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One-man Tents

Though they might be small in size, one-person tents pack a punch when it comes to the features they have on board. Lightweight, compact and more packable than any other tent on the market, it's easy to see why one-man tents make a great choice for expeditions and solo adventures in the fells.

We're proud to provide high-quality one-person tents from top brands including Hilleberg, Terra Nova and MSR, plus budget-friendly options from OEX and Snugpak. Whether you're a total beginner or a seasoned pro, you'll find a suitable tent here.

At Tiso, we have 60 years of experience exploring the great outdoors. Our friendly team of experts are here to support you through the process of finding the right one-person tent, no matter your plans. Browse the complete range of online or in person at your nearest Tiso store.

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Choosing a one-person tent: Key features

Buying your own tent is an investment that should last you through the seasons, or even through the years. When it comes to something as individual as a one-person tent, your tastes and preferences take precedence. You won't need to worry about squeezing friends and family in there with you!

Perfect for expeditions, backpacking and long-distance hiking, one-man tents are available in an array of fantastic designs from leading brands. Getting familiar with handy features found across the range will help you to make the most of your next tent. These include:


Generally, different brands produce their own style and material of poles. This can hugely influence the stability, weight, cost and overall durability of a one-man tent, so it's worth knowing just what to look out for. Tent poles are typically made using one of two materials:

·        Fibreglass, often used in budget one-man tents. These can break under pressure from strong winds or extreme weather but they're cheap to replace.

·        Aluminium, which makes a stronger and lighter alternative. You can find aluminium poles in varying grades and thickness. Since they're more durable and a little bit more expensive to produce, they're generally seen in performance one-man tents.


The flysheet is the outermost tent layer. It plays an integral role in keeping you dry and sheltered, so it's worth doing some research before you choose your one-person tent. Flysheets can be manufactured using a wide range of materials: entry-level tents often feature polyester, while nylon is more robust.

Performance-focused one-man tents usually feature a waterproof outer coating, like silicone, to help repel the rain. While a silicone elastomer might increase the cost of the tent, it extends its lifespan and makes it a fantastic investment. Examples include the Terra Nova Laser and the Hilleberg Akto.


Groundsheets are the base of all tents, so they need to withstand the pressure of your bodyweight and bags – all while keeping you warm and dry. They generally have a higher hydrostatic rating than the flysheet, which is a good indicator of overall waterproofing ability.

Since one-person tents are more likely to be used for camping in extreme conditions on wild expeditions, many models have a groundsheet with a very high hydrostatic head rating. However, if you're looking for a lightweight one-man tent at the pointy end of the performance scale, anything around 5,000mm HH is ideal.

Inner structure

One-man tents have one of only a few inner section structure types. Many take a semi-geodesic shape, which we've explained in more detail in our tent buying guide.

Regardless of the shape, you can rest assured that the inner structure of the tent will be manufactured using only the most suitable materials. In two-season and summer-focused tents, proportionally large amounts of mesh can improve breathability and even offer opportunities for stargazing.

Should I buy a bivi bag or a one-man tent?

Getting ready for some solo adventures? If so, you might be deciding between a bivi bag and a one-man tent. There are pros and cons to each, while some features are similar too.

Most one-man tents have one or two poles and, thanks to their relatively small size, many are straightforward to assemble. They do provide a bit more space than a bivi bag, while some provide you with a handy space to store your boots and rucksack. They can be slightly heavier but, for many backpackers, the extra space is worth the slight compromise.

Most bivi bags do not require any sort of pitching: that means you can simply roll it up and store it in its carry bag within your rucksack. However, some bivi bags use one curved pole to increase headroom, providing a lightweight and packable alternative to a one-person tent, perfect for minimalist wild camping.

Caring for your one-person tent: Three top tips

If you're serious about protecting the longevity of your one-person tent, learning about tent maintenance is important. Luckily, keeping your tent in great condition is quite a simple process. We've shared our own tips for a longer tent life but there are a few fundamental steps:

1.    Never store it damp: When you get home from a rainy camping trip, take your one-man tent out of its bag as soon as possible and leave it to air-dry, away from direct sunlight. Storing it damp could lead to the breakdown of its technical coatings and fabrics.

2.    Use a footprint: While the groundsheet on your one-man tent will easily withstand some tough ground and conditions, you can reduce wear by using a footprint. This not only limits abrasion but helps keep dirt, rocks and water away from the bottom of your tent, so that it stays clean and ready to be packed away.

3.    Look after your poles: Tent poles are designed to withstand high winds and extreme environments. It's all too easy to put up your tent or pack it down in a hurry, but it's important to treat the poles with care during the process. Try to keep the ends from crashing together – and don't put the poles under too much stress.

Pitch up your one-man tent with Tiso

Whether you're going wild camping for the first time or returning to your favourite campsite, we can help. From entry-level options to ultra performance models, our range of one-person tents offers something for every adventure.

When you visit your local Tiso store or Outdoor Experience, our team will be on hand to recommend the most suitable one-man tent for your needs. You can also browse our exceptional range of camping gear to make sure that you never set off without the right kit.

Don't forget to check out our guide to mid-week camping missions to help you get out there and test your new one-man tent sooner. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do get in touch with the team.