Terra Nova Blizzard 2 tent

Terra Nova Blizzard 2 tent

Lightweight year round tunnel tent with loads of features.

Three pre-shaped colour-coded alloy poles slot into the correct colour sleeves on the Stormtex flysheet. The inner tent is already attached, so nice and quick to put up. Because the poles create a tunnel shape, the tent doesn’t stand up on its own – you need to stake it out and get some guy ropes up before it is stable. Snap the poles into the grommets, then adjust the tensioners and peg out. There are only 13 pegs supplied with the tent, yet if you were pegging all the guys, you’d need 18. I suspect this is to cut down on weight, but a good reason to always try your tent out in the garden before you take it backpacking. You can certainly get away without all the guys pegged – but if the weather is windy you’d want extra.

The bathtub style groundsheet seemed substantial. Inside it is quite narrow at the head, meaning you would need to top and tail if there were two of you. I felt the head end was quite low and not great if you get claustrophobic. The highest point of the tent is perfectly comfortable for sitting up in though, and there is plenty room for two, though gear would need to be in the porch. The white inner tent does a good job of keeping tent cool in blazing sunshine and the two mesh windows either end help with a through draught. The single door is circular, with a stash pocket. There are four other pockets – two at front and two mid-way. There’s a hook on the ceiling at the door and halfway along, for hanging a light on or a drying line between the two.

4,000mm hydrostatic head. 4 season, 2kg, £300.

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