F10 Helium UL 2 Tent (2020)
Prioritising weight and compactness, the F10 Helium UL 2 represents the the ultimate in mobility and stripped down functionality. The ease of pitching and resilience of this featherweight tent makes it perfect for short trips where weight and space is at a premium, providing reliable shelter against the elements.
The F10 Helium UL 2 Tent focuses on maintaining a minuscule carry weight and an extremely compact set-up. The result is a weight of 1.42kg (trail weight 1.23kg) and a pack size of 40 x 14cm - impressive statistics for a two man tent. In spite of this, the tent boasts impressive resilience to the elements, with the strong but light Yucon Eco Alloy poles and a 20D siliconised ripstop nylon 3000mm flysheet. Pitching is simple, with an estimated pitching time of just 7 minutes. The tent also features exceptional ventilation, with flysheet vents allowing for a flow of air through the tent, and a breathable nylon inner tent.
- Pitches in 7 minutes.
- Weighs just 1.42 kg.
- 40 x 14cm pack size.
- Yunan Eco Alloy Poles.
- 20 Denier, 430T Siliconised Ripstop Nylon PU3000mm.
|Tent Collection||F10 Alpine LT Range|
|Year of Manufacture||2018|
|Berth||2 Man |
Berth – This shows the number of people that the tent can sleep within the inner tents of a model of tent, in line with the industry standard. Normal procedure is to look for a slightly larger tent, for example, a family of four usually purchase a five or six berth tent, to give added room and comfort.
|Hydrostatic Head (mm)||3000 |
Hydrostatic Head (Tents) – a waterproof rating for technical fabrics measured in mm. The higher the rating the more waterproof the fabric is. A rating of 1500mm is deemed waterproof, but on a tent, look for a rating of 3000 or higher. Measured by the height of water column a fabric weave can take before it begins to “sweat”. “Polycotton” tents will not have a Hydrostatic Head level, as they are not treated for waterproofing.
|Flysheet Fabric||20 Denier, 430 Taffeta Siliconised Riptstop Nylon PU3000mm |
Polyester – a synthetic fibre, made from polymer units to create a textile fabric. Polyester is the most popular fabric for tent manufacturing, as it is durable, reliable and lighter in weight. Polyester does not breathe though, which creates more condensation.
Polycotton - a blend of polyester and cotton, primarily cotton (usually around 65% cotton / 35% polyester split). Polycotton is a more natural fabric for camping, as it is breathable, far more durable material, reducing the effects of condensation. Offers greater versatility in hot and cold climates.
Ripstop Nylon – a durable material used in tents which is strong and repairable due to its Ripstop properties.
|Groundsheet Fabric||70 Denier Nylon 6000mm|
|Inner Fabric||15 Denier / 340T Breathable Nylon|
|Fire Retardant||No |
Fire Retardant – all modern tent fabrics are fire-retardant under EN5912 European Safety Laws. Caution with fire must always be used, as flame retardant fabrics, will still catch fire given the right circumstances.
|Pack Size (cm)||40 x 14|
|Weight (kg)||1.42 (1.23kg trail weight)|
Double Skin Tent – A tent with an inner bedroom and a flysheet, most family tents are designed as a “Double Skin tent”, as it makes the tent more comfortable, and lessens the effects of condensation.
|No. Bedrooms||1 Bedroom|
|Bedroom Dimensions (cm)||210 x 120|
|Floor Dimensions||245 x 175|
|Pitching Order||Pitch as one, or pitch other first, and attach inner.|
|Poles or Air||Alloy |
Most tent structure are either Airbeam or Poled in design, both have advantages and disadvantages. Air tents are quicker to pitch, but more expensive when compared to traditional pole style tents. Some tents are hybrids, and combine poles and air technologies.
|Number of Poles / Beams||2|
|Pitching Area (cm)||275 x 205|