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First test: Kelty TraiLogic Collection - TN2 tent (2014)

£270.00

The TraiLogic Collection consists of four individual products: a rucksack, tent, sleeping bag and sleeping mat. What sets Kelty’s new range apart from other manufacturers, though, is that while the products can be purchased and used separately, each has been specially designed to work with the others as part of an integrated system. It’s not an entirely original concept. When ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Kelty Gunnison 1.2 (2013)

£200.00

A new brand of tents to the UK, Kelty has been producing great kit from its base in California since 1952. The Gunnison 1.2 is Kelty’s smallest tent. It is a two-pole inner-pitched-first dome and it goes up easily thanks to the poles being shock-corded and linked with a Swivel Hub at the middle. The fly goes over the top ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Jack Wolfskin Termite II XT (2013)

£220.00

The Jack Wolfskin Termite II XT is a big, spacious tent that pitches inner-first very easily as the poles are pre-assembled, and you just link the sections and away you go, which is easier than having three separate poles to fit. With the inner up, the chunky pegs are ideal for holding it down, and the fly goes over the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Marmot Limelight FC 2P (2013)

£210.00

The Marmot Limelight FC 2P has a ‘full canopy’ rather than the mesh inner tent it had in 2012. This reduces airflow, which is ideal for year-round use as it means it’s less draughty, but it is heavier than last year. The tent is pitched inner-first with two main poles, then a third pole is fitted across the top to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Robens Lodge 2 (2013)

£200.00

The Robens Lodge 2 is a big, spacious dome-style tent that benefits from a short transverse ridge pole across the top to provide a little more headroom at the porch and an entrance on each side of the tent. But despite its size, this tent was easy to pitch. It goes up inner-first with two poles and then the transverse ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Coleman Phad 2 X2 (2013)

£200.00

The Coleman Phad 2 X2 is a really interesting tent: it’s a three-pole semi-geodesic design, so it’s very stable; but it also has a roomy porch with multiple entry points, so it’s incredibly liveable. Pleasingly, it came in a side entry bag with drawcords and compression straps, rather than an end entry stuffsack, which made it far easier to pack ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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First test: Eureka! El Cap 2 SUL (2012)

£460.00

It’s easy to make a tent lightweight by trimming its dimensions and keeping its features to a minimum. What is far more challenging is making a lightweight tent that is also a joy to use, has plenty of room inside and can stand up to mountain weather. The Eureka! El Cap 2 SUL tent weighs 2367g, although the manufacturer’s website ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Peak 2.1 2011

£120.00

Berghaus is best-known for its rucksacks and waterproofs, but the company has also designed a range of tents in conjunction with Blacks that are sold exclusively through Blacks stores. The Berghaus Peak 2.1 is a dome design with a large porch. It is not the lightest tent here, but it is certainly the most spacious. DesignDomes are perhaps less popular ...

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Hilleberg Soulo 2011

£530.00

The Hilleberg Soulo had been designed as an all-season one-person shelter that will work in the worst of conditions while maintaining good living comfort inside. It pitches as one, the poles clipping on externally with some colour coding on the pole sleeves to make it easier. It’s also free-standing, which is great for perfect positioning. There are numerous pegging points ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Robens Mythos Solo 2011

The new Mythos Solo is a departure from Robens’ usual tunnel and geodesic designs. It’s a well-thought-out one-person tent and the jointed, multi-sectioned pole assembly clips on externally, making pitching quick and easy with the inner and fly attaching as one onto the pole. There are plenty of pegging points and there are numerous guy points, so although the Mythos ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 3
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The North Face Mica 1 2011

£210.00

The The North Face Mica 1 pitches inner-first, but the poles are colour-coded and use a simple but effective clipping system, so the inner goes up easily and the flysheet attaches at the end points of the hubbed pole assembly for a quick pitch. There are enough pegging points to make a secure pitch and there are guy points on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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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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MSR Hubba HP 2009

£250.00

The MSR Hubba HP is a very light and small-packing tent. It’s an inner-pitched-first design with a multi-section, hubbed pole assembly that clips onto the inner very quickly. It’s then easy to move it to a spot you like before you add the outer and peg it down. The groundsheet is very waterproof and although the outer only has a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Black Diamond OneShot 2009

£249.00

The Black Diamond OneShot tent weighs 1380g; small packed size; pitches easily from the inside; roomy inside for sleeping and gear storage; large mesh vents; interior pockets. But Epic fabric is only water-resistant; single-skin design is prone to condensation; no porch for storage and cooking. Black Diamond – tel. (01629) 580484; www.blackdiamondequipment.com

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
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Hilleberg Soulo 2009

£455.00

The Hilleberg Soulo tent is built to withstand the worst weather and it comes with features to let the occupant sit out the storm in reasonable comfort. It pitches as one, with externally attached poles. It’s free-standing, but has a dozen peg and double guy points all the way round for security (in a raging blizzard it hardly flinched). There’s ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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GoLite Xanadu 1 2009

£250.00

The GoLite Xanadu 1 is a small-packing, lightweight and simple tent. Although it’s a single-skin tent it has all the cooking and gear storage advantages of a regular tent, thanks to its huge porch. On the other side it has a large vent that is held open by a guy line giving good through ventilation with the full mesh inner ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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