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 or Amazon for peanuts, and we’ve been hearing good things about its performance among thrifty campers for a while. So we thought we’d give our verdict! Let’s dive in and take a look.
Much like the very impressive Solo from 3F UL Gear, the Lanshan 2 pitches using trekking poles. The 1-man version of the Lanshan requires a single pole, but for the 2-man you’ll need 2 poles. Your trekking poles should extend to at least 100 cm, give or take a little for your preferred tension.
Anyone familiar with the Z Pack Duplex will recognize the design of the Lanshan 2, in that 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 entrances are on alternate sides, an interesting touch that I haven’t seen before in other tents.
The design of the Lanshan 2 is definitely efficient in terms of weight, but it does have drawbacks. Some people find that trekking poles next to or in front of the tent entrance just get in the way. It’s what I call the ‘get this pole out of my face’ problem. I’m good at naming stuff, huh? When it comes to this issue, I figure – meh. Each to their own! It doesn’t bother me, but this design will no doubt have its critics.
The Lanshan 2 (sometimes also known as the Mier Ultralight 2) is rated as a 3-season tent. The flysheet is made of 15D Nylon with a hydrostatic head rating of 5000mm. The 20D Nylon groundsheet ups the waterproofing level to an impressive 8000mm. 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 foot ends. 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 those up for peanuts at no more than a few hundred grams.
So, how does it pitch? The short answer is: easily, but with a fair amount of adjustment needed. 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 various places to get the perfect pitch. And pitch adjustment is certainly something the Lanshan does well. 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, but not from any 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 no bad thing.
Space & Storage
So let’s talk about the living space. The Lanshan 2 is billed as a 2 man, but we all know what that usually means: 1 man plus gear storage. Does it hold true this time? Well, yes and no. If you take the width of the 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.
Wallet & Weight Impact
The closest analog to the Lanshan 2 seems to be the Z Pack Duplex. While it’s a seriously impressive piece of kit (550 grams!? Seriously?) it comes with a hefty price tag. The Lanshan seems to be aimed at those who like the design, but don’t want to break the bank.
Although the Lanshan is over twice the weight of the Z Pack, 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 definitely a respectable weight for the Lanshan.
There are weight-saving opportunities here as well. Those keen on modding can probably figure out whether all those straps and buckles are really necessary. If you also swap the pegs out for titanium, and ditch the fly or inner, then you’ve got a 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 a fifth of the cost. That’s a pretty good deal in my book. Maximum thrifty points!
Lanshan 2 Verdict
The Lanshan has built up a good reputation in the last few years, and it’s easy to see why. It’s generous with space and storage, and solid enough to breeze through typical 3-season conditions. It’s adaptable, and while the weight is nothing special, modders can undoubtedly push the limits on this. If you always take trekking poles with you anyway, then the Lanshan 2 should definitely be on your gear list! The Lanshan is available on both Amazon and Ali Express. Remember to see who has the best price and save yourself some scratch!
Well, folks, that’s all for now. I hope you enjoyed this Lanshan 2 tent review. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog for more tips, tricks and gear reviews from the trail. Until next time!
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