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What is the lightest 2p free standing tent?
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marcelo mora
What is the lightest 2p free standing tent? on 04/28/2014 18:03:59 MDT Print View

I've been looking at the very popular and well known BA FC ul2. But what is the lightest out recently?

Dave -
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Up there
Re: What is the lightest 2p free standing tent? on 04/28/2014 18:44:49 MDT Print View

Freestanding or self supporting (the Fly Creek 2 requires 13 pegs for a tight pitch and is not what many would consider truly freestanding)?

Double walled or single walled?

Chad "Stick" Poindexter
(Stick) - F

Locale: Wet & Humid Southeast....
Re: What is the lightest 2p free standing tent? on 04/28/2014 18:56:42 MDT Print View

If I'm reading right, the Big Sky Soul 2 is as low as 1 lb 9.5 oz... It's free standing and double wall too.

Edited by Stick on 04/28/2014 18:58:45 MDT.

marcelo mora
Price! on 04/28/2014 19:30:37 MDT Print View

OUCH! I dont have 783 dollars to spend on a tent(nice tent though)! I would like it to be double walled. And as long as it's not a tarp tent and it has poles and it's light, I'll be happy. I just like to be able to pick up my tent and move locations easily if ever needed or for easy cleaning.

Chad "Stick" Poindexter
(Stick) - F

Locale: Wet & Humid Southeast....
Re: Price! on 04/28/2014 19:52:12 MDT Print View

GoLite has the Imogene 2, and REI has a Dash 2, both of which are "free-standing" and around 2.5 lbs.

Warren Greer
(WarrenGreer) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: What is the lightest 2p free standing tent? on 04/28/2014 20:28:55 MDT Print View

Would you like it to hold two people? The 2p version is very narrow. I have the 3p version and it works great for two. All that to say I'm not up on lightest 2p freestanding shelters. But do be aware most that are labeled 2p are very tight for two adults.

Edited by WarrenGreer on 04/28/2014 20:29:30 MDT.

Nathan Watts
(7sport) - MLife
Re: Re: What is the lightest 2p free standing tent? on 04/28/2014 21:22:32 MDT Print View

I was going to say just what Warren added. Many so called 2P tents out there don't really accommodate 2 actual people so well.

I use a 3P tent from Big Sky. Highly recommended, but it won't compete weight-wise with the lightest (tiny) 2P tents out there.

I too really like free standing. Makes them easier to set up on the tent platforms that I commonly come across out here.

bayden cline
(pyro_) - F

Locale: Ontario Canada
Fly creek on 04/29/2014 18:56:33 MDT Print View

I had the fly creek ul2 last year and would echo those above int hat it would be tight for two. I would call it more of a 1.5 person tent

C g
(cgraf) - M

Locale: So Cal
Easton Kilo 2P on 04/29/2014 19:15:31 MDT Print View

I too like Big Sky International Shelters/Tents....Very high quality and a nice space to weight ratio but can be a bit costly depending on options/fabric choice.

I recently picked up a Easton Kilo 2P (70% at was hard to pass up) for use with my daughter.....though not the roomiest two person design it is reasonably light with a trail weight of under 2.5lbs

Charles P
(mediauras) - F

Locale: Terra
Re: Re: Re: What is the lightest 2p free standing tent? on 04/29/2014 21:44:54 MDT Print View

Another +1 for Big Sky tents. I have a Mirage 1P, though I have used and enjoyed the Mirage 2P as well. Very well constructed shelters.

Dena Kelley

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
"What is the lightest 2p free standing tent?" on 04/30/2014 15:18:34 MDT Print View

I'm a current user of the BA Fly Creek UL2. As another mentioned, it's self-supporting but you must stake it out if you want full usable dimensions so it's not really "free standing" since free-standing is generally taken to mean you don't have to stake it to have full usability. It's also NOT a 2 person tent unless you really like to snuggle or at least one of you is really small. An adult and a child, sure. 2 adults- probably not. I have mine for myself and my dog. If you truly want a 2 person tent in this style, get the UL3.

It is easy to set up, readily available on Gear Swap on a regular basis for a good price (often around 50% of new), seems to be durable, is fairly lightweight for a double wall tent, and does a decent job with varying weather conditions of spring/summer/fall. I've had mine in light snow, fairly snappy winds, and rain. No hurricane force stuff, yet, though.

marcelo mora
Likes to snuggle on 04/30/2014 22:13:05 MDT Print View

Thanks for all the replies! I would be using this tent with my girlfriend and not another male companion... I will also be using this tent for myself on some solo trips.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
TT Stratospire 2 on 05/01/2014 01:25:51 MDT Print View

At just under 3 lbs. the Stratospire 2 uses two hiking poles for its main support and has very ample room for two and their gear. It also has two entrances and two generous vestibules.

The SS2's shape is also fairly aerodynamic if high winds are encountered. And Tarptent's made in USA quality is excellent, plus the price is quite reasonable.

Rex Sanders
(Rex) - M

Locale: Central California Coast
Also TT Double Rainbow on 05/01/2014 01:41:14 MDT Print View

Tarptent Double Rainbow is free standing when used with two trekking poles. At 41 oz and $289, it's lighter and cheaper than the TT Stratospire 2.

Compared to the other tents mentioned in this thread, not the lightest, but cheaper than most, and has two doors, which is very nice for two people.

-- Rex

Edited by Rex on 05/01/2014 01:41:49 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
What is the lightest 2p free standing tent? on 05/01/2014 01:56:14 MDT Print View

The Strato Spire 2 is not that first tent that comes to mind when freestanding is the requirement..
Anyway Marcelo,, do make sure that, since weight is the other priority, you check exactly what is included in the given weight .
Some include stakes and stuff sack, others exclude one or both.

Larry De La Briandais
(Hitech) - F

Locale: SF Bay Area
Re: Likes to snuggle on 05/01/2014 10:18:36 MDT Print View

If you really like to snuggle consider the TarpTent (single) Rainbow. The floor is 40" wide, so there is enough room for two pads. It is light and with trekking poles is freestanding. This is the tent I was considering for me and my wife. (I'm waiting for the Double Moment; I love the easy setup of the Moment).