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Snugpak Journey Duo Tent | Review

A sturdy, reliable and cheerful-looking tent at a decent price by British brand Snugpak

Why We Chose The Snugpak Journey Duo Tent: Extremely durable, good value, easy to pitch.

At 3200g, this is a pretty heavy tent, but that should be OK to look past if it’s reliability that you’re mainly after.

In all but full winter conditions, this is certainly a tent that you can count on for keeping you safely sheltered, and that’s thanks to the lower profile, inner pitched first, three-pole semi-geodesic design that Snugpak have opted for. There are loads of pegging points as well, so if the wind switches direction, you’ll still have peace of mind inside.

The bulk of that 3200g weight comes from the rather heavy materials that Snugpak have opted for. Take the pegs for instance, they’re chunky cross shaped stakes that are each about the same weight as a Snickers bar. The British brand seem to have foregone keeping the weight down in order to provide robust protection and, in all likelihood, to keep that price low enough to appeal to their target market, which at a guess, we’d say is entry-level and/or award scheme hikers.

“This is a tent that can really take a bit of a battering – it’s one of the most capable tents I’ve used in a while actually”

As well as that durability, another thing we like about the Journey Duo is the amount of space you get. It’s a roomy two-person we’d say, offering enough room for you to sleep comfortably alongside a friend and also store two big backpacks in the porch. There are also a couple of handy pockets for gear organisation on the inside.

It’s definitely waterproof, which should really go without saying with tents these days, and there’s reasonable ventilation provided by the sealable vent on the back. Other things worth noting include the additional bugproof mesh on the door, a footprint that can be used should you require it, and reflective strips in the guylines. It also comes in a waterproof stuff sack which has compression straps and a roll top.

The bulk of the 3200g weight comes from the durable materials used by Snugpak. Photo: Chris Johnson
The Snugpak Journey Duo isn't a tent that's going to let you down anytime soon. Photo: Chris Johnson
The heavy, chunky tent poles have been built to last. Photo: Chris Johnson

Inner first is a bit of a headache in the UK, and yes, it’s on the heavy side and the materials are nothing to really shout about, but we thought this justified inclusion in our Outdoor 100 product guide on the basis of that brilliant reliability and the great price.

Tester’s Verdict

Will Renwick, Outdoors Magic Editor

“I once made the foolish mistake of camping in an ultralight tent in an exposed position on Cadair Idris, even though I knew a storm was coming in. Let’s just say, a few hours later I was trying to fall asleep in a public toilet. Since then I’ve been much more careful with where I pitch, almost to the point of being too fussy. With the Snugpak Journey Duo however, I know I can sleep easy anywhere. This is a tent that can really take a bit of a battering – it’s one of the most capable tents I’ve used in a while actually. That said, it’s a bit of a big’un to carry. You wouldn’t really want to go backpacking with this unless you had a friend to split the load with.

“It’s a simple one to pitch – it’s all pretty intuitive even without instruction – and it’s easy to get the sheet nice and taut. For the kind of trips I normally go on, most of which are in the moist mountains of Wales, the inner first pitching is a bit of a downside, but it wouldn’t be a problem for anyone who tends to only pick good weather days for hiking.

“It’s handy that it comes with a repair kit and an extra footprint. I haven’t really ever felt the need to use the latter and more often than not you’ll be better off leaving it at home to keep at least some of the weight down.”

This is a tent that you can count on for keeping you safely sheltered. Photo: Chris Johnson
There's room to store two big backpacks in the porch. Photo: Chris Johnson
A repair kit is included with the tent. Photo: Chris Johnson

Trade Secrets

Snugpak Marketing Team

“With the Journey Duo we really wanted to stand out in the field, so we took our high specification fabrics and dyed them Snugpak’s signature blaze orange and embossed our nautilus shell logo throughout. With this range, we didn’t just want the tents to excel in performance and advanced features we wanted them to make a real statement. As a result, we’ve received a huge amount of positive feedback on the Journey series from the outdoor community, to which we are extremely proud of.”

Snugpak Journey Duo Tent

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