World's lightest tent lightens load for backcountry campers
Sunday 22 May 2011
Ready to hit the backcountry this season but need a light tent to carry? On May 18, outdoor gear company Terra Nova announced that their Laser Ultra 1 one-person tent just won the Guinness World Record for lightest tent ever.
Weighing in at 21 ounces (600 grams), the new tent, made with a silver translucent fiber, won the title over the company’s own Laser Photo, which weighed in at 7 ounces (200 grams) more. The tent is designed for serious backcountry campers or ultra event participants, where every gram you haul in your backpack counts.
Last year, the Laser Ultra 1 tent won a Gold European IF Design Award at the Outdoor Show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Available internationally, the tent retails at £650 pounds (around €738).
Another top-line one-person tent option is the Obi Elite 1P, from Nemo, which weighs in at 900 grams. Nemo claims its tent to be the lightest poled tent on the market, and it’s priced at $399.95.
Other ways to lighten your load when backcountry camping? Consider using a tarp instead of your tent, and choose a simple backpack—all that extra padding, pockets, and zippers can weigh you down, according to experts. Also scrutinize your gear and clothing, make cuts where you can (do you need a clean T-shirt every day?) but always keep your own safety in mind.
Want to know more about backcountry camping? Get expert tips here:
Life & Style blogs
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
£30000 - £50000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Junior Quant Analyst - C++, Boost...
£30000 - £50000 per annum: Harrington Starr: Junior Quant Analyst (Machine Lea...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits: Harrington Starr: SQL Developer (TSQL, S...