I was bowled over by the performance of the Telemark 1 in a strong wind with driving rain. The tent goes up outer first, fairly quickly, with a single aluminium pole, although the hook system for the inner is fiddly until you are used to it. There is reasonable headroom available, even though its only 86cm high as it has a steep pitch at one end to give space to move around. The porch is a tad small for my liking, as I prefer to keep my pack there, but it is large enough for boots and some cooking gear. The light materials mean that it’s not ideal for torrential weather but the 10D fly does manage a 2000mm hydrostatic head and the groundsheet hits a respectable 10000mm. The seams are not taped so if it were my tent I’d be in there with some seam sealer before use. I did find that there was a tendency for condensation to build up inside the fly, but there is a two-way zip in the door that gives additional venting when the weather allows. The most impressive thing is the stability, provided by precise tailoring and an efficient internal tensioning tape. Unusually for me, I slept soundly through 40mph gusts on a shoreline pitch while others where disturbed by billowing fabric and wobbly poles. In the cold light of day it was clear whose tent was the most stable. At 830g it is very lightweight, but bear in mind that this package only includes four pegs. There is an even lighter option; the ULW has a carbon pole, costs £440, and weighs just 770g.
Review by Lucy Wallace @