The Jack Wolfskin Termite II XT is a big, spacious tent that pitches inner-first very easily as the poles are pre-assembled, and you just link the sections and away you go, which is easier than having three separate poles to fit. With the inner up, the chunky pegs are ideal for holding it down, and the fly goes over the top to be attached at the corners with snap-links and webbing adjustment. So despite its size it’s easier to pitch than some smaller tents. With a porch and entry each side plus a cavernous inner, this is a dream tent to sit out a storm in. The inner also benefits from very steep sides, which Jack Wolfskin calls Real Dome Technology, so your head or foot aren’t crammed into the corner at any time. There are big vents at each end but surprisingly you can’t open the main doors from the top, which is such a useful means of just adding a little more venting when needed. But the Jack Wolfskin Termite II XT’s main drawback will be the weight as this is pretty heavy at 2900g, which is fine if you aren’t far from the car, but it’s a big lump to drag up the hills.
Flysheet fabric PU-coated 75D polyester
Inner tent 40D polyester
Groundsheet fabric 150D polyester hydrofilm
Internal dimensions 220x130x110cm
Packed size 56x18cm
The Jack Wolfskin Termite II XT is an extremely spacious double-porch tent that’s ideal for camping close to a car or to use as a base camp, but it’s rather heavy for backpacking over long distances.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2013