Terra Nova Equipment Solar Photon 1 - Backpacker

Terra Nova Equipment Solar Photon 1

This ultralight and stable three-person tent offers space and a quick setup.
Solar Photon 1
Price $400.00


Shape Other
Free Standing
Capacity 1
Number of Poles 1
Diameter of Poles (mm) 8.5
Floor Space (sq ft) 20


Layout other
Length (inches) 86
Width (inches) 53
Interior Height (inches) 35
Vestibule Type standard
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 4
Weight 1 lb, 13 oz

[stable featherweight]

We don’t know why this three-pound tent is called the Kilo. No matter. Here’s the math that counts: one pound per person for a three-person shelter. And unlike some ultralights, which employ futzy trekking-pole setups or wispy fabrics, this three-season dome achieves its low weight by using innovative carbon-fiber poles with connectors that use short monofilament tethers rather than one long piece of elastic cord. Ergo, best-in-weight-class stability.

Pitching the Kilo takes two minutes, and even without guying, it withstood 30-mph gusts in the Sierra. Headroom is adequate, with a 40-inch peak height that lets campers play cards without crouching, but the 43-square-foot floor was a snug fit for three thru-hikers on the John Muir Trail.

Downsides: The 4.5-square-foot vestibule shelters little more than three pairs of boots. Condensation dampened testers’ bags with just two campers inside, and in rainy conditions, the fly sagged onto the mesh, further compromising airflow. (Update: Easton says Velcro attachment loops have been added to the inside of the fly to improve stability and reduce sag. We didn’t test the new version.) $499; 3 lbs.; eastonmountainproducts.comThe Solar Photon 1 represents the cutting edge of superlite tent technology, at a mere 1lb 13oz it is the lightest freestanding tent in production. It is quick and simple to erect and there are various ways you can pitch the tent; inner only in hot and dry conditions, flysheet only with fastpack groundsheet for the lightest set up option or both fly and inner for normal use. There is enough room to sit up and access the porch space and a good amount of storage along with multiple ventilation options on the door.
DAC alloy poles
1g titanium pegs
Refelective guylines with Cam cleats
Multiple venting options on the door