The Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 Tent has been updated with lighter and stronger fabrics. It still remains one of the lightest self supporting 2 man tents currently on the market.
Terra Nova says:
The Solar Photon 2 tent is the lightest 2-person self-supporting tent in the world!.
Featuring front and rear fly hoods for great ventilation and its stable shape has been designed for use in poor weather. The Solar Photon 2 is compatible with the Terra Nova FASTPACK system which allows those who want to trim weight further when conditions permit, to use the flysheet and the fastpack groundsheet which is available separately.
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.
For 2016, the flysheet fabric of the Solar Photon 2 has been changed to 10D Double Ripstop Si. Which has given a weight savings of about 30g, with no reduction in fabric strength. Its still remains one of the lightest self supporting 2 man tents available. However having such a low weight inevitably means a few compromises - such as space and headroom.
It's by no means the roomiest of the two man tents available but there's enough room for up to 2 people with gear kept in the porch or for 1 person with more gear. If your using it for 2 people then it's best to check the width of your sleeping mats to make sure they both fit in side by side, if not there's no harm in over lapping.
The great thing about free standing tents, is that they are quick to pitch, and if you find that you had pitched over a rocky area, it takes seconds to move. The small pack size and low weight makes the Solar Photon 2 ideal for backpacking and adventure races.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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