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June 22, 2011

An afternoon with Terra Nova

by backpackingbongos

I have just spent a very agreeable afternoon with fellow bloggers Terry and Martin being shown Terra Nova’s new product range for 2012.  Some very technical fabrics were fondled extensively and we got an exclusive look at some new kit that has yet to be unveiled.  As you can see from the pic below it was a tent fanciers wet dream!

There were three products in particular that got me salivating extensively.  Unfortunately we have been sworn to secrecy until July 13th, the day before the Friedrichshafen outdoor show where they will be unveiled.  All I can say is that very soon the sort of products that currently can only be purchased through overseas ‘cottage’ manufacturers will be available through a mainstream UK company.  Some damn fine lightweight kit coming out.  There is one particular piece which may well see me trying my luck on the lottery, if you fancy buying it you should perhaps think about saving your pennies now!  All I can say is there is a real classic in a new material coming in at an astonishing weight…………..

There were a couple of tents on display that caught my eye that are available now, the main one being the Solar Photon 2.  A two person free-standing tent for under a kilo is pretty good in my eyes (although you would have to be on intimate terms with whoever you share it with!).  For one person it looks like lightweight luxury.  However next year it looks like something is coming along that is even better…….

On the budget end of the market the Wild Country Zephyros 1 is great value for money at around £100.  Very similar to the Laser Comp, it weighs in at 1.4kg and does not need the pole cover due to the seams being taped.  I wish that backpacking tents were this light and cheap when I first started wild camping.

Finally Terry shows the reason why he has such a strong female following on his blog……………

Cheers for the invite mate.

Some cracking stuff will be revealed on our blogs come July 13th, a minor blogging exclusive!