Terra Nova Solar 2
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Fantastic tent - had to get that in first. very light for the huge amount of room -- two Therm-a-rests and nearly a foot of space between them. Enough length for small bags at your feet as well. The porch area is big enough for two rucksacks, boots, and enough space left to cook.
The quality of construction is superb. Terra Nova is very well known in the UK for their expedition grade tents. The green flysheet blends in well for wild camping and the yellow interior is great to wake up to. Unlike other manufacturers all the little touches only enhance the tent -- carbon fibre pegs (6 weigh less than an ounce!), DAC featherlite colour-coded poles, bright colour-coding on sleeves and attachment points.
I like to have my own space when camping and enough of it to put bags inside and spread out, it might be the only shelter you have in a long storm, this fits the bill perfectly. I have finally taken the plunge and shelled out the cash for a top name brand, best decision I could have made, performed beautifully in northern Scotland recently -- an outstanding tent.
Design: 2 pole freestanding semi-geodesic. 3 season or sheltered four season.
Ease of Setup: Takes about 2 minutes. 2 poles separately colour-coded as are sleeves and pole-end tabs. Tent can then be moved as one to optimum position then just peg down.
Weight: 2.25 Kg
Price Paid: £199 GBP
the lightest of the 4 season terra nova tents. just taken it out for 6 day hike including a couple of days of heavy rain and wind. not a problem. used it all winter around the peak district with a few days of snow and not only does it keep you try it retains the warmth that we found we got to hot in our sleeping bags. this included nights when the tempreture got down to -7. for two people the weight is not noticable, the ideal tent for long distance walks, and if anyone makes better tents than Terra Nova, i am yet to see it. a little pricy but i have peace of mind and know this tent can go everywhere i want it to. Next stop Norway. so far i have spent over 60 nights in this tent and the fly sheet looks the same as when i got it and ther has been no wear and tear. great stuff.
Design: Semi Geodistic
Ease of Setup: so easy
Weight: 2.2 kg
Price Paid: £270
This tent is very stable even in appaling conditions. It share the same robust features and design as its heavier stablemates. The Solar 2 is an absolute dream to use; it is definitely snug though. The tent can cope with a couple of Thermarest mats coupled together but otherwise there is not much room. Backpacks etc JUST fit in the porch. If you are going to stay in the tent for any longer you probably should have got the Quasar but the weight is nearly double. The construction is high quality, the seams are well sealed and it takes a few minutes to put up or take down. There are cheaper tents, there are bigger tents but there are probably not many tents of better quality. Taking into account the ease of use, the quality of build and the weight, if there is a better tent for the backpacker requiring ultra -lightweight gear then I am yet to see it.
Design: 4 season ultra lightweight tent
Ease of Setup: Very easy, even in the rain and wind in the middle of the night
Price Paid: £280
Used through Scandinavia during October and above the Artic Circle. Handled snow, torrential rain, gale force winds and it didn't even once show any signs of wear and tear. still like brand new. 14 days camping and walking, light enough and small enough to fit into backpack, brilliant tent.
Terra Nova claim it as a three to four season tent; it performed better than 4-season tents I have been in in less harsh conditions. Terra Nova tents for me are the best and if the Solar 2 ever gives up the ghost (not for the forseable future, well over 60 nights in it and good for another 200 at least) i will only buy Terra Nova. There is no price for quality.
Design: 3-4 season free standing, semi geodistic
Ease of Setup: 2 poles, colour coded, it dont get easier than this
Weight: 2.2kg, about 5 punds
Price Paid: £200
light and easy to put up, this tent has no equal for backpackers who require their tent to stand up to harsh conditions. I have taken this tent into warm climates and around the lakes in the middle of winter and it has passed both tests with ease, including 4 days of snow fall. storage space is a little small but 2 people fit comfotably with back packs in the porch. the quality of workmanship is second to none and if price is not an issue then this is the tent i would recommend for true adventures. it does not let you down.
Design: semi geodistic
Ease of Setup: easy
Price Paid: 300
Very spacious for one
- Internal space..roomy for one, can sit up easily
- Inner walls are taut
- Good quality materials (but see cons)
- Relatively easy to erect BUT only if you tension the black pole before the blue, otherwise snags occur.
- Fly comes to the ground, good for cold, windy conditions but may increase condensation.
- The pole tunnel mesh is woefully weak: all too easy to push pole ends through the mesh, unless great care is taken but then this increases the time to erect AND it pitches inner first and speed is essential when it's raining.
Been wild camping for 40+ years but only acquired this tent recently, been used three times.
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: Not a lot
I've had this tent for years, I love it. Totally waterproof, I've never got wet in this tent. May be a little heavy by today's standards, but this tent is totally reliable.
Ease of Setup: color-coded poles, can't go wrong.
Weight: 2.2 kg