User Review: VauDe Hogan Ultralight
Price Paid: 200 Pounds
This was almost my sole accommodation for a 12,000 mile, 4-month scooter trip on a wiggly route from the UK to Mongolia. I experienced every kind of weather condition from a heavy snowstorm in Poland, through 45 degree (Celsius) sweltering nights and desert sandstorms in Central Asia and torrential rain with flash flooding in Siberia.
- adjustable ventilation zip system,
- waterproof in everything but the heaviest of REALLY heavy downpours (seriously I was riding a motorbike and the flooding was up to my ankles), and
- easy to set up by yourself
- not self standing,
- only one vent for breathability
I bought mine because I'd used my mates during the winter in Wales and thought it was pretty awesome.
I realise that my use of the tent is definitely out of the ordinary, so I didn't include in the con's the following things because they will probably happen to any tent over time:
- After packing away my tent on what was one of the calmest nights in Russia one segment on the pole decided to stay bent rather than spring back. Used it for 3 more months and it didn't get worse... it just increased the pack down size of the tent.
- The smaller tubing that you use to click the pole together (those pieces that sit inside the pole) aren't fixed. So if one decides to slide in during the middle of a storm, your tent collapses (only happened once).
- Broke some of the teeth on the end of the zip, so the zip couldn't fully close in mosquito season! Superglued that sucker!
Yes... after using this tent for over 100 days that is ALL that went wrong with it. And with ZERO maintenance besides the little bit of superglue discussed above.
If you want light 1.5 person waterproof tent then you can go a LOT worse than this tent. Mine has lasted 4 extreme months and it's still GREAT! If you want something light to carry and pitch in something less than 25 degrees Celsius when you always to dirt around (more on that later), this tent in FANTASTIC.
Would I buy this tent again? No. Why (especially as I have given it 4.5 stars)? Well for the same reason I wouldn't buy any non-free standing tent... again :-). It limits where you can put it up. I found it was more comfortable to wrap myself in the tent like a burrito than to have it 'half' up during a desert sandstorm. There are lots and lots of places out there in which there is NO dirt... and I had many sleepless nights in many of them.
The other thing, the ventilation doesn't COMPLETELY work. Because of the angle of the tent, most moisture went out the vent as it should, which is amazing. On the hot nights however, none of that beautiful breeze that you just wish you had get's in that vent. In needs a second one to funnel the air THROUGH.