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Featherlight single entry emergency tent for absolute minimalists. The Refuge has no poles of its own - two ski or trekking poles are enough to pitch this extremely light, one walled first tent. The Refuge has two ventilation channels protected with mosquito mesh, and can also be used as a bivy bag.
Vaude Refuge Reviews
Reviewed by miles felton (england) on 2007-10-22:
General comments: An extremely light tent, being single skinned with unfloored porches at each end. It is made of a modern fabric which is very waterproof but the stiched seams need sealing with silicone. It is supplied with a bag that I found too small and also needs more tent pegs. I merely added more from my old Vaude Ferret plus four big Easton stakes for security. You need about eighteen pegs in all for completeness but could get by on less. There are no poles supplied - telescopic walking poles work very well and make for a very solid pitch. I also made up some light aluminium poles from a kit - at 8mm only enough for summer, but you can get stronger.
It has some mesh ventilation and there is no reason at all why you shouldn't stay insect free, unlike under a tarp, which is the only shelter of comparable size and weight.
Pros: Very light, very large for one, big enough for two. It is fairly cheap. You can use it as a bivvy bag if the wind is too high to pitch it.
This has more headroom than any other backpacker's tent I've known.
Cons: The seams will leak a little in heavy rain so you need to use a silicone seam sealant. Having said that, only a few ounces of water got into mine during a night long downpour in the Lake District this summer. I hadn't sealed those seams then.
It feels as though it wouldn't survive a real Cairngorm blow - but I haven't put that to the test yet.
It is long enough for me, at six foot, but if you are rather taller then you might need to sleep diagonally.
There is some condensation but it is entirely enclosed, so you won't get rain blowing in and it's large enough to avoid the sides. Tarps do not compare - I've tried them both.
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Sue Lupton responded : I used my Vaude Refuge for the first time this weekend. It pitched easily although I will change the guy lines for different ones and put in four more pegs. Its roomy inside and by leaving the front and back door slightly open at the top the condensation was not too bad overnight - the floor stayed dry, just the walls were damp if touched even though it was a fairly cold night outside. It is, however, quite see through so you may want to be aware of this!! The stuff sack could be a fraction larger but its light and easy for backpacking. (2008-10-21)
Reviewed by miles felton (lake district) on 2008-12-25:
General comments: One of the guys was damaged on mine by a moderate wind in Seetoller. That was just one of the side patches if you know what I mean, but it is probably best only to erect it at low altitudes - e.g. <2000m in the Alps or sea-level in Scotland. Not for high mountaint use!