Vaude Hogan Ultralight Argon tent (2008)

Review
This is a lightweight version of the classic Hogan tent. Unlike the Hogan, it pitches inner-first with a pre-assembled pole frame that forms a skeleton from which the inner is suspended. The outer then goes over the top, with quick-release buckles and ladder-lock adjustments. There is one entrance and this leads directly into the single porch. As with many Vaude tents the design of the door is excellent as it allows bottom, top and side opening to suit the conditions. The porch takes a pack easily enough, and two lightweight sacks could be squeezed in. Inside the inner there is good headroom, and two can sit up at the front. Two campers could sleep inside here alternatively, use as a spacious one-person tent. But this is an inner-pitched-first tent, so it is not ideal if you are setting up or breaking camp in the rain. The tent is quite narrow, so while it can sleep two, it is a bit of a squeeze. The headroom is narrow too, so, again, it’s not ideal for two unless it’s essential to save weight. And it’s worth noting that  the porch is very small.

Design 2-pole ridge
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner 30D nylon ripstop; flysheet 40D nylon, 3000mm hydrostatic head; groundsheet 40D nylon; 1200mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 220cm; width 105cm; height 95cm
Packed size 42x12cm
Weight 1525g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 10
Stockists – tel. (01665) 510609; www.vaude.co.uk
Verdict
An inner-pitched-first, lightweight tent that is tolerable for two when you need to keep weight to a minimum and ideal for one during multi-night trips.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2008