HEAVIER THAN SOME – The Lunar Duo (45 oz.) is very lightweight, but it’s significantly heavier than some of the lightest ultralight non-freestanding tents. You could save 1-2 pounds by choosing a tent like the Zpacks Duplex (18.5 oz.), Triplex (21.6 oz.), or HMG Unbound 2 (24 oz.). These tents are all made with Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF) though, which almost doubles the cost. If saving weight is a top priority for you, it could be well worth the investment to buy one of these top-of-the-line ultralight tents. If you’d rather carry a little more weight and save a bunch of money, the Lunar Duo is an excellent choice.
The Gossamer Gear The Two ($320) is a solid option for ultralight backpackers on a budget. It costs less than the Lunar Duo, and it’s quite a bit lighter at 23.5 oz., but it’s made with thin 10-denier fabric and isn’t nearly as roomy as the Duo. Another budget option for ultralight backpackers is the SMD Haven ($375). It weighs 38.1 oz., so it’s a little lighter than the Lunar Duo, and it comes with a tarp and inner net that can be used together or separately. It’s not as spacious, but it’s a good alternative for hikers that want the versatility of a tarp for fast and light trips.