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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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Snugpak Softie Technik 5 (2013)

£180.00

How to put this delicately… the Snugpak Softie Technik 5 is enormous. It’s a spacious, heavy bag that will suit the tall, the broad or those unconcerned about pack weight or limited rucksack space. In many ways this is due to its synthetic filling, which despite its bulk will offer improved performance compared with down if dampened by in-tent condensation. ...

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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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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
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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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First test: Berghaus Bioflex 60+15 (2012)

£180.00

Berghaus first introduced its Bioflex back system in 2005 to rave reviews. The latest incarnation is lighter, and – on first appearances – completely different from the original. The Bioflex system is designed to flex and move with your body as you walk, while ensuring that the load remains stable and well-balanced on your back. This has the effect of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Snugpak Softie Technik 5 (2012)

£180.00

The Softie range of sleeping bags from Snugpak are made in Yorkshire, and they have been a proven budget option for over 30 years. The Technik 5 is Snugpak’s winter synthetic offering, and with a temperature rating of -15 deg C it’s more than capable of keeping the user warm in typical British winter conditions. You get a shoulder baffle ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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Marmot Grid 2 2010

£290.00

USA brand Marmot has realised that what works on that side of the pond does not always work over here, so they have designed the Grid specifically for UK and European conditions. It’s pitched outer-first so you can keep the inner dry when pitching or striking the tent in the rain. Design What sets the Marmot Grid 2 apart from ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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The North Face Tadpole 23DL 2010

£290.00

I remember using a The North Face Tadpole in the early Nineties but these days the Tadpole DL is lighter, easier to pitch and has better ventilation than it did 20 years ago to make this classic even better. The new version is designed as a stable three season backpacking tent for two. DesignThe TNF Tadpole is an inner-pitched-first tent ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lightwave G20 Trek 2010

£295.00

The G20 Trek is a new tent from Lightwave, who have made a great impact since the company was founded in 2002. The brand takes a functional rather than fashionable approach to gear design, and this is clear in the G20 Trek, which is designed to be a lightweight yet stable backpacking tent. DesignThe Lightwave G20 Trek is a very ...

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Kathmandu North Star V3 2010

£250.00

Kathmandu is an Australian outdoor brand with a growing presence in the UK. The North Star V3 is an inner-pitched-first design that the manufacturer has billed as ‘a true mountaineering tent’. DesignThe Kathmandu North Star V3 North Star V3’s design is focused on performance in snow. The flysheet does not extend all the way to the ground, which allows more ...

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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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Meindl Matterhorn Extreme 2009

£260.00

The GSB crampon mounting system is no longer provided in the Scarpa Manta, but it does remain on the Meindl Matterhorn Extreme. This system appeared in 2008 on this 4-season boot and it allows dedicated crampons to slot into the front of the boot while a tail clip locks the rear of the crampon in place. This makes crampon fitting ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Millet Radikal Rock 2009

£240.00

Designed specifically for summer alpine technical mountaineering on mixed snow and rock, the Millet Radikal Rock 4-season boot boasts a radical design. The upper is made from various synthetic materials, which give it a unique style, as well as plenty of support and protection from its relatively low weight. The lacing system is equally radical as it has a BOA ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Vasque M-Possible 2009

£240.00

The Vasque M-Possible is a 4-season boot with  a parts list that resembles a NASA spacecraft. However the designer must have had an off day when they needed a name for the upper material, which is called ‘Superfabric’. Despite a rubbish name it is incredibly robust and looks set to withstand mountains of wear and tear. There is a rubber ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Scarpa Manta 2009

£220.00

Last year the Scarpa Manta 4-season boot had the GSB crampon system, but sadly the system has not become popular enough to warrant its continuity, so on the Manta it is now a feature that can be logged as that great idea that got away! The remainder of the Manta is classic performance-orientated design though. The boot sits lower to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Asolo Alpiniste GTX 2009

£190.00

The Alpiniste GTX is a new Asolo 4-season boot that provides a superb set of features, making it ideal for general winter use as well as mountaineering. It has a synthetic and leather upper with a big rubber rand for extra durability. The lacing extends further towards the toe than in some boots, which makes it slightly better for climbers ...

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

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