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MSR E-Wing (2013)

£140.00

The MSR E-Wing takes the standard rectangular tarp shape and adds additional material at each end to allow more protection at the porches when pitched as an A-frame. This is very welcome and it makes the E-Wing ideal for use in general tarping situations where you aren’t going to require the most elaborate of pitching options. The tarp has guy ...

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Coleman Cobra 2 (2013)

£110.00

The Coleman Cobra 2 is a side-entry two-pole tunnel with a porch on each side. It pitches flysheet-first with colour-coded poles sliding through sleeves around the outside of the flysheet. A series of guy lines and pegging points complete the pitch. This isn’t quite as easy as it could be, as you don’t get ladder lock webbing adjusters and the ...

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Wild Country Coshee 2 (2013)

£100.00

The Wild Country Coshee 2 offers side entry to both sides of its two-pole wedge shape and as there is a porch on each side, it’s well-designed for two campers wanting their own space. It pitches very easily thanks to two colour-coded poles that slip through sleeves around the outside of the flysheet. The inner is pre-attached, but it can ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Berghaus Peak 2.1 2011

£120.00

Berghaus is best-known for its rucksacks and waterproofs, but the company has also designed a range of tents in conjunction with Blacks that are sold exclusively through Blacks stores. The Berghaus Peak 2.1 is a dome design with a large porch. It is not the lightest tent here, but it is certainly the most spacious. DesignDomes are perhaps less popular ...

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Robens Trailstar 2 2011

£119.00

Robens is a Danish brand that is best known for producing a wide range of well-priced, high-value camping equipment. The Robens Trailstar 2 comes in a one-person version as well as the two-person option featured here, and its unique corner design sets it apart from many tents in terms of making the most of the inner tent space. DesignThe Trailstar ...

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MSR E-Wing 2011

£125.00

MSR stands for Mountain Safety Research, suggesting a ‘belt and braces’ approach; but ‘lightweight and performance’ are probably more apt. The E-Wing takes the classic simple tarp rectangle and aims to add a little extra protection. DesignThe MSR E-Wing has a very basic design. It’s essentially just a large fabric sheet with the only detailing on the main body being ...

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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 ...

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Coleman Bedrock 2

£70.00

Coleman are best-known for their family tents but they also make a range of low-priced backpacking tents that prove you don’t need to spend a fortune to be able to enjoy camping. The Bedrock 2 weighs in at a very respectable 2.5kg and benefits from two porches, two entrances and a window on the world outside. The inner can also ...

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Highlander Forces 2

£65.00

The Highlander Forces 2 2-person tent is part of Highlander’s specialist Military range of outdoor products. It is the heaviest tent here, but it does come in at the lower end of the price range. It might be good enough for the forces, but is it good enough for a hill-walker stepping out from civvy street to the hills?   ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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GoLite Shangri-La 2 tent (2008)

£120.00

ReviewThis is a lightweight twist on the classic ridge tent. It has no poles, so you have to use trekking poles. Pitching is easy as you just peg out the groundsheet at the corners, clip the flysheet to the same pegs then dive inside to fit a trekking pole at each end. There is room for two, with ample space ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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  • Owners' rating rating is 4.5
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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 ...

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Robens Summer Wind

£90.00

This single-skin 2-person sub-2kg tent has been developed for use with trekking poles, which results in this shelter weighing in at only 1400g and having a tiny packed size. Pitching is easy as you just peg out the corners and then fit your trekking poles at each end. Large side vents ensure good airflow, while an extended canopy along each ...

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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. ...

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