Just in: Wild Country Hoolie 2 etc tent RRP £180
Yesterday a parcel arrived at work addressed to me, and when I looked closer it was from Terra Nova. My new Wild Country Hoolie 2 etc had arrived! The Etc in the tents name shows that it has an extended porch, which is great for storing lots of kit or even bicycles. I bought this tent for a trip, me and Rich have planned, to the alps, where we will have lots of climbing and mountaineering gear with us, so this tent seemed perfect.
For those of you that don’t know, Wild Country is Terra Nova’s budget or value brand, for want of a better word. However, they are excellent quality tents and use the same design techniques as their more expensive cousins, but they achieve a lower price point by using slightly heavier materials.
I opened the box and there it was, the pack size is quoted as 47cm X 18cm and the packed weight is 2.85kg. To be honest the back size was a little bit bigger than I had imagined however, it is a very good weight for a tent this size and price (one of the reasons I went for it!). Before I go any further here are the specifications from the Terra Nova site:-
Season Rating Spec: 3 Season
Free standing?: No (tent requires guy lines to be pitched)
Minimum Weight: 2.55Kg (5lb 10oz)
Packed Weight: 2.85Kg (6lb 4oz)
Pitch Time (estimate): 10 mins
Number of Porches: 1
Number of Doors: 1
Pitch Type: Fly and Inner pitch together
Pack size: 47cm x 18cm
Flysheet: Stormtex P4000FR
Floor: Aqua Stop P6000
Poles: 8.5mm Superflex Alloy
Pegs: 16 x Alloy ‘V’ Angle
Guylines: 12 x black reflective
Inner Door: Half Mesh
The first thing you notice when you take it out of the bag is that the inner and outer come packaged pre-attached, which is a nice touch and something other brands such as Vango don’t do. Pitching is very simple. There’s three poles, all of the same length, that slide easily into colour coded sleeves. Then all it needs is 3 pegs at one end, then a pull at the other side so all the poles stand up, and a further 2 pegs at the other end, and the tent is up. Next the inner has four grommets that also attach to the poles and two bungee cords at the back which attach to the same pegs as the outer. Lastly all that’s needed is a few tweaks to get the outer taught and the reflective guy lines pegged out if needed.
The inner is a very good size, plenty of space for 2 two people especially as this tent has such a bit porch so you don’t really need to have any kit inside with you. There are two small pockets for essentials you might need through the night and the bathtub floor seems very durable, although only time will tell. The fabric of the inner is mainly solid nylon, which is good for cold and windy British weather, however, there’s a small mesh panel at the rear corresponding to a vent in the fly. Along with a half mesh door and a vent in the porch allows a good amount of ventilation to prevent condensation.
The porch on this tent is huge; plenty big enough for all the gear two people could possibly take backpacking. We will be storing two large duffels and two decent sized climbing packs in it, and it seems just about big enough for that, as well as being able to cook.
The main competitor to this tent that I can see is the Vango Pulsar 200, which is a little bit cheaper at £165. However it is also a bit heavier at 3.18kgs, almost 350g difference. This doesn’t seem a lot, but when you’re carrying it a long way or taking it in your luggage on Easyjet with low weight allowance every little helps!
As an example of how good value this tent is, the Force Ten Meso 3 tent weighs in at 3.28kg and costs £370! I’m not sure how they can justify this price; I suppose the siliconised flysheetand the Tension Band System push the price up significantly.
Over all this is an excellent tent for the money. It seems to be the best compromise between weight and price out there at the moment. Similar tents from higher end companies just as Force Ten and even, Wild Countries sister company, Terra Nova will be at least twice the price. I understand that more durable and lighter weight fabrics will be used in the more expensive tents, they will have more features and will probably be stronger in the wind and snow, but for a 3 season tent with a huge porch, 1.4kg per person isn’t a lot to carry. If you want a large 3 season tent with a big porch, in my opinion, this tent is the best value option available.
Outer of the tent:
Inner of the tent: