Following on from the Argon and Helium we take a look at Force Ten's latest inert-gas monickered offering - the Xenon 2 in its UL, or Ultra Light manifestation.
The Carbon Reflex Series is MSR's lightest range of double skinned tents and the Solo's the lightest of them all. At 790g fully loaded (including all bags, pegs and tent) and taking up less space than a 2lt bottle it fits in a rucksack pocket and is designed for when every gram counts.
Named after a province on the west coast of Sweden, Nordisk's 2 man lightweight Halland 2 tunnel tent is a modern day classic. Combining the latest in ultralight fabrics with a classic tunnel design epitomises today's ultra-light tents.
Winter single person tents are hard to find especially when you are trying to run lean in terms of weight. Tarptent are an American based shelter manufacturer that specialise in lightweight shelters.
A little on the small side for a 2 man tent, and lacking undercover storage and cooking areas, but ideal for mountain marathoners, adventure racers and very good friends needing a quick to pitch and strike overnight shelter. Quality components and a proven tensioning system make the Ultralight 200 a serious contender in any value for money charts.
Real World Test
Although nominally a 2 man tent the Ultralight 200 is more ideally suited to the solo camper, with 2 man use advised only for the mountain marathon and adventure racer. Pitching is quick and simple, coming out at under 3 minutes with a little practice, and Vango's tensioning system works predictably well in keeping the tent upright and stable.
Designed as a 2 man ultralight but better suited as a, still lightweight, single person tent given the single door and quite small vestibule/porch. Innovative and very effective pole clip system, good ventilation thanks to mesh inner. With a street price as low as Â£280 it's worth looking around for the best savings.
Real World Test
Vaude's Power Lizard Ultralight is one of the most difficult to review tents we've ever had, simultaneously impressing and disappointing. As a one man tent it's a real contender for the likes of the Hilleberg Akto and Terra Nova Laser series, but it's marketed as a 2 man tent for which it's frankly too small. Having said that, it's by no means the only "2 man" tent that's really pushing the boundaries of friendship to actually fit two adults.