|This big green, saggy balloon is in fact a tent.|
From one tent and now onto another – whereas before space was at a premium due to the lightweight nature and design of the Terra Nova Solar Competition 1 , now I’ve evolved onto a heavier counterpart – that’s a palace in comparison.
The Terra Nova Voyager 2.2 – new for 2011.
A 4 season shelter for 2 people with a packaged weight (according to their scales, I’ve not hung them yet for a definitive figure) of 2.49 kilos. Hydrostatic head of fly and groundsheet is 5000mm, 8mm DAC Featherlite poles , repair kit, alloy pegs and a reasonable packaged size.
So, it’s somewhat more bulky and over twice the weight of the Solar Competition 1 – but it’s more roomy, versatile and durable.
We shall see…..
|Pitching in a jungle? Nah! It’s my back garden!|
On first impression pitching it in the back garden – it seems a bloody good tent. It’s huge on the inside. Loads of room for 2 people plus gear and that’s before you consider the porch areas – which there are two.
You got the main entrance and exit where the doors and aligned fly can be folded open wide – which is excellent – and a smaller porch and corresponding door at the rear.
It’s a pitch inner first tent but it goes up quick enough – might be pain in high winds and heavy rain, though – the inner is clipped onto the tent poles and one of these slips through a couple of small sleeves for added strength and stability.
|Mini sleeve for threading poles through – didn’t spot these until after a practice pitch|
The stuff sack is rather big but it’s likely I’ll stow the pegs and poles separately and just shove the tent itself into the bottom of my rucksack. Shouldn’t be a problem in my 45 litre pack.
I’m really quite looking forward to trying this tent out – I couldn’t quite get it pitched proper in my jungle of a small garden. But the space inside is fantastic for a 2 man tent and simply luxurious for solo use. Overkill perhaps – but there you go.
I can see me lounging around in this without a care in the world on some wild camps very, very soon…..