Lightweight Tents and Ultralight Tarps
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Easy Question: What's the difference between a lightweight tent and an ultralight tent?Easy Question: What's the difference between a lightweight tent and an ultralight tent?

I'll put you out of your misery straight away. It's weight, isn't it.

Like I've always said: the obvious is my speciality. Here's another: don't put toast in your DVD player. Yes, I'm good at it. SO, back to the tents, let's talk about weight. What is the definition of a lightweight tent?


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Finally- scientific proof that you need a lighter loadFinally- scientific proof that you need a lighter load

You wouldn't dare argue with Sir Isaac Newton would you? I know he got bonked on the head with an apple but we all do daft things.

The main concern for us walkers is that Newton discovered the reason we need to lighten the load of our rucksacks.

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Condensation in single walled tentsCondensation in single walled tents

I don't know about you but when I'm sleeping I find it slightly irritating having water splashed in my face. Because of this little foible, I've decided to offer up a few handy tips on how to keep the waters at bay.

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Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Tent
Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Tent

Reviews:

Live for the Outdoors - July 2012

Adventure Travel Magazine - June 2012

Good Bits:

Laser Competition 1 Tent is obviously very light and easy to put up. It has enough room in the porch for a 60 litre rucksack and the ventilation is very good because you can roll up the flysheet at the ends if it gets too moist in there. You can just about sit up inside the tent if you're about 6'2" or less and it pitches outer first which is essential, I think.

Not So Good:

The pegs are a bit daft but they work, although if it's windy I would definitely take some chunkier ones along with you. It doesn't come with a pole repair kit so bear that in mind if the weather's grim.
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RRP £320.00

Gossamer Gear Spinnshelter Tarp Tent
Gossamer Gear Spinnshelter Tarp Tent

Reviews:

Peregrine Hiker - 2011
Trailspace - September 2008
Backpack Geat Testers - 2005

Good Bits:

The Spinnshelter is so light you need good pegs to keep it from floating off (slight exaggeration). It has been tested in some extreme conditions so you can feel safe on the UK mountains. In these extreme conditions it needs to be pegged firmly to the ground which doesn't leave much room inside. It can be pitched in several different ways depending on weather and environment.

Not So Good:

The Spinnshelter is pretty small especially when pegged down to the ground and, as with most tarps. they take a bit of tinkering with to get the pitch right. Condensation can be a problem, but this is solved by pitching it a little off the ground.
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Price £185.00

Terra Nova Laser PhotonTerra Nova Laser Photon

Reviews:

Live for the Outdoors - April 2011

Good Bits:

Terra Nova Laser Photon 1 Tent is light, very very very light.

Not So Good:

This is designed for the Ultra Marathon people so maybe isn't for everyone. There are many questions about the durability of the tent and rightly so, but when components get this light then there has to be a down side. According to Terra Nova this tent is not as durable as the Laser Comp and that's fine - how can it be. But it is lighter and that's the point of this tent. If you want a bullet proof tent that will withstand a hefty gale then buy a heavier mountain tent, if you want an extremely lightweight tent that may strain if the wind gets up this might be for you.
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RRP £380.00

Golite Shangri-La 3 Lightweight Tent - BambooGolite Shangri-La 3 Lightweight Tent - Bamboo

Reviews:

BackpackingLight - 2008
Gear Junkie - 2011
Mud and Routes - 2010
Backcountry - 2009

Good Bits:

Packs down really small
For one or two there's loads of space
Good for two kids and an adult
You can almost stand up in it (160cm)
With the nest a pretty good three season tent.

Not So Good:

No porch - but like it says in one of the reviews you can pull back the nest and the whole thing becomes a porch
With the nest and flysheet not that lightweight
If you're having trouble pitching it, the backcountry review give some geometry advice
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RRP £200


Terra Nova Superlite Voyager TentTerra Nova Superlite Voyager Tent

Reviews:

Live for the Outdoors - 2008
Outdoorsmagic Forum - 2008
Mud and Routes - 2012

Good Bits:

Terra Nova Super Lite Voyager Tent is a geodesic tent under 2kg that means it's going to be pretty stable and there'll be a bit a room inside for you to sit and eat your pasta. I've seen the Superlite Voyager at trade shows but I've never used one. The Outdoorsmagic link above has a lot of information.

Not So Good:

Pitching in the rain is a pain because it's inner pitch first and cooking in the porch looks like it could be tricky because the flysheet slopes quite a bit giving you very little room for the stove and pan. Not sure I'd like to get two people in there.
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RRP £420.00


Golite Eden 2 Lightweight Tent - Smoke/GreenGolite Eden 2 Lightweight Tent - Smoke/Green
The Eden 2 has twin doors and vestibules, low-level scoop vents at each end and covered awnings over both doors. The tension-sleeve construction gives it a stability you won't find in similar clip tents.
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RRP £325.00
Price £275.00

Integral Designs Tarps and AccessoriesIntegral Designs Tarps and Accessories
Integral designs produce ultra lightweight gear that has been tested in extreme conditions. The emphasis is on function and long term durability. The designs and features have been developed and refined following extended use in the outdoors.
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Gossamer Gear - The OneGossamer Gear - The One - Ultra Lightweight Tent
If you're looking for full protection for a pound, The One™ is your ultralite ticket. Generous bathtub floor, full mesh enclosure with zippered entry, and zippered split beak provide plenty of room for the solo hiker with gear inside and outside. Multi-support design means you can use your adjustable trekking poles to set up your One™.
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Price £275.00

Gossamer Gear Squall Classic Lightweight Tarp TentGossamer Gear Squall Classic Lightweight Tarp Tent
The Squall Classic is Henry Shires's original Squall design. It was tweaked for weight reduction and a bathtub floor was also added. The final result is this amazing ultralight two person shelter that weighs about a pound and a half including pegs(4), lines, rear pole, and stuff sack!
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Price £299.99

Terra Nova Laser TentTerra Nova Laser Tent
The award-winning Laser has been a popular favourite amongst backpackers and solo travellers as either a superlite 2 person or roomy single person tent since it first appeared in 2004 and revolutionised lightweight camping.
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RRP £300.00
Price £250.00

Terra Nova Jupiter BiviTerra Nova Jupiter Bivi
Recently voted 1st in Trail magazine's Hooped Bivi test. A single pre-curved 7075 T9 aluminium alloy pole provide extra headroom and ensures good ventilation making it suitable for warmer, more humid conditions. No-see-um mesh door keeps out insects and has a storm hood for better weather protection.
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RRP £270.00
Price £199.00

Terra Nova Bivi TarpTerra Nova Bivi Tarp
The Bivi Tarp is a complete shelter system for summer trips and comprises a waterproof tarp with a mesh sleeping compartment and sealed groundsheet suspended underneath.
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RRP £200.00
Price £150.00

Golite Shangri-La 3 Lightweight Tent - GreenGolite Shangri-La 3 Lightweight Tent - Green
Ultra-lite, expedition-ready, and simple to pitch, the Shangri-La 3 is a model of backcountry versatility. This shelter sheds wind and weather brilliantly and can be used by itself, with the Shangri-La 3 Floor, or with the Shangri-La 3 Nest inner bug tent.
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RRP £200
Price £175.00

Golite Shangri-La 2 Lightweight Tents - GreenGolite Shangri-La 2 Lightweight Tents - Green
An innovative, ultra-lite 4-season pyramid-style backcountry shelter that delivers serious weather protection and unparalleled space-to-weight ratio with superb durability. Pitch this ultra-lite design with your trekking poles, over paddles or ski poles, or hang it from branches via its top loops.
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RRP £155.00
Price £125.00

Golite Shangri-La 2 Lightweight Tents - BambooGolite Shangri-La 2 Lightweight Tents - Bamboo
An innovative, ultra-lite 4-season pyramid-style backcountry shelter that delivers serious weather protection and unparalleled space-to-weight ratio with superb durability. Pitch this ultra-lite design with your trekking poles, over paddles or ski poles, or hang it from branches via its top loops.
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RRP £155.00
Price £125.00

Golite Shangri-La 1 Lightweight Tents - GreenGolite Shangri-La 1 Lightweight Tents - Green
A frequent choice of solo ultra-light backpackers, pitch this fully taped shelter with your trekking poles, over paddles or ski poles, or hang it from branches via its top loops. Two, larger peak vents optimize cross-ventilation. Floorless shelter system works alone, with Nest, or Floor, depending on conditions
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RRP £130.00
Price £99.99

Coleman Cobra 2 Hiking TentColeman Cobra 2 Hiking Tent
A lightweight tent that offers superb value for a budding adventurist; the wedged tunnel design is wind responsive and strong. A quick and easy to erect design, you will be pitched in minutes and the use of aluminium poles ensures that this tent performs in inclement conditions but retains its lightweight credentials.
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RRP £70.00
Price £54.50

Coleman Phad X3 Lightweight Hiking TentColeman Phad X3 Lightweight Hiking Tent
The Coleman Phad X3 Tent is an extremely sturdy and durable tent. It is a three person, semi-geodesic structure with a durable tear resistant flysheet giving you protection in all weathers, all year round.
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RRP £200.00
Price £119.99

Coleman Rigel X2 - ultra lightweight 2 person tentColeman Rigel X2 - ultra lightweight 2 person tent
The Rigel X2 is a ultra lightweight two person backpacking tent. These tents weigh 960g.It is aerodynamically designed with high quality components for lightweight camping. They are easy to set up, provide ample area for two people plus storage and have a variflo ventilation system to combat condensation.
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RRP £100.00
Price £69.99
Coleman Pictor X2 TentColeman Pictor X2 Tent
2 person backpacking tents for all adventures, exceptionally wind-strong and stable, the low-profile tunnel design with extra-strong 7001-T6 aluminium poles stands up to difficult conditions.
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RRP £170.00
Price £92.50

Coleman Avior X2 Lightweight Hiking TentColeman Avior X2 Lightweight Hiking Tent
The Avior X2 is a lightweight 2 person backpacking tent. It is aerodynamically designed with high quality components for lightweight camping. They are easy to set up provide ample area for two people plus storage and have a variflo ventilation system to combat condensation.
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RRP £120.00
Price £78.50

Coleman Cobra 3 Hiking TentColeman Cobra 3 Hiking Tent
A lightweight 3 person tent that offers superb value for a budding adventurist; the wedged tunnel design is wind responsive and strong. A quick and easy to erect design, you will be pitched in minutes and the use of aluminium poles ensures that this tent performs in inclement conditions but retains its lightweight credentials.
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RRP £100.00
Price £73.50

Coleman Pictor X3 Hiking TentColeman Pictor X3 Hiking Tent
Compact, incredibly stable and lightweight, this 3 person tent doesn’t compromise on internal space thanks to its tunnel design which offers a great space to weight ratio, providing extra spacious storage and sleeping areas with comfortable head height for all three occupants.
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RRP £199.99
Price £109.99

Coleman Avior X3 Person Lightweight Hiking TentColeman Avior X3 Person Lightweight Hiking Tent
The Avior X3 is a lightweight 3 person backpacking tent. It is aerodynamically designed with high quality components for lightweight camping. They are easy to set up provide ample area for three people plus storage and have a variflo ventilation system to combat condensation.
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RRP £140.00
Price £92.50

Coleman Phad X2 Tent for lightweight backpackingColeman Phad X2 Tent for lightweight backpacking
The Coleman Phad X2 Tent is an extremely sturdy and durable tent. It is a two person, semi-geodesic structure with a durable tear resistant flysheet giving you protection in all weathers, all year round.
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RRP £120.00
Price £95.00

Coleman Kraz X1 - Single Person Backpacking TentColeman Kraz X1 - Single Person Backpacking Tent
Perfect 1 person tents for lightweight backpackers or cycling campers thanks to its light weight and compact pack size. It is quick and easy to erect after an energetic day and is constructed using UV Pro protected, polyester ripstop fabric and pre-bent aluminium poles to stand up to the extremes.
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RRP £80.00
Price £49.99

Coleman Bedrock 2 Hiking TentColeman Bedrock2 Hiking Tent
Quick and easy to erect 2 person tents, a lightweight companion that is perfect for multi-stop holidays. The inner first construction means that in warm conditions the inner can be used separately as a ventilated shelter.
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RRP £50.00
Price £25.00

Vango Tempest 300 Hiking TentVango Tempest 300 Hiking Tent
These Vango tents have been endorsed by The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. They are well established technical tunnel tents which address the demands of the modern adventure seeker while remaining wallet friendly.
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RRP £120.00
Price £100.00

Vango Tempest 200 Hiking TentVango Tempest 200 Hiking Tent
These Vango tents have been endorsed by The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. They are well established technical tunnel tents which address the demands of the modern adventure seeker while remaining wallet friendly.
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RRP £100.00
Price £89.00

Vango Banshee 200 Backpacking TentVango Banshee 200 Backpacking Tent
Small, simple, stable, the Banshee is packed with features but still only weighs 1 kilo per person when shared, making it an excellent choice for trekking and backpacking.
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RRP £80.00
Price £65.00

Vango Banshee 300 Backpacking TentVango Banshee 300 Backpacking Tent
Small, simple, stable, the Banshee is packed with features but still only weighs 1 kilo per person when shared, making it an excellent choice for trekking and backpacking.
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Price £79.00

Gossamer Gear SpinnsheetGossamer Gear Spinnsheet
Gossamer Gear was able to get a deal on some yardage of spinnaker fabric at a significant discount. This pricey fabric is prized for it's strength to weight ratio, but is now, while supplies last, economical enough to use for a groundsheet.
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Price £18.50

Gossamer Gear Bug CanopyGossamer Gear Bug Canopy
The Gossamer Gear Bug Canopy was designed to provide effective protection from flying bugs and to a lesser degree crawling bugs with a minimum weight penalty. At 3 oz, the Bug Canopy can be easily added to your Spinnshelter and will form a small enclosure from the middle of your sleeping bag up over your head and out towards the front door.
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Price £25.00

Gossamer Gear Polycryo Ground SheetGossamer Gear Polycryo Ground Sheet
Looking for a ground sheet that's lighter than Spinnaker fabric? The Polycryo ground sheet is constucted from industrial grade cross-linked polyolefin. This material is extremely tough for it's weight, with amazing puncture resistance.
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Price £7.50

Gossamer Gear Spinnshelter PolesGossamer Gear Spinnshelter Poles
For the Spinnshelter, the front pole length is 42” and the rear pole is 24”, available in high quality, industry standard aluminum from Easton.
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Price £22.00

Gossamer Gear Titanium PegsGossamer Gear Titanium Pegs
Titanium is well known for its high strength to weight ratio and you can buy only the quantity you need. If you only lost a stake or two, you don't need to buy a whole bunch of new ones. Tite-lite(tm) stakes have nice gentle points on them, so they don't puncture your lightweight pack.
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Price £3.00

Gossamer Gear EZC2 LineGossamer Gear EZC2 Line
Gossamer Gear went back to the drawing board for this new version of our ever popular EZC. While it is the same great "easy to see" orange, it now has a reflective tracer woven in making it even easier to see, especially at night or in failing light.
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Price £15.00


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