Terra Nova's Laser Photon 1 achieves a very low weight by using leading edge fabrics and the tried and tested Laser design.
Terra Nova says:
The definitive single person tent for lightweight travel.
The Laser Photon 1 is compatible with the Terra Nova FASTPACK system, allowing those who want to trim weight further when conditions permit, to use the flysheet and the fastpack groundsheet which is available separately. Suitable for 1 person, or two people at a squeeze. Suitable for adventure racing, mountain marathons, and ultra light backpacking.
Note: Due to the super light nature of the material used in the tents construction we are unable to factory seal the seams, in a conventional method. However they are positioned and sewn in a way that minimises water penetration and it's possible to add further protection yourself, with seam sealer, to fully waterproof the tent. A free black pole cover (tied on) is also supplied with the Laser tents to fully waterproof the main seam, add stability, protect the zip and add extra protection to the most exposed part of the tent to UV damage.
Terra Nova's Laser Photon 1 uses the classic central hoop design to create a spacious but lightweight 1 person tent. There are three classes of Laser tent, all with the same design features, the Ultras are the Cuben Fibre versions and are the lightest, next weight-wise are the Photon versions followed by the Competition versions which are the heaviest but the most spacious and robust.
In order to keep the weight to a minimum the Laser Photon 1 has slightly smaller dimensions than the Laser Competition 1, including 8cm lower head height. Weight is further reduced by using lighter weight fabrics which are not necessarily weaker than their heavier counterparts but they will have a slightly shorter lifespan - the thinner a nylon is the more susceptible it will be to UV degradation - which is the main cause of tent fabric failure.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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