The World’s Lightest Tent they say. 824g it weighs in at. That’s the tent and all it’s associated fittings, all the packaging, the fabric patches, the pole repair sleeve, the labels, instructions the rubber bands… Aye it’s light.
Just arrived for test, Terra Nova’s new Laser Photon Elite.
The fabrics are all silky smooth and see-through, the pole is a skinny DAC Scandium alloy special, the pegs are the 1g Titanium toothpicks (I’ll try them, the 2g ones were fine for a year after all…), but the shape and the layout still have the familiar Laser family DNA.
The dimensions are tighter, I know this from sitting in it at KORS. But there’s still room aplenty for me and my kit, and two skinny fell racers suffering from Sleep Monsters won’t mind being in a close proximity spoons position all night if they’re saving this much weight.
As whittled down as it is, it’s still totally practical, missing none of the features that make the Lasercomp my first choice for most trips, easy entry and exit, great porch space. It has the same guy layout and carbon tail-end rods, a system which works well and resists an amazing amount of weather if you pitch it right. The pole cover comes in a little bag, and it’ll be going on there when I first use it. Probably in failing light using cold hands at 900+m.
A weak point has been addressed with the use of quality guy lines and Linelok adjusters, this will make life a lot easier and secure.
I was going to pitch it on the lawn to get to grips with it, but I can’t be arsed frankly, so it goes on a mountain or nowhere. The KORS sample below shows the familiar shape, tightly pitched.
I’m quite excited about taking this into the hills, it is noticeabley smaller and lighter packing than the Lasercomp. I have confidence in the design, and now I want to know how the lightest of fabrics and components fare on the summits and ridges in what looks like a very weathery run up to winter.