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tent reviews

Reviews of one, two, three and four man tents suitable for carrying in a rucksack

Review of the f10 Argon 2 man tent

two man tent

We’ve had this tent on review across four seasons and it has taken a real battering on most occasions including 60 mph winds, torrential rain and a little bit of snow. We have used it for single night stays and multiple day treks with one or two man occupancy and even subjected it to a Duke of Edinburgh Expedition.


The poles are all connected together that open up & click in place fairly quickly although you may need to fiddle a bit with the poles at the nodes to get them to slot through. Once the pole structure is assembled it is relatively easy to attach the poles to the tabs at six points on the groundsheet / inner tent.

Note that the inner tent needs to be attached to the poles first which means the sleeping accommodation could get wet in adverse weather conditions.

It is however fairly quick and simple to attached the inner tent to the poles before stretching the outer fabric onto the semi-geodesic frame. Because the tent only weighs 1.8kg it is easy, once the outer is attached to the inner, to move the tent into its pitch position although in high winds you will need to be careful to keep hold of it or it will fly away!

We’ve pitched this tent with the micro pegs provided & substituted them for more robust pegs when we felt the weather may be challenging. Our first impression of the micro pegs was that they would not hold & would slice through the ground like a hot butter knife but this has not been the case. In the main they have held very well, although if you left the tent for any length of time in windy conditions you would start to wonder whether it would be there when you returned!

The inner tent easily takes two inflatable mats. We used two Therm a Rest mats a NeoAir Trekker and a NeoAir Venture WV together with Therm a Rest Antares & Columbia sleeping bags.

The near vertical sides of the inner tent give very good headroom so there is no sense of claustrophobe.

We also had room for two 65 litre rucksacks, a Berghaus Torridon and an Osprey Atmos AG.

Decamping is very quick and easy & the whole tent & poles slips very easily into its carrying bag.

Due to adverse weather conditions at times we had to pitch the tent quickly so were unable to fully line up the outer to the inner. This can result in the inner & outer coming together but on no occasion did this allow entry of rain into the inner tent. With very good ventilation front to back we have not encountered condensation within the tent. Having said that most of the times we have used this tent it has been windy!

Following our last outing with this tent we did our usual post expedition check and found that a joint section on the porch pole had sheared! We have no idea how this happen? We understand we can get a replacement, which is good.


 At 1.8kg we feel the f10 Argon is an ideal tent for wild camping especially if it is single occupancy. In the main a very solid stable tent

Please note The f10 Argon tent was given free for us to test and review


Vango Mirage 300 3 man tent review

3 man tent icon packed weight 3.62kg 500mm x 180mm dia pack size


1200h external 1100h internal

max width external 2000 internal 1800

sleeping compartment 2225 long

5000mm waterproof

Tent bag gives ample room for re packing

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Terra Nova Wild Country Zephyros 2 two man tent review

two man tent trail weight  

In high winds on the evening of 3rd April 2012 in Horton in Ribblesdale in North Yorkshire I hurriedly put the tent up so it may not look as good as it could but it did serve as a more than adequate shelter for the night ahead.

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Gelert Chinook 2 man tent review

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Gelert Rocky 3 3 man tent review

Gelert Rocky 3

Even though this is a three man tent, as always, we only used one man to put it up and discarded the instructions just to make harder!

3 man tent trail weight packed weight 4.2kg 59 x 15 x 15cm pack size

here's the review...

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Snugpak Ionosphere & Scorpion tent reviews

It's going to rain so we're heading off to the North Pennines to test the Snugpak Ionosphere and Scorpion Tents.

We need to check our pockets cos the Scorpion claims to have "10 Total - 6 on each side"

snugpak tents review 

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