Mountain Equipment AR Ultralight II tent (2008)

This is a very light tent, and you can save a further 156g by ditching the pole set and using a pair of trekking poles instead. It pitches outer-first with two vertical poles supporting the outer, and then the inner is suspended from inside. The wedge-shaped design creates a reasonable amount of space to sit up under the ridge and it then tapers steeply to the foot. A real bonus is that there are two porches and two entrances, so two campers can have their own half of the tent. The porches each have space for two rucksacks. The outer doors roll upwards and can be secured. You can also vent the top of the outer doors, which is very useful.  But this is not the most stable design as that large, flat surface of the wedge shape tends to catch the wind very easily, so some care is needed to find relatively sheltered sites. The outer doors aren’t held open as securely as some others either.

Design 2-pole ridge
Poles shock-corded alloy (or use a pair of trekking poles)
Inner 40D ripstop nylon; flysheet 40D ripstop nylon, 3500mm hydrostatic head; groundsheet PU-coated 30D nylon, 8000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 220cm; width 120cm; height 90cm
Packed size 38x16cm
Weight 1620g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 50
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Excellent living space for the weight, plus the benefit of a double-skin design make this ideal for two campers.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2008