The Ashsportz 2 person stormproof tent
We recently trialed our 2 person storm proof tent out in the Waitakere ranges across a 2 day 30KM hike.
The first thing I noticed when packing to leave was how compact and lightweight this tent was. We were travelling very light with just 2 x 30 litre backpacks, the great addition I noticed on this tent was the roll top dry bag compression sack with quick release buckles, this enabled me to quickly attach and detach the tent from my backpack without the need for additional carry straps.
Throughout the day I had the tent strapped to the top of my backpack and didn't even notice it really, it was small enough to tuck in behind my head without snagging on low branches, which often happens with external gear.
Once we reached our camp spot, we were more than happy to kick back and enjoy the rest before putting up our tent for the night. Due to the fact that we had packed so light, we didn't have roll mats so we picked a spot with as much grass as possible to use for padding.
Quickly unpacking the tent we were impressed by the shiny orange alloy poles and toughened alloy pegs. The tent comes in 2 parts, 1st part being the main body with groundsheet and mosquito net and front and back zipped openings and the 2nd part being the waterproof top cover.
Sure, if you weren't worried about privacy or rain, the tent would work fine with just the 1st part, allowing you to also stargaze as you drift off to sleep. One thing we found really novel were the clips to attach to the alloy poles, this meaning you don't have the hassle of threading the poles through fabric sleeves as is usually the case with other tents. You can simply fully erect the poles, insert them into each corner of the tent and then just clip away and tie off in the center, much easier actually. After the clips are done you can just throw the top cover over and peg where needed.
The complete erection, even for a novice will take 1 person under 5 minutes. On one side of the tent there is a round zip-able door and on the other side there is 1 single zip, to allow you to open both sides of the tent for great ventilation. Since the top cover is separate from the bottom you can also peg this out which gives you a porch like space to place your cooking gear and boots, whilst still keeping them under cover. Inside the tent there are 4 x pockets on each corner to keep your valuable handy and a hook in the center which you can use to hang a light.
After such an enjoyable camping trip I can now really endorse this tent and have in fact retired my old bulkier Kathmandu model for this lighter more versatile option.
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45cm x 16cm x 14cm - Packed
150cm x 200cm x 115cm - Packed
210T PU3000MM Waterproof top
210D PU4000MM Waterproof built-in groundsheet
2 way zipper
Double stitched 210T Waterproof shell
Available in Blue, Green or Red