The Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 is a wildly popular, award-winning, single person ultralight tent for hiking & backpacking from Terra Nova Equipment.
The Laser Competition 1 comes in at under a kilo and packs down very small. It is is also compatible with Terra Nova’s FASTPACK system which can further reduce size and weight. The FASTPACK weight is just 580g!
Out of the box, the Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 is a very capable tent, but, like all mass produced products, there is always room for improvement to make it work better for you.
Having owned and used the Laser Competition 1 for a number of years, I’ve managed to make various tweaks & modifications to make the tent work better for me.
The very first thing I changed when I got the tent was the pegs. The ultralight alloy pegs that the tent ships with are great for rocky terrain, but they don’t do too well in typical british mountain weather.
I opted to change these out for a combination of MSR Groundhog stakes and Alpkit Candy Canes. These are much more capable pegs, I’m yet to have one come out under strain and I’ve pitched in some truly atrocious conditions.
The second thing I changed were the guy lines. The originals are perfectly adequate but I opted to add the additional 2 guy lines at each end that Terra Nova don’t supply from the factory. So instead of just adding the new guy lines, I changed them all to match.
I switched them for slightly thicker, more reflective 2mm dyneema from backpackinglight.
This makes the tent much more stable in high winds and prevents much of the ‘flap’ from the flysheet.
While I was doing this, I also modified the original pegging points with a mix of dynemma & shockcord.
This allows me to get better tension on points that don’t come under a lot of stress and allows for some stretch on points that do come under tension from wind.
The standard venting system involves a simple roll and clip affair. You roll up each end from the outside and fasten in place with an elastic toggle.
This is perfectly fine, but you need to exit your tent every time you want to adjust your airflow.
Not a very nice prospect high on a mountain in sub-zero temps with strong winds and driving rain.
Instead, I decided to use 2 of the original guy lines & lineloks that I removed when changing the guys and made a simple pulley system to enable me to open & close the vents from the inside, without ever having to leave the warmth of my sleeping bag.
The mod is fairly straight-forward, I made a small hole in the inner tent at each end to run the guy line through.
I also added small metal grommets to these holes to prevent any wear and abrasion from pulling on the line when opening the vents.
The guy line then passes through the original shockcord clip that attaches the outer to the inner, through the elastic toggle for the original vent fastening system and ties onto the original shockcord peg point on the out.
Now to open the vents, I simply pull on the guy line from inside the tent and lock it off on the mini linelok to the desired opening.
Closing is simply a case of releasing the line lok and the tension from the shockcord pulls it back down.
Hopefully you should be able to work out the mod from the photos below.
The final mod I’ve made is a simple door tie. Rather than use the standard roll up & elastic toggle, I’ve again used 1 of the original guy lines and tied it onto the loop at the bottom of the door.
With this, I can tie the door back completely over the tent, or, in bad weather, use it with 1 of my trekking poles to create an extended porch.
Terra Nova Laser Competition 1
- "Out of the box, the Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 is a very good, very capable tent, but, like all mass produced products, there is always room for improvement to make it work better for you." "Out of the box, the Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 is a very good, very capable tent, but, like all mass produced products, there is always room for improvement to make it work better for you." February 27, 2016
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