I have a terra nova laser competition 1. It's good, and it's under 1Kg - packed weight is 970g. Sometimes adverted as lighter (910 or even 870 somehow) but mine is 970g, including the black pole cover. The cover is needed to make it fully waterproof, and provides two extra guy points which are essential in strong wind.
I've had mine out in strongish winds on the cairngorm plateaux. It's always hard to guess how strong, but 30mph at least, probably 40mph. It flapped about a lot, but it stood. The provided pegs are OK in good ground, if you're expecting wind you can place them carefully and put a rock on top in such a way that it keeps the peg down but doesn't chafe the guy too much. In snow or sand, you might need larger (and heavier) pegs.
Ventilation is generally OK, by removing a peg and lifting the edge of the outer, you can get a decent airflow through end to end. It is waterproof if pitched well, but poor pitching (due to uneven ground) and wind can combine to get the inner touching the outer, then water comes through. It's not trivial to pitch well, it takes a bit of practice to get everything adjusted so it's taut.
All in all, it's missing some of the comforts of a bigger tent, but I reckon it's pretty good for a 1-man lightweight tent. Shop about, I got mine for much less than the £330 advertised on the Terra Nova website.
Sub 1kg tents aren't exactly designed for maximum wind resistance but I was incredibly impressed with my Terra Nova photon (very similar to the laser) at this years OMM where I expected an 800g tent to be blown away! I think the key is investing in a few larger pegs for key points rather than using the 'toothpicks' that come with really light tents. A decent selection of cord would be useful too for tying it to things, or to allow you to use rocks instead of pegs.
I had a look at your website, my Bulgarian isn't good enough to work out where you are planning to go with the tent. Different places call for different tents. The one I suggested above is a double skin, with good ventilation, very important for the cool and damp environment of Scotland. Kai's suggestion is single skin, it will be either lighter or stronger as a result. It is more likely to have condensation problems in Scotland, but might be a better choice for arid lands.
Not that model in particular, but I have used a VauDe Hoagan Ultralight, which is a similar size, price and design but a bit heavier and probably much stronger. It got smashed up in a strong wind. To be fair, it was a very strong wind, and VauDe were great at sending out spares. But I don't think that design in general is a particularly good one for strong winds, and the golite will be much weaker than the VauDe. It does give a lot of space inside for the weight though.
> Not that model in particular, but I have used a VauDe Hoagan Ultralight, which is a similar size, price and design but a bit heavier and probably much stronger. It got smashed up in a strong wind. To be fair, it was a very strong wind, and VauDe were great at sending out spares. But I don't think that design in general is a particularly good one for strong winds, and the golite will be much weaker than the VauDe. It does give a lot of space inside for the weight though.
Good comment. Helps a lot.
But really design of VauDe Hoagan Ultralight is not windproof.
there were a couple of recommendations earlier for the terra nova laser tents. I strongly advise against the Terra Nova Laser Large - which is a 2 person tent with a porch.
It failed the first night out in strongish winds where we were tucked away by a tarn under Coniston Old Man. The tent bowed in a few times and then a pole snapped and went straight through the fly sheet. The pegs were useless and we had put them in and weighted them with large stones.
We discussed this with the Terra Nova distributors who wouldn't agree to replace the pole nor do a free repair on the hole through the fly sheet. They offered to repair and replace stuff but at our cost, I wasn't happy but perhaps I had expected too much from the Terra Nova brand.
I also have a Terra Nova laser tent which just about fits 2 people, it's ok for low level mountain marathon type camps but I wouldn't use it in true mountain conditions. Lightweight and strength is a balancing act and I think the really LW Terra Nova tents fall down easily on the strength aspect in poor conditions.
Get a tarp, tarps can be very highly wind resistant when pitched in storm mode i know man alpine climbers use tarps (steve house,Mark Twight, Barry Blanchard) so hey can definitely handle some serious winds i recommend the mountain laurel designs super tarp (square).
> Get a tarp, tarps can be very highly wind resistant when pitched in storm mode i know man alpine climbers use tarps (steve house,Mark Twight, Barry Blanchard) so hey can definitely handle some serious winds i recommend the mountain laurel designs super tarp (square).
Thank you for advice. But these tents is monolayer. There will probably condensation?
Much discussion on the internet. They have been around for a long, long time in an essentially unchanged form. There is a double wall model that reduces condensation but the double walls are side walls only. The ends are still single wall and where your warm, humid mouth is so normal people still expect some condensation on the ends.
The inner runs all the way to the ends of the tent so there is no covered porch - you step straight in or out of the bathtub floor. If you are in muddy conditions this means leaving muddy boots outside, or having muddy boots in the 'main' tent. This is less of an issue in snowy/cold/alpine conditions as you will be wearing boots or have them in the sleeping bag, but there is still the question of brushing off snowy clothing before getting into the tent (tricky in a blizzard).
How much of this is a theoretical rather than practical issue I don't know - I don't have a warmlite although I have always been very tempted by them, especially the 2CR...
I've had the same with Terra Nova Quasar. Heavier tent, but poles snapping even in calm conditions. They refuse to relace them even at cost price. I've probably had about 12 break in my time. I've switched to Hilleberg and so far so good.
2lb 9oz min weight
3lb 2oz max weight
Pack size 18" x 6"
Fully seam taped
Fly vents to help remove condensation
No Drip Front door, rain wont drop into the tent when the fly is open
Quick release fly connections
Full mesh canopy for added ventilation
15d Sil / PU Nylon fly 1200mm
15d Sil / Pu Nylon floor 1200mm
90 x 50 x 39
30 Sq ft
6 sq ft vestibul
> I also have a Terra Nova laser tent which just about fits 2 people, it's ok for low level mountain marathon type camps but I wouldn't use it in true mountain conditions. Lightweight and strength is a balancing act and I think the really LW Terra Nova tents fall down easily on the strength aspect in poor conditions.
I spent a winter out in the Scottish mountains in a Terra Nova Laserlite (stripped down version of your laser) and it never let me down, I still use it now and have lent it out to friends too on occasions. Pegged out proper and pre-tensioned plenty it was always fine even in high windy camps which I did quite a lot of, Its still in great nick now after 8 yes of use.
My TN Laser hasn't let me down either but my confidence in TN was shaken by the very poor performance of the Laser Large (noting this is a different design to the Laser by quite a margin) and then again by the poor response from the TN company.
My view of, and confidence in, the Laser will inevitably be coloured by that experience. However even saying that - look at the blog link on the Laser performance - posted by the OP but about 8-10 posts from the top.
> If you can get your hands on one, then the Gelert Solo is a good one,
I can give a Gelert Solo to anyone willing to pay the postage. You will have to buy a replacement pole, because it is such a shit tent that it broke after two windless nights.
It might only be 15 quid but it is not 15 quid well spent.
More generally, sub kilo and kiloi-sh tents almost always have thin poles which will not stand up to very bad weather. I have a Terra Nova Solar that is great for what it is but I wouldn't rely on it in really stormy conditions.