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First test: Vango Sirocco 200 (2015)

£180.00

How many tents do you really need? Just one that is well-designed for your requirements, I would say; but choosing a single model to do it all can be a challenge. Vango released the Solis tent series this year for those explorers looking for greater versatility, such as heading into warmer climates or preferring more ventilation, while enjoying a spacious ...

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Wild Country Coshee 1 (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesThe Wild Country Coshee 1 is great value, has a great weight of just 1481g and packs down to just 35x15cm small while also offering an outer-pitched-first design. The flysheet is made of polyester with a PU Stormtex treatment and you get shock-corded alloy poles. There is a long porch down one side and this is also the entry to ...

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Vaude TerraLight 1-2p (2015)

£190.00

FeaturesThe TerraLight 1-2p is either a small two-person tent or a large one-person tent as its living space sits between these two standards. It is pitched outer-first with a long porch down one side that also provides entry to the tent. The flysheet is made from PU-coated polyester material and it weighs 1858g, which is acceptable at this price. 5/5 ...

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Kathmandu Mono Tent (2015)

£80.00

FeaturesThe Kathmandu Mono Tent’s low price tag is a very appealing feature here. The design is inner-pitched-first with a side entry and side porch. The flysheet is made from ripstop polyester with a PU coating while the inner tent is mostly mesh. The poles are metal alloy. The weight is a little heavy for this size at 1796g but it ...

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Jack Wolfskin Gossamer (2015)

£100.00

FeaturesA well-priced tent with a reasonably low weight for its price, the Jack Wolfskin Gossamer is an inner-pitched-first design with a front entrance. The tunnel design is quite low, making this tent particularly stable in the wind. The flysheet is made from polyester with a PU coating. The main feature it lacks is a large porch area, though, which is ...

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Highlander Blackthorn 1 (2015)

£45.00

FeaturesThe main feature of the Highlander Blackthorn 1 is its extremely low price tag. But you do still get a reasonable weight of 1575g and there is a large porch. The drawbacks are that this tent pitches inner-first and the poles are made of fibreglass, which means it may not be ideal for more wild weather. The flysheet is made ...

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Nordisk Svalbard 1 Si (2015)

£220.00

FeaturesThe Svalbard 1 Si uses a very high-spec material compared to others – a ripstop nylon outer that is silicone-coated – so it should be more durable than other tents. It is pitched inner-first with a front entrance and porch. The weigh of 1744g is acceptable at this price when you also take into account the fact that you get ...

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First test: Regatta Halin 2 (2015)

£110.00

While some two-person backpacking tents carry a price tag of £500-600, you don’t need to get a bank loan to purchase this new offering from Regatta, which at £110 is a fifth of the price of some of its counterparts of similar dimensions. Indeed, the Regatta Halin 2 makes camping and backpacking affordable for just about anyone.The Halin 2 is ...

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MSR Elixir 2 (2015)

£220.00

FeaturesThe MSR Elixir 2 is all about the living space while maintaining as low a weight as possible. Unlike most backpacking tents, here you are getting two good-sized porches and two good-sized entrances. Inside the tent the headroom is good throughout and not just under the poles. The outer is made from ripstop polyester with a PU coating. 5/5 DesignThere ...

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Wild Country Zephyros 2 (2015)

£249.00

FeaturesA low weight (1980g) is the most important feature for backpackers. The Robens Buzzard has a large porch on one side only but this has an excellent doorway with four zip pulls. Inside are additional smaller doors for ventilation at each end, and there are zipaway panels on the inner doors for venting. The fly is made from very durable ...

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Alpkit Jaran 2 (2015)

£200.00

FeaturesWith the Alpkit Jaran 2 you are getting an outstanding amount of floor space, plus two porches and good headroom; furthermore it weighs only 1998g, which is remarkable for the size and price of £200. It pitches inner-first, and the outer is made from a ripstop nylon rather than polyester, with a PU coating. Outstanding at any price. 5/5 DesignThe ...

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Vaude Terratrio 2p (2015)

£220.00

FeaturesThe Vaude Terratrio 2p was specifically designed for the UK market so it should have a great set of features for Trail readers! It is an outer-pitched-first design with a front porch outside the inner tent. The material is a polyester with a printed hexagonal design, but this is not a ripstop fabric as provided on other tents around this ...

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Wild Country Zephyros 2 (2015)

£150.00

FeaturesThe Wild Country Zephyros 2 is a really popular tent for backpacking due to its tiny weight of just 1810g. It is pitched outer-first with a long porch down one side that also provides entry to the tent, while a second door at the back provides entry from the opposite side. The flysheet is made from PU-coated polyester ripstop material, ...

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The North Face Talus 2 (2015)

£210.00

FeaturesThe The North Face Talus 2  is designed for maximum internal space, so you get an inner-pitched-first design with a porch on each side of the tent. There is only entry to the tent from one porch, though (the other acts as a ‘gear locker’ with the only access coming via a small door inside the inner tent). The flysheet ...

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First test: MSR Flylite (2015)

£330.00

When backpacking, it’s important to consider a tent’s weight. At just 904g the FlyLite is the lightest full shelter MSR has ever made, and it promises enough space for two campers to sleep comfily. The FlyLite was designed for hikers on routes such as the Pacific Crest Trail in the USA, but it may be useful for UK walkers who ...

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First test: Nigor PioPio Solo (2015)

£300.00

Weight is one of the most important factors when choosing a tent for backpacking, but a shelter also needs good space inside along with adequate protection from the elements. The Nigor PioPio Solo promises all this, and at 989g it certainly won’t weigh you down – but is it worth the £300 price tag? Nigor is a brand from the ...

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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 ...

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First test: Coleman Caucasus 2 (2014)

£170.00

As the price of super-lightweight backpacking tents continues to rise beyond the budgets of many people, the ability of lower-priced tent manufacturers to come up with well-designed products is coming under the spotlight. Coleman has released a range of backpacking tents with prices from £130 to £200, which is around half the cash being demanded by the superlight manufacturers. But ...

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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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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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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 ...

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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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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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MSR Hubba NX (2014)

£300.00

The MSR Hubba NX is a huge one-person tent that’s ideal for multi-day use when that extra living space will be really appreciated. The tent is pitched inner-first with interconnected poles forming a frame from which the inner is suspended; the fly then goes over the top. Pitching is exceptionally easy, thanks to ladder-lock webbing buckles and limited need for ...

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Nordisk Telemark 1 ULW (2014)

£360.00

This is the Ultra Light Weight (ULW) version of the standard Nordisk Lightweight (LW) Telemark. It is supplied with carbon poles rather than the aluminium poles found on the LW version to save 60g but is £40 higher in price. The ULW weighed 834g on the Trail scales, although the manufacturer states it should weigh 770g. Pitching is very quick ...

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