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Backpacking Tents

Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season


Product Details

Terra Nova designed its ultralight Solar Photon 2 Tent with stability and protection in mind so you can still go on that big backpacking trip you've been planning, even if the forecast is not great (OK, pretty bad). Watershed Si2 R/S fabrics make up both the flysheet and floor with water-resistant protection that prevents condensation from seeping through, and even though Terra Nova didn't tape the seams, you can use Terra Nova's Seam Sealer glue for additional waterproof protection that you'll need in really wet environments. One DAC Y-pole quickens your setup time to an estimated five minutes, and its Y-design helps this tent withstand strong gusts of wind so you don't wake up in a collapsed tent after a blustery evening. There's a small overhanging porch in front of the door for your gear so you have enough room to sleep in the tent comfortably with another camper. The Solar Photon also features a mesh inner door and fly hoods at the front and rear for great ventilation that maximizes airflow during those warm, summer nights. Although it only weighs two pounds and two ounces, this tent's FastPack system allows you to use the footprint (sold separately) as the inner tent so you can leave the flysheet at home and trim even more weight off your pack. This tent comes with fourteen light titanium pegs and three reflective guylines with clamcleats to help you set this tent up regardless of the conditions.

Price : $ 489.95


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Backpacking Tents Checklist

Weight Matters! For two people, any backpacking tent should weigh less than six-pounds...preferably less.
Don't Forget the Bulk. Packing a bulky tent sucks. Make sure it packs down tightly, ideally packing down to about 10x20 inches (smaller is better).
Mesh Matters. As a general rule, the more mesh, the lighter the tent. For warmer three-season use, usually, the more mesh you have, the better. Not only does the mesh save weight, but also allows for better air-flow.
Vestibules & The Rain. An often forget detail about backpacking tents are the vestibule. The vestibule provides a little canopy in front of your tent. Not needed during good weather, but absolutely needed during wet weather. Try to get one that is about 5 sq. feet large, or larger.
Speaking of Rain... Make sure the entire floor of the tent is waterproof. Most are, but if the tent says the floor is just "water resistant"...don't buy it! You'll regret it the first time your sleeping in it during the rain.
Remember the Footprint! Virtually all good backpacking tents also come with "footprints," which are essentially waterproof and tough tarps cut-out in the shape of the tent. Buy It! Not only does it enhance the tent's waterproofing, it also protects the bottom of the tent. Yes, they aren't cheap. But they are a lot cheaper than replacing the tent due to a sharp stick tearing a hole in the floor of your expensive backpacking tent!

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