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For many years The North Face have produced a wide variety of very high quality tents that have been favoured by outdoor enthusiasts. In this range they have always included a well designed model aimed at campers who are looking for a tent to use as a weekend base from where they can enjoy the great outdoors.

North Face Talus 2 Tent

This image shows The North Face Talus 2 EU. The Talus 3 EU is slightly larger but from this angle looks the same.

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Manufacturers, within their own brand will have many different sub-brands or ranges. As consumers and retailers we automatically understand this. If I was to buy something from the Berghaus Extrem or The North Face Summit Series ranges for example, than I would know that I would be buying a product primarily designed for active use in within a mountain environment. As opposed to products outside these ranges which I know will be made to the normal Berghaus/The North Face high standards, but have not necessarily been designed for mountaineering use.

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At only 950 grams the Nordisk Telemark 2 LW is currently our lightest 2 person backpacking tent. It is suitable for 3 season use, even in high winds and has plenty of useful features.

Outside view of the Nordisk Telemark 2 LW

At 950 grams the Nordisk Telemark 2 LW is currently our lightest 2 man tent.

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Recently I read a question about the failure of waterproofs on an outdoor forum. The explanation was that the moisture had come from sweat due to the waterproofs wetting out in the persistent rain. I suggested cleaning & treating the waterproofs with Nikwax products, whilst another forum member suggested using a similar product from Aldi or Lidl.

Logos of TNF, Berghaus, Mountain Equipment, Salomon and more!

We ask “What added value do outdoor brands
provide for outdoor enthusiasts?”


This discussion concentrated my thoughts on the benefits of buying branded outdoor products instead of similar products from a supermarket.

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Recently Jez Ainsworth from outdoor gear brand Jack Wolfskin popped into our retail outlet in Warrington (238-240 Manchester Road, WA1 3BE) to tell us about some of the features in our current Jack Wolfskin range.

Jack Wolfskin @ Cheaptents

Jack Wolfskin has been part of our family for around 12 months, and the team here at CheapTents are really impressed by what we have seen throughout their outdoors range, whether it being little things such as paw print branding on zips to larger things such as the quality of their fabrics, Jack Wolfskin is a brand which will continue to grow in the U.K.

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The North Face Sale BannerUpdate: Our sale has now finished but you can always find The North Face clothing at competitive prices on CheapTents!

January is traditionally the time of year when retailers have their sales, as they like to clear stock in order to bring in new spring/summer lines. The outdoor industry is no different and as a result there are some great bargains to be had in our The North Face 25% Off Sale!

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The logo of climbing gear manufacturer Black DiamondHere at CheapTents we are pleased to announce that we are stocking a range of head torches from Black Diamond.

Best known for their climbing equipment, Black Diamond are a company of outdoor enthusiasts who use the products which they design and manufacture.

We [Black Diamond] apply a single global standard to the manufacturing quality of our product and the environment in which our employees make it. This is our gear. We build it. We use it. We’re damn proud of it.

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The MSR Hubba HP is a high performance 3 season, one man tent, with a low weight of 1.36kg. It is easy to pitch and in our eyes is the ultimate one man tent.
msr hubba hp review

Pitching Made Easy

Having previously tested the MSR Holler, which is the only tent so far to reach 5 stars in our reviews, we knew that the MSR Hubba HP was going to be great quality. It lived up to expectations and with a pitch time of less than about 5 minutes, this easy to erect tent was already looking good in our books.

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Jack Wolfskin LogoIn April this year we were delighted to announce that we had started stocking Jack Wolfskin tents. Now we are excited to be bringing in a great range of Jack Wolfskin products, including rucksacks, outdoor clothing and walking boots. Below is an overview, describing some of the gear in our new range, which can be purchased via our Jack Wolfskin outdoor gear shopping page.

Jack Wolfskin Rucksacks

Our rucksack range includes packs for hiking, mountaineering and cycling.

  • Manufactured from robust lightweight materials, the Jack Wolfskin Alpine Trail 40 incorporates the ACS Tight Carry back system and is suitable for use on single and multi-day hikes.
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Last week we posted the first half of our interview with Lightwave and Crux founder Carol McDermott. In the first half, Carol talks about product design in the outdoor industry, why he set up his own outdoor gear companies and his criteria for designing products. This post picks up from where we left off.

Last season saw the release of your Trail range of tents, which saw a big change in design in going from inner pitching to simultaneous pitching; your Hyper range released this year has stayed with simultaneous pitching. What was the reasoning behind this change? Are true inner pitch tents a thing of the past?

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Ultralight tents from Vango, Vaude, MSR and more