Northern Lite 2

(5 customer reviews)


The Northern Lite 2 is a free-standing, outer-pitch first, 3/4-season tent that offers plenty of space and two porches.

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5 reviews for Northern Lite 2

  1. Paul walder (verified owner)

    Easy to pitch with setup being around 5 mins. Nice weight at only 2.2kg. I feel a bad design on the door without a rain gutter. When you open the after it’s been raining, water runs down into the vestibule and on the inner. Considering the price of the tent, this should be on there.

  2. Dean Eager (verified owner)

    In many ways this is the tent that the MSR Hubba Hubba should have been, but it is just short of being perfect.
    – It’s a solid tent, although I haven’t tested it in a storm yet, it feels well made and I’m confident it’ll hold up well.
    – It feels quite roomy inside, and doesn’t have a saggy inner (like many outer-pitch first tents do).
    – I used it on a damp, mizzly mountain in Wales. It was warm in the tent and cold outside, yet there wasn’t a drop of condensation.
    – For its size and durability it’s pretty lightweight.

    – The official footprint is thick and heavy. It also covers the vestibules, which means you have to roll it up if you’re using the trekking pole support feature. I immediately replaced the footprint with a generic Tyvek one that is big enough to go under the inner floor – it’s much lighter and doesn’t prohibit using trekking poles as supports.
    – There’s very few storage pockets.
    – I’m 6’0″/183cm, with a long back. There’s plenty of room for me to sit up inside the tent, but the top of the inner and outer doors are quite low (compared to every other tent I own), which means my head is tucked up in the top of the tent and I can’t see out unless I bend forward, and that hurts my back.
    – Although it feels roomy, and on a long-wide Big Agnes Rapide SL mat I didn’t have an issue with my head, or feet touching the inner, the inner isn’t very wide. You can just about get 2 standard width sleep mats in there, but only 1 mat if one of them is a wide version. The MSR Hubba Hubba, by comparison, can just about squeeze 2 wide mats into it, and easily fit a wide and regular together.

    Overall I’m happy with my purchase, and looking forward to testing it in some proper ‘orrible weather.

  3. Steve

    Sold my helm 2 and replaced with then NL2, mostly because it’s bigger and stronger and slightly lighter. I use with the Panacea footprint as they’re identical, if you use trekking poles to provide additional support, I use the spike covers, and put them on plastic furniture wheel caps to spread the load, which works fine. You could always make your own grommet in the footprint, but no need. It’s roomier inside than the Helm, more importantly the access is not as cramped so if you’re tall and large that’s a big plus. I only ever use it solo, and lots of room with a Big Agnes Rapide wide, and can easily fit my Kestrel 68L pack in there too. The vestibules are also bigger than the helm so it is easier to cook in there. Lastly, and far from least, with trekking poles it feels tornado proof.

  4. Dean Eager (again) (verified owner)

    *Update on my original review*
    I’ve since had this tent out on a night of constant strong winds, and it held up phenomenally well (although I barely slept a wink).
    I pitched up in 30mph wind, within an hour it had gone up near 50mph (measured with an anemometer, and it was more of a constant wind than gusty). I picked up a slight bend in the pole set whilst pitching up, just because I hadn’t pegged in the guy line at the windward end.
    Just before I took the tent down I measured 56mph winds, but it was definitely gusting stronger than that after I’d put my anemometer away.
    So, in my experience, if it’s correctly pitched, with trekking poles, and every guy line and pushing point taut, this is good up to at least 60mph. Which is crazy, considering it’s a big, roomy tent, not a small, low profile 1 man thing!

  5. John Adby (verified owner)

    Solid tent in the wind, trekking poles work well I used the rubber end on the ground sheet/footprint. Just annoying there is no gutter on the doors so water can drip in when open.

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