The Aztec Rapido is more of a basic shelter than a conventional tent, as you get just a single-skin design with no inner and no porch. But there is lots of space inside and you get all that for just 1745g and £120, which is very appealing. There is just one main pole and so it pitches easily with this sliding through a sleeve around the outside of the tent. You then have to get inside to fit a short pole that goes inside the tent at one end. Pitching would be even easier if the pegging points had additional bungees or cords to allow pegs to be positioned in a wider range of locations to avoid any small rocks. Once erected, the Rapido is pretty stable, although others do shed wind better. The only door is on the side and this has double zip pulls so you could vent the top of it if needed; inside this there’s a zip-out midge door. There is an acre of space inside, which is important, because you’ll need to bring all your kit inside as there is no porch. Condensation and damp gear could mean the inside is not fully dry though, so care will be needed; but the Aztec Rapido is superb for saving weight and having lots of living space.
Flysheet fabric 210T PU-coated ripstop polyester
Inner tentfabric polyester
Groundsheet fabric 190T ripstop nylon
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 220x240x90cm
Packed size 42x18cm
The Aztec Rapido is an extremely spacious shelter that has room for two inside plus gear, but the drawbacks are that it’s a single-skin design and it has no porch.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2013