Terra Nova : Southern Cross 1
Stability : 7/10
Ease of pitch : 7/10
Comfort : 7/10
Ventilation : 7/10
Packed size : 9/10
Quality : 7/10
Weight : 8/10
My new one man four season tent.
This was purchased to replace the Terra Nova Solar Ultra 2 below..
It's only had a single night on the hills so far, just off the summit of Corn Du in the Brecon Beacons in December. but it was a windy night and it performed great!.. easy to pitch all in one.. peg out one end first with two pegs (I'm using MSR Mini Groundhogs). Then install the red pole but leave the tent unclipped. Peg out the other end. Lie on top of the tent and make sure it's flat enough. Then install the blue pole and peg into place. Clip the outer to the red pole... guy it out and that it done.
Mine has the groundsheet also which is a great addition..
I will be adding a sierra designs grip clip to the centre of each panel to allow guying out of the panels centres also. but the tent really was very quiet even without these.
space wise, the tent is a comfortable true one man tent. my pack, cooker and boots sit in the porch whilst my mattress, sleeping bag and camera gear come in the inner with me. It is tall enough for me to sit up.
Disappointments with the tent.. only a few.
The tent is rated as four season, but comes with a part 1/3 mesh door on the inner.. it would have been nice to have the choice with a double door arrangement.
As true with all terra nova tents I've pitched, they seem to be designed for perfectly flat pitches, the peg loops just aren't long enough to accommodate uneven terrain, so i loop an extra cord through them to extend them.
The only other minor frustration is the lack of a gear loft inclusion.. there are attachment points, but no gear loft itself and given the strange shape it will probably be necessary to make one myself, surely a scrap of material with a few cords wouldn't break the budget..
Note since I have the groundsheet with this, it does make the tent almost impossible to squeeze into the original bag.. with cold wet hands it's a frustrating affair.. so I use a sea to summit compression bag.. it also gives some straps to attach to where the original bag is literally a tub so nothing to hook onto.
I was nervous buying another Terra Nova tent after my experience with the Solar Ultra, but whilst the quality isn't up with the Hilleberg, I've been really impressed with the Southern Cross it seems like a very good balance of performance, quality and cost.