The Best One Man Tents for Going Solo

Solo backpacker at dusk

Sometimes you just gotta go out there alone.

While camping is often a social experience, sometimes when schedules don’t work out or you really need your time out in the wild it feels good just to get out and go. Why set up a family tent if you aren’t getting help for a group of friends?

No matter how often you go camping with friends, sometimes it’s a good thing to have a great 1 man tent you can rely on when you decide it’s time for a little one-on-one time with nature. We’ve all had those times when it was simply time to disconnect. Believe me, we understand that feeling here!

Read on through our one man tent reviews to find out about some of our favorite options when it comes to camping solo.

What To Look For In A Good 1-Person Tent

There are several things to look at when looking over your choices for solo tents. One of the biggest things is to first make sure that this is the right decision. There is no fitting a second person in those tents even if you are “small” or “thin compared to average.” These are the bare bones models that give you the shelter you need for you and your gear.

girl camping by camp fire

There’s nothing like getting out there for a solo campout.

While these are all smaller models, even among them some have a touch more space than others, focusing on a little extra room for gear as opposed to just bare sleeping area that barely fits one body.

The next step is to look at if you need specialty tents of any kind. Do you need something that can keep out the cold for high altitude and fall weather hiking? Do you need a touch extra space to store a backpack for those long-term hikes where you’re gone days, weeks, or even months on the trail?  Some solo camping tents will account for that while some others won’t.

Finally, look at the reviews and ratings from individuals who have actually used the tent. Every company can make up testimonials, but once you get into the actual ratings from backpackers, campers, and other outdoor specialists then you actually can get a much better idea of the quality of these tents. This isn’t an isolated question: there’s a great thread here on Reddit exploring the question of what to look for in an ultralight backpacking tent for one person, which is how many (but not all) of the 1-man tents are designed for.

When traveling solo simple tarp and sleeping bag setups, as well as hammocks, are other potentially good options, but those will be covered in more depth in other posts. For now we’re going to focus on the backpackers and campers who are looking for a simple, solid, and easy to setup one man tent to get them cover through the night.

Take a look at our following list of the 5 best one-man tents.

Small alpine mountaineering tent

This tent is one of the absolute best solo models out there!

#1: ALPS Mountaineering Mystique 1.0 Tent

There are many good choices, but none of them match the overwhelming positive feedback that comes from the Mystique 1-person tent by ALPS. This tent is a polyester design with aluminum poles and is designed not only to hold up to the rough and tough  conditions that many hikers and backpackers need to put up with but also some serious protection against cold and rainy weather.

This tent is rated as good for three seasons, and weighs a touch under five pounds. There is a vestibule area that makes it easy to store your backpack separate from your bedding and with a 7’10 length and 21 square feet of total area, you have a truly compact one person tent that still provides all the support and shelter you need without weighing down the pack or breaking the bank.

There are a lot of good tents for the solo traveler out there but even among all the best options available, the Mystique 1.0 is our favorite, and the one that most customer reviewers will pin as the best.

Orange & gray backpacking tent

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#2: Ozark Trail 1-Person Backpacking Tent

With a carrying weight of 4.4 pounds and designed as a two pole set up that can even be folded up post use and placed inside a backpack. There are two organizer packs inside of the tent and an even an e-port that allows for connection to an electrical source via electrical cord. Ozark Trail definitely focuses on backpacking with this particular tent design as it is easy to carry in the pack and move from place to place.

The aesthetic designs are quite good, as well, with the company showing their belief that creating an extremely high quality tent and an aesthetically good looking one is possible in the same model. The poles are made out of fiberglass and this design does take into consideration the need for a person and space for their pack within the tent.

This is an exceptional buy among 1-man backpacking tents and you’re not going to be upset with the in field performance that this particular model gives you on your long distance thru hikes.

One person mountaineering tent

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#3: ALPS Mountaineering Lynx 1-Person Tent

The Mystique 1.0 isn’t the only high quality ALPS tent that makes this top five list. It makes sense that a company focusing on backpacker and ultralight backpacking tents would be able to get more than one style on this list.

The Lynx is another outstanding tent designed specifically for the solo backpacker or hiker who needs the right type of tent to get the appropriate amount of shelter while also being lightweight enough to keep on moving.

Using the classic two pole design that is popular with most single person backpacking tents, the Lynx features aluminum poles, a vestibule for extra storage space for your backpack, as well as everything you would expect from a high quality tent like solid construction as well as waterproofing. Measuring 7’6″ long and 32 inches wide, space might be at a premium but it offers the space needed to be able to relax and enjoy your time out in the wild.

This is a good looking, comfortable, and fully functional tent that is easy to carry on long hikes and gets the job done in three seasons’ worth of conditions.

Red & yellow backpacking tents

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#4: Hilleberg Akto 1-Person Tent

Hilleberg is known for its high end tents, as they are willing to spend the extra dollar for top notch materials and to put that little bit extra into construction. Extremely lightweight at a mere 3.6 lbs, this tent it made from Kerlon 1200 fabric and is designed to be a four season tent that has the ability to hold up even in storm or storm-like conditions, helping it stand apart from more inexpensive competitors whose tents can’t stand up to the same

The all weather protection that the Akto provides is a major selling point for backpackers willing to pay a little bit extra in order to be able to rely on their smaller tent in harsher or colder conditions. Campers have the ability to add more cloth on mesh windows or pull small flaps away.

These features help explain why this Hilleberg solo tent is among the favorites of backpackers and ultralight backpackers.

Orange and gray mesh tent

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#5-T: Winterial Single Person Personal Bivy Tent

This is the very definition of a lightweight bivy tent, coming in at an incredibly low 2 pounds and 9 ounces in total weight. This is a three season solo tent designed to be able to handle the weather and temperature throughout most of the year. Two aluminum poles allow for the traditional 2 cross pole design that is easy to set up and use.

Three strong bundles of cord are included with this Winterial solo tent, and it comes with 14 heavy duty stakes that are designed to be resistant to bending, twisting, or breaking of any kind.

This is a quality ultralight tent that works for about any single person expedition or camping trip that you can imagine. There’s space for a pack as well as the overall benefits you expect from a small solid tent.

Orange & Grey Solo Tent

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#5-T: Archer 1-Man Ultralight Camping & Backpacking Tent

This Archer Outdoor Gear ultralight tent for camping and backpacking is an orange and grey option that is commonly rated at four or five stars among most users – making it extremely worthy of being on this top five list. The lightweight tent also has a waterproof shell that allows it to function in three seasons: spring, summer, and fall.

Measuring 210 cm x 100 cm x 110 cm in size, there is plenty of protection from bugs, from water, and enough size to put in the backpack and find your comfortable angle for stretching out getting a good night’s rest after a full day of hiking or trekking.

In Conclusion

There are a surprising number of choices when it comes to finding the perfect small tent, but by knowing what you need, going over some reviews, and doing your research you will be able to figure out which of these 1 man tents meet all of your needs and which ones don’t quite get the job done. This article gives you plenty of information to start with and will help you find the perfect tent for your specific needs, and if you need just a little bit more space without adding too much weight, we have a great article on the best 2 person tents available online!