Terra Nova - Laser Ultra 1
Supplied with the Laser Ultra 1 tent you will get an extra black pole hood and guy lines. This is sometimes already attached to the tent or supplied in an extra mesh stuff sack. The benefit to using this is that it offers greater weather and UV protection on the main pole seam along with increased stability.
Technical specifications & features
|Weight||Minimum Weight: 1 lb. 1 oz.
Packed Weight: 1 lb. 5 oz.
|Tent Sleeps||1 Person|
|Minimum Weight||1 lb. 1 oz.|
|Tent Pole Type||7.55mm Scandium Alloy|
|Material||Flysheet: ULTRA fabric 10,000mm
Floor: ULTRA fabric 10,000mm
Poles: 7.55mm Scandium Alloy
Pegs: 12 x 1g Titanium
Guylines: 4 x Reflective with Clamcleats
|Other Features||Lightest double-wall shelter in the world
Can sleep two for adventure races or emergencies
Uses Terra Nova's ULTRA fabric
I loved this tent for backpacking because of the light weight. I found the small stakes a problem. I had the tent 2 1/2 years and stored it indoors. Only used the tent 5 times. I recently went on a backpacking trip and while setting up, the tent pole (the only one) broke into 5 pieces and the pole channel had come apart with tears in it. This tent is great , but the materials don't hold up. Only buy it , if you want to use it only 5 times. It had to go in the trash.
- very good
- just what I wanted
- Super Light!
- For my 70th Bday my family got me the Laser Ultra 1 to replace my aging BD Firstlight and to reduce my pack weight so I can stay on the trail a few more years. The tent is as light as advertised, but the tiny titanium stakes that come with it are not adequate for most soils. An ounce or so of weight of sturdier stakes has the weight at 1lb 5oz. It is very snug but comfortable with my large neoair mattress filling the floor wall to wall. I can sit up in it and the vestibule is very useful. It is more of a challenge to set up than the Firstlight, but the 2lbs less weight makes it worth it to me.
Questions & Answers
Thank you for your question.
The material of the fly of the Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1, Terra Nova's Ultra Fabric, is 100% waterproof. This type of material, commonly known as Cuben Fiber, is THE cutting edge material for ultra light tents right now for a number of reasons. It is 100% waterproof, insanely lightweight, does not absorb water, and is extremely strong for its weight. Here's a more detailed write up on this fabric, taken from Hyperlite Mountain Gear:
"Cuben Fiber is a high-performance, non-woven, rip-stop, composite laminate developed in the 1990s by a nuclear weapons physicist and an aerospace composite engineer. Originally designed for use in world-class sailing, it is ideal for certain applications in lightweight and ultralight outdoor gear due to its unmatched strength-to-weight ratio.
Technically speaking, Cuben fiber is a laminated fabric made using patented technologies with unidirectional prepregnated tapes of in-line plasma treated fibers that are spread into mono-filament level films. In more simple terms, Cuben fiber is made by sandwiching Spectra or Dyneema polyethylene fiber filaments a thousandth of an inch thick, in various arrangements between thin outer layers of polyester film. The “sandwich” is then melded together in a high-pressure autoclave.
Cuben fiber is lightweight, highly durable, and is 50-70% lighter than Kevlar, four times stronger than Kevlar, and allows flex without losing strength. It is also less than half the weight of silnylon, has low specific gravity (floats on water), high chemical resistance, excellent UV resistance and is 100% waterproof."
Pretty neat stuff! All this being said, you cannot technically call the Laser Ultra 1 100% waterproof, as Terra Nova did not tape the seams of the fly. Here's a quick reasoning from them:
"...due to the super light nature of the material used in the tents construction we are unable to factory seal the seams, in a conventional method. However they are positioned and sewn in a way that minimises water penetration and it's possible to add further protection yourself, with seam sealer, to fully waterproof the tent."
So in short, while this tent is about 99% waterproof, it can easily be made 100% with a bit of seam sealer. And you sure can't beat the weight!
Let me know if you have any further questions or concerns.
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