The Best 1-Person Backpacking Tents

Here you have our list of the best backpacking tents for one person. All tents in this buyers guide are large enough for one people to live comfortably. Please note that while there are many 1-person camping tents, not all of them are recommended by us. Without further ado, let’s dive in!

1. Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 1

The Big Agnes is our all-round favorite 1-person backpacking tent.

If you want a lightweight backpacking tent for one person, the Copper Spur is the lightest on the market. You would think the tent comes with a few weaknesses to balance things out, but this is not the case. The impressive tent is available is a range of four sizes (1-4 people), all of which ideal for backpacking. The trail weight of the 1-person tent is just 2lb 2oz.

The 3-season 1-person backpacking tent is crafted from a proprietary double rip-stop nylon fabric that is unlikely to receive any damage while on trail. Underneath the fabric you’ll discover a 4-way hub design that provides more than enough space for 1-person. To be honest, I find a lot of 1-person tents too claustrophobic, but the Copper Spur allows me to breath. In fact, the tent covers 20 sq ft of ground, with plenty of headroom too (38”).

The two-tone mesh found round the tent prevents people from peering inside, whilst also preventing those pesky insects from attacking you. Copper Spur has plenty of storage options too – The tent features storm flap vestibule, massive ceiling pocket, media pocket by the sleeping area, and interior mesh pockets. Other features I love are the easy-grip zipper pulls and reflective guy-lines that prevent accidents in the night.

2. TETON Sports Outfitter Quick Tent

Set-up in less than one minute, this is our best instant 1-person backpacking tent. It also fits on a cot for off-the-ground sleeping.

Lightweight, affordable, and able to be set-up in under a minute, what is not to like about the Teton Outfitter Quick Tent?!

This tent comes with six attachment points on the underside, which allows the tent to be fixed on-top of an oversized cot. You can see our Outfitter Camping Cot review here. But if you would rather sleep on the ground, then you’ll be pleased that the bottom of the tent is durable and waterproof.

It has an all-mesh construction that is covered by a rain-fly for protection. The rain-fly also provides a sizeable area for you to store your camping gear. In total, the tent measures 82″ x 39″ x 32″, which provides enough room for one person to sleep comfortably, and you may even be able to sneak in your partner.

At 4.3lb in weight, this isn’t the lightest tent (the Copper Spur is), but this is average for a backpacking tent of this size. The only other slight annoyance is the lack of internal pockets, but the instant erection and affordable price more than makes up for it!

Let’s talk about the weather protection – The tent is made from 75D Taffeta 2000mm PU fabric that prevents water from getting inside the tent. You may even want to pair it with the Teton Outfitter XXL Cot.

3. Snugpak The Ionosphere 1-Man Dome Tent

The Ionosphere is our best 1-person backpacking tent for rain and wind.

With a unique design, the Snugpak Ionosphere 1 is a lightweight 1-person tent for backpacking. The twin-layer tent has a mesh construction with a durable rain-fly for protection, making it ideal for 3-season use. The tent has no ventilation panels, but the fly allows for airflow to get underneath.

Measuring 0.9m in width and 2.4m in length, the tent has a low-profile build that is effective at fighting off wind and rain. Although compact in design, the tent has a spacious inside that allows for a comfortable sleep. Most bivy pack tents can be too snug and can be claustrophobic for some people, but the Ionosphere has enough width at the head end.

The tapes seams and 5000mm waterproof fly makes this tent ideal for backpacking in rain. The fly is fixed to the tent frame via Velcro tabs. But to increase security, the guy-lines should be staked out.

With a packed size of 19″ x 6″ and a packed weight of 3.35lb, the Snugpak tent is great for taking on weekend adventures. The green color also makes it a great backpacking tent for hunting or fishing where you want to stay camouflage.

4. Naturehike Cloud-Up 1-Person 4-Season Tent

For 4-seasons, this is our best 1-person backpacking tent for winter and those on a budget.

The Cloud-Up is our best-value backpacking tent for one person. It has an almost exact build as the Copper Spur, but it more affordable. Specifically, the tent uses ultralight 20D nylon, strong 7001 aluminum poles, and has a 3000mm waterproof-rated coating.

The 1-person tent has dimensions of 91(L) x 43(W) x 39(H) inches and weighs 3.8lbs. There is also a 26” long vestibule for users to store some camping gear outside the sleeping area.

The Cloud-Up is a double layer backpacking tent, which means it can be used in a number of ways. You can use the inner mesh alone to create a well-ventilated summer backpacking tent for two people. Use both layers for a tent that will keep you warm and dry when the temperatures drop.

NatureHike is a relatively new brand that sends products direct from China, hence the savings. Although affordable, the products get positive reviews in the camping circles.

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