Best Backpacking Tents For Two

When it comes to camping, there’s no season more suitable than the other, especially when you’re an avid nature lover who loves challenges. If you’ve decided to surprise your loved one with a date in nature, spending some time in a tent will prove itself both a relaxing and bonding time.

To spare you some extra research minutes, we compiled a complete guide to buying a 2 person backpacking tent. We briefed through the peak elements to consider and enlisted our top picks for the best 2 person tents on today’s market.

What are the key elements of a backpacking tent for two?

  • durability
    There’s nothing worse than being in a tent and seeing it succumbing to the heavy rain. The event becomes more frustrating when you’re using that tent for the third or fourth time. Durability should be your priority since a tent is an investment that you’re not supposed to make every other 3 months.
  • space
    Whether you’re camping alone or along with a loved one, having enough room to sleep comfortably and to store the camping gear is commendable. Moreover, since sometimes brands design their tents ineffective space-wise, you should give a close look at the dimensions the brand enlists.
  • weight
    The tent is undoubtedly the heaviest camping gear you have to carry around. Although lighter models are usually less durable and not budget-friendly, the market includes some exceptions from the rule.
  • price
    This is maybe the most subjective element of our list. A resonant price doesn’t always guarantee the quality of the tent just as a cheaper tag doesn’t necessarily predict weakness.

Our top picks for 2 person tents

1. MSR Hubba Hubba NX 2 – TOP DURABLE

This is an advantageous backpacking tent weight-wise due to a minimalist design and light gear. Moreover, regarding space, the tent’s pole geometry maximizes the interior volume and even enables two individuals to sit up. The highlight of this model is the durability which is expressed through an extreme shield water-proof coating and Easton Syclone Poles highly resistant to forceful winds.

2. REI Co-op Passage 2 Tent with Footprint – TOP PRICE

At a little over 100 dollars, REI designed a tent both affordable and sturdy. The model is easy to set due to the X-pole configuration and provides 2 doors and vestibules with plenty of room for storage and hanging out. Besides the mandatory components the tent comes with some additional accessories such as a footprint, a stuff sack, and guylines with tighteners. One downside to consider is the heavyweight of the model that can be a hassle to transport.

3. SlingFin Portal – TOP WEIGHT

SlingFin Portal has a wide assortment of qualities, however, the focal point is certainly the weight. Due to the pre-installed internal guylines, the tent saves a lot of additional pounds. Durability-wise, the tent proves itself extremely feasible, since it has a 2-side silicone impregnated flysheet with a PE floor fabric that ensure hydrolytic stability. Moreover, the tent features many side perks such as pockets and freestanding design that make this pick our favorite on the market.

About Dr. David Gibson

About me

Dr. David Gibson is an Associate Research Professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, working with the Equity Alliance on a range of research and evaluation issues. He was Assistant Research Professor in the College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University of Vermont from 2006-2009 and Executive Director of The Global Challenge (www.globalchallengeaward.org), a team and project-based learning and scholarship program for high school students funded by the National Science Foundation that engages small teams in studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to solve global problems. His research and publications include work on complex systems analysis and modeling of education, web applications and the future of learning, and the use of technology to personalize education. His books include “Games and Simulations in Online Learning,” which outlines the potential for games and simulation-based learning, and “Digital Simulations for Improving Education,” which explores cognitive modeling, design and implementation. He is creator of simSchool, a classroom flight simulator for training teachers, and also the creator of eFolio a performance-based assessment system and personal learning plan used in teacher and nursing licensing programs. His business, CURVESHIFT, is an educational technology company that assists in the acquisition, implementation and continuing design of games and simulations, e-portfolio systems, data-driven decision making tools, and emerging technologies.

Research & Projects

The Global Challenge Award

The GCA (www.globalchallengeaward.org) funded by the National Science Foundation ITEST Program in 2006-2009, and recently awarded a MacArthur Foundation-HASTAC Competition award, provides a K16 partnership framework that supports young women and minority high school students for three years and hundreds of hours outside of school to develop the knowledge, skills and personal vision to see science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) studies as feasible and desirable choices for college majors. Over 230 US students and 230 students from around the world are formed into mentored international teams that learn together for up to 280 hours and compete for significant privately raised scholarships while working with IT tools of science – computational science and communication tools – on real-life problems. Student knowledge and skills are enhanced through highly engaging, intensive, long-term contact with research scientists, engineers, mathematicians and project leaders who help the students use innovative technologies in a new synthesis of online support materials and structures for STEM learning.

Research topics

Gender preferences in STEM education, Game and simulation-based educational design frameworks, Informal science and new media methods.

simSchool

The simSchool project (www.simschool.org) is an online simulation of a classroom, designed to give teachers practice in key learning concepts and theories such as the Zone of Proximal Development, Activity Theory, Differentiated Instruction, Interpersonal Psychology, Learning characteristics, and Special Education. A research collaboration with Rhonda Christensen and Gerald Knezek of the University of North Texas is currently funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE). Collaborator Dr. Young Kyun Baek of the Korea National University of Education and Gibson are editing a book titled “Digital Simulations for Improving Education” in press at IGI Global.

Research topics

Cognitive development of teachers, Impacts of simulation on users, Modeling cognition, instruction, and learning

Teaching

Gibson has taught a Senior Seminar on Ethics and Computer Science at the University of Vermont and a course in Games and Simulations in Learning, on EdTech Island in Second Life for Boise State University. Gibson is a visiting professor of education at the Korea National University of Education where he teaches courses on game and simulation theory, learning theory and new media and advises masters and doctor students. In February 2009 he was a visiting scholar at Arizona State University.

Service to the Community

Gibson was honored as the 2007 Volunteer of the Year by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra for his role in leading the statewide strategic vision sessions that formed the foundation of the organization’s next strategic plan. He has served as board member, vice-chair and chair of the Stowe Performing Arts. Volunteers as an organizational consultant and strategic planner for the River Arts in Morrisville.

Publications

Books and book sections:

Gibson, D. and Baek, Y. (Eds.) (2008). Digital Simulations for Improving Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Gibson, D., Aldrich, C., Prensky, M. (Eds.) (2007). Games & Simulations in Online Learning. Hershey,PA: Information Science Publishing., Idea Group, Inc.

Clarke, J., Bossange, B., Erb, C., Gibson, D., Nelligan, B., Spencer, C., et al. (2000). Dynamics of change in high school teaching: A study of innovation in five Vermont professional development schools. Providence, RI: Brown University.

Gibson, D. (2000b). Growing towards systemic change: Developing personal learning plans at Montpelier High School. In  “Dynamics of Change in high School Teaching: A study of innovation in five Vermont professional development schools” Providence, RI: The Regional Laboratory.

Friedrichs, A., & Gibson, D. (2003). Personalization and secondary school renewal. In J. DiMartino, J. Clarke & D. Wolf (Eds.), Personalized learning: Preparing high school students to create their futures. (pp. 41-68.). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Education.

Havelock, B., Gibson, D., & Sherry, L. (2003). The personal learning planner: Collaboration through online learning and publication. In L. Johnson & K. Kongrith (Eds), “Teaching Teachers to use Technology.” New York: Haworth Press.

Sherry, L., Havelock, B., & Gibson, D. (2005). The personal and professional learning portofolio: An online environment for mentoring, collaboration, and publication. In T. Roberts “Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning in Higher Education.” Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishing.

Conference and Referred Journal Papers

Conceicao, S., Sherry, L., & Gibson, D. (2004). Using developmental research to design, develop, and evaluate an urban education portal. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 15 (3), 271-286.

Gibson,  D. (2003). Measuring needs and finding resources: XML-based responsive dissemination. Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education conference in Alberqueque, NM 2003.

Gibson, D & Halverson, B. (2004) SimSchool: Preparing tomorrow’s teachers to improve student learning. Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education conference in Atlanta, GA 2004.

Gibson, D. & Barrett, H. (2003) Directions in electronic portfolio development. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Edcuation. Volume 2, Issue 4 ISSN 1528-5804 [Online]. http://www.citejournal.org/vol2/iss4/general/article3.cfm.

Gibson, D. (1996) Educational Standards in Vermont, in “Working Papers.” Vermont Institute for Science, Mathematics, and Technology.

Gibson, D. (2000). Complexity theory as a leadership framework. Montpelier, VT: VISMT. [Online].

Gibson, D. (2000). The impact of national standards and statewide assessments on curriculum: A proposed mechanism for subsystem dynamics within the National Science Foundation “driver 1.” Montpelier, VT: VISMT. [Online].

Gibson, D. (2003). Elements of Network-Based Assessment. Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education conference in Alberqueque, NM 2003.

Gibson, D. (2003). New directions in e-learning: Personalization, simulation and program assessment. Invited presentation at the International International Conference on Innovation in Higher Education, Kiev, Ukraine. 2003.

Gibson, D. (2004) E-Portfolio Decisions and Dilemmas. Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education conference in Atlanta, GA 2004.

Gibson, D. (2004) Simulation and Case-Based E-Learning Platforms as Frameworks for Preservice Assessment. Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education conference in Atlanta, GA 2004.

Gibson, D. (2004). Simulation as a framework for preservice assessment. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Gibson, D. (2005). Network-based learning and assessment applications on the Semantic Web. Retrieved April 4, 2005.

Gibson, D. and Clarke, J. (2000). Reflections on visual representation. In “Dynamics of change in high school teaching: A study of innovation in five Vermont professional development schools”  Providence, RI: Brown University.

Gibson, D., & Halverson, B. (2004). SimSchool: Preparing tomorrow’s teachers to improve student results. Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Havelock, B., D. Gibson, et al. (2003). The personal learning planner: Collaboration through online learning and publication. SITE 2003, New Orleans.

Havelock, B., Gibson, D., & Sherry, L. (2003). The personal learning planner: Collaboration through online learning and publication. Paper presented at the SITE 2003, New Orleans.

Knapp, M., Kurowski, B., Dexter, S., Gibson, D., & McLaughlin, B. (2004a). Grounded metadata: Validating a semantic web vocabulary for technical assistance to educators.Unpublished manuscript, Montpelier, VT.

Knapp, M., Kurowski, B., Dexter, S., Gibson, D., & McLaughlin, B. (2004b). Metadata co-development: A process resulting in metadata about technical assistance to educators. Paper presented at the W3C 2003, NYC.

Leading & Learning: Vermont’s Journal of Educational Change, Governor’s Institutes of Vermont & Vermont Department of Education (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994) founding publisher and editor, author of several articles.

Riedel, E. and D. Gibson (2004). Learning through exploration of an online school:  Characteristics of  preservice teachers’ searches. Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education, Atlanta, GA, SITE.

Riedel, E., & Gibson, D. (2004). Learning through exploration of an online school:  Characteristics of preservice teachers’ searches. Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education, Atlanta, GA.

Riedel, E., D. Gibson, et al. (2004). The Relationship between eTIP Case Essay Scores and Relevancy Scores. eTIP Case Analysis Papers.

Riedel, E., Gibson, D., & Boriah, S. (2004). The Relationship between eTIP Case Essay Scores and Relevancy Scores.Unpublished manuscript.

Sherry,  L. &  Gibson, D. (2002). The path to teacher leadership. Contemporary Issues in Technology & Teacher Education 2(2), 178-203. [Online]. Available: http://www.aace.org/dl/index.cfm/fuseaction/View/paperID/10585

Sherry, L. and D. Gibson (2003). Building a path to teacher leadership. Eschool News [On-line].

Sherry, L., & Gibson, D. (2004, in press). Responsive dissemination: A data-driven approach to change. To appear in the Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.

Sherry, L., & Gibson, D. (2005). Responsive dissemination: A data-driven approach to change. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education., 13(1), 85-104.

Sherry, L., Billig, S., Tavalin, F., & Gibson, D. (2000). New insights on technology adoption in schools. T.H.E. Journal, 27 (7), 43-46.

Sherry, L., Gibson, D. (2003). Viewpoint: Building a path to teacher leadership.

Sherry, L., Havelock, B., & Gibson, D. (2004). Responsive dissemination: A model for scaling and sustaining educational innovations. Paper presented at the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education, Atlanta.

Education

Ed. D., Leadership and Policy Studies. 1999 University of Vermont Burlington, VT

Research on applying complex systems modeling to educational change.

M. Ed., Administration and Supervision. 1988 Antioch/New England Keene, NH

B. Music, Theory and Composition. 1973 Immaculate Heart College Los Angeles, CA

Presentations

Equity Alliance at ASU (Prezi shared in Sep 2010 at ASU)

Assessment & Digital Media (Prezi shared in Sep 2010 at Duke University-HASTAC-MacArthur Foundation)

AI and Bots in Learning Presentation (3/12/2010).ppt file

AI and Bots in Learning Presentation .pdf file

ASU-10-06-2008.ppt (Slides shared at Arizona State University on Oct 6, 2008)

Social Media.doc (Commentary on an editorial for CITE Journal)

07 Gibson.doc (Chapter in forthcoming book “Digital Simulations for Improving Education”)

024 Gibson complex systems.doc  (Closing chapter in the above book)

Save-the-World.pdf (Article in Leading & Learning with Technology, Fall 2007)

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