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 or adventure races. The Laser Photon 1 is perfect for travellers looking for the lightest kit with a small pack size or for mountain marathon and adventure racers.
For medium duration backpacking trips this superlight tent is a good choice where the users key requirement is to minimise the weight of their kit (and prepared to compromise a little on space). The tent is rated for 3 season use and its low profile shape and design make it ideal for wild camping as well as campsite use.
The Laser Photon 1 tent uses Terra Nova Watershed flysheet and groundsheet fabrics. To achieve extremely low weight balanced with strength and durability 10 denier Nylon 6,6 fabric with a tear strength of 6kg is used for the flysheet. As the silicone coated fabrics used in the flysheet and groundsheet cannot be seam sealed in a conventional way, the Laser Photon 1 has been cleverly designed to prevent water penetration into the inner. The end flysheet seams have been positioned so they are not directly over the inner and a removable waterproof pole cover is supplied with the tent to fully waterproof the main seam. This also adds protection to the zip and adds stability in poor weather.
A DAC NFL pole is used over the centre of the tent with a folding alloy pole at each end and 1g titanium pegs. There is a half midge proof mesh door and a mesh panel at each of the inner and flysheet (with waterproof cover) for good ventilation. The inner and flysheet come attached, so the tent pitches quickly and easily ‘as one’, a key benefit after a days racing. This style of tent is best suited to ground conditions where pegging out is possible. The low profile design creates a stable structure and Dyneema reflective guylines add extra support. Dyneema guyrope is three times as strong as standard guyrope of the same weight and has very low stretch for stability in all conditions.
The Laser Photon 1 is compatible with the Terra Nova FASTPACK system, this is a method of using a Footprint instead of the inner tent if conditions permit and is designed to trim even more weight and bulk from your rucksack. Footprints, which are available separately, cover the area under the inner and porch and are designed to prolong the life of the tent and help keep it clean. For FASTPACK tents a Footprint must be used if the inner tent is not to provide the tension and anchor points required by the poles.
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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