This 2-person tent is a modern classic. The Taurus 1 now has extra poles at the foot for more space and stability. Meanwhile the rest of the tent is the same tried and trusted design. Pitching is outstandingly easy, thanks to the unique external frame design and the addition of adjustable pegging points. The tent is reasonably stable too. Like many Vaude tents, the Taurus gets a superb outer door design that uses four zip pullers to allow it to be opened in pretty much any direction. Porch space is just about large enough to store two people’s kit, while the inner tent space allows two campers to sit up at the front. There is a lot of mesh on the inner, allowing good airflow to reduce condensation problems. But some tents have more living space and more entrances. The porch is a little smaller than some other options so it’s not ideal, unless you are packing minimal kit. Some tents are lighter too. Like many tents the pegs are a bit painful to handle compared with some others.
Design: 2-pole ridge
Poles: shock-corded alloy
Inner: 70D polymid
Flysheet: 75D polyester; 3000mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet: 70D polyester; 5000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions: length 220cm; width 130cm; height 95cm
Packed size: 53x19cm
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: 60
Verdict: Definitely one of the best value-for-money lightweight tents on the market, offering a good blend of features for a variety of conditions.
First published in Trail magazine, May 2008