Tents you can stand in: 5 best options in 2023

Tired of having to get on all fours to crawl in, out, and around your camping tent? Didn’t know there were tents you can stand in?

Your camping experience is about to get a whole lot better!

Imagine being able to change inside your tent without having to awkwardly lie down to do so. Or be able to stretch your legs out while waiting out a rain storm.

Height is one thing that separates these tents, but far from the only great feature.

Each of the tents on this list has multiple awesome things that distinguish it from the tons of different options on the market.

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Runner-Up

Moosejaw Comfortress

  • Peak Height: 78"

  • Square Footage: 116 sq. ft.

  • Huge vestibule/porch

Best Overall

Big Agnes

Big House 6P

  • Peak Height: 80"

  • Square Footage: 89 sq. ft.

  • Includes carrying pack

Top Choice

Best Value

Coleman

Skydome 8P

  • Peak Height: 76"

  • Square Footage: 108 sq. ft.

  • Extra wide door

What qualifies as a tent you can stand in?

Depending on how tall you are, this may make a big difference.

I considered tents that have a 6-foot (72″) or taller peak. So at a minimum, if you are 6 feet tall or under, you would be able to stand up in the tent.

Other considerations

I also considered tent weight and usage. For example, there are canvas tents that you could stand in, but weigh 100+ pounds. For this list, I did not consider a product like that as it is a more specialized tent and not one I generally recommend for folks.

Additionally, the tent had to actually be a camping tent. For example, a standard canopy “tent” does not count as they are not meant to be camped under.

Tent Name

Peak Height

Dimensions

Weight

Big Agnes Big House 6P

6' 8"

9.8' x 8.3'

16 lbs. 14 oz.

Moosejaw Comfortress 8P

6' 6"

14' x 8.3'

32 lbs. 8 oz.

Coleman Skydome 8P

6' 4"

12' x 9'

22 lbs. 9 oz.

Kelty Rumpus 6P

6' 3"

9.8' x 8.75'

18 lbs. 7 oz.

Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6P

7'

10' x 10'

21 lbs. 15 oz.

Overview of the best camping tents that you can stand in

1. Big Agnes Big House 6P

If you are a taller camper or just like having the ability to stand fully up inside your camping tent, the Big Agnes Big House 6P is made for you.

The Big House 6P is a double-wall tent that has plenty of mesh along the upper part of the tent to increase airflow and reduce condensation.

Big Agnes does offer a vestibule add-on to the Big House that gives you extra storage space or just more room to spread out while you wait out a rain storm.

big agnes big house

Best Overall

Big Agnes Big House 6P

  • Plenty of interior storage pockets

  • Spacious headroom throughout entire tent

  • Two doors of entry/exit

5/5

Pros

  • High ceiling throughout the entire tent

  • Plenty of interior storage

  • Two doors into/out of the tent

The nearly vertical walls of the Big House 6 give it a big feel on the inside. Not only is there almost 7 feet of height in the center, but maintains above or near 6 feet around the perimeter too. This means that you can walk around the inside of the tent without hunching over.

This is great in the morning or evening if you need to change clothes. It also means you can wait out the rain and stretch your legs at the same time, without having to lay out on the floor.

Another great feature of this tent is the storage space on the inside. You get a total of 8 interior pockets to conveniently store gear throughout the day or night. These pockets are great for storing your phone, keys, headlamps, and other items that you want to keep easily accessible.

Having two doors makes for a convenient entry and exit. In nice weather, you can open up both doors for excellent airflow. Plus, the doors are nearly 6 feet tall, meaning you can easily come and go without having to awkwardly duck your head. (unless you are a taller camper)

Cons

  • Does not include a vestibule or footprint

  • Not the best in high winds

  • Can be difficult to set up with one person

Not having a tent footprint is not a deal breaker, as many tents do not include them. But, lacking a vestibule is a bit disappointing from Big Agnes. They do sell an add-on vestibule if you love the tent, but want some extra space.

The front door of the tent has a fun “welcome mat” built-in, but since the rain fly does not extend over it, it cannot be used as a vestibule.

If you do a lot of camping in windy conditions, you are probably already aware of the trade-off with taller tents. Tall tents generally do not do well in high winds. The vertical walls of the Big House are (obviously) not very aerodynamic. If you do run into wind, make sure the tent is taut and hope to avoid a super high gust.

2. Moosejaw Comfortress 8P

The Comfortress delivers high ceilings and plenty of living space. Making it an excellent option for tall campers or families.

On the heavier side, the Comfortress 8P is going to exclusively be for car camping and is much easier with multiple people to fully set up. Though, unless you want to feel like you are camping in a palace, you will likely have some fellow campers to help.

For a tunnel tent, the Comfortress has solid head space throughout. Thanks to the fairly vertical walls, which allow you to move around without worrying about hitting your head.

Runner Up

Moosejaw Comfortress 8P

  • Big vestibule (51 sq. ft.)

  • Optional room divider

  • 150D material provides a durable floor

4.5/5

Pros

  • Spacious interior and vestibule

  • Durable tent materials

  • A door at both ends of the tent

At 116 sq. ft. the Comfortress 8P is not just a tall tent, it’s a rather large tent. You will be most comfortable with 4-6 people using this tent, but you could sleep 8 without being (literally) on top of each other.

Also, the vestibule (51 sq. ft.) gives you additional living space during the day and storage space at night. This goes a long way in making this tent feel livable, not just where everyone packs in at night.

moosejaw comfortress 8P

The tent body is made of quality, durable materials. It is the floor that stands out the most though. It is 150D, which is great since the tent does not come with a footprint. (Moosejaw does not currently offer one either) I always recommend using a footprint, but you should be fine without one for this tent. (assuming the ground is not super rocky or rough)

Like the Big Agnes Big House, the Comfortress has two doors. (one at each end) This is particularly helpful on this tent because it is quite long. Having to wander from the back to the front in the evening or morning would be cumbersome.

Cons

  • Set up much easier with multiple people

  • Longer than other tents

  • Rain can puddle if guylines are not fully taut

The setup of the Comfortress 8P can be difficult to do by yourself. (if not impossible) Therefore, if you are driving separately to the campground, try not to be the first one there. Because running the poles from one side to the other before placing them into the holder can be tiring.

This tent being longer than most is nice from an interior space perspective. But, it is not so nice if your campsite is small or heavily forested. Fully set up (including the vestibule), this tent is about 22′ long, so you will want to make sure that you have enough space beforehand.

Lastly, you need to make sure the tent is fully staked out and taut in the rain. If not, rain can puddle on top of the tent, and particularly the vestibule. This can lead to the tent roof sagging.

3. Coleman Skydome 8P

Coleman makes all-around solid entry-level tents, and the Skydome 8P is no exception. The Skydome is a free-standing, dome tent with steeper tent walls to create more headspace.

If you are looking for the most feature-rich or most durable camping tent on the market, this will not meet those expectations. This tent caters more to the occasional camper who wants to keep the price tag as low as possible.

Even though the Skydome 8 falls into the “budget” category, that is not to say it lacks any good qualities.

 

Best Value

Coleman Skydome 8P

  • Easy set-up

  • Pre-attached poles

  • Budget friendly

4.5/5

Pros

  • Simple design/setup

  • Spacious tent interior

  • Price friendly

The Skydome 8P aligns with most other Coleman tents with its simple, non-flashy design. It is a classic dome-shaped tent, with a little bit of extra headroom. This (in addition to the pre-attached poles) makes the set-up super easy and simple. You could set the Skydome up by yourself in 5-10 minutes.

In addition to the headroom, the Skydome offers a sprawling interior. The floor is 12′ x 9′ which gives you the ability to move around a bit within the tent. Plus, the steep walls ensure that you are able to stand up throughout most of the inside.

coleman skydome 8P

If price is your number 1 priority, the Skydome 8P is an excellent option, as it comes in under $200. This makes it a great car camping tent if you camp 1-2 times per year. Or if you usually camp with a smaller tent, but want something bigger to use a couple of times per year.

Cons

  • Low wind resistance

  • Pre-attached poles (cannot replace)

  • Single door

As with all tents, everything is not sunshine and rainbows with the Skydome 8P. Coleman says that it is good in winds up to 35 mph, but I would hesitate to take it out if gusts are over 20 mph. Tall tents do not stand up to wind as well, plus, this tent is not made with the strongest, most durable materials.

One feature of the Skydome that is a double-edged sword is the pre-attached poles. They make setup super simple, but they are difficult to repair and cannot be repaired/replaced if they become detached from the tent body. So, if the pole connectors get ripped/torn off, you will have to buy a new tent.

Unlike the previous two tents, the Skydome only comes with one door. The door is nice and wide, making it easy to move gear in and out. But, you do not have the option of entering/exiting from the front and back. Which on longer trips, or if you have more people using the tent, can be an annoying inconvenience.

4. Kelty Rumpus 6P

The Kelty Rumpus 6P is a great choice for someone who loves hanging around the campsite all day. If I were doing a weekend camping trip on a lakeshore or along the ocean, this would be a tent I would reach for.

You will not be blown away by any superficial features of the Rumpus 6P. It provides a lot of good, while not particularly wowing you in any one way.

Overall, you end up with a quality, comfortable tent that is spacious inside. (and out) There are some negatives with the Rumpus that prevent it from ranking higher on this list.

Great for beach or lake camping

Kelty Rumpus 6P

  • Huge front vestibule

  • Quick set-up

  • Front and rear doors

4/5

Pros

  • Large (functional) vestibule

  • Easy setup

  • Two doors

If there is one feature of the Rumpus 6P that makes it stand out from others in its class, it is the front vestibule. It is large enough to sit a folding camp chair (or two), a couple of large coolers, or all the extra outdoor gear you brought along. This is what makes this tent an appealing one to bring on a trip where you will be spending a lot of time at the campsite.

You may think having this big vestibule makes the Rumpus 6P difficult to set up, but it is rather easy. Kelty uses “Kelty Quick Corners” to make the setup quicker and easier. This feature has to slip the tent poles into pockets/sleeves at each corner. It shouldn’t take more than 5-10 minutes once you get used to setting it up.

Getting back to a tent that has two doors with the Rumpus. It may seem like an insignificant feature, but you will really appreciate having multiple ways into/out of the tent when there are 4+ people in it.

Cons

  • Floor material on the thin side

  • Rain fly does not fully cover the rear door

  • Poles are prone to breaking

The drawbacks of the Rumpus 6P may be dealbreakers for you as they have more to do with the longevity of the tent. The entire tent is made of 68D polyester. This thickness is suitable for the tent walls but is on the thin side for the floor. With the tent fabric being that thin on the floor, I definitely recommend you use a footprint with the Rumpus 6P.

kelty rumpus 6P

Another issue that may give you pause is that the rain fly does not provide full, complete coverage on the rear of the tent. The rain fly tapers down to a point at the ground. This can allow water to puddle at the rear of your tent (right outside the door) during a rainstorm with even a little bit of wind.

The Rumpus 6P uses fiberglass poles, which are fairly common in entry-level tents. I have heard more instances than usual of campers having issues with the poles breaking or the shock cord inside of the pole breaking. Normally, this would not give me huge reservations, but coupled with the thinner tent materials, the longevity of this tent is a consideration.

5. Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6P

With the tallest peak height in my top 5, there is a lot to like about the Copper Canyon LX 6P. As a true cabin tent, you get a lot of usable space inside, including a lot of headroom throughout the entire tent.

One of the drawbacks of the Copper Canyon LX 6P is the lack of vestibule(s). Without any outdoor storage, this tent cannot really be used as a true 6-person tent. You can fit 6 sleeping bags inside, but not if you want to store anything out of the elements.

copper canyon LX 6

Overall, this tent is geared toward campers who prioritize having a high ceiling. The other features of this tent are adequate but will leave you wanting a bit more.

Great for families

Eureka Copper Canyon LX 6P

  • 7-foot peak height

  • Mesh windows on each side

  • Great airflow and ventilation

4/5

Pros

  • Roomy feel inside

  • Plenty of windows

  • Easy setup for size

Cabin-style tents are known for having a lot of headroom, and Eureka took that to the extreme with this one. With a peak height of 7′ and almost vertical walls, this feels more like a room in your house than a camping tent. You will have no problem moving around with ease or changing.

The Copper Canyon LX 6P sports 3 windows (plus the door), giving you the ability to have airflow from every direction. This helps with ventilation during the day and night, but they can be easily covered for full privacy. Having this many windows is one of the features that make this tent stand out.

With a tent this size, you can run into difficulty setting it up, but the Copper Canyon is easier than some other cabin tents. Setting up the tent is (obviously) easier with more than one person, but you can set it up by yourself without little trouble.

Cons

  • Does not hold up in the wind

  • Rainfly does not provide full coverage

  • Comes with cheap stakes

As with any cabin tent, wind is an issue for this one. The steep walls provide great interior space but catch the wind very easily. If not staked down securely, you could come back to an empty campsite, inhabiting a bush or tree a few spots down.

The rain fly on this tent does not come all the way down to the ground. This can become an issue if a rainstorm hits with some decent wind. The large mesh windows could allow some water in if the rain is being blown sideways.

For a tent that needs to be staked out very well, the Copper Canyon LX 6P comes with some cheap, thin stakes. You could get away with using them in nice weather, but I would recommend getting some more durable ones.

FAQ

No, most camping tents you cannot stand up in. Though, taller campers and long-term campers may enjoy the ability to stand up and move around easier.

Most dome tents you cannot stand in, but there are some larger ones that you may be able to stand in, depending on your height.

The most common types of tents that you can stand up in are cabin tents and tunnel tents.

Conclusion

Having ample floor space is nice in a camping tent, but adding the ability to stand up gives a whole new meaning to livability in a tent. Whether you are a tall camper or someone who just does not like having to crawl around the inside of your tent, having a tent that you can stand up in is an incredible thing.

There are some tents that rely solely on their peak height as their selling point, while others provide you with a lot of additional nice features.

Whichever of these you find to be the best for you, get out there for your next outdoor trip soon to explore what is out there!

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copper spur hv ul2

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2: best backpacking tent for you?

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Have you ever felt like your two-person feels much more like it is meant for a single person?

That’s not surprising. A lot of two-person tents have more interior space (square footage) than their one-person counterparts. But with the short and slanted ceiling, it does not feel a whole lot roomier.

Your solution may just be the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2.

The unique poles of this tent create steeper side walls, giving a higher ceiling throughout most of the interior, not just at the center apex.

On top of the increased roominess, you get a lot of interior storage space for your gear and it weighs just about 3 pounds!

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Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 review

Quick specs

Weight (minimum trail weight) – 2 lbs. 11 oz.

Weight (total weight) – 3 lbs. 2 oz.

Packed dimensions – 19.5″ x 6″

Set-up dimensions – 88″ x 98″

Interior dimensions – 88″ x 52″ (head end); 88″ x 42″ (foot end)

Material – Nylon, double ripstop (mixed Denier)

Pros

  • Roomy interior

  • Easy to set-up

  • Plenty of interior storage space

Cons

  • So-so durability for weight and price

  • Not as lightweight as similar tents

  • On the pricy side

Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Ratings

Weight and Packability

85%

Livability

100%

Durability

80%

Value

65%

Overall

80%




Overview

The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 is a double-well, free-standing tent that offers a lot of interior space, including generous headroom for a backpacking tent. The 40″ of headroom makes it possible to sit up comfortably and makes it easy to maneuver around inside the tent without feeling cramped.

Coming in a little over 3 pounds (for total weight) makes the Copper Spur a little on the heavier side for an ultralight tent. Though, the weight and packed size make it a solid option for lightweight backpacking.

One drawback with the weight is the durability. With a backpacking tent in this weight range, I would expect a bit heavier-duty material, but that is not the case with the Copper Spur. I wouldn’t say that it is flimsy or cheap, but for the price and weight, I expected a bit more.

Overall, I view the Copper Spur HV UL2 as an all-around solid option if you are looking for a versatile tent. It can serve as a true 2-person tent while backpacking, or as a viable 1-person tent as a traditional camping tent.

Copper Spur HV UL2 ratings

Weight and Packability

big agnes copper spur hv ul2 weight rating

The weight of the Copper Spur HV UL2 comes in around 3 pounds. The minimum trail weight is a bit under at 2 lbs. 11oz. and the total weight tips the scales at 3 lbs. 2 oz.

This places it well into the lightweight tent category. There are plenty of ultralight tents that weigh in quite a bit less than this (I.e., Gossamer Gear The Two), so if weight savings is your top priority you may want to look elsewhere. But, for a backpacking tent with plenty of features and space, the weight is right where you want it.

As for packed size, the Copper Spur HV UL2 measures 19.5″ x 6″. This is the measurement of the stuff sack that the tent comes with, when fully packed.

This is well in line with other two-person lightweight tents, and if you do not use the stuff sack, you could spread the tent around a bit more. I like to have the tent body on the outside (or bottom) of my pack. And then have the tent poles and stakes stored in an exterior side pocket of my pack.

All told from a weight and packability perspective, the Copper Spur performs in the average to good range. Neither the weight nor packability will blow you away (unless you are coming from a super heavy, bulky tent), but it falls squarely into the lightweight tent range.

Livability

big agnes copper spur hv ul2 livability rating

The big advantage of the Copper Spur is the unique pole structure creates a lot of interior space. The poles make steep side walls that gradually slope toward the apex. This gives you ample headroom throughout a lot of the tent, not just at the apex.

This increased volume is where the tent gets its name. The “HV” stands for high volume.

Additionally, the increased volume makes the Copper Spur a viable two-person backpacking tent. The tent floor is not any wider than other two-person tents, but the extra headroom allows for two people to sit up inside the tent. This gives you the feeling of a roomier tent without increasing the footprint size.

The Copper Spur HV UL2 also has dual zipper doors on both sides of the tent. The vertical and horizontal zippers are separate, allowing you to reach outside the tent without opening the whole door. The two doors also add better ventilation and easier access into the tent. (especially important if you are using it as a true two-person tent)

big agnes copper spur hv ul2

On the inside of the tent, the Copper Spur offers you plenty of storage space in the form of gear pockets and lofts. The foot end of the tent has an oversized ceiling pocket that is perfect for any gear that you need to keep dry or just want to have access to during the night or in the morning.

Another great, unique feature of the tent is the awning-style vestibules. The vestibules can be staked out like a standard backpacking tent. They can also be propped up using your trekking poles to create an awning outside of your tent doors.

This unique feature allows you to have rain and sun protection while having a view from your front door.

Overall, I think the livability, comfort, and features of the Copper Spur HV UL2 is where it shines within the lightweight backpacking tent market.

Durability

big agnes copper spur hv ul2 durability rating

For me, the durability is the area I was expecting more out of the Copper Spur. It is not that the tent is cheaply made or won’t last a while. Rather, when considered with the weight, it sits in an odd balance between the two.

If I was wanting to save weight, there are many other tents I would reach for before the Copper Spur. Likewise, if rugged durability was my top priority, I wouldn’t pick the Copper Spur first either.

It sits toward the middle of both spectrums, making it a versatile tent without really standing out in either category.

The tent body and floor are made from mixed-D (15D-20D) double ripstop nylon. You can definitely get a few years of solid use out of this tent. Though, I do recommend using a groundsheet underneath the tent on any surface that is not buttery smooth.

The zippers, mesh doors, and stitching/seams all appear of the high-quality you would expect from a brand like Big Agnes.

Lastly, the tent poles should not be the reason you need to replace the tent. They are made from strong yet lightweight aluminum. (DAC Featherlite)

Value

big agnes copper spur hv ul2 value rating

The value of the Copper Spur HV UL2 is the biggest hold-up with the tent. For the price, you can find lighter tents if you prioritize weight savings. Also, you can find more durable tents (that won’t be super heavy) than the Copper Spur.

For example, the Gossamer Gear The Two (one of my favorite tents recently) is about $200 cheaper, is comparable in durability, and weighs over 1 pound less than the Copper Spur.

Because of the cost, it is hard for me to highly recommend this Big Agnes tent, especially for someone new to backpacking.

One scenario I can see the Copper Spur being valuable is if it is being used as a true 2-person shelter. The interior volume and floor area make it viable for two people to use. If you are planning to share a tent with someone, the Copper Spur can work. (and the price tag is more palatable when split between 2 people)

Overall

big agnes copper spur hv ul2 overall rating

The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 is a versatile backpacking tent. It will not blow you away by being the lightest, most affordable, or most durable tent on the market. But, its roomy interior space and features stand out.

The unique pole structure creates a high volume interior with plenty of headroom for you and your trail partner. The two doors (each with two zippers) will give you ventilation during your midday siesta, and help keep your sleeping bag free from condensation overnight.

With both large and small pockets, you will have plenty of storage space on the inside of your tent.

It may lack a true “wow” factor, but you will enjoy the extra space at night and in the morning. Plus, your back and shoulders will thank you for the lighter load.

Set-up and tear-down

Being a freestanding tent, the Copper Spur is incredibly easy to set up at the end of your day and take down before you hit the trail the following morning.

The tent comes with two poles to set it up. One is hubbed, and is used for the general shape and structure of the tent. While the other just runs width-wise across the top of the tent.

One nice feature of the main pole is that it is color-coded. Since the tent is not perfectly rectangular, there is only one way to properly set it up. Having color-coded poles and grommets make it easy to keep track of which pole end goes where.

set-up and teardown

The Copper Spur comes with 8 stakes, which is enough for a good pitch. If you plan to use every guy line on both doors, you will need to bring along additional stakes.

Overall, the Copper Spur is very easy to set up and tear down. It should not take you more than a couple of minutes for either.

FAQ

The inside of the tent measures 88″ long, 52″ wide in the head end, and tapers to 42″ wide in the foot end. The high point is 40″ tall, and the pole system creates ample headroom throughout most of the tent.

The Copper Spur HV UL2 has average durability, weight, and price value ratings. But it does rank highly in comfort/livability, making it a solid option for a two-person backpacking tent.

Yes, the Copper Spur HV UL2 does enough room for two people to sleep. Though with two sleeping pads, there will not be a lot of extra floor space.

backpacking pic

Conclusion

If you are looking for a workhorse, do-it-all type of tent, the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 is worth exploring.

You will not be blown away by how light it is, or be shocked at how long it lasts. But it does a lot of things really well, and it does offer many nice features for your temporary home while out on the trail.

Plus, it has more room than other two-person tents because of the tent poles, giving it the true high volume (HV) feel.

The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 could be an excellent option for your next shelter while out exploring!

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gossamer gear the two

Gossamer Gear The Two review: ultralight juggernaut or dud?

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Imagine having a tent that is under two pounds, can be set up with your trekking poles, can be stored anywhere in your backpack, and doesn’t cost $600+.

The Gossamer Gear The Two delivers on all of those criteria and more.

It has become one of the most popular tents that I have seen out on the trails over the past few years, and this is not by accident.

Gossamer Gear products are known for being lightweight, durable, and affordable. These traits have made them a well-known brand that continues to grow in popularity among backpackers and hikers alike.

And The Two is no exception.

Gossamer Gear The Two review

Quick specs

Weight – 23.5 oz.

Packed dimensions – 11″ x 5″

Set-up dimensions – 135″ x 117″ (11.75′ x 9.75′)

Interior dimensions – 84″ x 48″ (head end width); 84″ x 44″ (foot end width)

Material – 10D Nylon, ripstop

Pros

  • Weight

  • Roomy vestibules

  • Easy set-up

  • Large interior space

Cons

  • Cost (relative to traditional backpacking tents)

  • Condensation

  • Need trekking poles or Gossamer Gear Two poles

quick overview of the two

Overview

The Gossamer Gear The Two is an excellent intro to the world of non-freestanding tents, (or trekking pole tents) but its quality is far from only “introductory” level.

The interior space is in line with other (more expensive options) in its class. If you are sleeping in your tent alone, The Two gives you plenty of room to spread out and not feel claustrophobic. You can easily fit a sleeping pad (even a wide one) inside with plenty of room left over for storing gear.

If you are using this tent for two people, you can fit two sleeping pads inside, but there will be little room left over for storage.

Luckily, The Two has two enormous vestibules (there are almost three feet between the edge of the main body and the tip of the vestibule). These large vestibules give you a lot of space to store your pack, shoes, or anything else that you want nearby but not necessarily inside your tent.

the two

At 23.5 ounces, The Two is not the lightest backpacking tent available, but you will certainly pay extra to get something lighter.

Predominately, you will see the lighter options utilize DCF (or other similar synthetic material) for the tent body and floor. This provides a little more durable and lighter-weight material compared to the ripstop nylon construction of The Two.

The Two uses 10D ripstop nylon on the walls and floor. For nylon, this is on the thin side of what you will see used for backpacking tents. This means that you do need to be aware of where you set up your shelter, especially if you are not using a groundsheet.

I recommend folks using this tent (or one with a similar material) use a groundsheet. If not, make sure to pitch the tent on a soft surface free from rocks, roots, or anything else your tent may snag on.

Being a single-wall tent, condensation build-up is a concern with The Two. If possible, leave one or two of the vestibule doors open for maximum ventilation. This will allow air to easily pass through the inner tent, reducing the amount of condensation building up and the risk of waking up in a wet sleeping bag.

gossamer gear the two

As it is a non-freestanding tent, you will need two trekking poles to set The Two up. If you do not usually use trekking poles, no worries, Gossamer Gear sells a pole set specifically for The Two. The pole set consists of fixed-length aluminum poles (specific for the tent) and they fold down to fit into your pack or outer pocket very easily.

All told, if you are looking for an ultralight tent or want to try out a single-wall, non-freestanding tent, The Two is an excellent option.

The Two ratings

Weight

the two weight rating

Weighing in at around 1.5 pounds (23.5 oz.), The Two is among the lightest two-person tents that you will find. This weight includes the tent body and pre-attached guylines.

Adding in the aluminum stakes, the stake stuff sack, and the stuff sack for the tent adds about 3.5 oz., keeping the total weight still well under two pounds. Even for single-wall shelters, The Two is among the lightest options you will find.

For reference, two similar-styled tents are the Hyperlite Mountain Gear Unbound 2P and the ZPacks Duplex, both of which are about double the price of the Gossamer Gear The Two.

The Unbound 2P weighs in at 24.0 oz., while the Duplex comes in at around 18.5 oz. For something closer to The Two’s price range, the REI Co-op-Flash Air 2 weighs in around 38.5 oz.

As you can see, The Two offers an ultralight tent option without requiring you to take out a mortgage to afford it.

Comfort

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Coming off a year where I was using a 1-person tent, I was eager to transition back to a 2-person tent. The extra room of a two-person tent, in general, is worth it for me. It sounds a bit silly, but that tent will be your home for anywhere from 1 night to 6 months on the trail. You better be sure that you like being in it.

The Two feels very roomy when you are inside it. When I get a decent pitch on it, I can sit up while inside (6 feet tall) and I don’t feel like I am rubbing against the walls every time I move.

Having used a 1-person tent for a while, I had forgotten what it was like to actually enjoy getting into my tent each night. More power to those who happily use a single-person tent, but I will trade a few ounces for a substantially more comfortable experience.

If you plan to use The Two for two people, it will be tight. The average width of the tent is about 45″, so you can fit two sleeping pads inside, but there will be little room left over. But, I have easily fit my extra gear into one vestibule so each person should be able to do the same.

Durability

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When I think of durability, I think of how long the shelter will last and how it holds up in adverse weather. (rain, high winds, etc.)

On both counts, I think the Gossamer Gear The Two is good, not elite.

The nylon, while not the lightest material option, provides a long-lasting product without adding too many ounces. A thicker layer of nylon along the floor would have me bump the rating up a little bit. Though, I have been using The Two for a couple of years now and have not had any tears or holes develop.

I do put a little bit more thought into my site selection with The Two, particularly to avoid things like rocks, roots, uneven ground, etc.

As for holding up in weather, I have experienced multiple rainy days/nights in The Two. Being a trekking pole tent, you want to make sure that you have a nice, taut pitch, especially in less ideal weather. Having too much slack in the walls will allow water to pool up, letting the walls start to sag.

I have not experienced super windy conditions while in The Two, but considering how well it held up in rain storms, I think that will translate well to very windy conditions. Again, you would just want to ensure that you have a nice, taut pitch to maximize its durability against the weather.

Packability

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The Two is not quite as packable as the Hyperlite Mountain Gear or ZPacks comparable tents that I mentioned earlier, but compared to a traditional backpacking tent, you will love The Two. Being a single-wall shelter, the packed size of the tent is noticeably smaller than most other backpacking tents.

Last summer I did a weekend trip using The Two with the Gossamer Gear G4-20, and they worked together incredibly well. I was able to pack The Two into the front mesh pocket of that pack, with the stakes and poles in one of the side pockets.

Whether you like to pack your tent in the main body or on the outside like me, you will be pleased with how well The Two packs down.

Value

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Dollar for dollar, I think The Two is among the best value tents out there.

To get a lighter tent, you will be paying top dollar. Although, The Two weighs in toward the low end of the two-person tent class. Even if you bring along every stuff sack, stake, and guy line, you will still have a tent under two pounds. Particularly noteworthy for such a roomy tent.

As with any trekking pole tent, durability and longevity can be a concern. Particularly if you are not used to the world of thin, ultra-strong materials.

The ripstop nylon construction makes for a durable material, but the 10D thickness is not quite as thick as other similar tents.

Overall

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This would be one of the tents I would recommend to someone looking for a two-person shelter that is lightweight and won’t break the bank.

It delivers all the standard options you need in a backpacking tent (bathtub floor, sewn-in bug netting, comes seam sealed, etc.) while keeping the weight and price to a minimum.

I view the Gossamer Gear The Two as a do a lot of things well, but not anything the best type of tent. In some instances that could be viewed as a negative, but not in this one.

Could you save 4-5 oz. with another tent? Can you get a bit more durability out of a similarly styled tent? Could you find a tent with a little bit more interior room?

The answer is yes to all of those, but you will either sacrifice another aspect of the tent or pay twice the price tag as The Two.

FAQ

With its low weight, high level of comfort and roominess, and being cheaper than most comparable single-wall tents, The Two is a great option for a backpacking tent.

Dollar for dollar, The Two is among the best values for ultralight backpacking tents.

Yes, you need two trekking poles to set up The Two. If you are not usually a trekking pole person (like myself) Gossamer Gear offers a fixed-length folding pole set designed specifically for The Two.

Conclusion

The Gossamer Gear The Two has become a staple out on the trails for backpackers looking to shed some weight from their pack. (and not their wallet)

You can find cheaper, lighter, more durable, etc. But I think you will be hard-pressed to find an ultralight shelter that gives you as much in all categories as well as The Two does.

Plus, the level of comfort that comes from the spacious interior cannot be overlooked. There is plenty of room to sprawl out to wait out an afternoon storm. Plus, enough head room for the tall people out there who are not used to being able to sit up inside their tents.

If I could only recommend one tent to someone new to the backpacking world, The Two would be among the 2-3 options I would consider suggesting. This tent packs a lot of punch at its price point, and it should be on your shortlist to try out soon.

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