Wild Country Duolite

This is a new 2-person tent from Wild Country. It is a good weight and the poles have been designed to collapse down to just 38cm in length for easier packing. The clever pole design allows extra headroom and height at the foot. The tent is pitched outer-first, which is ideal for wet-weather camping. The poles clip to the outside of the outer; this is very easy to do. Ladder-lock adjustment is used to tension the inner, which is suspended inside. As with most Wild Country tents the outer doors are superb and can be opened in a variety of useful ways. The porch is a good size for a couple of rucksacks, and the inner door gets a zipaway panel to expose mesh for extra venting if needed. This is a good design for wild camping in typically mixed UK weather. But I found pitching was not quite as straightforward as some other designs, and the inner was relatively baggy too. The tail sweeps down to a very low inner height, making this area of little real use. The entrance seems quite small too, and a guyline descends directly from above the door, which is annoying.

 

Design: tunnel
Poles: shock-corded alloy
Inner: ripstop polyester
Flysheet: ripstop polyester; 4500mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet: polyester; 5000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions: length 220cm; width 130cm; height 90cm
Packed size: 48x19cm
Weight: 2400g
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: 42

Verdict: The price, weight and the outer-pitched-first design are ideal for UK weather, but space is not as good as others and the packed size is relatively big

 

First published in Trail magazine, May 2008