01/06/2020

Helm 2 Compact tent review - one of the best wild camping / back-packing tents

Helm 2 Compact Tent review best wild camping tents
The Helm 2 Compact tent is one of the best value wild camping tents out there and for someone like me who is budget conscious then that is vital 


The Wild Country Helm 2 Compact Tent review:


This blog doesn't have many reviews on it - but when I come across a product that I've spent my hard earned cash on and I actually like it - I'll share a review. I'm always looking for great value products and this tent certainly fits the bill. I prefer to use 2 person tents for wild camping to give more internal space for myself & my kit - and I don't mind the small increase in weight for this benefit compared to the 1 person tents (The Helm 1 compact is available but I'd always recommend the Helm 2 over this).

*Please note I am not sponsored by anyone for this blog post and I'm simply reviewing a tent I bought with my own money (after quite a bit of research exploring many tents suitable for wild camping and asking other people I know who have alternative tents)     


Helm 2 Compact Tent review best wild camping tents
Below is a summary of the many things I like about the Helm 2 Compact tent:





Helm 2 Compact Tent - Pro's


  • It's a roomy 2 person tent that is actually fine for 2 people or 1 with plenty of room
  • The Helm 2 Compact is great value - you can pick one up for about £200
  • It has a relatively low weight of 2.35kg for a 2 person tent
  • The Helm 2 Compact has a small packed size of 30 x 21cm - The Compact version has shorter pole sections so the tent can be packed down into a smaller size - which means it's easy to put inside a backpack (If purchasing make sure you do get the Helm 2 Compact) 
  • There are 2 doors/entrances and 2 decent sized porches for stashing kit (useful for 2 people)
  • Its easy to put up (inner tent & flysheet pitch together) and only takes 2 mins once you’ve done it once (I love tents like this - especially when putting up tents when its raining - I don't like pitching them separately) It has 2 poles which are clearly colour coded and you won't even need to read the instructions to put it up!
  • The Helm 2 Compact is a free standing, stable dome design (although requires pegging out to stretch the tent base)
  • The distinctive pole structure gives plenty of headroom inside the tent and give's it strength in windy weather
  • It's really good at dealing with harsh windy conditions as well as heavy rain
  • The Helm 2 Compact is a 3-season tent (fine for spring, summer & autumn use) and will also take a light dusting of snow in the not too harsh UK winter conditions 
  • Length of bedroom 225cm (7ft 4") - width 118cm, height 105cm
  • Good internal ventilation inside 


Helm 2 Compact Tent review best wild camping tents
The Helm 2 Compact by Wild Country is a 3-season, free-stranding dome tent that is reasonably light-weight and great for wild camping. 


Helm 2 Compact Tent - Con's


  • It's not the lightest tent out there for wild camping & backpacking and there are lighter ones out there. However I think for the space it gives you and the money saving, the slight extra weight is worth it.
  • Its not a 4 season tent - so not suitable for harsh winters and alpine conditions - but for me and Guess many people that is not a problem

Materials:

  • Flysheet: Stormex P4000 FR
  • Floor: Aqua Stop P5000
  • Poles: 8.5mm Superflex Alloy
  • Pegs: 10 x Alloy 'V' Angle
  • Guylines: 4 x Reflective
  • Inner Door: Half Mesh



Helm 2 Compact Tent review best wild camping tents
There is ample space inside the Helm 2 Compact - with 2 doors/entrances and 2 porches, ideal for when 2 people use the tent. 



Helm 2 Compact Tent review best wild camping tents
I'm 6ft and the length of the interior of the tent is 225cm (7ft 4") which gives plenty of room for me. The width of 118 cm makes it very roomy for 1 and a decent size for 2. The headroom is 115cm and again that is more than enough to sit up comfortably and get changed inside the tent.


Helm 2 Compact Tent review best wild camping tents
Being a lightweight tent suitable for backpacking and wild camping means you can wake up to views like this :-)


Here are the exact dimensions




Helm 2 Compact tent summary:

If your looking for a good value, roomy, sturdy wild camping tent - then this is the one to get and I've recommended it to quite a few people. You may well think £200 is a bit much, but I'll guarantee that if you go for budget options you'll soon want to upgrade when you experience first-hand their limitations. I think a decent tent is a good investment and will stand the test of time and I'm happy with my purchase.

I also think this tent is as good as the likes of the MSR Hubba Hubba which comes in over the £300 mark and weighs around 700g less (I don't like how the MSR Hubba Hubba doesn't pitch in 1 go and only has 1 door and 700g is not much in the relative scheme of things for me). The wild camping connoisseurs will go for the Hillebergs, but I can't justify spending the amount of money and I don't do much winter camping. So for me all things considered the Helm 2 Compact tent is my tent of choice.


Helm 2 Compact Tent review best wild camping tents
I wouldn't recommend any old thing on my blog - but I'm happy to recommend the Helm 2 Compact tent and can't wait for the adventures I'll have in it.


Helm 2 Compact Tent review best wild camping tents
Click here to buy the Helm 2 Compact tent on amazon - some sites are still selling the Helm 2 (non-compact) version at a cheaper price 





Post by Stuart Hodgson 
'The Hiking Photographer'


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