User Review: VauDe Hogan Ultralight
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $157
- well manufactured
- light enough
- floor fabric gets wet
- pegs are fragile
I like Vaude. This is my second tent after Space K2.
After getting the tent from the mail, I could not arrange a time to set it up in a controlled environment, so I was a little hesitant when the occasion came up for a 30 km trek with an overnight stay in this very tent. I said what the heck and joined the group anyway.
As I get older, I try to decrease the payload I carry. This is one of the reasons behind me choosing this tent. I carry a 45+10 medium size backpack. Due to its rather compact size, I was able to easily fasten the tent to the front side of lower compartment without even overextending the straps. The additional weight it put on my pack was around 4 pounds, not very super light, but again not very excessive either for such a nicely manufactured tent.
When we reached the camping site, I extended my floor saver folded on the long side underneath the tent. The inner tent easily snaps on the frame with hooks, then the fly is extended and stretched using the fastening buckles and aluminum pegs; pegs are flimsy. The inner tent being separate from the fly is somewhat problematic if the rain is pouring.
In my case there was a light drizzle so the inner tent did not get wet. The floor fabric of the tent gets wet because one can see the dampness coloration on the floor; this was the same annoying thing in Space K2 too. The rain was steady during the whole night and in the morning, not a single drop from the roof.
I cannot say anything about wind resistance because we were camping under a coniferous canopy. There is no way two people as big as I am, 6.1, can get in. It's rather like a solo tent in my case. Argon version is a little lighter.
Anyway, this is very decent 4-season tent for sure. I think it is a good addition to my gear box.