The versatile Vaude Hogan SUL 1-2P netted ‘Best Buy’ in Chris Townsend’s review of the best one-person tents. Here’s why…
Vaude describes the Vaude Hogan SUL 1-2P as for 1-2 people. I’d say it’s a roomy tent for one person and just about okay for two smallish people if they don’t mind a bit of a squeeze. For one it’s good if you’re tall as it’s longer than most of the tents tested with reasonable headroom at the front.
Price: $565.50 / £500 (buy from Vaude)
Weight: 1255g | Pros: wind resistance, length | Cons: groundsheet hydrostatic head could be higher | Flysheet: silicone nylon, 3000mm HH | Inner: nylon/mesh | Groundsheet: 30D PU ripstop nylon, 3000mm HH | Poles: 8.7mm DAC NFL featherlight | Pegs: 10 x 15cm X | Porches: x 1, 70cm deep | Inner Dimensions: 235cm x 110/90cm, 95cm high point
The design is Vaude’s well-proven tripod with a long pole running the length of the two attached via a hub to two shorter poles that form an arch at the front. There are also two upright poles at the rear corners to lift the fabric there and provide more inner space. The main pole protrudes beyond the arch to give a larger porch, providing a hood over the top of the outer door zip so the top can be left open for ventilation. Double guylines pull out the sides to allow ventilation under the edge of the flysheet. However, in severe weather, these can be pegged closer to the ground to pull the sides down. The inner has large mesh upper panels for ventilation too.
The porch is just roomy enough for safe cooking. A pack can be stored here or in the tent if it’s being used solo. Half or all the porch door can be opened for good views and easy access. If the tent is pitched with the rear into the wind, recommended for the best wind resistance, then the porch door can usually be left half-open without rain entering the tent.
The Vaude Hogan SUL 1-2P pitches inner first. This can be done very quickly (if it’s raining). It is possible to pitch the flysheet alone and use it with a footprint or groundsheet.
The Vaude Hogan SUL 1-2P is made from materials that are PFC-free and that meet bluesign eco-friendlier standards. The triple silicone coated flysheet has taped seams, using a process exclusive to Vaude. The groundsheet has an adequate 3000mm hydrostatic head. Higher would be better but this should last okay.
Overall, this is an excellent lightweight tent, a good balance between weight and space. It’s more wind resistant than many of the others tested too.
To read the other tent reviews in this test head to The Great Outdoors‘ best one-person backpacking tents.
Tested by Chris Townsend
Chris tested these tents in the Scottish Highlands, mostly the Cairngorms, over autumn 2021 and winter 2022. Sites were both high and low level and at times the tents were subjected to more severe weather than they are designed for. Note: weights are for the tent complete with stuffsacks