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First test: Vango Sirocco 200 (2015)

£180.00

How many tents do you really need? Just one that is well-designed for your requirements, I would say; but choosing a single model to do it all can be a challenge. Vango released the Solis tent series this year for those explorers looking for greater versatility, such as heading into warmer climates or preferring more ventilation, while enjoying a spacious ...

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Vaude TerraLight 1-2p (2015)

£190.00

FeaturesThe TerraLight 1-2p is either a small two-person tent or a large one-person tent as its living space sits between these two standards. It is pitched outer-first with a long porch down one side that also provides entry to the tent. The flysheet is made from PU-coated polyester material and it weighs 1858g, which is acceptable at this price. 5/5 ...

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Nordisk Svalbard 1 Si (2015)

£220.00

FeaturesThe Svalbard 1 Si uses a very high-spec material compared to others – a ripstop nylon outer that is silicone-coated – so it should be more durable than other tents. It is pitched inner-first with a front entrance and porch. The weigh of 1744g is acceptable at this price when you also take into account the fact that you get ...

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MSR Elixir 2 (2015)

£220.00

FeaturesThe MSR Elixir 2 is all about the living space while maintaining as low a weight as possible. Unlike most backpacking tents, here you are getting two good-sized porches and two good-sized entrances. Inside the tent the headroom is good throughout and not just under the poles. The outer is made from ripstop polyester with a PU coating. 5/5 DesignThere ...

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Wild Country Zephyros 2 (2015)

£249.00

FeaturesA low weight (1980g) is the most important feature for backpackers. The Robens Buzzard has a large porch on one side only but this has an excellent doorway with four zip pulls. Inside are additional smaller doors for ventilation at each end, and there are zipaway panels on the inner doors for venting. The fly is made from very durable ...

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Alpkit Jaran 2 (2015)

£200.00

FeaturesWith the Alpkit Jaran 2 you are getting an outstanding amount of floor space, plus two porches and good headroom; furthermore it weighs only 1998g, which is remarkable for the size and price of £200. It pitches inner-first, and the outer is made from a ripstop nylon rather than polyester, with a PU coating. Outstanding at any price. 5/5 DesignThe ...

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Vaude Terratrio 2p (2015)

£220.00

FeaturesThe Vaude Terratrio 2p was specifically designed for the UK market so it should have a great set of features for Trail readers! It is an outer-pitched-first design with a front porch outside the inner tent. The material is a polyester with a printed hexagonal design, but this is not a ripstop fabric as provided on other tents around this ...

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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, ...

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The North Face Talus 2 (2015)

£210.00

FeaturesThe The North Face Talus 2  is designed for maximum internal space, so you get an inner-pitched-first design with a porch on each side of the tent. There is only entry to the tent from one porch, though (the other acts as a ‘gear locker’ with the only access coming via a small door inside the inner tent). The flysheet ...

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First test: Coleman Caucasus 2 (2014)

£170.00

As the price of super-lightweight backpacking tents continues to rise beyond the budgets of many people, the ability of lower-priced tent manufacturers to come up with well-designed products is coming under the spotlight. Coleman has released a range of backpacking tents with prices from £130 to £200, which is around half the cash being demanded by the superlight manufacturers. But ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 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 ...

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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 ...

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