KELTY Late Start 3-Season Backpacking Tent
Base Size: 2’ 6” x 7’ 1”
Height: 3’ 4”
Total Weight: 3.75lbs.
Another experienced brand in the tent game, KELTY has been around since the 50s. With products ranging from child carriers to tactical vests, what we’re looking at with them is product quality.
The KELTY Late Start 3-Season Backpacking Tent is actually an updated version of their Salida Tent for 2019. When packed away it only takes up a space of 1’ 3” x 7”, which makes it an easy decision to pack and carry. The tent is supported with a classic X-shaped, two-pole structure for simple set-up and takedown. We return to toned-down color schemes with the tent’s gray and orange color scheme.
Just like the TETON Sports Outfitter XXL Quick Tent, this tent’s upper portion is a mesh net (No-See-Um-Mesh) designed to allow for stargazing at night. It comes with a floor too, so you won’t have to worry about buying any extra fabric for a comfortable night’s rest. The waterproof rainfly also protects you if your stargazing is met with a spot of rain.
The tent only has a single door though and with the rainfly set up, there isn’t much circulation. This can lead to some hot nights if you’re stuck in the rain and it may be a bit difficult to remove the rainfly when you wake up. Inside though there is plenty of head room, unlike some other tents, and even a storage bag inside for you to secure valuables and small items. It’s free-standing nature with the attached floor also makes it easy to move around if you decide you’ve found a better spot nearby after setting up.
What We Like
The waterproof attached floor makes it much easier to set up and transport after it’s been unpacked than other models. That combined with the ample room inside of the tent creates a clean, movable room that can be a welcome space to come home to after a long day hiking or traveling.
Even beginning campers will have no trouble setting this tent up with its free-standing, two-pole design. The mesh roof will allow for incredible views on clear days and the rainfly will make sure that doesn’t become a problem on not-so-clear days. If you’re looking for a low-hassle, durable camping tent for your backpacking or beach trip, this tent will meet all your needs.
- Attached Floor Makes Shifting Easy And Seals Space
- No-See-Um-Mesh Will Let You Stargaze Without Fearing Bugs
- Simple Design And Color Guide Rainfly Make Set-Up Easy
#7 THE NORTH FACE Stormbreak 1 Tent
Base Size: 2’ 10” x 7’ 3”
Height: 2’ 10”
Total Weight: 3.4lbs.
THE NORTH FACE is known for their clothing, but they have an impressive line of camping tents as well. Like their clothing, expect to be paying a bit more for their tents than you would for others.
The Stormbreak 1 Tent is their single person tent and it seems designed for solo comfort. The structure is composed of an X-shape with two poles crossing narrowly. The packaged dimensions, 1’ 10” x 6”, make it a slender pack and easy to cart around. You can also choose between two different color schemes with their own THE NORTH FACE style; Asphalt Grey/Papaya Yellow or Golden Oak/Pavement.
Whichever color scheme you choose though, the upper half of the tent, bar the connecting flat section of the roof, is a mesh net that allows for viewing while sitting up. You won’t have to worry about nosy neighbors though as the lower portion covers a prone body well. An included rainfly will cover the tent entirely in the event of rain or if you simply want a bit more privacy.
Accessibility and breathability are some of the main selling points of the Stormbreak 1 Tent. The tent has a high-low ventilation system that keeps the air inside flowing and comfortable. While entering or exiting, the large, single entry door won’t force you to contort your body and folds nicely into an adjacent side-pocket to keep it out of your hair. If you’re looking for a footprint though you’ll have to spend a decent amount extra. Also, the lightweight, easy set-up nature of the tent means that it won’t stand up to the fiercest of mother nature’s assaults, so be wary of weather conditions before you set out with it.
What We Like
The high-low ventilation of the tent is perfect for keeping the inside of the tent fresh and not stagnant no matter where you camp. A sleek design and the bright colors stand out and make an impression. Unlike other mesh tents, this one allows for visibility when you want it and privacy when you don’t.
As with most THE NORTH FACE products, you should expect to spend a sizeable amount of money for this tent. However, it is not that much more expensive than some of the other high-end tents on this list. The breathability and easy set-up make it a top pick for any kind of solo outdoors trip and if you aren’t expecting to brave the more dangerous natural areas then you should consider purchasing this tent.
- High-Low Ventilation System Keeps Interior Comfortable
- Easy, Two-Pole Set-Up Saves You Time
- The Simple And Practical Design Wastes No Space
#8 NATUREHIKE 1 Person Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Base Size: 2’ 10.5” x 6’ 10.7”
Height: 3’ 1.4”
Total Weight: 2.33 lbs.
NATUREHIKE is all about, you guessed it, nature hiking. Their products are designed to be light-weight and adaptable for their clients’ hiking needs, whether they’re an advanced hiker or a novice. They are a subsidiary of TOPNACA.
The NATUREHIKE 1 Person Ultralight Backpacking Tent is not meant for the novice hiker. Included on the Amazon buying page is an instructional video for the construction of the tent, but even that seems more confusing than helpful. If you’re looking for an easy set-up, this tent is not for you. But if you’re looking for a challenge or maybe know your way around any type of tent then this might be the tent of your dreams.
The unique double Y-shape, self-supporting tent structure is difficult to set up, but creates a useful and appealing arch in the fabric once it is set up. It only comes in one grey/white color, but it suits the tent’s design well. As part of the design there are two air convection skylights and an overhang that you can use your tentpoles to hold up (tent poles are not included in the purchase though). Unlike other companies, you’ll also receive a footprint as part of your purchase with this tent, though the snow skirt needs to be purchased separately.
Now you can see what we meant by “not for the novice hiker”. Once you have all the parts and you’ve set it up the tent is a sight to behold though and can be placed almost anywhere. It has almost too many facets to fit in this short guide, but safe to say that you will not have a lack of space, storage, adjustable fasteners, or ventilation. There is also a 12-month warranty included with your purchase which is a great safeguard.
What We Like
The unique, complex design makes this tent stand out among the crowd while also giving it a higher bar for entry. With an oblique curve along the center pole and two convection skylights it never feels cramped or stagnant while inside. The free-standing design also allows for easy placement anywhere.
The complexity and price make this more of a tent for regular and experienced hikers, but if you aren’t afraid of some stumbling during assembly there shouldn’t be many problems with set-up. If you are up for the challenge or in need of a durable, light, and spacious tent for any hiking expedition, then this tent will be a great fit.
- Double Y-Shaped Structure Creates A Lot Of Space Inside
- Convection Skylights Allow For Breathability
- Light Weight And Free Standing, Perfect For Set-Up Anywhere
#9 MIER Ulralight 3-Season Backpacking Tent for One
Base Size: 2’ 6” x 6’ 10.8”
Height: 4’ 8.4”
Total Weight: 2.2 lbs.
We told you that MIER would show up again and they do so with one of the lightest tents on the list. The low total weight makes it almost unnoticeable when carrying around on hiking trips. Its packed dimensions, 1’ 3.7” x 4.7”, mean that you won’t have any trouble fitting it into your luggage either.
This MIER tent is similar to the previous, with a waterproof rainfly and a bathtub floor that comes included with your purchase. However, you have to have a trekking pole to properly construct this one due to its teepee design. Without the trekking pole it’ll be susceptible to high-speed winds, but with it should stand sturdy even in the strongest breezes. This tent also comes in a wide range of colors including red, green, yellow, and white. When ordering you should check to make sure that you have chosen a version of the one-person tent and not the two-person, because both types are located on the same Amazon page.
The set-up of this tent can be quite confusing as it requires trekking poles and several cords to hold up. The tent doesn’t mention this anywhere, but If you’re looking for trekking poles make sure to get ones that are at least 48” otherwise you’ll be left with too short of a pole and an unusable tent. Once you figure out its set-up you should be able to speed through it the next time you take the tent out and when it is up it will stand fast as long as you need it.
If you’re looking for decent space and good ventilation you’ve come to the right tent. With a ventilation window on the roof of the tent the air won’t stagnate. Taller buyers might find the tent slightly too cramped to stretch, but even then, you should have breathable room while laying down inside.
What We Like
The teepee design is difficult to set up at first, but once it’s up it makes for a solid tent that can stand against the wind. Lightweight and compact are two words that define this tent. You will never have to worry about strain or storage space while using the MIER Ultralight 3-Season Backpacking Tent for One.
Having to seek outside items to properly construct the tent can be off-putting, but if you already have a sizeable trekking pole or don’t mind buying one then you’ll be rewarded with a steel sturdy tent. Its light weight makes transporting it simple and the breathability makes for comfortable sleep. If you’re looking for a light, comfortable tent and don’t mind struggling on your first set-up, then this tent is perfect for your solo trek.
- Teepee Design Is Sturdy And Unique
- Ventilation For Great Breathability And Comfort
- Spacious Enough For A Good Night’s Rest
#10 LUXE TEMPO 3.3LB 1 Person Backpacking Tent
Base Size: 3’ 1.4” x 6’ 10”
Height: 3’ 5.3”
Total Weight: 3.8 lbs.
Our last entry comes from LUXE TEMPO, a company that specializes in overnight camping equipment. While they aren’t the cheapest brand on the list, their products are the best value in quality vs. price. It is relatively easy to store and carry as well at 1’ 2” x 4” when packed.
The LUXE TEMPO 3.3LB 1 Person Backpacking Tent is composed of an inner mesh tent and a weatherproof rainfly that you set up over top. It comes in the color of bud green and only bud green, which is more of neon green to the eye, with orange detailing. The interior tent includes a mesh pocket for you to store valuables overhead.
Another unique design headed your way; the tent’s poles arrange so that you have mostly vertical walls on either side, allowing for snow and rain to slide off easily, and a slope from the roof to the foot that serves the same purpose. The rainfly canopy is composed of 210T RipStop reinforced taffeta and the inner mesh tent is the classic No-See-Um-Mesh to keep out pesky bugs.
Due to its shorter size it may be hard for individuals over six foot to fit their belongings inside with them and while the rainfly works, it also collects dew inside during harsh rain conditions which can then drip through the inner mesh tent. It is an easy to set up rig though that is incredibly versatile; you can ditch the inner mesh tent and use the footprint and rainfly to create a shelter if you’d rather not deal with the two layers.
What We Like
The rainfly/mesh combo is sure to keep out both bugs and the weather. Despite its unique design it is still easy to set up and take down, leaving extra time for camping activities. Its versatility also means that you don’t need to carry all of it on trips, decreasing the total weight if you’re trying to pack light.
The main selling point of the LUXE TEMPO 3.3LB 1 Person Backpacking Tent is its value. While most other tents of a similar quality will cost you somewhere in the triple digits, this tent comes in under that with many of the same features and included items. That combined with its light weight, durability, and ease of use make this tent a top contender no matter your experience or your destination.
Buyer’s Guide To Find The Best One-Person tent
The first thing to consider when purchasing a tent, one person or multiple, is its base size. The base size is the area of ground that any tent will cover with usable space. Usable is the key word here. Most tents can create a vestibule when using a rainfly, but that space is going to be used for baggage storage, not sleeping. If your tent doesn’t cover enough ground then you might be stuck without any room for your pack inside while a storm is raging outside, or worse there might not even be enough room for you!
So, if you’re a larger person or considering bringing more than one pack you should check the area size first. Consider how much room you and your stuff will need together to get a good estimate of how big an area you’ll need.
Second to size is height. While the size of your tent determines how wide an area you’ll have inside, the height determines whether you’ll need to army crawl in and out. Most tents lie fairly low to the ground, so you won’t be looking for your own height in any one-person tents. A range between 2-4 feet seems to be the ideal height for most. However, the shape of the roof can greatly affect it; as a domed tent with 3’ 4” might only have one spot in the center that is actually 3’ 4”, while a tent with a shallower curve could retain that height for much more area.
While it isn’t the most important thing, height can impact how easily you can get in and out of your tent and whether you’ll want to spend any downtime inside. Remember to check the height and the shape of the tent roof in order to find a comfortable range for you.
I hesitate to say that weight is less important than the previous decision factors as it can drastically affect your satisfaction with your tent choice. The reason so many tents advertise themselves as “light-weight” or “ultralight” is because lugging a heavy, packaged tent around on any hike can cause strains, stress, and pains no matter how strong of a person carries it. Every pound, every decimal of a pound, can add up exponentially on the trail and so finding a comfortable weight for your hiking distance and difficulty is essential.
Anything under three pounds is going to seem heaven sent after a long, hard trek, while anything pushing into the upper three’s and even four’s will feel like carrying a boulder. Gauge your own stamina, how long you expect to be on foot, and how difficult you expect the terrain to be when looking over tent weights.
That is, how well your tent can stack up to mother nature’s punches. Waking up in a maelstrom finding the tent roof torn off by high winds, sleeping in a pool of rainwater that’s seeped through, and tumbling inside a sealed tent that’s been ripped from the ground are all things we’re trying to avoid while camping or hiking. This should only come second to weight if you know you won’t be experiencing any severe conditions while camping, otherwise make sure to check the fabric durability, rainfly waterproofing, and pole strength before picking your tent.
You should view weight and durability like a scale in most instances, where giving up one means gaining more of the other. Of course, if you can find an ultralight and ultradurable tent then don’t hesitate to throw your money at it.
Ease of Use
Next, you should look for something that fits your experience level with camping. A pop-up and clip tent frame is going to be much preferable when you’re just starting out to something more complicated with different pole types, sockets, clamps, rope, etc. On the other hand, if you’re comfortable with your camping expertise, a more difficult tent set up might suit your needs better as it allows for more variability in set-up.
First, be frank with yourself about whether you’re actually an expert woodsman. Then set out to find a tent that fits your experience level.
Price always matters in purchasing anything, but it shouldn’t get in the way of any of the above considerations. It’s important to be prepared for your journey and setting out with an unsuitable tent just because it’s cheaper can lead to dangerous situations. After everything else though, price is an important factor.
If you can find a tent that suits all your needs and happens to sit comfortably in an affordable price range, then you can rightly worry about your tent protecting you instead of having to protect your expensive tent.
Frequently Asked Questions About One-Person tents
Q: What else do I need to purchase with the tent?
A: While most companies include everything you’ll need with your purchase of the tent, sometimes you might need to buy some extra items to maximize the tent’s effectiveness. While most of the tents on this list do, some tents don’t come with a footprint (the tent floor) which can make camping difficult and uncomfortable if you don’t have it. Other times you might need specific poles, guy lines, or stakes.
You should check the items your tent comes with before purchasing in case it doesn’t include some necessary part.
Q: How much space will I need to set up my tent?
A: You should always allow for an extra bit of space around your tent when setting up camp. Placing your tent close to trees, power lines, buildings, underground lines, etc., can be dangerous. Usually, you’ll want to allow for a range of eight to ten feet around your tent in all directions.
So, if your tent is 10’ x 10’, you’ll want to scope out an area that is 18’ x 18’ to 20’ x 20’.
Q: Do I need to clean my tent? And if so, how should I clean it?
A: It’s very important to clean your tent as often as possible to prevent unnecessary wear and damage from sediment. If you notice that your tent has accumulated a noticeable amount of dirt or debris, then you should be able to effectively clean it with an average garden hose. If that doesn’t seem to work, you can set your tent up in your backyard (or anywhere big enough) and scrub it with a sponge soaked in warm water with non-detergent soap. You should never use detergent, bleach, spot removers, or any other detergent soap. Also, you should never throw the tent in a machine dryer or have it dry-cleaned. Instead, rinse it after scrubbing and either hang it up to dry or leave it set up till it air dries.
Q: How do I stop condensation from building in my tent?
A: If you are camping in an area of high humidity or heavy rain then it is impossible to prevent some condensation build-up on the tent fabric. Tents with good ventilation are better at preventing condensation though and you can lessen the chances of it by keeping all wet clothing outside of the tent and limiting the number of people inside at one time.
Q. What does the “mm” value for waterproofing means on a tent?
A. The “mm” stands for millimeter and in terms of waterproofing, it describes how much water a waterproofed fabric can withstand before leaking through. For instance, a tent that has a waterproofed coating of 2000mm can take a 2000mm length stream of water for more than a minute before any water will show through on the inside.
Considering that 2000mm is about 78”, any fabric with that level of coating should remain waterproof even in the fiercest of rainstorms.
Q: What do the “T” and “D” values mean in a tent fabric?
A: When discussing the density of a fabric, the “T” value stands in for the number of warps and wefts in the fabric in the space of a square inch. The warps and wefts are different threads used in the composition of a fabric, such that the wefts curve their way between the stationary warps, giving fabrics their strength and resistance to tearing or puncture. So, the higher the “T” value of a fabric, the denser the warps and wefts, and the stronger the material. The “D” serves a similar function, representing the denier units of the fabric which describe the thickness and strength of a weave.
And that completes our top ten list of best one-person tents for 2019!
All the tents above made it into the list because of their product quality, features, designs, weight, and overall impressiveness. They might be a varied bunch, but differences don’t always necessitate one being better than another, only that one tent fills certain needs that another might not and vice versa.
You can refer to the buyer’s guide to see the criteria used in choosing contenders for the list. It can also be a useful tool in deciding which one is perfect for your solo adventure needs. Once you’ve sorted out exactly what you’re looking for in your tent purchase you will be able to find the perfect one for you somewhere in our list above. If you have any questions that you didn’t see answered in our question section, then please let us know so that we can implement it in future editions of our list.
We hope that you can head off worry free on your lone trek into the wilderness and make the most of it. So, the only thing left to ask is which tent will you choose to experience your journey with?
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