Pioneer Compact 2 Tent and Footprint

(12 customer reviews)


Winner of the Trail Magazine Best Value Award 2023, the Pioneer 2 is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts looking to use their tent for most of the year, in most weather conditions. With a robust and easy-to-use design, this free-standing dome-style tent is built for 3/4 season backpacking.

Comes bundled with a footprint.

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12 reviews for Pioneer Compact 2 Tent and Footprint

  1. Benjamin McLoughlin (verified owner)

    Very good quality product. Well made and easy to put up and take down. Only minor niggle is nowhere to hang a lantern or torch. Otherwise would have been 5/5

  2. stewart douglas gregson (verified owner)

    Bought this tent on a special offer bundle with the groundsheet, wouldn’t have been able to afford it otherwise. It’s fantastic quality and so easy to put up. Spacious inside and not too heavy in my opinion.

  3. Mike (verified owner)

    Great tent at a bargain price, replacing my Southern Cross 1 with the Pioneer 2 which offers more floor space and head room which is great for when the weather is bad. Only issue is the footprint which I can’t seem to line up correctly but hopefully after a couple of uses it’ll line up and also lack of loops to hang lantern from but apart from that it’s great and would recommend.

  4. Mike (verified owner)

    Amazing tent at first use. Haven’t had it in any extreme weather yet but I can see it will hold up well. Great manufacture and useful little touches. I can see I’ll have this one for a long time. Also a great price with the discounted footprint bundle!

  5. Gary (verified owner)

    Great Tent, Very well made, I’ve used the tent in the Snow & on the top of two 900m mountains in Snowdonia, it performed very well, I have the new 2023 version which has a loop for your lantern now, I would highly recommend this tent.

  6. Mike (verified owner)

    Bought this tent in December 2022. I’ve camped in snow in a blizzard, on the top of mountains in the Lake District, and taken it on the 80 mile Skye Trail in Scotland. It’s been rock solid in heavy wind, rain and snow, and even after a lot of use still looks unused. Plenty of room, and although I used the footprint in the snow, its groundsheet is tough enough. Really good value for money and well recommended.

  7. Jon France (verified owner)

    I got the tent & footprint bundle in June 23 and love the internal height! I wore a Panama hat testing in the garden and didn’t touch the ceiling and I’m 185cm tall. The internal width and length are a snug fit for my wide Klymit insulated Static V Luxe mat at 193x76cm with a triangle to the side for kit. Porch is roomy enough for dry bags. Access doors really high. Lots of mesh so ventilation should be good. I was gentle with tent as material, poles and pegs are all lightweight to what I’m used to. Perfect size for solo camping. 600g lighter, and smaller than my old Eurohike Backpacker tent. Today we had a big thunderstorm with heavy rain and the tent was completely dry inside. I will take 4 storm pegs for guying as the 12 pegs supplied mean having to use same pegs for footprint, inner and outer, whereas I found everything would be more taut if footprint was not sharing pegs with tent. Very happy with purchase.

  8. Mark T (verified owner)

    Best tent I’ve ever owned.

  9. dan & meg outdoors (verified owner)

    excellent piece of kit, i love mine, been up in the mountains of snowdonia many times with this tent, cant rate it much higher but could of with a toggle to hange my lantern on inside and for a slightly larger gap between the inner and the fly on door 2 where their is no vestibule, with the footprint filling the larger vestibule area makes for more space in wet weather, ill never part with my pioneer 2. i will be putting a full review on the P2 on our youtube channel.

  10. Harry

    Used it for a 3 month tour of Spain in 2021. Temps ranged from -5 to 40 degrees centigrade. It held up during the cold and the heat but then when I went to wipe some sand out of the inner the seam seal tape split about 40cm on both door entry areas without me even being in the tent.

    I’m 6ft 2inches and it fits me fine, it’s a fantastic solo tent with great vestibules and double door entry but I bit the bullet and bought a more expensive brand tent.

    The way more expensive tent has shown me that taping all away around the bathtub that ends up under tension is a bad design. If they redesign the bathtub then this would be a fantastic tent for a solo bicycle tourer.

    I terra novas defence they did send me a brand new inner to replace the failed one. This tent was also used with the footprint.

  11. Tony Cave (verified owner)

    I bought this tent to replace my Hilleberg Akto ,needing more interior space and headroom and a tent that was freestanding.
    The Pioneer 2 is a palace for 1,light and compact enough to fit in my backpack and offers the 3/4 season weather protection that i need camping in the mountains of NW Scotland in what passes for late spring and early summer up there.
    Well done TN this is a brilliant piece of kit.

  12. Ben

    Has this tent since mid 2023 having used it in both late summer and winter wild camping on the south downs in various conditions.

    Internally it’s great size wise and well balanced for room when erected Vs packed down and stowed away.

    I have used it in windy conditions (nothing ridiculous, but more than I would normally take out some of my three season tents in) and it holds up well with a bit of bowing inwards atbthe head or foot end depending on how its pitched into the wind.

    With all the guys and peg out points in place it stands up well to a bit of a battering, while the solid inner keeps the warmth in as much as it can for colder climes.

    Easy to setup after a few tries, I recommend packing it away making sure the under side tension straps are correctly sitting under the ground sheet or you will end up wrestling with them if they are over the fly sheet but it’s not a problem after you see how they should be when it’s pitched.

    The ground sheet is great, giving a ground covered vestibule for shoes and cooking off the grass as well as protection from rough terrain.

    The poles are usual terranova quality, and it has twin eyelets so you can double pole if you think you need to.

    Packs down to a reasonable size which I can fit into a 48lt osprey pack along with winter sleeping bag, some warm clothes and plenty of other kit for those colder nights higher up.

    Great value for a midrange 3.5 season tent which I would be comfortable taking up into higher areas in the north of the country where winds are more of a issue.

    Pegs and guys are quality as is the general manufacturing standard. If you are looking for a tent that’s hard wearing, well made and able to bridge the autumn to winter season in non extreme conditions then at it’s current sale price I can’t recommend it enough.

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