Arches 1P and 2P Trekking Pole Tent
Our Arches 1-person and 2-person trekking pole tents incorporate spacious designs, dual side-entries, high-quality materials, and flexible pitching options to make them one of the best values in ultralight tents. With a trail weight of only 2 lbs. 6 oz. for the Arches 1P and 2 lbs. 12 oz. for the Arches 2P, they are the lightest options that we offer.
Now you can have a full-featured ultralight tent on a budget! Our Arches trekking pole tents incorporate spacious designs, two side-entries, high-quality materials, and flexible pitching options to make them one of the best ultralight options available.
We've done our best to make this an outstanding backpacking tent:
- Our lightest option, the one-person Arches 1P comes in at a trail weight of only 2 lbs. 6 oz. while the larger two-person Arches 2P comes in at a trail weight of 2 lbs. 12 oz.
- Dual side-entries (even on the Arches 1P) make it easy to get in and out of your tent. Open both sides for amazing views and cross-ventilation.
- The extra-long 90-inch tent body and dual vestibules offer plenty of space for even the tallest backpackers and their gear.
- All of the high-end features in an affordable package; two-way inner and outer zippers, mesh pockets, dual vents at the ridgeline, eight Y-stakes with Dyneema guy lines and adjusters, 5,000 mm silicon/PU waterproofing with fully-taped seams, and the list goes on. Why pay more when you can have it all!
- Use the included footprint, rainfly, and stakes to quickly set up a minimalist shelter. This even lighter alternative is perfect when you don't need the protection of a full tent.
- We used high-quality rip-stop fabrics to make sure this tent will last you for years. If you do run into any issues, our outstanding customer service and lifetime warranty will be there to save the day!
Note: Trekking poles (sold separately) are required to pitch the Arches 1P and 2P tents. A length of 120 to 135 cm is recommended, with longer lengths providing more headroom.
- Size: fully rectangular floor, 90-inch length x 36-inch width, 46-inch height
- Trail Weight: 2 lbs. 6 oz. (without stakes and footprint)
- Total Shipped Weight: 3 lbs. 2 oz. (includes everything)
- Minimum Weight: 1 lb. 13 oz. (minimalist setup with footprint, rainfly, and stakes)
- Packed Size: 13 inches long by 5 inches in diameter
- Size: fully rectangular floor, 90-inch length x 53-inch width, 46-inch height
- Trail Weight: 2 lbs. 12 oz. (without stakes and footprint)
- Total Shipped Weight of Arches 2P: 3 lbs. 8 oz. (includes everything)
- Minimum Weight: 2 lbs. 1 oz. (minimalist setup with footprint, rainfly, and stakes)
- Packed Size of Arches 2P: 15 inches long by 6 inches in diameter
- Ideal Trekking Pole Length: 120 to 135 cm, longer lengths provide more headroom
- Rainfly: 20 Denier rip-stop nylon with dual silicon/PU coatings
- Tent Floor and Footprint: 20 Denier nylon with dual silicon/PU coatings
- Mesh: 20 Denier no-see-um fine polyester mesh
- Waterproofing: Dual silicon/PU coating with factory taped seams
- Hydro-static Resistance: 5,000 mm
- Accessories: 8 aluminum alloy Y-stakes, reflective 1.75 mm Dyneema guy line, micro line-lok adjusters
- Stuff Sacks: three total (one for poles, one for stakes/guylines, one for the whole kit)
How do I care for my tent?
For detailed care instructions, including how to clean, maintain, and make repairs to your tent, please review our complete guide.
In my opinion, the Arches 2P tent is an excellent value. The main aspects of the tent that I appreciate are the double wall construction for managing condensation, the interior space (53 inches wide), and the balance of weight and cost. My son and I took this tent on a hike through the Grand Canyon. The Arches tent was structurally sound, and it held up well to the moderately strong winds we experienced. Furthermore, we had plenty of room for both of us, and our gear fit nicely under the vestibules. Not many trekking pole tents are 53 inches wide! As mentioned in one of the other reviews, the tie-outs on the ground cloth are not long enough to reach the stakes if the tent corners are fully stretched out. I replaced the Dyneema lines that came attached to the ground cloth and tent body with some shock-cord, but I did leave the Dyneema on the fly. You can find a lighter 2P tent, but you will either be paying a lot more for DCF or giving up some interior space. The Arches 2P had all the features I was looking for.
I have spent a lot on backpacking gear lately and didn’t want to spend another several hundred dollars just trying to get a 2P tent below 4 lb, and this is the answer to my problem! It’s roomy, I’m 6’5” and can fit in this thing with my XL Paria insulated pad. In order to get a lot of extra head and foot clearance and really open it up, the side guy outs need to be lifted up, either by securing to a nearby branch or using a stick to run the line over before staking it out. The craftsmanship and quality on this tent are fantastic, very well taped seams and I found zero sewing flaws. There are a few simple things I think need to be improved though, which were relatively easy mods for me to do myself but wish it came ready out of the bag: 1) There need to be longer guy out lines provided that can reach the top loop at the trekking pole and be strung out further from the tent. The lines provided aren’t near long enough to even reach the top loop. I bought extra Dyneema line and two extra stakes, so that I could use those provided to stake out the door vestibule separately and run the new line out further for the structural line. Much better pitch after this. 2) The small loops on the ground sheet aren’t big enough to reach the rain fly stake points. I added larger loops of 1/16” shock cord so they can reach and act to keep the sheet centered and flat whether I’m using the tent body or not. I also did the same on the tent body corners as I found it was also just a little short and I couldn’t stake the fly out as far as I needed to get a tight pitch. 3) The only other minor critique is that the gear pockets inside are really small and sag too much to really hold anything securely, would be nice to have more gear pockets but there’s so much extra room in the tent it’s not really an issue. All in all, excellent value and I shaved 1.5 lbs off compared to my other tent and gained a ton of room without breaking the bank!
Used for one outing, so limited data. Measurements and weight were accurate as advertised. Slept in about 20 deg weather with decent humidity levels. Stayed warm and dry. Ice formed on the outside of the tent for reference. I honestly did quite a bit of research and this tent matches up with other name brands that cost double the price.
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