Rated 5 out of
If you are looking for an ultra light tent - perfect!We are currently hiking the CDT and our currently half way. We have been using this tent and so far it has been splendid! It's super light and fits two well. It stands up to winds well and we have been dry. The one thing that would be nice is if the fly at the feet went all the way down as the very end of your sleeping bag may get wet in a heavy rain. Oh and the pegs that come with it are a joke. They look like they were made from soda cans. You will need to buy pegs. The vestibule is roomy. Although pricey, it's worth it!
Date published: 2014-10-14
Rated 3 out of
Terra move solar photon ul2I bought this tent to utilize as an ultralight 2 person option or as my roomy 1 person set up. This tent is very very light and packs small. It does fit two poeple, but the pads will overlap at the feet. My only issue with this tent is the drooping walls inside. There is no attachment from the rain fly to the inner tent so it makes it a bit claustrophobic. I ended up going with the mountain hardware super mega ul2. The super mega in my opinion is the basically the same wieght and pack size but has two key benefits 1). The corners at the feet are held out with the poles (solar photon has to guy the feet out) and 2). The rain fly attaches to the inside tent walls so it gets pulled out when guying out the rain fly sides. This increase the interior room significantly.
Date published: 2015-10-30
Rated 5 out of
Terra Nova Solar Photon 2I read a ton of reviews before purchasing this tent from Moosejaw and found those on Outdoorgearlab.com to be the most helpful. The Terra Nova Solor Photon 2 ranks #4 overall in their current review of Backpacking Tents, and also earned a "Top Pick" classification. Two aspects of the design put it over the top for me. First, at 2 lb. 1 oz. it is purportedly the lightest 2-man tent in the world which obviously keeps pack weight down. Second, I really like the green color of the rain fly, as opposed to the bright colors typically used by most manufacturers. The tent is quite simple to set up, and very comfortable to camp in. Be sure to purchase the accompanying footprint made by Terra Nova for this model as the shape is very specific. Also, the quality of the material and seams is very high, but, obviously, the material is extremely lightweight and probably less durable than tents employing heavier materials; protecting the floor is worthwhile. The tent and footprint both pack down to very minimal sizes. A couple of caveats: first, the stakes that come with the tent are little 1 gram pieces of wire. They were popping out of the ground just on initial set up in my yard. While I appreciate the continued lightweight aspect, these little pegs simply do not hold well, and are very easy to lose. Plan on getting something more substantial; I choose MSR Groundhog pegs which have performed perfectly. Secondly, like nearly every two-man tent, yes, you could get two people in there, but it would be a tight fit, and the majority of your gear would have to remain outside. There is a pretty good sized vestibule, but even it would be crowded with two packs and boots. Personally, I think this makes a great one-man tent, especially if you prefer to keep all of your gear inside like I do. I'm looking forward to many more adventures with this tent! Love it!!
Hiya Takeupspace, thanks for your question. There is a footprint available and a Groundsheet Protector, which is made from a stronger material for rocky areas.
You can find the footprint here: http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_Terra-Nova-Laser-Photon-2-Footprint_10215827_10208_10000001_-1_
And the Groundsheet Protector here: http://www.moosejaw.com/moosejaw/shop/product_Terra-Nova-Laser-Photon-2-Groundsheet-Protector_10215828_10208_10000001_-1_
Hope this helps.