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Finding the Right small 2 person tents




You and your adventure buddy are gearing up for your camping trip. You're staring at all the options for 2 person tents. Your mind runs through the checklist of what your tent needs to be, and then you remember Eugene Gear Traders has a blog about 2 person tents. You sigh with relief and pull up the blog, and all is well. Okay, maybe I'm going a little overboard. I love 2 person tents and wanted to share some options I think are great. Ranging from lightest, to most durable, to most cost-effective. Eugene Gear traders are no strangers to 2 person tents. An important note is that while Eugene Gear Traders may not have the exact model or style currently, but they often have a great substitution or used model. Eugene Gear Traders runs on consignments and can get you set up for a fraction of the price.



Pull out your camping gear and get ready to add to it.


Quick overview.


2 Person Tents; Backpacking: Agnes Scout 2 Platinum 2 person tent

2 Person Tents; Bikepacking: Big Anges Spur HV UL2 Bikepack

2 Person Tents; Budget/Value: Marmot Catalyst 2P Tent

2 Person Tents; Eco-Friendly: Vaude Power Lizard Tunnel 2 person tent

Honorable Mentions: Small list of tents we enjoyed but did not rank.



Important Phrases To Know:


Trail weight: The total weight of only the tent body, rain fly, and poles. Unless mentioned, stakes are not factored in.

Packed weight: Total weight of tent when purchased

The number of seasons: The number of seasons a tent is designed for.

Footprint: Ground cloth that lays between a tent and the ground.


2 Person Tents; Backpacking: Agnes Scout 2 Platinum 2 person tent

weight and size matter when you're taking on a backpacking trip. Eugene Gear Traders recommends going withBig Agnes Scout 2 Platinum 2 person tent when you're gearing up. Offering an overall lightweight setup with all needed components, Scout 2 Platinum checks off all our boxes. You have no reason not to pack this tent at an impressive 1lb 1oz trail weight. Though the tent is lightweight, it still is durable enough to get you through many camping seasons.


2 Person Tents; Bikepacking: Big Anges Spur HV UL2 Bikepack

Freestanding, ultralight, 3 seasons, and ready to ride. Big Anges Suur HV UL2 2 person tents are made to throw into a pannier or other bike bag quickly. Weighing in at 2lb 15oz trail weight. Eugene Gear Traders are fans of the low weight, easy packability, and durability. I highly recommend using this tent for your next bikepacking trip.



2 Person Tents; Budget/Value: Marmot Catalyst 2P Tent

The Marmot Catalyst 2P Tent is pretty bare-bones compared to other options on this blog, but it still is a good option on a budget. This tent will run you about $120, which is a fraction of the cost of other tents. This tent includes a footprint, so it's genuinely a one-and-done start. If you are on a tight budget or just testing the water, the Marmot Catalyst 2P tent is a strong stepping stone. The main downside I feel is worth mentioning is that the ventilation is not the best. There is a possibility that the tent will have condensation in the morning. Overall it is a good option for 2 person tents.




2 Person Tents; Eco-friendly

All campers should be trying to find ways to leave a small impact on the beautiful places we visit. An eco-friendly is a great way to commit to this ideology. For this section, I'm going to go wide with a company that Eugene Gear Traders is impressed with Vaude's commitment to sustainable practices. Eugene Gear Traders' favorite in their offerings is the Vaude Power Lizard Tunnel 2 person tents. Weighing roughly 3lbs, it's the heaviest on our list, which is worth considering depending on how you pack.


Honorable Mentions:


Mountain Hardware Mineral Kind 2 Tent

Nemo Aura 2 Backpacking Tent & Footprint

The North Face Eo Trail Tent 2 person

Sea to Summit Alto TR2

(Can add more if needed).



Time To Pack It In


I've enjoyed taking you on this discovery of small 2 person tents. There are many options to choose from, and I hope this has helped you narrow your search. Eugene Gear Traders is always there to help you get connected with the right gear. Don't hesitate to contact Eugene Gear Traders if you have any questions or want to know more about small 2 person tents!





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