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Terra Nova Southern Cross 1 Tent

Terra Nova Southern Cross 1 Tent

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This completely free-standing 1 man tent is perfect for 4 season use, weighing in at about 1.5kg it is tough yet light and the tent outer and inner pitch together for quick deployment.

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The Southern Cross 1 tent is a completely freestanding lightweight tent suitable for 4 season backpacking.

The Southern Cross 1 takes its design inspiration from the award winning Terra Nova Laser range of lightweight tents but includes an additional pole to provide extra stability and structure.

Pitching is quick and easy as the flysheet and inner are erected as one and the flysheet and groundsheet are fully taped providing complete waterproof protection. The Southern Cross is 100% freestanding allowing you to cut down on peg usage when optimising the tent's strength to weight ratio. Obviously this is weather dependent...

There is a spacious inner and porch, the porch door can be fixed open in several ways to provide the most suitable weather protection for the current conditions.

  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • 4 season
  • Reflective clamcleats on guylines
  • Quick to pitch
  • 1 Person
Care & Advice

How to Care for Your Tent

We know that purchasing a tent is a big investment, that’s why we have such a wide range of options to suit different activities, weather conditions and people, allowing you to choose the perfect one for you. Taking care of your brand new tent can be the difference between heading out for an adventure in the mountains, or having to fork out for a hefty repair bill, or even worse, another replacement tent. Below are our best tips to care for your tent.


Before even leaving the shop (or online basket) with your tent, consider a footprint. A footprint is a large water-resistant piece of material which sits underneath your tent to protect it from sharp rocks and wet ground; if this footprint gets damaged, it’s easy to replace and doesn’t cost a fortune; if your tent groundsheet gets damaged, you’ll have to spend at least twice the amount for a repair or replacement.

Don’t Abuse the Poles

The chances are your poles are made from individual aluminium sections connected by elastic; when you come to remove the poles from the tent, don’t pull them out. The best way to remove poles from their sleeve is to place the pole end against your hip and pull the fabric towards you. If you simply attempt to pull the pole out, they’ll disconnect inside, the elastic will stretch and then spring back, potentially trapping the fabric of your tent between the pole sections.

You might also be tempted to flick the poles out so that the elastic snaps them into place in a quickfire fashion. However, this is far from ideal, as if the poles don’t align when they meet, you can easily damage or weaken the end of the pole, leading to future failure which is usually on the wettest and windiest nights!

Collapse Poles From the Centre

When your poles are safely removed from the sleeve, collapse them from the centre to avoid stretching the elastic.

Stuff, Don’t Fold

You were probably told when you were in the Scouts or doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award that the best way to pack your tent away is to neatly fold it into a rectangle, the width of your storage bag, roll it around the poles and pegs and then put it all in the stuffsack. However, whilst very neat and tidy, this method of packing can create permanent creases in the fabric, weaken the waterproofing and eventually split the fabric of your tent. The best solution is to simply stuff the tent fabric into the storage bag, just like you would a sleeping bag, and pack the poles separately. Make sure to leave and end or corner at the top, so that you can easily peg it out if your next campsite is windy. The poles normally have their own stuffsack so they can be packed separately, strapped to the outside of your pack or stored inside, allowing the tent fabric to be compressed for efficient packing.

Store it Dry

Let’s assume you’ve been out with your tent and the weather has been a little on the damp side. You’ve packed your tent away when wet and now you’re back home in the warm and dry with a nice of cup of tea reflecting on your latest adventure. But what about your poor soggy tent? The worst thing you can do is to leave it packed away wet, mildew will grow and eventually rot the tent, rendering it useless. As soon as you’ve finished that cup of tea, wipe off any excess dirt and moisture with a towel, then hang the tent somewhere where it can fully air out; a nice warm spare room or a garage is perfect. Alternatively, when it stops raining, pitch the tent outside in the sunshine to dry off. Let it air for at least 24 hours and once you are sure that it is bone dry it can be packed away for storage. Note - don’t tumble dry or hang the tent over a radiator or other direct heat source.

Don’t Store in the Stuffsack

Like your sleeping bag, it’s best not to store your sleeping bag in its stuffsack unless it has to be compressed for an activity. Leave it in a large duffel bag or supermarket ‘bag for life’ in a cool, well ventilated area so it can breathe.

Avoid Tree Sap

If you’ve ever had sap on your hands, you’ll know how horrible and sticky the stuff is; it’s even harder to remove from your tent flysheet. Pitch away from trees if possible.

Don’t Leave in the Sun

The majority of tents we stock are made from nylon. Nylon is incredibly tough, lightweight and easy to care for, however it will naturally degrade if left out in harsh sunlight for extended periods of time. Try to pitch your tent in the shade or strike the tent (pack it away) during the day. Polyester tents don’t suffer from this quite as badly, but it’s still a good habit to get into.

Leave Sharp Objects Outside

Boots, cooking equipment and other sharp/abrasive objects can all be stored in the vestibule, where there is less chance of it ripping a hole in your fly or groundsheet. You may not want to pop your pet in there, but at least carry a small blanket to avoid their claws damaging your groundsheet.

Technical Information

Technical Information

Sleeps: 1

Season Rating Spec: 4 Season Backpacking

Free standing?: Yes (tent can be pitched without guying out)

Minimum Weight: 1.49Kg (3lb 5oz)Kg (3lb 4oz)

Packed Weight: 1.69Kg (3lb 11oz)Kg (3lb 12oz)

Number of Porches: 1

Number of Doors: 1

Pitch Type: Fly and Inner pitch together

Pitch Time: (estimate): 5mins

Packed Size: 45cm x 14cm

Flysheet: Watershed R/S 30D Si/PU 5000mm

Floor: Waterbloc 10000mm

Poles: 8.64mm TN Reflex

Pegs: 10 Alloy 15g

Guylines: 4 x Reflective with Clamcleats

Inner Door: Half Mesh


This Terra Nova product is guaranteed to the original owner against defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product.

  • 5

    Terra Nova Southern Cross 1 Tent ,  On

    When I go walking, I go long distance over 1-2 weeks, so I require a tent that I have confidence in and that will stand up to all the weather that Scotland will chuck at it. Ive been using the (3 season) Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 for a number of years now and I have to say that its a cracking tent, compact, very light and good quality materials. Having said that, it does have one weak spot, high winds, when its pitched backside into the wind the material tends to act like a sail, from the transverse pole down to its backside causing the outer fly sheet material to push down onto the inner. I have now purchased the (4 season) Terra Nova Southern Cross 1 with the fantastic foot print offer (£1) from Trekitt. This tent is almost identical in size and shape to the Laser Competition 1, when Im inside it I forget that it isnt the Laser Competition. Now that it has the new additional pole running down its length on the outside it should remedy the wind problem by supporting the material all the way down its spine, the material is very good and the build quality is superb. There are only two down sides (this is just a personal taste issue) 1. The pegs are bulky, Ill be changing them to Titanium, 2. is the inner material colour, its white instead of the Laser Competition yellow which I find to be more inviting and psychologically warmer. I havent used it yet on the hills but its definitely an improvement on the Laser Competition.
    YES Billymaca would recommend this item
  • 5

    Terra Nova Southern Cross 1 Tent ,  On

    I wanted a good 4 season tent and the Southern Cross 1 meets my needs perfectly. It is so easy to pitch and to take down. Although the tent pitches as one, it is easy to put the outer up first and then put up the inner. Packing the tent in rainy conditions, taking down the inner keeps it dry and it can be packed inside a backpack - with the outer on the outside of the pack. Ive used MSR Groundhogs for the corners and for the guys by the hoop instead of the pegs supplied. The footprint is great. Worth the extra weight to keep the inner dry. It also means that I can sort gear out and cook etc - sitting on the footprint - before putting up the inner. Before I bought it I was unsure whether the length would be OK. No worries: Im 6ft 2" and there is plenty of room. Overall a great tent.
    YES Gordon would recommend this item
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The product I bought was competitively priced. The video demonstration of the product assisted me in my decision to purchase the item and was very informative, as it showed all of the features and the fit. I chose "click and collect" which was an efficient and quick process. I would definitely shop here again.

Amanda  •   19 Jan 2019.

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