Tent Reviews: One Person Tents Under 3 Pounds

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Camping Tents come in a wide range of sizes, weights and prices. Backpacking tents are a specialized group of tents that are much lighter than other camping tents. When you are hauling all of your gear on your back weight becomes critical and so saving pounds can make your trip that much more enjoyable. Single person tents are the smallest and lightest tents. Prices range from less than $100 to over $400 for the Ultra-light weight tents.

Check out the list of tents below to find the light weight single person tent that fits your specific requirements and pocket book. All tents listed have 4+ STAR customer ratings and are less than 3 pounds.

MSR Hubba Tent

MSR Hubba Tent

  • Lightweight, one-person, freestanding tent with multiple configuration options for backpacking
  • Use as double-wall tent for full protection, or in two freestanding tarp-shelter modes when used with optional footprint (sold separately)
  • 40-inch interior peak height; measures six by 20 inches (W x D) packed; 17-square-foot floor and 22-cubic-foot tent volume
  • Large door and vestibule for gear storage
  • Limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty

The pioneers of the innovative Hub design that changed tents forever, the Hubba tents continue as one of the best options in all around backpacking performance and features new green rain flies and DuraSheild coatings. Capacity: 1, Min weight: 1.29kg/2lbs 13oz, Floor + Vestibule: 1.6+0.9sq m/17+9.5sq ft, Interior peak height: 100cm/40in, Livable Volume: 623+254L/22+9 cu ft

MSR Hubba Tent

MSR’s lightest and bestselling one-person freestanding tent is ideal for ounce-counting backpackers. The Hubba comfortably sleeps one full-sized adult camper, yet weighs less than three pounds. The feather-light aluminum poles are strong and sturdy, while factory-taped seams keep moisture where it belongs–outside your tent. Its unique, easy-pitch hub-and-pole system sets up in moments, creates more space inside the tent, and is strong enough to handle inclement weather. For maximum versatility, the Hubba has a full-size door and vestibule and can be set up one of three ways:

  • Optional footprint (sold separately) with rainfly
  • Mesh internal tent with rainfly
  • Mesh internal tent without rainfly
Livable Comfort in a Lightweight Package:
  • The Hubba’s Unique pole configuration provides maximum interior space. The large door opens to a roomy vestibule for gear storage.
  • Lightweight: Minimum weight is less than three pounds
  • Quick setup: All-in-one hub-and-swivel pole design is strong and simple to use
  • Versatile: Can be used as a double-wall tent for full protection, or in two freestanding tarp-shelter modes when used with optional footprint (sold separately)
  • Lifetime warranty
Size Specifications:
  • Capacity: one person
  • Interior peak height: 40 inches
  • Interior floor area: 17 square feet
  • Vestibule area: 9.5 square feet
  • Packed dimensions: 20 by 6 inches (WxD) packed
  • Tent volume: 22 cubic feet
  • Vestibule volume: 9 cubic feet
Weight Specifications:
  • Minimum weight: 2 pounds, 13 ounces / 1289 grams
  • Packed weight: 3 pounds, 4 ounces / 1474 grams
  • Fly with footprint: 2 pounds, 2 ounces / 979 grams
  • Body weight: 1 pound / 448 grams
  • Fly weight: 1 pound, 2 ounces / 498 grams
  • Frame weight: 12 ounces / 341 grams
  • One DAC pole
  • Six stakes
  • Fly: 40-denier ripstop nylon with 1500mm Durashield polyurethane and silicone coating
  • Canopy: 40-denier nylon ripstop canopy
  • Walls: 20-denier nylon no-see-um mesh
  • Floor: 40-denier ripstop nylon with 3000mm Durashield polyurethane and DWR coating

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Price: $ 1,291.83
MSR Hubba Tent



Nemo Equipment 2011 Obi 1-Person Ultralight Backpacking Tent (Green)

Nemo Equipment 2011 Obi 1-Person Ultralight Backpacking Tent (Green)

  • 1-person ultralight backpacking tent
  • Roomier interior volume without additional pole
  • Raised waterproof tub floor allows cutouts in the fly for ventilation and less weight
  • Includes anodized DAC Featherlite NSL poles, a Light Pocket, dry bag style stuff sack, stakes, and a repair kit
  • Floor Area: 21 square feet; minimum weight is 2 pounds, 8 ounces

FEATURES of the Nemo Obi 1 Person Tent

A large side entry makes entrances/exits easier on the body and provides more coverage in the rain. The large D-shaped door gives you easy access to your gear Dual vestibule/entries on Obi 2P and 3P eliminate jostling for position and gear storage On the Fly configuration is a lightweight tarp structure created by your fly, poles, and footprint. Setup is simple with Jake’s Feet corner anchors Pole hubs at the front and rear of the tent allow multiple poles to intersect at a single point creating a unique pole architecture that allows free-standing support while minimizing pole weight Included Accessories: Dry bag style stuff sack, stakes, guy-out cord, repair kit Optional Accessories: Footprint, Gear Caddy

SPECIFICATIONS Nemo Obi 1 Person Tent Capacity: 1 Person Minimum Weight: 2 lbs 11 oz / 1.2 kg Packed Weight: 3 lbs 6 oz / 1.5 kg Floor Dimension: 87 x 39″ / 221 x 99 cm Interior Height: 40″ / 102 cm Floor Area: 2.0 square meter / 21 square feet Vestibule Area: 0.8 square meter / 9 square feet Packed Dimension: 6.5 x 6″ / 16 x 15 cm Pole Bag: 20″ / 51 cm Shell: Mesh / 20D PU Nylon Fly/Vestibule: 20D PU Nylon Floor: 30D PU Nylon Stuff Sack Style: Dry Bag Frame: 1 DAC 8.5 mm Featherlite NSL

The Obi 1 tent is a finely tuned instrument, with not one ounce of material wasted, every feature and detail driven by purpose and strategy. Subtly moving the front pole hub overhead creates more interior volume without the need for an additional ridge pole. A raised waterproof tub floor allows cutouts in the fly to save significant weight while improving ventilation. The Obi 1P includes a vestibule perfectly sized for tucking in your pack and shoes at night and a large side vent to keep a cross flow of air. Includes anodized DAC Featherlite NSL poles, a Light Pocket, dry bag style stuff sack, stakes, and a repair kit.


  • 1-person ultralight backpacking tent
  • Roomier interior volume without additional pole
  • Raised waterproof tub floor allows cutouts in the fly for ventilation and less weight
  • Vestiblue for your pack and shoes
  • Large side vent to keep a crossflow of air
  • Includes anodized DAC Featherlite NSL poles, a Light Pocket, dry bag style stuff sack, stakes, and a repair kit


  • Minimum Weight: 2 pounds, 8 ounces
  • 1 DAC 8mm Featherweight pole
  • Floor: 87 by 39 inches
  • Floor Area: 21 square feet
  • Packed Size: 6.5 by 6 inches
  • Tent Shell Fabric: No See-um Mesh nylon/ 20 denier PU nylon
  • Fly/Vestibule Fabric: 20D PU nylon
  • Packed Weight: 3 pounds, 3 ounces
  • Interior Height: 40 inches
  • Fully Seam-taped and waterproof
  • Floor Fabric: 30 denier PU nylon
  • Vestibule: 9 square feet

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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 1 Person Tent – 2013

Big Agnes Seedhouse SL 1 Person Tent - 2013

  • Sleeps 1
  • Main fly and floor seams are factory taped with solvent and PVC free seam tape to keep the rain out
  • Shockcorded DAC Featherlite aluminum NSL pole system with press fit connectors and lightweight hubs – featuring eco-friendly anodizing
  • Full Coverage UltraLight RipStop Sil/Nylon fly completely surrounds the tent- silicone treated nylon with a PU coating for ultimate in waterproofing
  • Freestanding hub/pole design makes set up easy

The Big Agnes Seedhouse 1 SL is a very light solo tent. It features much room for the solo hiker and is easy to set up with it’s 1 piece hubbed shockcorded DAC NSL lightweight aluminum frame. This is basically a modified ‘A’ frame tent that is not just roomy but sturdy too. By utilizing the newest materials Big Agnes has created a lightweight series of tents that is hard to beat for space and reliability. With its higher than average space to weight ratio the Seedhouse offers more room than other tents in its class. The full coverage fly is a ripstop siliconized nylon that is light, waterproof and durable. The all mesh body is great for ventilation and stargazing. A small vestibule in the front allows you to keep some gear outside the tent on rainy nights.1 door and 1 vestibule to stow excess or wet gear.Easy to use clips attach tent body to the pole frame for quick and easy set up.Floor is ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop.DAC poles made from TH72M aluminum: the latest technology in lightweight tent poles featuring improved durability, corrosion resistance, and reliability.Multiple guy points for stability in wind.Interior mesh pockets for organization and gear storage.Post and grommet assembly with locking pole tips for convenience.Adjustable ventilation options help keep the tent and occupants comfortable in all conditions.Side release buckles attach fly to body for fast easy set up.Reflective guyline and reflective webbing on tent corners for nighttime visibility.Flashlight loop.Fast Fly configuration allows user to set up a superlight shelter using only the tent fly, poles and footprint (sold separately) – Fast fly weight – 1 lbs. 10 oz..Mostly mesh body is great for ventilation and stargazing.Ultralight buckles and webbing save weight.Tent, pole and stake bags included.Fire retardant.Import.
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Nemo Equipment Gogo Le 1-Person Air Supported Tent

Nemo Equipment Gogo Le 1-Person Air Supported Tent

  • 1-person, extra-long, air-supported tent; fully seamtaped; waterproof breathable
  • 9.5 feet of interior length; plenty of room for you and your gear
  • Additional zippered entry on the side
  • Weighs 2 pounds, 2 ounces; 20 square feet, 27 inch interior height

Gogo Le 1P Air Supported TentThe Gogo LE by Nemo Equipment is the same time-proven air-supported shelter as the Gogo, but with an extra 6 inches of length in the tail and an additional zippered entry on the side. The extra overall length compared to the original means you’ve got 9.5 feet of interior length to share with your pack. If you store your pack in the nose of the shelter, blocking the main doorway, the second door provides a quick escape without having to move your pack. The side door also gives you an easy way to peek out and check the weather, access gear you’ve left outside or add ventilation. Gogo LE comes with an integrated pump, a watertight stuff sack, stakes, and a repair kit.


  • 1-person, extra-long, air-supported tent
  • Extra 6 inches of length in the tail
  • Additional zippered entry on the side
  • 9.5 feet of interior length; plenty of room for you and your gear
  • Side door for easy access and ventilation
  • Comes with integrated pump, watertight stuff sack, stakes, repair kit
  • Fully seamtaped; waterproof breathable


  • Weight: 2 pounds, 2 ounces
  • Area: 20 square feet
  • Area Dimensions: 114 by 41 inches
  • Vestibule Area: 5 square feet
  • Packed Weight: 2 pounds, 9 ounces
  • Interior Height: 27 inches
  • Fly: 20D PU nylon
  • Floor: 30D PU nylon
  • Tent Shell: OSMO waterproof breathable fabric

About Nemo Equipment
In 2002, Cam Brensinger incorporated Nemo Equipment, Inc with the intention of bringing high-level design and engineering to the outdoor industry. Only two months later, following his graduation, Cam moved Nemo into an historic mill in Nashua, NH. A quick drive from both New Hampshire’s White Mountains and the great design and business resources available from connections at RISD and MIT, Nashua was the perfect location to establish the company headquarters. Much of the first year was spent learning how to sew and pattern and developing Nemo’s AirSupported Technology. Tents were chosen as Nemo’s first product line because Cam saw the opportunity to bring significant new innovation to the market and knew that successfully revolutionizing tents would give Nemo the credibility to move into new product lines in the future.

Since then, Nemo has won many awards in the outdoor industry, including Gear of the Year from Outside Magazine for the Losi 3P tent. Nemo contributes it’s success to the brand’s vision to be the leading source of product innovation for outdoor recreation and survival while using creativity to inspire respect for the planet, a love of adventure, and a love of the people and places that make adventure possible.

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Eureka! Solitaire – Tent (sleeps 1)

Eureka! Solitaire - Tent (sleeps 1)

  • Two-hoop bivy-style tent for one sleeper (21.33 square foot area)
  • Ventilated with a large mesh roof; attached full coverage fly
  • Zipper in roof cloth for easy entry/exit
  • Includes two storage pockets and one flashlight loop
  • Center height of 28 inches; weighs 2 pounds, 9 ounces

Lightweight solo tent with efficient tunnel design and compact fold sizePerfect for singular trekking and walkabouts, the Eureka Solitaire is lightest, most compact three-season solo tent made by Eureka. It’s also extremely well ventilated with a large mesh roof–great for stargazing during summer trips–and the zippered roof provides an extra exit in nice weather. This two-hoop bivy design offers an efficient tunnel design, with a durable 6.3 mm fiberglass frame is shockcorded for fast set up. The full coverage fly is attached, so it can be rolled back or put in place very quickly. Other features include nylon pole sleeves for easy setup, three storm guyouts on the fly, two storage pockets, and one flashlight loop.


  • Area: 21.33 square feet
  • Floor size: 2 feet, 8 inches by 8 feet
  • Center height: 2 feet, 4 inches
  • Wall fabrics: 40D no-see-um mesh
  • Floor fabrics: 70D nylon taffeta
  • Fly fabrics: 70D nylon taffeta
  • Pack size: 4 by 17.5 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds, 9 ounces

About Eureka
Though the exact year is unknown, Eureka’s long history begins prior to 1895 in Binghamton, New York, where the company still resides today. Then known as the Eureka Tent & Awning Company, its first wares were canvas products–most notably, Conestoga wagon covers and horse blankets for nineteenth century American frontiersmen–as well as American flags, store awnings, and camping tents.

The company increased production of its custom canvas products locally throughout the 1930s and during the 1940 and even fabricated and erected the IBM “tent cities” just outside Binghamton. The seven acres of tents housed thousands of IBM salesmen during the company’s annual stockholders meeting, which had since outgrown its previous locale. In the 1940s, with the advent of World War II and the increased demand for hospital ward tents, Eureka expanded operations and began shipping tents worldwide. Ultimately, upon the post-war return of the GIs and the resultant housing shortage, Eureka turned its attention to the home front during the 1950s by supplying awnings for the multitude of mobile homes that were purchased.

In 1960, Eureka’s new and innovative Draw-Tite tent, with its practical, free standing external frame, was used in a Himalayan Expedition to Nepal by world renowned Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person documented to summit Mt. Everest only six years earlier. In 1963, Eureka made history during its own Mt. Everest ascent, with more than 60 of its tents sheltering participants from fierce 60+ mph winds and temperatures reaching below -20°F during the first all American Mt. Everest Expedition.

For backpackers and families, Eureka introduced its legendary Timberline tent in the 1970s. Truly the first StormShield design, this completely self-supporting and lightweight backpacking tent became one of the most popular tents the entire industry with sales reaching over 1 million by its ten year anniversary.

Eureka tents have also traveled as part of several historic expeditions, including the American Women’s Himalayan Expedition to Annapurna I in 1978 and the first Mt. Everest ascents by a Canadian and American woman in 1986 and 1988. In recent history, tents specially designed and donated by Eureka sheltered Eric Simonson and his team on two historic research expeditions to Mount Everest, this time in a quest for truth regarding the 1924 attempted summit of early English explorers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine. During the 1999 expedition, the team made history finding the remains of George Mallory, but the complete mystery remained unsolved. Returning in 2001 to search for more clues, the team found amazing historical artifacts which are now on display at the Smithsonian.

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Selecting a Tent
Fortunately, there are all kinds of tents for weekend car campers, Everest expeditions, and everything in-between. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Expect the Worst
In general, it’s wise to choose a tent that’s designed to withstand the worst possible conditions you think you’ll face. For instance, if you’re a summer car camper in a region where weather is predictable, an inexpensive family or all purpose tent will likely do the trick–especially if a vehicle is nearby and you can make a mad dash for safety when bad weather swoops in! If you’re a backpacker, alpine climber or bike explorer, or if you like to car camp in all seasons, you’ll want to take something designed to handle more adversity.

Three- and Four-Season Tents
For summer, early fall and late spring outings, choose a three-season tent. At minimum, a quality three season tent will have lightweight aluminum poles, a reinforced floor, durable stitching, and a quality rain-fly. Some three-season tents offer more open-air netting and are more specifically designed for summer backpacking and other activities. Many premium tents will feature pre-sealed, taped seams and a silicone-impregnated rain-fly for enhanced waterproofness.

For winter camping or alpine travel, go with a four season model. Because they typically feature more durable fabric coatings, as well as more poles, four-season tents are designed to handle heavy snowfall and high winds without collapsing. Of course, four-season tents exact a weight penalty of about 10 to 20 percent in trade for their strength and durability. They also tend to be more expensive.

Domes and Tunnels
Tents are broadly categorized into two types, freestanding, which can stand up on their own, and those that must be staked down in order to stand upright. Freestanding tents often incorporate a dome-shaped design, and most four-season tents are constructed this way because a dome leaves no flat spots on the outer surface where snow can collect. Domes are also inherently stronger than any other design. Meanwhile, many three-season models employ a modified dome configuration called a tunnel. These are still freestanding, but they require fewer poles than a dome, use less fabric, and typically have a rectangular floor-plan that offers less storage space than a dome configuration. Many one and two-person tents are not freestanding, but they make up for it by being more lightweight. Because they use fewer poles, they can also be quicker to set up than a dome.

Size Matters
Ask yourself how many people you’d like to fit in your fabric hotel now and in the future. For soloists and minimalists, check out one-person tents. If you’re a mega-minimalist, or if you have your eye on doing some big wall climbs, a waterproof-breathable bivy sack is the ticket. Some bivy sacks feature poles and stake points to give you a little more breathing room. Also, if you don’t need bug protection and you want to save weight, check out open-air shelters.

Families who plan on car camping in good weather can choose from a wide range of jumbo-sized tents that will accommodate all your little ones with room to spare. A wide range of capacities is also available for three- and four-season backpacking and expedition tents. Remember, though, the bigger the tent you buy, the heavier it will be, although it’s easy to break up the tent components among several people in your group. It’s also helpful to compare the volume and floor-space measurements of models you’re considering.

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Price: $ 67.46

Eureka! Solitaire - Tent (sleeps 1)


Terra Nova Laser Photon 1 Tent

Terra Nova Laser Photon 1 Tent

  • One person tent
  • 1lbs 9oz max weight
  • Stakes required
  • 13.7″ x 3.9″ pack size
  • 3 season tent

The Laser Photon 1 is the definitive single person tent for lightweight travel. Small pack size and incredibly low weight.
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Price: $ 383.96

Terra Nova Laser Photon 1 Person Tent


Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 Person Tent 1 Person

Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 Person Tent 1 Person

  • Suitable for adventure racing and ultra light backpacking.
  • Suitable for 1 person, or two people at a squeeze.

FEATURES of the Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 Person Tent Lightest double-wall shelter in the world Uses our new ULTRA fabric Scandium Alloy poles Can sleep two for adventure races Compatible with our Fast Pack system Tiny pack size – fits in most panniers SPECIFICATIONS of the Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 Person Tent Sleeps: 1 Person Fast Pack Weight: 385 g Minimum Weight: 1 lb 1 oz / 495 g Maximum Weight: 1 lb 5 oz / 580 g Pack Size: 14 x 3″ / 35 x 8 cm Range: Adventure Racing Flysheet: ULTRA fabric 10000mm Floor: ULTRA fabric 10000mm Poles: 7.55mm Scandium Alloy Pegs: 12 x Titanium 1 g Guylines: 4 x Reflective with Clamcleats This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don’t hate us.
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MSR Carbon Reflex Tent 1

MSR Carbon Reflex Tent 1

  • Lightest, double-wall solo tent MSR has ever made, utilizing latest fabrics and carbon fiber poles; ideal for any ultralight, three-season adventure
  • One-door, one-person ultralight tent with 37-inch interior peak height; measures six by 20 inches (W x D) packed; two Easton Carbon 6.3 poles and six stakes
  • 20-denier ripstop nylon fly with 1000mm Durashield polyurethane and silicone coating, 20-denier ripstop nylon canopy, 20-denier nylon no-see-um mesh walls, and 40-denier ripstop nylon floor with 3000mm Durashield polyurethane and DWR coating
  • 17-square-foot floor, 21-cubic-foot tent volume, and 9.5-square-foot vestibule with 8.5 cubic feet; two-pound, two-ounce minimum weight and two-pound, nine-ounce packed weight
  • Includes limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty

Built on a structual foundation of Easton Carbon FX poles, that are our lightest, double wall tents offering uncompromised protection and advanced, full featured livability. Capacity: 1, Minimum weight: 0.97kg/2lbs 2oz, Floor and Vestibule1.6=0.9 sq m/17+9.5 sq ft, Interior peak: 94cm/37in, Volume: 595+240L/21+8.5 cu ftThe Carbon Reflex 1 tent is the lightest, double-wall solo tent MSR has ever made, utilizing the latest fabrics and carbon fiber poles. Ideal for any ultralight, three-season adventure — from bike touring to lightweight weekend excursions — Carbon Reflex series tents are surprisingly accommodating for the light weight. More than seven feet long, with plenty of vertical height to sit upright, and a roomy vestibule for gear storage, Carbon Reflex tents prove that traveling ultralight should increase your comfort, not compromise it.

The compact, lightweight, one-person tent pitches in just minutes.


  • Lightweight: Comparable to MSR’s popular Hubba tent in volume, the Carbon Reflex 1 is nearly a pound lighter, thanks to carbon fiber poles and efficient design
  • Advanced poles: MSR Custom Carbon 6.3 poles weigh up to 30% less than aluminum, with a significant increase in strength
  • Versatile:Additional features:

    • Ultralight, non-freestanding design
    • Taped, DuraShield-coated fly and bathtub floor
    • Four internal mesh storage pockets
    • Large front door and vestibule


  • One-door, one-person ultralight tent
  • 37-inch interior peak height
  • Measures six by 20 inches (W x D) packed
  • Two Easton Carbon 6.3 poles
  • Six stakes
  • Weight:
    • Two-pound, two-ounce minimum weight
    • Two-pound, nine-ounce packed weight
    • One-pound, eight-ounce fly with footprint weight
    • 15-ounce body weight
    • 13-ounce frame weight
    • 6.5-ounce frame weight
  • Area/volume:
    • 17-square-foot floor
    • 21-cubic-foot tent volume
    • 9.5-square-foot vestibule
    • 8.5-cubic-foot vestibule
  • Fabric:
    • 20-denier ripstop nylon fly with 1000mm Durashield polyurethane and silicone coating
    • 20-denier ripstop nylon canopy
    • 20-denier nylon no-see-um mesh walls
    • 40-denier ripstop nylon floor with 3000mm Durashield polyurethane and DWR coating

Lifetime Warranty
MSR products include a limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.

About MSR
MSR is part of a company named Cascade Designs, started by three friends and former Boeing engineers — Jim Lea, Neil Anderson, and John Burroughs — who were laid off from the aeronautics giant in 1971. Outdoor enthusiasts looking for the next great gear idea, they went on to design the world’s first self-inflating mattress, the Therm-A-Rest. Today, Cascade Designs remains a private, family-owned company that has grown to be one of the most respected outdoor manufacturers in the world.
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Price: $ 1,198.09

MSR Carbon Reflex 1 Solo Tent