Pitching the Taurus Ultralight is an easy task, it has two main poles that slip into the guide channels very easily along with 2 very short poles built into the tent at the feet end, these poles widen the bottom of the tent for more leg room. You can pitch the inner and outer at the same time – an essential feature when its the end of a long day and the rain is coming down hard.
The groundsheet is rather thin (not too thin when compared to other ultralight tents) and although it is rugged, I’d still recommend using a groundsheet protector with it when you can. The porch area is surprisingly spacious, with plenty of room for cooking and you can just squeeze 2 rucksacks in at although there isn’t enough room to do both at once. Inside the tent is again rather roomy for a tent of this class with enough room for 2 people to sit upright, which definitely makes sitting out through a storm a lot more comfortable.
The tent is classed as 3 season and stands up well to the weather, preforming well even in very strong winds. There is however no vent in the rear of the tent, which makes ventilation hard to control and can lead to waking up in the morning drowning in condensation.
To sum up the Vaude taurus ultralight is a great all round tent. It might not be the, strongest, biggest or lightest two-man tent, but it does balance all of these aspects at a great price.
Pros: Price, Weight, Ease of pitching.
Cons: lack of ventilation control.
Vaude Taurus Ultralight Specifications
Laminated floor resistant against formic acid from ants (see my previous article on groundsheet protectors to find out why this may be important)
- Weight 1800g max
- Fly/wp 40D Polyamid Ripstop 240T both sides siliconized 3mm
- Inner tent 30D Polyester Ripstop 285TV
- Floor/wp 40D Polyamid Ripstop 240T PU laminated 10mm
- Stuff sack 50cm x 15cm
- Poles AI 7001 T6; 9mm
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