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Exped Mira 1 HL

£360 www.exped.com

In a world of closely related designs, the Mira 1 HL makes an admirable attempt at individuality. Relying mainly on a single pole along its spine (combined with a spreading pole in the “roof” and a final one around the head) it creates a tremendously tall yet thin inner-pitch first body, which seems unlikely to withstand even the gentlest gust. However, clip on the fly with the multiple plastic clips and adjusters and it soon takes a much broader and cleverly weather-deflective shape. This allows for usably sized porches on both sides of the sleeping area (one of which is accessed through a zipper). It’s possible to sit up comfortably within the Mira, although it’s also very slim inside so it doesn’t allow for much (or any) horizontal movement. The 1.2kg weight rating is perfectly respectable for a one-person tent, and I was a big fan of the grommet and sleeve combo for the poles, which makes single-person pitching super easy. The thickest the nylon fabric gets is 20 denier, so longevity may need to be considered.

VERDICT: An innovative design that hits more than it misses. 

BEST FOR: Experienced solo users with an eye for the novel. 

Review by Dan Aspel @danaspel