Designed as a 4-season tent, the Lightwave T20 Trail weighs in at 2519g, which is slightly heavy compared to some higher-priced options, but it has many advantages over similar designs. Firstly, it can be pitched outer-first or inner -first, making it suitable for a wide range of conditions. It comes with 12 standard pegs, plus four corkscrew pegs, so it can pitched on hard earth or soft, sandy soil. There are ladder-lock adjusters at the corners to help tension the tent, but they aren’t as big and robust as on some higher-priced models. However, I like how the flysheet is cut low to the ground, to lock out any chance of horizontal wind and rain getting under the fly to the inner tent or porch. Entry to the porch (which is ideal for two people) is via a central double-zipped door that can be opened from the top or bottom, and stored at the top or side. The inner tent is white, bright and airy thanks in part to three external vents on the flysheet, and the arched front pole improves headroom. The Lightwave T20 Trail is a little heavier than those with higher price tags and doesn’t have the most robust webbing either, but the space and weather protection it offers are great for the price.
Flysheet fabric ripstop nylon silicon-coated both sides
Inner tent fabric ripstop nylon
Groundsheet fabric oxford nylon with PU coating
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 225x130x108cm
Packed size 18x45cm
The Lightwave T20 Trail is a great price for a spacious tent that’s well-designed for durable performance in wet and windy weather, but for more cash you can save weight.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine June 2014