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Hi all, very excited to be taking part in my first TGOC and looking forward to meeting some of you along the way (Shiel Bridge to Dunnottar Castle)
I've finally persuaded my wife to come along for some wild camping trips - starting with the East Highland Way and Speyside Way this Autumn. I'm very happy with my Force 10 Helium 2 for solo camping but am looking for a decent two/three man tent for the trip.
As you'd expect I'm looking for enough space for both of us and all of our equipment, the lightest weight possible but capable of surviving Scottish weather. We need two entrances and preferably costing no more than a few groats!
All recommendations gratefully recieved.
My first TGO Challenge too (and my first MB post). Same finish option as well.
Take a look at Alpkit. I have the Kangri - bomb proof but too heavy for the Challenge IMHO. I have read good things about the 2 entrance Jaran and have seen the 1 entrance Ordos in action. Well made kit for good value.
You might want to reach out to Bob and Rose at BackpackingLight to get their thoughts on the Luxe Hex Peak (F6) 2 person. Only 1 entrance though. I have used the 1 person (F4). Another well made value piece of kit.
Thanks for the useful tips Chris, The Jaran is looking like a favorite right now, ticking most of the boxes.
Hope to see you on the trail,
We have used a variety of Terra Nova Lasers over the years, squashing ourselves into tiny but reliable mountain tents to save weight. Also used Vaude Power Lizards: the 1/2 person version though a slight squash, has been a success for some years and very stable in stormy weather. Then we got the Vaude Power Lizard 2/3 person version. This is huge, loads of space for 2 but rather flappy in high winds: however, it hasn't taken off with us (yet) though we did sit up fully clothed in it on one particularly brutal night (the tent survived fine, double pegged, but we were shattered!). Now we also have a supposedly 2-man TN Laser with 2 doors so Mike can sneak out the back for a quick pee - but it's turned out to be the smallest tent we've ever used! Others will recommend Hillebergs as they are bombproof, but all somewhat heavy. :wink: :+1:
Thanks for the advice Marian, it sounds like you've had some exciting nights out!
The Vaude Power Lizard looks like a great tent with amazing space for the weight, but the single entrance is a deal breaker for the missus.
I agree with you about the Hillebergs but they seem best for more exposed camping, I'm too old and fond of luxury to pitch too high in the mountains
Have you thought about the
Tarptent Scarp 2?
1.7kg, 2 entrances, 2 porches
That looks like a great tent Andrew, thanks for the link - have you tried it out with two people and all of their kit?
Looking at Tarptent's range the Cloudburst 3 looks like another likely candidate - any experiences with that one?