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In my previous blog post I discussed what it means to go wild camping. In this post I will look at the features which make an ideal wild camping tent. By choosing a suitable tent your wild camping experience or microadventure will be even more rewarding!

Wild camping gives you solitude and a true outdoor experience

Wild Camping. Source: Flickr by Nick Bramall

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Jack Wolfskin’s Gossamer Tent is one of the growing breed of what I would classify as hybrid tents, which are in between a bivi and traditional one person camping tent, it’s no surprise that many people refer to such tents as Bivi Tents. The Jack Wolfskin brand name and its excellent price have seen the Gossamer become a popular tent, so much so that Jack Wolfskin have released a larger version of the Gossamer in the shape of the Gossamer XT. Due to its cross-over nature the Gossamer has always intrigued me. So, when the opportunity arose to review both the new 2014 Gossamer and the XT version I jumped at the chance.

Update: The XT version is no longer available. It has been replaced by the larger 2 person Gossamer II tent.

Jack Wolfskin Gossamer XT Bivi Tent

Jack Wolfskin Gossamer XT Bivi Tent

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The North Face Tadpole Tent series has been on our shelves since 1987, and has spawned many copies and imitators. The Tadpole’s design has been so successful The North Face have used it as a starting point for the Meso, Mica, Big Fat Frog and Rock series. It is no surprise, that twenty five years after the original Tadpole, The North Face have released a number of updated versions, including the Tadpole 2 and Tadpole 2 DL series. Update: We are not currently selling the TNF Tadope and instead recommend the Ion 2 from Force Ten.

TNF Tadpole 2 DL

TNF Tadpole 2 DL

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