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When a little more room is required choose the larger three-person version of this Lightweight and uncomplicated backpacking tent ideal for wilderness and summer camping. Two pole design for weight reduction Anodised aluminium poles Polyurethane-coated polyester flysheet Breathable polyester inner Hydroseal coated polyamide groundsheet Single entrance with polyester/mesh door Small vestibule for storage/sheltered cooking
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VauDe Taurus II

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  Reviewed by R & J Elms (Lowestoft, Suffolk) on 2006-02-12:
General comments: The Vaude Taurus II is a superb two-man tent for those slightly longer trips where you have extra kit and therefore need a bit more space. It is possible to sleep three but you would have to have a minimal amount of gear to fit everyone in. Vaude have used a clever design to maximise space while keeping weight down, for example the height at the front of the tent allows you to sit up easily without getting a face full of inner, while at the other end the tent lowers to minimise weight. The vestibule is nice and spacious, great for muddy boots and kit you don't want inside. The 'bathtub' like floor of the tent is quite thin and as with most tents I would recommend getting the groundsheet protector to avoid punctures! With only two poles pitching is simple enough but pegs take a bit of re-positioning and guy lines need adjusting to get the outer just right. Poles on the outside also means that the tent can be pitched in the rain without the inner getting soaked, yet tent stability isn't gravely affected. The inner can be easily clipped into or out of the outer which means it can be pitched as one or just the outer on its own, it also means the Taurus can be split up to share when carrying. Comes in a handy dry bag. Highly recommended as a great value, spacious, well made, two-man tent.

Pros: Weight:Space ratio, price, just looks cool!

Cons: Needs adjusting once pitched.
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frank longwill responded : given one some long term use and a couple of points arise. .... The porch is far to small......ground sheet is hopeless it failed after very little use also there are 2 poles that are fixed into the outer making packing a drag (2010-03-11)

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  Reviewed by Max Berman (Scotland) on 2006-03-30:
General comments: This is absolutely one of the coolest looking tents out there. Light, durable, well constructed and easy to pitch. For the money, this is an excellent, fairly spacious 2 man option. It doesn't give you any feelings of claustraphobia, which I have found some small, lightweight tents do. I've pitched it on slopes, pebbles and swamps and it stays rigid in some pretty nasty conditions. The only slight downside I found was the breathability. I purchased this after having owned an ancient Vango tent and found that this quickly got stuffy and humid inside whereas my older, less technical Vango had not. Generally a very good buy though.

Pros: Price, stability, quality and quick to pitch. Oh, yeah - it looks the bomb too!

Cons: Not great ventilation.
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  Reviewed by Mark R (York) on 2006-08-01:
General comments: We bought the VauDe Taurus II because we wanted a 2 person tent that would cope with most UK conditions in valley campsites that was light enough for occasional backpacking use (the rest of the time it only gets carried a couple of yards from the car boot). The Taurus II is made from good quality materials that have shown practically no signs of wear after 2 years of use. Putting the Taurus II up is straightforward (the instructions are sewn into the bag!), as only two poles are required, and the inner and outer can be stored attached. Ensuring good separation between fly and inner is essential, and we have found it can take lots of playing around with adjusters and peg position to achieve this, particularly at the narrower foot of the tent. The inner door has a built in midge net so can be a little draughty in cooler conditions. Once up, the Taurus II provides a reasonably spacious living area, but I donít think that this is quite a 3 person tent, as VauDe claim, except for occasional use. It is just about possible for two people to sit up at the wide end of the tent, so sitting out bad weather is bearable. The porch area is adequate for this size tent, and provides enough space for storing wet boots and for cooking. To summarise, the VauDe Tauris II is an excellent value tent for 2/3 people, with a quality build, but isnít quite as easy to pitch as other models. Worth considering if you are happy to spend a few moments sorting out the pitching niggles.
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  Reviewed by Sam Cartwright (Cumbria) on 2007-01-07:
General comments: My girlfriend recently bought a VauDe Taurus II for use wild camping and for longer term expedition use. The tent has proved to be a great buy, combining low price, very reasonable weight and a good pack size. It stands up well to adverse weather conditions with its wind resistence being a particularly pleasant surprise. Pitching the tent is extremely simple and fast, supplying the tent with the inner and outer attached helps here, even in adverse weather conditions it takes only a couple of minutes to be inside, weathertight. The only issue is that the foot end of the tent needs careful pegging out to ensure that the outer and inner do not touch. I have not used the tent in hot weather but i would imagine that it could get a little steamy though the adjustable venting at the top of the door could combat this, Construction-wise the tent is extremely sturdy with good quality materials throughout, only the groundsheet is slightly disappointing, a protector would definitely be a good investment to extend the life of this tent. The tent is an extremely comfortable fit for two even with two 6 footers in there, the porch is a little small to keep bags in but the extra space inside helps to counteract this. Three people would be a challenge although parents and a child would probably be fine.

Pros: Price, quality, weight, size, speed of pitching.

Cons: some fiddly adjustment needed, groundsheet a little lightweight
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