Packaged weight:

4 lbs.

Floor dimensions:

88 x 52 in.


2P, 3P

What we like:

Lightweight for a budget tent.

What we don’t:

Cramped living quarters for two and not very wind-resistant.

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There is no way to escape the fact that a budget tent will have a smaller interior space and a heavier weight. It’s not a one-size fits all: Some tents add a few extra ounces to make it more comfortable, while others reduce the weight to make it lighter. Big Agnes’ C Bar 2 falls under the latter category. It has a minimalist design that is reminiscent of their ultralight Fly Creek. The C Bar 2 has a single door and vestibule. It also features a heavy mesh canopy and tapered roof. The C Bar 2 tent is a tight fit for two. You won’t be in a position to stand up with your tent mate, and you will have to crawl over them. However, at only 4 pounds, it’s the lightest tent on this list.

The C Bar 2 is a great budget option for solo hikers and those looking to reduce their weight. The interior space is a lot smaller than models like the Half Dome SL and Nemo Aurora, so you will have to consider whether it’s worth the extra pound. The simplified pole structure (only one pole down the spine) as well as the mesh-heavy design can be damaged in heavy winds. If you are serious about streamlining your loads, you might consider a premium tent such as the Big Agnes Fly Creek ($370), or the Tiger Wall ($400). You could also opt for a trekking pole-supported shelter such as the Gossamer Gear The One ($300). Big Agnes is a top manufacturer and it’s hard to find a lightweight tent for $200. A final note: C Bar is out-of-stock at the time this article was published. Big Agnes expects to replenish inventory in mid September. Blacktail 2, which costs $200 and weighs 4 lbs, is a larger but heavier option. 15 oz. ).

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