New to the blog? You can check out what we’re all about by going to our ‘About’ page. Today we’re going to be taking a quick peek at the Naturehike Taga Tent. We recently bought the 1 man version of this tent from Ali Express (can also be found on Amazon) and decided to take a gander. Note this isn’t a full review of the tent, as we haven’t been able to try it out in the elements yet – but we’re planning to soon and will report back!
Overview / Specs
Like the 3F UL Gear Solo, the Naturehike Taga 1 Tent is a single-skin, single entrance, 1 man tent (although there’s a 2 man version available for a little extra money). The biggest difference betwixt the two is that the Naturehike Taga’s design doesn’t require a trekking pole to keep the tent suspended. Let’s take a look at the details:
The sleeping area inside the Taga 1 has a length of 210cm (~83″), and a width of 90cm (~35″). There are vestibules to either side of the sleeping area, but only one side of the tent has an entrance. The other vestibule is accessed by a small zip inside the tent.
The vestibules offer 55cm (~21″) of extra width at the widest point, but as you can see from the design, they taper inwards towards either end of the tent. In terms of sitting height, there’s 105cm (~41″) of space before head meets Nylon coated Silicone.
I found there to be ample room to sit up in the middle of the tent, and I’m approximately 6 foot tall. I could also easily lay down inside with plenty of foot and headroom to spare!
The tent has a stated weight of 1063g (~2lbs 6oz) for the single man. The 2 man version comes in a little heftier at an estimated 1200 g (~2lbs 10oz). We haven’t seen the 2 man version, but it seems like a small weight penalty to pay for a decent amount of extra living space. However…
During our weigh in, the 1 man came in at 1197g, i.e. basically the weight of the 2 man version. We’ve spoken before about how you should always add, potentially, a couple of hundred grams to the stated weight of any large piece of gear, to give you a little bit of wiggle room. So all in all, we weren’t too disappointed with the weigh in.
The Naturehike Taga is made from Nylon coated Silicone, with a 3000mm rated hydrostatic head. The poles are comprised of Aluminium alloy, and the version we got sent came with an included, separate groundsheet (more on that next).
Impressions from the first pitch of the Naturehike Taga Lightweight Tent
Pitching the tent seemed simple enough, and yet, somehow, we conspired to make a bit of a hash of it 😀
As you can see from the pictures the first go was, let’s say, a little ropey. We didn’t really have time to do any major fiddling or adjustments, so the floor doesn’t quite come flat in the pictures here. But we’re confident that it’s not an issue with the tent, and that we were just being derps when setting it up.
The only frustration we encountered was that, try as we might, we just couldn’t seem to figure out how the groundsheet was supposed to fit into the picture. It just never quite seemed to fit the right way. So, we just decided to go without it 🙂
Space and storage
As mentioned, this tent comes with two vestibules, one of which has to be accessed through a zip inside the tent. We found this to be a major plus point, as it seemed to offer a lot more gear storage than you’d expect from a tent in this size and weight class. We can’t see anyone having problems with storage space in this thing!
So, what’s the verdict after our first look at the Naturehike Taga lightweight tent? Well, the craftsmanship looks comparable to anything you’d find on a much, much more expensive western brand tent. Although the pitch was trickier than anticipated, all tents have their pitching quirks that need to be worked out during the first few uses. Overall, it looks like a good value, trekking pole-free alternative to the 3F UL Gear Solo. But it might just be worth ditching the groundsheet on this thing, unless you’re going somewhere really stony! Stay tuned to find out how the Taga does on an actual hike.
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