As reported in my last post, I now have my replacement Power Lizard UL tent (see previous post for reasons) and this weekend I have had chance to review the tent, post up pitching instructions and put out a couple of short videos.
This purchase was my first ultra lightweight tent, before this I used a one man Wild Country tent, but at 2.3 kg it was not very lightweight. I initially looked at 3 tents, firstly the Terra Nova Laser Competition – very much the standard lightweight backpacking tent and the Hilleberg Atko, again a classic but about 500g heavier than the Laser Comp and Power Lizard and finally the Scarp from Tarptents. I think what attracted me to the Lizard was that it is reportedly a 2 man tent and at 1 kg this was too good to miss. I mainly go solo, but my sons do join me on occasions, so one of them could fit in,meaning that we would carry only 500g each.
When on my own the extra space would be luxury and I would still be carrying only 1 kg. This criteria for a 2 man tent as light as possible but lots of space for one person suggested that the Laser and Atko were out of the running. That left the Scarp – my main concern was there was no UK importer and whilst I have no problem buying from the USA, I was a bit worried if something went wrong and I could not get a replacement quickly.
My only concern was that I would be buying a £300 tent ( back in late January) and I could not find any reviews or comments about it . I think I was one of the first to own a Power Lizard in the UK. Still in for a penny in for 300 pounds! I received my tent in early February.
- Total weight 1050g
- Floor space 91cm x 228cm
- Pack size 35 x 10 cm
- 1 entrance
- 1 porch/vestibule
- 2 skin tent – can be pitched as one -(weighs 821g with stuff sack).
- 1 main pole (141g) plus two small end poles (27g each) – one for each end.
- 8 titanium pegs (7g each)
- 1 short section of tube ( “Pole Doctor”) for repairing the main pole (8g)
- Inner tent has mesh windows and vents with a laminated floor and a hydrostatic head of 10000mm. Inner fabric is polyester 20 denier fine mesh.
- Fly sheet is a 20 denier siliconized nylon.
- 2 additional titanium pegs.
- Replacement of 2 fixed main guys with 2 adjustable guys made of 1.5 mm Dyneema cord with mini line loks.
With modifications – total weight 1087g
Pitching – this was carried today in average 45kph (Force 6) wind with gusts of 58kph ( Force 7).
There are 3 main elements to the tent :
- Inner tent attached to flysheet
Lay out the tent and peg out the four corners – particularly important on a windy day !
I measured the centre of the main pole and marked it. The centre clip on the fly is clipped on to this point and then the other 6 clips are attached to this main pole.
Thread end poles into the pockets in the flysheet and secure in eyelet at bottom. Peg out each end.
Peg out the main guys.
Put 2 pegs in the 2 loops next to the main pole (one each side).
Adjust the straps connecting the inner tent with the flysheet.
Finally, open the entrance and tension the power frame (main pole) by tightening the tent tensioner.
The tent inside & out
Below are two short video’s
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