The Minima is an extremely lightweight and compact tent when packed. Unwrap it and you get a simple inner-pitched-first design where the colour-coded poles slip effortlessly through sleeves on the inner, upon which the flysheet fits. There is a vent at each end to aid condensation control, while the main door can be zipped open and secured neatly. There is a small porch that can be used to store your boots and stove, or this area can be enlarged by unclipping the front of the inner while making a brew for example. Get inside and two can lie sleeping (just about). The low tunnel profile is very stable too. Add in the price of just £90 and this seems like an excellent lightweight option. But this is a very small tent, just look at the stats. Although two can sleep inside, it is a tight squeeze and no-one is going to be able to sit up with a max internal height of just 65cm. The small porch is a drawback too if you have gear you want to keep dry. Really this is better as a one-person spacious bivvy as there are more spacious and lighter tents out there.
Design 2-pole tunnel
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner breathable nylon; flysheet ripstop polyester, 1500mm hydrostatic head;
groundsheet nylon, 3000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 210cm; width 95cm; height 65cm
Packed size 33x17cm
Made in China
Stores in the UK 50
Stockists – tel. (023) 9252 8711; www.rosker.co.uk
This is more of a spacious bivvy than a two-person tent but the price is very attractive if you can live with the drawbacks.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2008