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8 Best One-Person Tents for Solo Adventuring

These individual shelters are the perfect place for a solo rest after a long trek.

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Now that the spring thaw is upon us, if you’re feeling the pull of the great outdoors, you aren’t alone. Among the many reasons to get out and enjoy nature this season, solo camping is a great way to spend some time away from it all. Camping on your own–or just in your own one-person tent with friends–can be a welcome break from the demands of work and the daily grind. Whether it’s for a quick weekend outing in some local foothills, or a multi-month trek through challenging terrain, if you're looking for something smaller than your average tent and more substantial than a bivy sack, there is a perfect one-person tent made expressly for your needs and budget.

      What to Consider

      Most one-person tents are made to be ultra-light and take up as little space as possible, but the lightest and most portable one-person tent isn’t necessarily the perfect tent for you. A perfect tent for a casual camper is designed for ease of use, durability, and comfort, and it might give you a little more room than a particularly lightweight tent made for a long distance trek. On the other hand, smaller one-person tents will allow your body heat to keep the space warm more easily, so finding the correct balance of space and functionality is a matter of doing your research. Taking into account the temperature range and climate that you intend to camp in can also help narrow down your options, since cold weather tents tend to have reinforced poles and thicker materials that can add to a tent’s weight.

      How We Selected

      All of the one-person tents on this list have average user and/or professional ratings of at least 4 stars, and most of the tents we have featured here have ratings of 4.5 stars or higher. We read dozens of customer reviews for each category of one-person tent, and chose only the tents with particularly effusive user feedback, including high marks in durability and portability, and whether the individual tents measured up to their advertised selling points.

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      1
      Best All-Around
      Late Start 1
      Kelty

      • Easy to set up
      • Relatively lightweight
      • Inexpensive
      • Rainfly provides extra storage

      • Bulkier and heavier than more expensive options

      Key Specs

      • Dimensions: 85 x 40 x 30 inches
      • Weight: 3 pounds, 5 ounces
      • Materials: 68D water-resistant fabric, no-see-um mesh, aluminum

      Kelty has been making camping equipment since 1972, and their Late Start 1 is a revision of their popular Salida tent. Simple to set up, with pre-bent aluminum poles and a handy freestanding design that allows campers to pick up and relocate the tent without breaking it down, the Late Start 1 presents a winning combination of versatility and affordability.

      Their two-person version is currently only $20 more, so if you decide you’d like to have some extra space at the expense of adding a little weight, Kelty has you covered. It also includes internal storage pockets that make it easy to store extra gear on the go.

      2
      Best Hammock Tent
      Skyloft Camping Hammock
      Eagles Nest Outfitters

      • Unique design
      • Adjustability
      • Usable for sleeping and lounging

      • Rain tarp and bug net sold separately for full tent functionality
      • Set up location is limited by the arrangement of trees or other mounting options

      Key Specs

      • Dimensions: 7 x 3 feet
      • Weight: 2 pounds, 14 ounces
      • Materials: NewWave nylon, aluminum

      While not a tent in the ordinary sense, camping hammocks have become a commonplace alternative to conventional tents for campers who like to sleep above the ground, and they make a great place to hang (literally) when not serving as a sleeping space.

      Eagles Nest Outfitters (ENO) is one of the companies leading this trend, and their Skyloft Camping Hammock sets itself apart with an innovative two-mode design that allows for easy adjustment of the hammock’s position, along with lightweight stabilizing poles that increase the hammock’s usability for sleeping.

      3
      Best 4-Season Tent
      Access 1
      MSR

      • Lightweight for a winter tent
      • Easy to set up
      • Usable year-round

      • Not intended for use at high elevations or in harsh winter conditions
      • Heavier and more expensive than many three-season tents

      Key Specs

      • Dimensions: 84 x 40 x 33 inches
      • Weight: 3 pounds, 8 ounces
      • Materials: 20D and 30D ripstop nylon, 10D polyester

      If you intend to camp in the winter, but you want a tent that isn’t too heavy and can be used year-round, The MSR Access 1 might be perfect for you.

      It has a large vestibule for your pack and boots, a reinforced frame that can resist the weight of accumulating snow, and a vented rainfly that reduces condensation, but it doesn’t weigh as much as many dedicated winter tents. The 20D nylon canopy and double-wall structure make this a warmer option than most tents in this weight range, too.

      4
      Best 3-Season Tent
      Solitaire Tent
      Eureka!

      • Inexpensive
      • Lightweight
      • Small footprint
      • Durable

      • Low peak height
      • Minimal room for storage

      Key Specs

      • Dimensions: 96 x 32 x 28 inches
      • Weight: 2 pounds, 10 ounces
      • Materials: 68D 185T polyester taffeta

      The Eureka! Solitaire is a great option for weight conscious solo campers who don’t need the additional reinforcement and protection of a winter tent. Weighing in at less than three pounds, and packing down to 4 by 18 inches, the Eureka! presents an excellent value if you want a rugged lightweight tent for a lightweight price.

      The tradeoff is in height: It will be a challenge to change clothes in this tent, or move around in general, due to its peak height of 2 feet, 3 inches.

      5
      Best for Backpacking
      Lunar Solo
      Six Moon Designs

      • Generous square footage, especially for the weight
      • Tension adjustable from inside the tent
      • Customizable, depending on user’s tent pole preference

      • Tent pole and stakes sold separately

      Key Specs

      • Dimensions: 26 square feet by a 49-inch peak height
      • Weight: 1 pound, 10 ounces
      • Materials: 20D and 40D silicone-coated polyester

      The Lunar Solo tent sits firmly in the “professional grade” category for solo backpackers. Six Moon Designs sells the tent separately from the pole and stakes in order to maximize the setup’s customizability, and to allow weight-conscious backpackers to opt for their carbon fiber tent pole, or to use their own adjustable trekking pole as a tent pole.

      The tent’s unique hexagonal shape dispatches wind and snow drifts with ease, and its low-profile 6-inch bathtub floor is topped by 6 inches of mesh to maximize ventilation while offering excellent protection from gusts of wind and other inclement weather.

      6
      Best Bivy Tent
      Adventure Shelters IBNS
      CATOMA

      • Extremely lightweight
      • Low profile
      • Quick setup

      • Too short for very tall people
      • Needs to be paired with a rain fly and tarp for full functionality

      Key Specs

      • Dimensions: 90 x 33 x 25 inches
      • Weight: 0.36 pounds
      • Materials: Nylon-mesh

      Originally intended for military use, this bivy and those with similar specifications are designed to be used in conjunction with a cot, but they work equally well in the field as an ultralight, low profile shelter that can be set up quickly. To get the full functionality of a more comprehensive one-person tent, this bivy needs to be packed with a tarp and a rain fly, but for warm weather camping with no precipitation in the forecast, the IBNS makes an incredibly efficient and effective solution for sleeping comfortably bug-free. Plus, its low profile means that bringing accessories along when they’re needed isn’t a deal-breaker.

      7
      Best Tent for Glamping
      Mini Regatta 8-Foot Bell Tent
      WHITEDUCK

      • Spacious
      • Breathable
      • Classic style

      • Heavy
      • Expensive

      Key Specs

      • Dimensions: 5 feet, 2 inches x 8 feet
      • Weight: 31 pounds
      • Materials: Cotton canvas, mesh

      On the complete opposite side of the spectrum to most of the choices on this list, WHITEDUCK makes yurt style “bell” tents that are intended for the luxurious and leisurely side of camping, placing weight and portability at the bottom of the priority list, and emphasizing comfort and classic style. WHITEDUCK’s one-person tent option, the White Duck Mini Regatta, is an 8-foot-diameter tent made out of a breathable but weatherproof beige Army Duck canvas.

      For non-glampers, the White Duck Mini can easily hold two campers, but those in search of more space might want to consider the full-sized White Duck.

      8
      Best Value Tent
      Lynx Tent
      ALPS Mountaineering
      Now 13% off

      • Similar functionality to our best all-round pick
      • Easy setup
      • Relatively lightweight

      • Somewhat bulky compared to more expensive options

      Key Specs

      • Dimensions: 2 feet, 8 inches x 7 feet, 6 inches x 3 feet
      • Weight: 2 pounds, 12 ounces
      • Materials: 75D 185T polyester, aluminum

      Coming in at a similar spec as our best all-round pick, the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx tent offers similar three-season functionality, with an emphasis on value, light weight, and ease of use.

      The Lynx sets itself apart with a design that is intended to withstand moderately high wind conditions, a freestanding design for easy movability once set up, and extra large #8-size zippers are used throughout.

      The 2000mm floor coating ensures that the ground will stay dry in an unexpected rain shower–just be sure to equip the polyester rainfly if there is rain in the forecast, or if you just want to keep the dew out overnight.

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