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via mobile 15/8/2023 at 4:55pm
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Best lightweight 2 man tents for backpacking,   


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We all have our favourites. Mine are the Vango F10 Helium and the Durston X mid solid. Reviews on this site.
It all depends on when and where you are going to use it. On the WHW, best to get a fly first for those rainy days and something midge and wind proof. A lot of US tents are all mesh inners which get a bit draughty.
If you use trekking poles, a lot of people swear by the lanshan available from China. I haven't used one myself. I'm sure a few of the lads will be along with their recommendations such as Alpkit, Wild country and Terra Nova.
At the end of the day it has to be right for you so try and see it up in a shop or on YT.



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Hypercamp Alaska
Vango Force 10 mk3
Vango F10 Helium 1
Coleman Cobra Pro 3
Coleman Cobra 2
Naturehike Star River 2
Eureka! Solitaire
Dutch army goretex bivvy bag


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Cheers. Just done hadrian wall with the vango banshee, But 10 years old now and a bit heavy. Budget no problem but just looking for a good quality tent.


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Well, if budget no problem, then I would suggest the Durston X-mid.
2 vestibules, can sit up in it easily, trekking pole tent though I made some poles for motorcycle camping. Lots of guy out points and not bad in high winds but not a mountain tent. Available in either mesh or solid inner. Weight about 1100 g.
Well made and well designed but there are some downsides.
It has to be imported from the States with customs fees, it has quite a large footprint for a 2 man tent and it is a tad expensive but cheaper than equivalents.
As you had a banshee, the helium might be an attractive option. Similar layout but weighs a lot less than a banshee. About the same size so more a 1.5 than a 2 man or top to toe sleeping. Weighs 1.4kg for the 2 man.
I have the 1 man version. It has been used in all seasons and on quite a few multiday treks. A bit more fragile than the banshee if you get the inner caught in zips. I've had to sew that up a bit but a solid tent though noisy in the wind. Less headroom than the Durston. The helium poles have been redesigned recently so each segment is shorter for bike packing. A good lightweight tent.


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Hypercamp Alaska
Vango Force 10 mk3
Vango F10 Helium 1
Coleman Cobra Pro 3
Coleman Cobra 2
Naturehike Star River 2
Eureka! Solitaire
Dutch army goretex bivvy bag


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I have the Lanshan One XL with a 'T' zip mesh interior, it's held up by one 120cm hiking pole. Some people prefer 125cm. It weighs under 1 kg and it's fully seamed and has done me proud. It's not free-standing and I've only been caught out by this three times, due to very hot weather and the ground being as solid as concrete. I just laid it flat, put all of my stuff in, including me, and used it as a loose bivvy. No problems at all. Last year I walked across the Pyrenees with it on the GR10 route.

The tent is so versatile, if I take the inner mesh out I can use it as a tarp but it's not worth bothering to do this in my view, the mesh is great for keeping out flies and midges etc.

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