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 it dry when pitching in the rain. The pole system was developed to withstand winds of 80 km/h but it is also exceptionally quick to pitch. There’s a porch on each side and both easily take two rucksacks, and the outer doors are well-designed with three zip pulls so you can vent the top of the door if needed. The inner tent has masses of space too, because the headroom is high throughout rather than tapering towards the bottom. The inner has lots of mesh and the flysheet doesn’t hug the ground, so other designs are better in terms of keeping wind out; but the Jack Wolfskin Exolight II pitches outer-first and is very stable, so it’s debatable if those tiny details will be a real drawback.
Flysheet fabric ripstop nylon, silicone-coated
Inner tent fabric ripstop nylon
Groundsheet fabric ripstop nylon silicone-coated
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 215x120x100cm
Packed size 15x45cm
The Jack Wolfskin Exolight II’s weight and space are superb for two, but a little less mesh on the inner and a flysheet that hugs the ground would help in some conditions.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine June 2014