The Bryce 2P Two Person Ultralight Tent is our best ultralight tent and the tent is super light weight at only 3 pounds and 14 ounces when it is carried on the trail and it is also very light weight without the body on its foot print at only 3 pounds of weight. The ultralight tent is made from a minimalist type shelter material and design for added convenience in setting it up and the tent is made with a flooring or foot print of polyester at 70D quality. The tent is super sturdy despite being light weight due to its twelve Y-shaped stakes as well as the waterproofing rating of PU 3000 mm and the tent is equipped with inner and outer zippers in a two-way fashion to help you feel at ease.
Our step-up pick is the HILLMAN 2-Person 4-Season 20D Ultralight Tent and this ultralight tent has been constructed to be for use on up to 4 seasons in a year so it is super sturdy despite being ultralight in its construction. The tent pegs are made from durable aluminum material that does not rust easily so it can be really used in the mountains and in humid weather and the tent measures 6.8 feet by 3.9 inches and it has a head room center height of 3.6 inches. The tent can be used in bad weather due to its incredible waterproof qualities and its tear resistant quality due to its silicone fabric.
The budget pick is the Topnaca 2-Person 3-Season Double-Layer Backpacking Tent and this high quality ultralight tent for our budget pick is very versatile in its design because it can be used for up to 3 seasons in a year. The zipper is a two-way design which adds convenience whether you want to zipper it from the outside or from the inside and the silicone coating on the nylon fabric of the fly sheet adds to its resistance to violent weather at a quality of 380T 20-denier in its fabric. It is super light weight at only 3.7 pounds so it is indeed an ultralight tent to consider.
- A Little Background
- How We Picked
- Our Pick
- Flaws but Not Dealbrakers
- Step-up Pick
- Budget Pick
- Ideal Ultralight Tent for Solo Adventures
- Ideal Ultralight Tent with a Freestanding Design
- Applicable Ultralight Tent for Backpacking
- Best 2 Person Ultralight Tent
- Unique Ultralight Tent with a Single Pole Design
- Best 3 Person Ultralight Tent
- Ideal Ultralight Tent for Casual Camping
- The Competition
- Other Frequently Asked Questions
- Wrapping It Up
A Little Background
An ultralight tent is mostly used in backpacking, hiking and similar adventures. It will usually fit just 1 to 4 persons in its build. Ultralight significantly means that it is super light weight at less than 5 pounds or so. It is a tent that is meant to ease the pain of carrying a bulky tent in your backpack luggage. Tents like these are often regarded as flimsy but not all of them are like that. Ultralight tents are designed to take the bad weather without sacrificing the weight of the items.
How We Picked
In choosing the best ultralight tent, we considered the following first:
Weight – obviously, you need a very light weight tent that is around 5 pounds or less. Somewhere along 2 to 3 pounds should be fine.
Durability – just because a tent is ultralight does not mean it is flimsy. The poles and the frame should be super strong and the fabrics used should be tear resistant.
Space – the space should hold a significant amount of people and gear and not just people inside.
Weatherproof – along with its durability, the tent should be rain proof, wind proof and summer proof.
Bryce 2P Two Person Ultralight Tent
Our best ultralight tent is the Bryce 2P Two Person Ultralight Tent and the tent is super light weight at only 3 pounds and 14 ounces when it is carried on the trail and it is also very light weight without the body on its foot print at only 3 pounds of weight. The tent is super sturdy despite being light weight due to its twelve Y-shaped stakes as well as the waterproofing rating of PU 3000 mm and the tent is made with a flooring or foot print of polyester at 70D quality.
The included rain fly of this awesome ultralight tent is made from rip stop 20-denier polyester and the tent is made from high quality aluminum using the 7000 series type for superior durability. This tent can also be used for bike packing, backpacking, camping, kayaking and many more and the ultralight tent is made from a minimalist type shelter material and design for added convenience in setting it up.
There is also a kickstand along with the back vent and there are also mesh pockets in the tent for easily putting in your belongings. The tent is equipped with inner and outer zippers in a two-way fashion to help you feel at ease and there are also pole repair splints included in this ultralight tent so you can make repairs on the fly. The seams of this ultralight tent are also taped for added convenience and protection against leaking and the tent is made with a fine mesh of 20-denier quality.
The polyester fly is rip stop in its quality at 20-denier and it also comes with the stakes and adjusting mechanisms for easy setup. The tent can fit up to 2 people inside and it stands with a height of 36 inches and the tent measures 53 inches by 85 inches and it has a fully rectangular floor so it is very ample in its space and design. The polyester build also prevents sagging and water absorption due to its rip stop construction of the rain fly with a 20D quality in comparison to regular nylon material. The guy lines on this ultralight tent are also reflective and illuminating for added convenience at night so you do not trip over them.
The mesh included in this ultralight tent is a no-see-um mesh for bug repellent qualities at 20-denier quality and the tent, when packed, measures 17 by 6 inches overall. There are also a bunch of stuff sacks totaling to 3 overall – for the tent kit, for the guy lines and stakes and for the poles and the tent is backed by a warranty of 1 year.
Flaws but Not Dealbrakers
As our best ultralight tent, the Bryce 2P Two Person Ultralight Tent has a couple of cons but they are not enough to establish a breaking deal. In fact, some of these minor cons include the fact that the pole clips could have a little bit of redesigning, but this is a minor issue in itself.
HILLMAN 2-Person 4-Season 20D Ultralight Tent
Our step-up pick is the HILLMAN 2-Person 4-Season 20D Ultralight Tent and this ultralight tent has been constructed to be for use on up to 4 seasons in a year so it is super sturdy despite being ultralight in its construction. It is meant for people who go for the mountains and go on a hiking spree due to its incredible durability and the tent can fit up to 2 people inside of its entire build and design.
The tent is constructed with 20-denier nylon cloth grid with a waterproof rating of PU 10000 mm at 360T so it is superior in quality when it comes to durability and the tent is super light weight at 6 pounds because of its durability. The tent can be used in bad weather due to its incredible waterproof qualities and its tear resistant quality due to its silicone fabric.
It is super durable even against snowy mountains, heavy rain, storms, high altitudes and much more and the tent measures 6.8 feet by 3.9 inches and it has a head room center height of 3.6 inches. The tent pegs are made from durable aluminum material that does not rust easily so it can be really used in the mountains and in humid weather and the rain can never stop this ultralight tent and it can also be used for snow. It can be used for various seasons and regions and the tent is very smooth due to its coated 20D fabric. There are also 2 storage bags for your valuables and the like.
Topnaca 2-Person 3-Season Double-Layer Backpacking Tent
For our budget pick, we chose the Topnaca 2-Person 3-Season Double-Layer Backpacking Tent as this high quality ultralight tent for our budget pick is very versatile in its design because it can be used for up to 3 seasons in a year. The tent can be used by 2 people inside due to its ample amount of size and it is super light weight at only 3.7 pounds so it is indeed an ultralight tent to consider.
Pitching the tent is also super easy due to its rod made from high standard aluminum with great strength to support the tent. Compression is not a problem due to the stability of the tent pitching mechanism. The tent that is ultralight also comes in two different designs and is super convenient in its protective elements due to being made out of double layer so it is very suitable for the cold weather for insulation properties.
The tent is made from a high quality polyester cloth at 210T quality and it is also coated with an air mesh at B3 with a measurement of 50 x 50 in its size. The tent is also equipped with wind proof qualities so it can be used for hiking, traveling and many outdoor adventures that require camping in a tent and it is also UV resistant due to its UV 30+ coating for protection. The silicone coating on the nylon fabric of the fly sheet adds to its resistance to violent weather at a quality of 380T 20-denier in its fabric.
The nylon fabric of the fly sheet has a waterproof rating of PU 10000 mm so it is suited for superb performance in the wilderness and the rain fly is also very sturdy and large due to being full length in its structure. The tent has a height of 43.3 inches in its center height and it has a living space area of 29 square feet (81 inches by 51 inches all in all in its foot print) and it is also a great backpacking tent to consider. The tent is also made with dual doors for easy entrance and exit within the tent and there are ventilation points using the windows which can be opened or closed depending on your preferences.
The zipper is a two-way design which adds convenience whether you want to zipper it from the outside or from the inside and the tent’s bottom part is made from Oxford cloth with a PU coating of 5000 mm and it is also tear resistant at 150-denier of quality. The aluminum frame is of 7001 high quality at 0.335 inch of diameter in each of the poles and there are also wind ropes on the tent system to make it thoroughly wind proof in its design. When folded, the tent only measures 6 inches by 16 inches so it is super compact other than ultralight in its tent quality. It comes with a total of 10 tent stakes and two frame poles plus 4 fixed ropes for added stability for the whole ultralight tent’s structure and build.
Ideal Ultralight Tent for Solo Adventures
MSR Hubba NX 1 Person Tent
The MSR Hubba NX 1 Person Tent is suitable for one person or for solo adventurers who want an ultralight tent for backpacking, hiking and much more and it only weighs 2 pounds so it is super light weight to consider for an ultralight tent (1.12 kg) even with the poles and the rain fly. It has a lot of head room maximization due to its unique pole style and mechanism to give off a unique design for the tent.
It is super easy to set up and take down due the pole and hub system being color coded for an ease of set up in the long run. The whole tent can be stored in a compact way inside the backpack that is included as well as the compression sack that is included with the tent system. The interior of the tent is super comfortable and dry due to its included and integrated rain fly vents as well as the tent vestibules for your gear and the like and the door allows you to stay dry in any situation due to its design that keeps the water outside when the door has been opened.
Your gear and backpacks can be conveniently stored inside the vestibules due to their large sizes. You also get a lot of elbow space inside this 1 person camping ultralight tent. Moreover, the tent has a height of 36 inches so it is fair enough for just one person and it spans at dimensions on the floor of 85 inches by 30 inches overall and all you need to do is to provide your own foot print or ground sheep tarp due to being only a solo tent. It comes with all of the needed MSR needle stakes for keeping the tent secure to the ground and it is also a freestanding tent so it is super convenient during storms and bad weather.
Ideal Ultralight Tent with a Freestanding Design
Sierra Designs Lightning 2 FL Tent
The Sierra Designs Lightning 2 FL Tent is very light at only 2 pounds and 13 ounces including the tent and the poles and this ultralight tent is very convenient and its nylon material gives a lot of comfort and durability to the user. The zipper closer is excellently designed for the most rugged uses. The tent is made with a double wall construction which also helps to reduce the total weight of the ultralight tent for it to be very comfortable at night.
The tent is also freestanding in its design and the tent can also depend upon its doors and windows for ventilation during the summer and to be closed during rainy days. The poles are awning and have an integrated design and the hybrid build of this ultralight tent makes it unique among other ultralight tents out there. The tent measures 86 inches by 56 inches all in all with a max room height of 42.5 inches while the set of poles weigh only 14 ounces so it is super light weight without sacrificing durability. The tent has one door and two gear closets for storing your items with an area of 5.4 square feet and the interior area of this ultralight tent measures 30 1/2 square feet.
It has a total of 10 sturdy stakes for keeping the tent in place in the midst of a storm or a windy day and the poles have a diameter of 9.3 mm and are DAC NFL type. There are 2 swivel hubs that join the 3 poles in this tent system to make up the whole frame of the ultralight tent which also comes in a compact storage bag for travel purposes. The fly sheet is made from 20-denier fabric rip stop polyester with a silicone coating of PU 1200 mm for superior waterproof qualities.
The body of the tent is made from 15-denier nylon fabric with an ultralight no-see-um mesh for a bug-free camping experience and the flooring has a waterproof rating of PU 3000 mm with its nylon rip stop with a 30-denier quality. The awning has an overhang of 15 inches and a total height of 36 inches and the color is also very good and it will not fade over time and gives you a fresh vibe inside of the tent.
Applicable Ultralight Tent for Backpacking
Nemo Hornet 2P Ultralight Backpacking Tent
The Nemo Hornet 2P Ultralight Backpacking Tent is super convenient in its space due to the 15 percent increase in its interior space due to its volume increasing clips as well as guy outs that are triangle in shape and the tent has a great amount of longevity due to the seam tape, bath tub floor construction and seam construction which also adds to its leak resistant properties. The tent can fit up to 2 people inside and it is also a great option for a backpacking tent.
The pole weight is also reduced significantly due to its freestanding design and great support as well as the hub pole design on the intersections that also aid in the overall ease of set up on this ultralight tent. You can also get more coverage in the rain due to its two doors that are very large for easy entry and exit to your tent. There is also a privacy divider for keeping you safe and secured. When packed, the tent only measures 8 by 10 inches in its size. At only 2 pounds, it is a super light weight ultralight tent to consider for 2 people.
It comes with one rain fly for easily protecting you and your items from the rain and from the elements and it also comes with 2 vestibules inside the tent with one on each of the sides of the tent for you to put in your items such as backpacks, shoes and the like. The tent is also designed for use on up to 3 seasons in a single year.
Best 2 Person Ultralight Tent
Naturehike 2 Person Outdoor Double-layer Tent
The Naturehike 2 Person Outdoor Double-layer Tent can be folded nicely so it is very versatile, portable and ultralight in its design and the tent has a high visibility color as well so you know where to look for your tent at night even in the midst of a storm or a rain shower. The tent can be used conveniently for hiking trekking, camping, trailing and much more.
The tent is also highly waterproof in its design and entire build so it is a must-have for the rainy days and it comes with all of the needed poles for set up, tent pegs as well as the carrying bag for a convenient and a complete travel experience with the ultralight tent. Unlike other tents out there, this ultralight tent has a double layer structure so it is destined to withstand the harsh natural calamities that may occur along the way.
It can fit up to 2 people in its design and its total size and the tent is made from high quality 210T fabric material for its entire structure at 1500g. The silicone fabric of the tent is made from high quality 20-denier silicone at 1240g excluding the wind noose and tent pegs and the tent measures 6.8 feet by 4.1 feet all in all and it has a head room center height of 3.2 feet. When packed, it only measures 15 inches by 5 inches so it is super compact in its design. At only 4.4 pounds, it still qualifies as an ultralight tent in its design and quality.
There are also waterproof fabric nylon parts at 190T with included fasteners for superior quality and the tent fly is made from silicone that is waterproof in its coating with a quality of 380T 20-denier. The inner tent comes with a B3 mesh breathable net as well as a polyester fabric at 210T which is tear resistant and an aluminum frame of aviation grade at 7001 quality makes up the rod material of this ultralight tent. Oxford cloth polyester with 150-denier quality that is tear resistant makes up the bottom part of the tent for superior protection against leaking and the elements. It has one room and it can be used for up to 4 seasons in a year due to its intense durability.
Unique Ultralight Tent with a Single Pole Design
Aqua Quest West Coast Bivy Tent
The Aqua Quest West Coast Bivy Tent has a single pole design which makes it a unique shelter to consider for an ultralight tent and it is also easy to set up within minutes due to its awesome design and compact build. The tent is also waterproof due to its waterproof kit option and it comes with a no-see-um mesh for protection against mosquitoes and bugs during the summer without obstructing the view of the outside world.
The tent has a total of 3 walls in its design. The tent, when packed, measures 5 by 15 inches and the tent contains 6 pegs which are ultralight in design and its poles are made from high quality shock corded aluminum material. Within only 2 minutes, it can be easily set up because it is also an instant tent. It is also equipped with two mesh pockets in the inside of the tent plus external loops for mesh door rolling or for keeping valuables that are small inside your tent. At only 2.3 pounds, it is definitely an ultralight tent to consider.
The tent is made from 100 percent rip stop nylon plus silicon for protection against wet surfaces and to keep you as cozy as possible inside the tent and it also maximizes the total air flow inside the tent due to its ingenious design.
Best 3 Person Ultralight Tent
Big Agnes Fly Creek 3-Person Tent
The Big Agnes Fly Creek 3-Person Tent can be used for backpacking as it is an ultralight tent to consider and it allows room for up to 3 people to sleep as comfortable as possible. The tent has a hoop form factor in its design. When packed, the ultralight tent can be packed into a size of 20 inches by 8 inches overall. At only 3.65 pounds, it is truly an ultralight tent to consider. It has one spacious door that allows for an easy entry and the tent is made from an aluminum pole system so it does not get corrosion and it can be used for a lot of weather system.
The hub frame and clips add to the aluminum frame set up’s durability and ease of set up. It also comes with one vestibule for your gear such as backpacks, shoes and the like. You can also use the twist clips for easily setting up the pole frames and the tent body and it is also equipped with side buckles for easily releasing or attaching the rain fly to the main body of the tent. Its guy lines are super reflective at night so you won’t have to trip over them. It is made from high quality TH72M aluminum in its frame for superior durability.
Ideal Ultralight Tent for Casual Camping
AZLife Portable Anti-UV 3-4 Person Tent
The AZLife Portable Anti-UV 3-4 Person Tent can be used by 3 to 4 people inside and it has a dome form factor and as an ultralight tent, it is also so easy to setup due to its pop-up design as a tent. It also has a carrying bag for easy travel purposes during camping, trekking, hiking, backpacking and the like. The tent also has mesh windows to help keep the bugs out whenever and wherever and to provide ventilation. A zipper bag keeps everything stored for your next journey. At only 3.45 pounds, it is super light weight.
The poles are made from fiberglass materials and the polyester fabric is made with silver coated 190T PU 1500 mm material for its rain fly. The bottom is made with PU 2000 Oxford cloth at 210D.
When it comes to other tents out there, they are not very ultralight so we only picked ones that are below 5 pounds or so in its total weight so it should be very light to carry around in your journey such as hiking, traveling, trekking and much more.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What tips should I remember for an ultralight tent?
A: According to Six Moon Designs , consider the wind factor so that your tent will be safe and make sure to plan your camp accordingly and never go to a place with high winds with a small tent.
Q: What qualities should be seen in a good tent?
A: According to Summit Post , consider a tent that is waterproof, sturdy and resistant to strong winds. Double wall tents are also a good option for the cold.
Wrapping It Up
In the long run, the Bryce 2P Two Person Ultralight Tent is our best ultralight tent for those who want to travel light and yet have a shelter in their backpack for easy carrying.