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Vango Adventure Tarp (2013)

£30.00

The Adventure Tarp is designed to be used as an additional porch for a Vango tent or as a standalone tarp-style shelter. It comes with guy lines, pegs and a very robust pole as well as an elasticated edge to provide a closer fit to a curved tent. When used as a more traditional tarp it can’t be set up ...

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Highlander Blackthorn 1 (2015)

£45.00

FeaturesThe main feature of the Highlander Blackthorn 1 is its extremely low price tag. But you do still get a reasonable weight of 1575g and there is a large porch. The drawbacks are that this tent pitches inner-first and the poles are made of fibreglass, which means it may not be ideal for more wild weather. The flysheet is made ...

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Kathmandu Mono Tent (2015)

£80.00

FeaturesThe Kathmandu Mono Tent’s low price tag is a very appealing feature here. The design is inner-pitched-first with a side entry and side porch. The flysheet is made from ripstop polyester with a PU coating while the inner tent is mostly mesh. The poles are metal alloy. The weight is a little heavy for this size at 1796g but it ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Robens Summer Wind

£90.00

This single-skin 2-person sub-2kg tent has been developed for use with trekking poles, which results in this shelter weighing in at only 1400g and having a tiny packed size. Pitching is easy as you just peg out the corners and then fit your trekking poles at each end. Large side vents ensure good airflow, while an extended canopy along each ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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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
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Jack Wolfskin Gossamer (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesA well-priced tent with a reasonably low weight for its price, the Jack Wolfskin Gossamer is an inner-pitched-first design with a front entrance. The tunnel design is quite low, making this tent particularly stable in the wind. The flysheet is made from polyester with a PU coating. The main feature it lacks is a large porch area, though, which is ...

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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 ...

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Wild Country Coshee 1 (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesThe Wild Country Coshee 1 is great value, has a great weight of just 1481g and packs down to just 35x15cm small while also offering an outer-pitched-first design. The flysheet is made of polyester with a PU Stormtex treatment and you get shock-corded alloy poles. There is a long porch down one side and this is also the entry to ...

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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
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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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Snugpak Stratosphere (2013)

£120.00

A big turn-off when it comes to bivvy bags is the feeling of claustrophobia – understandable when many are akin to only slightly more respiration-friendly body bags. The Snugpak Stratosphere sidesteps this by featuring two poles around the head area, which make things within much airier. Not only that, but beneath the rainflap at the back is an open vent ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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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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Wild Country Sololite 2009

£140.00

The Wild Country Sololite tent pulls out of its stuffsack and rolls out on the ground, the poles clip into the outer quickly and easily, and you’ve got an instant shelter from the worst of weather. It’s got a strong design and uses tough materials. Terra Nova is Wild Country’s parent company, and you can see the quality genes have ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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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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Wild Country Zephyros 2 (2015)

£150.00

FeaturesThe Wild Country Zephyros 2 is a really popular tent for backpacking due to its tiny weight of just 1810g. It is pitched outer-first with a long porch down one side that also provides entry to the tent, while a second door at the back provides entry from the opposite side. The flysheet is made from PU-coated polyester ripstop material, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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Wild Country Zephyros 1 2011

£150.00

The Terra Nova Laser Competition has won multiple awards for being one of the best lightweight one-person backpacking tents around. But while its weight of just 930g is appealing, its price tag of £320 is far less enticing. So Terra Nova has released the Zephyros 1 under its Wild Country brand, promising the same living space as the Laser Competition, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Wild Country Zephyros 2 (2012)

£150.00

The Wild Country Zephyros 2 is the big brother to the one-person Zephyros 1, which is a superb little tent for solo backpacking. The two-person version is the same design but the inner is wider and longer. It pitches easily by slipping the single pole through a sleeve around the outside of the flysheet, and there are two vertical poles ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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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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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