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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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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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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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 ...

  • 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, ...

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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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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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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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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 ...

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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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Lightwave T20 Trail (2014)

£330.00

Designed as a 4-season tent, the Lightwave T20 Trail weighs in at 2519g, which is slightly heavy compared to some higher-priced options, but it has many advantages over similar designs. Firstly, it can be pitched outer-first or inner -first, making it suitable for a wide range of conditions. It comes with 12 standard pegs, plus four corkscrew pegs, so it ...

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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 ...

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Terra Nova Polar Lite 2 Micro (2014)

£350.00

Many lightweight tents lose out in terms of stability and durability, but the Terra Nova Polar Lite 2 Micro is specifically designed to withstand severe environments that include snow conditions. It weighs 2039g and packs down to a shorter size than similar tents. It pitches outer-first, with the three alloy poles slipping through sleeves around the outside of the flysheet. ...

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Fjällräven Singi Lightweight 2 (2014)

£440.00

The Fjällräven Singi Lightweight 2  is a simplified version of the Fjällräven Abisko, as it uses the same materials but has a standard porch rather than the extended porch of the Abisko. The Singi Lightweight is designed for spring, summer and autumn use and weighs in at 2206g. This is slightly heavier than other similar designs but it does have ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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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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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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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