Terra Nova Quasar ETC Tent
I’ve used many different models of tent around the world in virtually every terrestrial environment from desert to the high Arctic and Antarctica. It’s true to say that no one tent can do everything, but the one model that has accompanied me almost everywhere is the Quasar etc.
This is a piece of kit designed to withstand the worst the elements can throw at it and come through unscathed. I have used the quasar in an Antarctic force 10 storm and remained dry and intact (admittedly the wind did force the tent down onto my head from time to time, but this “give” is precisely the design feature that prevents the Quasar from ripping or snapping when the going gets rough).
In the Australian desert and the highlands of Scotland, the “midge-proof” door is very effective at keeping even the tiniest ant or biting fly where you want it: Outside!
It’s a cinch to erect quickly single handed, - and with the help of a peg or two - even in a strong wind. The fact that the inner goes up before the fly, can make for a damp issue if you have to erect the tent in pouring rain, but in my experience the inner soon dries once you are inside and evaporates away nicely. There are plenty of ventilation options to keep condensation down too.
The very light built of ground sheet makes it feel like it will puncture with the smallest twig, but that’s deceptive. I’ve pitched this tent in haste on very scrubby and rocky ground, and never yet pierced the groundsheet.
The “etc” bit is a modest, but very practical porch, which is ideal if you want to make a brew without leaving your sleeping bag (something I did every morning on Talan Island in Russia, with outside temperatures of –10 C).
It’s called a two-man tent, but because I like my privacy (and room for my gear) I’ve found it to be a roomy and ideal tent when working alone.