Vaude Taurus Ultralight

This 2-person sub-2kg tent is a modern classic. For 2007 the Taurus Ultralight gets extra poles at the foot for more space and stability. Meanwhile the rest of the tent is the same tried and trusted design. Pitching is outstandingly easy, thanks to the unique external frame design and the addition of adjustable pegging points. The tent is reasonably stable too. Like many Vaude tents, the Taurus gets a superb outer door design that uses four zip pullers to allow the door to be opened in just about any direction. Porch space is good for the weight category, and two rucksacks could be stowed here. The inner tent space is excellent as two can sit up. Also note you get a slightly heavier duty groundsheet than you do with some other comparable tents.  But there’s no vent in the rear of the tent, so you don’t get the ventilation control of some others. Some tents have more living space, some are lighter and some are more stable.

Verdict Buy it if you want the best value-for-money lightweight tent where the blend of features make lightweight camping in a variety of conditions comfortable.

Design three-pole ridge
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner 30D polyester ripstop
Flysheet 40D ripstop nylon; 3000mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet 40D nylon; 10,000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 220cm ; width 130cm;  height 100cm
Packed size 53x19cm
Weight 1900g
Made in China
Stores in UK England 50; Wales 20; Scotland 5; Ireland 0