The 2Lite is our lightest 2-person backpacking tent. With an extremely stable non-freestanding design, it's one of the strongest sub-3 pound tents on the market. The simple pole structure reduces pole weight, allowing us to add livability features like double doors and giant vestibules while keeping the weight low.
It is built to hold up against harsh backpacking conditions, without sacrificing the weight and comfort of a standard backpacking tent. Weighing in at 2 lbs 10 oz (included DAC stakes add 2oz), the 2Lite still manages to create enough space for 2 people to sit up comfortably inside. The ergonomic footprint shape increases space at the torso and elbows, making the tent feel much roomier than its 28 square feet.
Short 12" pole segments allow the 2Lite to fit almost anywhere, making it ideal for bikepacking or any discipline in which packed size is an important consideration.
The available 2Lite -> 2Lite Trek conversion kit lets you pitch the 2Lite using your trekking poles instead of the head pole for a 4oz weight savings.
- Simple pole structure is extremely sturdy in winds
- Two large vestibules provide plenty of gear storage
- Two large doors make life with a partner easier
- Double dry entry
- Anatomical floor shape for extra elbow room
- Compatible with the 2Lite -> 2Lite Trek Conversion Kit to pitch with your trekking poles for additional 4oz of weight savings
- Compatible with internal guy lines. Click here for an internal guyline installation video
|Trail Weight||2lbs 10oz|
|Packaged Weight||2lbs 14.2oz|
|Floor Area||28.45 sq ft|
|13" x 5"|
|Floor Width||42"/50"/40" (head/shoulders/foot)|
|Tent Body Volume||42.3 cu ft|
|Vestibule Volume||29.6 cu ft|
|Number of poles||2|
|Number of doors||2|
|Tent Body Fabric||
15D Nylon no-see-um mesh
|Floor Fabric||20D Nylon Ripstop PU 1200mm|
|Fly Fabric||15D Nylon Ripstop Sil/PU|
|Poles||2 DAC Featherlite NSL 8.5mm|
I've had this tent for almost four years, and I love it. I've mostly used it for solo hiking and for this application it feels palatial for its weight. It's well constructed and strong with well thought out details. It's ridiculously small and light for a comfortably sized tent with two full sized vestibules. It's so packable that I can multi-day hike using a day pack comfortably, and teamed with an ultralight stove, mat and bag I can reasonably even take it on a trip away when I'm not sure I'll get time to hike overnight.
I've used it on all sorts of terrain and in good and bad weather, and have found it enduringly comfortable. I do though recommend getting more of the very nice reflective cleated guy lines from Slingfin, as extras are needed to keep the fly taught in heavy or prolonged rain, and to pitch well when the ground is too hard to use stakes. You can use the overhead guy line to dry damp clothing by day and hang a string of LED lights by night. I cut a tyvek groundsheet for mine, but I only take it if I'm expecting troublesome/abrasive surfaces and the tent bottom has otherwise worn very well. I've also found Slingfin's customer service to be excellent.
I've had it for 2 years & used it 100 nights. I've used it backpacking, paddling & car camping, & it's the best I've ever owned. Used it in deserts, canyons, beaches, mountains, forests, prairies, badlands & winter camping on snow.
Pros: Incredibly light & spacious. I'm 5'10 & have space for my pack & I to not touch the walls. Very comfortable to share with my 5'1 gf & just big enough for my 6'1 brother & I. Peak is high enough for sitting upright. Tapered feet/wide head is efficient use of space. Vestibules are huge & can store 2 people's gear without blocking the doors. The full mesh body is great for stargazing & ventilation. The bathtub floor & low fly stops splash in heavy rain. The 2 doors are a luxury for the weight. The internal guyline is convenient headlamp hanger.
Cons: Set up takes practice, but is fast once accustomed to it. Main complaint is the fly sags just above the pole at the foot end after hours of rain. I reinforce it with my trekking poles on either side to provide lift. It needs an extra tie down from the middle of the foot wall like at the head wall. This is why I haven't got the Conversion Kit. Pitching it on impermeable surfaces is difficult. If stakes won't sink in, large rocks or guylines extended to softer soil or trees are needed to anchor it. Especially difficult at RV campgrounds where there's no tie down points besides tables. Extra guylines are essential. Aerodynamic positioning is crucial. The stakes provided aren't long/wide enough to anchor it on sand/snow. Get longer stakes with greater surface area. The ground fly is needed to increase the lifespan of the UL fabric. The smaller pole cracked at the edge of one section & needed to be taped. The shock cord within both poles is wearing from contact with the edges. Collapse the poles starting in the middle to reduce the tension best.
Despite the cons I still highly recommend this tent. It's a smart, lightweight design with t...