Dave Roberts reviews the Gossamer II tent by Jack Wolfskin, a quality tunnel tent for two, at a budget price.
The Gossamer II is a two man tunnel tent by Jack Wolfskin that’s priced at the mid range of the market. The previous incarnation is well loved, and over the last few months we’ve seen if the sequel is as good as the original.
Weight wise, this isn’t an ultralight tent at 2280g, but acceptable for a budget tent. You can go cheaper and lighter, but sacrifice quality or you can for lighter quality, but expect that to hit your bank balance. The porch is small, which makes cooking in foul weather tricky, but not impossible as you can draw the groundsheet back in order to make the area larger.
Inside, it’s a cosy two man tent at 125 cm wide at the widest. That’s similar to something like a TN Voyager, and you’ll need to be close to your camping buddy in this (and most 2 man tents) in our experience. It’s comfortably long, so plenty of room here for the tall campers.
The build quality is, as expected, good with the flysheet having a substantial feel to it. The mesh inner is good in warmer weather, and allows good airflow through the tent, or a draught if it’s cooler. There are a couple of stash pockets inside to keep small items under control.
The Gossamer II is quick and easy to pitch, but inner pitching isn’t ideal in the rain. However that’s a problem common to many tents out there, and you’ll just need to pitch faster to keep it dry! The flysheet coped well with a few wet and windy nights. Dare we say that we also like the yellow green colour as opposed to usual drab olive? It’s also more likely to blend in with the usual mountain grass rather than standing out. It’s also nice and bright inside.
This is an exceptionally good value tent for £150, especially if you don’t want to spend loads more money for something significantly lighter.
According to the Manufacturer
- inner tent/ flysheet combination
- 1 vestibule
- 2 entrances
- 2 internal storage pockets
- reflectors on main guying points and zip tabs
- 11 pegs, 2 guylines
- Flysheet: lightweight, robust, fast-drying and UV resistant fabric with PU coating (POLYESTER 75D, water column rating: 4000 mm)
- Inner tent: fine-gauge, lightweight MOSQUITO MESH 40D
- Groundsheet: durable, waterproof coated fabric (HYDROFILM POLYESTER 150D; water column rating 10,000 mm)
- Frame: very light 8.7 mm aluminium tent poles (DAC ALUMINIUM 7001)
- roll-top pack bag