User Review: Terra Nova Super Quasar
Design: 4 season geodesic design
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 4,4 kg
Price Paid: 800
I have been using this tent for the last four winters in the Alps and in Scotland.
-It's an amazing tent, roomy enough for 2 with all the gear for winter. The two entrances are a must for winter, and you still have a lot of place inside.
-The set-up takes about 5 minutes, and no more than an extra 4 minutes in delicate conditions.
Poles and geodesic design is a must: it's incredibly stable even in winter conditions in the Alps. This tent gives a lot of confidence: at least you have a shelter when you come back form your line.
-I have it in red and I still don't understand the green color...?
-The fabric seem to be good and I have had no problems at all with rain and all sorts of snow conditions. I stock them unrolled, dry of course and let the poles unplaced so the elastics are not stressed.
-The groundsheet protector is worth buying: as with all tents, when you use them on rocks they break. It's an extra layer for minimum isolation and you could always use this sheet as an emergency cover.
-I guess you can sleep 3 but then all equipement has to be in the entrances- wich is not a good idea for winter conditions.
-I have only one regret about this tent: the entrances. They are not protected enough for the velcro closure at the top of the openings open easily in strong winds and snowstorm conditions. I had to improve them with pression system and larger velcro. If you really need a bigger entrance, then go for the Hyperspace from Terra Nova: it's a kind of a Super Quasar, but bigger!
Apart from that, it's an essential piece of my gear and I would buy it again -especially when you see the others having these ridiculous and unfairly expensive North Face tents made in Asia!!! If you need a 2 persons mountain/expedition tent, rough and tough, the "Super Quasar should be your choice.