Brand: Terra Nova Equipment
Model: Laser Competition 1
[big and tall]
NEMO Moto 1P
Like most tall campers, our 6’7” tester often sleeps with his feet scrunched against mesh—but he discovered rare comfort in the 109-inch-long Moto. “I could extend my arms behind my head and still not touch either end,” he rejoices. Add XXL dimensions in every other direction—46 inches wide at the head and 27 at the foot, and a 37-inch peak height—and there’s enough space to sprawl comfortably and still store gear inside. And now the really good news: You get all that extra space without extra weight.
That’s a result of several design choices: 1) a tradeoff—in extra-long mode, there’s no vestibule; 2) a weight-saving air beam (in lieu of a pole) provides the main structure; 3) it’s a single-wall; and 4) it’s not freestanding.
Testers deemed the latter three nonissues: Inflating the air beam takes just 30 seconds using the integrated foot pump, condensation never built up, and four stakes achieve a taut pitch—in the Rockies, the Moto prevailed in hammering 35-mph winds. And the former? If you want a vestibule, just roll the floor back to create a 10.5-square-foot one. Bummer: Opening the door during rain allows some drips inside. $330; 2 lbs. 14 oz.
Previous holder of the Guinness World Record for the lightest tent in the world, the Laser Competition is still one of the lightest tents available in the market.
With a minimum weight of just 1lb 14oz the Laser Competition has been a firm favourite for Adventure Races, Mountain Marathons and Ultra Light Backpacking. When used with the complementary waterproof hood the Laser Competition is guaranteed waterproof and has withstood extremely rough weather, including Scottish winters.
Exceptional comfort for 1 person yet there is space for 2 (if you’re good friends). The Laser Competition pitches flysheet first and the inner can be left connected, so it is exceptionally quick to erect. The transverse porch creates more usable space than a longitudinal porch and provides excellent shelter from the wind as well as a large entrance. Features 2g Titanium skewers.
Updates for 2011:
Extra ventilation on the door and at the ends of the tent
4 extra guy points to improve stability in poor weather
Split carbon rods to reduce pack lenght to 16 inches