As I zipped myself in to the Ionosphere, which has no porch but does have a cavernous tunnel-like interior, I felt as if I was digging in for the night in hostile territory. It’s a very stable design, with two poles and lots of pegging out points, with plenty of pegs supplied. The materials are bombproof, the PU coated fly and groundsheet both have a 5,000mm hydrostatic head. However, it’s not a pleasant living space, with just 70cm of height clearance and nowhere to store gear. The heavy-duty dark fabrics just seem to add to the sense of impending doom. It pitches inner first- not good in rain, as the internal living space gets wet. The advertised trail weight of 1.2kg doesn’t include guys and pegs which is a bit of a cheat but with everything thrown in it is still only 1.52 kg which isn’t too bad considering how tough it is.
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