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Ordos 2lightweight back packing tent

Ultra-lightweight 2 person inner pitch first tent, DAC poles, weighing 1.3 kg

Ordos 2 lightweight back packing tent

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Shed the weight, at just over 500 g per person this backpacking tent helps you enjoy the lighter side of life.

Updated for 2016: greater Hydrostatic Head, more guy points, less mesh and updated footprint for optional tarp-tent functionality. Read more.

Whether on a fast and light backpacking trip or a more extended expedition- weight and size is a consideration. Those of you who enjoy far-flung adventures on foot, bikepacking or motorcycle touring will know that conditions are not always optimum for a soothing night’s sleep. That is all part of the fun, right? 

So, whilst you are trailblazing through the wilderness, having a scrupulously constructed tent will give you the most restful night possible. The colour coded tabs on Ordos 2 will allow you to set up with speed and without strait. The bathtub floor protects from soggy pitches and the incorporated mesh sections give great ventilation whilst keeping bugs at bay. Storage is taken care of with two mesh pockets and tabs sewn into the roof mean you can hang a torch, dry your socks or rig up a simple gear loft.


A true 2-person tent; Ordos 2 perfectly fits two standard-sized (50 cm wide) sleeping mats. The ridgeline creates a spine along the tent, opening up the space inside to give a spacious feel with enough room for 2 people to sit comfortably. The 105 cm x 90 cm vestibule (with integrated ventilation channel) is the ideal size for storing muddy boots and bags.

The optional footprint adds additional protection to your groundsheet or you can ditch the inner and use it along with your outer as a tarp tent.

Key features
  • Single door and vestibule
  • Factory-taped seams using waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOCs)
  • Pre-Attached rear guy line for field ready performance
  • Additional reflective guy points for stability and visibility
  • Durable YKK® zippered door with snag-guard, Velcro® & snap closures
  • High internal gear loops for clothes lines and hanging items
  • DAC Featherlite (R) NSL pole system with press fit connectors, lightweight hubs and eco-friendly anodizing
  • DAC TH72M Aluminum poles
  • Single hub design for quick and easy setup
  • No-See-Um Mesh body keeps the smallest bugs out and lets the air flow
  • Fly features ultra-light ripstop nylon with a PU 3000 mm waterproof coating
  • PU 3000 mm waterproof polyurethane-coated nylon bathtub style floor
  • Color-coded webbing on tent body and fly for easy setup
  • Lightweight tent bag
  • Pitchable with 6 pegs, but we supply it with 14
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Vital stats

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
Pack size: 42 cm (L) x 41 cm (C)


Outer: 100% Nylon ripstop 15/D x 15D/186T x 154T PU3000 mm
Inner mesh: 10D polyester No-See-Um
Inner panels: 15D Nylon R/S
Floor: 20D Nylon R/S 3000 mm PU/Sil
Poles: DAC TH72M-6 Aluminum
Pegs: DAC TH72M-6 Aluminum J-Stake

Origin: China

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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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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