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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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 7 ratings.
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.

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August 19, 2019 | Dieter Homuth
Very light but...

Having just used the Photon 2 during a 2 week trek on the GR11 in the Pyrenees I can confirm that you hardly notice its weight in your pack. It's very easy to put up and the interior is roomy enough as to not feel claustrophobic. The tent also withstood 2 downpours of several hours. It has some major flaws however. Firstly, the size of the porch. It is possible to store two pairs of hiking boots and two 65 litre packs, but this leaves only a small gap to get in and out of the tent. It requires some acrobatic skills to get up in the night and, even trickier, to get back in. We ended up leaving our packs outside exposed to the weather. Secondly, the sides of the tent are angled very steeply. While this creates a spacious interior, it also makes the tent liable to flap in even a moderate breeze. You will feel the tent walls closing in on you. I doubt the tent would withstand any kind of serious weather. Thirdly and most importantly, the tent floor is just ridiculously slippery. I decided to ignore the comments of previous reviewers thinking 'how bad can it be?'. Very bad indeed!!! Unless your pitch is perfectly horizontal, your sleeping mat will disappear from under you: into your mate's face, up the tent wall, rolled up against the bottom wall blocking the ventilation mesh. You will take forever looking for the perfectly horizontal pitch. To summarize this tent may work as a ONE person trekking tent where your gear can be brought in in poor weather. Personally, I would not take it anywhere you can reasonably expect high winds: coastal footpaths, the Scottish Highlands, Scandinavia. As for the slippery floor, you will just have to put up with interrupted nights, unless the manufacturer comes up with a solution. I am now the proud owner of a Photon 2 but I can only see myself using it again when low weight is of the utmost importance.

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