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Jack Wolfskin Gossamer 2009

£90.00

The Jack Wolfskin Gossamer is essentially a large hooped bivvy bag, but it has many regular tent features and some of its own that make it stand out. Pitching is straightforward with two short poles attached using the secure ring and pin system, and there are lots of guy and peg points available to get it stable. Inside there’s plenty ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Robens Trailstar 1 2010

£90.00

Short on cash? That’s no reason to stop backpacking if you spend wisely. For just £90 the Robens Trailstar 1 provides most of the features a lone backpacker is looking for.Robens is a Danish brand that produces a wide range of high-value tents. The Trailstar comes in a two-person version as well as the one-person model tested here, and it’s ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Camp Minima

£90.00

The Minima is an extremely lightweight and compact 2-person sub-2kg tent when packed. Unfold it, and you get a simple inner-pitch design where the colour-coded poles slip effortlessly through sleeves on the inner, upon which the flysheet fits. There is a vent at each end to aid condensation control, while the main door can be zipped open and secured neatly. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Camp Minima tent (2008)

£90.00

ReviewThe Minima is an extremely lightweight and compact tent when packed. Unwrap it and you get a simple inner-pitched-first design where the colour-coded poles slip effortlessly through sleeves on the inner, upon which the flysheet fits. There is a vent at each end to aid condensation control, while the main door can be zipped open and secured neatly. There is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lafuma Active 2 tent (2008)

£100.00

ReviewA very lightweight tent that pitches very easily as you just slip a couple of poles into the sleeves around the outside of the outer, and a couple of guy lines and pegs finish the task. Ladder-lock adjusters around the base allow easier tensioning too. This is a single-skin tent without a porch, so once you open the outer door ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Helix 100 (2014)

£100.00

Tents are getting lighter, but the lightest often carry a whopping price tag. However some brands are making lightweight tents that are far more affordable – and the Helix 100 is the lightest and lowest-priced model in Vango’s new range. At £100 for a one-person tent weighing just 1573g, the Helix 100 should strongly appeal to weekend backpackers. But if ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Snugpak Ionosphere (2012)

£130.00

There are fewer differences today between small tents and poled bivvy bags, but the Snugpak Ionosphere sits at the tent end of the scale, thanks to its use of a two-pole design that requires that the inner is pitched first before the outer is draped over the top. Its low profile and robust design rebuff wind and rain well, but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Nordisk Pasch Si 2000 2011

£145.00

The Nordisk Pasch Si 2000 is a roomy one-person tent, very long and wide with an average height, which is fine for sitting upright at the door end. This means plenty of room for internal gear storage, which you’ll need as the porch is quite small, but there’s still room enough in the porch for reasonably sheltered cooking and leaving ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Ultralight 200

£150.00

This 2-person tent features a very unusual design, yet it has incredible stability and a surprising amount of living space. It is a single-skin that pitches far more easily than it first appears. Once erected the external door gives direct access to the inner living area, as there is no porch. The headroom easily allows two to sit up, and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 2.5
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Vango Ultralight 200 tent (2008)

£150.00

ReviewThis ultralight tent is an incredibly stable design and it is also very light as it is only a single-skin  model, but there is a surprising amount of space inside. It pitches very easily too. Once erected, the external door gives direct access to the inner living area, as there is no porch. The headroom easily allows two to sit ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 2.5
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Vango Ultralight 200

£150.00

This is a very unusual design of 2-person sub-2kg tent yet it benefits from incredible stability and a surprising amount of living space. It is a single-skin tent that pitches far more easily than appearances would suggest. Once erected, the external door gives direct access to the inner living area, as there is no porch. The headroom easily allows two ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Marmot EOS 1P

£160.00

The EOS is a 2-person sub-2kg tent that pitches very easily inner-first, thanks to all the poles being interlocked with shock-cords to form one single frame that simply clips to the inner. The outer goes over the top, and ladder lock webbing clips make adjustment very easy. To allow variable peg placements the webbing tabs around the base have a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Force Ten Vapour 100 2009

£165.00

The Force Ten Vapour 100 is a very light tent and packs so small it disappears inside your rucksack. It’s a single-skin design with the poles fitting externally, and in rain you can throw your kit inside while you finish pitching. It doesn’t take up a lot of space, so your options for pitching are increased. There are venting options ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Nordisk Pasch PU (2012)

£170.00

The Pasch PU is described as a one-person tent by Nordisk, but it is marketed in the UK as a lightweight two-person tent for events such as the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM). So it is pretty lightweight at 1930g, but there is a nylon version – the Pasch Si – that is only 1740g, if your priority is weight. It ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Coleman Exponent Falcon X1 2009

£170.00

The Coleman Exponent Falcon X1 tent weighs 1110g; very small packed size; joint second lightest in the test; simple design; one pole, one guy line; plenty of porch space. But sleeping space is very limited; good pitching is hard to achieve as it lacks tension adjustment at the foot so the outer and inner touch over a large area at ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 1
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Force Ten Helium 100 2011

£190.00

The Vango Force Ten Helium 100 is a proven one-person tent design that stands up well to the worst of UK weather. The shape is good in a gale, with the internal Tension Band System that allows you to adjust exactly how the centrally positioned single pole tackles the wind. The fabrics are heavy-duty and among the most waterproof in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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GoLite Eisenhower Tunnel

£230.00

GoLite kick-started the latest phase of lightweight backpacking, and the Eisenhower Tunnel is a 2-person sub-2kg tent that really shows what the brand is about. It is a single-skin design that pitches easily with just two poles and ladder lock webbing adjusters for easy tensioning. The outer doors open from the top or the bottom so you have good ventilation ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Golite Eden 1 2011

£250.00

The Golite Eden 1 is different from most single-person tunnel-style tents as it has three poles, but it pitches fast with colour-coding on the poles and webbing adjusters for tensioning. Pegging out is also quick, and the numerous guy points make for great stability. The guy lines attached high on the central pole have a wide range of placement possibilities ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Hardwear Stiletto 2009

£270.00

The Mountain Hardwear Stiletto tent weighs 1450g; small packed size; large porch for gear storage and cooking; mostly mesh inner for ventilation; good living space; two-way outer zip for venting options. But design is fussy; pitching is inner-first and time-consuming; wind resistance could be better. Mountain Hardwear – tel. (01572) 724499; www.mountainhardwear.com

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lightwave T1 Ultra

£330.00

This 2-person sub-2kg tent is the high-spec version of the Lightwave T1 Trek, where the materials shave around 400g off the weight. It’s a two-pole tunnel but the poles have a precurved arched shape, known as ARCHitektur, which is said to improve stability. I also like the fact that you get a proper instruction manual. It’s pitched inner-first with colour-coded ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lightwave t0 Ultra XT 2009

£350.00

The Lightwave t0 Ultra XT is a spacious tent, with room inside for you and some gear, and enough height for me to sit at the door and cook in the porch. The porch is its best feature as it’s massive – there is also a version without the extended porch available. I had a fellow camper sit in the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vaude Power Lizard UL 2010

£350.00

Is light always right? It’s easy to make a tent lighter after all. Just make it smaller, ditch the porch and use a single layer of material rather than an inner and an outer. But how light can a tent be if it offers two-person space, a double wall and retains a porch? According to Vaude, the Power Lizard holds ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Terra Nova Laser Large 1 2009

£370.00

The 1880g Terra Nova Laser Large 1 is the big brother of the Terra Nova Laser Competition, the former Guinness record holder for the lightest two-person tent in the world (the record is now held by the Terra Nova Photon). This pedigree has bred a superlight but large two-person tent that does all it can to shave the grams from ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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First test: Hilleberg Anjan 3 (2012)

£525.00

‘Considered quality’ is the phrase that perhaps best summarises Hilleberg. In its 40 years the Swedish tentmaker has produced a relatively small run of designs, but few have failed to become the most desirable examples of their kind. The Nallo and Akto models in particular have become classics –products effortlessly right, light and built to last for life. Designs over ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Hilleberg Anjan 2 (2014)

£575.00

The Anjan is based on the hugely popular Hilleberg Nallo, with the difference being the use of a lighter-weight Kerlon 1000 fabric, which reduces tent weight. The Anjan comes in at 1781g and is designed for snow-free conditions. The tent is pitched outer- first to keep the inner dry during damp conditions. The poles slip through sleeves around the outside ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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