Trek & Travel

Solar Photon 2


Get ready for this - a reliable two-person tent that weighs only 849g, fully packed! Yes, the Terra Nova Solar Photon 2 consistently tops the ranks of the lightest tents in the world in its category. How do they do it? The Solar Photon 2 is a free-standing, double-walled design that is shaped for poor weather, and the nylon, siliconised on both sides for extra strength, is treated for enhanced UV protection. (Due to the internal siliconisation the seams cannot be factory sealed, and should not need to be, but for peace of mind this is easily achievable at home with McNett Silnet). The internal space is just enough for two, and decidedly roomy for one; the vestibule is excellently designed and the titanium pegs weight just 1 gram each! This is the ultimate tent for ultralight hikers.

Trek & Travel has personally tested this tent while cycle-touring for a month-long period in New Zealand and can definitely attest to its awesomeness.

Item   Terra Nova Solar Photon 2
Best Use Hiking; Summer; Tropical; Temperate
Number of persons   1 to 2
Packed weight   849g
Packed dimensions   40 x 15 cm
Pegs & Poles   1 x 8.7mm DAC NFL; 14 x 1g Titanium Pegs
Fly fabric   Watershed Si2 - a Sil/Sil Nylon with enhanced UV protection
Floor fabric   Watershed Si2
Number of poles   1 Hub
Peak height    100 cm
Vestibule area   0.39 m2
Floor area   2.4 m2
Number of doors   1
Freestanding   Yes
Waterhead   Fly 3000mm; Floor 5000mm
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Who we are

"Established in 1968 as Southern Cross Equipment, we are now a member of a retail company called The Outdoor Life Group. Private ownership provides us with the freedom to choose our own business path. We have therefore developed a retailing concept that excites us, and which we hope will inspire you.

Trek & Travel combines the best outdoor products from around the world with very experienced staff who all share a passion for travel and adventure. This passion for the wilderness, cultures and heritage of the planet keeps us actively seeking new places to explore.

We hope that you find us both welcoming and knowledgeable, and always willing to help you plan your next adventure."


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Amanda Warriner - 5★ "I spent close to 3 hours in this store today, being fitted for and choosing a pack, and the staff are fantastic. Helpful, knowledgeable, patient and friendly - and I think I'm probably a fussy customer and I have difficulty finding packs that fit comfortably. Has to be my best experience in this kind of store to date."

Tom Brickhill - 5★ "My favourite outdoor shop in Sydney. This is where you go if you want to see gear stocked because of it's quality, not just because it's corporate overload has pumped out another 10,000 puffer jackets that need to be moved before next season. Knowledgeable staff that actually partake in trekking and travelling themselves. Definitely worth dropping in!"

Adam Jude Baus - 5★ "Always friendly, helpful staff with great knowledge. Great range of good quality products (nothing really low end) including Australian/NZ brands e.g. Wilderness Equipment, One Planet and Aarn. Never had a fuss with exchanging unused gear within the 2 week period."

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  • Hi, I am thinking of substituting Trekking pole for central pole. How much does the pole weigh? Thanks

    Hi Helen,

    Thanks for your question. Unfortunately this tent cannot be erected with a trekking pole. The single pole is a ridge pole which splits at the front to create the porch, a system that cannot be replicated with a short, inflexible pole. Sorry about that.

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