The ‘Laser Comp’ as the Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 is affectionately known probably defines lightweight one-person backpacking tents more than any other. There is a single transverse pole that is slipped through a sleeve on the outer, while two in-situ vertical poles at each end just have to be folded into shape to add extra foot- and headroom. So the tent pitches outer-first and thereby keeps the inner dry even when pitching or striking the tent in the rain. The first feature you’ll notice when unpacking the tent is the tiny needle-like tent pegs, which each weigh just 1g! However they do tend to ‘ping’ out easily if you don’t place them properly and then you can spend ages trying to find them. So I’d put in some heavier pegs straight away, just to save the heartache of trying to find a titchy peg while pitching in the dark with a headtorch while it is raining! Space is surprisingly good, as you can sit up reasonably well, and there is decent space in the porch for a pack and room to cook. Also there are good ventilation options and the tent stands up reasonably well to wind and rain, making the Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 a trusty shelter when wild camping.
Flysheet material silicone-coated nylon ripstop
Inner material nylon ripsrop with durable water repellency
Groundsheet material silicone and PU-coated nylon ripstop
Internal dimensions (length x width x height) 220x93x95cm
Packed size 40x12cm
The Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 is a well-proven backpacking tent with great space for the weight, winning Trail’s ‘Best in Test’ accolade; but adding a set of heavier and easier-to-use pegs is worthwhile.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2012