The Nordisk Svalbard PU is a PU (polyurethane)-coated tent weighing 2109g. It is a tunnel that pitches inner-first with two colour-coded poles easily fitting through sleeves around the outside of the inner. The flysheet goes over top, and ladder-lock webbing adjusters make tensioning easier. The tent is very stable for a tunnel and the fly comes down reasonably close to the ground to keep draughts at bay. The inner is not all mesh, so again it is not too draughty. The door opens to the side and can be tucked away into a mesh pocket when open, but you can’t open it from the top for extra venting or to look out. The inner tent extends into what would be the porch, so this is a bit tight for easy access, gear storage and a cooking area. But you do get a separate door and midge door on the inner, and once inside there is good headroom and as the inner is nice and taut it feels quite spacious. The Nordisk Svalbard PU is heavier than other tents in our test, but it feel less draughty, stabler and more robust than some lighter equivalents. You can also get the Si (a silicone-coated version), which weighs 1760g and costs £210.
Flysheet fabric ripstop polyester
Inner fabric polyester
Groundsheet fabric polyester
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 265x115x100cm
Packed size 49x15cm
The Nordisk Svalbard PU is a relatively low-priced option that feels robust and stable, but the porch is a little smaller than ideal; and in the rain an outer-pitched-first design has advantages.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2013