Tents

Tents

The Wilderness Shop Box Hill

The Wilderness Shop has a wide range of tents to suit all applications. We stock tents for extreme alpine snow conditions, 4 season tents, 3 season tents and tents for base base camp and road touring. The Wilderness Shop stocks tents in all shapes and sizes including: 1 person, 2 person and 3 person tents, ultralight tents, multi-purpose and institutional tents. Come in and have a chat to our knowledgeable staff who can help find exactly the right tent for your purposes.

 

 

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 Exped Tents

Exped Vela 1 Extreme
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Ultralight

 

Exped Venus II
Exped Venus Extreme II
                

Exped Vela 1

The Exped Vela 1, a spacious single person shelter in a quick setup design, available in either the durable Extreme or the Ultralight configuration.  $699.95

Exped Venus II

The Exped Venus II has loads of space for two and their gear, plus the added benefit of dual entrances with large windows for terrific cross ventilation. Available in 2 configurations for serious outdoor extremes year round, the standard Polyester model and the Extreme. $899.95

 

Exped Gemini 2 and 3

 

Mira 1 and 2

Exped Gemini

Designed for the Australian Adventurer. A careful balance between light weight and durability, generous internal space, continuous pole sleeves for increased stability, quick set-up, vestibule design ensures no drips into tent interior.  Gemini 2: $799.95 Gemini 3: $899.95

Exped Mira 2 Inner

Incredibly light weight, generous living space and quick and easy setup. A freestanding, lightweight 3 season tent with ample space for two. Your gear easily fits in to the two vestibules and pockets in the canopy. The arch at the head end creates a steep wall lots of head space and makes the tent freestanding. Mira 1: $499.95 Mira 2: $619.95

 

 

Mont-tents

 Mont Tents

Mont Moondance 1

 

Mont Moondance 2

Mont Moondance 1

The Moondance 1 weighing in at 1.5kg,  is a true ultralight  1 person tent for those looking to shed weight, while maintaining tough floors and great ventilation.  $549.95

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Possibly the least compromised lightweight two person tent on the market. The Mont Moondance 2 is a  freestanding tent (1.9 kg trail weight) with plenty of head room, is quick  to pitch and all parts of the pitch are taught. Steep walls give you the maximum living space out of the tents  footprint. The floor is very durable and waterproof (10,000mm waterhead). Mesh inner $699.95. Full inner $749.95.

 

Mont Moondance EX

 

Mont Firefly

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A two to three person model of the perennially popular Moondance series of tents from Australia’s own Mont Equipment. If you want generous internal space without the associated weight then this is the tent for you. $749.95

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The Firefly is lightweight spacious two person bushwalking tent perfect for those who need a bit more space than what most ultralight tents offer. The Firefly is easy to erect, has plenty of vestibule space and has plenty of ventilation.  $689.95

 

 

WE-tents

WE Tents

WE Tectite 1, 2 & 4
 

 

WE 1st & 2nd Arrow UL
 

WE Tectite

The WE Tectite is a range of truly innovative, single-skin hybrids. Available in one, two and four person models. With excellent space, protection, wind stability and flow-through ventilation the Tectite’s are ideal tent for those who need lightweight comfort.  Models 1: $359.95 / 2: $449.95 / 4: $499.95

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The WE First and Second Arrow are  classic tapered tunnel tents. With outstanding aerodynamics, high strength, brilliant space distribution, unequalled convective and forced flow-through ventilation, the Arrow tents offer year-round versatility.  1st Arrow: $999.95 / 2nd Arrow: $799.95

 

WE Space 2 Winter

 

WE I-Explore 2
WE I-Explore 3

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The WE Space 2 is a two person lightweight  (1.81kg) tent  which can be used in conjunction with adjustable walking or ski poles to create a four season shelter.   $709.95

WE I-explore

The I-Explore tents have strong performance in all backpacking conditions: stability and strength in high wind, generous floor space for two tall occupants, good head room, independent access and vestibule space for each, good cross-ventilation and the convenience of free-standing set-up.  Models 2: $609.95 / 3: $629.95

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OR Bivi’s

Hennessy Hammocks

 

OR Aurora Bivi

 

 

OR Aurora Bivy

With all the weather protection you need and none of the weight you  don't, the Aurora Bivy lets you sleep soundly through the night without  having to lug a heavy tent to the campsite. The 3-layer GORE-TEX®  Respiration Positive™ fabric allows you to breathe comfortably while  managing condensation and shielding from rain and snow. $449.95

Hennessy Hammock

The innovation in hammocks! All Hennessy Hammocks come complete with attached mosquito netting, detachable rain fly, support ropes, and stuff sack with set up instructions on back.  prices from $159.95

 

OR Alpine Bivi

 

 

OR Aurora Bivy

The Alpine Bivy has everything you need for long nights above tree line. The GORE-TEX® Respiration
Positive™ fabric offers complete protection from rain and snow storms  without collecting interior condensation, the overlapped zipper opening  allows you to breathe freely without letting in the weather, and the  single pole can be used to create overhead space or left at the  trailhead to save weight. $529.95

 

 

Tent Reviews

 

 

Exped Venus II tent review

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The Exped Venus II tent has proved to be a very adaptable tent for unpredictable Australian conditions. Things I like about the Venus II tent are many, and here is a short list based on my experience: The large side entry vestibules provide easy access, have enough room for a large pack, yet still leave enough room for cooking and getting in and out of the tent; The Venus II is a light 4 season tent (2.7Kg trail weight) and has dealt well with south-west Tasmanian wind and snow. The poles slide through sleeve poles which adds greatly to the strength. The inner is connected to the fly so pitching is quick and dry in wet weather and the floor is durable and waterproof (10,000mm); The internal walls of the tent are either steeply pitched or vertical which makes it feel very roomy (I am 6” tall), there are lots of internal pockets and two people can sit side-by-side at the doors playing cards or eating dinner in inclement weather. The tent is warm in cold weather, and in warm weather the majority of the side walls zip out as fly mesh to encourage good venting.
Other Exped Tents you may consider are the Auriga and the Sirius 2.

 

Mont Moondance 2 tent review

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The Mont Moondance II tent appears to us, to be the least compromised lightweight two person tent on the market. It is a freestanding tent (1.9 kg trail weight) with plenty of head room, is quick  to pitch and all parts of the pitch are taught. The internal walls block wind and sand on the lower half and provide a well ventilated mesh on the upper half. Steep walls give you the maximum living space out of the tents  footprint. The floor is very durable and waterproof (10,000mm waterhead), unlike some lightweight tent which rely upon an extra footprint. The vestibules are on the sides, in which you can stow a pack, boots and a bit more. I have had the Moondance II in driving rain and it has kept me bone-dry, and it has dealt well with light snowfalls. It is possible to set up the fly first if it is raining while pitching the tent. Minimum peg requirement is 2 (for vestibules) in fine weather, 6 in windy weather and 8 in foul weather. The fly has double zips with a smooth action and a 'rounded' vestibule opening which makes it easy to get in and out. I have used my Mont Moondance II for over a year now, in all seasons and conditions and have found it extremely liveable tent. The Moondance 1 is also available: a single person model at a even further reduced  weight, and the Moondance 3 offers room for 3 at low weight, or as a palatial 2 person tent.

 

Wilderness Equipment Tectite tent review

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I own a Tectite 1 and have used it as a single man tent for many of my adventures as well as weekend camping.  Its very spacious as a one man tent with plenty of room for your pack inside. I appreciate the simplicity and speed of putting it up as well as its low weight.  So far I have not had any issues with condensation on any of my trips. On rockclimbing trips when saving weight is essential, I use it as a two man tent, but packs then need to stay outside.
W.E. have managed to make a lightweight group of single skin tents while maintaining their commitment to keep their products robust and strong. It achieves this by doing away with the conventional double skin design and opting for a single waterproof exterior. The floating-floor design with mesh connecting to the walls allows plenty of ventilation to ensure condensation does not disturb your sleep.
The single pole design makes erecting the tent super easy and fast. Simply slide the pole in, peg one end and stretch out the other end and peg down and you are ready to tuck in for the evening. The tents offer ample interior space at their nominal capacity and can fit one additional at a squeeze. The Tectites don’t compromise by using fragile thin fabrics and so while not as light as some ultralight tents you can be assured that your tent will survive years of in harsh environments.
Overall the Tectite tents are a multipurpose, go anywhere, lightweight tent. Single skin designs are often considered specialised tents however I have found my Tectite useful for most conditions and circumstances. I recommend it to people who value simplicity and minimal weight.
 

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The Wilderness Shop has been servicing the needs of bushwalkers, hikers,  rock climbers and xc skiers in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne for over 30  years. The Wilderness Shop has a wide range of hiking gear and climbing equipment including hiking boots, tents (one man and two man), climbing equipment, sleeping bags and led headlamps. We also specialise in outdoor footwear: hiking shoes mens and womens, leather and gore-tex hiking boots. We stock quality canvas hiking packs, bushwalking rucksacks, lightweight trekking packs and quality daypacks. The Wilderness Shop have the best sleeping mats - the exped downmat and self inflating mats - and hiking sleeping bags as well as ultralight sleeping bags. Not to mention our range of trekking maps for Victoria, Tasmania and NSW. The Wilderness Shop is Melbourne's best rock climbing store, stocking a wide range of rock climbing harnesses, shoes and other rock climbing gear.