The Terra Nova Laser Competition is the lightest tent in the test, with a packed size so small that you hardly notice it in your rucksack. Internal space is very good, enough length for my six foot frame (or two skinny adventure racers) to lie down and sit up straight as well. The porch is huge, and all my gear fits in one side, leaving the door side clear for cooking and getting in and out easily. The inner and outer pitch quickly as one, with a single pole in the centre, and a carbon fibre rod at each end. There are multiple guy lines and internal tensioners to get it taut, and it will resist wind, rain and snow when pitched well. Ventilation is good with mesh vents at each end, and the top half of the door is also mesh. But Pitching it well takes practice, but it is worthwhile. It rattles in high winds. The outer door on the current model has a one-way zip, which means cooking has to be done with an open door. The supplied pegs are very small and thin but you could easily swap them.
Design single pole
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner ripstop nylon
Flysheet silicon-coated ripstop nylon, 3000mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet nylon, 5000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 220cm; width 95cm, height 95cm
Packed size 12x45cm
Packed weight 1030g
Made in Vietnam
Stores in UK 50
Terra Nova – tel. (01773) 837373; www.terra-nova.co.uk
Verdict: The Terra Nova Laser Competition is not perfect, but the minor issues are outweighed by the light weight, comfort and freedom offered by this tent. It won ‘Best in Test’.
Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine March 2009