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Eurohike Backpacker II

£40.00

This two-person tent from Eurohike pitches easily (outer-first) and is a good size for two with a nice-sized porch at the front. Reasonably compact and doesn’t weigh much, either. Definitely one for good-weather trips, or purely to see if backpacking’s for you before buying something more expensive.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Gelert Mongoose 2

£50.00

We all like our own space and our own front door, and that applies when camping. The Gelert Mongoose 2 2-person tent has a porch and entrance on each side, so there is no need to clamber over your mate to go for a pee! This tent pitches inner-first, and the inner can be used on its own in hot ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Coleman Cobra 2 2011

£70.00

Coleman is perhaps best-known for its range of camping stoves and fuel, along with its family range of tents and sleeping bags. But the brand also makes a few great little backpacking tents – the Cobra 2 being the smallest and lightest. The price is instantly attractive, but so is the design, thanks to the provision of porches on both ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Coleman Rigel X2 tent (2008)

£80.00

ReviewA very lightweight tent that saves a few grams by incorporating the stuffsack into the groundsheet. Also the pegs are very short, but mainly it is the single-skin design that reduces weight. Pitching is very fast as there are just two poles, which slip through mesh sleeves on the outer. There is a mesh vent in the roof that can ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Camp Minima tent (2008)

£90.00

ReviewThe Minima is an extremely lightweight and compact tent when packed. Unwrap it and you get a simple inner-pitched-first design where the colour-coded poles slip effortlessly through sleeves on the inner, upon which the flysheet fits. There is a vent at each end to aid condensation control, while the main door can be zipped open and secured neatly. There is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Robens Trailstar 1 2010

£90.00

Short on cash? That’s no reason to stop backpacking if you spend wisely. For just £90 the Robens Trailstar 1 provides most of the features a lone backpacker is looking for.Robens is a Danish brand that produces a wide range of high-value tents. The Trailstar comes in a two-person version as well as the one-person model tested here, and it’s ...

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

£90.00

The Minima is an extremely lightweight and compact 2-person sub-2kg tent when packed. Unfold it, and you get a simple inner-pitch design where the colour-coded poles slip effortlessly through sleeves on the inner, upon which the flysheet fits. There is a vent at each end to aid condensation control, while the main door can be zipped open and secured neatly. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Spectre 200

£90.00

The Vango Spectre 200 2-person tent is designed to be a minimalist shelter with a minimalist weight and minimalist price – without compromising on quality. The result is a very respectable feature set that includes metal alloy poles, rather than the fibreglass poles that are used in many other low-priced tents. Like most Vango tents, the Spectre also features the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Jack Wolfskin Gossamer 2009

£90.00

The Jack Wolfskin Gossamer is essentially a large hooped bivvy bag, but it has many regular tent features and some of its own that make it stand out. Pitching is straightforward with two short poles attached using the secure ring and pin system, and there are lots of guy and peg points available to get it stable. Inside there’s plenty ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Helix 100 (2014)

£100.00

Tents are getting lighter, but the lightest often carry a whopping price tag. However some brands are making lightweight tents that are far more affordable – and the Helix 100 is the lightest and lowest-priced model in Vango’s new range. At £100 for a one-person tent weighing just 1573g, the Helix 100 should strongly appeal to weekend backpackers. But if ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lafuma Active 2 tent (2008)

£100.00

ReviewA very lightweight tent that pitches very easily as you just slip a couple of poles into the sleeves around the outside of the outer, and a couple of guy lines and pegs finish the task. Ladder-lock adjusters around the base allow easier tensioning too. This is a single-skin tent without a porch, so once you open the outer door ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Gelert Apex 2 2011

£100.00

The tunnel is a classic tent design that has been proven as ideal for backpacking since the 1980s and while perhaps less fashionable today, the two-pole tunnel still provides many benefits. The Gelert Apex 2 boasts a large front porch and is an outer-pitched-first design unlike many modern tunnel tents that are pitched inner-first. DesignThe Gelert Apex 2 has just ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Banshee 200 2011

£110.00

Vango has for many years dominated the market for practical backpacking tents that are also very well-priced. The Banshee 200 has been a particularly successful and popular model, which also forms part of Vango’s Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Recommended Kit list. At just 2kg, the Vango Banshee 200 is the lightest tent in our test. DesignThe Vango Banshee 200 is ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 5
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Alpinus Ararat

£119.00

A sizeable two-person tunnel tent from Alpinus, but one that is fiddly to pitch (inner-first), and which doesn’t seem to hang very well at all, no matter how many different adjustments you make. It has two good-sized porches – room for storing all your kit – and plenty of sleeping space. Ventilates well, too.

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Outwell Oregon 4

£129.00

This is a very spacious 4-person family tent, with an equally massive porch, which means if living space is your priority this leads the way. It is pitched with poles sliding through the sleeves around the outer and pegs locating into the ends of the poles. You get ladder lock webbing adjusters to make the task of tensioning easier, and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Snowdonia 2.1 2010

£130.00

I’m not sure what has surprised me most here – the fact that Berghaus has designed its first ever tents, or that they are being made under licence by the Blacks Leisure Group and will only be available in the UK from Blacks and Millets stores. Either way, what is most important is how the products perform.The Berghaus Snowdonia 2.1 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Snugpak Ionosphere (2012)

£130.00

There are fewer differences today between small tents and poled bivvy bags, but the Snugpak Ionosphere sits at the tent end of the scale, thanks to its use of a two-pole design that requires that the inner is pitched first before the outer is draped over the top. Its low profile and robust design rebuff wind and rain well, but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Wild Country Duolite

£140.00

This is a new 2-person tent from Wild Country. It is a good weight and the poles have been designed to collapse down to just 38cm in length for easier packing. The clever pole design allows extra headroom and height at the foot. The tent is pitched outer-first, which is ideal for wet-weather camping. The poles clip to the outside ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Karrimor X Lite 2 (2013)

£140.00

The two-pole tunnel tent is probably one of the most well-established backpacking designs, and the Karrimor X Lite 2 is a very good example. It pitches outer-first with two colour-coded poles slipping through sleeves around the outside of the fly. One end of the sleeve is sewn up so the pole bottoms out, leaving you to simply locate the other ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vaude Taurus 1

£145.00

This 2-person tent is a modern classic. The Taurus 1 now has extra poles at the foot for more space and stability. Meanwhile the rest of the tent is the same tried and trusted design. Pitching is outstandingly easy, thanks to the unique external frame design and the addition of adjustable pegging points. The tent is reasonably stable too. Like ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Nordisk Pasch Si 2000 2011

£145.00

The Nordisk Pasch Si 2000 is a roomy one-person tent, very long and wide with an average height, which is fine for sitting upright at the door end. This means plenty of room for internal gear storage, which you’ll need as the porch is quite small, but there’s still room enough in the porch for reasonably sheltered cooking and leaving ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Blacks Octane 2

£150.00

For unpredictable UK weather an outer-pitched-first design is my preferred choice of tent as you can pitch (erect) and strike (take down) it in any weather and stay reasonably dry, so full marks to Blacks straight away with the Octane 2. The poles slip through colour-coded sleeves to make pitching easy, and ladder-lock adjustment around the base ensures the flysheet ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Vango Ultralight 200

£150.00

This is a very unusual design of 2-person sub-2kg tent yet it benefits from incredible stability and a surprising amount of living space. It is a single-skin tent that pitches far more easily than appearances would suggest. Once erected, the external door gives direct access to the inner living area, as there is no porch. The headroom easily allows two ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 3.5
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Vango Ultralight 200

£150.00

This 2-person tent features a very unusual design, yet it has incredible stability and a surprising amount of living space. It is a single-skin that pitches far more easily than it first appears. Once erected the external door gives direct access to the inner living area, as there is no porch. The headroom easily allows two to sit up, and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 2
  • Owners' rating rating is 2.5
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Robens Cloud 2

£150.00

The Cloud 2 is a 2-person tent that’s very easy to put up as it is an inner-pitched-first design with the poles clipping to the outside of the inner. The fly goes over top, and a scattering of hand-friendly pegs finish the job. Ladder-lock webbing adjusters make it easy to tighten the fly, even on uneven ground. There is one ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4

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