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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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Gelert Mongoose 2

£50.00

We all like our own space and our own front door, and that applies when camping. The Gelert Mongoose 2 2-person tent has a porch and entrance on each side, so there is no need to clamber over your mate to go for a pee! This tent pitches inner-first, and the inner can be used on its own in hot ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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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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Wild Country Coshee 2 (2013)

£100.00

The Wild Country Coshee 2 offers side entry to both sides of its two-pole wedge shape and as there is a porch on each side, it’s well-designed for two campers wanting their own space. It pitches very easily thanks to two colour-coded poles that slip through sleeves around the outside of the flysheet. The inner is pre-attached, but it can ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Coleman Cobra 2 (2013)

£110.00

The Coleman Cobra 2 is a side-entry two-pole tunnel with a porch on each side. It pitches flysheet-first with colour-coded poles sliding through sleeves around the outside of the flysheet. A series of guy lines and pegging points complete the pitch. This isn’t quite as easy as it could be, as you don’t get ladder lock webbing adjusters and the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Banshee 200 2011

£110.00

Vango has for many years dominated the market for practical backpacking tents that are also very well-priced. The Banshee 200 has been a particularly successful and popular model, which also forms part of Vango’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Recommended Kit list. At just 2kg, the Vango Banshee 200 is the lightest tent in our test. DesignThe Vango Banshee 200 is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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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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Robens Trailstar 2 2011

£119.00

Robens is a Danish brand that is best known for producing a wide range of well-priced, high-value camping equipment. The Robens Trailstar 2 comes in a one-person version as well as the two-person option featured here, and its unique corner design sets it apart from many tents in terms of making the most of the inner tent space. DesignThe Trailstar ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Aztec Esquina

£130.00

This extremely stable semi-geodesic tent from Aztec, which is light to carry, pitches really easily (inside and outside together) and has just about enough room for two for shorter backpacking trips. Good ventilation, courtesy of mesh panels and two-way zips, and well built. Looks good, too.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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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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Karrimor X Lite 2 (2013)

£140.00

The two-pole tunnel tent is probably one of the most well-established backpacking designs, and the Karrimor X Lite 2 is a very good example. It pitches outer-first with two colour-coded poles slipping through sleeves around the outside of the fly. One end of the sleeve is sewn up so the pole bottoms out, leaving you to simply locate the other ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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TOG 24 Garmisch 200

£150.00

This 2-person backpacking tent is a superb price for what you get; pitches outer-first; lots of storage pockets; good inner width for two; reasonable head space under largest pole; good size for one-person use. But 2700g; single zips on outer doors, so cannot vent top of doorway; one small porch.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 1
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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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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Robens Star 2 (2012)

£150.00

The Robens Star 2 is the two-person version of the Star 1, and it pitches equally as easy with just one pole needed to be fitted as the four corner poles are preassembled and just require webbing to be tensioned. The tent is pitched outer-first, so you can keep the inner dry easily even when pitching in the rain; also, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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Wild Country Aspect 2 2010

£150.00

Shared lightweight tents require compromise. If you want light weight you have to expect less space for two. If you want headroom then you’re going to have to lug more weight. If you want both, expect a heavy dent in your finances. But then along comes the Wild Country Aspect 2, which at just £150 offers a spacious sleeping area, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Quechua Quickhiker Ultralight II (2013)

£150.00

As the name suggests the Quechua Quickhiker Ultralight II pitches rapidly, as there’s just one pole to slide through the sleeve that extends around the outer, while the four corner poles are pre-attached to the tent, so they just need guying out. A couple of guy lines create a good degree of tension and stability. There’s a door on each ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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 Sabre 200 (2013)

£150.00

The Vango Sabre 200 is a new tent for 2013, and it has more about it than first impressions might suggest. It’s pitched outer-first with three colour-coded poles slipped through sleeves that extend around the outside of the fly. These locate in eyelets at the base and there are ladder lock webbing buckles, so you can easily pitch and tension ...

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

£160.00

This 2-person backpacking tent has a very small packed size; low price for features; 2-pole exceptionally spacious dome design; two porches, 2 entrances; snow valances for winter; outer doors can be vented from the top. But 2900g is quite heavy; small zipped stuffsack makes it exceptionally difficult to repack in the field particularly with cold wet hands; inner pitches first ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vaude Terratrio 2P (2012)

£175.00

The Vaude Terratrio 2P is based on the ever-popular Vaude Taurus 1 2P, but it has a 60 per cent larger porch area due to the squared-off profile at the front of the porch, as well as a different fabric that is more tear-resistant due to its hexagonal ripstop construction. This results in a tent that is more spacious than ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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