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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Top 5 two-person tents

We were looking for camping subject-matter experts, we found Rob who is new to camping but eventually embraced it with fervor. 

Camping is completely natural for some but I honestly never saw the appeal. You expect me to spend all this money on equipment so I can basically live like the homeless for a weekend? How does that make sense to anyone?

But I met Laura, and I loved that she loves the outdoors. I imagined us going for long hikes and canoe trips (even though I'd never been in a boat except those swan pedal boats you can find in some city parks). It seemed incredibly exciting and romantic and it was so nice to meet someone with a passion. But then, one lazy Sunday afternoon while we were snuggling on the couch watching some Netflix, she turned to look at me and said, "You know, we should go camping."

First I froze. I imagined myself in the middle of a dense North Pacific forest (we live out East) surrounded by huge trees and no mobile signal. I imagined going to the bathroom in the bush, or washing in a river while a bear eyed me hungrily. I imagined Laura losing all respect for me when I couldn't put up a tent, or build a fire or know which side was North. I froze, then I unfroze, and the craziest thing happened. I said, "We totally should!"

She grinned and asked me if I had any gear. "Of course," I agreed before my mind could catch up to what I had just said.

So yeah, not only had I just agreed to go camping but I made it sound like I was totally prepared too! That night, when she went back to her dorm, I began what I will call: My Camping Education.

So you know, the Internet is full of camping hacks. Some of which are actually good. Full of equipment reviews, but not so full of comprehensive places where someone with as little experience as I have can figure out what the heck I should buy!

I read reviews on everything from ice boxes to camping stoves, and perused through so many tents that my head was spinning! The tent would be where Laura and I would live for a weekend, and if I know anything about impressing a girl I really like, it's that I should present her with a nice home. I looked at huge tents first, but it seemed to be overkill for a college guy like me, so I settled on two-person tents. I mean, that's how many people we were: Two. So it made sense.

One of the best tips I read about having a successful camping trip (and let me tell you, our trip was so awesome, that we have gone out a bunch more times since then and I've become quite the enthusiast) is to do your research and be prepared.

So Top 5 Network readers, I've done the research for you!

Below, are links to the Amazon product pages or the best 2-person tent that will keep you dry an comfortable (along with my awesome expert explanations!):

Mountaintop Outdoor 2 Person Camping/Backpacking Tent

The first thing I noticed about this tent was all the colors it was available in! They are rich jewel tones and I kind of wanted one of each! My next observations were more practical though, for one thing, it has great reviews. People who were buying this tent were generally very happy with it, and since I had no idea what I was looking for, this really helped it make it to my top 5 list.

It is well built, has a good design and is 3 season.

ALPS Mountaineering Taurus 2-Person Tent

I'm a Taurus (zodiak sign), this tent is a Taurus, it seemed like we could be a match made in heaven. This is another tent with great reviews. It's not flashy like the last one, but I think it makes it more nature-y and will blend nicer with our surroundings once camping. . This tent has extra vestibules for gear storage and shoes, and has a great weatherproof design that is keeping people dry and satisfied (from what I can tell).

ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 2-Person Tent

So I have to admit that I don't remember why I chose this tent over the Taurus, but I really don't regret this purchase.

Though this one doesn't have the vestibule, I didn't think we needed it. And though I have to admit while writing this and seeing the tents side by side that it looks less weatherproof, I can attest (and so can many reviewers) that it is in fact very dry.

This tent is much more convenient to get in and out of than the ones above due to the rain fly not zipping down. I think this is kinda preferable when you need to get up to pee in the middle of the night.

Bryce Two Person Ultralight Tent and Footprint

I wasn't sure about the banana yellow of this tent. Sure the bright happy color stands out but it looks kinda funky. What I did like about this tent is that it was ultra light and seems to be a perfect purchase for kayaking and hiking! (Two things that I have yet to tackle seriously).

The description makes it sound super versatile saying that you can set it up different ways according to your needs.  You could set it up as just a shelter, or with the screened tent. It can even be set-up without the footprint, if you need it to be lighter! All that being said, despite it's rave reviews, I felt this tent was a little too complicated for my expertise level.

Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person 3 Season Tent

This tent is well-loved and has so many fabulous reviews. It is well-built, super functional and well priced. In fact it was recognized as a killer deal by the Backpacker Gear guide! I think it's a tent that you really can't go wrong with!

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Item Reviewed: Top 5 two-person tents Description: Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Véro L
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