The Vaude Hogan Ultralight 1 tent feels instantly user-friendly. Pitching is straightforward as the Y-shaped pole assembly clips in easily, giving a freestanding structure. Although it pitches inner-first, it’s fast, so pitching and striking in wet weather isn’t as much of an issue as it could be. The pitching instructions are sewn in to the stuffsack, which is handy. I can sit upright at the door, and there’s plenty of room inside for sleeping bag, mat and gear. The floor and flysheet have a very high hydrostatic head, meaning outstanding waterproofing. The inner door is part mesh for ventilation with midge resistance. Mini poles at the foot hold the fabric clear of your sleeping bag. A useful touch is the pockets by the door, and the webbing used to attach the pole clips to the inner doubles as accessory hangers for a tent light. But the porch is very small, and lets down an otherwise cracking tent. It’s so tight for space that I had to bring my pack inside with me; and cooking in the porch if it’s raining or windy can be awkward.
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner polyester ripstop
Flysheet Polyamid siliconised ripstop, 3000mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet Polyamid ripstop, 10,000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 220cm; width 105cm; height 95cm
Packed size 53x15cm
Packed weight 1610g
Made in Far East
Stores in UK 50
Vaude – tel. (01665) 510660; www.vaude.co.uk
Verdict: The Vaude Hogan Ultralight 1 is a lightweight, stable, well-specified tent that’s easy to use on the hill. With a larger porch it would be outstanding.
Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine March 2009