A great tent for warmer climes, and easy to split the components if you want two backpackers to share the load. Excellent Wild Country quality, and really simple pitching, too, so a great choice for beginners.
PRICE £230 (three berth £250)
Lay the whole assembly on the inner tent, attach eyelets to the ends of the cross pole, and then anchor the four main pole tips at each corner of the ground sheet. The free-standing inner is suspended by 17 clips which attach around the poles, and if you haven’t already pegged it out, choose your position and peg at each corner. The pegs are easy on the hands, too – “V” section anodised alloy with a generous turn over at the top to give you something comfortable to grip as well as push on.
If the only weather you have to worry about is a warm foehn-like breeze, then the inner on its own will do just fine, with most of the top half of the tent a fine polyester mesh to allow lots of ventilation while keeping the bugs at bay. Adding the polyester fly requires the attachment of Velcro tabs on the underside to the poles before clipping quick-release buckles at each corner, then adjusting webbing straps to give a snug fit. A peg on each side for the porches, and you’re done, although you do also have six guys – one on each corner and one on each porch – which you can deploy if conditions dictate.
With the porch on each side full-length and a reasonable depth, you have plenty of storage space for kit, and the doors can have either panel open, or both. Once rolled back, they secure with loop and cordlock toggles, so the rolled back panels stay nicely gripped. Each inner door unzips round to one side, with elasticated loop and toggle to stow the panel. Alternatively, if you’re feeling lazy, you can shove it into the adjacent mesh pocket. There are no other mesh storage pockets, but as these are side opening rather than top, door panel storage is probably the most efficient use anyway.
The shape of the inner provides plenty of space for two, whether you use one door only for access, or both. Ventilation is good, as you might expect with so much mesh in the inner, with a mesh vent on each side of the fly underneath a good sized stiffened cowl at the top of the doors. If you need to get more air through the fly, the double-zipped doors allow you to open at the top, with that cowl to shelter the opening from rain. There’s a single suspension point for a lantern in the ceiling of the inner, and while there is only the one, it does at least include a clip to make for a more secure fastening – handy if you use a candle lantern. Spotting your tent by torchlight is easy, too – the guy lines all incorporate reflective flecks, while the runners are luminous.
Weight 2.65 kg
Pitching time 10 minutes
Size 240cm x 220cm Inner 220cm x 120cm (100cm)
Packed size 48cm x 17cm
Materials Outer Stormtex P4000 FR 70D ripstop polyester Inner breathable polyester Groundsheet Aqua Stop P6000 Poles 8.5mm WC Superflex alloy Pegs 16 V angle alloy