Shelterpalooza — Overview of 2 person freestanding tents

In the video above and in the article is an overview of some of our favorite two-person freestanding tents. Be sure to check out the video for an indepth look at each shelter.

Shelters discussed:

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Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL 2-Person Solution Dye Tent

Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL 2 Solution Dye Tent Specs

Weight2 lbs 8 oz
2 lbs 3 oz (min weight)
Packed Size5.5" x 18"
Vestibule Space8 sq ft / 8 sq ft
Floor Space28 sq ft
Max Inside Width52" - 42"
Max Inside Length86"
Head Height39"
Foot Height22"
PolesDAC Featherlite NFL
Body MaterialSolution-dyed fabric nylon and polyester mesh
Rainfly MaterialFly and floor: solution-dyed water-repellent silicone
treated nylon ripstop with a 1200mm water-resistant, polyurethane coating
WarrantyManufacturer or material defects

Noteable items: 

  • Ultralight and very packable - great for early-season hunts .
  • Easy to pitch color-coded fly ends.
  • Has internal storage.
  • I-beam construction lightweight dirt dagger stakes.
  • Lots of mesh coverage to maximize airflow, and has higher fabric on side wall which can help reduce dust coming in.
  • Solution-dyed fabric is highly resistant to UV fade and drastically reduces energy consumption and water use during manufacturing, a process that is better for the environment and improves the quality of the tent fabric - saves a lot of water in the process of making the fabric.
  • Waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane taped seams.
  • Single pole architecture using DAC Featherlite materials creates a simple yet strong and sturdy structure you can rely on through multi-day trips.
  • Door zippers come to a point vs. round which should help the longevity of the zippers and so you always know where to open the door, even in the dark. 
  • Storm flaps have vestibule zippers.
  • Keep the fly tight so it doesn’t sag when wet.
  • It can be ran in fast fly mode with a foot print and fly and poles.

Purchase the Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL 2 here

Hilleberg Allak 2-Person Tent

Hilleberg Allak 2 Specs

Weight7 lbs 4 oz
6 lbs 2 oz (min weight)
Vestibule Space9.7 sq ft + 9.7 sq ft
Floor Space301. sq ft
Max Inside Width47"
Max Inside Length90"
Head Height41"
Poles9mm DAC NSL
Body MaterialKerlon 1200
WarrantyLifetime - Manufacturer or material defects

Noteable items: 

  • Hilleberg owns their factory, and they see through the quality through and through.
  • The Allak is one of the most robust tents in their lineup.
  • Has covered vents high up.
  • The inner and outer liners are separable, you could use half of it while processing an animal.
  • Dome construction with multiple poles makes this tent sturdy and able to withstand harsh environments.
  • Designed for any season and weather conditions, making it suitable for any backcountry hunter.
  • The outer tent goes all the way to the ground for awesome all-weather protection.
  • This tent can withstand extreme conditions, and since it is freestanding, you don't have to worry about rocky or sandy terrain making it impossible to set up.
  • This tent is part of Hilleberg's Red Label Series. Red Label tents are designed to maximize lightweight while still retaining appropriate strength, ease of use, and comfort in all condition.
  • Zippers have a lock option, so they stay shut in the wind.
  • The tub design isn’t too tight with the open door, which is nice when you want to stretch your legs.
  • Lots of ventilation on the doors.
  • Loops in the ceiling allow  you to string a close line.
  • Room to cook in the vestibule.

Purchase the Hilleberg Allak 2 here

MSR Hubba Hubba 2-Person Tent

MSR Hubba Hubba 2 Specs

Weight3 lbs 4 oz
2 lbs 14 oz (min weight)
Packed Size18.1" x 4.3"
Floor Space29 sq ft
Vestibule Space15 sq ft
Max Inside Width50"
Max Inside Length84"
Head Height40"
PolesEaston Syclone Poles -  Advanced aerospace composite materials
Body Material10D polyester micro-mesh, 20D ripstop nylon with DWR fabric,
and 20D ripstop nylon floor with 1200mm DuraShield polyurethane and DWR coating
Rainfly Material20D ripstop nylon with 1200mm DuraShield polyurethane and silicone coating
WarrantyLimited warranty

Noteable items: 

  • Hubba Hubba has been around for years - this is the most current version of it, and it’s lighter than it’s ever been before.
  • Easy set up - feels like a more rugged and durable and less delicate tent.
  • Entry on the vestibule is on the side vs. centered.
  • With the crossbar, it gives you vertical walls and good head space.
  • Tension levers on each corner.
  • The Fly can go over half of the shelter only if you want.
  • Bag end makes it easy to pull out of the bag.
  • True rectangle design so you don’t have sleeping pad overlap .
  • Virtually unbreakable Easton Syclone poles, a DuraShield waterproof coating, and taped seams keep the Hubba stable and dry so you can ride out the weather in comfort.
  • Easy in-and-out vestibule doors feature StayDry rain gutters to keep running water off you and your gear, while kickstand vents maximize airflow.
  • New tech-friendly pockets feature cable ports at the corners for headphones and charging cords.
  • Overhead gear loft pockets are perfect for headlamps, sunglasses and other quick-access items.
  • No-curve tent doors feature zippers that are easy to use with one hand.
    • They close to a single point, so you always know where to open the door, even in the dark.

Purchase the MSR Hubba Hubba 2 here

Stone Glacier Skyscraper 2 Tent

Stone Glacier Skyscraper 2 Tent Specs

Weight4 lbs 12.8 oz
4 lbs 3 oz (min weight)
Packed Size14" x 6"
Vestibule Area11 sq ft + 11 sq ft
Floor Space32 sq ft
Max Inside Width50"
Max Inside Length92 1/4"
Head Height41.5"
Poles3 DAC 10.65mm PL made from TH72M aluminum alloy
MaterialBody Fabric: 15D Nylon Ripstop
Door Mesh Fabric: 15D Nylon No-See-Um Mesh
Floor Fabric: 20D Nylon Ripstop Silicone PE Coated
Rainfly Fabric: 15D Nylon Ripstop Silicone PU Coated

Noteable items: 

  • A rugged four-season option for any backcountry hunter.
  • Designed to be set up in all weather conditions.
  • It can be used in multiple modes:
    • With WebTruss - full 4-season set up
    • Without WebTruss - comes with attachment pieces
    • Fly with tub footprint and trekking poles
    • Fast and light with a flat footprint and trekking poles
  • Packed weight of 4 lbs 12.8 oz makes it a good option for one or split the weight between two.
  • Two mesh window vents on doors, one through-vent in end wall with mesh and ripstop layers, two flysheet kickstand vents.
  • innovative WebTruss technology. This unique construction system provides unmatched strength, a low wind profile, and makes pitching the tent a breeze. 
  • You can use trekking poles to support the frame.
  • Eight internal pockets.

Purchase the Stone Glacier Skyscraper 2P here

This is a continuation of our Shelterpalooza content. For more information, you can check out a full breakdown on four person tipi-style shelters here. If you’re thinking about a new shelter or looking for shelter tips, you can also check out our BIG HUNT GUYS Shelterpalooza podcast episode to hear Trail, Brady and Lorenzo dive into everything shelters. From early season tarp and freestanding setups, to late season tipi and freestanding shelter options.

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