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Hilleberg Akto (2014)

£490.00

The Hilleberg Akto is a very well-established solo backpacking workhorse. At 1661g it is twice the weight of some superlight tents but you’re getting so much more here than the lighter tents can offer. The general design is similar to other tents, with a single pole being slipped through a sleeve on the outer while four in-situ vertical poles at ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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The North Face Mica FL 1 (2014)

£310.00

The North Face’s Mica FL 1 pitches inner-first with a single interconnected pole forming a frame from which the inner is suspended. The fly then goes over the top and the pitching is all completed very easily thanks to ladder-lock adjusters and colour coding on the webbing. It’s instantly noticeable how stable this tent is compared with other one-person tents, ...

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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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Vaude Lizard GUL 1P (2014)

£550.00

If you rank minimal weight as your number one priority then the Vaude Lizard GUL 1P  is the tent for you. At just 740g including stuffsacks, pegs and poles, it’s half the weight of some in our test so it won’t weigh you down when backpacking. It features carbon poles and a unique pole configuration. There’s a short pole at ...

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Terra Nova Laser Photon 1 (2014)

£390.00

The Laser’s design has become the benchmark for lightweight tents, and the Photon 1 is just one of many variations available. It weighs 805g, making it one of the lightest one-person tents around. There is one alloy pole to fit, while a pair of vertical poles at each end are pre-fitted. However, I’ve always found this tent a little messy ...

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Montane Prism (2014)

£175.00

Not content with making award-winning clothing and rucksacks, Montane has released a range of sleeping bags. Having gained a reputation for selling products designed to take the user to the top of the hill and back again in practical comfort, the brand has a lot to live up to – and a lot to lose if this new range falls ...

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Berghaus Vapour 20 (2014)

£60.00

This is a very unusual rucksack from Berghaus, designed to meet the needs of those taking part in single-day or overnight racing events. The weight of 688g includes a 73g water bottle, which is stored in the base of the rucksack in a dedicated pocket. The back system is stiffened so it does not distort when loaded fully or partially, ...

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Primus Eta Lite (2014)

£109.00

If you like the Jetboil Flash then you will like the Primus Eta Lite, as they are virtually identical stoves with only small details differentiating them. The Primus Eta Lite is £109 against the £105 of the Jetboil Flash. Both stoves feature a tall pot that also accommodates the burner and a foot support when packed away. The burner screws ...

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Vango Folding Gas Stove (2014)

£23.00

Vango produces a range of exceptionally low-priced gas burners, and the Folding Gas Burner is one example. It is a low-profile burner, so that a pan’s centre of gravity is kept low to the ground to increase stability. It features an 16cm diameter pan support, meaning you can easily used good-sized pans on here. The burner is just 5cm diameter, ...

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Highlander HPX300 (2014)

£25.00

Low-profile gas burners such as this Highlander HPX300 provide a very stable support for cooking pots, which makes them safer and easier to use. At just £25 this stove won’t hurt your bank balance either, making it ideal for anyone on a tight budget who does not need the absolute lightest stove. The pan supports are 18cm wide, so you ...

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Mountain Equipment Aeon (2014)

£160.00

The Mountain Equipment Aeon boasts a wealth of hill-orientated features. Firstly the Drilite fabric features top-end waterproofness and breathability, while the ‘dry-touch’ inner treatment helps to manage condensation – although higher-priced fabrics may be even better. The fabric also feels a little softer than some options, which gives the impression of being less durable, but I think it will be ...

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Outdoor Research Helium HD (2014)

£165.00

The Outdoor Research Helium HD is a very lightweight jacket, weighing in at 270g (size L) and made from 2.5-layer Pertex Shield+, a fabric that boasts top-end performance for breathability and waterproofness. The zip up the front of the jacket is a more water-resistant design than many around this price, but you don’t get an internal flap to impede progress ...

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Patagonia Torrentshell Plus (2014)

£140.00

The Torrentshell Plus is the heaviest jacket in our test, but it has the lowest price tag and also boasts some pretty good hillwalking features. It is made from Patagonia’s H2No 2.5-layer fabric, which gives top-end lab results for waterproofness and breathability; but like all 2.5-layer constructions it doesn’t manage condensation as well as 3-layer fabrics. Like some other jackets ...

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Marmot Artemis/Adroit (2014)

£200.00

This jacket is made from Marmot’s latest fabric, NanoPro Membrain, which boasts excellent breathability in the lab and in my experience is one of the best 2.5-layer fabrics available for controlling condensation on the hill. It comes in men’s and women’s version called the Artemis and Adroit respectively. The jacket has a good water-resistant zip up the front with an internal ...

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Vaude Crestone (2014)

£170.00

The 2.5-layer Ceplex Advanced fabric used in the Vaude Crestone meets the environmentally friendly Bluesign standards, while the pit zips and three pockets on the body will suit a wide range of user needs. The two main pockets are large enough for maps and they’re well-placed to maintain access while wearing a rucksack. These pockets don’t use mesh linings, but ...

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Arc’teryx Beta SL (2014)

£230.00

The Arc’teryx Beta SL weighs in at 349g (men’s size large) and is made from Gore-Tex Paclite, which is designed to be the lightweight and durable option from the house of Gore. The jacket, which was a comfortable fit on me, has a short body with a water-resistant zip up the front. There is a small baffle on the inside ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lightwave Firelight 450 (2014)

£449.00

This is incredibly lightweight for a bag with a -5 deg C comfort limit at just 776g (792g with stuffsack). The Lightwave Firelight 450 is made with a lightweight 29 g/m² 15 denier nylon, and this helps to strip away the weight. For insulation you get 450g of 900 fill power down, while most bags have 750 to 800 fill ...

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Cumulus Quantum 350 (2014)

£280.00

The Cumulus Quantum 350 is an extremely lightweight bag at just 702g plus an extra 20g for the stuffsack. It also packs down very small and appears to be ideal for anyone wishing to minimise their camping kit. The bag uses a trapezoid construction, so the seams are less likely to produce cold spots, which again is ideal for efficient ...

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Lightwave T20 Trail (2014)

£330.00

Designed as a 4-season tent, the Lightwave T20 Trail weighs in at 2519g, which is slightly heavy compared to some higher-priced options, but it has many advantages over similar designs. Firstly, it can be pitched outer-first or inner -first, making it suitable for a wide range of conditions. It comes with 12 standard pegs, plus four corkscrew pegs, so it ...

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Mountain Hardwear Super Mega UL2 (2014)

£400.00

The Super Mega UL2 – Mountain Hardwear’s lightest two-person backpacking tent – tips the scales at 1176g, although its packed size is longer than most at 56x13cm, due to the pole system, which features longer poles than other designs. They’re all linked together like a giant skeleton that attaches to the inner tent when pitching, so the inner may get ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Hilleberg Anjan 2 (2014)

£575.00

The Anjan is based on the hugely popular Hilleberg Nallo, with the difference being the use of a lighter-weight Kerlon 1000 fabric, which reduces tent weight. The Anjan comes in at 1781g and is designed for snow-free conditions. The tent is pitched outer- first to keep the inner dry during damp conditions. The poles slip through sleeves around the outside ...

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Vango Helium Carbon 200 (2014)

£440.00

The Helium Carbon is Vango’s lightest two-person tent, weighing just 1061g. It features Yunan Carbon X-Lite poles, which Vango says are 48 per cent lighter than alloy poles, and titanium wire pegs. It also packs down extremely small. The tent is pitched with the main pole sliding through a transverse sleeve, and there’s a vertical pole at the head and ...

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Vaude Taurus Ultralight (2014)

£300.00

The Vaude Taurus Ultralight is an extremely well-established tent that’s been reviewed many times in Trail and never fails to impress. It weighs in at a very respectable 1858g, which is lighter than some higher-priced tents. It pitches extremely easily outer-first with two poles being slipped through mesh sleeves and ladder-lock webbing adjusters around the edges allowing a taut pitch ...

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Jack Wolfskin Exolight II (2014)

£400.00

The Jack Wolfskin Exolight II has a huge amount of living space for its weight of just 1986g. All the extra space comes from the extremely creative use of the pole system. The poles are shock-corded together and form an external skeleton from which the flysheet is attached, with the inner already attached to the flysheet, or added afterwards to keep ...

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Deuter Neosphere -4 (2014)

£230.00

Neosphere range of bags from Deuter are packed full of features, including a compression stuffsack to reduce packed size. Having elastic seams that allow this bag to maintain a closer fit enhances its warmth, and the down insulation is captured in trapezoid chambers within the bag to reduce cold spots. The performance of the down is further enhanced by the ...

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