BEST ONE PERSON BACKPACKING TENTS: 2019

For those who seek peaceful solitude and the chance to experience what only nature can offer, their solo tent is often an essential component.  Engineered to fit snugly into your backpack and light enough to be carried for days on end, these marvels are the perfect mobile home for the modern hiker. 

When choosing your tent there are many things to consider – weight, durability to ease of setup, and we’ve put together a list of 7 top quality solo tents that we consider to be some of the best on the market currently to help make that choice easier for you. 

#
Tent
Weight
Score
More Info
#1
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 1
2lbs 2oz
8.7 / 10
#2
NEMO Hornet 1
1lb 15oz
8.5 / 10
#3
MSR Hubba NX 1 Tent
2lbs 7oz
8.3 / 10
#4
The North Face Mica FL 1
2lbs 5oz
8.3 / 10
#5
REI Quarter Dome SL 1 Tent
1lb 15oz
8.3 / 10
#6
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Solo
3lbs 8oz
7.6 / 10
#7
Eureka! Solitaire
2lbs 10z
7.3 / 10

Not sure how to choose the right backpacking tent? Check out this video from REI that explains all essentials for choosing your ideal backpacking tent:

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#1 Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 1

BEST FOR: Lightweight hiking, Backpacking

The first tent on our list is The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 1, a spacious double-wall tent that is a cinch to set up.  The large doorway makes entrance and exit very easy and there is also plenty of storage space in this tent for your gear. 

The construction quality is very evident with this durable tent and it’s easy to see why this is a favourite of many backpackers. 

Size (space)
9
Weight
9
Water Proofing
9
Features
8
Setup
8.5
Overall Score
8.7
Key Details
  • 3-Season
  • Weight: 2lbs 2oz
  • W:38" x L:88" x H:38"'
  • Ripstop Nylon
Strengths
  • Feels spacious
  • Easy setup
  • Free-standing inner
  • Excellent ventilation
Weaknesses
  • Expensive

#2 NEMO Hornet 1

BEST FOR: Lightweight hiking, Backpacking

Weighing just 26 oz, the NEMO Hornet 1 is the joint lightest tent on this list (along with REI’s Quarter Dome).  This double-wall tent has a side entrance and large vestibule for ample gear storage area and the pole architecture provides the simplest of set ups. 

Outstanding ventilation between the inner tent and rain fly helps reduce tent condensation, and along with aerodynamic vents encourage good airflow.  One great feature of this tent is the almost transparent mesh black ceiling which allows for star gazing as you rest up. 

Size (space)
9
Weight
9.5
Water Proofing
8
Features
7
Setup
9
Overall Score
8.5
Key Details
  • 3-Season
  • Weight: 1lbs 15oz
  • W:43" x L:87" x H:39"'
  • Sil-Nylon
Strengths
  • Ultralight
  • Tent height
  • Pack size
  • Adjustable ties
Weaknesses
  • No footprint
  • Durability

#3 MSR Hubba NX 1 Tent

BEST FOR: Lightweight hiking, Backpacking

You’d be forgiven for thinking the MSR Hubba NX Solo Tent is something only astronauts would use but this is in fact a fantastic lightweight tent that we highly recommend!

This robust and high quality solo tent can be packed down to a tiny size – it will slide into your backpack with ease (and plenty of room to spare).  More than this the weather proofing is second to none, and the 3 feet of height allows you to sit up without hitting your head.

Definitely one of the best currently out there in the market. 

Size (space)
8
Weight
8.5
Water Proofing
8
Features
7.5
Setup
9.5
Overall Score
8.3
Key Details
  • 3-Season
  • Weight: 2lbs 7oz
  • W:30" x L:85" x H:36"'
  • Ripstop Nylon
Strengths
  • Easy setup & take down
  • Compact footprint
  • Durability
  • Good sized vestibule
Weaknesses
  • Expensive
  • Condensation
  • No footprint

#4 The North Face Mica FL 1

BEST FOR: Lightweight hiking, Backpacking

A double-wall tent with great ventilation, plenty of headroom, ample gear storage and fantastic weather proofing to boot – as far as one person tents go you could do a lot worse than the North Face Mica FL 1.

The setup is quick and simple, while the large entry door provides easy access – there isn’t much to complain about with this one.  Maybe a little bit pricey, but you get what you for. 

Size (space)
8
Weight
8.5
Water Proofing
9
Features
8
Setup
8
Overall Score
8.3
Key Details
  • 3-Season
  • Weight: 2lbs 5oz
  • W:30" x L:90" x H:38"
  • Ripstop Nylon
Strengths
  • Footprint included
  • Quick & Easy setup
  • Weather resistance
  • Good ventilation
Weaknesses
  • Pricey

#5 REI Quarter Dome SL 1 Tent

BEST FOR: Lightweight hiking, Backpacking

The joint lightest tent on this list, the REI Quarter Dome SL 1 is a high quality double wall tent with plenty of head and shoulder room. The colour coded pole assembly makes it a cinch to setup along with easy stake placement.

The mesh and roof vent setup result in excellent ventilation and combat condensation while the multitude of pockets and hang loops offer plenty of storage. This tent is highly recommended as an affordable and quality option. 

Size (space)
8
Weight
9.5
Water Proofing
8
Features
7.5
Setup
8.5
Overall Score
8.3
Key Details
  • 3-Season
  • Weight: 1lbs 15oz
  • W:35" x L:88" x H:38"'
  • Ripstop Nylon
Strengths
  • Very lightweight
  • Easy setup
  • Weather proofing
  • Excellent ventilation
Weaknesses
  • A bit fragile
  • No footprint

#6 ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Solo

BEST FOR: Mid-weight hiking, Backpacking

By far the heaviest tent on this list – what the ALPS Mountaineering Lynx lacks in the weight department it makes up for in the setup ease which is remarkably quick and simple.  It’s also very affordable compared to most of the tents in this list. 

This free-standing solo tent has plenty of features, good ventilation, and a roomy vestibule that can be used for additional storage.  Overall this a great choice for those who don’t want to break the bank but also don’t want to skimp on quality. 

Size (space)
7
Weight
6
Water Proofing
8
Features
8
Setup
9
Overall Score
7.6
Key Details
  • 3-Season
  • Weight: 3lbs 8oz
  • W32" x L:90" x H:36"'
  • Nylon
Strengths
  • Easy & quick setup
  • Comes with rainfly
  • Good sized vestibule
  • Free standing
Weaknesses
  • Limited internal space
  • No footprint

#7 Eureka! Solitaire

BEST FOR: Budget backpackers

The final solo tent on the list is the Eureka Solitaire.  This budget tunnel 1-man tent may not be anywhere near the same quality as the other tents but for the price you pay it has a lot going for it. 

Easy to setup, decent durability and weather proofing are it’s strong points.  Unsurprisingly it has a few flaws such as tricky entrance and exit due to the tunnel design, and no room to sit up. 

If you’re looking for a budget option that still offers decent quality we think the Eureka Solitaire could serve you well. 

Size (space)
7
Weight
7
Water Proofing
7.5
Features
7
Setup
8
Overall Score
7.3
Key Details
  • 3-Season
  • Weight: 2lbs 10oz
  • W:32" x L:96" x H:28"'
  • Polyester
Strengths
  • Value for money
  • Easy setup
  • Weather proofing
Weaknesses
  • Feels very snug
  • Not free standing

#8 Honorary Mentions

There were a few tents we felt deserved honorary mentions as they are top quality options too…

There you have it – our recommendations for the best solo tents for backpackers (plus a few honorary mentions).  We hope you found it helpful.  If you have any questions about them leave them in a comment below and we’ll get back to your as soon as possible. 

How to choose a backpacking tent: REI

Here’s the video from REI again to help you make the right choice for your backpacking tent:

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#
Tent
Weight
Score
More Info
#1
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 1
2lbs 2oz
8.7 / 10
#2
NEMO Hornet 1
1lb 15oz
8.5 / 10
#3
MSR Hubba NX 1 Tent
2lbs 7oz
8.3 / 10
#4
The North Face Mica FL 1
2lbs 5oz
8.3 / 10
#5
REI Quarter Dome SL 1 Tent
1lb 15oz
8.3 / 10
#6
ALPS Mountaineering Lynx Solo
3lbs 8oz
7.6 / 10
#7
Eureka! Solitaire
2lbs 10z
7.3 / 10

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