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Terra Nova Laser Competition

in Shelters - Double Wall Tents

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4.67 / 5 (3 reviews)


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dave hollin
( backpackbrewer )

Locale:
Deepest darkest Wales, boyo
Terra Nova Laser Competition on 08/30/2008 08:46:33 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Well,

if you want a really versatile, lightweight, strurdy and beautifully made tent for 1+ then look no further.

I was caught up in the current main UK discussion point...which is the better solo shelter... the Laser Competition or the Hilleberg Akto

Well they are both different tents but I feel that because the laser is sub 1kg (around 2 lbs) vs 1.5kg for the akto it is a much better tent lb for lb

The inner/outspacing is great and the pitch is so easy as the inner and outcome pre attached.

You can also achieve a really taut pitch with this tent unlike the Akto. This and the design means that it sheds snow much better than the akto too. I know it is a bit anal but I really appreciate a smooth taut outer/fly as opposed to the wrinkled socks look......

Because it is sub kilo/ sub 2 lbs there are a couple of compromises but for me they dont intrude on my pure enjoyment of the tent. The zipper on the outer is one way and so you cant leave a gap at the top for ventilation. This hasnt made much difference to me but might for others. It is a perfect size for me but I am 5ft 8in so it might be a bit more restrictive for a six footer

Overall I really love this tent and has performed well in all conditions including high winds. It is my tent of choice for 99% of the time

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joe newton
( holdfast )

Locale:
Bergen, Norway
Home from home on 07/16/2009 11:03:47 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

Couldn't agree more with the other reviewer. It's a cinch to set up and while there are a couple of obvious tiny compromises to keep the weight low (single zip on the door, etc) it really is all you need on those occasions when you need a double wall tent. I made a couple of mods to mine such as adding mini line-locs to the pole cover so I can leave the thing fixed to the fly. I also replaced the ridiculous 2g pegs for some real ones that actually work (if the weather is benign enough for the 2g pegs it's tarp and bivy conditions for me).

I'm a smidge over 6 foot and 190lbs and I'd say I'm not far off it's limit for practical use and comfort. It's advertised as 1+. + what?! It's a 1, with room for all your lightweight gear.

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Nigel Healy
( nigelhealy )

Locale:
San Francisco bay area
Light compact 2 skin tent - condensation issues on 02/12/2012 01:05:50 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 4 / 5

First off, if this tent was a fraction taller and had some roof vents, I'd be giving this a 5 rating.

The good points are it is a 2-skin tent which fit my UK camping, for extra warmth and so any condensation doesn't drip on me, I've been in very damp locations but remained dry. The inner living space is ample for 1 with all my gear. I also stow a folded bike in the porch and cook in the porch.

There is a long unsupported outer which is hard to get taught so it does flap in the wind.

The packed size is the best part, its very small for a 2-skin tent, and fits easily in my 16" bike pannier.

I wish this came with some roof vents which can be opened/closed to control the amount of ventilation and to reduce condensation.

The modern thicker sleeping mats do make me touch the roof though when I sit up, so a couple more inches height would be better.

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