Although a tunnel, the Gothic Arch shape is excellent for stability, particularly where side gusts are involved, and it’s great at shedding rain and snow. This, combined with high quality materials, makes the versatile T10 trail well suited to year-round camping.
Expect to Pay £295.00
You can always bank on a tent being just a little different when you see something out of the ordinary with the stuff sack, and that’s certainly the case with Lightwave’s T10 trail. The bag itself might be the standard end-opening drawcord variety, but this one has a zipped pocket on the outside containing the pegs, guys and detailed instruction manual. And just pausing with the pegs for a moment – while most tent manufacturers are happy to supply you with a single type (and hopefully but not always sufficient to service every pegging point), the T10 trail comes with an ample supply of square section and Y section corkscrew. The latter offer greater surface area, so it makes sense to use those on the main pegging points, which come under more strain.
This one is the solo model, but the trail comes in four other variants – a two and a three-berth model (£349 and £449), along with extended porch versions of each (£449 and £549). As it comes out of the bag, it pitches all in one, with fly and inner attached. Although the poles locate in sleeves on the flysheet, the connectors which join the inner to the underside of the fly also incorporate clips, so you can pitch the inner on its own on a balmy summer night. And with separate spacer cords at ground level, it’s also possible to pitch the fly on its own if you want to go really lightweight.
HOW TO PITCH
As a sloping tunnel, it’s not free-standing, so once you’ve located the poles in their respective sleeves, and tightened the webbing strap adjusters to keep the pole tips in place, start off with getting a couple of pegs in at the tail. Then move round to the front, grab the main pegging points and pull the tent forward until the poles are upright, and peg out. The main pegging points are on adjustable straps, so once the pegs are firmly in place you can exert a bit of tension over the fly. The guys aren’t attached, and if you do use them, you’ll probably want to shorten the two you tie on at the rear – you’ll save a gram or two in the process.
While most front entrance tents might have the door zipped so that the flat panel can be rolled back to one side, the trail has a zip in the middle, with half doors toggling back to each side. Bearing in mind the extraordinary slipperiness of siliconised Nylon, rolled back full-sized panels usually flop out of standard loop and toggle fastenings, but in this case half-sized ones don’t! The door opens into a porch which offers enough storage space for a rucksack, boots and stove.
The inner door unzips round to one side, the panel secured with a loop and toggle fastening. While some solo tents can seem oppressively confining, this one is spacious enough to fit a full-sized sleeping pad with space to spare for gear storage. There’s plenty of head space at the front, and even enough height at the tail to dive in head first if you need. And the inner walls have a line of four rectangular mesh storage pockets down each side – more than you’d find in most multi-berth tents! There’s a fabric loop at each end of the ceiling, giving you two fixed points from which you can suspend a lantern, and/or the option to rig up a washing line. I should also mention the fact that the groundsheet fabric is a good deal sturdier than you’d find on your average backpacking tent, but for all that, the overall weight is still less than two kilos.
Finding your tent by torchlight is easy, with reflective tabs on the take-off points for each guy line, and a reflective strip along the bottom edge of the panel above the door which conceals a mesh vent. The through flow of air continues in the inner with a simple mesh panel at the top of the door, one at the tail in the ceiling, and three narrow panels around the tail just above ground level.FURTHER INFORMATION