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Snugpak Stratosphere (2013)

£120.00

A big turn-off when it comes to bivvy bags is the feeling of claustrophobia – understandable when many are akin to only slightly more respiration-friendly body bags. The Snugpak Stratosphere sidesteps this by featuring two poles around the head area, which make things within much airier. Not only that, but beneath the rainflap at the back is an open vent ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Adventure Tarp (2013)

£30.00

The Adventure Tarp is designed to be used as an additional porch for a Vango tent or as a standalone tarp-style shelter. It comes with guy lines, pegs and a very robust pole as well as an elasticated edge to provide a closer fit to a curved tent. When used as a more traditional tarp it can’t be set up ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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Aztec Rapido 2 (2013)

£120.00

The Aztec Rapido 2 is a single-skin tent, so there’s no inner, outer and porch area; it’s just a shelter with acres of space inside. This does have huge advantages as it results in a weight of just 1776g, so if weight saving is your priority the Rapido 2 is the best tent here. It pitches pretty easily with a ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Wild Country Zephyros 2 Lite (2013)

£210.00

The award-winning Laser series of lightweight backpacking tents from Terra Nova has been extending into the brand’s more affordable Wild Country range, with the Zephyros 2 Lite being, as the name suggests, a lighter version of the standard Zephyros 2, at £150 and 1715g. In effect there is now a Laser-style lightweight tent design for every bank balance. The Wild ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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First test: Hilleberg Anjan 3 (2012)

£525.00

‘Considered quality’ is the phrase that perhaps best summarises Hilleberg. In its 40 years the Swedish tentmaker has produced a relatively small run of designs, but few have failed to become the most desirable examples of their kind. The Nallo and Akto models in particular have become classics –products effortlessly right, light and built to last for life. Designs over ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Wild Country Zephyros 2 (2012)

£150.00

The Wild Country Zephyros 2 is the big brother to the one-person Zephyros 1, which is a superb little tent for solo backpacking. The two-person version is the same design but the inner is wider and longer. It pitches easily by slipping the single pole through a sleeve around the outside of the flysheet, and there are two vertical poles ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Nordisk Pasch PU (2012)

£170.00

The Pasch PU is described as a one-person tent by Nordisk, but it is marketed in the UK as a lightweight two-person tent for events such as the Original Mountain Marathon (OMM). So it is pretty lightweight at 1930g, but there is a nylon version – the Pasch Si – that is only 1740g, if your priority is weight. It ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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MSR Carbon Reflex 1 (2012)

£325.00

The Carbon Reflex 1 is the lightest double-wall solo tent in the MSR range. Part of the weight saving comes from the use of carbon fibre poles, which are 30 per cent lighter than the aluminium equivalents and also stronger, according to the manufacturers. It is pitched inner-first with just two poles being required to create the inner tent structure, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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
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Nemo Obi Elite 1P (2012)

£450.00

The Obi Elite 1P is Nemo’s lightest poled tent and it makes use of some clever design features too. It is pitched inner-first with the preassembled pole forming a skeleton from which the inner is suspended and then the flysheet drapes over the top. Nemo has extended the ‘bathtub’ groundsheet up the sides, to allow a large cut-out in the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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The North Face Mica 1 (2012)

We asked for tents that weighed under 1.5kg, and the stated weight of the The North Face Mica 1 is 1440g... however this does not include all the stuffsacks. We found it weighed 1490g with tent, poles, pegs, main stuffsack and pole bag, but not the peg bag or the guy lines (which there were not enough pegs to utilise ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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Vango Force Ten Helium 100 (2012)

£220.00

The F10 Helium 100 has won ‘Best Value’ awards from Trail in the past, but the 2012 version is even better. The tent is based around a single precurved transverse pole that slips through a sleeve in the outer, to create a side entry tunnel. There’s an additional vertical pole at each end to add extra headroom. There are now ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Wild Country Zephyros 1 2011

£150.00

The Terra Nova Laser Competition has won multiple awards for being one of the best lightweight one-person backpacking tents around. But while its weight of just 930g is appealing, its price tag of £320 is far less enticing. So Terra Nova has released the Zephyros 1 under its Wild Country brand, promising the same living space as the Laser Competition, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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MSR Fast Stash 2011

£225.00

Tarps are a great idea in theory: they promise a simple shelter while adding little to your burden. Sadly, this theory trips up when confronted by good old British weather and the winged biting pests that plague our hills at the height of the wild camp season. The common solution is to use a bivvy bag for added protection, but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Nemo OBI Elite 1P 2011

£400.00

The Nemo OBI Elite 1P one-person tent packs in two halves using a compression dry-sack and separate pole bag, which is a good space saver. It’s free-standing and pitches inner-first, but the single Y-shaped hub-jointed pole attaches easily with clips and the flysheet is on quickly. There’s good internal space for lying down and sitting up; and with a lot ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Helsport Ringstind 1 2011

£390.00

The Helsport Ringstind 1 is a quick-pitch one-person tent design with just a single pole that has an ingeniously simple attachment method. This does take a little practice to get perfect as there are multiple guy lines at each end, but once mastered it is great. The guys at the ends and at the centre pole plus the numerous pegging ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Macpac Microlight 2011

£250.00

The Macpac Microlight is a long-standing, reliable design that is made tough for extended trips into the wilderness. Pitching is simple with a single pole that slips into a single-ended pole sleeve. Pegging out smoothes the low-profile shape even more to create a wide footprint that is very good in the wind, while multiple guy points add further stability and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Golite Eden 1 2011

£250.00

The Golite Eden 1 is different from most single-person tunnel-style tents as it has three poles, but it pitches fast with colour-coding on the poles and webbing adjusters for tensioning. Pegging out is also quick, and the numerous guy points make for great stability. The guy lines attached high on the central pole have a wide range of placement possibilities ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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The North Face Mica 1 2011

£210.00

The The North Face Mica 1 pitches inner-first, but the poles are colour-coded and use a simple but effective clipping system, so the inner goes up easily and the flysheet attaches at the end points of the hubbed pole assembly for a quick pitch. There are enough pegging points to make a secure pitch and there are guy points on ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Vango Force Ten Helium 100 2011

£190.00

The Vango Force Ten Helium 100 is a proven one-person tent design that stands up well to the worst of UK weather. The shape is good in a gale, with the internal Tension Band System that allows you to adjust exactly how the centrally positioned single pole tackles the wind. The fabrics are heavy-duty and among the most waterproof in ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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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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Terra Nova Superlite Voyager 2010

£370.00

The Terra Voyager has been a classic design for many years, but in 2009 Terra Nova created a superlight version that stripped away a third of the weight while maintaining the classic three-pole geodesic design that delivers great stability and space. At just 1530g it makes you wonder why other tents need to be quite so heavy. DesignInitial impressions are ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Robens Summer Wind

£80.00

How much shelter do you need? Maybe a simple single-skin tent is enough? Use your trekking poles to hold the shelter up, and you get acres of space inside plus plenty of mesh vents to allow good airflow without letting the bugs in. Well, that is exactly what the Robens Summer Wind has been designed to achieve. The big advantage ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 0
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Terra Nova Laser Large 1 2009

£370.00

The 1880g Terra Nova Laser Large 1 is the big brother of the Terra Nova Laser Competition, the former Guinness record holder for the lightest two-person tent in the world (the record is now held by the Terra Nova Photon). This pedigree has bred a superlight but large two-person tent that does all it can to shave the grams from ...

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

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