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Eurohike Backpacker II

£40.00

This two-person tent from Eurohike pitches easily (outer-first) and is a good size for two with a nice-sized porch at the front. Reasonably compact and doesn’t weigh much, either. Definitely one for good-weather trips, or purely to see if backpacking’s for you before buying something more expensive.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Highlander Forces 2

£65.00

The Highlander Forces 2 2-person tent is part of Highlander’s specialist Military range of outdoor products. It is the heaviest tent here, but it does come in at the lower end of the price range. It might be good enough for the forces, but is it good enough for a hill-walker stepping out from civvy street to the hills?   ...

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Coleman Bedrock 2

£70.00

Coleman are best-known for their family tents but they also make a range of low-priced backpacking tents that prove you don’t need to spend a fortune to be able to enjoy camping. The Bedrock 2 weighs in at a very respectable 2.5kg and benefits from two porches, two entrances and a window on the world outside. The inner can also ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Coleman Rigel X2 tent (2008)

£80.00

ReviewA very lightweight tent that saves a few grams by incorporating the stuffsack into the groundsheet. Also the pegs are very short, but mainly it is the single-skin design that reduces weight. Pitching is very fast as there are just two poles, which slip through mesh sleeves on the outer. There is a mesh vent in the roof that can ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Robens Summer Wind

£80.00

How much shelter do you need? Maybe a simple single-skin tent is enough? Use your trekking poles to hold the shelter up, and you get acres of space inside plus plenty of mesh vents to allow good airflow without letting the bugs in. Well, that is exactly what the Robens Summer Wind has been designed to achieve. The big advantage ...

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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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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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Alpinus Ararat

£119.00

A sizeable two-person tunnel tent from Alpinus, but one that is fiddly to pitch (inner-first), and which doesn’t seem to hang very well at all, no matter how many different adjustments you make. It has two good-sized porches – room for storing all your kit – and plenty of sleeping space. Ventilates well, too.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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GoLite Shangri-La 2 tent (2008)

£120.00

ReviewThis is a lightweight twist on the classic ridge tent. It has no poles, so you have to use trekking poles. Pitching is easy as you just peg out the groundsheet at the corners, clip the flysheet to the same pegs then dive inside to fit a trekking pole at each end. There is room for two, with ample space ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Aztec Rapido (2013)

£120.00

The Aztec Rapido is more of a basic shelter than a conventional tent, as you get just a single-skin design with no inner and no porch. But there is lots of space inside and you get all that for just 1745g and £120, which is very appealing. There is just one main pole and so it pitches easily with this ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Aztec Rapido 2 (2013)

£120.00

The Aztec Rapido 2 is a single-skin tent, so there’s no inner, outer and porch area; it’s just a shelter with acres of space inside. This does have huge advantages as it results in a weight of just 1776g, so if weight saving is your priority the Rapido 2 is the best tent here. It pitches pretty easily with a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • 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
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GramCounterGear Litehouse Solo 2011

£140.00

The GramCounterGear Litehouse Solo is an unusual design: in effect it’s a tent/tarp hybrid as it’s single-skin and has only a partial groundsheet floor with a mesh perimeter. It pitches as one and comes with no poles, as it uses a pair of trekking poles for support. The detailed instructions look complicated, but it’s easy and quick to set up ...

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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
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Robens Cloud 2

£150.00

The Cloud 2 is a 2-person tent that’s very easy to put up as it is an inner-pitched-first design with the poles clipping to the outside of the inner. The fly goes over top, and a scattering of hand-friendly pegs finish the job. Ladder-lock webbing adjusters make it easy to tighten the fly, even on uneven ground. There is one ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Blacks Octane 1 2009

£150.00

The Blacks Octane 1 tent is a great package for the price. The stuffsack has the instructions sewn in, and there’s a spares pack with a pole repair sleeve, various fabric patches, seam sealer and a coil of spare guy cord. Many of the tents in the test have a similar set up, but none is so comprehensive. The tent ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Robens Starlight 2 (2013)

£150.00

The Robens Starlight 2 is a refined version of the Star 2 from 2012, with a slightly larger porch. Own-brand poles and fittings mean the price has remained at £150 while most tent prices have increased. The tent pitches easily as there is just one cross pole to clip into place around the outside as the four corner poles are ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Blacks Octane 2

£150.00

For unpredictable UK weather an outer-pitched-first design is my preferred choice of tent as you can pitch (erect) and strike (take down) it in any weather and stay reasonably dry, so full marks to Blacks straight away with the Octane 2. The poles slip through colour-coded sleeves to make pitching easy, and ladder-lock adjustment around the base ensures the flysheet ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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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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The North Face Rock 22

£150.00

For two campers there is nothing better than a 2-person tent with lots of space in both the inner and the porch areas, and that is exactly what the Rock 22 provides. The tent is pitched inner-first with clips linking the outside of the inner to the two poles, after which the fly goes over top, while colour-coding and ladder-lock ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment AR Ultralight

£160.00

This 2-person backpacking tent is very light at just 1600g and you can save a further 300g by ditching the pole set and using a pair of trekking poles instead. It pitches outer-first with just two vertical poles supporting the outer. The inner is suspended inside the outer. The wedge-shaped ridge design creates a reasonable amount of space to sit ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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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Exped Scout Tarp Extreme 2011

£165.00

Exped kit tends to be robust, functional and ready for the worst of conditions. Expeditions need low weight too, and this tarp has a good balance between all these points, as well as being a multi-person shelter. DesignThe Exped Scout Tarp Extreme has the familiar plain rectangular outline of a tarp, but it’s actually quite complex. The edges have regularly ...

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Robens Dreamer

£169.00

This 4-person family tent pitches outer-first with three poles sliding through continuous sleeves where one end of the sleeves is sewn shut to make pitching a little easier. Ladder-lock webbing straps around the base make tensioning easy too. Inside you get a massive (220cm) porch at one end, which allows a couple of bikes to be stored or a load ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • 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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