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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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Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 (2012)

£330.00

The ‘Laser Comp’ as the Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 is affectionately known probably defines lightweight one-person backpacking tents more than any other. There is a single transverse pole that is slipped through a sleeve on the outer, while two in-situ vertical poles at each end just have to be folded into shape to add extra foot- and headroom. So ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 2009

£210.00

The Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 tent is freestanding, with a single hub-jointed pole system. This is simple to set up and throw the flysheet over to keep the rain off if you’re in a hurry. The first time I pitched it was in the dark with no instructions, and it looked fine in the morning. Inside there’s plenty of room ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Vaude Hogan Ultralight 1 2009

£210.00

The Vaude Hogan Ultralight 1 tent feels instantly user-friendly. Pitching is straightforward as the Y-shaped pole assembly clips in easily, giving a freestanding structure. Although it pitches inner-first, it’s fast, so pitching and striking in wet weather isn’t as much of an issue as it could be. The pitching instructions are sewn in to the stuffsack, which is handy. I ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Blacks Octane 1 2009

£150.00

The Blacks Octane 1 tent is a great package for the price. The stuffsack has the instructions sewn in, and there’s a spares pack with a pole repair sleeve, various fabric patches, seam sealer and a coil of spare guy cord. Many of the tents in the test have a similar set up, but none is so comprehensive. The tent ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Big Agnes Seedhouse SL2 tent (2008)

£215.00

ReviewThis is an amazingly spacious ultralight tent for the weight. The secret of its success is the incredibly thin materials (you can see the grass through the groundsheet for example), while the inner tent is completely made from mesh! It pitches inner-first with the poles forming an external skeleton from which you suspend the inner. The outer goes over the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Equipment AR Ultralight II tent (2008)

£200.00

ReviewThis is a very light tent, and you can save a further 156g by ditching the pole set and using a pair of trekking poles instead. It pitches outer-first with two vertical poles supporting the outer, and then the inner is suspended from inside. The wedge-shaped design creates a reasonable amount of space to sit up under the ridge and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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The North Face Spectrum 23

£225.00

The Spectrum is a 2-person sub-2kg tent that saves weight by ditching the inner and relying on its design to keep out the condensation and rain. There’s loads of ventilation in the roof and at each end to allow airflow and hopefully minimise condensation. This shelter can also withstand 135mph winds, which the manufacturers claim is far in excess of ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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Vaude Taurus Ultralight

£220.00

This 2-person sub-2kg tent is a modern classic. For 2007 the Taurus Ultralight gets 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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Equipment AR Ultralight II

£200.00

This is a very light 2-person sub-2kg tent and you can save a further 156g by ditching the pole set and using a pair of trekking poles instead. It pitches outer-first with two vertical poles supporting the outer and then the inner is suspended from inside. The wedge-shaped ridge design creates a reasonable amount of space to sit up in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Mountain Equipment AR Ultralight

£160.00

This 2-person backpacking tent is very light at just 1600g and you can save a further 300g by ditching the pole set and using a pair of trekking poles instead. It pitches outer-first with just two vertical poles supporting the outer. The inner is suspended inside the outer. The wedge-shaped ridge design creates a reasonable amount of space to sit ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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