The Vaude Taurus Ultralight is an extremely well-established tent that’s been reviewed many times in Trail and never fails to impress. It weighs in at a very respectable 1858g, which is lighter than some higher-priced tents. It pitches extremely easily outer-first with two poles being slipped through mesh sleeves and ladder-lock webbing adjusters around the edges allowing a taut pitch on uneven ground. Entry is via the front porch with a very well-designed door that has four zip pulls to allow a range of opening options, including zipping the whole front of the porch out or just opening the top for ventilation. The Vaude Taurus Ultralight’s porch is smaller than some higher-priced tents, but you can just about stash two people’s gear here. The inner tent is wide and high at the front but the width narrows to 90cm at the rear, which means there’s less space at the foot of the tent than some other designs. However, there are pre-fitted short vertical poles in the rear corners that add additional foot space. As the inner is yellow it does feel more spacious, bright and airy than the size may indicate. All that for £300 is extremely impressive, so for backpackers wanting minimal weight at a good price, the Vaude Taurus Ultralight is hard to beat.
Flysheet fabric ripstop nylon silicon-coated both sides
Inner tent fabric ripstop polyester
Groundsheet fabric ripstop nylon with PU coating
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 220x130x100cm
Packed size 16x50cm
The Vaude Taurus Ultralight’s weight and price are superb, but the living space is slightly more restricting than some higher-priced tents of similar weight. It won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine June 2014