Naturehike TAGA 2 Ultralight Tent – Review
We have tested in Supramonte the TAGA 2 of Naturehike an ultralight, functional and spacious tent at a price..ultralight !!
When you go out for a multi-day trip one of the most important things is the equipment for the night, both for the weight that we should carry with us and for the quality of sleep that will affect our physical form in the following days.
There are different possibilities depending on the season, the place and the weather conditions that we will face and, basically, the possibilities are reduced to:
- bivouac with ground mattress
While the first two options are reserved for a certain “elite” hikers, the third is certainly the most popular choice for most of the people.
The comfort and ease of use of a tent is very often unattainable by others sleeping-systems but there is a negative side to consider: weight.
Fortunately, in recent times, with the development of new materials, Ultralight-type hiking products have been created, but with excellent waterproof and resistance characteristics and the tent that we tested is one of these types of products.
Taga 2 Ultralight tent
TAGA 2 is a non-self-supporting, 2-persons, hybrid, single-layer ultralight tent, which can provide excellent performance in almost any situation, maintaining an extremely low weight and a very high room capacity.
But let’s analyze its characteristics better …
We start from the main feature, the weight that is, for the 2-persons tested version, just under 1400 grams including aluminum stakes and anchor ropes, weight that is among the lowest in its category, all this without giving up internal habitability which translates into a length of 210 cm, a width of 125 cm and a height of 105 cm in the center. These measures are related to the internal habitable area to which two small covered areas (apse / veranda) must be added on the 55 cm wide sides.
The fabric is in silnylon (silicone impregnated nylon) 20D ripstop capable of supporting a 4000 mm water column with all taped and waterproofed seams.
The supporting structure consists of a long pole with sections in aluminum 7001 that will be inserted externally inside two long slots and fixed at the ends with aluminum hooks.
The awning is not self-supporting and you will need to use the lanyards, which have the excellent characteristic of being reflective and therefore well visible in the dark, to keep it in place and firm against the wind.
These four lines and each lower corner will be anchored to the ground with very light but functional aluminum stakes, also equipped with a small ring of reflective lanyard to improve visibility in the dark.
A further pole with aluminum sections is positioned perpendicular to the main one, on top of it, and keep the top part in position in order to guarantee further internal space.
The tent is mounted in a few minutes and has a very attractive shape as well as extremely effective against wind, rain and snow (even if it is not suitable for winter!).
Taga has only one entrance that gives access to the veranda, where you can easily store your backpack, and to the living area separated by an elastic mosquito net with zip. From inside the tent it is possible to have access to the vestibule on the opposite side through a small opening in the mosquito net, which is also equipped with a zip.
The living area is surprising big for the vertical and horizontal space while it is correctly dimensioned in length for a person of 180/190 cm. We have placed inside the Klymit Static V2 mattress which is 183 cm long and the Decathlon Forclaz Ultralight 0°/5° sleeping bag which is 218 cm long and barely touched the wall.
We know that it would be better to avoid the contact of the sleeping bag with the curtain walls to prevent any condensation during the night going to wet it but in this tent it is not a problem because even with winter temperatures I found only a very light moisture layer of the upper part of the tent.
Probably the excellent design of the tent, even if with a single cloth and the ventilation opening in the upper part, is able to guarantee an excellent air recirculation and prevent the formation of condensation.
Inside we also find a pocket in one of the short sides and a hook in the center of the roof to hang a lamp.
The Taga was tested in Supramonte, Sardinia, with not optimal weather conditions (humidity close to 100%, temperature of about 8° C and with gusts of wind at 20km / h during the night) but that gave us the opportunity to properly evaluate the goodness of this product.
The bottom of the tent in contact with the ground is of light material (20D silnylon impermeable to a water column of 4000 mm) and, although resistant, could be damaged on the most uneven ground; fortunately we have been provided with a ground sheet (Mat) specific for the Taga, of the same 20D silnylon, which is placed under it and adds a further layer of waterproofing and protection with a weight of only 80g.
In conclusion we can are fully satisfied with this product that, with an extremely low weight, can provide a living space and excellent performace against the external agents at a fairly low cost compared to the most renowned competitors. The use in two people is, probably, a little ‘forced’ while using it alone will have a really comfortable space available.
|Dimensioni|| Lenght: 210 cm
Width: 125 cm
Height: 105 cm
+ 2 2 side storage area 55 cm
|Material||Outer mesh: Silnylon 20D
Internal mesh: rete elastica B3
Bottom: Silnylon 20D
Poles: Aluminum 7001
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