Seeking affordable 2 person backpacking tent for beginners
Hello, I am looking for a cheap 2-person backpacking tent to give to a friend as a wedding gift. They don't get out too much so I don't think it has to be too fancy or expensive but preferably big enough for two people and a small dog. I am currently using the Big Agnes Fishhook UL2 and I like it for the most part although I'd prefer a zippered door.

Nov 26, 2019
Check out some of the mountainsmith stuff. They have some surprisingly upscale features for an affordable tent. (aluminum poles vs fiberglass, included footprint, etc.)
Nov 17, 2019
I strongly recommend NatureHike cloud peak 2.
Nov 17, 2019
Similar with Hilleberg Allak
Dec 5, 2018
I started with a REI campdome 2, it was about $100, pretty light, two doors, good height to sit up, and decent low price beginners backpacking tent.
Mar 27, 2017
I'm medium build and I find that anything rated '2 person' really means enough space for 2 medium build person with not much room to spare - not even for large packs... so with your case, I'd go 3 person as someone else mentioned.
For someone starting out I'd go with some cheap k-mart tents. That's what I started out as well and my old k-mart tent is till going strong and I now normally use it for the ol' backyard with my kid.
Mar 15, 2017
didgeridoo, Unfortunately with a dog you would most likely need a 3 person tent. I have listed three below. The first I cannot vouch for because I have no experience with it but it is the cheapest at under $200, The Eureka Amari Pass 3. It is a traditional tent (rain fly, tent body, poles) and weighs at less than 5lbs. The second is a Kelty TN3 that is also a traditional tent but it weighs in at 5.5lbs. Seems heavy but when split between two its not too bad my son and I frequently use a Kelty Salida 3 (older model replaced by the TN3), a 3 person tent, and we split the burden with no issues. It is also about $299. The last tent is a more ultralight style tent from Six Moon Designs which is singled walled and can be set up with a trekking pole or a pole can be purchased from SMD. It runs $310. I use the Lunar Solo LE as my personal shelter when hiking large sections of the Appalachian Trail and I love it. Sadly, with this one the dog would have to sleep in the vestibule or on top of someone. Hope this helps.
I'm more of a hammock guy these days but you can score some killer deals on tents here: They are currently running an additional 10% off with the code listed at the top of the page. I use a Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 when hammock hanging isn't an option... probably not the best tent for 2+ dog. I use it solo or with a SO.