Exped Venus 2 UL Tent

3 Season / 2 Person / Fabric Inner / Height: 105cm, Length 220cm / 2 Entrances
Weighs 2139g (excl pegs & bags)
Code: 2947
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Light without sacrificing comfort!  

Easy Setup & Teardown: Heavy duty color coded tent poles slide easily into matched sleeves on the rainfly. Smooth ends glide into reinforced pockets while seated ends slip easily into adjustable tensioning pockets.  

Multi-Use: In clear weather use just the canopy as a lightweight stargazing shelter. Slide the poles through the elastic loops and into the extra pole pockets.  

To reduce weight or to create a basic shelter use just the rainfly with or without Footprint... big enough to repair bicycles or use as a shelter in warm weather. Smart side-entry packsack: Wow! Packing without swearing!    

Exped 3 Season Trekking Tent Category explained at Ultralight Outdoor Gear|This tent is one of Exped's 3 Season TREKKING tents - Tents designed for moderate and warm climate zones featuring large mesh panels for enhanced ventilation. The grey mesh is inconspicuous and allows panoramic views. Large vestibules offer ample dry storage space. High doors enable easy access to the inner tent. Globetrotters and hikers will enjoy the low weights combined with generous living space.

Exped tents tick all the boxes with regards to features and build quality and the Venus II UL is no exception. They tend to be on the heavier side but also on the large side as well. This means good headroom, floor area and features you won`t necessarily find on lighter tents, such as separate mesh and fabric doors.

Help and advice:
  • Quick and easy to pitch thanks to color coded poles that glide into matched continuous sleeves and easy to use adjustable tension pockets
  • Insect mesh doors
  • The flat pole sleeves reduce wind resistance and the double seams increase durability
  • Functional layout: Two large vestibules offer ample personal storage space
  • Reach stowed gear even from inside a sleeping bag and one door is oversized for side by side seating
  • Condensation is kept to a minimum with opposed doors and windows that offer incredible airflow through direct venting and a chimney draft effect
  • The design keeps plenty of space between fly and canopy
  • Storm proof: With a nearly freestanding design few stakes are needed
  • Numerous attached guy lines are packed in "Cord Stuffsacks“
  • Guyline loops attached directly on the pole sleeves ensure that Venus II remains taut and secure even in rough weather
  • Easy handling day or night: Zippers have color coded reflective and glow-in-the-dark pulls that operate with just one hand
  • Seamless bathtub floor design assures waterproof performance. In fact, even the corner seams are taped!
  • Fabric resists a water column rating of 14+ PSI (10 000 mm)
  • Both inner doors are large enough to allow two people to sit side by side

 

WARRANTY|This product comes with a 2 year warranty for materials and construction. For more details see Exped website.
  • Fly & inner weigh: 1605g
  • Poles weigh 534g
  • Basic weight: 2139g (excludes pegs, bags and accessories)
  • Pegs weigh: 134g
  • Floor Space: 225 x 125 cm
  • Height inside 105cm
  • Pack size: 40 x 12 cm 
  • Fly: 15 D ripstop nylon PU / silicone coated
  • Inner: Taffeta nylon / No-See-Um netting
  • Floor: Ripstop nylon PE laminated (10`000 mm water column)

Poles: 3 Aircraft aluminium DAC Featherlite NSL9 mm TH72M

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Review Summary - 3 out of 5 based on 1 rating.
November 12, 2016 |
Not bad, but not as good as they market it.

I was very excited to get my new tent, but now that I have it, I'm not that excited anymore. Actually I'm a bit disappointed. Not because it's a bad tent - it looks like it's pretty OK, but it's not what Exped is trying to make it look like. The only thing that is more positive than Exped's specifications, is the weight: at 2242 g all in, it's 58 g lighter than the weight that Exped gives.
In the leaflet that comes with the tent, Exped writes, "The inner canopy is fitted with a gear loft..." and "Even the netting backed doors can double as storage spaces". They are also trying to make you believe this by posting links to a video about the features of the Venus II (not UL) on the product page of the Venus II UL. But the UL does not have netting backed doors and a gear loft. The upper 1/3 or so of the door is made of netting, the rest is closed. There is no way to open or close it further, so forget about that nice view from inside the tent, while hiding from the mosquitoes. It's actually good that the gear loft is missing (there is a laundry line instead), because there would be absolutely no place to sit under the gear loft. Exped's specifications state that the inner height of the tent is 105 cm, but in reality it's more like 95. So when I sit on the ground, without any mattress, I have about 5 cm left above my head, and if I sit up straight only 1-2 cm. That's not at all what I was expecting from a tent that's marketed as having "generous head room", and had I known this, I probably wouldn't even have considered to buy this tent. And I am not extremely tall, just 1.78 m. The entrance hight (fly) is about 80 cm. I leave it up to the reader to decide if that is a "high door". Finally, according to my measurements, the vestibules are 85 cm deep, not 95, but still big enough to do some cooking on a rainy day or to fit quite a bit of luggage. I'm not sure if it would fit 2 big and 2 small bike panniers and still leave some space to enter the tent, though. The length and width of the inner tent match the official specifications, 220 x 125 cm. For my size it seems okay (I didn't actually sleep in the tent yet), but I wouldn't recommend this tent for very tall people.
The pack size given by Exped (42x15 cm), and even more so on this website (40x12 cm), is somewhat optimistic. The pole segments are 39 cm, so yes, if you press hard enough, you may be able to reduce the size of the package to that size more or less, but if you just measure the size of the package as it is when you maximally "compress" the bag with the compression chord, it's around 45x16 cm. I write "compress" in quotation marks, because it's actually not very much compressed, even though you pull the chord to the max, which is not as easy as it may seem.
The tent comes with 10 v-shaped pegs, which is enough to pitch the corners, the vestibules and the 4 attached guylines, but to use any of the numerous additional loops available on the tent or to use the additional guylines which also come with it, you will have to bring your own pegs. I think I will bring my own anyway, as it takes quite a lot of time to clean these v-shaped pegs after you pull them out of the ground. I like the square pegs I have with my old tent (very similar to these https://www.ultralightoutdoorgear.co.uk/equipment-c3/tents-shelters-c25/tent-accessories-c33/tent-pegs-c314/needle-tent-stakes-6-pack-p5044) much better, in that respect (they usually come out clean), and they have the same weight.
Various: the UL version has 2 pockets for small items, one on each side of the inner tent. The ventilation openings can be opened and closed from inside the tent if you open the upper part of the door of the fly and stick out your hand. You can also peek out through that upper bit of the door to see what the weather is like or what animal is roaming around your tent. I had some issues entering the two long poles into their sleeves - in the second half they got stuck several times. But maybe that's a matter of practice. It's nice to have those little yellow flags/bags on the guylines, which are also reflective, but I still fail to understand why nowadays most tents are not made with white guylines like in the good old days, which are so much better visible both in the dark and during the day. All loops to pitch the tent with can be regulated and tightening them is very easy, but loosening requires some skill. The material of the fly is slightly transparent, but you can only see things through it if they are right behind it. At about 10-15 cm you don't see anything anymore. The fly reaches the ground on one side of the tent, and on the other side it comes off a few centimetres. Both doors of the inner tent are the same size. All zippers run smoothly. Mind: some of the pictures on Exped's website and also on the websites of shops that sell this tent are not of the Venus II UL but of the Venus II, which is made of a different fabric.
Time and actual camping will show how the tent stands in different circumstances, how well the ventilation works etc.

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