Hey folks. Today we’re taking a look at the Lanshan 2 tent from 3F UL Gear (sometimes known as Flame’s Creed). You can pick this tent up from Ali Express for peanuts, and we’ve been hearing good things about its performance for a while now. So, we thought we’d give our verdict on this tent! Let’s dive in and take a look.
Much like the very impressive 3F UL Gear Solo, the Lanshan 2 pitches using trekking poles to pitch. The 1-man version of the Lanshan requires a single-pole, but for the 2-man you’ll need 2 poles. Your trekking poles will need to extend to at least 100 cm – give or take a little for your preferred ‘tension’ level of your tent pitch.
Anyone familiar with the Z Pack Duplex will recognize the design of the Lanshan 2. That is to say, it’s incredibly similar (but a fraction of the price). The Lanshan is double-skinned and propped up by trekking poles positioned at the vestibule/entrance on either side. Those entrances are only half-width, which is probably a concession to the ‘get this pole out of my face’ problem (more on that in a moment). The inner tent entrances are on alternate sides, an interesting touch that I can’t recall any other tents using.
The design of the Lanshan 2 – should we say ‘Z-Pack Duplex Clone’? – is weight-efficient, but it does have drawbacks. Some folks find that trekking poles near or in front of a tent’s entrance just get in the way. AKA the ‘get this pole out of my face’ problem (I’m good at naming stuff, right?) When it comes to this issue, I figure – ‘meh;. Each to their own! It doesn’t bother me, but I’m sure this design will have its critics.
The Lanshan 2 (sometimes also known as the Mier Ultralight 2) is rated as a 3-season shelter. The flysheet is made of 15D Nylon with a hydrostatic head rating of 5000mm. The 20D Nylon groundsheet has an impressive 8000mm hydrostatic head rating. The pegs are aluminum, and the Lanshan comes in a choice of 5 colors: white, yellow, black, red, and green.
Size & Weight
The Lanshan has a fairly average pack size of 30 x 12 cm. When pitched, it’s 210 cm long x 110 cm wide. This may be a bit of a squeeze for 2 people, but we’ll dig into that later. There’s 120 cm of head height available, but the design of the tent means this tapers down towards the head and feet. Still, most people should be able to sit up comfortably in the middle of the tent. The Lanshan 2 weighs 1155 grams, without trekking poles – but you can usually pick poles up for next to nothing at no more than a few hundred grams.
So, how does the Lanshan pitch? The short answer is easily, but with a bit of adjustment required. First, you’d need to peg down all 4 corners of the tent. Next, insert one trekking pole into its specially reinforced shoulder pouch. Then peg out the line that leads from that pole to make sure it stays upright. Then you repeat the process for the other trekking pole on the other side.
Once this is done, you’re probably going to need to adjust the tension in a few places to get the perfect pitch. And fine-tuned pitch adjustment is certainly something the Lanshan offers. There are lots of buckles, guys, and loops that can be used to adjust the tension at various points.
The Lanshan can also be used as an inner-only or outer-only pitch. So on a nice sunny day, you could ditch the flysheet entirely and just use the inner tent. This would protect you from bugs, although not from rain. Or you could take just the fly and have a more al fresco camping experience. Either way, you have weight-saving options available and that’s never a bad thing.
Space & Storage
So let’s talk about the living space. The Lanshan 2 is rated as a 2-man, but we all know what that usually means: 1-man plus gear storage. Does it hold true here? Well, yes and no. If you take the width of a Thermarest Z Lite (or its very capable clone) at 51 cm (56 for the clone) you can just about squeeze two of these together in the 110cm width of the Lanshan. Having said that, it’s definitely going to be cozy, with no real room for gear inside.
But if you’re flying solo, then prepare to starfish in this thing! There’s plenty of living space for a single person. Inside the tent, you’ll also find two storage pouches – one at the head and one at the foot – for your essential gear.
“And what about the vestibules!?” I hear you cry indignantly. Well, this tent offers a pretty generous amount of vestibule space. And with an entrance on each side, you and your buddy should each have space and access to store your packs easily. The vestibule space is basically why we can actually see the Lanshan being used as a true 2-man shelter.
Wallet & Weight Impact
The closest analog to the Lanshan 2 is definitely the Z Pack Duplex. While the Duplex is a seriously impressive piece of kit (550 grams!? Seriously?) it does come with a hefty price tag. The Lanshan seems to be aimed at those who love the design of the Duplex, but need a cheaper option.
Although the Lanshan is over twice the weight of the Duplex, that’s probably not a fair comparison to make. There aren’t many 2-man tents with the ridiculously low weight of the Duplex. And 1155 grams (plus poles) is a very respectable weight for the Lanshan.
There are weight-saving opportunities with the Lanshal too. Those who are keen on ‘modding’ can probably figure out whether all those straps and buckles are really necessary. If you swap the aluminium pegs for titanium and ditch the fly or inner, then baby you’ve got a
stew going piece of kit that’s adaptable and lightweight.
When it comes to price… bear in mind that the Lanshan offers 90% of the Z Pack’s features and function for around 20% of the cost. That’s a pretty good deal in my book – maximum thrifty points!
Lanshan 2 Verdict
The 3F UL Gear Lanshan 2 has built up a great reputation in the ultralight community in the last few years. And it’s easy to see why. It has ample space and storage, and it’s solid enough to breeze through 3-season conditions. It’s adaptable, and while the weight isn’t as low as it could be, modders can undoubtedly push the limits on this. If you are always taking trekking poles out with you on overnight trips anyway, then the Lanshan 2 should definitely be on your gear list!
Well, folks, that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed this review of the 3F UL Lanshan. Got any thoughts on this tent? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog for more tips, tricks, and gear reviews from the trail. Bye for now!
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