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Vango Spectre 200

£90.00

The Vango Spectre 200 2-person tent is designed to be a minimalist shelter with a minimalist weight and minimalist price – without compromising on quality. The result is a very respectable feature set that includes metal alloy poles, rather than the fibreglass poles that are used in many other low-priced tents. Like most Vango tents, the Spectre also features the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Berghaus Snowdonia 2.1 2010

£130.00

I’m not sure what has surprised me most here – the fact that Berghaus has designed its first ever tents, or that they are being made under licence by the Blacks Leisure Group and will only be available in the UK from Blacks and Millets stores. Either way, what is most important is how the products perform.The Berghaus Snowdonia 2.1 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Wild Country Duolite

£140.00

This is a new 2-person tent from Wild Country. It is a good weight and the poles have been designed to collapse down to just 38cm in length for easier packing. The clever pole design allows extra headroom and height at the foot. The tent is pitched outer-first, which is ideal for wet-weather camping. The poles clip to the outside ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo (2012)

£143.00

The Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo is a single-skin tent with a mesh perimeter to the groundsheet to keep the bugs at bay while still allowing plenty of airflow. It weighs in at a very respectable 895g for the tent, guy lines and stuffsack, but that is all you get for your money. So you have to add on the price ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Vaude Taurus 1

£145.00

This 2-person tent is a modern classic. The Taurus 1 now has extra poles at the foot for more space and stability. Meanwhile the rest of the tent is the same tried and trusted design. Pitching is outstandingly easy, thanks to the unique external frame design and the addition of adjustable pegging points. The tent is reasonably stable too. Like ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • 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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Sprayway SX2 (2013)

£150.00

The three-pole semi-geodesic tent design has been a backpacking favourite for many years thanks to its well-proven stability, which makes it ideal for more challenging conditions than other tents. The Sprayway SX2 uses this familiar design to produce a model that’s very well-priced for what you’re getting. The tent pitches outer-first with three poles sliding into sleeves that extend around ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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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 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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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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Vango TBS Spirit 200 Lite

£200.00

For camping and backpacking in the UK this 2-person backpacking tent offers most of the features that most walkers will want. The Vango TBS Spirit 200 Lite is based around the well-established 2-pole tunnel design, which is renowned for being spacious, reasonably stable and lightweight; however a geodesic design would be more stable. But you also get the Tension Band ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Equipment AR Ultralight II

£200.00

This is a very light 2-person sub-2kg tent and you can save a further 156g by ditching the pole set and using a pair of trekking poles instead. It pitches outer-first with two vertical poles supporting the outer and then the inner is suspended from inside. The wedge-shaped ridge design creates a reasonable amount of space to sit up in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Macpac Microlight

£200.00

This 2-person backpacking tent is very light at just over 2kg and very easy to pitch as it has only one pole. It pitches outer-first, which is ideal in wet weather, and there is ladder lock adjustment for easy tensioning of the tent. There is one entrance and one porch, which extends down one side of the tent. You can ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Vango Apex 200 (2013)

£200.00

The Vango Apex 200 is intended as a lightweight, compact option for the adventurer looking for an open and easily accessible tent, so it tips the scales at 1722g, which is instantly impressive. The inner and fly pitch in one with a single pole sliding through a sleeve around the outside of the fly, and then a second transverse pole ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Equipment AR Ultralight II tent (2008)

£200.00

ReviewThis is a very light tent, and you can save a further 156g by ditching the pole set and using a pair of trekking poles instead. It pitches outer-first with two vertical poles supporting the outer, and then the inner is suspended from inside. The wedge-shaped design creates a reasonable amount of space to sit up under the ridge and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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The North Face Roadrunner

£200.00

For many campers  this 2-person backpacking tent this will be the best choice. It is pitched inner-first, although you can pitch the flysheet on its own. The dome shape is very good at fending off winds from many directions. Inside you get acres of space with more useable headroom than some  others in this class. You also get two entrances ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Vaude Hogan Ultralight 1 2009

£210.00

The Vaude Hogan Ultralight 1 tent feels instantly user-friendly. Pitching is straightforward as the Y-shaped pole assembly clips in easily, giving a freestanding structure. Although it pitches inner-first, it’s fast, so pitching and striking in wet weather isn’t as much of an issue as it could be. The pitching instructions are sewn in to the stuffsack, which is handy. I ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 2009

£210.00

The Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 tent is freestanding, with a single hub-jointed pole system. This is simple to set up and throw the flysheet over to keep the rain off if you’re in a hurry. The first time I pitched it was in the dark with no instructions, and it looked fine in the morning. Inside there’s plenty of room ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 tent (2008)

£215.00

ReviewThis is an amazingly spacious ultralight tent for the weight. The secret of its success is the incredibly thin materials (you can see the grass through the groundsheet for example), while the inner tent is completely made from mesh! It pitches inner-first with the poles forming an external skeleton from which you suspend the inner. The outer goes over the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Vaude Taurus Ultralight

£220.00

This 2-person sub-2kg tent is a modern classic. For 2007 the Taurus Ultralight gets extra poles at the foot for more space and stability. Meanwhile the rest of the tent is the same tried and trusted design. Pitching is outstandingly easy, thanks to the unique external frame design and the addition of adjustable pegging points. The tent is reasonably stable ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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The North Face Tadpole 23

£220.00

This two-person tent from The North Face is lovely and light, perfect for short summer trips. It’s stable, easy to pitch (inner-first) and comes with a compression sack for easy packing and carrying. The mesh inner walls ventilate well, but aren’t too warm (OK in summer). Some may find this tent a little too cosy for long trips.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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The North Face Spectrum 23

£225.00

The Spectrum is a 2-person sub-2kg tent that saves weight by ditching the inner and relying on its design to keep out the condensation and rain. There’s loads of ventilation in the roof and at each end to allow airflow and hopefully minimise condensation. This shelter can also withstand 135mph winds, which the manufacturers claim is far in excess of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Marmot Grid 2 review

£250.00

No matter what the weather forecast says, a regular camper in the UK knows that it could rain just as they are unpacking their tent or just as they are about to strike camp after a dry night. It’s this ‘interesting weather’ that makes outer-pitched-first tents ideal for British conditions, while a healthy dose of stability comes in useful too ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Marmot Grid 2 2010

£290.00

USA brand Marmot has realised that what works on that side of the pond does not always work over here, so they have designed the Grid specifically for UK and European conditions. It’s pitched outer-first so you can keep the inner dry when pitching or striking the tent in the rain. Design What sets the Marmot Grid 2 apart from ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Equipment Dragonfly

£290.00

This two-person tent from Mountain Equipment is as easy to pitch as any you’ll find, taking less than 10 minutes to erect. It’s big, but also very light, so is perfect for summer backpacking. The double-door design is great for keeping the wind out. Perhaps a little narrow at the foot for longer trips.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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