Lightwave t0 Ultra XT 2009

The Lightwave t0 Ultra XT is a spacious tent, with room inside for you and some gear, and enough height for me to sit at the door and cook in the porch. The porch is its best feature as it’s massive – there is also a version without the extended porch available. I had a fellow camper sit in the porch as we discussed the plans for the morning. There are pockets by the door, and midge netting vents in the door and at the foot. There’s some other nice detailing, for example the pitching points help the bathtub floor keeps its shape and you’re using 7g titanium pegs to secure them. The six guy lines are made of super-strong Dyneema. The rest of the components are top-quality too and it uses tough but light fabrics with a high hydrostatic head for waterproofness. But it’s an inner-pitched-first design that’s a little time-consuming, and on an exposed, windswept pitch this can be positively frustrating. Wind resistance is the Lightwave’s weak point. Pitched tail into the wind it’s stable enough, but if the wind changes direction, the tunnel design doesn’t have the support or tension to resist it and the main body gets easily blown around.

Design three-pole tunnel  
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner ripstop nylon
Flysheet silicon-coated nylon, 5000mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet PU-coated nylon, 6000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 212cm; width 92cm; height 100cm
Packed size 46x15cm
Packed weight 1690g
Made in China  
Stores in UK 40
Lightwave – tel. (0113) 250 8833;

Verdict: The Lightwave t0 Ultra XT tent offers outstanding living comfort with space to spare, but its poor performance in high wind relegates it to valley or calmer-weather use.


Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine March 2009