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 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.


  • Very light, 3lbs 1 oz on my scale for everything
  • Stitching is very even and well done


  • Small size for two—could use an extra 6 inches in length
  • No gear loft attachments
  • No ventilation in the fly



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.


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

6 months ago

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