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.
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.
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.