Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 Tent

3 Season / 2 Person / Mixed Inner / Height: 100cm, Length 225cm / Single Entrance
Weighs 822g (excludes pegs & bags)
Code: SS17475
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  • RRP £549.99
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The Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 Tent has been updated with stronger poles. It still remains one of the lightest self supporting 2 man tents currently on the market.

Terra Nova says:

The first lightest 2-person self-supporting tent in the world! With stable design and easy to pitch.

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.

Terra Nova's Solar Photon 2 Tent 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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  • Extremely lightweight 2-person self-supporting tent
  • Compatible with our FASTPACK system
  • Stable shape fopr use in poor weather
  • Very easy to set up and use
  • Front and rear fly hoods for great ventilation
  • Flysheet & inner weighs: 596g
  • Poles weigh: 226g
  • Total weight: 822g
  • Pegs weigh: 16g
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Season Rating Spec: 3 season backpacking
  • Free standing?: Yes (tent can be pitched without guying out)
  • Pitch Time (estimate): 5 mins
  • Number of Porches: 1
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Pitch Type: Inner pitch first
  • Packed Size: 40cm x 15cm
  • Flysheet: Watershed Si2 R/S 3000mm
  • Floor: Watershed Si2 R/S 5000mm
  • Poles: 8.7mm DAC NFL
  • Pegs: 14x Titanium
  • Guylines: 3x Dyneema Reflective
  • Inner Door: Full mesh
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Review Summary - 3 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
June 7, 2021 | MAURICE

This is one of a number of lightweight tents I have, for cycle camping, sea kayaking and backpacking, the latter being mainly the west cost of Scotland. For reasons that will be apparent, I have only used this tent on a few occasions cycle touring in Albania and backpacking on the west coast, despite having had it for some time. The first major problem is that it pitches inner first. The outer is only held in place with a few bits of Velcro which are tedious to fit, and with no integral locating fixture (such as sleeves or hooks) the outer can move around and rub on the poles and the universal pole joint at the top. This is a shoddy piece of design, inadequate even with a much heavier tent design. At the very rear the outer finishes well clear of the ground, barely concealing the ventilation mesh in the inner and there is no fixing (guy or elastic) to stop the fly flapping up at this point creating serious vulnerability to rain ingress particularly during windy conditions. Even allowing for some perceived benefit with ventilation this is gross design failing. Mine has no mid point guys or associated inner to outer fixings in the middle of the side walls, resulting in the inner tent flopping in which further restricts the already small inner area, although it appears from the current photograph that this has maybe partly been remedied. The spine pole forms a very high loop, and is far less stable than my Vaude Taurus SUL due to its slab sides. The Solar Photon's vulnerability to poor weather is something I have seen commented on elsewhere, and compared with the Vaude I have very little confidence in its ability in this respect. The porch is very small even with due allowance for the ultralight nature of the tent. Overall it is remarkable how poorly designed such an expensive tent is and I would not recommend this tent to anyone, even for benign low level camping.

Ultralight Outdoor Gear Limited
April 16, 2020 | Mow1701
A real trooper

Having had the Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 a few years I thought it was time I add my thoughts on this tent. I have used this tent successfully on various extended backpacking trips-Cape Wrath Trail, Pennine Way and the Kungsleden Trail.
I bought this as a spacious 1 man tent because it was comparable in weight to my Terra Nova Competition 1. The Solar Photon 2 also doesn't suffer from the Competition 1 Achilles Heel(in my opinion)- condensation. As a one person tent, the Solar Photon 2, has been great with plenty of space to store gear inside the tent leaving the vestibule for boots and cooking. I did upgrade the tent pegs but that seems a common comment. I have used it as a two person tent in rough weather and as all have said you need to be friendly with the person and gear other than sleeping bags need to be stored in a rucksack(with a cover for rain) outside the tent so you can cook in the vestibule.
I have always been wary, because of other reviews on the internet, about its shape in prevailing wind and how I pitch the tent. However whilst walking the Kunglseden above Ammarnas going north I had to pitch the tent in heavy rain and strong wind in a exposed position. The wind changed direction so it was blowing on the side. It took a buffeting on the side but it was a real trooper staying up all night without any water penetration. It did move around a bit but all tent would have where I pitched it and I had pitched it using all pegging points but also those Velcro fasteners along the pole on the inside of the flysheet. This tent can take rough weather but it's obviously not recommended on mountain summits. If you want a summit camping tent this isn't the one it is a superb lightweight backpacking tent.

Ultralight Outdoor Gear Limited