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Marmot Pulsar 1P (2014)

£250.00

The Marmot Pulsar 1P offers an incredible amount of space for one person. It is pitched inner-first with the pole assembly clipping to the inner, over which the flysheet is draped. This is all very easily achieved, with ladder-lock adjusters and colour-coded tape making the task even simpler. The structure only needs a couple of pegs to keep it on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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
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Terra Nova Jupiter (2013)

£270.00

There’s a lot to be said for simplicity, and the single-hooped bivvy is a classic of design in the outdoor kit world. The British-made Terra Nova Jupiter – one of the more venerable designs in the bivvy world – is designed to be a no-fuss, super-quick shelter for backpackers. It’s made of premium Gore-Tex FLO2, which accounts for the big ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Mountain Equipment Borealis Bivi (2013)

£190.00

A traditional style of bivvy bag made largely from Gore-Tex Starlite – hence the price – the Mountain Equipment Borealis Bivi offers high levels of waterproofing and breathability in a compact package that can be washed (in pure soap) to keep its performance high. It’s pretty much even stevens on the weight and pack size stakes with the Rab Storm ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Terra Nova Bivvy Tarp (2013)

£200.00

Most tarps are a simple square of fabric with no protection against midges, but the Terra Nova Bivvy Tarp benefits from a mesh inner tent, making it more of a hybrid bivvy-tent-tarp design as its name suggests. The inner and tarp fly come preassembled so you just need to fit the two supplied poles and peg out the guy lines ...

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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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Wild Country Zephyros 1 Lite (2013)

£180.00

Based on the hugely popular Terra Nova Laser series, the single-poled Wild Country Zephyros 1 Lite trims 300g off the standard Zephyros 1 tent, by using a high-specification ripstop nylon flysheet and groundsheet rather than polyester. There is only one main pole, but pitching was not quite as slick as some others, in part as I’d prefer an extra eyelet ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Force Ten Helium 100 (2013)

£220.00

The Force Ten Helium 100 is a frequent Trail award winner. It pitches flysheet-first with a single precurved pole slipped through a sleeve around the outside of the fly. A vertical pole at each end creates extra foot- and headroom, and once assembled the structure is very stable. Entry is via a side zip that has double zip pulls so ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Nordisk Svalbard PU (2013)

£150.00

The Nordisk Svalbard PU is a PU (polyurethane)-coated tent weighing 2109g. It is a tunnel that pitches inner-first with two colour-coded poles easily fitting through sleeves around the outside of the inner. The flysheet goes over top, and ladder-lock webbing adjusters make tensioning easier. The tent is very stable for a tunnel and the fly comes down reasonably close to ...

  • LFTO.com 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 ...

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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
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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
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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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Wild Country Zephyros 2 Lite (2013)

£210.00

The award-winning Laser series of lightweight backpacking tents from Terra Nova has been extending into the brand’s more affordable Wild Country range, with the Zephyros 2 Lite being, as the name suggests, a lighter version of the standard Zephyros 2, at £150 and 1715g. In effect there is now a Laser-style lightweight tent design for every bank balance. The Wild ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Vaude Terratrio 2P (2013)

£175.00

The Vaude Terratrio 2P uses the same poles as the popular Vaude Taurus 1 but the porch area is 60 per cent larger, thanks to it being squared off at the front. The tent uses polyester, with a printed hexagonal ripstop effect, but this isn’t as durable as a real ripstop fabric. Like the Taurus 1 the Terratrio is extremely ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Nordisk Halland PU (2013)

£200.00

Nordisk tests its tents in a wind tunnel and the Halland PU can withstand winds of 32.5 metres per second, which is 11 on the Beaufort scale: ‘violent storm’. The fabric is a heavier and more durable polyurethane (PU) fabric than many lighter tents, you get plenty of guy lines, and the flysheet hugs the ground. The basic outline is ...

  • 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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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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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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Karrimor X-Lite X2 SG (2012)

£180.00

The SG in the Karrimor X-Lite X2 SG’s name signifies that this is a semi-geodesic design, which means the poles cross one another twice for extra stability, making this tent particularly suitable for wilder conditions. It is pitched outer-first with poles slipping easily through sleeves around the outside of the fly. The inner is then attached inside and can be ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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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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
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Marmot Limelight 2P (2012)

£210.00

The Marmot Limelight 2P is an inner-pitched-first dome with a third transverse pole across the top to give extra headroom and to create more vertical side walls. Pitching is very easy, thanks to colour-coded poles and neat plastic mouldings that allow you to clip the inner to the poles. Once the inner is pitched the fly goes over the top ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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