Max, The Cyclist spent 6 months living in the Exped Orion II tent and recently posted an in-depth review of its performance. Click here for the full post. 

 

The German “Outdoor Magazine” filtered its extensive test database and plucked out the 10 best trekking tents. Exped’s Orion II is one of them.

Exped wins the points: 6 Exped products get tested and reviewed in the most prestigious yearly US outdoor gear almanac, the Backpacker Gear Guide!

That’s as good as Fondue and Schnaps up in the Alps and makes us proud.

The Exped Venus II extremely proved its value up in Lapland! On the one hand regarding setup and comfort and on the other stability in the, at times, tremendous winds it had to withstand!

The winds were calm during most of the day. I arrived at a deserted beach, surrounded by high mountains which gave it the perfect touch. The ideal spot for setup on a windless day. It started to snow and in the beginning all was nice and calm.

But that changed rapidly and phenomenally. I was suddenly in the midst of a storm! Here I was, exposed between the open sea and land. Disaster!

We don’t know if an American super computer or a star in the whale constellation had anything to do with the name of the tent. What we do know is that the Swiss inventors at Exped put a lot of thought into the design of the Mira II. Weighing only 2.07 kg (including accessories and repair kit) it offers floor space of 2.15 x 1.25 meters which is enough for 2 adults and thanks to a ridge pole in the canopy sitting height in most parts of the tent. During the 4 week testing period it withstood heavy rainstorms and the zippers survived the constant contact with sand effortlessly.