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Terra Nova Laser Compact 1 Tent Green

Terra Nova Laser Compact 1 Tent Green

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This three season, one person tent weights an incredible 970g and packs down to around the same size as your average 1 litre water bottle. It's perfect for backpacking, adventure racing and mountain marathons. 

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Season : 2019W OFFER

Code : 43LCPT1

Weight : 0KG

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What is the Laser Compact 1?

The Laser Compact 1 is a one man, three season tent offering an incredible pack size and weight. Packed up in its stuffsack, the tent weighs just 970g and measures just 30cm in length; far smaller than your average backpacking tent. Activity wise, it's perfect for backpackers, adventure racers, mountain marathons or simply for those who don't like carrying heavy, bulky items when travelling.

What is it made from?

The key to the miniscule weight of the Laser Compact is its use of technical fabrics and clever construction techniques. The flysheet is made from Terra Nova's own siliconised nylon, offering weather protection without weighing you down, while the groundsheet uses a thicker, more weather resistant fabric to cope with general abrasion through regular use. Why nylon, I hear you ask? Nylon is used simply as it features the greatest strength to weight ratio! To reduce weight even further, Terro Nova don't seal the seams of the tent, instead they place the seams in areas which aren't affected by moisture. Not only does this reduce the cost of the tent, it also reduces the weight and pack size. If you're a little paranoid about moisture ingress, these seams can be sealed at home. 

How is it constructed?

The Laser Compact features three total poles; one large one that runs over the centre of the tent and two small ones at either end to increase internal space. This keeps the height of the tent fairly low, increasing its stability in strong wind. Despite the low ceiling, the total height is still just about tall enough to sit upright if you're making a morning brew. Due to the nature of the tent, it's best pitched in areas which allow plenty of guying points.

What are the features?

Terra Nova supply the Laser Compact with three lightweight yet bombproof (figuratively) DAC poles. Reflective taping around the pole sleeve helps you find the sleeve in low light, while colour-coding ensures you're not fighting a losing battle against your pole which won't fit in the sleeve. The guylines are also reflective and can be seen easily in low light.

A large porch houses your kit, your pooch or muddy boots during the night and is separated from the main sleeping area with a mosquito-proof half-mesh door. There is also a little space behind the rear door of the tent, however don't expect to fit a 60L rucksack in there. Ventilation wise, the door can be unzipped half way to allow airflow through, however you also get two mesh sections at either end of the tent to allow constant airflow through the sleeping area. Don't worry, these vents don't allow water in unless the rain is travelling horizontally. 

  • Footprint: Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Footprint
  • Super lightweight
  • Durable design
  • Siliconed nylon outer fabric
  • Mesh ventilation sections
  • Reflective guylines
  • Large porch
  • Half-mesh inner door
  • Mosquito-proof sleeping area

 

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.

Footprint

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

Minimum weight: 860g

Packed weight: 970g

Pitch time: 5 minutes

Flysheet: Watershed Si2 R/S 5000mm

Groundsheet: Waterbloc R/S 6000mm

Poles: 8.7mm DAC NFL

Guylines: 4 x dyneema reflective

Footprint: Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 Footprint

Sizing Information

Packed size: 30 x 14cm

Height: 100cm

Sleeping area height: 95cm

Length: 220cm

Width: 146cm

Sleeping area width: 93cm

Porch width: 50cm

 
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