Viso 2 tunnel tent
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Nothing brings people together like a shared adventure, days on the trail swapping stories, living the highs and the lows. Still, you don’t want anyone’s feet in your face when you’re tucked up in your sleeping bag – no matter how close you are!
Viso's three pole tunnel structure creates maximal living space and head room without the weight gain for a more comfortable backpacking adventure.
Pitching is simple – ideal after a hard day’s hiking. The triangualised configuration helps to spread the load along the poles, and guy ropes stabilise the tent against the wind. Viso is outer pitch first, but the outer and inner can also be pitched together and you can use the outer on its own as a bivvy shelter on faster, lighter adventures.
Suspended from the outer, the breathable polyester inner with mesh panelling and a mosquito net door provides a comfortable and airy interior living space, gives plenty of ventilation and keeps the bugs out.
A spacious porch with groundsheet provides ample storage space for your boots and rucksack, whilst stash pockets in the inner and hanging loops give you plenty of options for organising your gear, storing valuables and hanging up your torch.
- 3 pole tunnel tent for maximising interior living space
- Guy ropes sewn into pole sleeves stabilise against the wind
- Outer pitch first; flysheet and inner can pitch together
- Mesh panelled inner for ventilation and comfort
- Spacious porch with groundsheet for storing boots and rucksacks
- Stash pockets for organising your gear
- Two internal hang loops for torch or gloves
- Factory-taped seams using waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (PVC & VOC free)
- Bathtub construction keeps moisture out
- Shock-corded poles
- Can be pitched outer only
- 3 Year Alpine Bond
Total Weight: 3325 g
Flysheet: 1350 g
Inner: 820 g
Porch groundsheet: 242 g
Poles: 560 g
Pegs: 240 g
Guylines: 80 g
Tent bag: 46 g
Pole bag: 12 g
Peg bag: 8 g
Packed size: 48 cm x 22 x 22 cm
Outer: 68D 190T Polyester honeycomb ripstop PU
Inner: Mesh: 20D; Panels: 190T breathable polyester
Floor: 70D 190T polyester PU 8000 mm
Poles: 3 poles, 7001-T6 alloy
Pegs: 19 pegs, Alpkit Candy Canes
Other: Buckles: Duraflex; Zips: YKK
What You Say: Customer Reviews and Comments
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Perfect for Sea Kayaking
I purchased this for a sea kayaking trip to Greenland. It was perfect for the job.
Sea kayakers typically carry their kit from kayak to camping area in two large blue Ikea bags. As hoped, when raining, I was able to quickly set up the outer to give me and my Ikea bags shelter, rest and get a brew on before setting up the the inner tent. Conversely, when breaking down camp, everything could be packed away beneath the shelter of the outer which could then be quickly collapsed and packed into the kayak.
The porch area became the wet/dirty area and the inner my dry area. The porch is large with plenty of space to wriggle out of a dry suit. There is plenty of room at the end of the porch area to leave the kit filled ikea bags out of the way whilst you do this - a useful storage area.
Nothing but down sleeping bags or jackets or sleeping mats went into the dry zone. It's been a while since I've camped alone, but the inner seemed very roomy for a two man tent.
The colour coded toggles meant not much thought was required in erecting the inner - useful when you're not fully with it due to cold or exhaustion. The toggles were useful for hanging gloves/sunsex/jackets on in the hope they'd dry over night.
I was going to give 4 stars because of the weight of the tent but it gains the star back due to it's price. Lighter materials would only increase the price, but actually, it is pretty light.
I have a similar Hilleberg Anjan 3 which is lighter but it has a smaller living area (Anjan 3 vs Viso 2), smaller porch, less convenient attachment of the inner and cost four times as much. I now see the Anjan 3 is nearly 5 times as much!
When I bought this tent, I did so thinking it wouldn't be too much of a loss if I needed to leave it in Greenland, or if it got destroyed through high winds. Having used it, I have to say it is probably my favourite tent and it will be used in preference to my other options where practicable.
Perfect for the job
I bought the Viso 2 in order to use it mostly for motorcycle touring. I know that I could have bought smaller and lighter tents, but the real selling point was the huge porch. There is nothing worse than riding all day in the pouring rain and then having to share your bed-space with your soaking wet, fly and mud encrusted leathers, helmet, boots and luggage.
I have now used the Viso 2 on two weekends and it has met or surpassed all my needs. It has kept the rain out and provided me with a cosy dry bed area and also an amazing covered living area in the porch. I have found that I can even fit a small folding chair in there to sit on while I cook. So much better than trying to lie in my sleeping bag and reach over the top of my leathers to cook outside as I had to in the past.
Packed size is perfectly acceptable and it slots into my 64l tail pack along with the rest of my gear without any difficulties. The first couple of times I erected it took a little time to get things right, but you would expect this with any new tent and I can now get it pitched or struck in a matter of a few minutes. I particularly like the way that you can have the outer up very quickly with just four pegs, thus providing a shelter from the rain. (Have you guessed that I live in Cumbria yet)!
I haven't yet tried it with more than one person in it, but I don't imagine that this will present any problems. Finally, the build quality and price are excellent, well ahead of any competition which I have seen. If I had to offer one possible constructive criticism, then I would like to see a zipped door on both sides of the porch, allowing the tent to be pitched either way around to allow for uneven ground or shifting winds. However this is only a very minor quibble and certainly not enough for the Viso 2 to loose a star over. So, if you need a tent for motorcycle touring for two people which will do absolutely everything, then I really cant recommend it highly enough.
Weekend in Dartmoor
Recently completed two days in Dartmoor with my girlfriend, needless to say that the Viso 2 was the only companion I needed for the trip.
Pros: Easy to put up, light weight, lot's of room.
Cons: I found the tarp for the porch area a little small, when securing the tarps elastic points to the tent there were some prominent stress lines in the fabric.
I would strongly recommend this tent for weekend warriors and their somewhat demanding girlfriends.
If Carlsberg did tents...
An incredible tent that far surpassed all of my needs.
I bikepacked around Wales for 750 miles in 16 days. It went up every night and down every morning. I carried everything I needed on my bike, and it all fitted inside the tent with room too spare. My bike, a hardtail MTB fitted perfectly in the porch and still I had room to egress for a late night wee!
The tub floor inner was water tight. I will say that I did get a fair bit of condensation build up in the inner with the big zipped vent closed. I thought it would be enough ventilation with the other end open but it wasn't. It was too chilly with fully open but halfway was spot on. I did have s lot of gear in there and some was probably wet or damp. I haven't knocked any points off for this as conditions vary and I may just be a sweaty Betty.
Incidentally, the putter, inner and porch footprint all fit inside the 13l seat pack! I carried the poles on my bars, on top of the rollbag.
I endured some very heavy downpours and I stayed dry. If the tent had to be put away wet, then the following evening it dried in no time.
Shane, bikepacker, adventure biker and charity fundraiser.
Affordable Backpacking Magic
Great bit of kit, we chose this after looking at lots of tents under the 200quid mark that met our requirements. The best features are the substantial porch combined with the outer-first pitching; you can pitch in the rain and get out of the weather to change without destroying your sleeping space with wet and muddy clothes/boots. Weight is manageable and the build appears to be good. Very happy once again with Alpkit.