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In the past four years since our Double-Wall Tents Review Summary and Gear Guide Overview, a lot of manufacturers have made the move to add lightweight offerings in their double-wall tent line-ups. Many now use designs that both cut weight and make set-up much faster. In some cases the weights are getting low enough to challenge the benefit of choosing a single-wall shelter when the advantages are brought into the equation. This new State of the Market Report (SOTM) will serve to bring a portion of the last Review up to date with the latest trends and design features, plus give some background for beginning backpackers.

In this SOTM report, we focus on double-wall tents made for two people that have a Trail Weight of 4 pounds (1.81 kg) or less. Trail Weight refers to the tent body and rain fly, plus the minimum stakes needed to set the tent up. It does not include stuff sacks, extra stakes, gear lofts, or footprints.


  • Introduction
  • When Only Two Will Do
  • Double-Wall Tent Design
    • Poles
    • Inner Tent
    • Rain Fly
  • You Gotta Fight for Your Right to Go Light
    • Achieving Lower Weights
  • Tents Included in This Report
    • Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2
    • Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
    • Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2
    • Big Agnes Seedhouse 2
    • Big Sky International Convertible
    • Big Sky International Evolution
    • Big Sky International Montana
    • Big Sky International Revolution 2P w/porch
    • L.L. Bean Microlight
    • Marmot Zonda 2P
    • MontBell Thunder Dome
    • Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 2.1
    • MSR Carbon Reflex 2
    • MSR Hubba Hubba HP
    • Nemo Espri 2P
    • REI Quarter Dome T2
    • Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2
    • Sierra Designs Lightning XT
    • Sierra Designs LT Strike 2
    • Sierra Designs Vapor Light 2
    • Tarptent Scarp 2
    • Terra Nova Laser
    • The North Face Meso 22
    • Vaude Hogan Ultralight
    • Vaude Power Lizard UL
  • Evaluation Criteria & Ratings Summary
  • Favorite Double-Wall Tents
  • Trends
  • Acknowledgments

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# PHOTOS: 30

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