While many two-person backpacking tents have a price tag of between £500 and 600, you don’t need to break your a bank account to purchase this offering from Regatta. The Regatta Halin 2 is £110, which is a fifth of the price of some of the comparable competitors with similar dimensions and capacity. Indeed, the Halin 2 makes backpacking and camping affordable and accessible to just about everyone.

The Halin 2 is part of Regatta’s Point 214 range, which was created to provide fellwalkers and hikers with robust gear that can withstand windy and wet days in the wild. It is the only tent in Regatta’s range of test to have these capabilities. Regatta’s other tents are designed for other user groups such as families and festival goers.

The tent has a two-person design and it packs down to 53x15cm with a weight of 2618g. When the weight is split between two people each person carries 1309g each, which is not too bad. By comparison, at a much higher price-point of £635, you could but the Hilleberg Nallo 2 which has a weight of 2100g and a packed size of 50x20cm.

 

Pitching this tent is quite easy as it has an outer-pitched-first design. To start off, you simply slip the metal alloy poles through the sleeves that extend all around the outside of the tent. Alloy pegs then clip into the ends of the poles around the base and a set of pegs complete the pitch. You then bungee-clip the inner tent to the inside.

The vast majority of tents in the lower end of the price spectrum tend to have fiberglass poles which are not robust enough to withstand weather. Having metal alloy poles in this tent is a pleasant surprise. However, you don’t get a webbing adjustment that premium tents often come with to make pitching easier, especially on uneven ground. Furthermore, the Regatta uses polyester, which is typical of tents in the lower end of the price spectrum. With the more expensive tents, ripstop nylon, which is more durable, is the standard material used.

The entryway features a single zip that opens to the side where it can be secured. This design works fine. However, with premium tents, you often get plenty of options with regards to how the door opens; they can open from the top, bottom or either side, which provide stellar versatility to suit different situations. The porch is large and has plenty of room to store a couple of large rucksacks. Unusually you even get a section of groundsheet in the porch, which is something that is rare in backpacking tents owing to the added weight it comes with (and it isn’t essential).

The interior space measures 210cm long, 130cm wide and 90cm high, making it quite spacious for a backpacking tent. As such, there is ample space for two to sit up. It has additional vents at either end of the tent that help with airflow.

Verdict

Its space, price, and general ease of use make this tent an excellent choice for individuals looking to backpack on a budget. That said, you should note that while it ticks all the boxes as far as the fundamentals of what good camping tents should have. However, there are plenty of advanced details and features that it lacks that you can only get by buying more expensive tents.