Based on the hugely popular Terra Nova Laser series, the single-poled Wild Country Zephyros 1 Lite trims 300g off the standard Zephyros 1 tent, by using a high-specification ripstop nylon flysheet and groundsheet rather than polyester. There is only one main pole, but pitching was not quite as slick as some others, in part as I’d prefer an extra eyelet on the webbing to allow for easier location of the pole ends. Two prefitted vertical poles at each end give a little extra height at the head and foot. Most of the pegs are great, but you also get a couple of thin wire pegs that could get lost unless care is taken. Once up the tent is fairly stable, but it’s certainly not the most stable in our test. The outer door gets double zip pulls so you can vent the top, and the porch area is good for stashing a pack and having space to enter the tent or cook. The inner is wide at the centre, which allows a bit more elbow room, but headroom is a little tighter than others as it tapers rapidly in all directions from its highest point, so I had to sit a little more hunched in this than some others. But the Wild Country Zephyros 1 Lite is a good one-person tent, with the 1308g weight the big bonus.
Flysheet fabric ripstop nylon
Inner fabric polyester
Groundsheet fabric nylon
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 230x90x95cm
Packed size 46x13cm
The low weight makes the Wild Country Zephyros 1 Lite ideal for solo backpackers; but while the living space is good, headroom and stability are slightly compromised.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2013