Why We Chose The Terra Nova Laser Compact 2: Excellent space-to-weight ratio, tried and tested design, subtle profile.
With this, the Laser Compact 2, Terra Nova have basically taken their popular Laser Competition 2 design and tweaked it slightly to make for a smaller overall packed size. It’s now just 30cm in length, 15cm shorter than the Competition 2, making it easier to stow away in your backpack, or for bikepackers, in your panniers or bar pack.
The design itself has become a popular one for backpackers. It’s incredibly lightweight at just 1230g, roomy enough for two people plus their kit, and also sturdy enough for any three-season use in the mountains.
“This tent hasn’t been out for long but it’s already picked up an award, being chosen as best tent at the Outdoor Industry Association Awards.”
The flysheet is made from a 5000mm silicone-coated ripstop nylon while inside there’s a half mesh inner with an impressive 6000mm waterproof rating on the base. It’s pitched flysheet first, or you can pitch the whole thing as one. It’s all simply done, you just slide the main hooped pole through an external sleeve and then the ends are propped up by short poles.
Due to the technical fabrics used, it’s apparently impossible to tape the seams along the pole sleeve. They should be able to keep most moisture out anyway, but for just-in-case protection there’s an external pole cover which handily will add a bit of extra sturdiness to the overall structure.
As was the case with the Laser Competition 2, there are two doors on either side. One of them opens up into a medium sized vestibule that’s just about big enough for two backpacks. On the other side, there’s a space that’s only really big enough for a pair of walking boots and small items of kit.