Lightest Two Person Tent – Black Diamond HiLight A Candidate

Backpacker Magazine’s 2007 Gear Guide lists the Hilight Tent – 2 Person by Black Diamondas the lightest two-person tent. At 2 pounds, 10 ounces, it’s definitely among lightest — certainly among free-standing tents (those you can pitch without staking down). My own Sierra Design Light Year, a solo tent, weighs in at about 3 pounds, pretty heavy these days, but still what I would put in the range of lightweight.

The Highlight apparently pitches drum-tight with only four stakes.

One reason the tent is light is because there is no vestibule. If you’re going solo, then you could simply pull in your gear and still have plenty of room to stretch out. But two people, it appears, would need the vestibule — and guess what — it’s $140 and 15 ounces of extra weight.

Of course, two people can share the weight. But this looks like a better candidate as a solo shelter.

Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.

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