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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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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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, ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Hilleberg Anjan 2 (2014)

£575.00

The Anjan is based on the hugely popular Hilleberg Nallo, with the difference being the use of a lighter-weight Kerlon 1000 fabric, which reduces tent weight. The Anjan comes in at 1781g and is designed for snow-free conditions. The tent is pitched outer- first to keep the inner dry during damp conditions. The poles slip through sleeves around the outside ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Mountain Hardwear Super Mega UL2 (2014)

£400.00

The Super Mega UL2 – Mountain Hardwear’s lightest two-person backpacking tent – tips the scales at 1176g, although its packed size is longer than most at 56x13cm, due to the pole system, which features longer poles than other designs. They’re all linked together like a giant skeleton that attaches to the inner tent when pitching, so the inner may get ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Jack Wolfskin Exolight II (2014)

£400.00

The Jack Wolfskin Exolight II has a huge amount of living space for its weight of just 1986g. All the extra space comes from the extremely creative use of the pole system. The poles are shock-corded together and form an external skeleton from which the flysheet is attached, with the inner already attached to the flysheet, or added afterwards to keep ...

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Vango Helium Carbon 200 (2014)

£440.00

The Helium Carbon is Vango’s lightest two-person tent, weighing just 1061g. It features Yunan Carbon X-Lite poles, which Vango says are 48 per cent lighter than alloy poles, and titanium wire pegs. It also packs down extremely small. The tent is pitched with the main pole sliding through a transverse sleeve, and there’s a vertical pole at the head and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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MSR Hubba Hubba NX (2014)

£335.00

This is the latest version of the classic MSR Hubba Hubba. The NX (Next Generation) uses lighter materials with a weight of just 1795g, which becomes even more remarkable when you consider it has a huge porch and entrance on each side. It pitches inner-first, so the inner may get wet if pitched in the rain, with a skeleton of ...

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Vaude Taurus Ultralight (2014)

£300.00

The Vaude Taurus Ultralight is an extremely well-established tent that’s been reviewed many times in Trail and never fails to impress. It weighs in at a very respectable 1858g, which is lighter than some higher-priced tents. It pitches extremely easily outer-first with two poles being slipped through mesh sleeves and ladder-lock webbing adjusters around the edges allowing a taut pitch ...

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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
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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 ...

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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
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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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
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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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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 ...

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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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