Review: Bergans of Norway Compact Light Tent

by: Beau Johnston
Sleeping under the stars on Muddy Mountain, WY

  • Model: 6013 Compact Light Tent
  • Inner Tent Dimensions (WxLxH): 62.9x90.6x41.3"
  • Sleeping area: 33 sq. ft
  • Weight: 7lbs 4oz
  • Price: $549

Image courtesy of Bergans of Norway

Our Thoughts:
I am beginning to find myself in a love affair with Scandinavian designs.  The designs are elegant, extremely functional, and full of features.  We absolutely loved testing the Bergans of Norway Wiglo LT4 and jumped at the chance to test their Compact Light three-person tent.

Like the Wiglo LT4, the Compact Light is a uniquely Norwegan design.  Coined the 'Tunnel Tent', the Compact Light tents come in a two-person, three-person, and four-person versions.  The thee and four-person designs offer extended vestibules for gear storage, which is a feature we really liked in the three-person version we tested.  Krista and I slept comfortably in the main tent with Gus, our German Wirehaired Pointer, sleeping in the vestibule.  The tent's shape does great in the wind, and we know wind here in Wyoming!  With the guy lines secured, the tent was able to withstand some substantial gusts.

Photo courtesy of Bergans of Norway

The tent is incredibly easy to set up.  Simply stake one end of the tent in place, insert the tent poles into the color-coded sleeves, pull the other end until the tent is erected, and finish staking in place.  The inner tent is connected to the rain fly, a feature the competition is beginning to copy, and one enters the tent through the large side door.  Vents are located on each end to provide ventilation when it starts to warm up, or when cooking.  As with all Bergans of Norway tents, the Compact Light comes with glow in the dark zipper pulls, a great feature when nature calls in the middle of the night.

Our Compact Light at Overland Expo

My only complaint with the tent is the slope of the tent at the foot end.  While there is 7+ feet of total interior length, The slope makes the last 12" nearly unusable.  I am 6'6" tall and my size 15 feet touch the sloping tent roof, even when my head is against the door.  I think if Bergans moved the tent pole six inches farther out, it would open the area up and allow for more usable space.

We have really enjoyed using the Bergans of Norway Compact Light three-person tent on our summer trips.  It has more room than our 10 year old The North Face Boulder 33 (three-person) tent and yet takes 1/3 less space when packed away.  I would recommend the Compact Light, even with the tent's constrained floor space, to anyone looking for a solid three-season tent. It is easy to setup, elegant, extremely functional, and full of features.  Now that we are done with the review, I hate having to return another great tent back to Bergans.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Bergans of Norway loaned the Compact Light tent to us for the duration of the review.