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Ordos 2ultralight backpacking tent

2 man semi-geodesic ultralight backpacking tent weighing 1.3 kg, our lightest tent designed to maximise comfort and strength for its weight and pack size

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Ordos 2 ultralight backpacking tent

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Mountain Marathons, transcontinental bikepacking trips… sometime a lighter pack and a good night’s sleep can make all the difference.

 Ordos 2 is our lightest tent. Perfect for ultralight adventures, its semi-geodesic construction with central ridgeline design creates a stable and dependable shelter, offering maximum liveable space for its featherlight weight.

Colour-coded webbing make the single hub design even simpler to pitch, a pre-attached rear guy rope means it’s field ready straight out of the box. Additional guy ropes are included to increase stability when the wind gets up.

To help organise your wares, the tent porch doubles as a storage vestibule with integrated ventilation channel, interior hang loops and mesh stash pockets in the inner are ideals for those smaller bits, pieces, torches, or gloves.

The tent fabric is ultralight yet capable enough to cope with the demands of trailblazing through the wilderness. The mesh and 10D polyester panelled inner gives ventilation whilst keeps the insects out. An optional footprint protects the groundsheet.

Key features
  • 3 Year Alpine Bond
  • Ultralight 2 pole semi-geodesic tent for fast and light backpacking
  • Inner pitch first
  • Ridgeline construction gives a spacious feel
  • Single door and vestibule
  • Pitches with 6 pegs, supplied with 14
  • 105 x 90 cm vestibule with integrated ventilation channel for storage
  • True to size, fits two 50 cm wide sleeping mats
  • Mesh and polyester panelling on inner for ventilation and warmth
  • Two mesh stash pockets for organising your gear
  • Internal hang loops for torch or gloves
  • Factory-taped seams using waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (PVC & VOC free)
  • Bathtub construction keeps moisture out
  • Colour-coded webbing makes pitching straight-forward
  • Outer can be pitched on its own
  • Pole system with press fit connectors, lightweight hubs and eco-friendly anodizing
  • Footprint optional
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Vital stats

Sleeps: 2


Total weight: 1300 g
Flysheet: 400 g
Inner: 426 g
Poles: 320 g
Pegs: 92 g
Guylines: 30 g
Tent bag: 18 g
Pole bag: 8 g
Peg bag: 6 g


Packed Size: ⌀13 x 42 cm


Outer: 100% Nylon ripstop 15D x 15D/186T x 154T PU3000 mm
Inner: Mesh: 20D polyester No-See-Um; Panels: 15D Nylon R/S
Floor: 20D Nylon R/S 3000 mm PU/Sil
Poles: DAC TH72M-6 Aluminium
Pegs: DAC TH72M-6 Aluminium J-Stake
Other: Buckles: Duraflex; Zips: YKK

Origin: China

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11 Reviews


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Used on the RAB MM last weekend

Just used my new Alpkit Ordos 2 on the RAB Mountain Marathon. It worked well keeping us dry during very heavy rain. Very light well made tent. Porch is a little small and could do with coming down to the ground to prevent wet shoes, but thats a minor point.

35 nights in this tent

The small pack size and low weight made this tent the ideal choice for a 5 week bikepacking trip around Italy, Slovenia and Croatia last summer. There was adequate room for 2 of us with kit down by our feet and in the porch (the bikes slept outside). For reference we are both 175cm tall and it was plenty long enough. The extra fine fly sheet kept the mosquitos at bay (mostly) and with the door to the outer open most nights there was plenty of airflow to stop condensation. Perfect. For UK and general spring/autumn use I'd use the additional groundsheet to keep dew from seeping through the thin tent floor. That would be my only criticism. Other than that we were more than happy in this tent.

Ordos 2 - one hell of a tent!

This tent is possibly the finest there is out there. It's very light which, when taking one on an adventure race, is very important. The real plus point, though, for a tent so light is that it's so roomy inside. The framework is common sense all over with steep sides and loads of foot space. In fact, I was so impressed with the first one I bought that I picked up a second for the kids to sleep in while we were all away on a family cycle tour.
Congratulations to the designer.

Simon Sansnomme
Fantastic so far

Love this tent - I nearly said little tent but it's not so little for it's weight. Two of us (I am 6'2") shared it and we could sit side by side in the doorway with our feet in the porch and not have our heads touch the roof. There is enough room inside for two full width adults to sleep in whatever position suits. It is possible for one adult to get out of the tent in the night for a wee without having to stand on the other's face. The tent handled a stiff breeze fine without extra guy ropes, and pitched beautifully with the fly right down to the ground if I wanted but easy to raise the fly to increase air flow. Slept all night with just the mesh inner zipped up, and it was great. No condensation or feelings of claustrophobia.

I am sure I will get to trust the semi transparent flysheet, and my only feedback is that the velcro tabs to locate the fly on the poles seem fiddly and not effective. I'd prefer the old Vango solution of a little bit of ribbon on the inside of the fly sheet you can tie round the pole with a butterfly know... a very minor issue TBH.

Recommended. Now when is the one person version arriving?

Coolo little light tent

I was looking for a lightweight tent that din't break the bank and I found the Ordos 2. I live in Ireland I ve been by the sea, woods and mountains with it never had a problem even with some strong winds. I normally do solo trips maybe with dog and plenty of space for one person inside and my dog sleeps in the vestibule area. I love it well done and keep up with the good work. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xz-_FmeGRs

great tent, minor issues.

i've had this tent out about 10 times now and love it. first off, its lightweight and tiny packsize for a genuine 2 man tent. you can't find the quality or weight/size anywhere else for anywhere near the price of this. handled all sorts of weather with no problem. space for 2 adults and gear where most '2 man' tents mean 1 man and gear. only issues i've had is the thin mesh inner snags quite easily and the thin material in the bottom means id never pitch it without the footprint. i feel this could have been better designed. pitching isn't the easiest but after 2-3 times you get it up in no time and its as easy as any other tent. bit harder if theres any wind as its so light it flies all over the place. once its up you can pull everything taught which allows it to stand upto strong winds really well especially with its aerodynamic shape. if it wasn't pitch inner first it'd be close to perfect, after one pitching in torrential rain in the dark i ended up bailing half an inch of water out of the inside in the 3 minutes it took to get the outer over the inner but that was an extreme circumstance. 4/5 mostly with quibbles and personal experience. highly recommend you buy the footprint with it.

Joseph Simpson

Great 2 man tent, light and spacious. Others have identified some quibbles and I agree with them, but they are minor. The footprint is a must. It has the pole end fittings in the right places so you can use the footprint and the outer (with the poles) to make a lightweight single skin tent. The footprint covers the entrance porch area too. You'll need a couple of extra tent pegs too. Recommended

More for the Customer Service

I was looking for a lightweight one man tent with some extra room and the Ordos 2 was the tent of choice. My first outing was on a very wet and windy Dartmoor. Was a lot of fun pitching for the first time in a strong wind, but it went up well. The tent deformed its shape, but this may have been more to do with me rather than the tent. Anyway, a wet and windy night continued with no water ingress. The rear of the tent was loose in the morning, and on inspection, the pole clip on the inner tent had ripped away from the fabric. Not a huge issue as it was a one night stay. I was a bit disappointed at the time, however, this is where Alpkit pull the score right back. I emailed customer services with a description of the fault and pictures at 17:00 on a Sunday. I received a response which was not an automated response at 21:00 (on a Sunday!) identifying that this shouldn't have happened and if I could send it back they would look at it and see if it could be repaired or would issue a replacement. I sent the inner tent back free post on the Tuesday and had a response from the team on the Thursday to say that they had the package, had looked at it and my inner was on the repair line for Friday morning. I then got a mail telling me my inner was fixed and back in the post to me. I got it back on the Monday. Fantastic customer service and a great attitude from the team I dealt with. Back to Dartmoor this weekend, so hoping to give it a more thorough run out. Great customer service Alpkit, keep up the good work.

Slowmadic Ceilidh
Great tent but get the footprint

I've spent 26 nights in this tent so far and I love it. I've only used it in July and August, but we had some very serious rain and wind, so I think it would also be fine for an average spring or autumn. It's super light weight and I haven't had any problems with leaks. The footprint wasn't available when I got mine, so I have been pitching it on a tarp. I recommend doing the same or getting the footprint because the fabric is very delicate and I think it would get damaged easily.

The Specialist
Not much use in the wind

I have just returned from a 800 mile bike trip across Germany and found that generally the Ordos 2 was a serviceable and reasonably priced tent. However, it is useless in high winds. Having weathered the first of two monumental thunder storms on the trip by lying on our backs and supporting the ridge pole with our feet to prevent the rear end just folding down flat against the ground, we devised a system that improves performance immeasurably. A pair of guy ropes from tied to the ridge pole at the kink above the cross piece and secured under the flysheet to the two corner pegs at a second pair at mid-span secured to the middle flysheet pegs at the sides. I would suggest that these should be included as standard kit with the tent along with morespecific instructions on how to pitch the tent.

light and portable ...but not as great as I was led to believe

This very light tent was chosen for 30 day bike packing in NZ. It is a great price for the weight and what it offered. However, I was really disappointed with dew/condensation seeping into the tent and my sleeping bag (which was terrific! A PD300) being wet every morning no matter what I tried to do to separate inner and outer sheets each night. The poles/pole set up at the feet are inadequate - I think a better design (maybe hoop) is needed to support the gap between inner and outer sheets. A bit disappointed if Im honest.


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