Vaude Hogan Ultralight I
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Weighing a mere 1.49 kg, this is Vaude's lightest 2 person tent. Overthrow construction, durable tent for minimalists.
Vaude Hogan Ultralight I Reviews
Reviewed by Scott (UK) on 2007-11-18:
General comments: I didn't really like this tent and ended up selling mine after only 6 months. I brought mine by mail order and on receiving it I realised just how lightweight it was... The pole which is large and heavy for an ultralight tent seems uncessarily long and runs right from the the front to the back. To balance the weight of that out the ground sheet is made from the same lightweight material as the flysheet just with an extra coating of silicon. Which means if you want the tent to last you need to use it with a ground sheet protector of some sort, I used a survival bag to keep the weight down. You also have to pick spots very carefully when not, but inevitably the ground sheet will puncture. Also guylines and Velcro tabs for connecting the flysheet are also noticeably flimsy. It is easy and quick to pitch though. But doesnt take the wind well all that well, and I found the back of mine collapsed in only moderate gusts. Which you would think it would not with the large one piece pole. The pole also started to crack on both sides for no apparent reason. Vaude replaced the cracked sections.
If it Vaude had used had used a proper groundsheet material, I might well have been happy with it. I only used mine in the summer, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't a tent you could use through the winter, but then again it would probably do better than other ultralite tents like the Terra Nova Laserlite when it comes to that. I choose the Hogan instead one of those because of the stronger and larger pole and zippers on the doors ect...
After the Hogan I brought a Lightwave TO Trek, and I'm very happy with that.
Pros: Lightweight ripstop flysheet.
V easy to pitch.
Side don't blow in, and the front keeps its shape well.
Pole design means it can be erected on V sandy ground and hold its shape reasonably well when it can't be pegged out properly.
Poor Velcro tabs.
Doesn't take wind as well as you would expect.
Not the quality you would expect for the price.
Pole flattens at the back in moderate wind.