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Will Renwick looks at Vaude’s semi-geodesic model as part of a comparative review of tents designed for tough conditions


Although Vaude describes this as a three-season tent, I’ve used it in some strong winds and found its semi-geodesic design and self-standing ability make it quite hardy. It’s a shame, however, that there aren’t guy lines that hold the centre of the side walls out as this would save the sides pushing in. Some careful pegging is required to make sure that the tent’s walls stay low enough to prevent any wind or rain sweeping underneath.

Pitching this is very straightforward. It’s easy to slide the poles in thanks to the wide sleeves and I like the closed pockets that hold the end of the poles at the back of the tent, as this makes things easier when pitching solo. I also found the inner simple to clip in.

The porch is medium-sized and OK for cooking in, and the sleeping area is a comfortable enough size for two people to sleep and sit up in. The dog-leg shape of the poles at the back end of the tent is quite clever as it makes the walls steeper and creates a bit more room.

Due to the small number of pegging points I’d be wary of using this in Scottish mountains during winter, but as a three-season tent that’s not what it’s designed for.

Overview

  • Overall: 3-5 out of 5

Pros: Quick to pitch

Cons: Few guy lines

  • Price: £280
  • Weight: 2.65kg
  • Design: semi-geodesic
  • Flysheet: 30 Denier ripstop Silicone / Polyurethane 3000mm
  • Inner: 30 Denier ripstop Polyester
  • Groundsheet: 7000mm Polyurethane
  • Poles: Al 7001 T6 9mm
  • Pegs: 20 alloy
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