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Vaude Taurus SUL 1 | Review

This ultralight solo shelter is designed to offer three-season protection and great liveability for life on the trail, while also being one of the most eco-friendly tents around.

Why We Chose It: Quick and easy to pitch, very lightweight, sustainably made

Vaude’s Taurus range is a collection of spacious yet packable shelters that are also designed to be very protective, even in sustained wet weather. The Taurus SUL 1P is the smallest and lightest tent in this range. It’s a double skinned design yet it weighs in at a commendably svelte 1.25kg, with a packed size of just 36 x 15cm. The tripod design aims to offer good stability with excellent internal dimensions, maximising the peak height at the apex to give the user enough room to comfortably sit up inside. That improves overall liveability whether you’re sheltering from the elements, sorting out your kit or just scoffing some scran.

What Is The Vaude Taurus SUL 1P Best Suited To?

SUL stands for ‘Super Ultra Light’. Tipping the scales at just over a kilo, it certainly qualifies, especially when you consider this is a double-skinned design with a full mesh and fabric inner, not a spartan single-skin solo shelter. As such, you’ll enjoy added weather protection and improved condensation control, especially in wet and humid conditions. You’ll also get a bit more warmth and fewer chilly draughts on colder nights.

OM tester Becky with the Vaude Taurus SUL 1. Photos: Joe Whitmore

As such, this is a great one-person tent for solo long-distance backpackers and thru-hikers out in variable conditions. Trekkers and bikepackers will similarly appreciate many of those same qualities. It’s a three-season design suitable for use from spring through to autumn, so provided you’re not pitching up anywhere too exposed, it would also work well for ‘fast and light’ wild camp overnighters in UK hills and mountains.

Eco Credentials

When it comes to sustainability, certain outdoor brands have built a popular reputation for being leaders in the field. Sometimes this isn’t unwarranted, but it is conflated with a company’s strident and outspoken environmentalism rather than being focused on the actual ‘greenness’ of their product range. Patagonia is perhaps the best example of this.

“Without doubt one of the leading sustainable brands in the outdoor industry.”

Don’t get us wrong, we’re not knocking Yvon Chouinard’s company. We’re just pointing out that in contrast, a brand like Vaude tends to fly under the radar a little. However, when you actually examine their eco efforts in detail and compare them with most of their competitors, it soon becomes apparent that they are without doubt one of the leading sustainable brands in the outdoor industry.

Like all of the products that Vaude manufactures, the Taurus SUL tent is completely PVC-free. PVC – polyvinyl chloride – is one of the most environmentally hazardous commercial materials in the outdoor industry. Unfortunately, it is also a very effective method of making things both waterproof and durable, which is why it is so widely used.

Vaude has worked hard to come up with eco-friendly alternatives that have comparable properties, ensuring their products are just as robust and hard-wearing, whilst being more environmentally friendly. For example, their waterproof tent fabrics include a unique triple silicone coated nylon which is siliconized on both sides. This gives it high UV reflection and increased tear resistance, ensuring sustainability through longevity without resorting to more harmful treatments.

Fabrics are also completely free from PFCs – perfluorinated compounds, the harmful chemicals that are often used to add water repellence to the surface of fabrics.

Vaude also calculates and offsets its carbon emissions from manufacturing and production to ensure that this tent is effectively climate neutral.

Lastly, this tent also uses DAC NFL featherlite aluminium alloy poles. DAC is widely considered to be the most responsible manufacturer of aluminium in the world, having perfected a proprietary green anodising process that has significantly fewer environmental impacts compared to standard anodisation production.

Construction and Performance

The Taurus SUL 1P is quick and easy to pitch, with a pre-attached inner that means the tent can be pitched all-in-one. The pole sleeves are also open at one end only, which further aids fast and efficient set-up.

It has a classic ‘tripod’ construction designed for stability without sacrificing too much interior height. This means there’s ample space inside for you and your gear. Side mesh pockets keep small items handy and easy to find in the dark. There’s only a single doorway and porch, but that’s fine for solo use. It is roomy enough to accommodate plenty of gear, including muddy boots and a pack.

The flysheet incorporates rainproof vents, which are fully adjustable and ensure optimal air circulation for a good microclimate while you sleep. This works with a mesh and fabric inner to reduce condensation build-up inside the tent, whilst keeping bugs and beasties out.

For such a lightweight design, it feels remarkably protective. That’s down to Vaude’s tent fabrics, which are some of the best out there. Their double-sided, triple-coated sil-nylon is unique to the brand, and results in a flysheet with a hydrostatic head rating of 3,000mm. The bathtub floor is made from PU-coated ripstop nylon for extra durability, again with a HH of 3,000 mm. There’s no need to worry that this tent will leak.


All in all, the Taurus SUL 1P is a practical and protective tent with a compact packed size, low weight and excellent eco credentials. It will be a great choice for extended solo backpacking or bikepacking trips when you’re looking for good interior space and overall liveability, but don’t want to sacrifice overall weather performance. With that in mind we think it’s a better choice for such scenarios than a single-skinned design, which could save you a little weight and give you more internal space, but also typically comes with attendant problems of condensation control and moisture management.

Vaude Taurus SUL 1

Selected for our Green Gear Guide 2023
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