While some two-person backpacking tents carry a price tag of £500-600, you don’t need to get a bank loan to purchase this new offering from Regatta, which at £110 is a fifth of the price of some of its counterparts of similar dimensions. Indeed, the Regatta Halin 2 makes camping and backpacking affordable for just about anyone.
The Halin 2 is part of Regatta’s Point 214 range, which was created to provide fellwalkers and hikers with technical gear that can withstand wet and windy days in the hills. It is the only tent in this range, with Regatta’s other tents being designed for other user groups such as families and festival goers.
The tent is a two-person design and it packs down to 53x15cm with a weight of 2618g, so when split between two people that is 1309g each, which is not too bad. By comparison, for £635 you could purchase a Hilleberg Nallo 2 with a packed size of 50x20cm and a weight of 2100g.
Pitching is pretty easy as this is an outer-pitched-first design with metal alloy poles being slipped through sleeves that extend around the outside of the outer. Alloy pegs then clip into the ends of the poles around the base, while a set of pegs complete the pitch. The inner tent is then bungee-clipped to the inside.
Many lower-priced tents have fibreglass poles, so it was great to see metal alloy ones in use here as these will be stronger in poor weather. But you don’t get the ladder-lock webbing adjustment that higher-priced tents often provide to make pitching easier, particularly on more uneven ground. Also in terms of materials the Regatta uses polyester, which is normal in lower-priced tents, whereas in higher-priced tents you often get a ripstop nylon, which will be more durable in the long term.
Entry to the tent is via the front door, which opens with one zip to the side where it can be secured. This works fine, but again with higher-priced tents you often get doors that can be opened from the top, bottom or either side for maximum versatility. The porch is nice and large and easily has room to store a couple of rucksacks. Unusually you even get a section of groundsheet in the porch, which is something that is rare in backpacking tents as it adds to the weight and isn’t essential.
The inner tent is 210cm long, 130cm wide and the internal height is 90cm so there is good space for two to sit up, and this is spacious for a backpacking tent. The additional vents at each end of the tent will help airflow and overall this felt very comfortable and roomy compared with backpacking tents in general.
Its price, space and general ease of use make the Regatta Halin 2 an excellent choice for backpacking on a budget; but if you pay more then you get an even lighter tent, with a few nicer details that you may welcome in the long term.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2015