L.L.Bean Microlight Ul 2-Person Backpacking Tent


Very lightweight, freestanding tent for two (-ish).

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


Very lightweight, freestanding tent for two (-ish). This is not for the tall (although it is longer than most 2p UL's) or wide, but as seen in the pics, it fits two Klymit Static V's with about a foot to spare in length. I measured interior head space and get 40 inches. LL Bean's website says 36 inches, so I was happy to have the extra 4 inches.

Glad to finally make a trek to Southern Utah to put this to the test! Tent went through a wet night with 20+ MPH winds with no issues. Then a night in the 20's with no condensation issues. Then several nights in the 40's where it performed very well.

This tent is quickly becoming a favorite. It has resisted many nights and days in the rain, with 20+ mile per hour winds. I keep looking for the ultimate UL tent and keep coming back to this.


  • Very light, 3lbs 1 oz on my scale for everything.
  • 30 sq ft—bigger than many other UL's in its weight class.
  • Stitching is very even and well done
  • Freestanding—only the fly vestibules would need to be staked out.
  • 90" long provides extra space for packs at our feet.
  • 52" wide at the top also provides space for shoes at the door, ready to go.
  • Excellent netting keeps mosquitoes at bay (unfortunately I tested this capability fully).


  • Small size for two—could use an extra 6 inches in length
  • No gear loft attachments
  • No ventilation in the fly
  • Walls are not as vertical as some, reducing interior space.



I'm 5'10" (plus an inch or two of hair) and could sit up in the tent with a few inches to spare.

My main point of this review is to show the size of the tent. I haven't managed to make it outside yet. The tent packs up small and is very light.

There is ample headroom for two, but it could be a bit longer. I prefer to keep my packs inside the tent to keep creepy crawlers off and out. Ever had a scorpion in your backpack? Ever lost a boot due to a possum? I have, it's not something I want to relive.

I had hoped that the length of the tent would allow the packs to be stored at our feet. And it is very close to working, but won't be 100 percent. 


I have a Cabelas XPG 3 that is super nice, but a tad too big, and with a 1lb 8oz weight penalty I wanted something lighter.

Have had this tent out several times now, with 0 issues. Condensation has been no worse than my Mountainsmith Morrison tent with vents. At 3lbs 1 oz for everything this has been a serious weight saver. It has survived rain and winds with no problem.


Good luck with the tent, Brian. I hope you'll update us on how it works out.

11 months ago

Thanks for the tent update, Brian.

8 days ago

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