Wild Country Zephyros 2 (2012)

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 at each end that are tensioned with guy lines. The inner can be left attached when pitching or striking, or fitted separately. To keep the weight down you get simple elastic bungee pegging points rather than more elaborate designs, so this takes a little more care to pitch. The tent is not as stable as others either. There is just one side entrance and the porch is actually narrower than in the one-person Zephyros 1, which makes it a tighter squeeze for two people’s kit if you want space to get in and out as well as cook. Also, once inside the headroom is tight and so with two people it is pretty cosy. The main benefits of this tent are the weight of just 1715g and the price, and so for lightweight back-packing on a budget it is superb. In fact I suspect many users will choose this as a spacious one-person backpacking tent.

Flysheet material PU coated ripstop polyester
Inner material polyester
Groundsheet material PU-coated ripstop polyester
Internal dimensions (length x width x height) 230x112x95cm
Packed size 52x14cm
Weight 1715g
Website www.terra-nova.co.uk

 

Verdict

If weight is a priority then the Wild Country Zephyros 2 is a superb option at a great price, but for a little more weight you can get a much larger tent that may be more suitable for more general backpacking.

 

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine August 2012