The North Face Spectrum 23

The Spectrum is a 2-person sub-2kg tent that saves weight by ditching the inner and relying on its design to keep out the condensation and rain. There’s loads of ventilation in the roof and at each end to allow airflow and hopefully minimise condensation. This shelter can also withstand 135mph winds, which the manufacturers claim is far in excess of other lightweights. The colour-coded poles clip to the outside of the flysheet for a rapid pitch. The outer door is at one end and has a double zip so you can vent the top. Inside you get a porch for a couple of rucksacks. There is a mesh door to the inner and then you enter a very large living space with plenty of room for two to sit up. But it is a single-skin tent, so condensation may still be a problem in cooler conditions no matter how much venting there is. It’s therefore probably best for a fast and light trip over a summer weekend rather than multi-day trips in varied weather conditions.

Verdict Buy it if you want a spacious, stable design for single nights in warm weather rather than multiple nights in varied weather.

Design three-pole ridge
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner none
Flysheet 33D ripstop nylon; 1500mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet 50D nylon; 3000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 216cm; width 114cm; height 94cm
Packed size 50x16cm
Weight 1875g
Made in China
Stores in UK England 20; Wales 3; Scotland 4; Ireland 2