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First test: Fjällräven Akka View (2013)

£395.00

It’s impossible to know what the great British weather is going to throw at you when heading to the hills. But this uncertainty means choosing the right tent is a real challenge, because so few are ideal for all conditions. To meet these demands, Fjällräven has developed the Akka View, a tent that’s stable and spacious for foul weather but ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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First test: Fjällräven Akka Endurance (2013)

£495.00

There is no such thing as bad camping weather; you just need the right tent. To make its Akka tents even better for coping with 4-season conditions, Fjällräven has developed a new triple ripstop fabric. This fabric is extra-strong, yet it’s light enough that when used to make a hugely spacious tent, the resulting shelter is light enough to be ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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First test: Eureka! El Cap 2 SUL (2012)

£460.00

It’s easy to make a tent lightweight by trimming its dimensions and keeping its features to a minimum. What is far more challenging is making a lightweight tent that is also a joy to use, has plenty of room inside and can stand up to mountain weather. The Eureka! El Cap 2 SUL tent weighs 2367g, although the manufacturer’s website ...

  • 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
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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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Vaude Power Tokee Ultralight 1P (2012)

£360.00

The Vaude Power Tokee Ultralight 1P’s popular transverse pole design benefits from Vaude’s unique Power Frame System, which more securely attaches the tent to the pole to reduce movement in the wind. The pole is fastened to clips around the outside of the flysheet with a secondary clip locking the pole in place to prevent movement. Inside the tent there ...

  • 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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First test: MSR Nook (2012)

£320.00

There are only so many ways to flex a pole and configure some fabric to make a backpacker’s shelter, and so it is no surprise to see that on first impressions the new MSR Nook appears to resemble many other modern tents. However it is often in the detail that the real benefit of a tent can be found, and ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Alpkit Kangri 2012

£300.00

Alpkit has become known for producing excellent kit at excellent prices thanks to its business model of producing a small, select range of products that are then supplied direct to the customer via the Alpkit website. This can be frustrating if you choose to buy gear at the wrong time of year, just as stock runs out – or if ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Easton Kilo 2011

£450.00

When I mentioned to a mate that I had a tent weighing less than a kilogram, the reply I got was: “So what? My tent weighs under 700g!” But when I added, “Ah, but this is not a one-person tent, this is a two-person tent…” his jaw dropped.Apart from using lightweight gear, the best way to save weight when backpacking ...

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Hilleberg Soulo 2011

£530.00

The Hilleberg Soulo had been designed as an all-season one-person shelter that will work in the worst of conditions while maintaining good living comfort inside. It pitches as one, the poles clipping on externally with some colour coding on the pole sleeves to make it easier. It’s also free-standing, which is great for perfect positioning. There are numerous pegging points ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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
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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
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Terra Nova Laser Photon 1 2011

£360.00

The Terra Nova Laser Photon 1 is the latest version of a classic lightweight one-person tent design that first appeared as the Laserlite. The single-pole design cuts everything down to the very minimum, but the use of the lightest fabrics and components means that the tent still manages to be fully featured. It pitches as one and goes up quickly. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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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
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Tentipi Onyx 7 CP 2010

£585.00

Tentipi Adventure Nordic tipis are based on the traditional Sami dwellings of the nomadic reindeer-herding people of northern Sweden. So they are designed to withstand the worst weather, while allowing the campers to sit around a warm fire inside the tent. Their cosy design makes them ideal for the outdoor family looking for a more ‘traditional’ camping experience. DesignTipis have ...

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Vango Nevis 400 2010

£340.00

Vango has for many years dominated the quality end of the family camping market, and the Nevis 400 is typical of the company‘s attention to detail. The tent follows the popular tunnel configuration but it benefits from the quality components and a feature set that lift it above the average family tent. Design From the outside the Vango Nevis 400 ...

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Terra Nova Solar Elite 2010

£350.00

This has become an annual event. Another year, another lighter Terra Nova tent. At a quoted weight of 865g, Terra Nova says the Solar Elite has ‘the lightest pack weight of any self-supporting tent’. Terra Nova makes lighter tents and shelters than this, but it is the phrase ‘self-supporting’ that makes the difference here. This means either the inner or ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Lightwave T2 Ultra 2009

£450.00

Lightwave has a broad range of tents and their common theme is that they are inner-pitched-first. This has benefits and drawbacks. Another (unique) feature of Lightwave tents is that they are modular – so you can choose versions of the same basic design. This is the T2 Ultra, but there is also a T2 Ultra XT with an extended porch ...

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Mountain Equipment Tundra 2 2009

£375.00

Mountain Equipment has only added tents to its product range in recent years, but models such as the Dragonfly three-pole geodesic are already competing with the best. The latest addition is the Tundra 2, a two-person, two-pole tunnel. It weighs in at a very respectable 2400g, pitches outer-first and appears to offer a very functional blend of features for mountain ...

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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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Lightwave t0 Ultra XT 2009

£350.00

The Lightwave t0 Ultra XT is a spacious tent, with room inside for you and some gear, and enough height for me to sit at the door and cook in the porch. The porch is its best feature as it’s massive – there is also a version without the extended porch available. I had a fellow camper sit in the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Terra Nova Photon tent (2008)

£300.00

ReviewOfficially the Guinness World Record holder for the lightest tent commercially available, the Photon is 110g lighter than the previous record holder (the Terra Nova Laser Competition), and it tipped the Trail scales at 766g. It pitches outer-first too, making it ideal for putting up or striking (taking down) in the rain. The pegs weigh 1g each, and these tiny ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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Mountain Hardwear Helion 2 tent (2008)

£300.00

ReviewThis ultralight tent has a very good packed size, thanks to the poles being made of shorter sections than most. The tent is a 3-pole geodesic design too, so it will be able to withstand the wind much better than tunnels or single-hoop options. It is pitched inner-first with poles being threaded through eyelets on the inner, and the pole ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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MSR Hubba Hubba HP tent (2008)

£320.00

ReviewDescribed as being ‘ultralight without compromise’, the Hubba Hubba HP offers far more space than other tents featured here. It is pitched inner-first with a framework of pre-assembled poles providing a skeleton from which the inner is suspended and which the flysheet cloaks. Ladder-locks allow fast adjustment, and the structure is very stable. There is a porch on each side ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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