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    Addie Bedford
    BPL Member

    @addiebedford

    Locale: Montana

    Companion forum thread to:

    Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 Tent Review

    #1751879
    Warren Greer
    Spectator

    @warrengreer

    Locale: SoCal

    But for $1,050 you could add a bunch of neat gear to your closet. I do appreciate the innovation, experimentation, and thought that went into this shelter and hope that it has a very positive affect on shelters in general. And Will, thanks for reviewing this. And even more so to comparing it to other shelters that are at least somewhat similar. Helps me as I think about a one-person ultralight shelter. Which will probably wait until next year anyway.

    #1751998
    Barry Starrfield
    Member

    @barryannarbor

    Locale: New England

    Just checking quickly – you can get the Laser Ultra for $589 – $635. Still in the territory where my wife would quite rightly go into shock if I bought one.

    #1752045
    Dan Durston
    BPL Member

    @dandydan

    Locale: Canadian Rockies

    Nice review. It's good to see that the Laser has reasonable space for one. It's too bad they used such a light variant of cuben for the floor and that the price is so high.

    The HMG Echo I really stands out as being a smarter pick. It's half the price and it uses far more durable cuben for the floor (1.5oz), so IMO a ground sheet is not needed. This puts the weight at virtually the same but your getting a far more versatile shelter for the same weight, half the money and the HMG is really well built. I think HMG is using a heavier grade of cuben for the fly (0.74oz) than Terra Nova (0.51oz) as well, and HMG's Echo is very well reinforced. The only thing the HMG is lacking is headroom but I don't really mind this because when I'm solo camping I spend little time in my shelter besides sleeping.

    #1752051
    Hamish McHamish
    BPL Member

    @el_canyon

    Locale: USA

    I'm glad to see the Terra Nova's efforts at innovation. Thanks for the review.

    "Still in the territory where my wife would quite rightly go into shock if I bought one."

    But Barry, just tell her you NEED that tent! She'll understand…

    #1752068
    Melissa Spencer
    BPL Member

    @melissaspencer

    Locale: PNW

    Thank you for the review. I noticed in your video tour that you used a woman's sleeping pad (66" long) and it appeared to take up most of the length. Is the quoted 85" length accurate? My boyfriend is tall and has noticed that not all companies use the same measuring tape…

    Thanks,
    Melissa

    #1752082
    Kathy Hoffman
    Member

    @basecampbound

    Locale: Foothills of San Gabriel Mtns.

    Appreciate the excellent, thorough review,

    But….

    $1000+ for a single man tent? Seriously, these manufacturers have gone a little nuts. I like ultralight as much as the next guy, but unless you're corporate-sponsored, that's going to be a bit out of the comfortable price range of most people.

    I'm currently experimenting with designs to make myself a 1 man, single wall, (but with good ventilation) tent out of silnylon and cuben fiber combined. There's got to be a better trade-off between weight and price. At least….I'm hoping!!

    #1752087
    David Ure
    Member

    @familyguy

    Wow – the pricing is a little nutty. GG's The One weighs the same and seems like an incredible value in comparison.

    On the other hand, there are cuben tarps out available that cost $400 beans so the pricing for this tent is probably right in line.

    #1752088
    Diplomatic Mike
    Member

    @mikefaedundee

    Locale: Under a bush in Scotland

    No mention of construction method?
    The Ultra is sewn only. Folk may have opinions on sewn only with cuben.

    #1752163
    Greg Mihalik
    BPL Member

    @greg23

    Locale: Colorado

    "$1000+ for a single man tent?

    $1000 is MSRP. It's $590 at MoonTrail.

    #1752173
    Dave Jenkins
    BPL Member

    @jinx667

    Locale: Florida

    I have been looking at a cuben fiber solo set up, but there are stronger, nearly as light with more space set ups available at a fraction of the cost.

    Just does not seem worth it even at half the MSRP.

    #1752176
    rubmybelly!
    BPL Member

    @sleeping

    Locale: The Cascades

    "I have been looking at a cuben fiber solo set up, but there are stronger, nearly as light with more space set ups available at a fraction of the cost."

    Like the Cricket. Someone on here is selling one. Hmmmmm, who could that be…..

    #1752414
    Bill (L.Dog) Garlinghouse
    BPL Member

    @wjghouse

    Locale: Western Michigan

    "Choosing the Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 gives you the distinction of owning the lightest one-person single-wall tent in the world."

    Six Moons Design's new Skyscape-X is 16 ozs (stakes not included) and costs $450. Begins shipping Jul 13.

    http://www.sixmoondesigns.com/tents.html?page=shop.product_details&product_id=57

    Bill

    (Not in any way affiliated with SMD … just sayin')

    #1752477
    ROBERT TANGEN
    Spectator

    @robertm2s

    Locale: Lake Tahoe

    The Terra Nova uses “one 7.55 mm Scandium Alloy aluminum center hoop pole, and two end carbon fiber struts.” The Six Moons tent uses: “a dual (trekking or optional fixed length) pole support structure, slightly offset from the center of the tent.” For those of us who bring trekking poles anyway, this is clearly a weight saving in favor of the Six Moons tent, all else being ignored.

    #1752498
    al b
    BPL Member

    @ahbradley

    What is the benefit of the hoop over two poles (one higher than other) to give a tent of more or less same shape except for more polygon-ish shape:

    the curved-ness just looks like it makes it flappy(noisy).

    I think the polygon shape would use very slightly less material (would reduce height of bell end faster, but would seem insignificant, unequal pole heights would mean roof slopes, hence not collect water

    #1752551
    Patricia Combee
    Member

    @trailfrog

    Locale: Northeast/Southeast your call

    I think I will stick with GG One. Always new it was a great little tent, this just confirms it.

    #1752611
    Bill (L.Dog) Garlinghouse
    BPL Member

    @wjghouse

    Locale: Western Michigan

    The One is on my short list. Unfortunately it is not in stock and the site says they have no timeline for when it will be …

    #1752655
    Matt Huff
    Member

    @matthuff

    I work for Sport Hansa LLC, the US importer and distributor for Terra Nova.

    The UK retail price of 650 Pounds is for the UK market and included value added tax which, in Europe, is included in the stated retail price for all goods.

    The suggested retail price stateside is $700.

    Thank you, Matt

    #1752662
    Barry Starrfield
    Member

    @barryannarbor

    Locale: New England

    Hi Matt –
    Is this tent made in the UK?
    – Barry

    #1752666
    Matt Huff
    Member

    @matthuff

    Good Evening Barry. This tent is made in Vietnam. Terra Nova manufacturers their light weight pieces and Asia and their expedition line in Alfreton, Derbyshire in the United Kingdom.

    #1752757
    Diplomatic Mike
    Member

    @mikefaedundee

    Locale: Under a bush in Scotland

    The Ultra may prove popular with UK Ultra distance runners. Some mountain marathons in the UK insist on a double skin tent as part of the carried kit list.

    #1752809
    Will Rietveld
    BPL Member

    @williwabbit

    Locale: Southwest Colorado

    I corrected the MSRP as per Matt Huff's comment. We typically list the MSRP in US$ when there is a US distributor and we can get the US MSRP. This is a mistake on my part, and I apologize for the incorrect information. Will

    #1752840
    James holden
    BPL Member

    @bearbreeder-2

    $700 for a made in vietnam single person tent?

    at least youll have the distinction of having one of the most expensive tents on the trail …

    i wonder how long the thinner CF will last …

    #1752900
    Daryl and Daryl
    BPL Member

    @lyrad1

    Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth

    Will,

    Thanks for the review. Good info.

    I was a little surprised by the inside/outside temp differences, however. I've been taking inside/outside temps for at least a decade now and my readings typically show greater differences than yours.

    The inside of my tent is about 10 degree F warmer throughout the night, while I am lying still. I can heat things up to a 20 to 25 degree difference by moving around inside. This applies to me in a 1 person tent or my wife and me in a 2 person tent.

    I (we) use small tents with total fabric coverage for the inside tent.

    Were you taking the readings on a windy night? If not then I would tentatively credit the difference in our readings to the open mosquito netting on the Terra Nova. Of course I may generate more heat than you also. I tend to be a hot and sweaty guy.

    Any thoughts on the subject?

    Daryl

    #1752940
    Martin Rye
    BPL Member

    @rye1966

    Locale: UK

    I thought the most popular marathon event only insisted on a tent with a sewn in ground sheet Mike?. So modding the fast packer option on the Ultra 1 would give a very light tent with outer and only a ground sheet.

    Ultra 1 was the tent used by the LAMM elite winners recently. Talking to one person who was on it who used an Ultra 1, a Terra Nova cuben fibre pack, sleeping bag and bivy which came to about 1kg I can see why terra Nova kit is chosen by mountain marathon entrants.

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