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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Lightwave Firelight 450 (2014)

£449.00

This is incredibly lightweight for a bag with a -5 deg C comfort limit at just 776g (792g with stuffsack). The Lightwave Firelight 450 is made with a lightweight 29 g/m² 15 denier nylon, and this helps to strip away the weight. For insulation you get 450g of 900 fill power down, while most bags have 750 to 800 fill ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Rab Neutrino 600 (2014)

£420.00

Rated as having a lower comfort limit of -8 deg C, the Rab Neutrino 600 is well-placed to provide warmth. But its performance is enhanced further by using water-resistant down, so even if it does get a little damp from condensation inside the tent the down should maintain its insulating properties better than standard down. The bag is slightly longer ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Mountain Equipment Xero 550 (2014)

£375.00

The Mountain Equipment Xero 550 has a slightly lower temperature rating than some bags here, being comfortable down to -8 deg C for an average man. It is also a good size, with 79cm of shoulder width and 213cm of length, but the result is that it’s slightly heavier than some bags at 1041g without the stuffsack. Inside you’re getting ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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. ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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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
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Therm-a-Rest Antares (2014)

£320.00

The Therm-a-Rest Antares is like Marmite, as you’ll either love it or hate it. It’s designed to work with a Therm-a-Rest sleeping mat, and has straps on the base that allow you to slot a mat in without the mat sliding away or you slipping off it. This is a nice theory as it means there is no need for ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Nordisk Celsius -10 (2014)

£300.00

The Nordisk Celsius -10 comes packed in a compression sack with an air-release valve so you can vacuum-pack the bag, and this helps to reduce its bulk. On first appearances it does weigh a little heavy compared to many, 3-season bags but note that it also has a slightly warmer temperature rating than many, being comfortable from -4 to -10 ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Berghaus Ramche (2014)

£300.00

The Ramche is one of Berghaus’s MtnHaus products, designed by mountaineers for top performance in the fiercest conditions. It features hydrophobic down, which resists water better than normal down, so it’s better able to retain its insulating performance when wet. Offset baffles reduce heat loss from the body core, while square baffles on the upper arms and stitched-through baffles under ...

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Adidas Terrex Advanced (2013)

£450.00

The Adidas Terrex Advanced is made from Gore-Tex Pro, the latest version of Gore-Tex fabric, which is their most breathable to date. The design is fairly standard with two chest pockets and a hood, which makes this price tag appear pretty high compared with the price of other jackets made from the same material and with the same or more ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Haglöfs Roc High (2013)

£400.00

The Haglöfs Roc High is made from new Gore-Tex Pro so it is top of the league in terms of waterproofness and breathability, and it is a reasonably good weight too at 492g (size men’s L). But what really sets this jacket apart is the features and their design. Firstly it is slightly longer than the lightest jackets we looked ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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Bergans of Norway Glittertind (2013)

£300.00

The Bergans of Norway Glittertind is made from Dermizax, a 3-layer fabric with a membrane to keep water out while allowing sweat to travel out through the fabric to prevent condensation build-up. The lab results for the fabric are good and it certainly feels as good as other top-end fabrics. The design of this jacket appears quite good on first ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
  • Owners' rating rating is 0
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La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX (2014)

£300.00

The La Sportiva Trango Extreme Evo Light GTX is designed for ice climbing, mixed climbing and cold-weather alpine pursuits, so it has an insulated lining as well as Gore-Tex to keep your feet comfortable. The upper is made from synthetic materials to keep weight down, with extra durability provided by the rubber rand that extends all the way around the ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 0

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