GoLite Shangri-La 2 tent (2008)

This is a lightweight twist on the classic ridge tent. It has no poles, so you have to use trekking poles. Pitching is easy as you just peg out the groundsheet at the corners, clip the flysheet to the same pegs then dive inside to fit a trekking pole at each end. There is room for two, with ample space to sleep or sit up. The outer doors open from bottom to top and roll to the middle. There is lots of ventilation around the edges of the groundsheet and at the top of the doors, so although this is a single-skin shelter condensation should not be a major problem. All that for just £120 is a bargain. You could even keep the 830g outer and ditch the 570g groundsheet to save yet more weight. But there is no porch and it is not as stable as other designs, so this is a definitely a tent for sheltered conditions. Also, the groundsheet is not sewn in to the outer, so midges can get in as well as wind and rain, which means this could be less comfortable and cosy than others. You need to have a pair of trekking poles too of course! Furthermore, there are no guy lines supplied with this tent.

Design 2-pole ridge
Poles none provide (use trekking poles)
Inner none provided; flysheet SilLite silicone-impregnated ripstop nylon, 3000mm hydrostatic head; groundsheet PU-coated nylon, ??mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 290cm; width 140cm; height 125cm
Packed size 15x40cm
Weight 1400g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 6
Stockists www.golite.com

If you want something ultra-lightweight and spacious this is hard to beat; but it is not the best if you end up in a midge-infested, wet or windy camping area.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2008