Helsport Ringstind Superlight 1-2
One of the lightest 1 to 2 person tents in the world. This tent is designed for those who want a lightweight tent that still provides great interior space and functional details.
Ringstind Superlight 1-2 has been created on the template of our most popular lightweight tent, Ringstind Light 2. The new Ringstind Superlight has everything a 3-season tent needs. Every detail on the tent has been designed with a focus on extreme lightweight, without comprimising on smart, functional details or durability.The tent weighs only 940g complete, including poles, pegs and guy-lines.
• New lightweight, technical materials, quality assured by Helsport.
• Two large valves that can be closed - one at the entrance and one down in the footend.
• Several guy-line point - two in the front, two in the middle by the pole and three in the footend, which also has three small poles that make it possible to use very short (50-75 cm) guy-lines.
• The tent is easy to set up and stable in strong wind.
Packed volume: 13x40cm
Weight tent (+/-10%): 890g
Weight pegs: 50g
Pole length: 1x290cm
"Mike says "
I have recently bought a Ringsting Superlight, having used a Ringsting Light 1 for several years. I have reduced my pack weight down by 1.2 kg, which is a lot and have gained another 200mm in the width. Unfortunately the length is shorter than the standard Ringstind series, but is fine with my height of 1.8m. I remove the pole and store this on the side of my rucksack so I can squash the tent down and place this in the top of the rucksack. I use an Exped UL dry bag to store the tent in, the reason being is that on breaking camp when the tent is wet I can remove the inner and place in the tent bag and put the outer in the dry bag, so keeping the inner as dry as possible.
In essence, a really expensive piece of kit, but pays for itself in compactness, ease of pitching, weight, durability and construction.
Ringstind Light 1
A feather light tent for the minimalist, a great lightweight tent at only 1.4 kg
" Mike says "
I have had a Ringstind Light 1 for over a year and within that period I have never left home without it. Wild camping in the Lake District over this winter the Ringstind surpassed all I wanted it to do. It has many guy points for those windy nights in the mountains, I can sit up in it and do my admin and cook my dinner and it folds down to fit neatly in the side pocket of the Fjall Raven Kajka 85 backpack. There is plenty of room to set my stall out in camp both within the tent and the porch, with lots of space for yours truly to stretch out. In essence, a great piece of equipment that will last me a very long time.
Large base camp tent for big groups, sleeps 8 adults, spacious vestibule for table and chairs, 6 entry points 2 with Mosquito mesh, attachment for 2 inner tents and compatible with Helsport Lavvu stove.
" Mike say’s"
I have had the Valhall for 6 months and am really impressed with it. The height inside is over 2 meter’s, so you can access the whole tent. With a group of friends winter camping, the stove blasting out heat and the banter flowing, it makes a great shelter. See the you tube video on the Valhall.
Varanger was crowned test winner in an extensive lavvu comparison by Norwegian outdoor magazine villmarksliv - Varanger is our new fully loaded model. The outer tent is made of a specially developed fire retardant Helsport rainguard® which is ideal for use in the Lavvu. The opening has protected double zippers and fire retardant mosquito mesh. Two Helsport AirflowII® ventilation ducts combined with an internally adjustable top opening help to ensure sufficient airflow inside, reducing condensation and improving air quality. The aluminium centre pole is light and makes for easy set up, and the many guy line points increase stability during high winds.
I have spent many nights in Helsport Varanger Lavvu's and have come to really love them as a main base camp tent. Firstof all they pack down small - I normally use the 12-14 which packs down to around a 35litre rucksack size, but gives me tonnes of room to set my stall out with cotbeds, stoves, folding chair, kitchen area, wood store etc. Since 2010, the Varanger series has had a porch added (camp series), which gives that added room to store boots etc, and protect from rain coming into the main tent area. One of the main advantages is that when the trip is over the tent is really easy to dry.
It is worth adding in some heavy weight steel pegs, especially for the guy points which should be fixed at all times just in case a storm rolls in. The 12-14 Varanger I have is eight years old, has had around 500 days out in this time, and is still waterproof. As usual, great kit from Helsport.
Helsport Lavvu Stove
The Lavvu wood burning stove is constructed of heavy duty stainless steel and is designed for the Helsport Lavvu series and the Valhall. It is also compatible with other brands such as TentTipi. There are sufficient stove pipe sections to fit a tent of the same size as the Helsport Varanger 12-14. All the stove pipe sections fit inside the stove box for transport, the legs fold in to be used as a carrying handle when emptying the ash and has a total weight of 13 kg. Supplied with a heavy duty storage bag.
From experience and feedback, the stove can burn any wood - the drier the better. Care should be taken if choosing only to burn Pine as the extreme heat generated can transfer to hot resin, leaving the spark arrester and potentially damaging the tent. We have used pine in moderation over the years in small quantities to get the fire going and this has caused no issues.
"Mike says "
If you want to winter camp a heat source is really great for keeping you warm, drying out kit and cooking on. The Helsport Lavvu Stove hits the mark. The stove when packed with kindling and with a good source of dry hardwood makes those cold winter days and nights a joy to be out camping. In recent months I throw on Peat just before bedtime and shut the stove down, this keeps the tent warm overnight. In the morning, I just re kindle the stove and you are away again. The stove is also great for boiling water and cooking stews etc on. The new model is constructed of stainless steel and you get enough stove pipe to fit the largest Lavvu in the Helsport range, along with a cowl extender to protect the tent parts. The stove also fits in the Helsport Valhall. Toasty warm camping through the winter months, well worth it.
Frontier Explorer Stove
Attractive and easy to assemble, the Frontier is ideal for family camping trips, people with motor homes, or for use in conjunction with, or even instead of, barbecues at social gatherings.
Classically styled, the Frontier also packs down neatly after use, and can be carried by hand. This lightweight portability ensures that the Frontier is the ultimate cooking facility for any outdoor scenario. There is even a chimney attachment that will boil your water for you.
The Frontier can also be used inside as a more permanent room heater/cooker. With correct installation the Frontier will provide all the heat for your room. Its classic look will ensure you have a fully functioning heater/cooker that will add a touch of nostalgia to any room.
Overall Height : 2410mm
Overall Length: 835mm
Overall Width: 550mm
Flue Diameter: 60mm
Flue Length: 410mm x 5
Firebox Door: 155mm
Internal Opening: 140mm
"Mike says "
I have recently purchased a Frontier Stove and used it extensively while out filming for a week in the woods. Initially I had my doubts, with the legs being too long thus not warming the lower parts of the tent and the capacity and design of the stove box being quite small. After some thought I lowered the stove by digging in the legs (I was using a 12-14 Helsport Varanger Lavvu with no groundsheet) which solved the heating of the lower parts of the tent. I found that when the stove is cold you have to light it and fill it with thumb-thick kindling to get all parts hot, then once established move on to bigger pieces of firewood giving out plenty of heat.
I also found that the stove door has to be open on the first nick the majority of the time to let in plenty of oxygen to keep the burn going, but when it is time for bed closing the door slowed the burn down giving a little heat through the night. If you plan your burn and you know the combustion qualities of various woods, I found the stove was still lit in the morning.
In the woodland where I was camping the prominent firewood is Spruce. I found that a spark arrester was critical for the stove to reduce sparks and that I hadto clean out the stove pipe of resin on a daily basis, which is normal.
The other problem was to protect the tent from the stove pipe. Frontier do not produce a cowl that fits around the stove pipe and a quick phone call to them turned out that they have no intention of making one. Another quick phone call to a mate and Tamarack now have a cowl that fits not only the Frontier stove, butis compatible with most tents that are designed to take a wood burning stove where the stove pipe fits through the top hat.
The removeable plate on top of the stove is really handy for flash frying and a 16cm Zebra pot fits snugly if hot water is needed quickly.
In essence, a really good product and a great price.
Frontier Water Heater
TheFrontier Stove Water Heater holds 3 litres of water. It wraps around the bottomflue section and sits on top of the Frontier Stove. Once the water has boiledthe water heater can be turned around to ‘hang’ from the bottom flue.
Made frombrushed Stainless Steel.
Size: 210x 140 x 320 mm
Acomplete must if you already have or are about to purchase a Frontier Stove. Toget the water hot from cold you will need to light the stove and fill it withthumb thick kindling and keep the burn hot. Once at the boil just top up whenyou use hot water and ensure the water heater does not boil dry. A smashingpiece of kit for regular hot water in a main fixed camp. Don't bother turningthe heater around when it is boiled, too risky.
Frontier Water Heater
Frontier Flue Section
Flue sections are available to purchase to either lengthen the flue stack or replace existing flue sections.
If you are going to fit the Frontier Stove in a tent or shed, extra stove pipe is needed. When using the Frontier Stove with the Helsport Varanger Lavvu series you will need 4 extra sections for the 12-14, 3 extra sections for a 8-10 and 2 extra sections for the 4-6. The Frontier Stove comes with 5 sections of stove pipe.
Frontier Heat Proof Mat
An absolute essential accessory if you are planning to install your Frontier Stove into your canvas tent. This will prevent any stray embers burning through your ground sheet.
The heatmat is made from fibreglass coated silicon rubber, with extra sewn in patches for the ‘feet' of the Frontier to sit on.
Size: 1200 mm x 800 mm
Weight: 0.6 kg
Can be used with Helsport Stoves also
"Mike says "
A complete must for those tents that do not have a removeable ground sheet, catching any coals that might accidentally fall from the stove door or generally protecting the groundsheet from the heat of the stove. Smashing piece of gear.
Frontier Spark Arrester
The spark arrester has a mid range wire mesh to catch debris. Made from mild steel with dimensions of 95 x 60 x 214 mm and weighing 0.3 kg. There are 3 eyelets at the base of the spark arrestor and guy ropes can be attached if necessary to stabilise it in high winds. The spark arrestor can also be used to ‘plug' the flashing kit when the Frontier is not in use.
"Mike says "
A spark arrester is very important in breaking up and distributing sparks that may come up the stove pipe. Always use one when using any stove, especially when burning softwood or sweet chestnut.
Gimle 2 +4
Helsport has again developed a new tent concept. Gimle, with it’s two large front openings and a window in the roof, gives you the feeling of being well protected while not diminishing the feeling of freedom in the outdoors. Gimle is a 3-season tent with all the quality details of a safe Helsport mountaineering tent.
I carry the Gimle on those quick overnighters from my vehicle. I initially had a Gimle2, but swapped this for the 4 as it is larger, takes two people with all their gear and has room to spare. It is not a tent I would like to carry on my back, but is perfect for canoeing, cycling or car camping as a mini base camp tent. The main advantage of the Gimle series is that once you have placed the three poles in and erected the tent, it is self standing, so you can move it around to find the best place before pegging it down. The gear loft and gear storage in the tent is brilliant and I really like the double porch on the Gimle 4,which gives me a cooking area one end and a wet weather gear storage area and entrance the other.
Tatonka Tarps TC
There are many uses for this tarp - with the option of 2 ridges can be used as a shelter, meeting place or for sleeping under with a hammock.
Made from 65/35 polycotton PU mix
16 attachment points
Size: 4.25m x 4.45m
"Mike says "
I have had one of these tarps pitched in a woodland for three year constant. The colour has faded a little, but the attachment points are still strong, it is still waterproof and has constant fires lit under it throughout the year. This is surely testament to the great construction and fabric of these tarps. The TC bit in the title means Technical Cotton, which makes the fabric heavier than normal polyester tarps, but for a permanent shelter the TC version is perfect, especially if you are using fires. Absolutely can't sing their praises enough - great gear.
Big Agnes Twin Butte Car Tarp
DAC lightweight aluminium pole frame with press fit connectors - featuring eco-friendly anodizing
2 x aluminium adjustable leg poles included. Legs adjust from 60"-78".
Max headheight dependent on size of vehicle as well as the leg height
2 set up options: attach to vehicle roof rack as extra covered space or stake out one side to ground for wind break / sunshade
Tarp is durable polyester rip-stop with 1500mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Sleeves attach the tarp to the pole frame
Reflective guy line for night time visibility
Multiple loops for hanging lights and gear
All tarp seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane (No PVC or VOC's) tape
4 x super-light aluminium X stakes included
Trail Weight: 9lb 4oz
Packed Weight: 9lb 4oz
Footprint Weight: 1lb 11oz
Packed Size: 7"x23"
Floor Area: 84 sq ft
Head Height: 72"-90"
Foot Height: 60"-78"
The Big Agnes Twin Butte Car Tarp goes everywhere me and my vehicle go. I attach it to the roof rack either at the side or the rear, depending on the situation. Add in another two Tatonka poles and the tarp is free standing, so you can drive away. The tarp gives a great work/chilling space in camp, and can be dropped one side to work as a wind break. Great piece of kit.
Terra Nova Adventure Tarp 2
The simplest and lightest form of shelter is a tarp, and they are great for those wanting more of a lightweight adventure, sleeping under the stars.
This is the larger version of the Adventure Tarps and features reinforced eyelets, webbing tapes for multiple set up options and uses our tried and tested Adventure fabric. This waterproof option works perfectly with our Survival bivi to offer a great value, low weight shelter for the first timer.
"Mike says "
Great tarp for the money. A little short to hammock in for some, but great for erecting and kipping on the floor. Really well made piece of kit.
Helsport Austfonna Sleeping BagLight and compact 3- season down sleeping bag, perfect for long hikes where weight is important.
" Mike says "
The compressed pack size and weight of this sleeping bag would normally ring some alarm bells to me, but having tried it out over the past 5 months the warmth to weight ratio is truly amazing. My get out clause here is that everyone runs at different temperatures, but if you use a down sleeping bag correctly you will find more benefit. I never sleep with clothes on within a sleeping bag, the reason for this is that if your clothing is damp from either water or sweat and you get into a sleeping bag the body heat generated will start to dry your clothes out and you will feel little benefit from the sleeping bag. If you get into a sleeping bag with just your underwear on the body heat will be trapped within the down fill and keep you warm.
I think the Austfonna will feature within my rig for a long time.
Lifeventure EX3 Travel Silk Liner ( mummy)Made of 100% silk, ideal as a warm climate sleeping bag or used as a sleeping bag liner.
" Mike say’s"
A handy bit of kit to have while travelling or using a hired sleeping bag. Protects from bed bugs and is impregnated with mosquito repellent. I tend to take this along in winter and use it with the Helsport Austfonna sleeping bag. A silk liner will increase your insulation value, taking your sleeping bag up another season.
Exped Air Pillow Medium
Adjustable height for side and back sleepers.
The anatomical shape holds head in place.
Separate sturdy flat valves for super easy inflation and deflation.
2 fabric grommets for attachment to mat.
Repair kit and stuffsack included.
Size: 38 x 27 x 11cm
Weight: 80g Packsack 4g
Packed 5.5 x 12 cm
" Mike says”
Exped Air Pillow Medium
Exped SIMLite UL Sleeping Mat
SmartFlatValve technology: Exped was the first manufacturer to incorporate durableand easy to use flat valves in their selfinflating mats. Each mat has aninflation and separate deflation valve. Both valves have a one-way flap makinginflation and deflation quick and easy.
Horizontaland vertical cores in the ultralight foam, except in the torso region forenhanced insulation, reduce weight and make the mats extremely compressible.
Theinsulation is made of open cell PU foam with a volume weight of 12 kg/m3. Freeof contaminants (e.g. CFK) and complies with the Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
The mat’s fabric is a laminate of ultralight polyester and anabsolutely airtight and moisture resistant TPU film. The upper face has ahoneycomb structure with slip resistant properties that still allows for easymovement with a sleeping bag. Seams are high frequency welded for durability.Note that this fabric is not a puncture resistant as the one used on thestandard versions of the mat and carries a 2 year warranty opposed to the 5year warranty.
Seams arehigh frequency welded for durability
Theincluded stuff sack is wide enough for easy packing and can be used as a pillowcase when stuffed with clothing etc.
Repairkit is included and contains repair patches and glue.
SIM meansSelf Inflating Mat
"Mike says "
WOW,everyone who carries there home on there back needs one of these. Light, easyto inflate and deflate, packs small and used with the Multimat Tent Underlay isa mat you can use all year round in the UK. I use the 3/4 2.5 version which at320g is no weight at all for the amount of comfort and insulation you get backin return. A very well done Exped, and thanks to Lyon Equipment for letting mehave a go of one before they hit the market, cheers fellas.
Collapsible Camp Bed
Constructed from a lightweight aluminium frame and robust polyester canvas. Folds into a compact carry bag.
• Strong and robust
• Quick & easy to assemble
• Packed size: 100 x 17 x 20cm (39” x 7” x 8”)
• Weight: 8.4Kg (18.6lb)
"Mike says "
When you need that bit of extra luxury in a main fixed camp, the BCB Camp Bed fits the bill. I have used cheaper ones in the same construction, that have bent, buckled and even snapped under my weight. The BCB Camp Bed has stood the test of time, is made of a heavier construction than other models and is easier to erect.
I level the bed with rocks or slithers of split wood to ensure I am sleeping flat. The height of the bed is great when you swing out of bed in the morning to set the stove and put you boots on. Brilliant.