Aztec Rapido 2 (2013)

The Aztec Rapido 2 is a single-skin tent, so there’s no inner, outer and porch area; it’s just a shelter with acres of space inside. This does have huge advantages as it results in a weight of just 1776g, so if weight saving is your priority the Rapido 2 is the best tent here. It pitches pretty easily with a main pole sliding through a sleeve around the outside of the tent and a short pole that fits inside the tent at one end. The pegging points would benefit from additional bungees or cords to allow pegs to be placed in a wider range of locations to avoid any small rocks. The Aztec Rapido 2 is reasonably stable, although not as stable as some others with more poles. There’s just one door, with double zip pulls, so you could vent the top of the door, and inside of this there’s a zip-out midge door. You get plenty of room for two to sit up because none of the space is used for a porch, but wet gear has to come into the inner tent with you. Also you’ll get condensation inside the tent, so it isn’t going to be ideal for wet weather or colder conditions; but it’s superb for saving weight and having lots of living space.

Flysheet fabric 210T PU-coated ripstop polyester
Inner tent fabric polyester
Groundsheet fabric 190T ripstop nylon
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 220x240x90cm
Packed size 45x12cm
Weight 1776g
Website www.aztecoutdoor.co.uk

  

Verdict

The Aztec Rapido 2 is a superb weight for a two-person shelter that’s extremely spacious, but the drawbacks are its single skin and the fact that there’s no porch for wet gear or cooking.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine June 2013