Those are all pretty solid choices. The North Faces Vario 23 ($289; thenorthface.com) weighs about five pounds and has room for two, plus a generous vestibule. Its also pretty tall48 inches at the high pointso you wont feel too constricted inside. And its free-standing. The MSR Hubba Hubba ($300; msrgear.com) is lighter still, at just under four pounds. But its almost a summer-only tent; its canopy is nearly all mesh, so ventilation is great but heat retention is not so hot. The Marmot Aura 2P ($280; marmot.com) weighs about 4.5 pounds, and, like the Hubba Hubba, has a LOT of mesh in the canopy.
Mountain Hardwear Helion 2 Tent
Helion 2 Tent
If you prefer a solo tent, get the MSR Hubba ($250). It has plenty of room for one person, and I like its super-light weight. Consider as well the Sierra Designs Velox 1 ($240; sierradesigns.com), which has a similar design to the Hubba and has the same weight and floor space. And the new MSR Hubba HP shaves a few ounces to three pounds, offers more weather protection, and costs $100 more than the traditional Hubba.
If youre really after a tent for two, I like the Marmot Aura 2P by virtue of its two-door design, which gives each occupant a door. In the Vario, somebody has to climb over somebody else if nature calls. Also, take a look at the Mountain Hardwear Helion 2 ($395; mountainhardwear.com), which has one big door at the head end and a lot of high-tech features that make it very rugged while keeping its weight under four pounds. I also like (a lot) Black Diamonds Lighthouse ($389; bdel.com), a single-wall tent that uses Epic fabric, a material that can take steady rain yet breathes well. It does have just the one side door, but I forgive that due to the size of the door and the tents light weightthree pounds, six ouncesand rugged construction.
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