If you're looking for cheap tents for sale and more specifically a really great 2 person tent you've probably noticed that there are hundreds of choices. With so many options and specs to pick from, finding a great 2 person backpacking tent can be tricky. But no worries, that's why we're here to help! One of the bestselling tents is the Marmot Limelight. It's a really high-quality tent but is, without a doubt, also very pricey. We've tested 20 budget tents to find a perfect, money saving alternative for you. The winner is called Mountaintop Outdoor and is an excellent tent at a great price. Ready for adventure? Let's take a look at the two contenders!
The Marmot Limelight is an amazing, high-quality tent but the well-known brand name also means that you pay a higher price. We found the Mountaintop Outdoor tent to be essentially identical in terms of specs and features. Therefore, we'd be hard pressed to recommend the Marmot to you, given the lofty price. There is a single feature where the Marmot outperforms the budget tent and that is the zippers. The Marmot offers great, ultra-quiet zippers. It's certainly not a big difference, but worth pointing out.
The Mountaintop Outdoor is an all-around excellent 2 person tent. It offers virtually the same features and experience as the expensive Marmot Limelight. Additionally, though, the Mountaintop comes at a incredibly affordable price. It's hands down the best 2 man tent (2 person tent that is) we've tested and also happens to be one of the cheapest tents you can buy. In short, if you're looking for an excellent tent for your next adventure that saves you money, you'll love the Mountaintop Outdoor.
The Marmot Limelight 2 person tent, surprisingly for its high price, doesn't offer an automatic tent setup. Instead, you put together the poles yourself before erecting the tent. Setup is pretty easy, however, because the webbing is color coded.
The Mountaintop Outdoor features one of the easiest and quickest setups we've ever encountered in a 2 person tent. It includes spring-loaded poles that use air pressure to automatically set up and tear down the tent. Setup time is an amazing four seconds.
The Marmot Limelight is fully waterproof and weatherproof. It's rated as a three season tent and in our tests stood up excellently against rain, fog, ground wetness, and wind. As a three season tent it will protect you from even heavy rain but not snow.
The Mountaintop Outdoor offers essentially the same weather protection as the Marmot Limelight. It is fully waterproof and weatherproof, with a three season rating against heavy rain, wind, and moisture (but not snow). This comparison is a tie.
The Marmot uses so-called DAC poles. What this means is that the poles are very light (about 15% lighter than even aluminum) but still strong. The tent weighs about 6.5 pounds.
The Mountaintop uses ultra-light and strong glass fiber poles. This is an excellent choice for a 2 person backpacking tent as it allows the overall weight to stay low. The tent weighs about 7 pounds.
One of the often overlooked buying considerations when you're looking for cheap tents for sale are double doors. These come in very handy when you want to get up at night without disturbing your camping partner and also offer better views of nature. The Marmot tent only offers one door which is unusual for its price.
The Mountaintop, unlike the Marmot, does offer two separate doors. This is important because it allows easy night-time exits for both campers without disturbing the other person. Again, the cheap tent wins this comparison and underscores why it is our top 2 person tent choice for the money.
Breathability and ventilation are excellent in the Marmot Limelight. The interior construction of the tent uses a high-quality mesh that offers fresh air and protection from insects.
Mountaintop's budget tent offers the same, excellent breathability and air ventilation. Additionally, the inner tent can be taken out and used as a standalone on hot days, a nice bonus feature.
The floor area of the Marmot tent is about 40 x 87 inches. That's plenty of space for two people to sleep very comfortably but slightly smaller than the more rectangular floor of the Mountaintop.
The floor area of this 2 person backpacking tent measures about 71 x 79 inches. It's plenty of space for two people and still very comfortable for three. We personally prefer the extra space.
This tent measures approximately 41x 54 x 88 inches total.
The Mountaintop measures about 53 x 85 x 85 inches.