If you rank minimal weight as your number one priority then the Vaude Lizard GUL 1P is the tent for you. At just 740g including stuffsacks, pegs and poles, it’s half the weight of some in our test so it won’t weigh you down when backpacking. It features carbon poles and a unique pole configuration. There’s a short pole at each end that’s a tight fit and I would tend to leave it in situ once in place. The main pole acts like a cantilever thanks to tension placed on it via a rear guyline, and the tent is suspended from the end of this pole. Pitching is pretty easy as the four corner pegs have ladder-lock adjusters. However, you do need a good solid pegging point for the main pole guy line as otherwise you won’t get the cantilever design. The main door opens from the bottom only and accesses the full-length porch to the inner. The porch is 40cm wide and has enough space for a rucksack. Headroom is more limited though at just 75cm at its highest point, and although I could sit up in this tent the headroom wasn’t great for extended periods. The inner is also quite narrow at just 60cm, as other tents are 80 to 90cm in width. This all makes the Lizard GUL 1P very much a specialist superlight shelter and not something I would want to use too regularly in bad weather due to its limited space.
Flysheet fabric 10d silicone-coated ripstop nylon
Inner fabric 10d ripstop nylon
Groundsheet fabric 40d ripstop nylon with PU laminate
Poles Yunan shock-corded carbon
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 210x60x75
Packed size 10x35cm
TheVaude Lizard GUL 1P offers outstanding weight; but the living space is limited, which is fine in good weather but may be less appealing during frequent wet and windy conditions.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine July 2014