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Bach Moa 2 Lite | Review

A tried and tested design, we’ve found this two-person tent makes for the ideal shelter on long-distance adventures

The Bach Moa 2 Lite is a 1.8kg two-pole tunnel tent designed for three-season use. It’s one of those two-person tents that has an excellent space-to-weight ratio due to its quality design and high spec materials, but it also has a pretty hefty price tag. So, is it worth the price?

I’ve been using this on a few trips in the Welsh hills, including in Bannau Brycheiniog (the Brecon Beacons) and in the Preseli Hills over in the west. 


The Bach brand has been around for decades now. While it began as a backpack manufacturer in Ireland, today it’s now based in Switzerland and is under the umbrella of the Scott Sports Group. Backpacks are still definitely a bit part of the Bach wheelhouse (the impressive Bach Molecule is a case in point), but they’ve also now got sleeping bags, sleeping mats and a pretty vast collection of tents too. 

Testing the Moa 2 Lite in the Welsh hills. Photos: Dave Macfarlane

If you’ve looked at the Bach tent range and thought it looks familiar for some reason, that’ll be because the designs used to be part of Dutch brand Nigor’s offering. When Nigor sadly went kaput a few years ago, Bach bought the models and had them produced unchanged from the originals. That to me, is a really good thing, because I was always highly impressed by any Nigor tent that I tried, particularly the Nigor Didis 2.


The materials Bach have employed are all very high spec and good quality. The flysheet, for instance, is a high tenacity ripstop Nylon with silicone coating on both sides. The inner mesh is a 15D air permeable ripstop Nylon with a 40D ripstop Nylon floor coated with a TPU laminate and the poles are all DAC and made from a lightweight but durable aluminium. 

The stuff sack appears to be made from the same material as the flysheet. It’s a pretty basic top-loading design with a toggled drawcord. I found it’s a pretty good size; it’s small, but it’s still easy to pack the tent into.


I found this tent very easy to pitch and was able to have it up and ready within about 5 minutes the first time I used it, mainly thanks to the colour coded poles. It’s outer pitched first – always handy when it comes to UK use – and you can also pitch it with the inner already attached. If you want to take a minimalist, lightweight approach you can use the Moa 2 Lite without the inner.

The Bach Moa 2 Lite is also designed so that you can roll back the flysheet at the porch and at the rear so that on clear nights you can get maximum ventilation and the option for a bit of stargazing while still being protected by the inner tent from insects – or other creatures!

I generally find two pole tunnel tents to be very handy and reliable designs. This is no different. It’s been stable in the strong winds I’ve used it in, but that’s so long as the tail end is pitched facing into the wind. If the wind switches directions, you either have to put up with a bit of billowing or you need to get out to re-angle the tent. This, of course, tends to be the case with all tunnel tents. I’d be happy using this in most conditions from spring to autumn, though when really rough stuff is in store, you’d want to ensure this is well sheltered.

Other benefits of tunnel tents such as this is that you don’t need that many pegs in order to get a stable design. In fact, in gentle weather you can get away with just four pegs. Fortunately, there are still plenty of guylines and guying points so you can really pin this thing down when you need to. It is, of course, non-freestanding though, so it’s not necessarily the best option for use on rocky or sandy ground.

The Bach Moa 2 Lite has a large porch that’s easily big enough for two backpacks and two pairs of walking boots with space leftover for cooking. On a very wet day I found the porch big enough to bundle myself into to remove all my wet layers, ensuring I could climb into the inner tent without bringing any moisture with me.

The access to the porch is via a one-way zip on the side of the tent. Handily you can roll the door back or roll the porch back to half way (useful if you want to cook in the open air but with some shelter from the wind). As I’ve already mentioned, you can also roll the whole porch away too.

The door to the inner tent has two-way zips, allowing you to partially open the wide U-shaped opening on either side or at the top if you just want to let a bit of air in. Inside, there are pockets at each corner around the base. There’s also a top pocket on the roof above the door. This is for stashing away the mesh door when it’s open but I’ve also found it really handy for stashing small valuable and also for stowing a headtorch to act as a lamp.

I’ve found there’s enough space for two average sized rectangular sleeping mats to sit side by side with each other. I’m 5 foot 10 and you can see in the video below that I just about have head clearance at the lower end of the tent and plenty of clearance at the higher end. In the video I’m not sitting on a sleeping mat, so I imagine on some of the thicker mats I wouldn’t have that clearance at the bottom end. The ceiling by and large is high though, and the walls do rise steeply. Also, the inner tent has good separation from the flysheet, so I’ve never felt that looming risk of my sleeping bag getting wet from coming into contact with any condensation build up on the fly.

The Bach Moa 2 Lite in its stuff sack.

The only real gripe I have with the Bach Moa 2 Lite is that it doesn’t have any ventilation options across the top of the tent. At the very least, I would’ve liked the zip at the entrance to be two-way to allow you to open it up just at the top, but that’s not the case. The base of the flysheet is quite high, so that does mean there is a good degree of airflow but in my eyes there could be more. I raised this with Bach who said that they have ventilation options on their four-season tents but have opted to leave them out on some of the three-season models in order to ensure the tents are as light and packable as possible.


I’ve found this to be a solid performer as a backpacking tent. It’s one of those options that is light enough to ensure comfort during the day when it’s on your back (especially when it’s split between two people) and also comfort at night too, all thanks to that spacious sleeping area, storage options and supersized porch.

What I liked: excellent space-to-weight ratio, quality materials, easy to pitch
What I didn’t like: the price is high and I’d like to have had a two-way zip on the door

Bach Moa 2 Lite

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